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Hotpoint CTL55K review

Product alert

Don’t buy this fridge - 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.

We’ve been told this fridge is being upgraded to have flame-retardant backing, so our Don't Buy recommendation relates to the plastic-backed version of this product that’s still in shops.

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.

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Hotpoint safety alert

At Which? we're committed to giving you all the information you need to make an informed choice about the products you buy and this includes telling you about how companies handle safety issues with their products. We have identified that this product comes from a group of companies that we believe has previously handled a product safety issue poorly (though the issue affected tumble dryers only).

£190.00 Typical price

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Key features
  • Freestanding
  • Under counter
  • Black
Reviewed

If you're looking for a small black fridge but don't want to spend a fortune, you'll likely be tempted by the Hotpoint CTL55K. But 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.

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  • Should I buy it?
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