When I moved into my new flat about a month ago, the kitchen was already fitted with white goods, and one of these was a freezer. The one that comes with the flat is the Indesit TZA 1. This is a stand alone freezer, with a 78 litre capacity, 3 drawers and an energy efficency rating of A. This is great for saving on energy costs.
The door this freezer opens from the right, but it is actually reversible, and if you follow the instructions in the manual, you can easily change it to open the other way should you wish to.
On the front of this freezer are 3 lights and one knob. The lights indicate power, if fast freeze is on and a warning indicator for if the temperature is too high. The knob is for temperature control, and can be set from 1 up to 3. You can also set the freezer to fast freeze using this knob. Inside the freezer are 3 compartments. The bottom one is lightly smaller than the top two, but there is still enough room to store plenty of food in it.
The top compartment is the one that is meant to be used for freezing items, as well as storing items. The top compartment is also meant to be used for storing fresh food that needs to be frozen.
I have found this freezer to be brilliant. I can store loads of food in it, although occasionally I do buy too much and have to put a couple of things in the fridge, but I have always done this, even before having this freezer. The drawers are removable too, which is handy for cleaning or if I want to take the drawers out to put the shopping away in a tidier fashion.
I have also found this freezer to be amazingly quiet. My old fridge freezer used to like to make its presence known by humming quite loudly, but this one is almost silent, in fact it may well be silent, I don't think I have ever heard it make a noise, even in the middle of the night when nothing else is making a sound. Makes a difference from my old fridge freezer which used to make the most peculiar of noises sometimes, I once or twice wondered if it was about to explode!
The door on this freezer is nice and easy to open, but it is truly sealed and secure when closed, so you know that your food is going to stay frozen with no problems what so ever. No one likes to find their food gone to waste because the door has not been shut tight!
There is not much else I can say about this freezer, it does exactly what it is intended to do, and in a great way. I have no qualms or problems with this freezer and I do think it is a great buy. I have looked around at prices and the best one I can find for it is £164.99 from Boots Appliances. You may be able to find it cheaper, but personally I think this is the ideal price for a great appliance and if you are looking to buy a stand alone freezer, I totally recommend this Indesit TZA 1.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name Hailee*
Ok so a freezers a freezer right? As long as it can freeze things and make ice cubes, thats all you need right? Well when we moved house we got a built in fridge so no need for our old and trusty fridge freezer had to go and we needed a larder freezer to fill a gap. We searched all the usual places and looked for a suitable machine. We concidered the cheaper end of the range as we couldn't see the point of spending fortunes, they all do the same thing right? Not entirely it seems.
First off we ordered and collected ours from Comet and is was the cheapest A rated efficiency type machine that came in silver. Fitted in the back of our Golf with the seats down and suprising light for a biggish lump. The usual packaging seems to have protected it well enough and it was simple to unpack and set up, well how complicated could be I guess. There are 3 good sized draws inside with the bottom one being half the size of the others to allow for the workings. Slightly dissapointing but its big enough for a loaf or bread and a couple of baps. The middle draw is pretty standard and the top draw is the "fast freeze" compartment. The outside is a nice metallic silver and the finish is good quality. Controls are minimal with just a coin slotted dial to adjust the temperature, a power light and a temperature warning light.
There really isn't a lot more to say about the freezer, its simple, it freezes things so what more do you need.
It lacks a wonderful de-icing feature but as long as you make sure the door is closed it stays fairly frost free. To de-frost manually it comes with a nice little fold out spout to drain the water off.
So that about wraps it up, it freezes, holds a descent amount, looks ok and is easy to use so all is good then? Not quite...
The one big bug bear with this freezer is the amount of noise it makes. Whooshing, rattling whirring and various other noises disturb the peace, its a relief when it shuts off every now and then. Its a shame because it looks nice, shame to have to hide it away because of it noisy habits.
A friend of mine also has a cheap freezer and thats noisy too so I guess the moral is if you need to have the freezer in the kitchen then a bit of extra spend is worth the peace and quiet.
Overall, a descent freezer, quality made but a bit to noisy to be excellent.
Cooling Type / Short name: Indesit TZA 1