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My last Hotpoint Fridge Freezer had only a half-freezer and did 15 years of loyal service before having a hissy fit between Christmas and New Year. This time I decided to get a full-sized fridge-freezer, but I had a preference to stick with Hotpoint as the last one had been so reliable.
Armed with some online research I popped into a local Curry’s and bought this one for £225. Delivery was free, as was collection of my old appliance.
The appliance is available in white or black and the doors are reversible.
The fridge is the top half of the appliance and has three glass shelves, two of which are adjustable. In the door is a bottle rack and two other adjustable racks, as well as an egg holder. I can't quite get the combination quite perfect for shelf/rack height however. The fridge has two drawers under the bottom shelf which are clear for ease of visibility and a half width each. They cannot be adjusted. This is fine but some veg, such as leeks can’t fit in as they are too long. The fridge door closes automatically which is a good function, unless you push it right back.
The freezer has three and a half drawers. The top drawer is a fast freeze drawer.
The bottom drawer is a half drawer in that it only goes back half the depth of other drawers (but is full width). I use this for bread and milk and because it is the bottom drawer and the most awkward it doesn't worry me It can be fiddly to get back in when you've pulled it out though. The middle two drawers have a blue plastic ice cube ‘tray’ fitted in to the top of the front of the drawer. I tried to use them once but found it all a bit of a faff.
I find the space more than adequate for my needs.
The fridge was quite noisy for the first few days whilst it ‘settled’, but after that it was as quiet as a mouse.
I think this would be a good fridge-freezer for a single person or a couple or perhaps a small family who shopped often but a larger family would probably need a bit more room and functionality to meet everyone’s needs.
For the price I paid, I was very happy with a good spec fridge-freezer from an established brand which I have had for a few months now. As with any white goods purchase it is always worth shopping around for promotions and sales.
As I said in my washing machine review previously, my boyfriend and I were moving in together and needed to get all new appliances.
Like with the washing machine there was 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 is quite small. So that narrowed it down a little.
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'll measure 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.
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.
Defrost / Short name: Hotpoint RFA52P