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Freezer drawers don't hold much food, but fit in convenient locations

Refrigerator freezers are not intended for long-term storage, so you may want to consider a separate freezer. Freezers come in three styles: upright, chest and drawers.

 

 

 

 

 

Upright

 

 

Chest

 

 

Drawers

 

 

An upright freezer sits vertically and opens from the front with a hinged door. Capacity is 2 to 25 cubic feet.

Freezer chests sit horizontally and have doors that open up instead of out. Capacity is 2 to 25 cubic feet.

Freezer drawers are stacked beneath a counter and come in sets of two or three. Capacity is about 5 cubic feet.

Pros

Shelves, in-door storage make it easy to find and remove items

 

Big enough to accommodate bulk food purchases or preparation and awkwardly shaped food items like turkeys and hams

Easily located near point of use

 

Foods are more visible, less likely to be forgotten

 

 

Economically priced

 

 

Self-defrosting option

 

Tend to be more energy efficient than upright freezers

 

 

Takes up less floor space

 

 

 

 

Cons

Not always big enough to fit awkwardly shaped foods

Because of their size, items can get lost rather easily

 

 

 

 Built-ins are not easily relocated

 

 

 

Higher energy costs, as cold air escapes more easily and auto-defrost uses more electricity

Takes up more floor space

 

Small capacity; can't hold large items

 

 

 

Difficult to relocate

High price per cubic foot

 

 

Usually manual defrost

 

Price

$150 to $3,100 for a freestanding upright freezer; $1,000 to $6,000 for a built-in freezer

 $150 to $2,600

 $2,000 to $4,000

 

Defrosting
To keep your freezer running efficiently, defrost it a few times a year. Buy a frost-free upright model if you don't want the hassle of manually defrosting your freezer-but be prepared for a bigger price tag and higher electric bills.

Also, frost-free freezers will not maintain a constant temperature, as they heat up slightly to eliminate frost. This can cause food to dehydrate and become more susceptible to freezer burn.

 

 

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