Hisense RL170D4BC2 review
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.
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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- Under counter
- Stainless steel
This freestanding under-counter fridge from Hisense is very reasonably priced and has three shelves, three door racks, and a large crisper drawer. 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.
- Pros and cons
- What is it?
- What's it great at?
- Is there anything I should watch out for?
- Is there anything else I need to know?
- Do I need to worry about the backing?
- Should I buy it?
- Height85 cm
- Depth63 cm
- Testing methodologyThis model was tested before we changed our fridge test programme in 2018. For full details on how we've changed our testing, head to our guide on 'how we test fridges'.
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