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Results: Which should I get?

Norfrost

80.00% • 4 votes

Hotpoint

20.00% • 1 votes

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5 votes in total.

  • FIRST POST
    pealy
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    Norfrost Freezer - Cheap & Cheerful or Cheap & Nasty?
    • #1
    • 2nd Aug 05, 10:10 AM
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    Norfrost Freezer - Cheap & Cheerful or Cheap & Nasty? 2nd Aug 05 at 10:10 AM
    I'm looking for a medium sized chest freezer and found two Efficiency 'A' models of similar size. One is a Norfrost (C6AEW) for 139 + del and the other is a Hotpoint (RC32P) 184 plus del.

    Are Norfrost freezer's any good? Curry's doesn't show warranty details but other sites show it as only 1 year parts & Labour. The Hotpoint has a 5 year parts and 1 year labour warranty.

    IS the Norfrost worth a gamble, with delivery it's coming out at 60 cheaper than the Hotopint.
    Last edited by pealy; 02-08-2005 at 8:51 PM. Reason: Changing the icon to thumbs up
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    • dellboy102
    • By dellboy102 2nd Aug 05, 10:17 AM
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    dellboy102
    • #2
    • 2nd Aug 05, 10:17 AM
    • #2
    • 2nd Aug 05, 10:17 AM
    Ask how much there cover is, if its less then 60 for 5 years you might want to consider it, I have it on a laptop and its pretty decent (plus it covers parts AND labour for 5yrs unlike hotpoint)
  • coffeeandfags
    • #3
    • 2nd Aug 05, 10:27 AM
    • #3
    • 2nd Aug 05, 10:27 AM
    Definately the Norfrost!
    Ill tell you why. I bought a Norfrost chest freezer around 12 years ago from a second hand shop (so goodness knows how old it was then!), i used it myself for around 9 years then passed it to a neighbour who is still using it yet. It still looks and works as good as new!

    coffeeandfags
  • pealy
    • #4
    • 2nd Aug 05, 10:29 AM
    • #4
    • 2nd Aug 05, 10:29 AM
    Definately the Norfrost!
    Ill tell you why. I bought a Norfrost chest freezer around 12 years ago from a second hand shop (so goodness knows how old it was then!), i used it myself for around 9 years then passed it to a neighbour who is still using it yet. It still looks and works as good as new!

    coffeeandfags
    by coffeeandfags
    Wow! High praise indeed.
    • dellboy102
    • By dellboy102 2nd Aug 05, 2:47 PM
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    dellboy102
    • #5
    • 2nd Aug 05, 2:47 PM
    • #5
    • 2nd Aug 05, 2:47 PM
    Definately the Norfrost!
    Ill tell you why. I bought a Norfrost chest freezer around 12 years ago from a second hand shop (so goodness knows how old it was then!), i used it myself for around 9 years then passed it to a neighbour who is still using it yet. It still looks and works as good as new!

    coffeeandfags
    by coffeeandfags
    Ok second thoughts forget cover
  • GeoThermal
    • #6
    • 2nd Aug 05, 4:02 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 4:02 PM
    Norfrost have closed down so warranties "might" be an issue.

    A couple of family members had them and both found that the hinges totally snapped off the door.
  • paul_h
    • #7
    • 2nd Aug 05, 4:58 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 4:58 PM
    Norfrost manufacture their freezers up in Caithness, Scotland, but unfortunately went into administration this year as GeoThermal says. They are one of the largest employers in the area and the only manufacturer of domestic freezers in the UK.

    Although obviously made to a budget, in my experience they do seem to be reliable and I would guess from this that they must have used decent quality compressors. coffeeandfags is right - they just seem to go on and on.

    Your 12 month warranty shouldn't be a problem as your contract is with the retailer, although spares might be if the company closes down completely.


    Note that they have not closed down, they are in administration due to falling sales and competition from imported goods.

    So, support UK manufacturers!
    Last edited by paul_h; 02-08-2005 at 5:11 PM.
  • paul_h
    • #8
    • 2nd Aug 05, 5:04 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 5:04 PM
    Oh, and I certainly wouldn't be persuaded by any 'parts only' warranty.

    In many cases, using the manufacturers service, the labour ends up costing more than it would to get a non-franchised engineer to repair it, including the parts.
  • pealy
    • #9
    • 2nd Aug 05, 7:33 PM
    Good Point Paul_H
    • #9
    • 2nd Aug 05, 7:33 PM
    Oh, and I certainly wouldn't be persuaded by any 'parts only' warranty.

    In many cases, using the manufacturers service, the labour ends up costing more than it would to get a non-franchised engineer to repair it, including the parts.
    by paul_h
    .. I thought that looked a bit sneaky, shame on you Hotpoint
  • suzique
    I'm looking for a medium sized chest freezer and found two Efficiency 'A' models of similar size. One is a Norfrost (C6AEW) for 139 + del and the other is a Hotpoint (RC32P) 184 plus del.

    Are Norfrost freezer's any good? Curry's doesn't show warranty details but other sites show it as only 1 year parts & Labour. The Hotpoint has a 5 year parts and 1 year labour warranty.

    IS the Norfrost worth a gamble, with delivery it's coming out at 60 cheaper than the Hotopint.
    by pealy
    Norfrost brilliant,I bought a chest freezer about 6 years ago,never had a days trouble with it.
  • pealy
    Sold, to the man in the black sweater..

    I'm going to get a Norfrost.

    Thanks everyone for your comments - what a great bunch of moneysavers you all are.
    • steady__eddie
    • By steady__eddie 3rd Aug 05, 11:39 AM
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    steady__eddie
    I bought one about 5 years ago from a place near me that specialises in "war damaged goods" i.e. cosmetically damaged. There was a full guarantee with it so I took the outer case of and tapped the crease out. A spray can of white paint completed the modification. It worked out at about fifty quid below high street prices and to date has not malfunctioned. I think I'm gonna have to get the spray paint out though shortly.
  • pealy
    Too Late!
    Sold, to the man in the black sweater..

    I'm going to get a Norfrost.

    Thanks everyone for your comments - what a great bunch of moneysavers you all are.
    by pealy
    ..At least I would have done but Currys is now telling me that

    "Due to high demand the following item(s) are currently unavailable"

    !!!!!!, I should have been quicker!

    Now I'm getting a Zanussi ZCF77C for 159 from John Lewis (2 year guarantee and free delivery). It's not as efficient as the Norfrost, I couldn't find another within my price range that even came close to it's Efficiency A.
  • jockettuk
    i got my norfrost from the comet clearance site .. cost 44 and 20 delivery .. its been fantastic and i had one before that and it lasted 15 yrs .. ive found that you pay for names not always quality..
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