Pros - Great size. I use it to store pre-made meals and it is fantastic for buying meat or other foods in bulk when on special. For a family of 5 it is a perfect size. Have had ours 8 months already and only needing to do a defrost now. It was recommended every 6 months so I'm happy about how good it's gone frost free. Haven't noticed much of an increase in the powerbill.
Cons- Door takes a good 10-15mins before it can be re-opened but this isn't a problem for me.
Great small freezer
This size freezer a good accompaniment to my upright model, also a Westinghouse. We live outside town, and do a weekly shop. It is quiet and economical, holds sufficient food for my family and I can freeze leftovers when I make too much. Will also allow me to cater for parties when I make food ahead for the occasion.
Compact Freezer for those that live in apartements.
Bought this freezer after having left behind the Fisher and Paykel freezer which I had back in Perth Western Australia. As someone who prefers to buy things in bulk and just store in the freezer, I was always annoyed when I bought stuff and found that my regular Fridge's freezer compartment was always too small to accommodate the things that I bought. So I did some research and compromised on this one due to the little space that it uses especially when it comes apartment living. So far so good. Does the work well. The suction caps can be quite inflexible but I guess that's the beautiful thing about it as it will stop air from leaking out and help with reducing those power bills. Would I recommend it to anyone? Yes definitely!
Loads of space
This freezer is just great for us (small family of three) it can hold 6 loaves of bread easily without taking up much of its huge space. 2Lt ice cream blocks, no problem. We keep ours in the garage as a second freezer for bulky items. The only annoying thing about it is that once you open the lid and close it again, the suction is so strong that you can not open the freezer again for about 15 minutes. I tried to open it many times and find that the whole freezer will lift off the floor before it will release the lid. If you forget to get something out then you are pretty much stumped for the next 15 mins until it decides to let you back in. Other than that, it has worked perfectly for the 18 months that we have had it. Very pleased with the freezer but I will admit to yelling at it sometimes when I find I'm locked out.
Great for additional space
We use this for additional freezer space as our integrated drawer freezer doesn't have a lot of room for bulk orders of bread, meat, etc. The chest freezer is quiet, seals well, and has more than enough space for a two-person household.
One thing to note is that, because it's not frost-free, this isn't ideal if you're opening it every day. We only open it once or twice a week and have still had to defrost it twice in under a year. That said, the plastic scraper it comes with works great, and it doesn't take long to get all the ice out.
I bought this freezer to replace an older fridge to house my home brew fermentation vessel using an external thermostat. It works an absolute treat, have not run into the problem of sticking door seal like others have stated. It's not frost free but doesn't affect me because I turn it off when not in use.
Supports a great deal of space, and is ideal for any small to Medium family. Maintains a constant temperature and is quiet. The seal seems to be rugged and should cope with regular lifting. So far it hasn't needed any defrosting, as our old Tuckerbox required. Our previous Haier had just broken down, and we missed out on the Aldi unit, which was far cheaper.
Great freezer but lid can be hard to open
Purchased the freezer and it has been fine but when it is empty and you have recently opened the lid, it creates a suction effect making it impossible to open the lid until you wait for a while. Having less of an issue with this now that it has heavier food in there. Apart from that, it looks good and is keeping my food cold.
I purchased this freezer four months ago. So far it has worked well. It runs quietly. It freezes at the manufacturer-recommened setting to -19C, slightly colder than the minimum -18C required for frozen food storage. It has a good design and the interior is roomy. The freezer seal functions as designed and described by Westinghouse in the user's manual that is supplied with the freezer. The freezer did not made any noticeable difference to the last power bill, but time is needed for a more accurate assessment of electricity costs. I recommend this product given it's consistent performance and reliability. The only negative is by way of a suggestion to Westinghouse: another basket would be useful. You have outdone yourselves regarding inflated pricing for extra and replacement baskets for this product.
Happy with freezer
We are very happy with this freezer after having to return another brand to a different store as the lid could not seal properly and then it started to smell. This freezer has a heavier lid and seals properly and you know air cannot escape, so no extra money wasted on electricity bills. This lid also opens easily enough, even after just opening it. I have not found any problems with opening the lid and it sticking close - I live in the tropics and it is summer time. It is quiet with only a slight click when the motor kicks in and then it is quiet again. I would love to see an interior light as I had gotten use to one with our now deceased Fisher & Paykel. It would also be nice to have those extra lights that tell you when it is freezing etc. But, hey, we are very happy with this freezer and Harvey Norman gave us an exceptional deal. Great value for its money and it does what it is advertised to do - which is freeze and seals in the cold air.
Burns everything in it within hours.
Hubby and i bought this freezer on sale from HN's about the middle of the year. It's a 219L chest freezer and it's about the size we needed as we live remotely.
After getting it home we were pretty impressed with how well it was running and how we can never ever hear it. Except for it's size, you'd never even know you've got a freezer running.
We stocked the freezer with out weekly/monthly shops of meats, complete meals, zip lock bags of dog foods and chinese containers of freshly made soup.
To our disgust, within 1-2 days ALL the meat was freezer burned so badly we had to use it for dog food. That is, over $200 worth of beef and chicken. Even the ice cream is ruined.
We turned the freezer down and the same thing continues to happen even on it's lowest possible setting. We are constantly losing $ on meals and meats put in there and we've tried stocking it more, layering the foods differently, using the hanging baskets differently, double bagging the meats, lining the floor with the soup containers etc etc. the list goes on. Regardless of what we try this blooding freezer keeps sucking the moisture out of already sealed bags/containers!
The freezer is not sealing properly either, its sporadic at best. Sometimes it does suction closed and stay like that if you try to open it again, you can't. (like all good quality freezers) however 90% of the time, the seal is so light it's like its only the weight of the lid actually making it close. Its easily opened with 1 finger! Again, we have messed around with the positioning of the cages inside it and have no good results, its just hit and miss.
We are currently trying to contact Westinghouse to see if this is a known issue or if we are doing something wrong but i highly doubt that. Pending their reply i think i will be selling this freezer and going back to a fisher and paykel with which we never had any issues.
DO NOT BUY!
Failed on the 1st week
Bought this a week ago and it stopped working. They couldn't fix it and I am still waiting for westinghouse/electrolux to get back to me on a solution. My full load of frozen food is now going into the bin. Thought a branded product will not fail me that soon, should have bought a less known brand for lesser price instead
Does exactly what it is supposed to do
Bought the Westinghouse after returning not just one but two Hisense units. The Hisense chest freezers both had faulty seal rims (dips in the the actual plastic moulding that were too deep for the seal to close off), causing excess ice build up. Both Hisense units also made an unpleasant gas type odour which left me feeling unwell after a few hours in the same room.
The 200L Westinghouse is clearly a better quality unit with a perfectly straight/flat seal rim and a much larger, more solid seal. There is no odour and the unit does not run as often. Should have saved myself some trouble and spent the extra $70 on the Westinghouse at the outset.
Westinghouse 200L Chest Freezer
Ordered a Westinghouse 200L Freezer from the Osborne Park Harvey Norman store. I asked over the phone if they would unpack it and set it up and they said they don't set it up as all I need to do is turn the power on. They told me they would unpack it though.
They just dropped it off and didn't unpack it.
Can't believe it.
Will be contacting Harvey Norman Osborne Park to either come back and unpack like what I paid for or get a refund and buy it elsewhere.
I was looking forward to placing all the food that was just delivered and now can't even put it in the unit.
Bought A Westinghouse 420l Fridge from them and that has been great and they set that one up but not this.
No doubt they've done it so when I phone they will say that is an extra cost.
At this stage I can't rate the fridge so I've put 3 stars. I assume it will be as good as our Westinghouse fridge is.