Hisense RUL173D4AW1 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.
Further readingTake me to reviews of fridges with flame-retardant backing
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- Under counter
The Hisense RUL173D4AW1 is a cheap integrated fridge that looks tempting on paper. But we've given it our Don't Buy warning as part of our review 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
- Ice box storage- litres
- Testing methodologyThis model was tested after we changed our fridge test programme in April 2018. For full details on how we've changed our testing, head to our guide on 'how we test fridges'.
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