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Pros: Value for money, Good build quality, Quiet, looks good
Cons: indicator lights not visible
"This freezer was bought to replace an old freezer which must have been around 25 years old, but was still working. My wife’s only criterion was that it should be frost free. The freezer is located in the garage so the operating temperature range was another factor.
I have some reservations about this freezer, some specific to this model but others I suspect might be applicable to other frost free freezers.
The freezer seems generally well built – I see nothing wrong with the door handle – and the door is reversible. The plastic fronts on the ‘Fast freeze’ compartments are the exception. They don’t close easily and already a corner has broken off the top one.
There is some noise when the freezer is running but I wouldn’t describe it as noisy, not that it matters when it’s in the garage. (I wonder if any of those commenting on the noise have not removed the transit packing?)
The actual drawers are much smaller than our old freezer, but that probably means it’s better insulated. It’s significantly taller than the old one, but of similar capacity.
The indicator lights are absolutely useless! They are fitted on the front of the freezer and can only be seen with the door open. The only control is a setting knob, marked from 1 to 4. To get fast freeze, you have to turn this to Max. A ‘Fast Freeze’ switch would have been a better option. Turning up the sttting does turn on the amber light, but the only time you’ll see this is when you come to put in your fresh food 24 hours later. There is no information on when the red warning light operates but I have read elsewhere that it is disabled until the freezer has been running for a set period. Whether that means it won’t work immediately after a power cut is an interesting question!
I bought a freezer thermometer (with alarm) to set the freezer temperature. I set the freezer control about mid scale and left it running. The thermometer showed it to be operating from just under -18 C to nearly -25 C which seemed ideal, so I left it at that setting and set the alarm for -10 degrees.
The following day the alarm operated! The temperature was -7.4 C. I have since decided that this is the result of the auto-defrost cycle. The temperature goes up somewhere around 10 degrees when this operates. (That’s the air temperature in the ‘Fast freeze’ compartment.) Whether it varies as much in other compartments or what it does to the food temperature, I can’t say; but it doesn’t seem a desirable feature! I wonder if this is applicable to other ‘Frost Free’ freezers.
I have reset the alarm to -5 C and that’s how things stand at present."
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