Chest freezer buying guide
Chest freezers let you freeze food in bulk – they're ideal for large households and help cut down on shopping trips.
With their top-opening design, some can be installed in a garage, utility room or outbuilding, giving you a great secondary storage option. Freeze your groceries rapidly with a variety of technologies that help them last longer and lock in nutrients.
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With no drawers and more usable space than upright freezers, chest freezers let you buy and freeze food in bulk, and can hold items of all types, shapes and sizes.Size
Choose a small model to store extra desserts and frozen vegetables, or a larger chest freezer to accommodate the Christmas turkey, bags of ice and bulky groceries that won't fit in your upright freezer.
Many chest freezers include one or more storage baskets suspended over the main compartment – use them to store smaller items like bags of frozen vegetables for easy location and to prevent spillages.
Many of our chest freezers are equipped with technology to help freeze your food faster and more effectively.Fast Freeze
This ingenious function rapidly lowers freezer temperatures to ensure fresh foods are frozen quicker for longer life, locking in nutrients to maximise freshness when defrosting. It's perfect for food that's warmed up on the way home or when you need to quickly chill a bottle of wine.
A four star freezer rating lets you know that the appliance is suitable for freezing fresh food for up to 12 months.
Due to their size and deep horizontal format, safety features are important on a chest freezer.Lid security
Lids with a child lock or that can be locked with a key keep your desserts safer and prevent accidents - excellent features for family homes of all sizes.
Counter balanced lids fix in an open position once lifted, leaving your hands free to add or find food items, and keeping you safer from bumping your head.
High temperature warning alarms or lights activate if the temperature in the freezer rises, giving you time to solve the problem and ensure that your food stays safe at the optimum temperature.
Most chest freezers must be manually defrosted, with some models incorporating technology to assist you in defrosting. Models with a front drainage system are easier to maintain, more energy efficient and give you better temperature control.
Once the appliance has defrosted, water can be drained into a suitable receptacle through a pipe or opening on the front of the appliance for easier, cleaner freezer maintenance.
Suitable for outbuildings
Some chest freezers can be placed in garages or outbuildings, giving you an ideal backup storage solution that lets you keep more food and saves space in your house.Chest freezer storage conditions
You'll need a space that's dry, damp-free, has a stable temperature and level floor. Allow enough room around the unit for good airflow.
Check the operating specifications of your appliance to see the temperature range it can operate within - if the space is too hot or cold, the freezer may malfunction. It's also important to establish whether outdoor storage affects the product's warranty .
Our appliances are labelled with EU energy ratings from A+ to A++ and the running cost per year to help you manage your energy bills.
Work out your annual running costs by multiplying kWh used by 0.1427 (the average national cost of electricity + VAT).
Costs may vary according to how much you pay for your local electricity supply.
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