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MORE FREEZER SPACE?
When we recently refitted our kitchen we disposed of our old chest freezer because the desired kitchen units wouldn't fit into the kitchen with this freezer in place. Also, we were limited in regard to worktop space and, as our chest freezer was looking a little on the worn side then the best solution seemed to be to send it off for recycling.
We ran the food in the freezer down and purchased a nice looking under counter freezer to go into the newly fitted kitchen. My husband kept telling me we would manage fine with the freezing space we now had once we were organised but, with Christmas approaching I thought (as sometimes happens) that he was wrong.
November and December were very busy months for us and I started to worry about the food shopping for Christmas. I knew there just wasn't enough freezer space for a turkey, pork joint (not for me as I don't eat meat) and items for Christmas tea.
NO ROOM IN THE HOUSE
I told my husband we had to get a small chest freezer that could fit into the porch for now. Now I know this isn't an ideal place for a freezer but it seemed to be the only place it could fit in at present. We have been intending to run a power supply through to the garage and small summerhouse which are at the end of the garden and so I thought that this coming spring would be the time to have this done and then the freezer could be moved to a better home. For now I wanted to be able to shop before the Christmas food rush. My husband had this day off work and we needed to get some food shopping; we thought if we managed to purchase the freezer and set it up then we could do this all on the same day.
MY SLIM CHOICE
I wanted to get the freezer quickly and so decided (with the demise of Comet) that Currys was our best choice. I looked on-line and had decided to go for the Norfrost C4AEWC Chest Freezer but when looking at the dimensions and measuring the porch, with the front door opening, hubby informed me that this appliance was too big and the door would knock against it when being opened fully. He looked triumphant and so, remembering seeing a slim line chest freezer on Curry's website, I quickly went to the PC and checked its dimensions. It was smaller than the Norfrost model and enough so to be a perfect fit.
I reserved the Haier BD103GAA Chest Freezer
On-line, made my husband a cup of tea and when this was drunk off we went to pay for and collect our new freezer.
Reserving on-line is quick and easy and an option that I often use. You pay at the store and the item should be ready for collecting on your arrival, as long as you allow about forty-five minutes to an hour before arriving at your chosen store.
Another option, of course, is to have the item delivered. I find Currys pretty reasonable and reliable in this respect but I didn't want this delivered. I needed it quickly and, as I would be out and about over the next few days I didn't want to have to wait in for a delivery. But would the freezer it fit into the boot? Hubby thought it would but said it would depend on the packaging. We decided to try and if it was too awkward to fit into our car we would pay to have it delivered the next day.
When we arrived at the store we went to have a look at the freezers on display in the store and were pleased to see that this model was displayed. My husband wanted to see if the cable was long enough to fit into the porch and be connected in the hallway.
We thought the freezer looked good enough and went to the check-out to give our order number and to pay.
The freezer was soon brought out to us on a sack trolley and the assistant wheeled this out to our car. Our car is a fairly new purchase and the store assistant knew how to extend the boot space quicker than my husband did. Soon the freezer was packed and we were on our way home. Good service I would say.
The freezer was well packaged with cardboard, polystyrene and plastic as is usual with appliances.
Once this was done my husband had his next job. What a busy man he has been lately. He now had to make a hole through a very thick external wall for the cable to fit through. But this handy man usually moans and groans and then, if I manage to keep quiet, he just gets on with the latest DIY job. This he did.
As the freezer will eventually be placed in a garage or summerhouse/shed, we weren't too worried about its appearance. If it were to be situated in the kitchen then I would have gone for a silver or graphite colour to match existing appliances. But white was okay for this extra freezer.
In my opinion the Haier BD103GAA freezer looks good enough to be kept in any kitchen, especially if appliances chosen are white. It is a glossy white and looks rather smart, I feel.
The edges are rounded which I think is an attractive feature; the handles are incorporated into the lid on both sides. The controls are towards the bottom of the appliance at the front and so are the warning lights.
The lid opens easily and it is counter balanced, which means it will stay open on its own while you load the freezer or choose the food you want to remove. I would require this feature on a chest freezer.
Inside it's slim but there is enough room to place two loaves of bread side by side one way with a little space still to spare, or three going across the other way. I filled the freezer with all of my Christmas frozen food requirements which included the meat, some vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, gateaux, cheesecakes, several savouries, a bag of ice and two loaves of bread.
The freezer has one small basket which can be moved along and this is ideal to store several smaller items. Once Christmas was over I used, and still use, this freezer for my bulkier buys such as bags of chips, potatoes and bread.
I find this freezer much easier and a more pleasant experience to rummage in to find items than my new under counter freezer. Chest freezers are useful but then, in a kitchen, having one then means compromising on the amount of worktop.
If you are lucky enough to have a utility room or garage with room or facilities for an extra freezer then a chest freezer seems a good option. Of course, the capacity of this one isn't huge but it is handy in my case, and yours if you have a small space available for a slim line chest freezer.
The controls are fitted close to the bottom of this appliance and consist of three lights and an adjustable thermostat. The thermostat dial means the freezer can be set at the most suitable temperature for where it is stored. For example a garage will be colder than a kitchen.
The freezer is a Class A+ so is fairly economical to run, not using up so much electrical consumption. I have read that an A+ rating on a chest freezer means that the freezer will run using twenty-five per cent less energy than one with an A rating. I didn't realise that the plus made that much difference.
Let's me choose how cold I want to set the freezer's thermostat.
This is a great function if you are freezing fresh food such as after a shop and you've bought fresh food that you want to freeze quickly. It's also handy if you bake and want to freeze surplus items.
I find I can fit lots inside and the food can be packed nicely. The freezer's net storage capacity is 103 litres.
If a power cut occurs the Haier freezer can give a cold storage time of up to thirty hours.
Energy efficiency rating A+
Annual energy consumption 172 kWh
Freezer * rating ****
Climate class T
Noise level 45 dB(A)
Freezing capacity 10 kg / 24hrs
Super Freeze Yes
Twin thermostat No
Power failure safe-storage time 30 Hours
CFC free Yes
HFC free No
Accessories included 1 x Basket / defrost tool / guarantee card / instruction manual
Dimensions 845 x 570 x 550 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 31 kg
Capacity 106 Litres / 3.76 cu.ft
Storage capacity 103 Litres / 3.65 cu.ft
This small and slim line chest freezer is ideal for my needs in that it fits into a small space and is small yet I can fit a surprisingly large amount of food into it. I wouldn't have bought this model if it were our only freezer as I would have needed something larger and I would have wanted a graphite colour to match existing appliances, but, as a spare it's ideal.
I think that probably it might not be as good as more expensive known brands but then only time will tell on that one. But I have found that chest freezers don't often go wrong as other, perhaps more complicated, appliances do. Chest freezers seem to be good in terms of longevity or, have I just been fortunate with these appliances?
My purchase was based mainly on size, energy efficiency followed by capacity and appearance. I think the freezer looks as good as most chest freezers both internally and externally, it has all the essential features, it is quiet in operation and, therefore I am pleased with my purchase.
With its energy efficient A+ rated power system and direct cooling system, this large capacity freezer is suitable for all your frozen food storage needs / The white Haier BD103GAA chest freezer has plenty of storage to cope with the demands of a large family, this energy-efficient chest freezer functions extremely quietly / a whisper quiet 45db / Its Super Freeze function will get your fresh groceries frozen quickly, best retaining their flavor and nutrients / Equipped with a temperature warning light, this chest freezer has an adjustable thermostat and has a total capacity of 103 litres / / The BD-103GAA also comes with a front defrost drain for easier management throughout it's long life / Energy Class A+ / 4* Freezer rating / Anodized Aluminium inside walls / 1 basket / Defrost drain / Adjustable thermostat / Works in temperatures down to -17 degrees C / Yellow sign for Fast Freeze / Green sign for on / Red sign for high temperature / Fast freeze switch / Total gross capacity / 106 litres (3.76 cu.ft) / Total net capacity / 103 litres (3.65 cu.ft) / Energy consumption / 172 kWh/year / Climate class / N / Freezing capacity (kg/24h) / 10 / Max storage time incase of breakdown / 30 hours / Manual defrost / Refrigerant / R600a / Noise level (dBA) / 45