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Hotpoint HTR16ABSRWW 15.6 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer White Review$499.00
The exterior may remind you of dormitory living. There's nothing on the front to mar the uniform appearance created by the white matte exterior, except a brand logo in the upper right corner. Despite the barren front, we nevertheless found an indicator of the model's cheaper design: when it was attached, the brand logo was put on at a crooked angle.
Thankfully, the white matte finish is resistant to smudges and smears. You'll have to be careful about spilling any colored liquids or sauces, though, since the small rivers in the plastic can be difficult to clean.
The Hotpoint is controlled with a simple little dial inside the fridge interior. This controls both sections, meaning the fridge is at the mercy of the freezer (or the other way around). There isn't any actual degree correlation or manufacturer's recommended setting, so if you want to know what temperature your actually storing your food at, you'll need to purchase an external thermometer.
The handles are recessed into the sides of the two doors. There are handles on both sides, so reversing the door hinges to fit your kitchen shouldn't be a problem.
The Hotpoint plays off of open space rather than storage flexibility. Minimal shelves all around mean there isn't a whole lot of customization available in either compartment.
The main cavity of the fridge portion is made up of three shelves and a drawer. The two upper shelves are wire and can each be placed onto one of four different racks. The bottom shelf serves as a lid the wide drawer located at the very bottom.
The fridge door has an opaque dairy tray in the upper left corner, as well as two fixed shelves. The front barrier on both shelves is removable, should you need to get a better angle for cleaning. The right portion of the upper shelf has more vertical space, allowing you to store gallon or liter containers with ease.
Looking for a low-tech freezer? Well, look no further. The Hotpoint possesses a simple box, with no shelves, no light, no features of any kind.
The freezer door has two simple, full-width shelves with removable fronts. The upper one is shorter, good for storing pints of ice cream, while the bottom one is a bit taller, allowing for somewhat more versatile storage. None of the door shelves are completely contained, with a gap occurring between the bottom of the shelf and the front edge.
The back of the fridge is covered in a sheet of black plastic. The only thing back here is the power cable.
The sides also have a white matte exterior, meaning they match the front.