For the vital role it plays in storing food, keeping certain food fresh, maintaining food quality, making ice and a couple of other uses, a freezer remains an important appliance needed in the home. And because appliances are quite pricey, and are long-term investments, you want to make sure you’re buying the right one that perfectly aligns with your need and lifestyle.
Types of Freezers
The 2 major types of freezer are the Chest and Upright Freezers. Below is a comparison of the benefits of each.
Chest Freezer: Box-like design with a top-mounted door (lid). Generally, offers more storage space, so it’s suited to storing bulky items, and can accommodate odd sized food items. Because of the abundant space, they are less likely to cause freezer burn but this can also make you lose track of food items in there. Chest freezers are more energy efficient i.e. cold air does not escape easily when the lid is opened, hence food keeps for much longer periods even during power blackouts. They are generally less priced than uprights
Upright Freezer: Upright Freezers look like the traditional fridge with a front-mounted door. The shape is better suited for most kitchen layouts, as food items can be organized horizontally on shelves, which makes it easier to access stored foods. They are easier to relocate and will generally fit through doorways. However, all the comfort that comes with these freezers come at a price too, as they are usually priced slightly higher than chest models because it freezes faster and consumes less floor space.
- Size and Capacity
- Manual or self-defrost
- Energy rating and efficiency
- Adjustable temperature control*
- Interior and operating indicator light
- Number of baskets or shelves
Size and Capacity
The size of the freezer you buy will also depend on your storage needs. If you have high storage needs you will have to buy a bigger freezer.
The capacity of a freezer ranges from around 60 liters to over 700 liters. The capacity is a measure of the space (volume) inside the freezer.
If you are single, buying a freezer with capacity around 100 liters will be appropriate. A family of four or more will need 300 liters or more.
Note that the capacity of the freezer you buy will also depend on lifestyle and cooking habit. People who do not cook or eat out most times will require a much smaller freezer capacity.
On the other hand, those who cook in bulk (i.e. soup & stew for the whole month, etc), will need to buy a freezer with a bigger capacity.
Manual or Self Defrost
Defrosting function helps to save energy. A self-defrost freezer automatically keeps ice from accumulating, while a manual defrost freezer must be periodically emptied and turned off to remove any ice build-up by hand.
Energy rating and efficiency
Generally, chest freezers are more energy efficient than upright freezers i.e use less energy. However, whichever freezer you choose to opt for, ensure it is “Energy Star” rated — which is usually inscribed on them. Energy Star rated freezers tend to save up to 7 – 10% of energy annually on the average.
Adjustable temperature control*
This feature allows the temperature to be controlled as per the food you want to store, also helps in using the same unit as fridge/freezer.
Interior and operating indicator light
This lets you know the freezer is working without opening the door, increasing energy efficiency.
Number of baskets or shelves
Baskets/Shelves help organize and store your food effectively. Chest freezers usually have at least one basket, Uprights usually have at least one adjustable shelf.
Length of Warranty: the longer the years of warranty, the better. Also, ensure you purchase from authentic and verified freezer dealers or retailers, (Smartek Appliances Limited)
Ensure you compare prices so as to get the best deals on the best freezers. Look out for money-saving exclusive offers, coupon codes, promotional prices and offers etc.