- Easy Defrosting
- Works down to -15 degrees Celsius
- Safe for Garage Use
IN A SENTENCE...
One of the cheapest chest freezers on the market that works in the garage
ABOUT THIS FREEZER
This is a small chest freezer by Essentials, an own brand from Currys that focusses on no-frills appliances at value for money prices.
This freezer has 95 litres of usable storage making it most suitable for a single or two person household, or perhaps an overflow freezer for a family.
- Counterbalanced lid stays open and won't slam down on you
- Winter Security means it will work outside in the garage safely
- Front drain port is convenient for defrosting
One wire basket is supplied, and there's just space for another if you wish (you can buy from Currys Partmaster for about £30) though that will of course restrict access to the rest of the freezer given that it's only 54cm wide.
Thanks to its Winter Security feature this freezer is suitable for outbuildings such as garages, even if the temperature gets as low as -15 degrees Celsius. It is still relatively rare to see this on a small freezer at this price level.
The recessed handle in the side irked a couple of people and they felt it slightly fiddly compared to a proper handle at the front.
The freezer has a drain port located at the front which will make defrosting easier. Some freezers will have this port located in an awkward position - or none at all and you will need to bail out the melted ice from inside!
This is one of the cheapest chest freezers that you can keep safely in the garage. People like its compact nature and that it just gets on with the job.
WHERE TO BUYAbout
These retailers are well established and have a good reputation among purchasers.
Over the years, we've noticed some online only outfits pop-up and offer very competitive prices but cut corners on delivery and customer service, and tend to not last very long!
- Appliances Online (AO)
Online only but been going for 20 years and stock exchange listed (FTSE 250). Own delivery and installation staff. They recycle over 700,000 fridges per year!
The popular High Street chemist has been running their online-only appliance centre for a few years now. Fulfilled by AO, they have the same low prices and in addition you can earn advantage card points - usually over 1000 on a chest freezer!
Another well-known UK brand with a strong online presence as well as a wide network of bricks and mortar stores (speak to real people!)
Founded in 1921, East Anglia based Hughes is the UK's 4th largest electrical retailer and in addition to a full online presence has 36 retail stores predominantly in the east and the midlands areas, that also offer a handy click and collect service
- John Lewis
Offers legendary customer service both online and in store, and have many own brand items including chest freezers as well as their own delivery and installation crews
- Sonic Direct
Boasting a 5 star Trust Pilot rating and their Bradford store being the UK's largest independent electrical retail outlet, you can be sure that Sonic really know electricals and have helped many satisfied customers over the years
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The amount of actual usable interior space for storage of food
That's about 5 bags of shopping
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). Read about freezers in garages
Minimum ambient air temperature of place where the freezer will be used
85.4cm High (with lid closed)
Remember to allow a couple of centimetres air gap around the sides
Total amount of energy the freezer will use in one year, based on normal usage (1 kWh is equal to 1 unit of electricity).
Rating based on energy efficiency. Most are rated F, based on the new scale of A to G. A new rating system came into effect in March 2021
Annual Energy Cost £33.60
Approximate annual cost of electricity to run the freezer based on normal usage. Assumes an average rate of 20p per unit
No chest freezers are currently frost-free. Find out why in this article
Lockable Lid: No
Whether the lid has a lock fitted in the handle (useful to stop young children opening the lid)
Interior Light: No
Whether the freezer has an interior light that comes on when the lid is opened
Noise: 40 decibels
Particularly important if the freezer will be kept in a room inside your property
Foodsafe Time: 16 hours
Maximum time that the freezer can keep food safe to eat in the event of a powercut. May also be called the rising time
OTHERS TO CONSIDER
The following are a similar size and specification:
The slimmest chest freezer in the UK at just 36cm wide yet still has 51 litres of storage
Compact and garage friendly with some good user feedback. Comes with one basket
Very good spec includes an interior light - rare on a freezer this small