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This Hotpoint fridge is great because it is an under the counter fridge. This means it fits nicely under your counter, without sticking out and looking messy. The white finish to it looks great in any kitchen where white would look good (so basically it can go into any kitchen!) and it gives it a modern look. This is helped along by the silver lining at the top of the fridge which contains the temperature gage to keep the fridge at a suitable temperature.
Inside the fridge, it is nice and compact but can still fit enough in to allow a good range of food. There is the vegetable drawer at the bottom in a transparent casing so you can see the contents but still keep them out the way. There is a small handle at the bottom of this drawer to allow it to be opened easily and the drawer can also be fully removed for cleaning. There are three more shelves above this so you really can fit a lot in even though it is only a compact fridge.
On the door side, the drawer at the top is great for keeping bits and bobs like eggs with the egg tray included. There is also a shelf to fit butter plus any jars and below that is enough room to fit about five bottles of drink e.g. wine safely.
I would recommend this fridge to those wanting a nice fridge that tucks away but can still hold plenty of food. However, it is not so good for those with bigger families as then you will find it lacks space.
My only problem i found with this fridge was that, after only having the fridge for about 3-4 months, the light has broken so i now have a fridge with no light inside, a problem at night time especially although i do manage.
Despite this, the fridge is reliable and handy for anyone looking for a good-looking simple fridge.
I have owned this fridge since late 2005 when our last fridge died a death on us. I was quite unwell at the time and unable to get to the shops myself, so i sent my husband to choose a fridge. He was instructed it should be a hotpoint as i have always known my parents to choose this make, and he was looking for one that was reasonably priced and quickly available. When he was in the shop he rang me to check the model out on the internet, and with my ok, he bought it.
Since we've had it, it has been an ok fridge but it is not the best one i have ever known. Within a year it suffered a major malfunction, luckily while under warranty. There was a leak in the coolant gas, so the system needed to be regassed and also there was talk of putting a new compressor on it. This should have rang warning bells as it was only 11 months old at the time, but i was 9 months pregnant, and then actually in hospital for a week with out first baby while my husband waited around for the workmen, and the problems we had lasted for around a month. The fridge would be cool some of the time but not all of the time.
Although we have never had the catastrophic failure we had then on any other occasion, the temperature within the fridge is quite hard to maintain. It struggles a lot. We always seem to have a thick layer of ice on the back plate of the fridge where the shelves touch it. (By thick, i mean up to a couple of inches at the top, to about half an inch at the bottom.
One of the things that seemed really useful to us at first were the half shelves. We buy and use a lot of milk and prefer to keep the bottles stoood upright in the fridge as the door doesn't seem cold enough. By having the 2 half shelves, we can easily do this.
The flip side of this however, is then you really have 3 half shelves as the bottom shelf is then mostly taken up by bottles. This leaves one full shelf at the top of the fridge. We now have two small children, and we find that the fridge is not big enough for our needs. We don't keep a lot in there as i tend to freeze any meat i buy and then defrost on the day of use, but we do want to keep cold meat for sandwiches, yoghurts, cheese, marg and butter, small pots of leftovers, and we find that we never have enough space and the fridge always has stuff stood on top of other stuff. I am sure this is unsafe as the air can't circulate properly when it is all stacked, and this doesn't help the ice problem.
Another thing that i find hard to work with is the salad drawer. Instead of being a particular shape all round (usually rectangular) it is rectangular on one half, and then it has a pointed section for fitting around the internal parts at the back of the fridge, so it is almost triangular on that side. It is a very weird shape for best storage of our fruit and vegetables that we want to keep in there.
This fridge may be adequate for the needs of one or two people, but if you are trying to cater for a family and don't want to be at the shops every couple of days, then buy a better fridge. Not necessarily bigger as it is the same size we had when i was a child in a household of 7 people. Just better organised in terms of layout.
I can't recommend it as it annoys me on a daily basis and i wish i had never bought it.
I brought this HOTPOINT RLA34 Fridge and a freezer early this year, because the others were old and damaged and passed thier sell-by date. We brought ours from our local Electric shop who ere very competitive with Comet and Curry's etc.
The advantage was that they delivered the goods and installed them. Leveling them up so that the door didn't close to rapidly and also explained and set the temperatures.
The RLA34 Fridge fits under a work-top and is slightly wider than our previous make, you need to check your measurements.
This little Beauty is not so little inside either with adequate storage and easy to clean glass shelves and plastic trays in the door for adequate storage for eggs, butter, cheese depending on how much you keep. The door will hold three-4 litre bottles of milk or five bottles of wine and the Vegetable tray is deep with ample storage again. This enables you to lay out the vegetables without crushing with a recess that we use for the potatoes.
It is very efficient and does not need to be on a high setting making it very economical to run.
I bought this fridge partly becase I trusted the name. The fridge is very spacious and
the vegatable draw at the bottom is huge. I was a bit concearned about having glass
shelves as my previous fridge had wire shelves but so far I haven't had any problems
and the glass is easier to keep clean. When you split the centre shelf the half shelf left
is a bit to small to be any use so it is easier to keep bottles or taller items in the door.
My only real complaint is that the temperature control is on the outside which
although convenient is much too inviting to little fingers. I have to check the
temeprature every day to ensure that my children haven't made their own adjustments.
The vegetable draw is shaped making it much larger. The door is quiet heavy and swings shut while you are in the fridge. Overall I am very pleased with this fridge and would
I have heard a lot of positive things about Hotpoint and when we were given a freezer last year we needed an accompanying fridge. The freezer was also made by Hotpoint and seemed to work very well. We looked around but liked the look of the Hotpoint RLA34 fridge in Argos, so purchased it.
Many Hotpoint appliances look easy to use and sales assistants seem quite positive about the products. We felt that the fridge looked a lot better than its competitors. Hotpoint have been an established company since 1911, and are now owned by Indesit (a famous brand based in Italy). Hotpoint are best known for their washing machines.
The fridge is less than a metre in height (about 0.85m) so fits nicely under a work top. It is about 60cm wide and cm deep. It does not stick out too much which is very useful for small kitchens. It would suit someone living in a small home e.g. studio flat/bed-sit.
The Hotpoint RLA34 fridge is available in white or graphite; we have the white one as it was cheaper at the time, although I much prefer the graphite one. The fridge consumes about 150 kWh per year which costs approximately £20 a year to run. It is in the 'A' energy category which is the best rating. On a scale of A-G, A is more environmentally friendly and G is least. I am unable to find the sticker which says that it is 'recommended' as an endorsed product (awarded by the Energy Savings Trust) but only the best appliances get a sticker like this so I doubt it is one of the few awarded this status.
The legs on the fridge are basically screws with rubber pads, I have found that used on lino floor these legs leave permanent marks which is obviously a negative point.
The fridge has 3 shelves which are made of 'safety glass'. The shelves can be lowered or raised so we can fit more items in. At the bottom of the fridge there is a salad tray where we mainly keep the salad although if short of space we will store items such as yoghurts, cans of drink and any food prepared for a meal e.g. stuffed chicken.
On the door there is a bottle rack at the bottom, it has a raised ridge so the bottles are kept secure. We can usually fit about 4 bottles of wine e.g. 2 bottles of wine a 2 litre bottle of coke and a 4 pint carton of milk. Above the bottle rack there are three compartments, two small without a cover and one large with a plastic cover. One of the small compartments doubles up as an egg rack which is fairly useful. If we are struggling with space we tend to place eggs in here, otherwise they are left in the cardboard box to stop broken eggs and spillages.
The interior walls of the fridge are smooth, which I personally believe makes it easier to clean, especially if milk/yogurt is spilt inside as it can smell. The fridge does have antibacterial protection but I still think it is helpful if cleaning is made easier. This does also help eliminate bad odours from smelly foods such as fish or strong cheese.
There is a temperature indicator, we rarely use this feature but it is nice to know that it is there in case we do need to use it.
We got the fridge from Argos priced £239.85 last year, it currently retails at £212.29. It is also available from electrical stores such as Comet, Currys and most online electrical stores.
The cheapest I have seen this fridge is £169 at Co-op in the electrical section and the most expensive at £219 in the local electrical store, so in comparison we did pay a little more.
The fridge is easy to use, we found it quite easy to set up and have no problems with it yet. It fits nicely in our kitchen and is very useful as we already have a separate freezer. I would say that it is useful to people looking for a fridge only but would agree that a fridge freezer would be more cost efficient. If like us you have little space for a huge fridge freezer then this is definitely a good buy.