Posted: 01/05/2015 at 15:35
Check that they will work in temps down to -10C. I hadf a Hotpoint fridge-freezer in the garage and when the temperature in the garage dropped below about 4C the freezer stopped working. This is because the ambient temperature is lower than the temperature in the fridge which is where the thermostat is.
After considerable research I replaced it with a Beko which will work in temperatures of down to -10C. I'd always thought this to be an economy brand but I must say we are very impressed with the one we have. It's 4 years old and has continued to work in low ambient temperatures.
If I underrstand things correctly the problem with the ambient temperature being too low doesn't apply to chest freezers.