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We purchased this fridge freezer last year when moving in to our new house. We wanted something stylish looking but not too big, as lovely as they are some of the proper American style fridge freezers can sometimes be too big especially if yo haven't got much kitchen space to work with! First Impression What first attracted me to this fridge was its stylish appearance and the fact that size wise it was exactly what we had been looking for. They only had one model on display in the shop and it was stainless steel version which was nice but we really wanted black to match our other appliances. When looking at the fridge it looked sturdy and well made (what you would expect from Hotpoint I suppose!). Purchase We purchased the item in black from a local independent electrical shop for £500 which I didn't think was bad at all for a Hotpoint fridge freezer, we had seen it priced a lot higher in certain big name electrical stores. The Fridge/Freezer It is a lovely looking piece of equipment especially in the black colouring and it comes close to looking like an American fridge freezer but without the huge size. As far as I am aware it is available in three different colours black, gun metal and stainless steel. The fridge has two doors that pull wide open and there are two freezer drawer compartments. The fridge compartment is lovely and spacious with two big vegetable/fruit compartments, four safety glass shelves and a metal drinks shelf which you can easily fit in bottles of wine etc the average size soft drinks bottles fit in but at a bit of a squeeze! In each door there are four nice sized compartments so eight in total, the bottom compartments are nice and spacious and perfect for your milk/juice cartons etc. The other compartments are perfect for your butters, sauce bottles, cheeses etc. One of the compartments is a metal can dispenser which I find really useful, as cans can take up a bit of space in your fridge. It fits around five 330ml cans and every time you take one from the dispenser another one appears at the bottom. Fridge capacity 295 Litres. As previously mentioned there are two large fruit and vegetable drawer compartments with humidity control, all my vegetables etc keep very well in these, nothing every seems to sweat like it can some times in these compartments. I can easily fit my weeks shopping in this fridge with no problem and no overcrowding and I would say our weekly shop is the average persons size shop. The fridge also comes with i-care which sets the fridge temperature to the optimum energy efficient level depending on the contents. There are two freezer drawers the top drawer is the smaller of the two and comes with a twist and serve ice cube dispenser which once again is a handy little extra. You fill up the ice cube tray and pop it back in to the dispenser and once frozen you twist the buttons on the front and the cubes are dispensed in to a little removable tray underneath. Probably not an essential feature but its handy. The second drawer is bigger and deeper and comes with a plastic sliding tray which when you slide back reveals the storage space underneath. In the shop these drawers look quite spacious but they are a little bit deceiving! Once you start filling them with your average bags of chips/vegetables, meat joints etc they are soon full so this is a little bit disappointing. I think most families would need to buy a second freezer in addition to this one as there is just not enough space! The other thing which I probably should have thought about at the time of purchasing is that it is quite difficult to store items in the drawers due to the layout as you are constantly rummaging through to find the items you want and this can be difficult when the item you want is at the bottom. Freezer capacity 102 Litres. Maintenance/Upkeep The fridge is really easy to keep clean and comes with anti bacterial protection. The only niggle I have and once again this is my own fault not a fault of the fridge or Hotpoint is the colour!! Why oh why did I get black!? No matter how hard I try and clean it it always looks smeary!! If little things like smeary smudges bother you get one of the other colours, as lovely colour as the black is it is a nightmare to keep clean my Mum purchased the gun metal version and this stays a lot cleaner looking! One thing I have noticed as has my mum is that the top freezer drawers seem to rust a little bit at the top, I noticed a couple of months ago that in the top corner some of the black colouring was peeling away and you could see a little bit of rust underneath. I contacted Hotpoint and they sent me out a new drawer straight away and so far it seems fine it just seems strange that it happened to my Mum as well but once again it isn't really a problem especially when Hotpoint are happy to send a replacement out. Conclusion Overall I am happy with this fridge freezer my only issue is the freezer space but if you do have another separate freezer then this really isn't a problem. I tend to try and keep my joints of meat etc in my other freezer and keep the bits I use day to day in this freezer. If you are wanting a stylish looking fridge freezer which doesn't take up too much room with good fridge space then this will be perfect for you.
70cm Wide, Black / Please note: This product is not available in our shops for viewing / However, you can still place your order in store / The Hotpoint FFU4DK fridge freezer offers plenty of cool storage space / With a stunning design and stylish black finish, this appliance would look good in any kitchen / Boasting an A+ energy rating this auto defrost fridge section offers an impressive 292 litres of usable storage / 4 shelves and 2 salad drawers provide you with flexibility for fresh food storage and anti-bacterial liners protect against any lurking bacteria for your peace of mind / A handy wine rack also enables you to store away bottles with ease / Within the 4 star freezer section are 2 drawers providing 110 litres of capacity / A super freeze function ensures that room temperature food is cooled quickly when placed in the freezer, to lock in freshness and prevent raising the temperature of the rest of the freezer / This also applies for the fridge compartment too, a handy super cool function works in the same way to lock in nutrients faster so food keeps its freshness for longer / Besides keeping your food deliciously fresh and preserving nutrients, the frost free capabilities in this FFU4DK fridge freezer ensure you will never have to worry about defrosting this appliance / Just relax and let this Hotpoint unit do the hard work for you! /