Choosing a Freezer Informative - Buying Tips - Tips on deciding what type of freezer you need
While not everyone is in the market for an extra freezer for their home or business, those that were when I was in the biz sometimes had difficulty deciding which type to purchase. Therefor I have put together a few pros and cons to offer some advice.
Uprights-Pros: Easy to reach and see everything, small footprint for tight spots. Chests-Pros: Without shelves and strictly stacking load style, they tend to hold slightly more per same cubic ft. Slightly more energy efficient than uprights. Cons: Things put on the bottom become buried and not visible. Big footprint, however, that also allows overall bigger sizing since uprights would be limited to what would be considered reasonable logical height. Frost Free Advantages: The obvious, convenience of not having to defrost it about twice a year and hence emptying it each time. No puddles of water under it from defrosting. Manual Defrost Advantages: Cheaper to buy, and cheaper to operate since there are no defrost heaters to charge. A little better at long term freezing performance since temp stays more consistent without the warming of the defrost cycle. These also feature coolant coils that run through the shelving.
Two other tips worth mentioning. 1. Frozen food holds the cold. A freezer uses much less electricity full than nearly empty as the contents act as insulators. Don't oversize for your needs when you purchase. 2. If you live in a northern climate, do not buy one to stick in your unheated garage and expect it to work right, if at all, during the winter. Sealed systems do not operate properly in under 40 degrees F. Lastly brand choice. Most manufacturers don't even make their own freezers, optioning to have them sourced. GE or Whirlpool units are reliable, as is any made by them. Avoid Frigidaire Eletrolux built brands.