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Which fridge freezer brand?

Hotpoint fridge freezers rated

By Jess O'Leary

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Hotpoint fridge freezers

Find out whether you should spend your money on a Hotpoint fridge freezer, how well they score in our reviews, and how reliable they are.

Hotpoint is one of the biggest fridge freezer brands in the UK. It's owned by American appliances giant Whirlpool, which also owns Indesit.

Hotpoint offers a range of freestanding, integrated and American fridge freezers, and is one of the key players in the mid-priced fridge freezer market. An entry-level model costs around £200, while a top-of-the-range one is about £900.

We’ve tested plenty of Hotpoint fridge freezers at our temperature-controlled test lab, so we know how good they are at chilling and freezing food quickly to help keep it fresher for longer. You can compare them all in our fridge freezer reviews.

But first use our table below to see how we rate Hotpoint as a brand, how reliable its fridge freezers are, whether owners of a Hotpoint would recommend the brand and whether there's any safety information we think you should know about.

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Table notes Range of test scores and average test score based on results of any model that was tested between July 2015 and March 2018 and is still available to buy in shops. The customer score and brand reliability rating are based on a Which? member survey conducted in September 2017 of 221 Hotpoint owners. The customer score is based on whether members would recommend the brand to a friend, and reliability is based on members' experience of that brand.
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How much do Hotpoint fridge freezers cost?

Hotpoint freestanding fridge freezers

Hotpoint’s freestanding range is extensive and affordable – so there are plenty of options to choose from. £200 will get you a compact, budget model, or one with the fridge on top of the freezer. Basic, standard-sized models and ones with frost-free freezers start from around £300. 

Spend £350 to £450 and you can get features such as LED lighting and digital displays. Top-of-the-range models are taller (200cm), so they have more storage space, and some have separate chiller drawers.

Hotpoint built-in fridge freezers

Hotpoint’s range of integrated fridge freezers is much smaller and is relatively inexpensive, compared with other integrated models on the market. All models have virtually identical dimensions to fit a standard kitchen cupboard unit, and you can choose whether you have more space in the fridge or freezer.

Prices start at £270 for a basic model that’s not frost-free, and range up to around £500 for a higher-spec option.

Hotpoint American fridge freezers

Like many American fridge freezers, Hotpoint's offering costs close to £1,000. If that's a little steep for you, or if you like side-by-side fridge and freezer doors but are limited on space, then you might want to consider a model from the Qaudrio range. These cost around half the price, have American-style fridge doors, but are only 71cm wide.

Fridge freezer safety

At Which? we continually monitor and vary the assessments that underpin our reviews to take account of changing standards and areas of concern.

Our research reveals that plastic-backed fridge freezers can dramatically accelerate the spread of flames in the event of a fire. Any fridge freezer that either failed to withstand an open flame for 30 seconds in our fire tests, or else has been deemed to be identical to a fridge freezer that failed to withstand an open flame for 30 seconds, has been made a Don't Buy and scores 0% regardless of how it performed in our chilling and freezing tests.

Our list of Don't Buy fridge freezers shows every model we've uncovered that has plastic backing. Just because a fridge freezer isn't included in this list doesn't mean its backing isn't plastic, however. There's a chance it could be a model we haven't tested, or an older model that's not on sale any more. If after checking our fridge freezer reviews, you haven't seen details of the backing material, please check with the manufacturer.

If you already own a model with one of these plastic backs, be assured that refrigerator fires are rare. Our March 2018 research into government data found that only 8% of fires caused by faulty appliances were caused by fridge freezers, fridges or freezers. And although these plastic backings may accelerate the spread of flames, they are not the cause of fire itself.

The manufacture and sale of plastic-backed fridge freezers remains completely legal, thanks to flawed current safety standards that won't be replaced until 2019. However, many manufacturers, including Whirlpool (which owns Hotpoint), have committed to replacing plastic backing and are either in the process of discontinuing plastic-backed appliances, or are upgrading to different backs. Our Don't Buy recommendations relate to the plastic-backed versions of any upgraded product. They will remain Don't Buys until the plastic version is no longer available to buy in shops.

Read more about fridge freezer safety.