This compact froster will become an ideal solution for those users who live in small premises or those who keep away from bulky items.
The adjustable front feet help install the model on a sloped surface. The shelves are made of metal to ensure durability and rust-resistance.
This freezer will be an outstanding alternative to the froster of your fridge, offering more space for food storage.
This chest froster is available in different capacities and door positions, so you can easily pick the right one according to your needs and interior.
The unit needs quite a lot of space due to its bulky size.
This deep froster features a precise temperature setting and excellent capacity, so it can be an indispensable addition to a small restaurant or cafe.
What is a Freezer
A fridge is one of the must-have home appliances for every family. As we know, each fridge has a freezer compartment to chill the heat-sensitive food. Yet, the freezer capacity is often too low, and we need more space for extra food stuff. This is where buying a separate freezer would become an ideal solution. A freezer is a device similar to the fridge, designed for freezing meat, fish, dairy products, vegetables, fruit, ice cream, etc. The freezers can store food and keep it frozen for up to 12 months. That's actually one of the reasons why owners of farmsteads and private houses are so keen on having one to store their food for a longer time.
What Features to Compare
Type is the first point we will explore in our review. All freezers are divided into chest and upright models. The upright freezers (also known as freezing cabinets) largely resemble conventional fridges, yet unlike fridges, they feature retractable baskets. A number of shelves and baskets may vary depending on the model size. The chest models have oblong bodies and top covers opening upwards. The chest frosters are considered to be more effective than upright models thanks to a more rational arrangement of usable space and higher capacity. The chest frosters are commonly placed on balconies or loggias, though you can place you model in a cellar.
Let’s proceed to the efficiency of a freezer. This parameter depends on the model capacity that shows how much food you can store inside. If you are going to freeze a dab of fruit and vegetables, look for a freezer with a capacity up to 5 cu. ft. Contrarily, those consumers who need to freeze a lot should look for the models from 6 to 9 cu. ft. All in all, if your family is large, check for the freezers over 18 cu. ft. Since any froster is plugged in all the time, the energy consumption also matters for efficiency. The energy consumption is the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) consumed for 1 year, and the less this figure is, the less money you will spend on electricity bills. The storage period of the frozen food depends on the temperature range of the freezer, and the lower temperature is kept, the longer the food can be stored.
The usability is quite an important aspect of a freezer. The defrosting system is the very first indicator of a froster usability. If you have a model with manual defrosting, you will have to unplug and free it from food to melt icing and wash the interior once or twice a year. If you don’t want to tinker with washing, consider the models with automatic defrost. A freezer with automatic defrost features constant circulation of the cold air, so the food is kept chilled with no ice and frost. Nevertheless, such frosters ought to be also defrosted and washed at least once a year.
The usability of a freezer depends on the number of shelves and bins. The shelves may be retractable or stationary. For maximum convenience, opt for a froster with removable shelves to arrange the space for your needs and store bigger items. You should also consider dimensions to know how much space you would need to have you froster installed in your place.
After you’ve decided on the key characteristics, make sure to check on little extras that make up for a convenience of use. They may include LED lighting, reversible doors with right or left swing, a door lock to block access off children and strangers, temperature range, controls and many more. You don’t buy freezers every year, so be sensible to get a decent one right away.
SPT 1.1 Cu.Ft.
The SPT UF-150SS is a compact upright freezer that can offer you some additional space to store away food. Thanks to the small dimensions of the freezer and its flush backside, you're not limited to the location where it can be installed. Be it your study, dormitory room or domestic kitchen, it will fit perfectly well, taking up very little space.
Since the freezer is compact, its capacity is self-explanatory. The usable volume is 1.1 cu ft, and this model is offered with 2.1 or 3.0 cu ft capacity. The energy consumption of the model is 270 kWh per year. The freezing temperature can be set from 0 to 32 °F. Such a temperature range allows you to store your eatings up to 3 months, then the unit should be defrosted.
Since the freezer maintains a medium cooling temperature, it requires more often defrosting. Unfortunately, it is not a self-defrosting freeze and you'll need to defrost it manually. The model features 3 removable baskets that can be easily removed and even swapped for a convenient arrangement of the contents. Being small, the dimensions of the freezer are only 19.5" high, 18.5" wide, and 17.75" deep.
The freezer door is equipped with a key lock that blocks the access to the food. This feature will be particularly useful for families with naughty children. The model's body is iron-gray and the door is made of stainless steel, so the construction is highly durable and reliable. The handle is recessed in the door, so the freezer looks graceful and will easily blend with the interior of your home. What is more, SPT UF-150SS is available in two colors, white and iron-gray.
Avanti 2.8 Cu.Ft.
This freezer's door opens horizontally, so it is classified as an upright model. This model contains the wisely spaced metal shelves for convenient storage of various edible items. Avanti VF306 is great for freezing of small amount of fruit or vegetables, as well as dairy items or meat for a family consisting of several persons. The space-saving design of the Avanti makes it great for 1 or 2-room apartments and small country houses.
The high efficiency of this model is evidenced by ridiculously low energy consumption amounting to 201 kWh per year. Hence, you will save a considerable amount of money for a year paying for electricity. The capacity is another showing of the efficiency, and it is 2.8 cu ft. This number is relatively low, however, it will be enough for young families. The temperature adjustment is performed with a mechanical thermostat located on the unit's back.
The freezer should be defrosted manually, and this should be done at least once a year according to customer feedback. The food is handy to stack thanks to 3 stationary metal shelves that are highly reliable and last much longer when compared with plastic analogs. The freezer is fairly small, so you can place it in any room of your apartment or house, as well a touring trailer to take a long trip.
Avanti VF306 is compact, so it may be subject to frequent relocation or moving. Accordingly, it is equipped with the reversible door that allows you to open it towards both left and right side. The handle is located in the top of the door and is recessed inside for convenient grip. If you have to place the unit on a sloped floor, don't worry of swinging. The front legs of the freezer can be adjusted to match the floor surface, so your device will stand steadfastly.
Danby 3.8 Cu.Ft. Chest Freezer
The Danby DCF038A1WDB1 is categorized as a chest freezer. It is designed so as to accommodate a large number of eatables and provide easy access to them. This froster comes with a lid that opens to a user and requires no space around. In such a way, this model can be placed conveniently in narrow areas and between the furniture. Chest freezers like this Dandy model are often located in sheds, small kitchens and garages where there's no option to place a conventional fridge.
The chamber and lid of Danby DCF038A1WDB1 are filled with the energy-efficient foam that insulates the interior from the outside heat. This insulation significantly boosts the freezer performance and reduces its energy consumption up to 197 kWh per year. So you can save money on monthly electricity bills. The freezer capacity is 3.8 cu ft, hence it offers a considerable space for placement of your food for a long-term frozen storage.
This chest freezer is peculiar due to the absence of shelves; you should just put your food on the freezer bottom. The model comes with an adjustable wire basket located beneath the lid for quick access to frequently used eatables. If you need the accessory with an upright door, Dandi offers the models with different capacities, therefore you have an opportunity to choose the one that suits your preference.
Danby DCF038A1WDB1 features the advanced manual defrosting system. The freezer interior is covered with corrosion-proof material to protect the body from damages and allow for easy cleaning after defrosting. What is more, the freezer contains the drain opening on the front of its bottom for easy and quick drainage of water. Hence, you can release the meltwater very conveniently.
Midea 7.0 Cu.Ft.
Midea WHS-258C1 is a freezer with long body and a cover opened upwards, so it refers to chest freezers. Despite the small size, this model's capacity is rather high. Therefore, you will be able to freeze a lot of food and save the space in your kitchen at the same time. If you have a motorhome and travel with your family, you can also use this froster to refrigerate food during long and hot journeys.
The chest freezers are notable for a high capacity and wise layout, and Midea WHS-258C1 is not an exception. The freezer capacity is 7.0 cu ft. Beside the excellent organization of inner volume, this freezer can boost a low energy consumption that is just 250 kWh per year. What is more, the wide temperature range allows you to set the optimum temperature and keep your eatables fresh for up to 6 months.
This freezer is small in size being 20.6" high, 37,2 wide, and 33.5" deep. The weight is 72.8 pounds, so you can move the unit across your house easily. As for defrosting, you should do it yourself, having disconnected the froster from the power supply and taken all the food out. Midea WHS-258C1 is distinguished by the absence of shelves, yet, the wire basket is available to hold the fruit or vegetables.
The door of Midea WHS-258C1 comes with the recessed handle for convenient grip and pleasing look of the freezer. The capacity of this horizontal freezer is 7.0 cu ft. In case if this capacity is not suitable, you may consider models available with 2.1 , 3.5, and 5.0 cu ft storage capability. Hence, you can pick the model of the desired capacity to ice your food and enjoy its freshness in the hottest days.
Frigidaire 20.5 Cu.Ft. Deep Freezer,
Frigidaire FFFH21F6QW is an upright freezer of an impressive capacity. Hence, it will become an excellent alternative for owners of small restaurants or cafes dealing with food freezing or farmsteads engaged in the butchery. The freezer walls are made under special ArcticLock™ technology that allows them to keep your food frozen for 2 days in the absence of power supply. Therefore, you may not worry about your food when you are out.
Speaking about the efficiency of this freezer, we should note that it has the highest capacity among the reviewed models; it is 20.5 cu ft. Henceforth, you will be able to store a good many items inside. This model will bring you fresh food with all the vitamins kept in natural form. The froster consumes 484 kWh/year that is pretty low considering its high capacity. What is more, you can set the temperature in the range from - 10° to 10 °F and provide the optimum conditions for your eatables.
This functional freezer features the frost-free operation, so you won't have to wait for hours to melt the ice. 2 full-width baskets are colored, so you can assign them to specific food items. Except for baskets, the froster contains retractable shelves and a special shelf for pizza. The model's door features 2 stationary shelves and 3 removable shelves that you can rearrange depending on the size of food.
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