Hotpoint American Fridge Freezer MSZ 906 NDF Review From appliances online!
(no penguins, that’s for later…..)
This is the ‘straight’ review, ie, no penguins featured – although they will be featured alongside this fantabulous fridge freezer in the Penguin Amnesty vlog which will go live next weekend. Here’s my YouTube review, I hope you enjoy it and I especially hope you’ll notice the meticulously painted nails and not the scruffy hair.
I think the vlog review speaks for itself in many ways, we do really think that this is an amazing bit of kitchen equipment. It is silver, sleek, shiny and ever so stylish. The rest of the kitchen looks downright dowdy in comparison in fact!
This is a photograph of the fridge freezer in its entirety, you can see all of the shelves and just how much you can fit in there. There’s absolutely tons of room, more than enough for a hungry family of four! The kids have said it’s like a Dr Who Tardis and I can only agree, it looks like a large freezer, but when you open the doors it’s really quite amazing how many shelves and doors and twiddly bits there are to make use of. It’s actually massive!
The features on this Hotpoint American Fridge Freezer are something else too! When I first looked at the control panel, I’ll admit I took a deep breath and thought ‘Hmmm…. maybe I won’t be able to work this after all,’ but I was wrong. It really is quite straightforward. Most of the controls are described in the above video, and as you’ll be able to see, they are very self explanatory. In summary, via the controls you can arrange for ice-cubes, crushed ice, filtered water, temperature control (fridge & freezer), ‘Holiday Mode’ (switches off the fridge if it’s not in use), quick freeze and there’s even a button disable function so you can freeze the controls and stop your kids having a button pressing frenzy.
My favourite button has to be the ‘I Care’ setting. This is one of the many reasons why this is an A rated fridge/freezer. You can switch off the glowing display by pressing both the crushed ice button and the reset button at the same time, this saves energy and yet still leaves everything working as usual, so you can still operate the control panel. I love it so much because if I’m having a particularly bad day I can press the button and know that even if no-one else cares, my fridge freezer does. Kind of reassuring really! Aw…. white goods with a heart! (sorry, I’m giggling to myself as I type that)
I’ve included a photograph of this here as you can’t see it very clearly in the video blog. Never in all my years of fridge using, have I seen this! This shelf has a ‘Humidity Control’ panel, if you’re storing fruit and veg with skins, such as cucumbers or tomatoes for example, the high setting keeps them at their optimum humidity level and they stay fresher for longer! No more wrinkly tomatoes (unless you leave them for absolutely ages I suppose). Lower humidity levels are perfect for leafy vegetables, so lettuces won’t lose their crunch. The little plastic lever does seem a bit stiff to push along though, and I hope I’m wrong, but I do think it might be a bit prone to breaking, only time will tell.
This is so clever! The box at the bottom of the fridge is specifically designed to keep meats cool, such as ham, or mince, or chops maybe. Cool air is piped into the box from the freezer and everything is kept separate and more chilled than in the rest of the fridge which as we all know, is important when storing meat. If you’re vegetarian or if you want to simply store an excess of vegetables in there instead, you just slide the knob across to the ‘VEG’ setting and it works almost exactly as the shelf above. Neat eh!
I do like that some of the shelves in the fridge door are a wibbly, wobbly shape, apart from being aesthetically pleasing, they are excellent for storing jars and bottles and keeping them in place. If you open the door at speed, you don’t have a load of breakable jars and bottles skittering from one side of the shelf to the other. Not that I’d ever do anything like that, I’m always calm, cool and collected in the kitchen. (Kay coughs and looks shifty….). They’re also very deep shelves so you can fit loads in the door which is very easily accessible. The freezer has similar shelves too so you can grab things very easily without having to root about in the freezer getting frostbite if all you want is a carton of juice to defrost.
Speaking of frostbite, I’m so pleased that this is a frost free freezer. Our old freezer is what can only be described as polar bear territory. It gets absolutely covered in inches of ice, the shelves jam because they’re covered in frost, things get frozen in blocks to the back of the drawers and won’t come out and it is a nightmare compared to this dream of a fridge freezer. No frost, equals no worries. I can just reach in, grab stuff and that’s it. Packages of slippery frozen peas can be bunged in the bottom covered drawers so they don’t fall all over the place, and boxes can be neatly stacked at eye-level where I can reach them easily and conveniently.
There is one stand out gem of a reason to buy a Hotpoint MSZ 906 NDF American Fridge Freezer. Ice! ice, ice and more ice! And filtered water too! Nothing beats wandering over to this sleek beast of a freezer and just casually filling a wine glass with ice cold filtered water, with a choice of either crushed or cubed ice. This turns a simple glass of water into quite the occasion! Home-made cocktails become a real possibility and I’m warning you, it’s a slippery slope on a Saturday night. I speak from experience!
The water filter is easily replaced and the control panel does warn you when it is nearly time to change it. This gives you a bit of time to organise a replacement filter, so you’re not abruptly left with a water filter that you can’t use.
In summary! This is an A rated appliance and it’s easy to see why. It saves energy where possible by way of the ‘Holiday’ setting and the hilarious and practical ‘I Care’ setting too and it yet it still maintains an optimum temperature for all your food. The alarm that sounds after either the fridge or freezer door has been left open for more than 2 minutes will save you from accidentally spoiling the contents and you will fall head over heels in love with the ice-maker (well I did anyway!).
My only concern is that it is a little over complicated, but it simply has to be that way in order for it to be as perfectly designed as it is. But…the more features it has, the more there is to go wrong maybe? The plastic lever on the veg box is rather clumsy too, but that is a minor point. Having said that, there are all the usual guarantees so I’m not overly worried.
Thanks so much to Appliances Online for being sending us this Hotpoint American Fridge Freezer MSZ 906 NDF to review, if you’d like to have a look at this fridge freezer yourself on their site, please click HERE! They have a huge range, in different colours, shapes and sizes. (well they’re all vaguely rectangular at least).
This is a sponsored post, I was sent this product to review, no other financial reward has been given and all my thoughts are my own – as always!