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      11.01.2012 21:41
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      Brilliant appliance

      I love this fridge freezer. I bought mine from Curry's online. The delivery service was brilliant. I paid about £350 for it which I thought was extremely good value. I like the silver one and we have other silver grey appliances but it is slightly more expensive, and our fridge freezer is in the utility room. So I decided against the additional expense and went for white.
      There is plenty of capacity for two people. I think the fridge would easily be big enough for a family. The freezer might be a bit small for more than two.
      The fridge has 3 easy to clean glass shelves, two crisper drawers, and 3 door shelves. All parts are easy to get in and out for cleaning. One of the crisper drawers has a picture of fruit and the other a picture of vegetable. Other than that the drawers appear to be identical so presumably the pictures are just in case you aren't sure what to put in there and need additional guidance.
      The freezer has 4 drawers. I have owned it for nearly 6 months and there isn't even the slightest indication of frost build up so I don't know how easy it is to defrost. I suspect I won't know for some time to come. It may even be a genuinely frost free freezer.
      The door is a little stiff to open. I think this is because it has a very effective seal so it's not really a complaint.
      It's quiet and energy efficient. Brilliant value.

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      14.10.2011 01:03
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      A high quality fridge-freezer

      I have moved into a new house and am currently using this fridge-freezer. I have previously been skeptical of using a combined fridge and freezer, but I am very pleased with this one so far. I must say that Hotpoint seem to make excellent kitchen appliances and I would highly recommend them based on this. This fridge freezer cost almost £300 but is a rather large one, which would easily contain food for a family of four or perhaps 5.

      The top half of the appliance consists of the fridge, in which there are three main shelves with two drawers at the bottom. The drawers slide out very easily but I do find they are lacking a bit in capacity. You can fit some fruit and vegetables in the drawers, but if you have a lot of these, you will struggle to fit them all! This means I have to leave some fruit outside the fridge, which is fine in itself.

      The shelves are pretty sturdy and do come out so you can adjust their height. The one thing I found with this fridge is that the top part doesn't contain a shelf with spaces for bottles to lie on. Sometimes this specially designed shelf can be annoying as it's quite bulky. On the plus, it would mean that bottles are kept more sturdily in the fridge with less chance of falling out. However with the lack of these, I actually find that it conserves the space better and you are still able to place bottles on the shelves as long as you do so carefully.

      The shelf in the fridge door is quite large, which means you can fit several bottles of condiments and your milk and whatever in there. There are two more compartments above for things such as eggs, cheese and perhaps pieces of fruit that you wish to finish later. Overall it's quite spacious.

      The freezer part is pretty good too. Here, there are four drawers with the bottom one being the largest. They are quite deep and you can fit quite a lot in the freezer. It works very well and there has been no frost build up yet, although I'm sure this is helped by shutting the freezer door whenever you can if you aren't going to attend to it in less than 10 seconds or so.

      This appliance has automatic fridge defrost as well as fast-freeze functions. I have only used the latter so far, in which you place your items in the fast freeze drawer, and I am quite satisfied with the time that it will freeze your food in, being a matter of 2 hours or so.

      This combo is definitely worth taking a look at. It has been very reliable so far. It does seem to grunt sometimes and make odd noises, but I'm pretty sure most fridge-freezers do this as they work to control the temperatures inside. The fridge is well lit in a dark room if you are heading down for a midnight snack and I can't think of any major faults!

      Thanks for reading

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      13.10.2011 16:22
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      Oh dear ...

      We recently sold our last LG Fridge Freezer as it was too big for our Kitchen and so had to buy something that would take up less room. I really didn't want to spend a lot on our new one especially in the run up to Christmas so I opted for a Hotpoint model for £279.99 which I think is very reasonable for a Fridge Freezer. The RFA52 model came in White and to be honest I'm not a fan of White fridges, I much prefer a Chrome or Silver look to fit in with my modern Kitchen, but these shades are a lot more expensive so I settled for the White.

      The Fridge Freezer stand at about 1.7 Metres tall and 0.5 Metres wide which I think is about normal for a bog standard Fridge Freezer. On the top half there is the Fridge which is made up of 3 shelves which form 4 seperate compartments and also room to store things in the fridge door. I thought this would be more than enough room for our Refrigerator products as we tend to have more Freezer stuff really. But I soon discovered a bit of a problem when it came to putting things onto the shelves in the fridge. The height between each shelf is not big enough to store many products stood upright for example a bottle etc. and instead the only other option is to lie things down flat (which then causes spillages once the products have been opened) or to take up the room in the Fridge door which does get taken up quickly! I have a baby son who loves his Milk and we have to store it in the Fridge door which then leaves little room for any other big sized products. So it is a bit frustrating trying to fit everything in around each other, especially after we've just been shopping.

      Moving onto the Freezer section on the bottom half, this is made up of 4 drawers for storing Frozen produce. But unfortunatley we have practically the same problem with the Freezer as we do the Fridge and that is trying to fit everything in! We don't buy tons of shopping, in fact probably a lot less than the average family and yet we still struggle to fit everything in. It becomes a bit like trying to complete a tricky Jigsaw puzzle when trying to fit everything in! Then of course once the drawers are chocker block, you have the difficult task of opening and closing them. Then when it comes time to find anything ... well good luck with that!

      The total Freezer capacity is 85 Litres which clearly hasn't proved to be enough for us and we are probably going to have to invest in a bigger Fridge Freezer very soon. On the plus side, it is easy to Clean inside and out. The door is plastic and wipes clean very easily, it is also not too noisy thank goodness (there's nothing worse than a noisy fridge!).

      I suppose if you buy very little when you go shopping, then this model might be ok for you. But my judgement of size certainly wasn't very good when it came to buying this as it's just nowhere near big enough for us.

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      27.08.2011 22:11
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      Fridge freezer ideal for families - plenty room for fresh and frozen foods. Built in ice trays.

      I recently purchased this fridge freezer from Appliances on line and saved quite a bit of money compared to what other retailers were charging for it. For many years I had a larder fridge and separate chest freezer. I am so impressed with this new fridge freezer as not only is it great having everything in one place it is also very tall and roomy inside. It is so easy to use just one setting to be selected. In the door compartment you can store large items like milk and juice, the shelf above that is suitable for jams and smaller juice cartons and above that shelf you can store eggs and cheese which has a lift up lid for freshness. There is 3 adjustable shelfs in the fridge itself allowing for lots of food to be stored. Two separate compartments at the bottom can be used for vegetables and fruit. The freezer has 4 drawers with built in ice trays on 2 of them. The drawers are large and many items of frozen food can be placed in them. I would recommend this fridge freezer to anyone interested in purchasing it as I am very pleased with my purchase. I have this product in white but it is also available in silver.

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        07.06.2011 12:46
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        Quality and durable

        Refrigerators hey? Where would we be without them? Well probably better more discerning shoppers, more in tune with the seasons and less likely to eat as much meat, however, we do have them and we all rely on them.

        This is my review on my fridge, I've had it for 5 years now and it has never had a single problem. When we moved house a few years ago, we decided to bin our old fridge and use the move as an excuse to buy a new fridge/freezer. So we went to a large electrical retailers and bought the one above for around £300 and had to wait for a few days before it arrived. The fridgefreezer came, it was installed under the stairs (just) and hasn't moved since or caused the slightest problem.

        The fridgefreezer is a simple beast, it has a milk carton tray, two trays above in the doors for eggs/small items etc and another level of trays above those which can hold stuff which you may need to protect because they have removable plastic protectors. I've always kept grapes or tomatoes in them as they are small enough to go in and with the hood remain fresher for longer.

        The body of the fridge is a simple one, four levels, three shelves plenty of depth light at the top right hand corner and on the bottom of the fridge two open trays which we keep our perishables such as lettuce, cucumbers etc. The freezer compartment has four shelves, all with white plastic doors which protect the trays but all can be opened and the trays pulled out. So far in five years we've had to defrost the freezer twice, mainly because the compartment above the trays slowly becomes clogged with ice.

        The fridge compartment has plenty of capacity and just about holds our shopping for the week which is impressive considering we have a household of 4. The doors still retain their seals and so far we've never had the "oh no, we left the freezer door open" which in five years is impressive if you ask me.

        I can't recommend highly enough this product it has looked after us for the last few years and gives no signs of giving up the ghost. All the insides can be taken out and washed, the trays in the freezer are easily removed once defrosted and the only slight quibble is that the fronts of the freezer draws have a tendency to come off their runners but they can be easily clipped back into the grooves.

        My only quibble is the way the door opens as it would have made a lot more sense for the door to be on the left side of the fridge rather than the right but that's my fault for putting it in an awkward space rather than the fridge's fault.

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        19.05.2011 08:21
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        Highly recommended.

        Hotpoint RSA52S Fridge Freezer

        After my fridge recently gave up the ghost, I decided after some homework that I would 'go the whole hog' and get a fridge freezer. I made this decision after finding out that the price between a larder fridge and a fridge freezer was only around and extra £25 and that it would be far more cost efficient, as I could then buy the three for two's and buy one get one free offers for my freezer. These had been totally unavailable to me as the food would not keep in a fridge and had to be thrown away, which I found was such a waste of food.

        As I am a single person, unemployed and living in a flat with a small kitchen, it was of utmost importance to me to find a fridge freezer which was more suitable for one or two people and was small enough to fit into a more modest sized kitchen. This fridge freezer totally fits the bill. It is compact and fairly small and is very economical to run.

        I also wanted to utilise the freezer space as much as possible and not have a fridge freezer which was mostly fridge as I really didn't have enough food to fill the fridge space all of the time. After looking round, I found that the majority of the smaller fridge freezers on the market had a ratio of nearly three quarters fridge and one quarter freezer capacity. This particular fridge freezer has more of a 50/50% split between fridge and freezer, which was a large reason why I chose this particular model.




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        HOTPOINT RFA52S Fridge Freezer Features

        Feature Benefit
        Colour SILVER
        Dimensions Height=174.5cm Depth=56.5cm Width=54.0cm
        Manufacturer Warranty 1 Years Cover included
        5.5 cu.ft gross fridge capacity Maximum external fridge capacity
        3.7 cu.ft gross freezer capacity Maximum external freezer capacity
        A grade energy efficiency Saves electricity, saves you money Energy rating A - C (A being the best)
        Automatic fridge defrost Prevents build up of frost and water pools
        2 safety glass shelves Flat, safe, easy clean surfaces
        4 freezer drawers Number of pull-out drawers in the freezer
        2 salad crispers Ideal for keeping vegetables fresher for longer and separates from other food stuffs, such as meat.
        Bottle rack in door Storage space in the fridge door for all types of bottles.
        Ice cube tray Allows you to make and store ice
        Egg tray .
        292 kWh/year energy consumption The lower the energy consumption the less electricity it uses.
        Fast freeze facility Freezes food much quicker, preserving more of the taste and texture
        Flat back for easier installation and cleaning No difficult to clean elements at the back and also the appliance can be pushed flat to a wall.
        10 degrees C minimum ambient operating temperature Minimum temperature the appliance will operate efficiently at
        32 degrees C maximum ambient operating temperature Maximum temperature the appliance will efficiently operate at
        6 kg/24 hrs freezing capacity Indicates how quickly it freezes fresh food
        Reversible doors for added versatility Left or right hand opening.
        3.5 cu.ft net freezer capacity Internal storage capacity
        5.4 cu.ft net fridge capacity Internal storage capacity
        104 litres gross freezer capacity Maximum external freezer capacity
        99 litres net freezer capacity Internal storage capacity
        155 litres gross fridge capacity Maximum external fridge capacity
        152 litres net fridge capacity Internal storage capacity





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        I bought my fridge freezer from Laskys in the end. This was a last minute change as I had been looking at the price comparison sites for a few weeks and the prices fluctuated daily. I paid £240.99 for my fridge freezer and I also managed to obtain a further 4% discount on this price by looking through the discount code sites (again on a daily basis) to get the best price possible on my fridge freezer. I would certainly suggest that a potential buyer does this for this fridge freezer as I noticed that the prices from different outlets went up to a staggering £395.00 - so it is well worthwhile having a shop around. Be careful to of delivery charges - my fridge freezer was delivered free but some companies charge up to an extra £24 for delivery.

        I was in a position that I could safely remove my current fridge but Laskys and many of the other companies offer a service whereby they will take your old appliance away - beware though - as there is usually an extra charge for this service.

        I wanted a fridge freezer and silver and I was delighted to find that this model was only a few pounds more expensive than the white model. An awful lot of companies charge a staggering amount more for a silver model of the same appliance. The silver of this fridge freezer is a lovely shade and goes perfectly with all the stainless steel appliances that I already have in my kitchen. It is really easy to clean (just a wipe over with a damp cloth) and does not show any of the horrible finger marks that I have seen on other silver appliances.

        The capacity of the freezer is more than enough for myself and I am sure would be totally suitable for any other single person or a couple. I would not recommend it for a large family though, as it would not have the food capacity for more than two people.

        The fridge is a great size and I have found that it is perfect to have the fridge element on the top of the fridge freezer as it means that you do not have to keep bending down to find your food.

        I have found that this fridge freezer is very economical to run. Even when new food is added, it does not eat up the energy and seems to freeze new food added in a matter of a few hours. There is one simple dial to adjust the temperature of both the freezer and fridge - I have mine on 3 (out of 6) and this has been totally adequate to freeze and keep fresh all of my food. If a large quanity of food is added however, there is a simple booster switch provided which can easily be put on for a few hours for quick freezing.

        The installation was a breeze. After it was delivered I was told to leave the fridge freezer to settle for 24 hours before using it. The instructions were very clear and it was really just a case of plugging it in and it was up and running. I did not have to reverse the door on my fridge freezer but I did note from the instructions that this looked to be a mammoth task, involving drilling and putting in new screws which would have been totally beyond me. I would probably be worth looking into if you needed a reverse door - as I would imagine most people would struggle to do this.

        The fridge freezer is exceptionally quiet. I hardly notice that it is on at all. I noticed from the instructions that it was mentioned that it would make more noise if it was on a floor which was not totally flat. The fridge freezer does come with adjustable feet to position it flat and these looked very easy to use - just a screw mechanism - but I never needed to use this feature.

        The only thing that I would say lets the fridge freezer down is the design of the ice cube trays. These trays are fitted into the doors of the freezer which I thought was a brilliant space saving idea. Alas, the ice cube trays themselves do not work. They have a fill up marker on them to add the water but the plastic trays are not seethrough so you cannot see when you have filled up to this point. Then you are supposed to tip the tray 90 degrees so that the water can flow into the separate ice cups and put the tray back in the draw for the ice cubes to freeze. I have now done this several times and all I manage to get is one great big chunk of ice at the end of the tray, which you cannot get out of the small whole provided to get the ice back out again.

        I would highly recommend this fridge freezer and it has been a pleasure to own. I have had it around 3 months now and I am still totally delighted with my purchase.

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