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Which is the Fridge for Me? Hotpoint vs. Samsung

By Edited Nov 30, 2015 0 0

If you're in the midst of designing your new kitchen then a new fridge is probably pretty high on your list of things to purchase. But buying a fridge can be complicated, there are just so many models available that choosing between them can be a nightmare. Of course, you want to make a sensible investment, after all a fridge costs a lot of money. But does that mean that a more expensive fridge is a better buy? Do you get so much more when you spend so much more? Today we're looking at the Hotpoint RFAA52K and the Samsung RL43THCMG. They certainly look pretty similar, although they retail at pretty different prices. Does that mean that one is better than the other? Keep reading to find out how these models compare, and which one is a better buy for you...

Size...

Size is an important consideration when buying a fridge, since you might not have room for larger models in your kitchen. With these two, the Samsung is the bigger model. It's taller (coming in at two metres, compared to 174 cms on the Hotpoint) as well as wider (measuring in at 64.5 cms as opposed to the 54.5 cms on the Hotpoint). That could well make a difference to your purchasing decision.

Capacity...

External dimensions are one thing, but the actual capacity of the fridge isn't always commensurate with its outside measurements. In this case, the Samsung has a fridge capacity of 224 litres, whilst the Hotpoint gets only 150 litres. And the freezer goes the same way, with the Samsung getting 99 litres and the Hotpoint getting 84 litres. Particularly in the fridge, that's a large difference in storage space.

Features...

In this category, the Samsung definitely comes out ahead. It has an automatic defrost fridge (an important energy concern, since a frosted fridge uses more electricity than a clean one), as well as an open door warning and an antibacterial coating. The Hotpoint has none of these features...

Efficiency...

Initial investment isn't the only concern when buying an electrical appliance. You also want to consider an appliance's energy rating, the better the energy rating the more efficient an appliance is and the lower the cost of running the appliance on an every day basis. In this case, both the Samsung and the Hotpoint come in with A+ ratings, meaning they are equally efficient. Although, as the larger fridge, the Samsung will cost a little more to run.

Price...

It probably won't surprise you to learn at this point that the Samsung is more expensive than the Hotpoint, but only by around £100, which isn't a great deal more given the number of features the Samsung has.

The Better Buy?

Our recommendation goes to the Samsung. Sure, it's a little more expensive, but you get a lot more fridge for your money. If your kitchen is big enough for the extra width of the Samsung, it's just a better bargain. The increased storage space plus the automatic defrost really sell us on the Samsung model over the Hotpoint.

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