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Reason for purchase
We moved from our flat to our new house with our current combined fridge freezer. However our new kitchen only had space for an under counter fridge and freezer separately. As there is nothing wrong with our old appliance we have kept it and out it in our garage. Therefore our 'wants' from our new appliances were quite simple as space was not much of an issue with us being able to store anything that couldn't fit into our new fridge/freezer in the garage. Therefore my only criteria for the new freezer was cheap but reliable (is there such a thing?)
We also have all silver appliances so that cut down on available freezers so my list was quite short. Of the five or so I found I looked at reviews versus cost and decided on this beko.
The appearance of the freezer is very simple. Small logo at the very top with the handle tucked in the top part of the door. The rest of the door is plain with nothing else on it. Identical to our beko fridge which sides next to it.
Inside the freezer at the very top is an ice tray. It is a slim pull out shelf with small lip around the edge. I can fit six ice cube trays in it. I carry the shelf to the sink, fill up the trays and place on the shelf and carry the shelf back to the freezer. It is very easy to slide in and out. The top compartment has a pull down cover. This and the other two drawers are transparent. Inside this top compartment I tend to have my bags of frozen veg. I must admit to not being an organised freezer user and tend to 'shove and squash' things in and I can get a lot into it. To give an idea I have roughly four large backs of frozen veg in the top section as well as thin boxes laid on top such as fish fingers or breaded fish.
The middle drawer is the biggest. This holds a whole host of items for me, frozen rolls, frozen meat, Tupperware containers of meals.
The bottom drawer is shorter and I tend to use it for bread. This drawer holds a frozen loaf of bread with other small items placed around and on top of it.
Much more spacious inside than I thought it would be. As yet I have only had to store three things in my garage freezer, and that was only because I decided one weekend to make a couple of dinners for future weeks (dont do this very often)
The drawers, pull down front are easy to open and close but dont feel weak. It has kept all of my food perfectly frozen. The door has a good seal on it. Can gently shut the door and it close firmly.
It doesn't get hot around the appliance and under the appliance like the fridge does.
I can't honestly think of a negative for this freezer. Maybe if I didn't have the garage freezer I would like an extra drawer but for the price I paid it is a great product.
I was looking for a freezer to sit alongside my very aged freecycle acquisition and was lucky enough to grab this little Beko freezer under a special green scheme run by a Scottish energy provider. Therefore it cost me nothing. To buy however this freezer is approx £150 which is a good deal and I would have been happy to pay that for the product.
This can be purchased in either silver or white ( we went for white) and houses 3 good sized sliding drawers which are clear plastic. The drawers are deep and easy to remove for cleaning.
For a small freezer this holds a surprising amount of food. At 85 litres this is suitable for a small family and certainly big enough for a single person. The height of this freezer is 85cm and width 55cm which means that it can slot into small kitchens or garages easily. Another handy feature of this Beko freezer is the fact that the door is reversible, which makes it even more versatile for small spaces or awkward kitchens like mine.
The freezer has a fast freeze button which is a cracking invention. I tend to use this when I have cooked a lot of food that is going in the freezer in bulk. It means that the surrounding food should not start to defrost and everything freezes quickly to retain nutrients and food safety. Be careful not to leave this on though, it will burn through your electricity!
The company promise that this freezer has "antibacterial protection" which sounds somewhat gimmicky but it is basically "Microban" which is apparently a coating within the freezer which prevents the transfer of bacteria. It apparently reduces odours too but to be honest I have never been concerned about these issues with a freezer. Freezers (when at the proper temperature) do not allow bacteria to grow anyway.
This little freezer is energy rated A+ which is good. Energy ratings go from 'A' to 'G' with 'A' being the best. A good energy rating will save both electricity and money on your energy bills. A+' is 10% more energy efficient than an 'A' rated product.
Deep easy to remove trays ( three of them )
Fast freeze function
Space saving design
Ice bank slim line tray for making/storing ice cubes
Operates in cold ambient temperatures down to -15°C (e.g. Suitable for garages)
4 star Freezer with 3 separate compartments
Transparent freezer drawers
Curved integrated flush handles
Reversible door for left or right hand opening
Freezer specifications: Energy efficiency rating: A+.
Energy consumption: 189kWh per year based on standard test results for 24 hours.
Storage capacity 3.6 cu ft.
Net frozen food storage volume 85 litres.
Noise level 39dB.
Fast freeze function.
3 plastic drawers.
Ice cube tray.
Ambient temperature -15 to 32C.
Manual temperature control.
All in all this freezer has proven to be an essential piece of kit on my annoyingly cluttered kitchen. We grow a lot of food in the summer and often have a home-grown feast or famine. Last year was not so good due to the damp but the autumn 2012 saw us drowning under a pile of courgettes and spring onions. This freezer ensures that we have enough space to save all of our fruit and veggies for winter use. It sits quite snugly alongside our old chest freezer and is very quiet and unobtrusive.
Five stars from me!
Freezer specifications: Energy efficiency rating: A+ / Energy consumption: 189kWh per year based on standard test results for 24 hours / Storage capacity 3.6 cu ft / Net frozen food storage volume 85 litres / Star rating: 4 / Climate class SN.T / Noise level 39dB / Fast freeze function / 3 plastic drawers / Ice cube tray / Reversible door / Manual temperature control / Anti-bacterial protection / 13 hours power failure safe storage / General information: Size H84, W55, D60cm / Ambient temperature -15 to 32°Cand therefore suitable for use in garages / Boxed size H89.6, W57.6, D60.1cm / EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5023790027946 / By Beko / Short name: Beko UF584AP