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Hotpoint FSFL58G review

 Review: October 2015  
 

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: If your kitchen space is limited, the 55cm wide Hotpoint FSFL58G fridge-freezer is an option. With an attractive graphite finish, good use of interior space and automatic defrosting, it's a decent product. But we don't think it's quite as cheap as it ought to be, and we're not convinced by its build quality or noise levels.

Best buy: Hotpoint FSFL58G Graphite from Currys (£449.99)



 

Design & features

If your kitchen space is particularly tight, the Hotpoint FSFL58G fridge freezer is worth considering, as it will slot into a narrow 55cm width. It's an attractive fridge-freezer, with a graphite finish, and feels quite solidly built, although the door does needs a good yank to open.

Inside, the space is split 60-40 between fridge and freezer sections. There's a decent amount of space on offer considering the narrow width of the appliance, with the freezer divided into 4 separate compartments, and the fridge section having 3 adjustable shelves and a salad box. The door has three shelves, but these fittings don't feel as secure as we'd like.

The appliance is frost-free and has anti-bacterial seals around the door. A simple mechanical control is used to set the temperature, and overall, the product has something of a budget feel to it.

Efficiency, noise & reliability

This appliance is A+ rated for energy efficiency, making it average for electricity consumption, despite its smaller-than-average size. With a noise rating of 46dB it's one of the noisiest fridge-freezers you can buy, so we must deduct one star for this.

Hotpoint, as a budget manufacturer, doesn't enjoy a strong reputation for reliability, and some of its models have been problematical. Although the build quality of this particular model seems mostly sound, there are some signs that it isn't as well-made as it might be. The manufacturer's warranty covers the first year only.

Conclusion - a low-cost option

The Hotpoint FSFL58G is a nice-looking fridge-freezer that's economical to buy and will squeeze into a tight 55cm gap. It's reasonably well-built and the interior is nicely designed, but there are constant reminders that this is a budget model - in particular, the insecure shelf fittings and the unwillingness of the door to open smoothly. It's also a noisy model, and potentially not as long-lasting as rivals. So, despite the keen price, we're not overly-sold on the Hotpoint FSFL58G. Rival budget maker Beko generally impresses us more than Hotpoint.


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