Hotpoint FFLAA58WDG review
|Review: November 2015|
In a nutshell: The Hotpoint FFLAA58WDG fridge-freezer is solidly-built and has a super-smooth graphite finish and practical door handles. A built-in water dispenser gives you chilled water on tap. Inside, the fridge and freezer sections are a little cramped, partly because of the water tank in the fridge door. The appliance is moderately energy-efficient, but can be very noisy in operation.
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Design & features
The Hotpoint FFLAA58WDG is similar to the Hotpoint FSFL58G fridge-freezer, but with the addition of a chilled water dispenser in the front door of the fridge. The FFLAA58WDG is a more upmarket appliance generally, and feels well made. The exterior finish is of high quality, with a smooth-finish graphite door that feels nice to the touch. There are practical door handles too, although the fridge door does need a good pull to open.
The FFLAA58WDG is taller and deeper than the more basic Hotpoint models, and has a little more storage space to offer. There's a 60-40 split between fridge and freezer sections. Inside, the freezer section has 4 drawers and an ice cube tray. The fridge compartment has limited space because of the water dispenser, which makes the door storage less than we'd like. The fridge is quite basic, with a salad crisper and 3 adjustable shelves.
The water dispenser is useful for supplying chilled water, but it's not plumbed, so the water reservoir in the fridge has to be manually re-filled.
The appliance is automatically frost-free and has anti-bacterial seals around the door.
Efficiency, noise & reliability
The FFLAA58WDG is rated A+ for energy efficiency, which is an average rating for modern fridge-freezers. With its smaller-than-average size, it uses less electricity than some rival products, but overall it doesn't score better than average.
Its noise performance is a lot worse than average though, and in fact it's one of the noisiest fridge-freezers you'll find in a modern kitchen.
As for reliability, it's too early to tell. The appliance looks and feels solidly constructed, but Hotpoint doesn't have the strongest reputation for durability. Only time will tell.
Conclusion - an average performer
The Hotpoint FFLAA58WDG fridge-freezer seems content to settle for "average" in most respects. It costs about twice as much as Hotpoint's budget RFAA52S, but is cheaper than the high-end Bosch KGN39VL31G fridge-freezer. It sits midway between these two models in storage capacity, energy efficiency, build quality and features too. The one area where it performs worse than both is noise levels, which really are higher than they ought to be.
Hotpoint FFLAA58WDG features include:
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- Annual energy consumption: 277 kWh
- Net fridge capacity: 178 litres
- Net freezer capacity: 81 litres
- 4 star freezer rating
- Noise level: 46dB
- Climate class: N-ST (not suitable for outbuildings)
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 184.5 cm x 54.5 cm x 59.5 cm
- Colour: Graphite
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What is minimum and maximum operating ambient temperatures allowwed?
on 8th Aug 2016
Can I locate it in a conservatory?
Reply by S21
on 8th Aug 2016
The climate class of this fridge-freezer is N-ST, which means that it should be maintained between 16°C and 38°C. if your conservatory's temperature is likely to drop below 16°C, you should look for an appliance with a climate class of SN.
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