Freezers buyer's guide
Freezers are considered essential kitchen appliances these days. Providing useful extra storage space, they will keep food fresh for far longer than standard refrigeration methods, and are useful for storing prepared frozen meals, which can be heated up quickly when you are running short of time.
When trying to choose a freezer the first questions to ask yourself are how much space do you have for one and how much food do you need to store?
If you have limited kitchen space, for example, you may not want a large freezer. Similarly, if you have a big family and need to store plenty of frozen food, then you might want to look for a good size chest freezer that can perhaps be installed in your garage or utility room. If you buy a moderate amount of frozen items, then you may find that a fridge-freezer model would suit you best.
Styles and capacities of freezers:
Upright freezers are offered in standard and integrated options. These make it easy to take out items, with handy shelves to store your foodstuffs. The usual capacity is around 120 litres for 87cm high models and around 190 litres for a 150cm tall model.
With a large amount of storage space, the chest freezer can store over-sized food items, such as turkeys and hams. A disadvantage is that food can be harder to access, particularly goods at the bottom. Kitchen-sized 60cm wide models can hold 90 litres, while garage-sized 120cm wide models go up to 300 litres.
A fridge-freezer is the best option if you need more freezer capacity than the icebox on a standard fridge, but still need it in a single unit. Tall 200cm models will provide between 60 and 110 litres of freezer storage. Smaller models will range from around 30 to 50 litres.
The side-by-side fridge-freezer
If space isn’t an issue in your kitchen, then the option of a side-by-side fridge-freezer should appeal. This all-in-one solution effectively provides a tall fridge and freezer in one stylish appliance. At around 90cm across, they provide up to 180 litres of frozen storage.
Other key features:
Freezers are rated on a scale of ‘A++’ to ‘G’, according to their energy efficiency. ‘A++’ appliances are the most efficient and are therefore cheaper to run and better for the environment, while ‘G’ rated appliances are the least efficient.
Extra features to look for
Frost-free appliances can help prevent the trays icing up and some models will have automatic fast freeze, which is enabled when the temperature in the freezer is too warm and stops when food is properly frozen again.
Don’t leave anything to chance, Tesco can install your new freezer for you, if you include installation as part of your order. We can even remove and environmentally dispose of your old freezer and replace it with your new one, though this will cost you more. See this page for full details.
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