Hoover HBFUP130K review
Don’t buy this freezer - it has a potentially unsafe plastic back.
Our fire tests have shown that this type of backing dramatically increases the spread of fire, as it offers inadequate protection to the flammable insulation that is used in all refrigeration appliances. We are therefore only recommending models with flame-retardant backing.
If you already own this product, be reassured the risk of a refrigeration appliance causing a fire in the first place is low. The material used in the backing allows an existing fire to spread, but isn’t the cause of fire itself.
Further readingTake me to reviews of freezers with flame-retardant backing
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- Not frost-free
The built-in, under-counter Hoover HBFUP130K freezer doesn't cost a fortune, but it's not frost-free, so you'll have to defrost it when ice builds up. We’ve given it our Don’t Buy warning due to potential fire risks associated with the materials used in its backing. Read our full safety alert for more information.
- Pros and cons
- What is it?
- What's it great at?
- Is there anything I should watch out for?
- Is there anything else I should know?
- Do I need to worry about the backing?
- Should I buy it?
- Height83 cm
- Depth55 cm
- Testing methodThis model was tested before we changed our freezer test programme in 2018. For full details on how we've changed our testing, head to our guide on 'how we test freezers'.
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