Reasonable for price
Purchased this Fisher and Paykel freezer now 2 years ago to replace a Kelvinator chest freezer which has lasted 39 years and still going. The unit arrived well packaged and was set up by the delivery men. It went straight into use and has not been turned of since. Cost of running seems good as there has been no discernible change to our electricity bill.
It is difficult to get to the bottom layers of frozen goods on the deepest side of the freezer and a layer of frost seems to freeze that layer into a solid mass which is hard to budge.
For a short person to get to the bottom of the freezer it creates a problem and is quite a sight with some ones feet in the air and head in the freezer.
A small fix that could be easily and cheaply incorporated is a separating grid from one side to the other like the old Kelvinator. Makes it so much easier to organize. Basket handles are a little flimsy and need to be handled with care.
Over all we have not had any problems with this unit and would recommend it to others. Realize that you wont get 40 years service from it the way we got from the old Kelvinator.
To clean there is a drain plug in the bottom which I still havent worked out how to use.
Price average. Energy efficiency ok. Does the job at a realistic price.
Difficult to reach bottom layers.
Good Freezer but not without shortcomings
We bought one of these in 1997 and used it for deep freezing all sorts of stuff. It has plenty of room for the average sized family. One problem with an chest freezer such as this is that it can be very difficult to dig out stuff right down the bottom. My rather petite spouse had a lot of difficulty reaching right down there so if you like to regularly turn over your frozen items then you might be better with an upright freezer.
Additionally around 2005 the motor in it fuzed and we had to replace the refrigeration unit. It turns out that it is a special low-set kind that has to be imported from Singapore and in the end the repair almost out-cost buying a new replacement.
That replacement motor lasted only four or so years before the machine gave up again, this time with a rather spectacular bang. Now our family priorities have changed somewhat since the kids grew up so we've left it sitting out on the porch as a BBQ drinks esky. But it won't work any more. It was good while it lasted but I regret not buying an upright freezer instead.
Fits in a lot of stuff. Inexpensive to operate
Expensive to repair, hard to reach the bottom if you're short, and hard to reach items stored at the bottom
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