Choosing a Freezer
Courtesy of Sub-Zero
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.
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.
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
Tend to be more energy efficient than upright freezers
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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
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Difficult to relocate
High price per cubic foot
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Usually manual defrost
$150 to $3,100 for a freestanding upright freezer; $1,000 to $6,000 for a built-in freezer
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.