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Choosing a Freezer Informative - Buying Tips - Tips on deciding what type of freezer you need

Review by Slimjim on 2006-11-09
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.
Comments:36 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-11-29
Posted by Sparticus on 2006-11-09:
Good post!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
thanks.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
Thanks Sparticus.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Can you explain (to those of us not in appliances) why (with some verifiable data) we shouldn't buy or own Frigidaire Eletrolux(e) brands?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Why don't sealed systems work properly in under 40 degrees?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
When the ambient air temperature sinks down to that level or lower, the thermostat doesn't trip, and the refrigerant doesn't cycle often enough to keep frozen items completely frozen all the time.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
What?! Not even close pirate and I know you have no verifiable data for that. Emt, the reason freezers don't work when it gets very cold is
that if the liquid is too cold it won't evaporate when it hits the evaporator. At best it doesn't cool, at worse, it may damage the compressor, which is designed to compress gas, not liquid.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle, actually.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
I was considering getting a chest freezer and putting it in the garage (the only place I have to put it). But, it's also not going to get colder than 40 here in VB too often.

I love my loss leader meat shopping and would love to have a freezer. I make my own stock/soups/stews to freeze, as well.

So? Recommendation? I don't live in the north, but it CAN get cold here during the winter, esp. at nights in the winter.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
You should be OK emt. It would take sustained frigid temps to start bogging it, like having it in an area that has been at like 15 degrees straight for two days. Pirate. LOL, no the truth is what I said. What you said was a guess, and a wrong one yet again at that.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
The reason I asked is because most people around here keep extra fridges/freezers in the garage. (That should have been a clue, eh?) We don't have basements, living on a swamp, you know? I DO appreciate any advice as I am currently in the market.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
I bought my parents a Whirlpool freezer chest for their 50th Anniverarsy...9 1/2 years ago and they've never had a problem at all...as long as you keep it level there shouldn't be a problem. They guys who delivered it (From Best Buy) set it up on the skid I had for them (so it wouldn't be directly on the basement floor in case the floor got wet) and they leveled it for me.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
Think about a manual defrost emt. Since it's in the garage, a puddle every now and then won't hurt. If you are stocking it with similar meats and don't need to have a lot of separation, then go with the chest. Otherwise, an upright will be easier to organize. Look at your current frig and see if you still have the promo sticker inside the door. This will tell you how big your current freezer side is in cubic feet. Use its capacity as a gauge of how much more, if any, freezer room you want to help you with size. And yes , your area does not have harsh enough winters to worry about putting it in the garage.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
A lot depends on the refrigerant. If it's made with Freon (in the US, pre-93) it can work fairly well, although the freezer may get too warm during cold spells. The real damage is if your garage isn't insulated during summer heat, the compressor is going to work overtime and will cost a fortune to operate and die a faster death. My advice, don't put a fridge in the garage.
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-11-09:
Slim, who made the White King (I just went to the storage room to check on the brand) or was that the manufacturer back then? Mine was a hand me down chest freezer and I was delighted to get it.

Mine, due to the age, is manual defrost. No problem on my end. Dump the contents into grocery bags, unplug the freezer, get out the blow hair dryer and the freezer is defrosted in no time, I'm talking about 15 minutes tops. Use bath towels to wipe up the extra water in the bottom, plug back up and you're ready for another year.

emt c, let someone else guide you on the proper type for your climate, but I assure you that extra freezer will be mighty handy for a lot of things...specials at the grocery to stock up, extra bags of ice and so forth. Your freezer in the kitchen can handle just so much. The extra freezer is well worth the money and you will wonder what you did before you had the extra freezer.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
LOL no idea nohandle. I thought I've heard of every brand. It may have been a store exclusive brand, made by someone else. Like Coldspot and Kenmore were/are for Sears. I bet it's pretty old, like at least 25-30 years?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
My house(and garage) are insulated to the hilt! I don't even have attic use because of the amount of insulation in there. My current fridge is old, and will be replaced in under a year. At this point, I'm thinking a chest freezer in the garage. My last house (previous owners) had a chest freezer in the upstairs utility room. I personally didn't think this was a good idea (ummmm...washing machine hose came out one time = nasty leak). That's another reason I'm thinking garage the freezer.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Nohandle, thank you. Like I eluded to before, I like to make meals ahead of time and freeze them for later. So many loss leader sales I haven't taken advantage of because of lack of freezer space!
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
Pirate, thanks for google up but do you know how hot it would have to be in a garage for that to be true? Air conditioners work from the same principles as refrigerators and they are very capable of operating in hot weather last I checked.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Slim Good post! sorry the site troll had to try and make it bad. It was good info.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Gee slim, dunno, but in some parts of the country where summer temps hover in the 90s, a closed up garage can get pretty warm. Guess you didn't consider that fact eh? It's called common sense - derived from living a life outside of my mommy's basement. You should try it sometime.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
He's still trying liddy and falling on his face. For a compressor to fail from heat, you're looking at 120 plus temps easy. What parts of our country are on Venus? If one were putting it in a closed up closet where it couldn't breath yes, I think a garage would give a frig enough air space around it. *every freezer and beer frig south of the Yukon agree*
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Notice how I said it would be more costly, and lead to faster failure, these facts are true, particularly if you're putting a used/older one in the garage - which typically is the case when a homeowner buys a new/upgraded one for the kitchen. I'd say you're the one with egg on your face. Seriously, did you even work in appliances or just deliver them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
I believe the White King was a Norge product.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-10:
I don't know why addy keeps leaving that one remark up of yours pirate when they wipe out all the other trolling you're doing on this thread, but as long as your smart as know-nothing belch about my history in the field remains, I will respond. You've proven you are here to start an argument because I wrote this review, you've proven you know nothing when you guess and are half right when you look it up, and you've proven you're intent is to be disruptive when people are trying to get information. ADMIN the one ABOVE sheriff's needs to go too next time (or at least leave my defending response), which I'm sure there will be a next time because they keep deleting you pirate, and you just keep coming back.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2006-11-10:
I had a Frigidaire chest freezer and it died after only 4 years. It no longer will freeze anything. You can hear the motor running but the inside stays moist and damp. It is kept in my dining room and it worked great while I had it. I had to go and get a new one. I got a Magic Chef, I have had a Magic Chef oven for almost 9 years and it is still going strong. Hopefully the freezer works just as good. I got a bigger size, since the other one gets packed to overflowing with some still left over after filling the one in the kitchen. With 5 kids, I get a lot of frozen stuff, and I freeze a lot of stuff that they can just pop in the nuker. I contemplated a repair guy, but the visit and estimate is going to cost more than the freezer is worth. I think that it just needed a freon boost, but I didn't know how to do it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-10:
I notice there's more of yours that needs to go too. "Half-right" huh. Well then, I guess you're admitting you're half wrong then too. Thanks.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-10:
Crazy, these units don't usually need boosts and it would have appeared the compressor went on it. You did the right thing not wasting money on a service call. Even to charge it means it leaked and the cost to fix still would have been almost the price of a brand new, much more energy efficient unit.
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-11-10:
Thought I'd add to my response last night for whatever it's worth. My freezer is in a storage room in the garage, not the house. It gets hot as can be in the summer and cold as can be in the winter...plus the freezer is placed next to the hot water heater. I know, all of this is advised against but that's the way the storage room is set up.

Slim, this freezer is 30+ years old and still going strong. When CrazyRedHead mentioned her new freezer only lasted 4 years I wondered what was in store when "Old Rusty" finally gave up the ghost.

I, obviously, have not priced freezers and don't have a clue as to what's out there now. I'll leave that up to you appliance experts. All I can say is if there is a big difference in the price of a frost free and manual defrost..well, the manual has not been a problem for me. After all, you've got to clean it out at some time anyway. lol
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-10:
Last I remember nohandle, frost frees were about $100 to $150 more. They only come in the upright style. Sure, you can put these things in cold garages and a lot of people do. You just have to know that it's against the recommended environment and it may not work well. Your old one has a compressor in it that by design, would last longer than the ones used today. The problem is, the electricity it uses in comparison is tremendous. Believe it or not, if you threw it out 10 years ago, and bought a then new one, the savings in energy costs would have paid for the new freezer and then some.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-11:
Wow slim, that's pretty advanced math for a guy like you.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-12:
Gotta keep coming back and trolling don't cha loser.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-12:
Well Slim, you know the trolls live under a bridge. Thats why he follows you...............
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-17:
Weak responses from weak minds.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-18:
^^drool from an absent mind.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-29:
^^^^^^^^^^^^stupidity from an inbred mind

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