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Best Budget Chest Freezer - Norfrost vs. Essentials

By Edited Apr 27, 2016 0 0

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Buying a chest freezer can be a great investment. Chest freezers are top opening machines that are commonly placed outside of the kitchen, in the garage for example, to provide extra frozen storage space. Having extra freezer space can save you a bundle on food costs, allowing you to buy things in bulk, not to mention being convenient, as you can cook food and freeze it for easy reheating. And with the lowering prices of electronics, a chest freezer doesn't have to cost a fortune. There is a wide variety of options available to you, with a good proportion of freezers coming in at below £200. Today we're looking at two such budget options. The first is the Essentials C67CF12 and the second is the Norfrost C4AEW. Both of these are great chest freezers, but which one is better? We ran a head to head comparison to find out. So if you're in the market for a reasonably priced new chest freezer keep reading to find out which one carries our seal of recommendation...


The size of a freezer will determine where exactly in your home you can put it, so it's an important consideration. Both models come in around 85 cm high. The Essentials model measures 44 cm wide and 56 cm deep, whilst the Norfrost is 56 cm wide and 60 cm deep.


The capacity of a freezer determines exactly how much storage space you have, so bigger is better. Capacity is usually measured in litres. The Essentials chest freezer has a capacity of 67 litres, while the Norfrost gets 107 litres, which is a pretty big difference in available space. Additionally, you may want to consider what capacity the freezer can freeze on a daily basis (i.e. how much new food can you put in per day and have it successfully frozen). In the case of the Essentials, that's eight kilos a day, while the Norfrost can handle nine kilos a day.

Special Features...

Both these models feature power failure autonomy, meaning that if your electricity goes out the freezer can keep food frozen for a defined period of time. In the case of the Essentials that's around twenty seven hours, the Norfrost gets a shorter twenty four hour deadline.


When you're purchasing any kind of electronic appliance it's important to consider not only the initial cost, but also the running cost. How much is the appliance going to cost you in electricity bills? Appliances are given energy ratings, and the better the rating is the more efficient the machine is and the cheaper it is to run. The Essentials gets an A+ rating, while the Norfrost gets an A rating, meaning that the Essentials model will be cheaper in electricity costs.


Of course, price is always an important factor, but these are both budget models. And they both come in at around £140, which is very reasonable.

Which One Should I Buy?

These are both great models, and usually we would go for the one that offers the most storage space, since they retail at the same price. However, the better energy rating on the Essentials means that as a long term purchase you will end up saving more money on your utility bills, so in this case we make an exception and recommend the smaller but cheaper to run Essentials.



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