Product Type: Beko freezer
Newest Review: ... at this point is that this freezer is available in both white and silver. The ZA95FW model stands for ZA95 Freezer White, whereas the Z... more
May not get a turkey in it ...................... ...............
Member Name: Randal
Advantages: Works well.
Disadvantages: No temp warning and capacity is a little small.
My daughter wanted a small freezer for her university lodgings. We considered a second hand one from eBay, but we had had a bad experience with buying a fridge like that before, which suddenly broke a couple of months after we bought it, and the last thing we wanted to do was to have to travel mid-term to my daughter's university lodgings to replace the freezer. Looking around the freezer market, there are numerous models available for a range of prices, but we came across this Beko ZA95FW model which seemed fairly reasonable at £175 in Comet. We used to have a Beko fridge before which gave us many years of loyal service before we upgraded it for a bigger fridge, and hence considered it to be a reliable brand, as well as being a fairly cheap model to purchase. So we ended up buying this Beko under counter-freezer in late June, and my daughter decided to set it up in her bedroom to try it out before we moved it to her student lodgings in September.
A point to note at this point is that this freezer is available in both white and silver. The ZA95FW model stands for ZA95 Freezer White, whereas the ZA95FS model stands for ZA95 Freezer Silver. Both are exactly the same spec, but the outer casing colour is different.
So let's look at the specs of this 4 star A rated freezer. Size wise it is 84cm high by 54.5 cm wide by 59.5 deep. It has a gross capacity of 3.2 cu feet (90 litres), but a net capacity of 2.7 cu feet (76 litres). It is worth understanding the difference between these 2 figures. The gross capacity is basically how much capacity it has inside - effectively take everything out, lay it on it's back and fill it with 3.2 cu feet of fluid. The net capacity is what you can physically get into it once you include space for the shelves, drawers, doors, gaps to allow things to slide in and out etc, giving you a capacity of 2.7 cu feet to store your frozen food etc, which is perhaps towards the bottom end of capacities for under counter freezers.
It has 3 clear plastic drawers to hold any contents, and is frost free, which is always a bonus nowadays with any freezer to save you having to manually defrost it. It has a thermostatic control, claiming to freeze 10 kg of food in 24 hrs using the fast freeze facility.
In use, it works well and is reasonably quiet, where you can just hear the fan in operation. The thermostatic control takes a bit of practice to set up correctly to get a nice even freeze without a frosty build up, but about a level 2.5 seems to work for us. For a family, the capacity is very limited (unless you plan to shop every few days), but for a single person, it is ideal, making it a great choice for my daughter to use at her university lodgings.
Negative points? The only real bug bear we've found is that it is fairly narrow at 54.5 cm. Most of the openings in kitchens for dishwashers, washing machines etc are normally 60 cm wide, and since this is an under-counter freezer, you would expect to be able to slot it in to such a gap, which you can. But it then leaves a largish gap either side which looks unsightly. So if it was just a little bit wider, it would look better and perhaps increase the internal net capacity slightly. A further issue to note is that there is no warning buzzer on the freezer to warn you that the temperature is rising (door left open etc). Would be a nice to have, but this is a basic model freezer with no real 'bells and whistles'.
In summary, this is a basic model freezer at a reasonable price. Capacity wise, it is slightly on the small side, which I would think would be very limiting for a family to use. However, for a single person or a couple, this freezer would be ideal. Unfortunately it doesn't have an alarm, which is a bit of a annoyance, particularly in student accommodation where freezers may/can get left open (so our daughter tells us). So overall, a 4 star recommendation.
Also on Ciao under Randal1.
Summary: Great under-counter freezer for couples or singles.
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