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I've just signed for a new rental, but it only has a small freezer compartment on the included fridge, so I'm going to get my own chest freezer to keep in the garage.

I know manufacturer can make a big difference in terms of both energy efficiency and build quality, so was wondering which ones to go for. Saw a reasonably priced one made by Zannusi. Are they any good, and if not, who is?

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I've just signed for a new rental, but it only has a small freezer compartment on the included fridge, so I'm going to get my own chest freezer to keep in the garage.

I know manufacturer can make a big difference in terms of both energy efficiency and build quality, so was wondering which ones to go for. Saw a reasonably priced one made by Zannusi. Are they any good, and if not, who is?

Have you tried the comparison sites like Kelkoo? They often categorise things like energy efficiency.

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Saw a reasonably priced one made by Zannusi. Are they any good, and if not, who is?

Brandt

Whirlpool

they make good freezers but in general most freezers tend to be heavy on electricity

buy a no frost/frost free freezer they are a lot less hassle

Zannusi are owned i think by electrolux not a bad freezer maker and they do have there own website which is good when you want to order spare -parts

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Having a Miele washer, which is the one true love of my life* I would imagine their freezers are of the same quality (but at a price!).

Reevoo is a good site for comparisons, although the contradictory reviews can drive you crackers at times. My Bosch fridge/freezer was described as being so noisy it kept the reviewer awake at night. I can barely tell that it's on!

*Hey, if it looked good in a tutu I'd marry the bloody thing.

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i always buy german - see Bosch

So did I: my large fridge freezer is Bosch and delighted with it.

Now however they are not made in Germany anymore.

So the latest acquisition was a Siemens washer made in Germany and superbly engineered.

I would buy nothing under the Electrolux brand as they take over leading brands and then don't support spares.

For one of my ride on mowers (US manufacture) in France, sold under the Rallye brand, this biz was APC and acquired by Electrolux: they were completely disinterested in spare parts service.

In the end I had to import the required part from a US stockist and the whole cost (Including shipping by UPS) was circa £90: Electrolux stated if they could supply, then it would be circa £250!

Avoid!

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I've just signed for a new rental, but it only has a small freezer compartment on the included fridge, so I'm going to get my own chest freezer to keep in the garage.

I know manufacturer can make a big difference in terms of both energy efficiency and build quality, so was wondering which ones to go for. Saw a reasonably priced one made by Zannusi. Are they any good, and if not, who is?

With chest freezers there is a big trade off between energy efficiency and size/capacity.

With an 'A' you get a lot less litreage than a 'C' rated one with similar external dimensions. 'A' rated also tend to be more expensive to buy too.

We only wanted a small chest freezer. When we looked at the difference in the running costs vs the purchase price (got a really good deal at our local Euronics centre) it made more sense for us to have a 'C' that gave us more capacity.

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, sold under the Rallye brand, this biz was APC and acquired by Electrolux: they were completely disinterested in spare parts service.

In the end I had to import the required part from a US stockist and the whole cost (Including shipping by UPS) was circa £90: Electrolux stated if they could supply, then it would be circa £250!

Avoid!

Rallye does not exist any more it is now called Geant casino but it is the same people and the same problems

I have sent a recorded letter to there head office last week complaining about there so called "sav" when something goes wrong they do not want to know

Champion does not exist anymore it is now called "Carrefour market" so if you have a problem with something you bought at champion they tell you that champion no longer exists

this is not true as its the same owners changing the name of the same shop they will do anything to get away from a problem

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Rallye does not exist any more it is now called Geant casino but it is the same people and the same problems

I have sent a recorded letter to there head office last week complaining about there so called "sav" when something goes wrong they do not want to know

Champion does not exist anymore it is now called "Carrefour market" so if you have a problem with something you bought at champion they tell you that champion no longer exists

this is not true as its the same owners changing the name of the same shop they will do anything to get away from a problem

Bon soire !

I had precisely the same problem with my Estate level Weedeater strimmer.

Bought in France.

In the end, I found a US Dealer for the manufacturer, Poulan OPE. Wanted a carb service kit.

Imported direct from the USA.

Trouble now is that all the top brands of garden and Motoculteure Equippage are Electrolux!

McCullogh; Husqvarna, Jonquil, Stahl etc.

Accordingly, I now look elsewhere.

Had truly excellent service from original Italian Zanussi Fridge-Freezer and washer: easy to source genuine spares etc.

Not now.

Electrolux buy the company for the brand and then don't provide decent longevity of service.

Pass!

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Bon soire !

excellent service from original Italian Zanussi Fridge-Freezer and washer: easy to source genuine spares etc.

Not now.

Electrolux buy the company for the brand and then don't provide decent longevity of service.

Pass!

En france the sav or service àpres -vente !

Does not exist, in big hyper -markets you always end up fighting even though it is still guarnteed

This can come as a big shock for the Brits as in the UK customer -service normally runs very well

The only advice i can give is when you go into a french "hyper market" only buy food etc

Never buy a freezer or a TV because if it goes wrong they will tell you to get st*ffed

Having said that the real electonics, tv ,computers etc shops like Darty or Conforama are the top they are not trying to sell breakfast cereals and lcd tv's

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Bought our new big Thompson TV from a specialist electrical appliance shop, recommended by a close friend.

Plus 5 year warranty!

I would never ever buy anthing specialised from such as Champion-Carrefour et al; escept as you say food.

And most of that comes now from either Aldi or Lidl.

À toute à a l'heure !

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I just bought an A-rated Indesit upright freezer- a big one, as tall as me. Cost me £266 delivered. My Indesit fridge which cost about £100 has been perfect for the last three years. TBH I've never had a fridge or freezer go wrong and hence can't see any point paying out for a posh brand.

I will however be buying a Miele washing machine as soon as I've saved up for it :).

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Nearly all our electrical stuff is Samsung.

Why? Because it's all AAA rated, does the same job and costs about a third less. Not sure if this is the case in the UK mind.

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I will however be buying a Miele washing machine as soon as I've saved up for it :).

They're dreamy. :wub:

Sorry, I mean efficient and quiet, damn quiet (I live in a flat so this was a major factor). They have cast iron bases, which is why they weigh twice as much as the average washer.

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Having a Miele washer, which is the one true love of my life* I would imagine their freezers are of the same quality (but at a price!).

True - we've just bought one. Staggering price, but in a few years time I will have forgotten what it costs. I did some testing on our old freezers with one of those power plugs. The oldest cost 30p a day to run. The newest cost 16p a day. The Miele costs about 5p a day, and can keep food frozen for 43 hours in a power cut (or so they claim).

I'm making the assumption that like most other Miele stuff, it will last for decades. Some friends have a Miele washer + dryer they bought in the 80s - never had a problem with them. Impressive kit.

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Some friends have a Miele washer + dryer they bought in the 80s - never had a problem with them. Impressive kit.

The entry-level Miele washers (like mine) come with a manufacturers 5-year warranty. Get into the mid-range and you're taking 10 years.

My own personal theory is that if stuff were truly built to last, it would cost the same as Miele stuff does. I recently bought a Bosch fridge/freezer for around £250, that's a third of what a Miele might cost. It's an OK piece of kit and will probably last many years. Fridge/freezers don't get the kind of hammer a washer does anyway, nor do they have the moving parts to go wrong. So for that reason, I went for the cheaper option.

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Fwiw I've found Bosch pretty good, although had to replace door handles several times on both the fridge and dishwasher. Hopefully they've improved those.

Do you really need a chest freezer though? Why not consider a decent upright fridge/freezer which should give you enough freezer space but also extra fridge space for booze etc. unless you have a large family that merits keeping a chest freezer full.

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The entry-level Miele washers (like mine) come with a manufacturers 5-year warranty. Get into the mid-range and you're taking 10 years.

My own personal theory is that if stuff were truly built to last, it would cost the same as Miele stuff does. I recently bought a Bosch fridge/freezer for around £250, that's a third of what a Miele might cost. It's an OK piece of kit and will probably last many years. Fridge/freezers don't get the kind of hammer a washer does anyway, nor do they have the moving parts to go wrong. So for that reason, I went for the cheaper option.

Over here:

Samsung Microwave, the digital type I can't figure out, £50

Samsung fridge freezer, £110

Samsung TV, 32" (normal telly), £100

Pansonic massive surround sound awful thing the wife demanded £160 (BITCH!!! :angry: )

Samsung TV, 21" £60

DVD player £12

Toaster, useless, £4

Kettle, good quality but slow, £5

Blenders and weird kitchen appliances that never get used once and end up in the cupboard, £40

So all in all, £541 to do the whole place.

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Fwiw I've found Bosch pretty good, although had to replace door handles several times on both the fridge and dishwasher. Hopefully they've improved those.

Do you really need a chest freezer though? Why not consider a decent upright fridge/freezer which should give you enough freezer space but also extra fridge space for booze etc. unless you have a large family that merits keeping a chest freezer full.

It's just me and my fianceé, so we don't need another full fridge and freezer.

I'm looking to get a smaller chest freezer, not a full size one, mainly because they have more space for their size due to not having shelves etc...

And it's going in the garage to I want to be able to open the door without smacking it into the side of the car.

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