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When I was on the look out for a new fridge there was one main concern for us - it had to be a slim one or it wouldn't fit into the only slot in the kitchen where a fridge could possibly go. Buying a big fridge was completely out of the question- or the kitchen would have to be remodelled. Not an option at the time.
So I searched around for a slim fridge-freezer - from a brand I trusted. The Hotpoint RFA2 fit the bill. Purchased at the time for around the £280 mark; at 56cm deep, 54cm wide, 172cm high the A rated fridge-freezer fit snugly into my small kitchen.
A description with my thoughts on the product:
My particular unit is in white, has the fridge compartment at the top with three adjustable glass shelves and two pull out salad drawers; the fridge has a light (which to date has never required a change of bulb) and an easily adjustable circular temperature dial. Inside the adjustable door are a further two shelves which are closely spaced - the upper one is covered and it is where I choose to store my eggs; the lower of these shelves is just high enough for the storage of small jars. Then there is a lower rack inside the top door where I store milk and taller bottles.
The freezer compartment at the bottom has four clear fronted, easy to grip pull out drawers. The top drawer is noted a being fast freeze and is meant to freeze your food quicker. Inside the rim of a couple of the drawers are long blue plastic containers. It took us ages to work out what they were. Apparently, they are ice cube trays. We have never used them in all the time we have had this appliance. They look badly designed and gimmicky. All they do is occasionally drop out on the floor or just get in the way when I'm filling the freezer. My fridge also came with a butter box (which I have also never used) and an egg tray - which I find useful.
For the first three years of having this appliance it worked flawlessly. I usually defrosted the freezer once every four months. The fridge kept my milk cool, my salads crisp; the freezer worked well without too much ice build up. It worked quietly and efficiently; a perfect companion.
As time has gone on the appliance has become more assertive and attention seeking. The back of the fridge compartment seems to drip with water no matter what temperature setting I have it on. The freezer now demands that I defrost it once every two months - if I don't, I have a polar landscape to contend with. Defrosting this appliance was never a joy. The water should have obligingly run into the shaped channel at the bottom of the freezer for easy collection - it never did. It was always messy - now its a task which gives me a headache. The fridge is also noisier; you can hear it muttering away in the silence of the night. I strongly suspect it is reaching the end of its life.
Don't get me wrong. I think this has been a decent fridge -freezer. It has been in constant use for several years and has moved house with us (which I think possibly played a role in its demise - the movers were not the gentlest of souls). I don't think for the price that I can feel cheated financially.
I will take away a couple of thoughts when it comes to buying my next fridge-freezer, however:
Next time - I will be getting a frost free appliance.
Next time I will also be buying a bigger fridge- freezer - and adjusting the kitchen. According to the specs the appliance has a total capacity of 255 litres which sounds a lot but in practise we have found we could have done with a bigger fridge and freezer. Although this appliance suited us when we lived right next to the shops and didn't need to stock up for our family of four - for the last couple of years we have really struggled with the lack of space in the fridge and freezer. Whilst I would say this is an ideal appliance for a couple or maybe a family of three - it doesn't have the capacity for four (almost all adults) with busy lives, and who don't want to have to keep trotting of into town for chiller items because of the lack of space in this fridge-freezer.
Availability: the RFA52 and the subsequent models RFA52S/RFA52P etc. are available from various electrical retailers for around the £300 mark online.
I ordered my Hotpoint Fridge Freezer shortly after moving into my apartment purchasing at the retail price of £240.
I had a small space in my kitchen to fit the unit and the fridge freezers dimensions of 545x580mm I had no problems in installing the unit. The unit measures up at 1740mm tall and can use the space above for a top shelf to store various cook books etc.
I bought our unit in white. This colour can show up the occasional marks but the smooth surface of the fridge is easy to maintain and clean. The unit runs quietly and has never caused a problem in our open space kitchen/living room.
The unit itself is advertised at storing 155 liters, more than we really need as a 2-person family. Fridge space includes 3 shelves that are adjustable to set levels. the shelves are made from a safety glass so it is possible to see through the shelves and helps to see food at the back. Again, the shelves can be wiped down clean. The fridge has an interior light that again improves visibility.
The built in thermostat on the top right hand side can be adjusted depending on how cold you need your fridge. I have never quite understood the need for this setting personally, as it is possible to accidentally set the fridge to '5' that will result in frozen milk! The thermostat is quite hidden to the point that it would not be too easy to knock the thermostat to the wrong setting.
There are 2 salad departments set at the bottom of the fridge with pull our drawers. these are quite useful for separating fruit from vegetables. However, once they get full it isn't the easiest to reach the older fruit at the back. This doesn't seem to be an easy problem to get around and just takes a bit of dedication to do a stock rotation.
The fridge door also has shelves useful for storing bottles, milk and includes an egg locator section.
The freezer space set below the fridge is also quite generous to a 2 person family. It works on air flow cooling and comes equipped with anti bacterial lining. One flaw would be that there is no auto defrost but this is generally built into the more expensive models and is reflective of the price.
The freezer has 4 compartments from pull out drawers. Storage space is advertised at 3kg. The drawers are made from clear polycarbonate or similar material. Due to the frozen nature of the freezer, it is not so easy to see through the drawers and the drawers are slightly flexible so when a drawer gets stuck for some reason it is possible to break the drawer if you are struggling to open it. This is what happened to me on our top shelf. This hasn't caused a problem to function but doesn't look so appealing and something you should bear in mind before forcing it.
The lower 3 drawers all include a blue ice cube tray built in. I quite like this feature and use it regularly over the summer. It just takes a small amount of water to fill the tray and is easy to add too much making the removal of the cubes quite tricky.
The unit has a power failure storage time of 9 hours so not so much of a worry during a power cut! However there is no temperature warning built in. I have had to defrost the unit twice in the two years I have owned it for.
Environmentally, the fridge freezer is CFC & HFC Free with an efficiency rating of A+. The overall weight of 56kg can be moved if required (more shuffled due to the awkward size but not too heavy to be carried by 2 persons.)
My wife and I have owned our silver Hotpoint RFA52 Iced Diamond fridge freezer for some 4 years since we purchased it and apart from the odd surface dent from its many knocks during our house moves has changed very little in operation of appearance. In saying that very little has changed with price either - it was around £300 when we bought it and can still be found online for around £250 today although it is a little difficult as it has been superceded by newer models or should I say the same one with an S or P added to the end.
The RFA52 is 174 x 54.5 x 58cm with total storage capacity of 8.3 cubic feet, with a top fresh storage section volume 150 litres and lower frozen food section of 80 litres. We took quite a while to decide on this item and we kept swinging between Beko models that were cheaper and a few others that were by other manufactures within the Hotpoint's price range but it was the colour (which matched our washer dryer) and the mix of fresh to frozen storage capacity that proved decisive.
To be honest, going on previous experience, once you buy a fridge freezer it will last years - in fact one I owned lasted about 11 years, so unless your requirements change it won't need changing for a while. We have never had an issue with our freezer and I can't actually recall changing the dial from the 3.5 it's on now.
Our criticisms of the fridge freezer are the lack of fresh food space, number of times the salad drawer falls off, constant trickle of water at the back of the top section and the fact it isn't frost free! It proves how much are shopping habits of changed as when we first had the fridge freezer we needed more frozen space and had plenty of fresh available, now part of the week is spent cramming everything in to both!
It is a quiet machine and hardly notice when it's on. Defrosting the machine's freezer section is time consuming and rarely done. Two of the freezer drawers have ice trays built into them, which is quite handy. The fridge section has 3 shelves one of which sits on the fresh produce compartments and it is difficult manoeuvring them to the right position because of where the shelf supports ridges are placed so it has become a "you will fit" exercise rather than placing the food in the fridge section as we'd like. The fridge door like many contains space for 3 4 pint milk bottles and there is a section at the top for eggs etc.
Whilst we can certainly recommend the Hotpoint FRA52 for its longevity, alas a frost free one beckons.
When I moved into my house, there was a fridge/freezer already in the kitchen and came included with the house. At first I thought this was great as it saved me having to shop for a fridge soon after moving in. However, after having switched the fridge on and waiting for 24 hours, it was obvious that it was not going to get cold. Fortunately, there was a smaller fridge in the utility room of the house which did work and I could use that while looking for a new kitchen fridge. This was not ideal as 1. It was small for 3 people using it, and 2. It is downstairs from the kitchen so the milk kept being left out!
There are so many fridges on the market and looking for one was a nightmare. I did manage to narrow down my options because the space for the fridge is built into the kitchen units, meaning that I had to get one with specific dimensions. The space is quite tall and narrow so I looked for a fridge that was narrower than standard.
We got this fridge from John Lewis and ordered it online. This was great as it was delivered to the house. The delivery men were amazing and carried the fridge up the stairs and into the kitchen. They also took away my old fridge. The fridge was great because it is only 54cm wide so will fit into small spaces. It is 174cm in height which means you still get quite a lot of space overall.
The fridge was really easy to install and only involved me plugging it in to the wall. It did take 2 people to do it as it involved holding the fridge near the wall, plugging it in and then pushing it back. I switched the power on and left the fridge empty for 24 hours. It cooled down nicely and the freezer also got cold, but I did leave this for longer before adding food. Luckily for me, the doors open the right way for my room so I didn't need to try to change them around! You can change the doors around and there are clear instructions supplied with the product.
The product is a fridge/freezer combination with the fridge on top. The fridge has plenty of space in it, even for 3 different people eating 3 different diets (one meat eater, one vegetarian and one vegan!). There are two large vegetable drawers which I love because I eat a lot of vegetables! There are then 3 shelves, 2 of which can be moved around to create differing heights. It is very easy to remove the shelves for cleaning and to move them around. There is the usual shelf on the inside of the door for milk and juice and this easily has enough space for a 2 litre bottle. Above that is another shelf which we usually use for jars of sauce, and then there is a shelf with a lid which is supposed to be an egg and butter tray but I use it for cheese. On the top right of the inside surface there is a dial which you can use to control the fridge temperature. It goes from 1 to 5 and we usually keep it at about 3. 1 is the warmest and 5 is the coldest. I find if you put it at 5 then things start to freeze onto the back wall.
The freezer has 4 drawers, the top of which is the fast freeze drawer which can be used to freeze fresh products quickly. There really is quite a lot of space in the freezer as the whole thing is taken up with drawer space. One feature which I love about it is the built in ice cube trays in the doors. This means that you don't waste space inside the drawers with ice cube moulds. They lift out easily and are easy to fill and replace. The only slight problem is that the ice cubes can be difficult to remove. I've tried several techniques, including bashing the moulds off the kitchen surfaces and running under water. The freezer is not frost free but it has now been running for about 9 months and there is not a horrendous amount of ice built up. It will need defrosted at some point soon though I reckon.
The fridge isn't too noisy although it does make a background humming sound which you would expect with a fridge. Sometimes it makes random whirring noise but it only lasts for a few seconds then it goes quieter again. The outside appearance is nice also. It isn't too fancy, just a plain white surface with slightly curved edges.
The product has an energy rating of A, meaning that it is really cheap to run, saving energy and hence the environment. It costs £249 from John Lewis and comes with a 2 year guarantee. For them to take away your old fridge they will charge you £9, which to be fair is probably worth it.
All in all a great fridge for a reasonable price which hopefully will last me a long time!
We purchased this last year when old Fridge/Freezer finally lost it's battle and died on us. Bascially, it was everything we were looking for in a fridge?freezer. Tall, but not too tall, not too wide, as we have limited space in the kitchen. A good sized freezer, a reliable make, and a price tag under £300.
It performs perfectly well as a Fridge/Freezer, we have had to 'technical' issues with it ........ touch wood.
Also - it is very quiet in comparison to some others, I have been known to check it is on as there is no noise coming from it!!
The freezer compartment is on the bottom, with 4 drawers. The drawers themselves are not especially big, certainly not big enough for your average Christmas Turkey!! But I think this is the norm with this style and size of Freezer, and this isn't really a problem for me, as I don't tend to buy much frozen stuff, and when I do I take it out of the box etc to create more space anyway.
On the top rim of the top 2 drawers, there is a removable ice cube tray that slots neatly into the top of drawer acting as a handle also. As a handle is fine. As an ice cube tray, it's a nightmare. You have to more or less guess how much water to put into the tiny hole at one end, and get the little lid on sharpish before all the water flows back out onto your feet. Once frozen, be prepared to bang the thing off the kitchen worktop like a madman/woman in order to get an ice cube or 2 loose, then prepare for battle as attempt to remove said icecube(s) from the centre. Back to icecube bags we go. nice idea, though.
I have found the door seal very tight, though, to the point where I've unable to get it open on a couple of occasions!!
Now onto the Fridge. It's good size for us (family of 5), the Milk compartment inside the door holds 3 x 2ltr cartons of milk easily. 2 other shelves on the door, one with a lid and egg holder for 6 eggs.
There are 2 seperate salad drawers in the bottom of the main part of the fridge, both are a good size.
The fridge has 3 removable glass shelves, which can be moved up and down to several different heights or removed completely. However, I can't help thinking that there should be 4 shelves, I find there is a lot of wasted space and I'm often piling stuff ontop of other stuff, where a 4th shelf should be.
The fridge door has the opposite problem to the freezer, however, in that the door often doesn't close properly on first attempt, you have really lean on it sometimes to get it to close.
It has quite a sleek, simple design, which I like, no handles sticking out for example, which is essential in small kitchen with kids heads at handle height!!
Whilst this fridge was not one that I had chosen as it was given to us by my husbands parents when they re modelled their kitchen and decided to change their fridges, I was please to receive it and I am very pleased with it's performance and would recommend it. One problem of inheriting this fridge freezer was my in laws had lost the instruction manual so it has been a bit tricky to find out some of the details of the fridge freezer.
The RFA52 by Hotpoint is 174cm, high by 54cm width with a depth of 56.5cm. I think this makes it a great size fridge freezer for a small kitchen like ours where space is a premium. I do have to stand on tip toes to reach the back of the top shelf of the fridge though as at 5 foot 3 I am a bit small how ever as the shelves are made from safety glass I can see what is there and nothing seems to get lost at the back of the fridge in our house. The version we have is white however you can by the fridge in silver and black colors too.
The size of the freezer which is in the lower part of the fridge freezer has a net capacity of 85 litres whilst the fridge has 150 litres. Now if you are like me this means very little in reality what this gives you is a freezer with 4 drawers, In the handle of 2 of the drawers are blue ice trays, which means ice cube trays don't have to be stored inside the freezer drawer the idea being that this will save valuable space. However these ice cube holders I personally find to be very ineffective and find it hard to remove the ice cubes from them so I just keep them in the draws empty and use ice cube bags which defeats the object of them really. The drawers I find to be great for storage and they top three hold quite a lot this for example one drawer can hold two family sizes pizzas, a box of frozen fish and two bags of frozen vegetable. The lowest drawer is smaller as this is needed to accommodate part of the workings of the fridge freezer but it still provides enough space for a tube of ice cream and frozen vegetables and potatoes. The freezer claims to be a fast freeze to maximize freshens of food going in. Now I haven't time tested this against out old freezer in the garage but after my monthly stock up things are definitely frozen by the next day when I look. The seal on the freezer given it has been in use for over a year in the two household still is standing up well and there is no leakage from the freezer at all. Even when we had a power cut in the snow last year the freezer maintained the coldness and temperature over night without any problems the manufacturer claim it can last for 17 hours without power and I can confirm it did last 12 with no problems.
The fridge is also a great size; it contains 3 shelves made from some safety glass these can be adjusted bar the bottom shelf that is designed to slot into place over the salad drawers. I find this adjustability useful as it allows me to move the shelves around depending on what is being stored in the fridge for example at Christmas I could raise them to accommodate the turkey without any problems. There are 2 salad crisper drawers in the bottom. These rest on the base of the fridge and there is an indentation below I think this is to allow a through put of air circulation around the fridge. These indentations in our 6 months experience of the fridge never ice up or collect water or condensation in them which pleases me as it is less mess to clean up. The drawers themselves glide in and out very smoothly and each draw is a good size and one draw is able to hold a 5 kg bag of potatoes and other vegetables without any difficulty. The door panel also contains 3 sections to it, the bottom one has plenty of space for holding milk and easily holds a 2 liter plastic container of milk a 1 liter juice carton and a bottle of wine. The next section above this we use for cheese and it can hold up to four large blocks without any difficulty. The top section has a hinged lid to it and again has a good amount of capacity to store things such as butter, and eggs if you use the egg holder provided with it. I never use the egg holder as I prefer to store my eggs out with the fridge.
The hinge for the door is on the right hand side, which is the side we needed it on however if you need to switch it to the left side for how your kitchen is configured the door is a reversible though how easy this is too do I don't know. The handles to the doors are integrated into the door which makes for a nice sleek look. The doors themselves seem to close quite smoothly and I find that if my young son has gone into the fridge for some reason it does seem to close easily even for him to push it with the weight on the food in the door.
The fridge freezer is rated A for efficiency and to adjust the temperature you use the turn dial in the top part of the fridge that goes from 1-5 we have this set at 3 generally, this is sufficient I find to keep everything nice and cool without any nasty ice build up in the back of the fridge or freezer or in the food or drinks. The dial turns smoothly but isn't easily knocked when putting items in the freezer.
The fridge is easy to keep clean with various kitchen sprays and hot water and I find a fortnightly clean unless we have split something is sufficient to keep things nice and clean and fresh smelling in the fridge element.
Noise wise I would say overall this is a quite fridge freezer there is a back ground hum to it but nothing that is intrusive or problematic. However if you have placed a lot of food in the fridge or freezer say at a monthly stock up point then it does make a louder whirling type of noise for about 30 minutes. However as this is an infrequent noise it isn't for me a problem really.
This isn't a frost free freezer but I do find by the inclusion of drawers that it doesn't seem to build up ice in the same way as our previous shelf only model did and the drawers also seem to protect the food from freezer burn which I like.
This is a great fridge freezer for our small family as it provides lots of storage is energy efficient and it is easy to keep clean. It is slightly noisy at times and if you have an open plan kitchen living room this may not be the one for you. The ice cube trays in the drawer whilst sounding a good idea just don't work in practice. The price of the fridge freezer varies hugely from £210 from Boots Appliances up to around £320 at Argos so I would recommend shopping around for a good deal.
Like with any new appliance there can be a lot of umm-ing and aah-ing about which to choose. We knew we needed and all in one fridge freezer because our kitchen a bit on the small side. So that narrowed it down a little, well a lot actually. There are only a certain amount of fridge freezers with a width we could actually have.
Being a couple who are quite house-proud, we based a lot of our decision on what the appliance looked like as well as the energy rating and the space inside. The price was also a big factor. We looked on several websites and went into numerous appliance stores and finally narrowed it down to a few different fridge freezers based on looks, energy ratings, size, and space inside. One of which was the Hotpoint RFA52 in white. Unfortunately the price was rather high for this particular fridge freezer.
Having found our washing machine so cheap on an appliances website, we checked to see which ones out of the few fridge freezers we'd chosen were on there and as luck would have it, there was the Hotpoint RFA52 for the bargain price of £220, as opposed to the £350+ they wanted in Comet and Argos and various other places.
Ok so some information about this appliance.
I'll start with the dimensions and I have measured in centimetres.
H - 174.
W - 55.
D - 58.
This appliance is rated A for energy which is definitely a good start with any product.
The fridge capacity is 150 litres and the freezer capacity is 85 litres.
When you open the fridge door (which measures 81.5cm in height) you will reveal 3 glass shelves, 2 of which are removable and can be set at 5 different heights, and 2 fruit and veg drawers. The dimensions for the drawers are as follows; 17.5cm H from the front outer, 16cm H from the back inner, 22.5cm W, and 31.5cm D. You will also notice a hole in the back of the fridge with tracks that lead to it; this is to drain any excess water such as the condensation that forms on the back wall of the fridge.
There are 3 door compartments. The top one is a closable shelf made from white plastic with a clear plastic flap bearing the Hotpoint logo. This shelf also has a tray to store your eggs in.
The middle shelf is about the right size for jars and drinks cans and is also white plastic with a clear plastic front half-panel.
The bottom shelf is made also from white plastic but the whole front panel is clear plastic and states that bottles with a maximum capacity of 2 litres will fit in it.
On opening the freezer door (measuring 84cm in height) will reveal 4 white plastic drawers with clear plastic fronts.
On the inside of the door you will see a freezer guide. This gives you ideas as to what food goes into which draw. Quite helpful, not that i know of anyone who abides by it. But a good idea none the less.
The top 3 drawers are the same - very generous - size. Measuring in centimetres at 14 H inside at the front, 13 H inside at the back, 39 W, 34.5 D. one of the few freezers that allow room for large frozen pizzas, a bonus my boyfriend is particularly fond of.
The two middle drawers have removable ice cube makers which are basically blue plastic tubes that slot in the top of the drawer fronts and when filled with water will mould ice cubes.
The bottom drawer is the frozen veg drawer and has different dimensions than the other 3 measuring in centimetres at 20 H inside at the front, 19 H inside at the back, 41.5 W and 34.5 D.
The drawers can all be removed for easy cleaning. The top 3 can be permanently removed to make shelves if you prefer.
My opinion on this product is that it's an excellent fridge freezer and fits perfectly in my smaller kitchen and looks terrific. It's the perfect size for 2 people, being a shorter fridge freezer than most. We still have a lot of spare room inside the fridge which is a bonus as we can stock up a lot more if we need to.
I recently moved in my first home and had to buy a Fridge Freezer for the first time. We knew the type we wanted, a free standing Fridge Freezer with a good sized freezer, preferably costing less than £300. It did prove quite difficult finding one in that price range that had a good sized freezer, a lot of them were small with large fridges. Living in a flat with limited space in my kitchen also meant I couldn't do for anything too large and after much searching we finally decided upon the Hotpoint RFA52S in silver. After comparing prices online across many websites, the price seemed to be similar everywhere so in the end we ordered from Boots Appliances solely because I would also get a nice wedge of Boots Advantage Card points where other sites would get me nothing.
The size of this Fridge Freezer is 174.0cm inn heigh and 54cm in width with a depth of 56.5cm making this a good sized fridge freezer, with ample amount of space inside for 2 people. The fridge is a sleek silver finish, and looks stylish enough from the outside. One main reason I went for this particular Fridge Freezer is because of the size of the Freezer which is in the bottom half. The net capacity is 85 litres with the fridge having 150 litres, and whilst I didn't really understand just how big this would be when I was looking online, I got a good grasp by comparing it with other fridge freezers and comparing the pictures. The freezer actually has 4 drawers and I am very pleased by how much I can store in the freezer, as the draws are big enough for what I need. In the handle of 2 of the drawers are blue ice trays, which means they don't have to be stored inside the freezer drawer thus saving space. The fridge is also a great size, it contains 3 shelves made from safety glass and 2 salad crisper drawers in the bottom. The door panel also contains 3 shelves, the bottom one has plenty of space for holding bottles of coke and milk. We did view some fridge freezers in the shops which had odd shaped shelves that would not store an upright bottle of coke. The hinge for the door is on the right hand side, which is the side we needed it on but it does have a reversible door if needed.
The appliance runs quietly and doesn't make much of a noise, this wouldn't be a problem anyway as our kitchen is behind a closed door but for anyone with fancy open plan living, noise won't be much of a problem with this one.
It isn't a frost free freezer which doesn't bother me a whole lot, I've seen people with frost free freezers still having problems with frost build up anyway, plus I heard about 'freezer burn' for the first time since researching into these things and settled my mind that having a non frost free freezer isn't all that bad.
I've owned this Fridge Freezer for over a month now and I am very happy with my purchase. I've had plenty of space to store food in both the fridge and freezer, and I've experienced no major problems with the appliance at all. I do have a couple of issues, which are slightly annoying.
Those 2 ice trays tucked away into the handle of each freezer drawer sounded like a great idea and not long after our Fridge Freezer was up and running I decided to fill them up. It might sound silly but I read the instructions about them, as the shape of them is a bit strange and I was sceptical that I'd be able to get the ice out afterwards, however the instructions made it sound easy so I gave it a go. When I came to get the ice out later I was right, it was impossible to get it out! The design of this ice tray is more of a tube. You need to fill the tube up with water and there's little cups all the way along which make the ice cube shape. Somehow once the water has turned into ice you are supposed to be able to bang out these ice cube's through the opening of the tube, except they don't fit through the opening so they just jangle around in there! It's such a silly design flaw that a 5 year old could work out so I can't figure out why they didn't at least test they ice tubes out.
Another slightly annoyance is the fridge door, now I know most fridge doors automatically swing shut but it really annoys me, if I'm only opening the fridge door for a second to grab a few things out, by the time I've placed one thing on the bench and turned round to get the next item, the door's already swung shut on me. I wish there was a way of making it stay open if I want it to, rather than it being hell bent on me being super energy efficient and closing itself.
The freezer door often sticks if I've just opened and closed it, then want to open it again. I have to tug on it to get it to open, and I'm hoping this will pass over time, however it's not too big of a problem.
Despite these few niggles I really like this fridge freezer, it looks smart, it's not too large and it's perfect for my needs. It's spacious enough for me the overall build and design of the appliance is excellent quality.
If you are thinking of buying this fridge freezer I would have a good look around, I used Google's shopping comparison to find the cheapest price, and I would always be wary of delivery prices for websites, as it might seem a bargain at first but the delivery price ends up being considerably higher than other websites! I recommend this fridge freezer as I've had no problems with it, and I'm completely happy with my purchase.
The freezer section of my old fridge-freezer went and my Mum bought me a new one for Christmas in 2008 so I've had this product just over a year now. I think this is the main downside of an all in one, if one section goes you have to buy another whole appliance, but space wise it makes sense for me to have a fridge freezer so that's what I went for.
I decided I wanted a different layout to my previous one so went for this as it had the fridge on top - no little hands able to please themselves, and a larger freezer section .
The Fridge comes with m shelves, 2 fruit/veg baskets and 3 door compartments, 1 being covered and including a tray for your eggs.
The shelves are good and sturdy. They slide out easily for cleaning and there are several different slots so you can position them at an acceptable height for what you are storing.
The door compartments are thin plastic and not so good. We use two different types of milk in our house and within a couple of months the bottom one had cracked through the weight of two, two pints of milk. Although it only recommends a two litre limit, where else are you supposed to put two open containers of milk? However, we have had this over a year now and the crack hasn't got any worse and is still supporting the milk perfectly well.
I tend to not use the top covered door tray as I don't have anything that would fit in, it would probably be more helpful if it were another shelf for storing jars and sauces in like the middle door shelf which I often find is cramped for space.
There is a little well at the back of the fridge that collects water and needs cleaning regularly but this is not a problem, a quick wipe with the cloth is fine.
The Freezer comes with four drawers. Each if of a reasonable depth I have no trouble fitting three loaves of bread in one with a few small items at the side. The bottom three drawers also have little inserts along the front to make ice cubes in which is very useful as you don't have to find a flat space in the freezer to keep a tray level. I have found that sometimes it is easier to pull the whole drawer out and put it in on the side if I want things from the back because once I had it about three quarters open and it dropped to the floor and now the front of the drawer keeps falling off where one of the joins snapped.
Overall I can't complain it gets a lot of use as we're a family of four and apart from a couple of minor things as mentioned above, which were caused by me. I think this would be a good addition to any household. The only thing I have considered is buying a cheap 2nd hand freezer for the garage as my partner quite often gets good deals on meat through work and I am now struggling fitting everything in the freezer, but for everyday use I would recommend.
Defrost / Short name: Hotpoint RFA52