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Is More Expensive Always Better in a Freezer? Hotpoint vs. Indesit

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Upright freezers aren't for everyone. Traditionally, people who have an extra freezer tend to go for a chest model that can easily be stored in a garage and doesn't need space for opening a door at the front. However, if you have extra space in your kitchen, a front opening upright freezer can be a very good choice. Chest freezers open from the top, meaning that while they can go under kitchen workspaces the counter will need to be cut to accommodate the lid of the freezer. Upright freezers on the other hand open in the same way as a fridge, and provide you with extra frozen storage space whilst being conveniently located in your kitchen. Upright freezers tend to run a little more expensive than chest freezers, for the simple reason that they're usually bigger. Today we're looking at two leading brands of upright freezer, Hotpoint and Indesit. We took one model from each brand to see how they compared. For Hotpoint we have the FZFM171G and for Indesit we have the UIAA12F. One of these models is significantly more expensive than the other, but does that mean that you get a better product? Read on to find out which of these two models we recommend...


Obviously, you want your new freezer to actually fit into the designated space that you have for it, so size can be a big deciding factor. These are both large upright freezers and run to a standard size, being around 177 cm tall, 61 cm wide and 67 cm deep, so they should be suitable for any space.


Most people by a freezer for extra storage, so the capacity of the appliance is very important. Both these devices have a 61 litre storage limit, which is pretty high for an appliance of this size. They both also have seven separate compartments, which is useful for keeping things sorted into categories, keeping meat away from ice cream, for example.

Special Features...

Both models are frost free, meaning no more manual defrosting of the freezer, which is highly convenient. Neither unfortunately has a child lock, but child locks are more standard on chest freezers than upright ones due to the heavy lids on chest freezers. The Indesit has the added feature of having a high temperature alarm that will alert you if the freezer temperature gets to a certain point, if you have accidentally left the door ajar, for example.


It's not just the initial cost of an appliance that's important, it's also the running cost that needs to be considered. Electronics usually come with an energy rating, the higher the rating the more efficient the machine is to run, meaning you have lower electricity costs. Both these models have an A+ energy rating, with an annual average running cost of about £39.


This is where these two models really differ. The Hotpoint is more expensive, retailing at around £350, the Indesit goes for a more reasonable £280.

What's the Better Deal?

Given how very similar these two products are, our recommendation goes to the cheaper model, the Indesit. You really don't get any added value on the more expensive Hotpoint.



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