Product Type: Proline freezer
Newest Review: ... setting and then, once it's chilled, change the dial to medium, so I did this. The dial is nice because it's not numbers (which I hate o... more
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Member Name: zoe_page_1
Advantages: Excellent value for money, 4 big drawers so good capacity, frost free
A freezer is a freezer in my mind, so price was the deciding factor on this one. After checking Argos and Tesco, I ended up with this from Comet as it included free delivery on a day of my choice, and was just £139.99. You can pay £9.99 for installation which is just ridiculous as nothing needs to be installed. The delivery men offered to unpack it for me, but I said I could do it myself (and quite fancied keeping a nice big box, albeit a bottomless one).
The freezer arrived in a folded rather than taped up box which was handy as it didn't need attacking with scissors or a knife, I could just slide it out. It didn't even have a base, just a layer of polystyrene that the freezer was sitting in. The freezer is ready to go out of the box. Although the door is reversible, it was on the right way for me, so I just removed the tape from the door, opened it to remove the instruction manual that was inside, and then plugged it in for a couple of hours. You are advised to start it on the colder-than-cold setting and then, once it's chilled, change the dial to medium, so I did this. The dial is nice because it's not numbers (which I hate on fridges, never knowing whether on a scale of 1 to 5, they mean 5 is the coldest, or 5 degrees and therefore the warmest). Instead, the dial here is min / normal / super / max which is nothing if not novel.
Some people have complained about the length of the lead on this model, so I was a little concerned though not massively so as unlike them I have heard of an exciting thing called extension leads. In the end, I didn't need one and had no clue what they were on about. My sockets are about a third of the way up my wall, and this reached with no problem, plugging in nicely next to my washing machine and tumble dryer.
You can see the freezer clearly in dooyoo's picture. The door has an inset handle rather than a sticky out one, which is much more convenient for where I site the freezer as there's nothing to bump into as you walk past. It's not the largest crevice, but it's definitely usable and I can open it with a couple of (unsprained) fingers without needing too much leverage. The freezer has a good seal on it, and only requires a slight push to close the door properly, but it's also not one of those annoying ones that won't let you back in for half an hour if you shut the door and then realise you need something else.
The freezer has 4 shelves with drawers on, and unlike in some models, the bottom one is a proper drawer not a small useless basket. I could not get over how big the drawers were. I went shopping for a lot of frozen food to fill it up, and still had tons of space left over. You can easily store, for example, 3 full large loaves of bread in a drawer, or 6 bags of frozen vegetables. I bought a huge fancy pizza and though I might need to remove it from its box but no, it fitted in easily with lots of room for other things on top, because the drawers are both deep and high. It seems to hold so much more than my previous freezer but isn't massively bigger.
The drawers are fully removable which makes them easy to clean, and they slide in easily as they sit on shelves rather than you having to line them up on side coasters. The drawers have a greenish tint to them, and are not really see through which means you do have to pull them out to see what's in each, unless you innately know the contents of your freezer (which I do unless anyone's been messing with my bread at the top, ice cream at the bottom default). However, because the drawers pull out rather than sliding and getting stuck, it's easy to see quickly what is where, and you don't waste time and power hanging around with the door open.
As I said, mine sits in my utility room so is nice and out of the way. Others have commented that this is a noisy freezer but I think that maybe depends on the room it's in, or rather than type of floor it's on and how warm the surroundings are. While it hummed a bit the first time I switched it on, it's not noticeably loud now, but it is tucked away in a cold annex on a nice tiled floor with sufficient space behind it for air to circulate, all of which I think help.
The freezer has a shiny plastic coating which shows fingerprints if you grasp it when your fingers are cold from putting stuff in and out, but these soon fade and it goes back to nice, plain and clean looking. It's an all white design which will suit most people, and with the handle carved out of the door, and the smallest of dials, it really does just look like a big white box. Inside it looks brand new, though obviously feels a little colder... It is a frost free design which makes life easier - no more bowls of boiling water and hairdryer frenzied defrosting moments for me!
I thought I'd pretty much be replacing like with like, and didn't think there was much to choose between small freezers once you'd decided between upright and chest, but this freezer is so much better than my old one in terms of size / capacity (it doesn't seem much bigger to look at, but somehow it stores much more) and also in the way it's giving no indication it will ever get super frosted up. It's plain to look at but that means it fits in subtly (and you can always cover it in magnets if that's your thing). For the price, I am very pleased with it and expect it to last a nice long time.
I wouldn't like to say this is a one person / couple / family freezer because it all depends on how often you shop, and how much stuff you need to freeze, but I think it holds a reasonable amount. The official specs say
3.1 cu.ft net freezer capacity / 116 litres gross freezer capacity / 87 litres net freezer capacity
which is nice in theory but hard to visualize, so instead I'll tell you what mine is currently storing:
drawer 1: 3 loaves of bread
drawer 2: a box of vegetarian burgers, plus some bread rolls, a packet of Quorn bacon, two packets of stuffed pasta, neatly put into portioned bags for easy use, a tub of butter and a small thing of milk,
drawer 3: bags of sweetcorn, peppers, spinach and mixed roasted vegetables, a pack of Quorn mince, a vegetarian lasagna ready meal
drawer 4: some french bread pizzas and a regular pizza, an amazing looking cookie mousse cake thing from Iceland, a box of frozen party food (hey, it's Christmas sort of)
and there's lots of room left for other stuff too.
Energy efficiency grade: A
Energy consumption: 194 kWh/year
Summary: A brilliant, well built freezer that stores all I could want and more