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When we moved into our house we pretty much had nothing in the way of appliances to kit our new home except for the telly and hi-fi. As much as the idea of living off take away every day appealed to me, our budget wouldn't quite be able to stretch to that so we had you do some heavy duty shopping.
One of our major purchases for the kitchen was this Hotpoint FF187E fridge freezer. Well technically we bought the FF187EG - which is the exact same model only in graphite, rather than white (it is also available in satin aluminium, which is probably the colour you'd get if you were to mix white and graphite together).
When looking to buy our fridge freezer (FF) we noticed that a lot of the ones on the market seem to have larger fridge sections and smaller freezer ones. I don't know if this is because most people eat more fresh food, or if they have additional separate freezers to put more stuff into? I just know that we were looking for one that had at roughly half of the space given up for the freezer drawers due to our reliance on freezing food. The FF187 doesn't quite have a half fridge/half freezer set up, but it was the closest we could find in our price range and it copes easily with the demands we put on in (2 adults).
*** Fridge Section ***
There are 4 shelves provided in this section, along with 2 easily removable salad crisper compartments (don't worry, they're of a decent size and can be used for plenty of things other than salad!). There is also a wine/bottle rack (which can be removed if required to make more space), and an enclosed dairy compartment in the door. As you'd expect, there is also an interior light to help with those late night trips to the fridge. The net fresh food storage volume is 180 litres.
*** Freezer Section ***
There are 4 drawers, all with clear fronts so you can easily see in to check what's at the bottom of the drawer without having to empty everything out. The 2 bottom drawers come with a clever little ice cube maker build into the drawer when is a great space saving design. We've had our freezer for over 14 months and there are no signs of any frost on it, yet it remains ice cold all the time. The net frozen food storage volume is 84 litres.
Size wise it is quite big, the delivery man almost had to take it back because he couldn't fit it through our back door. But I think that says more about the smallness of our house rather than the massiveness of the FF. Its actual dimensions are (H)187, (W)60, (D)65.5cm. The doors are fully reversible so you can arrange them to open whichever way suits the set up of your kitchen. Also, it is an energy efficiency class 'A' model.
If you're working to a certain budget the price of the FF currently starts from around £300 depending on where you buy it. It's a fairly common item so you should have no problem with availability.