Freezers: Compare features & prices John Lewis JLCH100 review http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/kitchen/reviews/freezers/john-lewis-jlch100/review/
The John Lewis JLCH100 compact chest freezer boasts a 102 litre capacity, and comes with a basket to hold small items and prevent them getting lost in the freezer. However, the lid isn't counterbalanced, so you'll need to hold it open with one hand or push it back over 90°. We put this John Lewis compact chest freezer through its paces in our labs to see how well it works.
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2011-08-05 16:07:57.95 wrote:
Frost forms under rubber seal on the front LHS. I had a replacement freezer that does the same and a different lid. The frost builds up quite high if you are away for 3 weeks so is not sealing properly. I love the size it holds enough for me. The trouble is not many freezers this size so it is "hobsons choice" I must go through J Lewis again to replace or as she said choose another model.
2011-08-10 11:05:02.88 wrote:
Capacious Tardis-like freezer
I bought this freezer on the recommendation of the Which? reports. I am very pleased with it, apart from the basket, which, as is the case with the previous reviewer, is pretty useless as it won't stay on. I've just left it out. The freezer is an absolute Tardis and seems to take endless quantities without ever filling up. It is so quiet that I sometimes think it might have broken down because I can't hear anything. An 'on' light might be reassuring but on the other hand, how often does a freezer break down? Also, if it has broken down, your food's probably going to be spoiled whether you've noticed or not. The freezer is so quiet that I actually have it in a bedroom, to supplement the small front-opening freezer I have in the kitchen, which is the same size externally but holds almost nothing inside. The JL freezer holds 105 litres whereas the same external sized front opening freezers hold around 70-80 litres, so you get another 25-35 litres of space for the same running costs. Which? sees the defrosting method as a negative point but I would say it is a very positive point. The melted frost just sits as water in the bottom of the empty freezer until you remember to go and scoop it out and mop it up. Nowhere for the water to accidentally overflow to, and no need to balance shallow bowls under a frail pipe, with the risk of the bowl overflowing while your back is turned. It's just so easy: switch it off, forget about it, go back and dry it, and you're ready to go again. The John Lewis delivery men carried it up to the bedroom for me, by the way. There is a 3 year John Lewis guarantee included, which can't be equalled elsewhere. It's very plain looking which is great as it just doesn't draw your eye as you enter the room. I don't like dials and knobs and dust-attracting edges on display.It apparently uses about £17 worth of electricity a year which is less than 5p a day.
Very Good Basic Freezer
I bought this freezer on the spur of the moment when I was offered a whole butchered pig at a very good price. It was just the size to accommodate the various packages. Once we worked our way through some of the pork and sausages, I found the shelf was perfect for storing my stews in Lakeland containers. There is a very useful suspended basket for things like bags of veggies… BUT the handles on either side that rest on the sides of the freezer insist on unlocking themselves every time I lift it up to get something from underneath. I don't know if it's just mine or all of them do it. Check yours straightaway because it's a very minor thing but very annoying. Other than that, can't fault it - but next time I will pay more a frost-free version as the ice does build up.
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