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What to Look For in a Freezer

on 11.23.2011 at 3:58pm
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what to look for in a freezerOver the past 4 weeks we have talked about almost every aspect of having a deep freezer:
Does it Save you money?
Best Freezing Techniques
Freezer Cooking

Now it’s time to actually talk about what to look for in buying a freezer.  You have two big options first, a chest freezer or an upright freezer.

Chest Freezers – Tend to come in larger sizes and great for those that buy bulk foods and tend to store items for a long period of time. It is also easier to store larger items.  They are also considered to be 10 to 25 percent more efficient than upright freezers. The only downside is organization can be difficult with no shelves and you have to bend over to get things out.  They also take up more floor space.

Upright Freezers – Best for those that buy smaller quantities of food. With shelving you can organize and find items quickly.  They do take up less floor space, but consider the space needed to open the door also.  They are less efficient since the door seals but is not pressed down tight like the lid of a chest freezer.  In the event of a power outage they will also not stay as cold as long as a chest freezer.

Upright freezers come in two models, a self defrost or manual defrost.  There are pros and cons to both, but it is reported that manual defrost freezers maintain more constant temperatures.

What else should you look for:

Size – A freezer is the most energy efficient when it is full.  Going for the biggest freezer possible may not be the best idea if you don’t have that much to store.

Light – Having a light inside the freezer is awesome!  At night when you need something for dinner, it’s really hard to tell the difference between anything in a dark freezer.  Also look for a freezer that has an indicator light on the outside to let you know the power is on and all is well.

Locks – Chest freezers should all come with a lock, if it doesn’t it is good idea to get one if you have small children.  It is very easy for a small child to get trapped inside.

Extra Features – Many upright freezers can come with lots of bells and whistles.  Slide out shelving, door bins, quick freeze and soft freeze areas… in general these aren’t features you are going to use all the time.  Unlike your inside refrigerator this is an appliance you will come to less than once a day and only for a minute or two.  The more features you add, the high the cost.