Yesterday we bought a new freezer to put in the downstairs utility room. The old one, a Whirlpool freezer that still works fine, is 12 years old. It's been making me nervous. If it gave up the ghost, we'd really have to scramble to get and new one and save the contents of the old freezer. So we're getting a new one now, before it becomes some kind of emergency.
Here's the one we found and chose. We are buying it locally so that we will have some recourse with the merchant if there are problems.
It's a Hotpoint-Ariston model, an upright freezer (un congélateur armoire), it's called in French) with two shelves (at the top) and four drawers. It's frost-free, which in French is called froid ventilé (as opposed to froid statique) and dégivrage automatique rather than dégivrage manuel. In other words, it doesn't need to be defrosted. The old freezer is a chest-type appliance and uses froid statique so it requires manual defrosting periodically.
We plan to keep the old freezer too, for as long as it works. We are approaching our big harvest season, and there are so many tomatoes out in the garden that we'll need a lot of space for tomato sauce, for example. We are already freezing this year's green beans, and we have more zucchini than we can eat now.
The freezer dimensions are 169 x 60 x 68 in centimeters. That's 66½ inches tall, about 24 inches wide, and about 27 inches deep. The usable capacity is 222 liters, according to the manufacturer's specs. That's nearly eight cubic feet, which is about the same size as the old Whirlpool chest-style freezer.
Besides garden produce (kale, chard, collard greens, etc.), we also freeze leftovers from the kitchen and meats that we buy on special (sausages, pork roasts, beef steaks and stew meat, chicken, fish, and so on).
If you know anything specifically about Hotpoint-Ariston appliances, please leave a comment. It wouldn't be too late for us to cancel the order. And if you have information or opinions about upright freezers in general, I'd be glad to hear from you.
I am just reading on Wikipedia that Hotpoint is a brand now manufactured by the Italian firm Indesit, 60% of which is owned by Whirlpool. Appliances sold in the U.K. are branded as Hotpoint, and in France as Hotpoint-Ariston. I've read customer reviews and comments on this model (UH6F1CW) in both English and French, and while the great majority are positive they aren't very informative because they're mostly written by people who've only recently bought the freezer. They can't comment on long-term reliability. So you take your chances, as usual.