Chest Freezer Reviews ... since 2011 - a Hand-Picked Guide

EssentialsC97CFW18

Essentials C97CFW18
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Key Features
  • Prices from £119.00
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  • Front Drain Port
  • Works down to -15 degrees Celsius
  • Top Selling Small Freezer
  • Safe for Garage Use
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The amount of actual usable interior space for storage of food

We've categorised freezers into small, medium, large and x-large

Whether the manufactured has confirmed that this freezer can be safely used in unheated spaces where the temperature may drop close to or below, freezing (0 degrees Celsius)

Minimum ambient air temperature of place where the freezer will be used

Total width of the unit. Remember to allow a couple of centimetres air gap around the sides

Total height of the unit (with lid closed)

Total depth of the unit. Remember to allow a couple of centimetres air gap at the back

Total amount of energy the freezer will use in one year, based on normal usage (1 kWh = 1 unit of electricity)

Ranked according to energy efficiency. Most are A+, those ranked A++ and even A+++ are very economical

Whether the lid has a lock fitted in the handle (useful to stop young children opening the lid)

Whether the freezer has an interior light that comes on when the lid is opened

Noise rating of the compressor in decibels. Particularly important if the freezer will be kept in a room inside your property

Maximum time that the freezer can keep food safe to eat in the event of a powercut. May also be called the rising time.

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In Detail

Another basic own brand model from Currys that just does what it says on the tin. It's a popular seller with some good user feedback.

It offers 95 litres of usable storage making it most suitable for a single or two person household, or perhaps an overflow freezer for a family.

One wire basket is supplied, and there's just space for another if you wish (you can buy from Partmaster for about £30) though that will of course restrict access to the rest of the freezer given that it's only 54cm wide.

The freezer has a drain port located at the front which will make defrosting easier.

Currys say that this is suitable for outbuildings such as garages, even if the temperature gets as low as -15 degrees Celsius thanks to its Winter Security feature. It is still relatively rare to see this on a cheap freezer.

In the event of a power cut, food is kept safe for up to 24 hours which is quite reasonable given the unit's size and cost.

This is one of the cheapest chest freezers that you can keep safely in the garage. People like it's compact nature and that it just gets on with the job.

The recessed handle in the side irked a couple of people - they would have liked it at the front.

Compact and garage friendly with good user feedback. Comes with one basket

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