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Summary for 18 January 2018
CODE £30 off all orders over £399 at Coopelectrical with code CPA30 (exp. 24/01/18)
CODE £10 off all large kitchen appliances over £249 (home delivery only) at Currys with code LKA10R (exp. 31/01/18)
New LEC Range for 2018
Long established appliance maker LEC has refreshed its chest freezer range for 2018, and all models are due to be available from retailers during January. All freezers have slightly different dimensions and capacities to the outgoing models.
You can instantly tell the new ones apart - they all feature a smart new LED temperature readout, still quite a rarity these days. All models now also have interior lights though these new features do bump up the prices a little.
Trendy Black Freezer from Currys
Chest freezers in a colour other than white used to be a bit of a rarity, but now everybody seems to be coming out wit them- now Currys have joined in with a version of their popular Logik L200 in black.
It has all the plus points of the white L200 including 198 litres of storage, a lockable lid, interior light and it's now on offer at £149 in the curry's winter sale which makes it great value for the size and spec, let alone it's trendy colour scheme!
There are some other bargains to be had from the Logik range, such as the huge L300 with 290 litres of space for just £199.
Looking for a medium to large sized deep freeze for the garage? Consider the popular Iceking range which is exclusively available from respected online retailer the Co-Op Electrical Shop. Very good value for money and free delivery with 60 minute time slots - no more waiting in all day! [More...]
Is Your Food Safe in a Powercut?
Thankfully powercuts are a rare occurance these days, but have you stopped to think how safe the food in your freezer would be during a powercut? You need to look for something called the "rising time".
Food Starts Thawing at -10c
Manufacturers and retailers might also call this the "powersafe time" or "food safe time". In any case, this is the length of time that the temperature of frozen food takes to rise from the normal -18 degrees Celsius to -10 degrees Celsius at which it will start to thaw and spoil.
Average Rising Time Over 18 hours
The rising time does vary from freezer to freezer. A lot freezers can keep food safe for well over 18 hours which is good news as most power cuts rarely last this long. However we are disappointed to see LEC freezers have a rising time of only 5 hours.
Premium Brands Offer Better Times
At the other end of the scale, some brands like Bosch and Miele with their thicker insulation and better build quality have rising times of 48 hours or more. Some cheaper brands like Beko and Logik also have impressive rising times.
Helping You Decide
When we can get that information from the manufacturer, we are now starting to show the rising times on our products pages to help you choose the right freezer for your needs.
If food has started to thaw, you should use it promptly or dispose of it if you are really not sure. Do not re-freeze without cooking, especially meat and chicken. Only bread is safe to re-freeze once defrosted.
Explaining Our Shortlist Feature
Did you know there is a feature on our website that gives you ability to compare chest freezers side by side rather than having to keep switching between product pages?
We've called it shortlist. Simply add items to your shortlist and then view your shortlist to compare - it couldn't be easier to narrow down your choices! Your selections are remembered even if you close your browser and you don't need to login or set up an account.
Cheap as (frozen) chips! With so many chest freezers on the market it can be difficult selecting the right one, particularly if you are on a tight budget. In this updated article, we've checked out all the latest models and found the best affordable chest freezers in each size category so there's bound to be one to meet your needs whether it's an additional overflow freezer to your main one, or a big deep freeze for the whole family. [More...]
A small chest freezer can be extremely useful as a backup to your main deep freezer, or if you simply don't have the space or budget for anything more substantial. In this updated article, we take a look at some of the smallest chest freezers on the market (less than 60cm wide) that are great value for money and all offer something different in their own little way! [More...]
Replacement Freezer Baskets
Many people ask us where they can easily obtain extra or replacement freezer baskets from. Chest freezer makers are notoriously stingy when it comes to providing a decent amount of baskets with their products!
Some manufacturers allow you to helpfully purchase extra baskets when you buy your freezer - but why don't all makers do this?
Anyway, we've found one such place that has a good range of chest freezer baskets is Amazon.
There seem to be a fair few available with most reasonably priced at around £20 including delivery. Helpful note: Please make sure you carefully check your freezer's model number in order to purchase a compatible basket.
Amazon UK Link: Spare Chest Freezer Baskets
John Lewis Chest Freezer Range
There are 4 models in the range, from the entry level 100 litre model to the top of the range 400 litre beast, so there is just about something for everybody, although they are not designed to be kept in a garage or outbuilding.
Of course, John Lewis are renowned for their superior customer service and a good example of this is the 2 year warranty supplied with all their appliances. Plus free delivery and setup - and they'll even take away all the packaging for you!
Although you pay a slight premium for these models over some rivals, it is not excessive and we think the extended warranty and excellent service more than makes it worthwhile!
Update: Save 10% until 9th May 2017 (price shown includes discount).
Chest Freezer Questions and Answers
We are often being asked freezer related questions, some of which are already answered in our buyers guide or some of our other news items below.
However, to help you out, here is a quick rundown of some of the most frequently asked queries - hope it helps!
What are chest freezers?
Think of it as a freezer on its back with the door opening at the top. This allows for easier storage of bulky items and less cold air is released when the door is open.
Are chest freezers frost free?
At the very low temperatures that these units work at, frost will inevitably build up, so no freezer is completely frost free. Some of the more expensive ones do have valves or fans to circulate the cold air more, but even these will need defrosting at some point.
Are chest freezers suitable for garages?
We've written a whole article on this! In summary though, the rule of thumb has been that a chest freezer cannot be reliably used in an unheated outside space (garage, shed, outbuilding) where the ambient air temperature will be below 10 degrees Celsius. However, more manufacturers these days are making freezers that can safely withstand much colder temperatures. You can find them on this page.
Is a chest freezer easy to defrost?
It's quite straightforward. You need to remove any food inside and switch the freezer off. As the ice melts it will run out of the drain port if fitted. It's easier if this port is located at the front rather than the side or rear. Some cheap freezers may not have a drain - then you'll need to scoop or mop out the water!
How much does a chest freezer cost to run?
Are chest freezers energy efficient?
This depends on its energy use and that depends on its size. Typically though a chest freezer will cost £30 - £40 per year in electricity use so much less than £1 per week. Bigger freezers tend to be more efficient than smaller ones per litre of storage.
Which size chest freezer?
Which freezer is best?
This is primarily going to depend on what space you have available - they do take up quite a bit of floor space especially width wise. Also, how much are you going to use it? 100 litre freezers are quite small and ideal for flats or as an overflow to your main freezer but may be too small as a main freezer for a family.
If you need a freezer but are really short on space or you need something small and cheap as an overflow freezer, maybe for Christmas, then look no further than these counter top freezers newly introduced by Capital. [More...]
Revealed: Annual Energy Cost for Every Chest Freezer
Do you know how much it costs to run a chest freezer? Although they draw relatively little power overall, there are some big variations. Bearing in mind the ever rising cost of electricity, here is our comparison graph that shows all current chest freezer power ratings and energy usage.
Russell Hobbs Likes Your Garage!
In addition to some trendy black models in the range, the RHCF200 has almost 200 litres of storage space and a great 52 hours foodsafe time (that's how long food can keep for in a powercut).
It's a bit short on features, so there's no lockable lid or interior light, but it's one of the cheapest medium sized freezer that can be kept in a garage.
More details: Russell Hobbs RHCF200
Two New Black Freezers from Chest Freezers Direct
Apart from the striking colour scheme the models are identical to the white versions so that means thicker than average insulation, 3 years part and labour warranty and they can be be kept outside in the garage down to -10 degrees Celsius.
And don't think you have to pay a premium for the black one - they are both priced the same as their white counterparts.
Read More: Capital Midas Range
There have been some interesting developments in chest freezers over the last year or so - new freezers are becoming more energy efficient and user friendly. Here are some useful features to look out for when purchasing your next freezer. [More...]
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Important Updates on Keeping Freezers in a Garage
By far the most asked question, and the most amount of confusion centres around keeping a chest freezer in a garage or other unheated outbuilding. Some common statements that manufacturers and retailers make include:
- The freezer can be used down to -15c
- The freezer cannot be used in an outbuilding
- The freezer can be used in an outbuilding (no temperature specified)
- There is no information about whether it can be used outside
The last 2 are obviously not very helpful. We've always stated what freezers can be used safely outside the home, but in order to clarify further we now include the minimum room temperature as supplied by the manufacturer.
This should override claims by made retailers that a particular freezer can be used in an outbuilding, but in the small print state that the minimum temperature is 10c - this is quite high for an unheated garage in winter for example.
Where that minimum temperature is 0c or lower, we consider that to be safe for most outbuilding environments. We hope that you find this useful.
Register Your Appliances!
It is important to register any new household appliances that you purchase for 2 very good reasons:
- You may receive an extension to the warranty or guarantee period
- You can be advised of any recalls that the manufacturer makes to a product if they have identified any potential problems with it
You can now do this easily through the website, Register my Appliance, and you'll also some useful household safety tips. It's run by AMDEA, who are an independent UK trade association for the manufacturers of small and large domestic appliances.
Black Chest Freezers are Finally Here!
You may already have noticed that all chest freezers seem to be plain white. In the past some manufacturers have dabbled with silver chest freezers but they tended to be quite difficult to get hold of.
Now Russell Hobbs has added two models to it's range that have a very contemporary jet black paint finish - and they're both available from Argos right now!
The smaller unit has 100 litres of internal space and the other one has 142 litres. You do pay a bit more for these compared to their white equivalents, and features wise they are quite basic although they are slightly more economical than similar sized rivals.
But if you need your chest freezer to be sleek and trendy then look no further. Plus Russell Hobbs have confirmed to us that they can be used in temperatures down to -5 degrees Celsius - good enough for most garage/outbuilding situations.
Chest Freezers Suitable for the Garage?
An often asked question is "Can I use a chest freezer in a garage or other unheated outbuilding?" The answer, according to most manufacturers is actually no. They usually only design their refrigeration appliances to operate down to about 10 degrees celsius. This is fine most of the year but of course temperatures can dip below this in winter.
We all know that many people do keep their fridges and freezers in garages and experience no problems at all - sometimes this may just be down to luck!
Some manufacturers know that many people have limited indoor space and claim that their chest freezers suitable are for the garage or indeed any other type of outbuilding. Zanussi and Ice King confirm that their products can be used in a garage or shed while Beko go a stage further and claim their products are designed to work down to -15c degrees.
Choosing An Energy Efficient Model
With electricity prices at an all time high, and set to rise further in the future it makes sense to consider just how energy efficient your home appliance are.
This is particularly true of refrigeration appliances like fridges and freezers which are always connected to the mains.
The electricity consumption of home appliances is typically measured in Kilowatt Hours (kwh) and quoted as an annual figure: eg 200 kwh per year. As 1 Kilowatt Hour is 1 unit of electricity, a freezer requiring 200 kwh per year will use 200 units: at an average 12p per unit that's around £30.
This doesn't sound like a lot over a year but it's always worth looking at the energy rating of a freezer when purchasing a new model, especially large ones that can easily use 400+ units per year.
Premium brands such as Bosch or Liebherr are more expensive to buy but generally have much lower energy usage mainly due to superior insulation. This better insulation also has a bonus as it will protect the contents for much longer in the case of a power cut.
Get The Most From Your New Chest Freezer
Here are some simple and straightforward tips to make sure that you get the most out of your new appliance - it's not always a case of just chucking all your shopping into it!
- There is a limit to how much can be frozen within a 24 hour period. Don't exceed this as it can raise the temperature possibly leading to a partial thaw
- Only freeze top quality, fresh clean food
- Try to prepare food in small portions so that is can freeze more rapidly; this will also help when thawing out as you only need to thaw the amount required
- Wrap food to be frozen in cling film or foil, and make sure that the package is as airtight as possible
- Transfer your shop bought frozen food into your freezer as quickly as possible to prevent partial thawing
- When filling your freezer, try not to keep the lid open too long.
- Don't put fizzy drink cans or bottles into the freezer as the containers will explode and possible damage the appliance
- Frozen liquids like ice lollies and ice cubes can cause skin damage if you handle them too quickly after removing from the freezer. Allow a couple of minutes before touching or consuming them.
- When positioning your freezer, make sure the plug socket is easily accessible in case of an emergency and you need to switch the unit off
The Magic of Refrigeration
Have you often wondered how your chest freezer works? Just how can it maintain temperatures as low as -18 degrees for an average running cost of about 50p per day?
We realised the need for refrigeration back in prehistoric times when people would gather ice in winter and store it in cool, dark caves or insulated dugouts for when the warmer weather arrived.
Luckily things have advanced a bit since then, although the basic principle of keeping items cool in an insulated container remains. Read more about the history and workings of refrigeration on this very informative Wikipedia page.
Read More: How Refrigeration Works (on Wikipedia)
Disposing Of Your Old Chest Freezer
If you are purchasing a new chest freezer you may be wondering how on earth to dispose of the old one, particularly if it's no longer in working order (even the best chest freezer will give up eventually). Well, a number of retailers have a recycling service that can take the old one away when they deliver the new one.
You can expect to pay around £10 as an additional cost from most retailers when you request your old freezer to be disposed of.
It's important to prepare for this though: make sure the old freezer is unplugged, emptied and defrosted before the delivery. Also ensure there is a clear path so both the new freezer and the old one can be moved with the minimum of fuss.
If you need to dispose of the freezer yourself, then visit this handy website: Recycle-More. Just enter your postcode and it will highlight on a map the location of your nearest recycling depot that will accept old freezers.
Chest Freezers: all you need to know
Here is a quick summary version of our exclusive buyers guide - read the full version here
Why Buy a Chest Freezer?
A chest freezer is an extremely useful appliance these days - with the cost of food rising, being able to bulk buy and store for months at a time is a real boon for hard-pressed families.
A Freezer in the Garage?
If you're looking for a freezer suitable for the garage, look out for models specifically designed for use in unheated outbuildings - more and more manufacturers are producing such freezers these days.
Measured in litres, the Net Capacity is the total usable space available inside for your frozen food.
The energy rating (A - G) and consumption (kWh) give an idea of how economical the freezer is to run (it's running 24/7 remember). The best appliances are rated A+ or even A++.
Measured in decibels (dB), this tells you how noisy the freezer is - useful if you will be keeping it indoors.
Food Safe Time
(Also known as rising time). How long frozen food in the freezer is safe for in the event of a power cut.
This system freezes food quicker while still retaining flavour and texture. Can be a manual switch or an automatic system (in more expensive models).
A lockable lid is a useful security feature if the freezer will be kept in the garage or other outbuilding.
A counterbalanced lid means it will stay open at a set angle and won't slam shut.
A front drain is more accessible and makes manual defrosting easier. Some also use special crystal bags to absorb moisure or fans to keep air flowing and limit frost build up.
Read the Full Buyers Guide