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The Hotpoint RFA52 Iced Diamond that is dependable
Member Name: chrisc92
Advantages: Longevity, 65% fridge / 35% freezer storage (total 8.3 cubic feet)
Disadvantages: It's not frost free. Time taken to defrost.
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when we bought it and can still be found online for around £250 today although it is a little difficult as it has been superceded by newer models or should I say the same one with an S or P added to the end.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.
Summary: For reliability the Hotpoint RFA52 is as good as any
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