Advantages good value because of A-rated energy efficiency
Disadvantages capacity reduced because of A-rated energy efficiency
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Like all chest freezers, the Whirlpool WCS8.0 is not aesthetically pleasing. If like me, you plan to keep it out of sight (in garage) this is not a major consideration. If however, you plan to have it in your kitchen, then maybe this type of freezer is not for you!That said, I chose the Whirlpool model because it was rated A for energy efficiency. Partly as I feel I should be envonmentally aware, and partly as it would be kinder to my electricity bills, but mostly because I was offered (by Comet) £100 off the £229.99 price by having my old freezer disabled (ie mains lead amputated).
So, it cost me £129.99 (plus delivery charge of £16.95 which Comet later refunded when I complained about their poor level of service).The freezer is basically like all others from the outside (a large white chest), but it does have "rounded" corners, making it slightly less box-like than some other models. The lid is lockable (one key suppled). It has an easy to use dial-type thermostat (use coin to adjust), and a fast-freeze on/off control. The manufacturer's instructions for these controls are clear, precise and easy to follow, as was the guidance for first use (eg the need for interval between delivery and turning on to allow for refrigerant to stabilise).
The instructions for defrosting appear straightforward, too. Of course, I have not yet had to follow these. There are internal and external drain plugs for the defrost water.There is an internal light (in the lid) which is quite handy. Again, instructions for bulb replacement seem straightforward.
The freezer comes with two manageable internal baskets, that slide freely left/right, allowing easy access to the contents below, without having to lift the baskets out. As with any other chest freezer, reaching to the very bottom can be slightly tricky, especially if like me you are of rather shorter stature. I am used to this, though, and manage OK.Anyway, although the freezer has nominal internal capacity of 8 cu ft approx, its external dimensions are more like those of a less energy efficient freezer of approx 10 cu ft capacity. I assume that the A rating is partially attributable to the level of insulation - the walls of the freezer are approximately twice as thick as those of my old freezer. Again not a problem to me, but may be of consequence where space for the appliance is critical.
So far, having used the freezer for 2 months nearly, there is no obvious frosting inside (despite some warm weather during this time).I have home frozen a range of foods, rapidly and successfully. The manufacturer states that these should be placed anywhere in contact with floor/walls. This is more convenient than freezers with a designated "fast freeze comaprtment" because it involves less need for rearrangement of existing freezer contents for home-freezing.
Based on my experience so far, I would recommend this freezer.
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