Hotpoint SMP85BSB review
|Review: May 2016|
In a nutshell: The Hotpoint SMP85BSB fridge freezer has a stylish Anthracyte black finish, with silver-coloured easy-open handles. It's a smart look, and this extra-tall appliance gives you loads of freezer space, although the fridge storage is compromised as a result.
Design & features
With its matte black Anthracyte finish, the Hotpoint SMP85BSB certainly makes a strong first impression. It's definitely a stylish option, and the quality is well above Hotpoint's budget models. The door handles are plastic, not metal, but they feel solid enough and the doors have an easy-open mechanism that works very smoothly.
It's an exceptionally tall appliance, and deep too, so make sure that you have the space for this before ordering.
The fridge-freezer has a generous capacity, particularly for freezing. The freezer compartment has a huge 124 litre net capacity, which is one of the largest you'll find on a standard 60cm-wide appliance from any manufacturer. There are four freezer sections in total, and an ice tray is included.
The upper fridge section is less generous in size - partly because the freezer uses up so much space. The door has extra-deep shelves, which is handy for storing large milk bottles, but the double salad drawers tend to limit the amount of general-purpose storage space on offer. It's not a layout that will be ideally suited to every family. We think that the interior fittings feel a bit flimsy too.
The appliance is frost free, and has a nice touch-control display panel.
Efficiency, noise & reliability
Although it has an A+ energy rating, the Hotpoint SMP85BSB fridge-freezer isn't particularly energy efficient, using a hefty 354 units of electricity each year. That makes it relatively expensive to run.
It's a quiet appliance however, running at an exceptionally low 38dB.
As for reliability, since this model has only been available for a few months, it's hard to make a definitive statement. Hotpoint doesn't have the reputation of top brands like Samsung or Bosch, and the interior build quality gives us some concerns. Hotpoint appliances come with a one-year manufacturer’s guarantee, with an extended warranty available at additional cost.
Conclusion - stylish, with a huge freezing capacity
The key selling points of the Hotpoint Smart Plus SMP 85 B SB are its striking looks, and its above-average freezing capacity. However, that extra-large freezer does limit the amount of fridge space available.
While it's a good value appliance, do be aware that there are reasons why it's cheaper than rival brands like Bosch and Samsung - primarily build quality and energy efficiency.
Hotpoint SMP85BSB features include:
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- Annual energy consumption: 354 kwh
- Net fridge capacity: 204 litres
- Net freezer capacity: 124 litres
- 4 star freezer rating
- Noise level: 38dB
- Climate class: SN.N.ST.T
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 189.0 cm x 60.0 cm x 72.0 cm
- Colour: Silver Black
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