A bit of disaster really. It started with one of the fridge salad draws being poorly constructed. This was quickly solved with a phone call and a new one dispatched without a fuss.
The instructions said when new it might make cracking noises. Yes, it really does make alarming cracking noises at times and still does so after 9 months. It frightens my dogs to death, who are not normally phased by anything in the house, and a sound engineer has reported that the compressor unit lets out a sound audible only to dogs which sends them into a nervous flap along with the loud cracking noises.
The doors only open 90 degrees making it difficult to pull open the fridge salad draw on the side near the door. Similarly it is difficult to access the contents of the bottom freezer draw without it falling completely out of the freezer onto the floor. Who designed this fridge freezer?
Besides these irritating faults it works well!
My previous Beko fridge freezer, which I reviewed on Dooyoo previously had been getting progressively more frosty as the door seal was not sticking properly, so I decided to buy a new fridge freezer in the January sales. Scouring for bargains online led me to this Hotpoint Fridge freezer, which was reasonably priced at £299 from Currys. I noticed that the same model retails for £500 on other sites, so decided to order it. I have held back from writing a review until now as I have now been using it for a month and have a decent idea of how it runs.
The only problem with buying a product online is that you can't really have a good look at it first, and when it arrived I was quite shocked at just how tall it was! My hubby had a bad habit of stashing junk on top of the old fridge, but he can't do that with this one, as it almost reaches the ceiling!
The fridge freezer is a polar white colour with a glossy plastic finish. I must admit that it doesn't quite fit in with the rest of my kitchen, as my cupboard doors are creamy coloured and the white fridge makes the units look a bit yellow in contrast, which isn't a great look, and definitely something you should consider if you have cream units in your kitchen!
The fridge freezer was quite easy to set up, as it didn't need any plumbing in. It was just a case of plugging it in and setting the dials to the desired temperature. the dials, rather strangely, are located inside the fridge, and there is a seperate dial for each section. When you frost use the freezer, you need to press the super freeze button, which will make the freezer section cool down quicker. The indicator light will turn off when the freezer is at the optimum temperature.
The doors can be positioned to open either way. The default setting is the hinge on the right and the door opens from the left, which suits me fine and I have no desire to change it, so I can't comment on how easy it is to do. Another handy feature of the door is that there is an alarm that goes off if you accidentaly leave the door open, so your food does not spoil.
The fridge section is VAST compared to my old fridge and you can get loads of food in there. The light at the top is a double light and is perfectly adequate. there are five glass shelves that slot in and out, which gives you plenty of room and options for positioning items in the fridge, and the fact that the shelves are glass rather than wire prevents liquids dripping onto items below. my husband actually removed one of the shelves so that we could get larger items in the fridge, but there is still more than enough space inside the fridge for everything, and we are a family of five, so we have lots of food!
The fridge also has two large plastic drawers at the bottom. I pit my salad and veg in one and my meat in the other one. The drawers are a good size and I can fit everything inside perfectly well.
Inside the fridge door, there are three clear plastic shelves. the gaps betwen the shelves are large, so I am able to fit bottles on two of the shelves and smaller items on the top one. Unfortunately, there is no area in the fridge door for eggs, so i have to keep my eggs in the box in the fridge, which is no big deal really, and more than made up for by the fact that I have more space for bottles, as I no longer have to lay bottles on their side to get them in the fridge.
Now for the freezer. the freezer is frost free, which was one feature that I really wanted, as I hate defrosting freezers! The freezer section has four drawers, one deep drawer and four shallow drawers, so you can put food items into sections. I use the deep drawer for bread, as i like to buy bread in bulk and defrost it as I need it. I don't actually think that the freezer section is any bigger than an average fridge freezer, and when I was moving my food from the old freezer to the new one, it only just fit. the extra space is all in the fridge section rather than the freezer. A slight downside of the freezer is that there is no ice box compartment for making ice cubes, so you have to place your ice cube trays very carefully in the drawers, making sure to balance them carefully.
The fridge is easy to keep clean with a wipe, and as I have said, the shelves can be removed easily for cleaning.
I am very happy with this fridge but there is one downside to it and that is the noise. Being a frost free model, it tends to make weird clicking noises (hence my title) and they can be quite loud. One night there was quite a loud crack and I thought someone was throwing a pebble at my window. I have got used to it though, and the noise does not disturb me when I am upstairs in bed, although I wouldn't have one if I lived in a bungalow or flat!
In conclusion, this is a roomy frost free fridge freezer at a good price. I like the extra fridge space and the fact it is easy to keep clean and frost free, making it ideal for lazy people like me! The downsides are the noises it makes and for me, the stark white shade which clashes with my kitchen, but that is my fault for buying online! I am happy with the fridge freezer and award it 4 stars, deducting one for the noise. if there is anything else you want to know, please put a comment in the box and I will add the information to the review.
DO NOT BUY INDESITI have had 2 FF200 fridge freezers.Both failed with same problems.1st lasted 6 months, 2nd lasted 14 months, took 3 months (without fridge) and 7 appointments (days off work) to find that they could not repair it. It then cost more than £100.00 to replace it, under warrantee.
I have bought one of these recently for £469.99 with a 5 year parts guarantee. I find it to be brilliant. I have the FF200LG - The 'L' models were recalled due to retailers complaining about the looks being cheap and tacky. The superfreeze and supercool options are fantastic after you've done your big shop. Irritatingly the controls are only accessible while the fridge door is open. The fridge is huge and looks empty after putting what was in my full old fridge into it. The general size in depth is higher than that of others on the market 655mm deep as opposed to the standard depth of a kitchen top being 600mm.
The frost free is notoriously noisier than that of a conventional freezer (Because of the fan), but this is bearable as its not in my lounge or bedroom. The trays in the door are made of a more flexible plastic; as opposed to the older fridges that had ridged hard plastic that cracked and broke often. The quality of the machine is well worth the price.
The freezer drawers (4 good sized ones) have ice making tubes built-in (Only two have this facility), which I find handy (Just don't spill it out of the end, which I did on my first go). The freezer drawers themselves are solid and would be difficult to break.
this is the worst fridge freezer i have owned , we are on our 3rd it is frost free and because of it we have to put up with cracking and banging noises all the time. It cost us £470, its very bad. The door even fell off when i opened it once and we had to have guy out to fix it. We have had three as i have complained endlessley about the nosie from it and it still makes it. I actually think the last one we had the 3rd was 2nd hand as it looked as though someone ekse had had it, but of course currys told us it was brand new so theres not alot we could do. Very bad ! Go for a cheapey they are much better
Defrost / Short name: Hotpoint FF200BLP