What is an Upright Freezer
Today it is hard to imagine a refrigerator without a freezer that preserves food for a long period of time. Essentially, all household refrigerators are equipped with a freezer compartment, where foods are preserved much longer than in the refrigerated compartment. But what if you only need to freeze food? We recommend considering a separate freezer. A freezer is a household appliance used for the freezing and storing food items at sub-zero temperatures for many months. Domestic freezers are of two types, vertical and horizontal or, as they are also called, upright and chest freezers. Upright freezers look similar to conventional kitchen fridges but only have sub-zero temperature settings. Inside, there are several compartments in the form of drawers or shelves for storing food. Upright freezers may be of different sizes and capacities, according to the different storage needs. In this review, we will consider small-sized vertical freezers for storing a small amount of food. This type of freezers is excellent for a small kitchen, office or cafe.
We also recommend you to read our recent review on chest freezers.
What Features to Compare
Capacity and Dimensions
The first things you need to consider are the amount of food items and the freezer size, that is the capacity and dimensions. The more food you want to preserve, the greater the freezer capacity must be. If you only need to store a small amount of food for one or two people (for example, ice cream or prepared food for a few days), then you will only need a freezer with the capacity of 1.1 cu.ft. It goes without saying, the freezers with a smaller internal capacity have compact dimensions, allowing you to easily place the appliance even in a small kitchen or under your desk at work. For people who prefer buying a large number of food items, perhaps once a week, it is necessary to select a freezer with the capacity of 3 cu.ft. to 8.5 cu.ft. In such freezers, you can freeze food for the winter, for instance.
A freezer is an electrical appliance that is usually permanently connected to the electricity, so it is important to consider the energy efficiency of a freezer. This is a very important choice. Check out the power consumption per year and operating temperature conditions under which you will store your food. The energy consumption is measured in kilowatt-hours per year. This value can be divided into 12 so that you can guess what your monthly electricity bill will be. The correct temperature setting of the freezing compartment impacts the preservation of the nutritional value of the food, the storage period, and the electricity consumption. For example, the temperature of 11°F allows you to keep food for up to 1 month. At 2°F, you can store food for up to 3 months. And if you need to store some food for a year - set the temperature of -10°F.
Features and Ease of Use
The next points that we recommend you to carefully consider are features and ease of use. Freezers and refrigerators have sections and shelves for easy placement of food, so pay attention to the number of shelves in the freezer. If a freezer shelf is removable, you will be able to conveniently to take the food out of it; also, it makes washing the interior of the freezer very simple. It is also convenient if you need to place large food items in the freezer. For example, in order to freeze the whole turkey, you will need to remove the top shelf. In the freezer, you can store not only the foods on the shelves or in baskets, but there are compartments on the interior side of the door. It will be useful for storing small food items that you will take frequently. The refrigerator doors usually store soda cans and sauces, and the door of a freezer can store your favorite ice cream, for example.
Each upright freezer should be washed once a year, and to do this you will need to defrost it. So, pay attention to the type of defrosting. Most freezers require manual defrosting. This means that after a certain period of time, you have to disconnect the appliance from the mains and defrost it manually, freeing it from the frost and snow that has accumulated inside. The freezer will need to be washed and cleaned, and the water collected and removed. Such kind of technology is most common in small freezers. Large freezers usually have a 'No Frost' system; it does not require the annual defrosting of the freezer, but such freezers also need to be washed at least once a year to prevent unpleasant odors.
Thermal management in the freezer can be done mechanically, with the help of a convenient and easy-to-use thermostat, or electronically by means of a digital control panel, but the cost of a freezer with the latter is usually rather high. Please note that the way the freezer door opens can be changed by attaching the door to the other side; so, you should decide which way is the most comfortable for you. Well, if you do not want other people to open the freezer that stores your food, for example in the office or cafe, it is recommended to choose the model with a door lock, which is opened and closed by an individual key. It's self-evident, upright freezers with locks are insidpensable for drugstores.