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Everything You Need to Know About Freezer Burn

You're hungry and you don't know what to eat, so you reach into the freezer, hoping to find some delicious that doesn't have freezer burn.

But when you unwrap your hunk of meat, your heart sinks.

And then you rage.

The beautiful steak you had so carefully crafted in your mind to be the centerpiece of your dinner, in fact, has freezer burn.

Luckily, with a little bit of information, a little bit of planning, and a lotta bit of freezer space, you can protect your food and eventually eat it, too. That way, when you're ready to eat, you know you'll have fresh food waiting in your freezer.

Why Don’t We Just Ice Out the Freezer?

Who doesn’t love coming home to a nice frozen block of broccoli, right?

Wait, what?

The poor freezer has been aligned for too long with sad sacks of mushy vegetables, pints of ice cream you bought in moments of madness and forgot about, and the sack of bananas you swear you’re going to use to make banana bread someday.

It’s time to stop the hate.

Freezers can do and be so much more than you even know. The wonders of frozen foods never cease, and a little bit of freezer know-how can go a long way for your home and for your bank account.

Since When?

People have been freezing food for almost as long as we’ve been eating it.

Ancient Mesopotamians dug holes and lined them with snow and hay to keep food cold. Later on, ice houses and ice boxes were all the rage: inside, big blocks of ice kept food and drink nice and cool, even during the summer months.

Even leaders throughout history have been going to extremes to freeze and protect their favorite foods. Alexander the Great, George Washington, and even Napoleon understood the importance of cold food so much they got their peons to cut ice from rivers and even build early machines to create ice naturally.

It wasn’t until the 1920s that the freezer we know and love today took center stage.

General Electric invented and marketed the first modern-day freezer in 1927 and we’ve been loving them ever since. Just think: how lucky are you that you can now make ice in the comfort of your own home?

But ice making and easy access to ice cream aren’t where the freezer benefits end. Boy, will you be amazed when you see what else that big box o’ cold can do for you.

Is the Freezer a Magic Bullet?

Although freezers are pretty fantastic, freezing your food isn’t a magical trick to make it healthy, safe, and beautiful. If only.

Freezing your food won’t get rid of any existing bacteria, and it won’t prevent your food from ever growing nasty illness-causing bacteria ever again. But a freezer is magic in its own way…

… a freezer is a modern-day time machine!

When you freeze food, whether it’s meat or fruit or veggies, you’re pausing any bacteria growth or food spoilage that had already started before you decided to freeze it up.

Those bacteria don’t die, but they don’t multiply, either. This is a big deal.

When you put something in the freezer, it’s like you’re sending your salmon to take a long cryogenic nap until you’re ready to pair it with some potatoes or pasta. It will wait, but can you?

If You’re Gonna Freeze, Freeze This

In the right hands, ice is a powerful tool. But just like not all people love the snow, not all foods love the ice.

The world (and the internet) is full of pompous people showing off their freezers full of pre-made, ready to eat meals. And while you would certainly never stoop to that level, you too can have a freezer stocked with foods you know for sure will be just as fantastic when you take them out as they would have been the day you put them in.

Get ready, folks, because this list will revolutionize the way you look at that freezer, the way you buy groceries, and even the way you think about your mother. Okay, so it won’t do that last one, but it’s seriously a pretty life-changing list.

Yes, For Sure, Freeze This Always. Why Aren’t You Freezing These Foods Now?

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Raw egg whites
  • Ice cream (obvs)
  • Milk (wait what?!?)

And the list continues…

  • Bacon
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Lunch meat
  • Pork
  • Sausage
  • Hot dogs
  • Wild game
  • Turkey
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
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Come on. Y’all know there’s still more food to freeze.

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Avocado (pureed and creamy with lemon juice)
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Peaches (if they’re all sliced up)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • All of the greens (spinach, collards, etc.)
  • Chunks o’ melon
  • Chunks o’ pineapple
  • All of the squashes (winter, acorn, summer, zucchini)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Strawberries (with the middles taken out)
  • Potatoes
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Don’t leave out the baked goods. They may be less malleable, but they’re just as deserving of a spot in the front of the frozen foods section.

  • Yeast bread (in whole loaves or in slices for easy toasting and eating)
  • Brownies
  • Cakes (but hold off on the frosting)
  • Muffins
  • Fruitcake (if you can’t bear to get rid of that holiday tradition but also don’t really want to eat it)
  • Donuts (again, frosting is a no-go)
  • Pies (without meringue)
  • Pizzas (America’s favorite frozen food. Probably.)
  • Cookies
  • Doughs (cookie dough, pizza dough)
  • Cake batter
  • Pie crusts
  • Pesto sauce

Oof. Now you’re going to need a bigger freezer.

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The Freeze is Weak in This One

Aaaaaand inevitably, some foods just don’t freeze super well. Don’t freak out, though. For some of ‘em, there are prep methods you can use to save ‘em. For others… well, maybe just find another storage method.

Like, You Can Maybe Freeze This…

Cabbage


Watch out with this one. You can freeze it, technically, and the flavor won’t be totally lost. But just so you know, you’ll never get that crispy crunchy cabbage back again. Plan to use frozen cabbage in cooked dishes if you know what’s good for you.

Celery


This one’s pretty much the same. Instead of freezing whole stalks and then disappointing everyone with a soggy rendition of ants on a droopy log, just chop it into little pieces, freeze, and use in a soup or something where the texture matters less.

Garlic


Don’t just stick a handful of cloves into your freezer and expect them to be fresh as the day you bought them months later. The best way to freeze garlic is to throw the peeled cloves in some oil. You can chop them or keep them whole, but don’t leave your garlic-oil out in the real world for too long -- it can cause some serious bacteria growth and illness.

Herbs


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You can freeze herbs, but try and think a little bit about what you’re going to use them for. Herbs are awesome when they’re stored in water -- dice it up, sprinkle it in an ice cube tray, fill the tray with water, and voila! You’ve got ready-made spice cubes for your next sauce, soup, or mojito. You can also freeze herbs, chopped or whole, in oil, just like the garlic of entries past.

Bananas


Who doesn’t have a stack of old bananas hanging out in their freezer? Just know, though, the texture (and sometimes even the taste) isn’t going to be the same as the one you pull off the grocery store stand. Mash these babies up and use them in a bread or a muffin, but don’t plan on grabbing one out of the freezer for a mid-morning snack.

Apples, Citrus Fruits, Pomegranates, Grapes, Plums


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Okay, so these fruits are delicious and sometimes try to go bad before you even have a chance to enjoy them. You can stick them in the freezer, just consider letting them live in some syrup or juice. You’re not going to get the crunch or the texture, but the saved flavor will be worth it.

Wine


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It’s not a great idea to shove a whole bottle in the freezer, but if you like cooking with a nice splash of Pinot, use a standard ice cube tray to freeze just the right amount. It might even prevent you from drinking it before you can cook with it.

Just Don’t Even Try.

This list is like considerably shorter, because the freezer is awesome. Don’t waste your precious freezer space with these anti-freeze losers.

  • Cream-based sauces and soups
  • Cucumber
  • Egg whites (that have been cooked)
  • Meringues (on pies, as cookies, the works)
  • Fried foods (that have already been fried. Your frozen hash browns are fine.)
  • Fully cooked pasta and rice
  • Gelatin
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Lettuce
  • Sour cream
  • Mayo
  • Salads with mayo (egg salad, tuna salad)

Notice a trend? Pretty much don’t freeze eggs.

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Food Limits in the Freezer

You just got home from the grocery store and your freezer is cold and empty. Stock away, my friend, stock away. But while you might have chosen the perfect freeze-able foods for your future consumption, you can’t just let them stay in there forever.

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Meats

Bacon: 1 month

Cold Cuts: 2 months

Ground Meat: 4 months

Pork Chops, Roasts: 6 months

Steaks: 6 months

Chicken: 6 months

Fish Fillet: 6 months

Produce

Fruit: 1 year

Veggies: 1 year

Dairy

Block of Cheese: 6 months (but it may get crumbly)

Shredded Cheese: 6 months (and it will stay crumbly)

Tofu: 5 months

Yogurt: 2 months (but put it in a new container)

And remember, no matter what you’re storing, how long you’re storing it, or who you’re storing it for, pack. it. right. Keep on a’readin’ for those packin’ tips.

The Biggest Foe of the Frozen: Freezer Burn

It’s oxymoronic. The biggest issue facing our frozen foods today is burn!

Protect yourself and the foods you love by learning your enemy’s biggest secrets. Only you can prevent freezer fires!

Well, kind of.

Harsh Burn, Bro?

Freezer burns and fire burns aren’t really all that different, when you get down to it. They’re both caused by exposure to extreme temperatures without the proper precautions or coverings.

Freezer burn develops when you put food in the freezer without adequate coverage: that steak you got wrapped at the counter and didn’t re-package, for example. It’s the plastic’s fault, not the freezer’s!

Freezer burn is a spot on your food where the moisture has all disappeared: it’s dehydration!

It’s Here, It’s Near… Do You Have to Get Used to It?

So you’ve got it. Now how do you get rid of it?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a super great way to get rid of areas of freezer burn on foods. You can cut off the yucky looking areas, but you’re not going to reverse the freezer burn, sorry.

Some superheroes are doing their best to combat that issue, though. Check it out, try it out, and publish your research to benefit the rest of us.

When You See Something, Say Something

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Sometimes the food filling your freezer is covered in little crystals, or you might suspect something is full of the burn before you even open the package, but does that mean freezer burn?

Not necessarily.

Freezer burn causes most foods to turn kind of grey and develop frost. It doesn’t mean it’s bad, unhealthy, or illness-inducing, but it might not taste very good.

RELATED READS: Find the Perfect Small Freezer To Store Your Frozen Food

But before you get too worked up about your ruined frozen treats, check it before you wreck it. Freezer burn is one of a number of freezer-related food damaging concerns. Investigate.

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Change in Color

If your meat is the wrong color, it might be freezer burn… but it might also just be super dry. It might not make you sick, but it probably won’t taste good enough to eat.

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Dullness

Fruits and veggies especially will lose their bright enticing colors over time, even when frozen. This is a pretty good sign that they’ve just been hanging out in the freezer too long. Make a smoothie, slurp it down, and feel healthy, productive, and not at all wasteful.

Spills

This is a bad one. If you notice pools of juices in your freezer, clean it out and throw away the culprit ASAP. Your freezer probably thawed a bit, causing foods to thaw, too. The leftover juice can cause bacteria growth and overall gross.

Smells

A bad smell is not caused by freezer burn, but it is probably caused by something insidious growing inside your food. Check it out and chuck it out.

Slimes

If, when you open the frozen food package, the product slimes out, it’s no good. It doesn’t suffer from freezer burn, but it does belong in the burn pile (or, more likely, the dumpster).

Can I Eat This?

Hallelujah! It’s the happy ending we’ve all been hoping for: even if it suffers from freezer burn, your steak is safe.

You can totally nom the food that your freezer tried to steal from you. But be warned: it might not be quite the delicious dish you had cooked up in your mind.

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You won’t get sick, but you probably won’t be trying to freezer burn your food just for the flavor anytime soon. Nutrition experts even say that freezer burn might remove some of the nutritional value from foods, so maybe just don’t eat the freezer burn covered asparagus.

Is Special Cooking Required to Eat Food with Freezer ZBurn?

Freezer burn has infiltrated your prized cut of meat or your last bag of your favorite vegetables. But you don’t need to race to the grocery store just yet.

Nothing special needed, just grab a knife, make sure you’ve got some adult supervision, and slice off the nasty bits.

Or, you know, if the whole thing is covered in ice crystals and has a new grey-ish sheen, consider an alternative dinner plan.

Prevent Freezer Burn From Ever Freezing Your Freezer Again

Guess what, though? If you haven’t already been burnt by your freezer, there’s still hope. Or even if you have, you can keep yourself from experiencing the misery all over again.

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The first step in your freezer rehabilitation plan is to wrap your food before you freeze it. Like, really wrap it. Keep all of that air away from your delicacies in the first place, and there will be no room and no way for freezer burn to develop.

Next, don’t keep your foods in the freezer forever! Even if they’re wrapped with the skills of a "wrap god," eventually they will get freezer burn if you just let them wait and watch while you pull everything else out around them. Label those frozen foods with big bold dates to prevent the epidemic of forgotten frozen foods from infiltrating your household.

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When you’re freezing something that has been hot in a former life (think casserole, soup, pasta, and your favorite hot carrots), let that business cool down a tad before shoving it away. At least let ‘em meet room temperature before you rock their world with icicles.

And most difficult of all, keep your freezer door shut. It’s easy and oh so tempting to stand in front of an open freezer door admiring your wealth and all of the lovely options available to you in your moment of hunger, but remember, air is the culprit here. No air on the food, no freezer burn on the food. So let the door do its job!

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So as an overview:

Rule number 1: Wrap it right.

Rule number 2: Don’t forget about it.

Rule number 3: Give it a minute.

Rule number 4: Don’t gawk.

Pack It In

If you’re going to freeze it (and you really should freeze it), you’ve gotta freeze it right.

You can’t just use any old baggie or plastic wrap, but you don’t have to spring for the fancy and expensive top-of-the-line freezer safe stuff, either. Keep it tight, keep it closed, and it’ll keep for you.

Wraps

Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or paper wrappings are all pretty effective at keeping the cold out and the delicious in. Wrap it up as tight as you can, and for extra safety, write a date on that bad boy.

Wraps are going to work best for your big hunks of food: a giant meatloaf, maybe, or a slab of leftover meat. Bread also freezes and keeps well in a wrap -- just don’t try to freeze the peas this way.

Zipper Bags

Ah, the Ziplock. Where would we be without it?

You can safely, quickly, and effectively freeze just about anything in a good ol’ ziplock bag. Throw in your extra fresh herbs, berries and veggies, meat scraps, and even soups (just probably not in the same bag).

Be warned, though, ziplocks aren’t the very best for long-term storage. Try and use their frozen insides within a couple of weeks, depending on the type.


And a pro-tip: freeze your soups and marinades and wiggly things lying flat on the floor (or on a shelf) of your freezer. Soon, they’ll be frozen solid in a handy little brick, the perfect space saver.

And, as always, mark that sucker with a date! You don’t need to be digging around all day trying to find a bag of veg that you vaguely recognize from this decade!

Reusable, Disposable Plastics

They’re handy, but they might not be for long. Thin plastic containers with snap-on lids are a great freezer filler in a fix, but over time they get those cracks that give your foods the burns.

Use ‘em a couple of times, take them to your friend’s house for a party and don’t worry about getting it back, or start using them as pencil holders when their days as freezer containers are numbered.


Aluminum Pans

These are enormous, they have lids, and you can just chuck ‘em when you’re done. What more could you want?

If you’re transporting whole meals and really don’t trust your family and friends to return your fancy Pyrex, this is the choice for you.


Glass with Lids

Classic, stylish, and safe, glass containers with good sealing lids are the ultimate in frozen food storage. If you want to have frozen food ready to go at the start of the next century, use glass. Just make sure the lid is sealed on tight before you close that freezer door.

Use a jar, a bowl with a tight-fitting lid, or a Pyrex container, it’s all good.

Vacuum Seal

It’s getting pretty fancy now. If your freezer game is super on point, invest in one of the big guns. Vacuum sealing will extend the freezer life of your food by a crazy-lot, and, because it’s getting rid of almost all of the air in there with your food, it practically eliminates any freezer burn potential. Bingo!


How Frozen Is Frozen, Really?

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Full disclosure, if you don’t have your freezer set to the right temp, a minor freezer disaster is in your future, no matter how good your wrap game is.

Lots of freezers (hopefully yours) come with built-in thermometers or temperature gauges. Check it early, check it often: your freezer should be at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius). (Just FYI, your fridge should be at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees Celsius.)

If your freezer isn’t full service, you’ve got some options. One, buy a little thermometer to sit in there all the time. Done.

If you’ve got something against buying thermometers (or need to know your freezer’s temperature faster than you can make a Target run), take a look under the lid of the freezer’s favorite staple: ice cream. If that delicious treat is anything other than a brick of joy (like it’s kind of melty or mushy), your freezer is too warm. Turn it down, man.

Or, if you’re feeling a little more industrious, check out the video below.

Get Iced In

Now is your chance. Stock up on those great deals at the supermarket, wrap it all tight, and freeze to your heart’s content.

Who’s burning now, freezer?

Whirlpool EV160NZTQ Freezer Review and Buyer’s Guide

Do you have a Whirlpool EV160NZTQ 15.8-cubic-foot upright freezer or are you looking to buy one? While you might be in luck to pick up parts and keep the one you have running, your chances of picking up a new one are slim to none. That’s because Whirlpool discontinued this model, and it’s rare to find it anywhere nowadays. But we wouldn’t bring you here without giving you good news and that’s this: There are alternatives to the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ that we laid out here for you, so you don’t have to bother Googling them yourself.

Before we get into those, let’s look at the freezer you had your sights on.

About the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ 15.8-Cubic-Foot Upright Freezer

The Whirlpool EV160NZTQ upright freezer features the Frost-Free Defrost system. This feature automatically prevents frost from building up in the unit, so that you never have to empty the freezer for a manual defrost. Equally important, Defrost Drain makes your manual defrost quicker and easier than ever before. The Fast Freeze setting freezes large quantities of food quickly. It also allows the freezer to recover coldness faster after adding new items.

Plus, the internal LED light comes on whenever you open the door, making it easier to find what you need. Finally, this model is ENERGY STAR qualified which means it operates more efficiently than federal minimum mandates require.

As to availability, the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ 15.8-cubic-foot upright freezer is currently not in production. In fact, Whirlpool no longer has a listing for the product on its website. Therefore, it seems unlikely that the company would be inclined to offer warranty support for this freezer. Furthermore, this product is not available for purchase at any retail outlets we could find.

Helpful maintenance tips for the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ upright freezer

There are several ways you can prolong the life of your Whirlpool EV160NZTQ 15.8-cubic-foot upright freezer. Life is hard when your deep freezer breaks down. It can cost you hundreds of dollars in lost food and repairs. However, there are a few simple maintenance tasks you can perform once or more a year to keep your unit in prime condition. The first task is to defrost your freezer. Most freezers require that you remove all of the food before defrosting. However, for the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ, it may not be necessary to do this.

It’s advisable that you turn the temperature control to the coldest setting for about six hours before defrosting. That will ensure that the frozen food is at its lowest temperature. Also, Whirlpool advises that you defrost and clean your freezer once frost builds up to about a quarter-inch of thickness. You should complete this task at least once a year. In fact, for owners living in areas with high humidity, Whirlpool advises that they defrost more frequently. This Whirlpool manual defrosting guide takes you through the process step-by-step.

Ensuring proper air circulation is another essential task when operating an upright freezer. To provide the appropriate temperature, upright freezers need the right amount of airflow circulating throughout the unit. In this process, cool air enters the unit through the freezer wall moving downward. Then, the air recirculates through the vent near the bottom. It’s imperative not to block any of these vents with frozen food packages.

If the vents are blocked, proper airflow will be impeded, resulting in moisture and temperature problems. As a result, these problems can dramatically impact the longevity of your unit. Also, parts for repairing broken units can be found here.

How We Found the Best Alternative

Since the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ upright freezer is no longer sold at most retail outlets, we found some alternatives for people looking to buy a new freezer. We found one updated Whirlpool model and two other models made by different manufacturers. Notably, all of these models have similar features, cubic foot size, and height. During our evaluation, we put great emphasis on customer feedback.

With this in mind, we then made our final recommendation by comparing customer reviews for each model to find the freezer with the highest degree of customer satisfaction and the fewest complaints.

Alternatives to the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ 15.8-Cubic-Foot Upright Freezer

The Whirlpool EV160NZTQ 15.8-cubic-foot upright freezer is a very unique model. Its height and size have only 13 to 15 cubic foot capacities. Freezers that are slightly taller, and perhaps a bit wider, have capacities exceeding 16 cubic feet. However, after some research, we managed to find three models that closely matched the size and features of the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ model.

The alternative models consist of the Whirlpool 16-cubic-foot upright freezer with Frost-Free Defrost WZF57R16FW Model, the Amana AZF33X16DW 16-cubic-foot upright freezer with energy-saving insulation, and the Maytag MZF34X16DW 16-cubic-foot frost free upright freezer with fast freeze option.

Whirlpool Model WZF57R16FW 16-cubic-foot upright freezer

The Whirlpool Model WZF57R16FW 16-cubic-foot upright freezer with frost-free defrost is the best match for those looking for a replacement Whirlpool model similar to the discontinued EV160NZTQ model. This freezer features LED interior lighting that casts bright light when you open the freezer, allowing you to find what you need faster.

Activating the Fast Freeze feature quickly reduces the temperature to help freeze your food faster, locking in freshness and flavor. Also, the temperature alarm helps save your food by alerting you should the freezer’s temperature rise too high. Similar to the EV160NZTQ model, this freezer also has an anti-frost system which makes defrosting less of a hassle.

Electronic temperature controls allow you to set the ideal temperature for your frozen foods quickly, and its additional ice maker capability can enable you to make ice on demand. This freezer also comes equipped with three freezer shelves, five bin doors, and has a capacity of 16 cubic feet. Finally, this model is ENERGY STAR certified, which saves both energy and money.

Amana Model AZF33X16DW 16-cubic-foot upright freezer with energy-saving insulation

The Amana Model AZF33X16DW 16-cubic-foot upright freezer with energy-saving insulation features a capacity of 15.7 cubic feet. It has Deepfreeze technology which keeps the unit operating at -8 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring food freshness.

Additionally, it comes with three wire shelves offering convenient storage options. The Fast Freeze feature allows you to rapidly drop the freezer’s temperature to the lowest setting, letting you freeze food faster. Plus, the Free-O-Frost system ensures that you’ll never have to defrost your freezer again manually. Most noteworthy is the unit’s revolutionary insulation which has a 99.9 percent reduced impact on global warming.

RELATED READS: Maytag Freezer: Narrowing Down The Options For Personal Use

Maytag Model MZF34X16DW 16-cubic-foot frost free upright freezer with Fast Freeze option


The Maytag Model MZF34X16DW frost free upright freezer with Fast Freeze option features 15.7 cubic feet of space. Its interior temperature controls give you easy access to adjust the temperature to your liking. Plus, its frost-free design does away with the need to defrost manually. This model also has a Fast Freeze option that allows you to drop the freezer’s temperature to its coldest setting for 24 hours, allowing you to lock in the freshness and flavor of your favorite foods. And when it comes to durability, its strongbox door hinges undergo an accelerated 20-year life testing, ensuring years of dependability.

Included are three adjustable, full-width, durable wire shelves, plus a freezer floor shelf with a built-in storage gate providing abundant storage space. Find your favorite foods quickly with help from the interior LED light that illuminates even in low light areas. There are also five full-width door shelves which further increase organization possibilities. Finally, this model’s innovative reversible door allows you the option of opening the freezer from either the left or right side.

Whirlpool EV160NZTQ Upright Freezer: What Was Good and Bad About It

Despite being discontinued by its manufacturer, the Whirlpool EV160NZTQ 15.8-cubic-foot upright freezer has things customers liked and disliked.

Pros

  • ENERGY STAR certified
  • Frost-free Defrost
  • Fast Freeze setting
  • Defrost drain
  • Interior light
  • Larger cubic foot capacity than most freezers its height

Cons

  • No longer sold by most retailers.
  • Discontinued by manufacturer
  • Warranty may no longer be honored by manufacturer
  • The unit may be prone to frost issues
  • Complaints about frequent breakdowns
  • A possible inherent defect may be responsible for the discontinued status

Whirlpool EV160NZTQ Upright Freezer: The Coolest Alternative

Since a new or used Whirlpool EV160NZTQ upright freezer is harder to find than a four-leafed clover growing on a unicorn, we had to find an alternative option. Incidentally, the Whirlpool WZF57R16FW upright model may be the best choice for EV160NZTQ owners looking for a near-identical freezer.

However, for those looking for the best freezer of that size that money can buy, we do not recommend that model. Unfortunately, it seems that many of the same issues that plagued its predecessor are alive and well in Whirlpool’s WZF57R16FW Model. Instead, we highly recommend the Amana AZF33X16DW 16-cubic foot upright freezer with energy-saving insulation.

While the Maytag model was a solid freezer with a high ratio of good to bad customer reviews, the Amana model was an absolute superstar amongst its customers. In fact, this freezer did not have a single negative review out of over 80 customer reviews. The only customer complaints were over access to additional storage accessories. We hope this information helps you in making the right decision for your freezing needs.

Freezer vs. Deep Freeze: The Differences You Need to Know

Freezer vs. Deep Freeze

Most of us use a chest freezer or an upright freezer, but do you know the difference when it comes to the freezer vs. deep freeze? Many of us remain guilty of using the term deep freezer without understanding the phrase’s true meaning, and it may surprise you to learn the facts.

In the battle of the freezer vs. deep freeze, it’s time to pick your side. But before you decide, you need all the information to make the best choice.

Freezer vs. Deep Freeze

We all head down to the grocery store and fill our baskets before returning home to chuck our wares in the freezer. Perhaps we scooped a bargain on some beef, or some fruit pies call to us from across the counter, but we have to do something with them when we get home because we may not eat it all at once. That’s when the chest freezer comes in handy, but is it a freezer or a deep freezer?

A freezer chills our food to gradually bring it down in temperature over a period of 24 hours to a core temperature of about -.4 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a deep freezer quickly chills the food to a core temperature of -.4 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.

However, you may choose to use a deep freeze in conjunction with a conventional freezer. You could use the deep freeze to chill the food to the core temperature before transferring it to your regular freezer for storage.

Winter is coming

Prehistoric man used snow and ice to preserve their kills, but we had to wait until the 1940s for the first commercially viable freezers to hit the market.

These days, we use the term deep freeze liberally and usually use the phrase to describe a type of freezer that’s opened like a chest. In other words, a chest freezer. However, a chest freezer and an upright freezer may perform a deep freeze operation. When you ponder the question of freezer vs. deep freeze, the differences remain of vital importance.

Freezer

We use the traditional freezer to preserve food for an extended period. It takes up to 24 hours for the food to achieve a core temperature of -.4 degrees F, but it does so at a cost to the material.

White walkers

When we place food in a conventional freezer, it changes the make-up of the food. All food contains moisture, and the standard freezing process turns the moisture into large ice crystals. Consequently, the large ice crystals may break through the food’s cell walls and change the texture, and this process causes the material to lose some of its freshness. Plus, conventional freezing results in the loss of valuable vitamins from the food.

Deep Freeze

Deep freezers remained the mainstay of commercial outfits for many years, though we may now purchase deep freezers for home use.

A deep freezer chills the food quickly to a core temperature of -.4 degrees F in as little as an hour. In addition, a deep freeze typically works in a temperature range of between -22 degrees F to -58 degrees F, which is why it is capable of reaching the desired core temperature quicker than conventional units.

The night king

The quick deep-freezing process reacts with the food’s water content differently compared to a standard freezer. Consequently, the water forms finer crystals that don’t break the cell walls of the produce. The fast freezing time and finer crystals result in food that remains fresher and retains much of its nutritional value and texture.

An important note

An important caveat remains when you consider the battle between freezer vs. deep freeze. The act of deep-freezing may cause severe food poisoning if you don’t follow the process correctly. So, some essential rules exist to successfully and safely achieve deep freezing.

Correct temperature

You must always cool the product to 39 degrees F to avoid dangerous temperature rises within the deep freeze unit. Furthermore, once deep-frozen, the food must remain within a negative temperature range of 15.8 to -.4 degrees F.

Good hygiene

Some microorganisms may endure, even at such low temperatures. Therefore, it remains essential to follow reasonable hygiene procedures.

Always wash your hands thoroughly before preparing the food for deep freezing and wash the products you wish to freeze. Also, sealed freezer bags or vacuum-sealed bags prove the best storage solutions when deep freezing.

Once you defrost an item, you cannot re-freeze it. Even if the product remains partially defrosted, you must never put it back into the deep freeze or freezer because it represents a significant health risk.

How Long to Store Food

We like to take advantage of those deals in the grocery store, but how long can you freeze them for? Food products you freeze for too long taste bad and may result in food poisoning, so it remains vital to understand freezing times.

When it comes to the war between freezer vs. deep freeze, preserving times remain the same. However, food frozen using the deep freeze results in better tasting and more nutritious food. Plus, the texture of food frozen in a deep freezer remains closer to the fresh product.

Some basic timings

You can store fruit and vegetables for up to 24 months, making them one of the best subjects to fill up your freezers and deep freezers. The same applies to pre-cooked potato products such as fries you may keep for up to 24 months.

Meat and poultry last from 15 to 18 months, while minced meat may remain viable for up to 12 months. Most seafood lasts for 24 months, but you may store fatty fish, such as salmon, for 9 to 10 months.

Baked pastries survive for 12 months, but raw pastries last up to 24 months. If you like ready meals and indulge in delicious ice creams, you may store them frozen for up to 24 months.

Frozen trick

When you prepare your food, either for freezing or deep freezing, make a list with the date to refer to. Label each pouch with the date you freeze it and the use by date.

The list and the labels provide a quick and convenient way to keep track of your produce and reduce waste risk. It’s not good stocking up your freezer if you forget about the products and they spoil.

Deep Freeze Care

Freezer vs. Deep Freeze

You could use a deep freeze to chill your produce to the core temperature before transferring it to a standard freezer. Consequently, you may not use your deep freeze often. Therefore, you need to follow a few basic rules to keep the unit in good condition because mold may grow inside the unit.

The method behind the madness

Once you remove the food from the deep freeze, defrost the unit and make sure you remove any trays or containers for cleaning separately.

Defrosting allows the gradual warming of the unit to melt the ice. However, during the defrosting process, microorganisms come back to life inside the unit, and it remains essential to remove the invading horde to prevent contamination of any future food produce.

Use dishwashing liquid and warm water to wipe down the interior of the deep freeze. Wipe down every surface, including the door, inside and outside, to ensure a thorough clean. Take two tablespoons of baking powder soda to one quart of water and wipe down all the surfaces with the solution.

Once complete, you may wipe down and dry the interior and exterior using paper towels or clean towels.

Regular maintenance

Regular cleaning of your deep freeze and freezer ensures food hygiene safety and prolongs your units’ lives. If you store your deep freeze when not in use, you may cover it with a tarp to protect the surfaces and keep it dust-free. And a regular vacuum of the coils located on the back of your machines keeps them running efficiently.

Food Safety

When you take food out of the freezer and defrost it, it is vital to consume the produce quickly. To avoid the risk of food poisoning, use the food within three days and don’t re-freeze it before cooking.

Freezer vs. Deep Freeze Explained

Our freezers represent an essential appliance in our homes because they allow us to preserve food for future use. Freezing grocery bargains or leftovers remains an economical way to feed ourselves and our families and saves us the bother of hunting that wooly mammoth.

A freezer chills the produce gradually over 24 hours. The standard freezing process proves detrimental to the food’s taste, texture, and nutritional content.

A deep freezer uses extreme temperatures to quickly chill our food. The process preserves the integrity of the food and maintains much of its nutritional value. However, deep freezers usually refer to units used within the food industry, though we may buy smaller deep freezers for the home.

So, who wins the battle of freezer vs. deep freeze? Both units prove helpful to us at home. Using a deep freezer to initially freeze our produce to retain its integrity before storing it in a standard freezer sounds like a reasonable proposition. Consequently, both types of freezing apparatus have their merits.

Sean Kerr lives in Cardiff, Wales, and is a published author with over 10 novels to his name so far and still counting. As well as writing his next bestseller, Sean also runs a successful jewelry-making business and sells his creations online.

The Best Counter Depth Refrigerator Available For Your Kitchen

When you need a new refrigerator, you might think it’s a simple process. But once you look and see what’s on the market, the sheer variety of available styles and models will overwhelm even the most focused shopper. If you want a fridge that lines up with your counter to perfection, you want the best counter depth refrigerator for just the right fit.

But what exactly is a counter depth fridge and where do you get one? Luckily, we scoured the market and found the best ones from which to choose. All you have to do is pick the best one for your kitchen.

Counter Depth Refrigerator FAQ

1. What is a counter depth refrigerator?

A counter-depth refrigerator sits nearly flush with counters and cabinets. Adding this style of appliance is one of many ways to give your kitchen an upscale, modern look without spending an enormous amount of money on an entire renovation. A counter depth refrigerator will work best to upgrade a small galley kitchen or maintain the style and save space needed when an island is present. Most popular brands carry this style, but we will help you decide on which is the best counter depth refrigerator for your home.

2. Where Can You Purchase The Best Counter Depth Refrigerator?

The optimal time to make your appliance purchase would be during promotional holidays. In the United States, holidays such as President’s Day (February), Memorial Day (May), and Black Friday (November) can give you the best deals of the year. You can expect to save anywhere from 25 percent up to 40 percent on the best counter depth refrigerator during one of these dates, not to mention the rebates are especially good as well.

3. How Does It Differ From Other Types of Refrigerators?

There are many kinds of refrigerators, but even within the counter-depth category, there are a few different styles: standard counter-depth, integrated, and professional refrigerators. Below are their specific differences.

Counter-depth refrigerators

As we have mentioned, these are shallower refrigerators. With this standard style, it is typical that only the doors of the refrigerator will extend beyond the counters or cabinets.

Integral

It is possible that with an integral refrigerator, one might mistake it for the actual cabinet while reaching for a snack. These refrigerators are seamless, fitting totally within the cabinet itself. It is usually much more expensive to achieve this style.

Professional

Professional refrigerators are top of the line with extended height and compressors above the doors. This gives off a restaurant type of look.

4. Are There Any Downsides To Buying A Counter Depth Refrigerator?

There are both advantages and disadvantages that come along with almost every product, so this style of fridge is no different. The most common conflict customers have had with purchasing a shallower appliance is just that, its size. Some people missed the additional couple inches of storage space. In contrast to that, customers have applauded the shallow depth as it aids in cleanup. It’s much easier to keep the back of the fridge clean when you can actually reach it.

How We Reviewed

We’ve taken the time to research and review the following products based on key features, pros, and cons of each model, pricing, where to buy the product, and the warranty’s available. After an in-depth analysis of dozens of similar refrigerators, we have decided on the following list to help you decide on the best counter depth refrigerator.

What We Reviewed

  • Danby DFF100C1BSLDB Refrigerator
  • EcoSolarCool Solar Refrigerator
  • GE Profile PWE23KSKSS 36″ Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
  • Electrolux EI23CS35KS IQ-Touch 22.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side-By-Side Refrigerator
  • Samsung Black Stainless Steel Counter-Depth 4-Door Refrigerator
  • Frigidaire Gallery 22.2 Cu. Ft. Counter-Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator
  • Samsung RS22HDHPNSR
  • LG LFXC24726S24.0
  • Haier HRQ16N3BGS 33″ Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
  • KitchenAid KRFC300ESS

Danby DFF100C1BSLDB Refrigerator

Danby DFF092C1BSLDB 9.2 Cu.Ft. Bottom Mount Refrigerator, Energy...

If you are looking for a sleek, standard design that fits perfectly in any kitchen without spending your entire life savings, then this Danby model is the best counter depth refrigerator for you. At 10 cubic feet, the size is great for smaller homes or apartments. Both the fridge and freezer doors are reversible to satisfy the layout of your kitchen. Each of those sections has its own electronic controls for your convenience. It appears that as a standard appliance, with all the necessary functions, this model really stands out.

Danby DFF092C1BSLDB 9.2 Cu.Ft. Bottom Mount Refrigerator, Energy...
  • You’ll never have to worry about cooling space again with this deluxe bottom-mount apartment refrigerator from Danby
  • In addition, the door comes with an integrated handle and it can be adjusted for left or right-handed opening due to the...
  • Manufactured in China. Spotless steel door finish - looks identical to real stainless steel but without the smudging

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • LED lighting
  • Adjustable layout for convenience or style

Cons

  • Smaller storage space
  • Standard design
  • Does not come with ice maker

Warranty

Danby offers a limited warranty on this refrigerator. The terms include a 30-day warranty for plastic parts, and a manufacturer’s promise to repair or replace any malfunctioning part for the first 18 months.

EcoSolarCool Solar Refrigerator

EcoSolarCool Solar refrigerator 15.9 cu ft

One of the outstanding features of this model is that it is the best counter depth refrigerator when it comes to energy efficiency. With a European design, this fridge is compact and will fit in any kitchen, whether that’s a small apartment or a dorm room. This type of fridge was certainly created with an energy-conscious consumer in mind, and those that have purchased it are thrilled with its reliability, easy hookup, and lack of noise.

EcoSolarCool Solar refrigerator 15.9 cu ft
  • Solar Refrigerator
  • Solar fridge
  • RV refrigerator

Pros

  • Solar-powered
  • Energy efficient
  • Quiet and compact

Cons

  • Little storage space
  • Requires solar panel, battery, and charge controller

Warranty

To find out more information about this product and the warranty offered by its manufacturer, contact EcoSolarCool.

GE Profile PWE23KSKSS 36″ Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

This stainless steel GE Profile appliance is a standard counter depth fridge with the desired look of french doors. Its key features include an ice maker and an internal water dispenser. In comparison to others in its price range, this would not be considered the best counter depth refrigerator to purchase.

Pros
  • Contains ice maker
  • Provides internal water dispenser

Cons

  • Possibly overpriced for quality provided
Warranty

To find out more information about this product and any warranties offered, visit the manufacturer’s website.

Electrolux EI23CS35KS IQ-Touch 22.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Electrolux EI23CS35KS IQ-Touch 22.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter...

This stainless steel fridge provides the sleek look of the best counter depth refrigerator with an impressive amount of storage space. The fridge and freezer are side-by-side, providing ample room for a variety of meal prep needs. Electrolux promotes the appliance’s IQ Touch feature on the external water dispenser and ice maker as key for modern living.

Electrolux EI23CS35KS IQ-Touch 22.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter...
  • SpillSafe Glass Shelves
  • Chill Zone Drawer
  • External Ice/Water Dispenser

Pros

  • Lots of space
  • IQ Touch
  • External water dispenser and ice maker

Cons

  • High priced for its category

Warranty

To find out more information about this product and the warranties available, visit the manufacturer’s website.

Samsung Black Stainless Steel Counter-Depth 4-Door Refrigerator

SAMSUNG RF22KREDBSG / RF22KREDBSG/AA / RF22KREDBSG/AA 22.4 Cu. Ft....

Stay connected with an appliance that truly aims to place family first. This luxury fridge can prove to be the best counter depth refrigerator in the area of modern features. Its impressive design and space can be attributed to its unique four-door design.

A FlexZone compartment allows the customer to switch the section from serving as a freezer or refrigerator. This incredible appliance allows family members to make phone calls, watch TV, go online and view the inside of the fridge to see what’s missing for shopping day.

SAMSUNG RF22KREDBSG / RF22KREDBSG/AA / RF22KREDBSG/AA 22.4 Cu. Ft....
  • Total(cu. Ft.):22.4 / Fridge:12.8 / Freezer:6.5 / FlexZone:3.1
  • FoodShowcase Provides Easy Access To On-the-go Items
  • Metal Cooling Locks In Cold And Seals In Freshness

Pros

  • Touchscreen family hub feature
  • Power freeze and power cool for instant chilling

Cons

  • Luxury Priced
  • May be difficult for non-tech-savvy consumers

Frigidaire Gallery 22.2 Cu. Ft. Counter-Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Frigidaire FGSC2335TF Gallery Series 36 Inch Freestanding Counter...

Here is a stylish, french door counter depth refrigerator that is large enough for most families, offering over 22 cubic feet of storage space. Unlike many stainless steel products, the finish on this fridge is smudge resistant and actually repels your little one’s sneaky fingerprints. This refrigerator allows you to customize and adjust shelving on both sides.

Frigidaire FGSC2335TF Gallery Series 36 Inch Freestanding Counter...
  • Frigidaire Gallery 22.2 Cu. Ft
  • According to Federal Law Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (P.L. 93-637), appliance manufacturers must be given the opportunity...

Pros

  • Impressive storage space
  • Highly adjustable shelving

Cons

  • Problems with ice maker

Warranty

The manufacturer’s back this refrigerator with a one year warranty.

Samsung RS22HDHPNSR


Another appliance competing for best counter depth refrigerator is Samsung’s 22+ cubic ft side by side fridge. It has an automatic indoor icemaker and premium external water filter and ice dispenser. There’s tons of adjustable storage space to match your family’s needs. It also gives a high end, built-in look to automatically elevate your kitchen. A higher than typical humidity system will keep your fruits and vegetables fresher and firmer until the next shopping day.

Pros

  • LED lighting
  • Power cool and power freeze technology
  • Lots of storage

Cons

  • Customer complaints on reliability and service

Warranty

For more information on this product and the warranty options available, visit the manufacturer’s website.

LG LFXC24726S

This EnergyStar appliance is all about convenience for the customer. Its clean, stainless steel design is just the start. Its smart cooling and smart pull handle features are what this one of the best counter depth refrigerators on the market. This fridge is ideal for large families as it is considered one of the largest capacity refrigerators in its class. It continues to impress with the ability to deodorize the fridge for six months at a time with an advanced fresh air filter.

Pros

  • Slim space plus ice system
  • Smart cooling system
  • Excellent warranty

Cons

  • Higher priced

Warranty

This LG refrigerator comes with a 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

Haier HRQ16N3BGS 33″ Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

For those who relish in design, this counter depth fridge by Haier might be a top choice. It takes french doors to another level, providing the same style for the freezer section. That’s right, four doors in total! With this fridge, you’ll be able to achieve a built-in-look without that high-end price tag.

The advanced features on this appliance are endless and well thought out to benefit the customer. It comes with a high-humidity controlled crisper to keep greens and other vegetables extra fresh. There’s an impressive amount of space in this refrigerator for its size, and the shelves are adjustable, so it can perfectly serve each family.

You could also check out the same model in a slightly smaller size at 28″.

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Advanced temperature controls
  • Adjustable shelves

Cons

  • Higher priced within compact category

Warranty

This product comes with a limited one year warranty for parts and repairs on the entire appliance.

KitchenAid KRFC300ESS

This stylish, modern french door fridge might be the best counter depth refrigerator for your home. It offers an exceptional amount of space for food and provides adjustable shelving to create your ideal layout. In addition to its massive room, this fridge has an internal water dispenser and a noteworthy ExtendFresh Temperature Management System.

Pros

  • Excellent storage space
  • Adjustable shelving
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Poor customer service
  • Ice may form on bottom of freezer

Warranty

For more information about this product and to find out the warranties available, visit the manufacturer’s website.

The Verdict

After an extensive review of dozens of fridge units, we’ve decided which one is the overall best counter depth refrigerator. The Frigidaire Gallery is the best counter depth refrigerator. In reliability, service, and features, this fridge stands out above the rest. It’s obvious Frigidaire created this product with family in mind. The pricing is a steal on this adjustable, smudge resistant, high-end fridge. It’ll fit seamlessly with your counters as an upgrade to your kitchen.

Frigidaire FFU175F5HW Freezer Review and Buyer’s Guide

Frigidaire FFU175F5HW

If you have a Frigidaire FFU175F5HW, we have some not-so-great news for you. The manufacturer discontinued the model, so if you love it and it breaks, you can’t replace it with the same model. That is, unless you take on someone else’s old freezer, which isn’t the best idea. Instead, you want to research similar models to replace your freezer with when the time comes.  Don’t dwell on its dying months (or years), where it sounded like it was powered by a diesel engine, and the door creaked and never closed properly. Sure, you’ll mourn its passing, but look on the bright side: now you can get a shiny new freezer!

When your freezer is on its last legs, there are usually tell-tale signs. You might notice there is more frost inside than food. In fact, some of your food items might become a part of the frost build-up, disappearing into a growing ice cloud as your freezer devours everything. Another sign is that your electricity bill is going up and up. This is because your freezer no longer turns off at its set temperature, and instead just keeps running. You’ll know it’s doing this because that motor will sound horrid. Then, when your freezer does kick the bucket, there will be a period of knocking. No, these aren’t the freezer elves saying they want out. It’s the motor finally quitting on you.

Your beloved Frigidaire FFU175F5HW is ready to be replaced.

The Glory Days of the Frigidaire FFU175F5HW Freezer

Your Frigidaire FFU175F5HW freezer was a great piece of hardware when it first came out back in 2011. It had great interior lighting, flexible bookend shelving that you could rearrange as needed, and an automatic alert that warned you if the door was open. At 16.6 cubic feet of interior space, it’s a roomy upright freezer. Frigidaire spent 2012 marketing the FFU175F5HW, and by 2013 it was the company’s best-selling freezer. But like all things, it was time for an upgrade, and in 2014 Frigidaire discontinued it.

Of course, that didn’t stop you from buying it. But the problem with buying a discontinued freezer is that when it’s time for repairs, there are very few parts available. The longer you wait, the less likely the parts are around, which drives up the price on the parts that you do come across. Also, the freezer is guaranteed to keep falling apart once it starts. Like that great Canadian band The Tragically Hip said: “Like boots or hearts when it starts, it really comes apart.”

Specifications

This is why it’s just best to replace your Frigidaire FFU175F5HW. But what will you replace it with? Well, you can find something similar, for starters. The Frigidaire FFU175F5HW had some decent specifications, so check them out and that will tell you what to look for:

  • Total capacity: 16.6 cubic feet
  • Height: 66 inches
  • Width: 32 inches
  • Depth: 27 inches
  • Shelving: 2 moveable shelves, 2 fixed shelves
  • Baskets: 1 bottom basket
  • Door racks: 5 (fixed)
  • Annual energy usage: 682-kilowatt hours

Frigidaire FFU175F5HW Pros and Cons

You should know better than anyone what quibbles the Frigidaire FFU175F5HW had, and where it excelled. You had yours long enough to become familiar with all of its little quirks. But overall, it wasn’t a bad freezer. It’s just old.

Pros

  • Simple, with no bells or whistles
  • Large space
  • Great interior lighting
  • Does what it’s supposed to
  • EnergyStar rating

Cons

  • Pricey for what you get
  • Tends to break down quite a bit
  • Runs noisy

Which Freezer Can Replace Your Frigidaire FFU175F5HW?

Have you noticed how freezers today don’t last much longer than a cell phone? When I was a kid, my siblings and I would play at our grandparent’s house all the time. In their basement was an old steel fridge from the 1940s or 50s. It was big and heavy and had a rounded top instead of today’s square. Also, inside was a box with a metal door. That was the freezer. This was during the late 1980s. The point of this story is that my grandparent’s fridge and freezer from the Second World War was STILL running in the late 1980s! Today we can’t get a fridge to last longer than a car battery.

So what should you replace your old Frigidaire FFU175F5HW with? You obviously want something of a similar size, and the interior lighting is a must. Also, it should last a lot longer than six or seven years, so a good warranty would be great. There are a few options to look at.

GE FUF17SMRWW


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Why not step away from the world of Frigidaire for a moment and consider a competitor? The General Electric FUF17SMRWW freezer is worth taking a look at. After all, it has the same all-white, tall, boxy look as the Frigidaire FFU175F5HW. Yet it’s larger, with 17.3 cubic feet of storage space. You’ll love that the temperature controls are located on the outside of the freezer, while there’s lots of LED lighting inside. GE also has a “Turbo Freeze” feature which provides a boost of cold air for those hot days.

Make sure you can fit this slightly bigger upright freezer into your space, though. While it’s shorter than the Frigidaire, it is wider and has greater depth.

  • Height: 64.75 inches
  • Width: 33 inches
  • Depth: 31.4 inches

Whirlpool WSZ57L18DM


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Whirlpool also has a decent freezer that’s close to the size of your old Frigidaire. What you’ll like about this one is its modern stainless steel build. Nothing helps you get through the loss of a good freezer quicker than a new freezer that’s better looking. Now, this thing is modern. It’s frost-free, has several LED lights inside, electronic touch-pad temperature controls, a “door-ajar” alarm, and a smooth recessed handle that keeps out of the way. Also, there’s Whirlpool’s patented “Fast Freeze” technology, so the food you put in gets frozen quickly. Best of all, this freezer has a whopping 18 cubic feet of storage space but is the same size as the others.

  • Height: 66.75 inches
  • Width: 30.25 inches
  • Depth: 31.25 inches

Let’s face it; this is a pretty freezer. It’s almost a shame to put this stainless steel beauty in the garage or the basement, but alas, those are the best places for a freezer.

Are You Ready to Upgrade?

Freezer vs. Deep Freeze

When that old Frigidaire FFU175F5HW freezer finally does die on you, will you be ready to go out and get a new freezer right away? If not, you’ll need to figure what to do with all that food you’ve been storing in there. And do you really want to listen to that loud knocking noise at random hours of the day and night? Seriously, if your freezer is on its last leg, or if it has already croaked, then it’s time to get out there and buy a replacement.