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How To Defrost A Freezer

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How to defrost a freezer? Ah, this is a domestic challenge that many of us face at home. Whether you live alone or with your own brood, defrosting is part of regular housekeeping. It is the only way to keep your precious freezer clean and functional.

Of course, you can always buy a freezer with an automatic defrost function. But that type is more expensive and consumes more electricity. If you are stuck with a normal freezer, you have to do the defrosting manually. There are many reasons ice builds up inside your freezer, but the fact remains you cannot leave it there. Doing so will ruin your appliance.

Defrosting a freezer is a chore that is not as cool as it sounds, especially if you don't have the skills. But don't fret, as this guide will help you face this challenge. With time and practice, you can soon entertain a guest in your home and proudly proclaim that you know how to defrost a freezer. Congrats! Now on to the guide.

What Is Defrosting A Freezer?

Before you learn how to defrost a freezer, you must first know how frost appears inside your freezer. Time for some cool freezer facts!

How Does A Freezer Work?

Consumer-level freezers are sold as separate units or installed inside refrigerators, which is the case in most American households. Whichever type it is, most freezers work the same way.

The cool secret lies in the substance called refrigerant. This chemical substance absorbs the heat inside the container (where you store your food), causing the temperature to drop to freezing degrees. The early refrigerants were flourocarbons/ hydroflourocarbons, but they have been phased out since the 20th century due to its harmful effects to the ozone layer. Modern refrigerants use more eco-friendly chemicals.

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Have you seen the coils behind the refrigerator? Inside is the refrigerant working its wonders. It begins as a vapor under low pressure then enters the compressor which squeezes its particles, causing it to increase its pressure and temperature.

This excited refrigerant continues its journey to the condenser coils where it loses its heat but keeps its high pressure. At this stage, the condensed vapor becomes a liquid. This high-pressure liquid enters a small tube, where it drops its pressure suddenly and returns to its gas form. This vapor absorbs the heat, causing the temperature inside to drop, freezing the food inside. The refrigerant then repeats its cycle.

What Is Frost And What Causes It To Form?

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Unfortunately, refrigeration is not a closed and foolproof system. The temperature inside is not tightly controlled, so fluctuations happen which causes frost to form.

Frost is the "ice" that builds up on the freezer walls and door. In a perfectly controlled environment, these would be ice-free. But each time the freezer door is opened, factors are introduced that affect the system and require users to learn how to defrost a freezer.

Air is obviously warmer outside the freezer. When you open the freezer doors, warm air seeps into the freezer. Because warm air contains more moisture,  it condenses when it hits the coils. The condensed water then freezes due to the temperature inside, resulting in frost.

This ice is not toxic as it is formed from water vapor in the air. However, it is not advisable to eat as food smell can seep into it. The crystalline texture is also different, so it does not feel good in the mouth. Some frost forms like ice shavings, while the rest become solid lumps of ice.

What About Auto Defrost?

Freezers with auto defrost options have fans that keep the warm air and moisture away. (Though this function takes a lot of electricity and makes the appliance more expensive).

This is why you should not open your freezer door wide like you would a window. It is also important to close the door tightly so no air will get inside. Only use the freezer when necessary; take out everything you need in one go.

Why You Should Defrost Your Freezer

One more thing before we learn how to defrost a freezer: a quick science lesson.

Why Do We Freeze Food?

Freezing food keeps it from becoming spoiled or rotten. Low temperature inhibits the growth of bacteria, molds, and fungus. Freezing also slows down the actions of enzymes, which causes food to undergo chemical transformation. Thus, the food keeps its quality and freshness.

This knowledge is an ancient one, as our ancestors made pre-electricity freezers--or cold storage boxes--using ice or snow from the mountains. Using the aforementioned principle of cold-warm air movement, our ancestors kept the warm air from reaching the food by insulating it with ice, which also helps drop the temperature.

This ancient freezer was done by digging a hole in the ground, or using a big earthenware pot. Then the food was placed inside and the container covered with hay, grass or straw. Then ice taken from the mountains or snowfall was placed on top. The insulation kept the inside temperature low while keeping the warm air out at the same time. 

What Happens If We Don't Remove The Frost?

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Those huge slabs of ice are a nuisance in a lot of ways.

One, frost takes up space in your freezer that can otherwise be used for food. It also makes it harder to close the freezer doors, which will worsen the situation.

Second, it keeps your freezer from working properly. The frost affects the flow of the refrigerant in the coils (attached to the freezer walls). If this happens, despite the presence of ice, the freezer will actually not cool at all. If this continues unabated, the coils and the entire freezer is at risk of breaking down.

Last, having a malfunctioning freezer will defeat the purpose of using a freezer. The food will not cool down. They are also at risk of contamination. The air inside will become warm and stale, thus turning your freezer into a virtual compost pit.

How To Defrost A Freezer

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Defrosting a freezer isn't as daunting as it sound to be. Yes, it will take time and effort and it can get messy. But mastering this basic domestic skill will ensure that your precious freezer will keep working and not get frozen for life.

Learn how to defrost a freezer in these easy steps:

  • 1
    Empty the contents of the freezer.
  • 2
    Unplug the freezer.
  • 3
    Keep the freezer door open until the ice melts.
  • 4
    Catch the meltwater using a drain system or hose.
  • 5
    Wipe the freezer dry.
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    Keep the door open for a few more minutes.
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    Put the food back in.
  • 8
    Plug the freezer back in.
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    List Element

Other Tips

  • 1
    When emptying the contents, it is advisable to cook or eat them ASAP, as returning them to the freezer will affect their quality. 
  • 2
    For the food you need to return, you can place them in the fridge or an ice-box to keep them fresh while the freezer defrosts.
  • 3
    Before you unplug the freezer, don't forget to turn the switch off. 
  • 4
    Some freezers have temperature regulator. Don't turn it off completely; instead gradual lower the temperature using the dial.
  • 5
    If you can, move the freezer away from the socket to keep it away from any spills.
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    When you leave the freezer door open, use a wedge to stop the door from closing again.
  • 7
    To hasten the thawing process, you can put a bowl or a pot of hot water inside the freezer then close the door. Don't use boiling water!
  • 8
    If there is a big buildup, you can use a wooden spatula or ceramic knife to chisel the frost. Don't use metal as it will stick to the cold walls and scratch the interior.
  • 9
    For thin frost layers, you can use a hair dryer to melt the ice.
  • 10
    Place old towels at the base of the freezer in case the meltwater spills out and floods your floor.
  • 11
    If your freezer does not have a catch drain, you can use rags or sponges to soak up the meltwater. You can also use a hose and pump.
  • 12
    Gently wipe the sides of the freezer to remove any excess moisture before turning the power back on.
  • 13
    Melting the ice takes time, so do other stuff instead of waiting for the ice to melt.
  • 14
    Keep the door open for a few minutes after drying so the stale air will come out.
  • 15
    The meltwater is not toxic, so you can collect it and use it for other stuff like cleaning or washing.
  • 16
    Defrost only if the ice is already 1/4 inch thick.
  • 17
    If you can, time your defrost a few days before your food's expiration date. It is always nice to start "fresh" after every defrost.

Conclusion

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Defrosting a freezer is not hard, but it takes patience and skill so it is important to keep your cool, so to speak. As mentioned, learning how to defrost a freezer is a valuable survival skill, at least when it comes to keeping your food fresh and your home clean and maintained.

Happy defrosting!

How To Flash Freeze

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How often do we waste food that we don't use because it expires or turns before we have had the chance? By choosing to flash freeze individual or small portions of food you can be set up with ready-to-go meals in quantities suitable for any lifestyle. This technique saves both time and money on fresh fruits and produce you buy every day.

The technique easily allows you to preserve berries, cookies, dinner rolls, and so much more. Once you're done, the perfect meal, snack or dessert is merely minutes away in whatever quantity you desire. This quick-chill method makes lunches on-the-go a breeze. This article highlights what flash freezing is, its importance, and how to flash freeze.

What Is Flash Freezing?

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In the food industry, flash freezing, or blast freezing, is the method of freezing foods at low temperatures using cold circulating air. This method ensures that the ice crystals that form remain small, allowing moisture to remain in the food while it thaws. Flash freezing entails freezing your food individually or in small pieces on a sheet pan or baking pan before it is packaged.

This method allows you to thaw and reheat individual servings without the hassle of reheating an entire container of food. The United States Department of Agriculture states that foods stored at temperatures of 0?F will always be safe to eat. Freezing halts the aging process and prevents microorganisms that cause food-borne illness to develop.

What Can Be Frozen

What Can Not Be Frozen

Recommended Cooked Foods

Uncooked Foods


Is There A Need For Flash Freezing?

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Flash freezing is a great way to extend the shelf life of ingredients. Freezing foods can better allow for you to plan out your meals for the month, saving you time and constant trips to the supermarket. Flash freezing your leftovers is a genius way to save your meals or reincorporate it into later dishes. This simple technique makes storing, thawing, and heating your freezer easier and hassle-free, significantly reducing your prep and cook times.

Washing and dividing food into individual portion or pieces makes for easy storage and perfect quantities. Flash freezing at home is a safe, less expensive alternative to buying frozen foods because you know what ingredients were used. Forget about consuming dyes and preservatives!

The History Of Flash Freezing

Flash freezing has gained traction in recent years due to its ease and benefits. The process uses objects that you already have in your kitchen. It increases the shelf life of nearly every food group. Not to mention that the steps are straightforward enough for anyone in the kitchen, regardless of skill level. This method allows you to have the right amount of food available when you need it.

Benefits

Flash freezing has a number of benefits. Flash frozen foods are more resistant to freezer burn and have a much longer shelf life. This method of freezing also allows foods to maintain their original flavor, texture, and moisture. Packaging foods at their peak allow for ripeness and nutrient-packed consumption at a much later date.

After you have acquainted yourself with how to flash freeze foods like pancakes, hamburger patties, twice-baked potatoes, or waffles, you will have a great way to prep and store single servings. You will be able to easily grab individual portions for a quick meal on-the-go.

How To Flash Freeze

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Flash freezing is the process of freezing your food individually or in small pieces on a sheet pan or baking pan before it is packaged. This simple technique makes storing, thawing, and heating your freezer easier and hassle-free, significantly reducing your prep and cook times. Once, the technique is mastered, you can apply it to a variety of foods for individual portions or meals within minutes. Before flash freezing, you need to prepare the food, and then seal/wrap, label, and then freeze. 

Prepare The Food For Flash Freezing:

Most foods do not need to be washed, except for fresh berries. You should stem the berries, then gently rinse them and pat them dry.
Then divide food into individual portions or pieces. Examples include shaped individual dinner rolls, individual chicken breasts, meatballs, chicken breast slices, and single servings of cooked meatloaf.

Next, line a baking sheet or tray with parchment or wax paper. Ensure that the edges of the food do not touch because it causes the food pieces to fuse as they freeze. Parchment paper, plastic wrap, or waxed paper should be lined up with the tray or baking sheet to facilitate easier cleanup.

Seal Or Wrap, Label, And Freeze

You should then remove the food from the baking sheet and wrap it. You can use heavy-duty aluminum foil or transfer it to resealable freezer bags or freezer-safe food storage containers that have tight-fitting lids.

Do not use aluminum foil to wrap foods that contain acidic ingredients, such as lemon juice or tomatoes. This is because acid reacts with the foil, which gives off a bad flavor. You should instead use a plastic freezer wrap.

After the food has hardened, remove it from the baking sheet and transfer it to a resealable freezer bag or air-tight food storage container. Make sure to label your package with a wax crayon or waterproof marker, noting the name, quantity and date your food was frozen. Return the food to the freezer until needed.

How Long To Freeze Flash-Frozen Food

While the blast method works on many items, they all cannot be stored for the same amount of time. Cooked items, such as slices of cake and bread, can be stored for up to three months. Cooked meats can also be stored for up to three months. Raw items such as berries can be stored the longest, up to one year after initially frozen. Uncooked meat patties and steaks can be frozen and stored anywhere from three to six months. Unbaked bread and cookie dough can be frozen and stored for up to three months.

For cooked items, freeze them in the following ways:

  • Baked cookies, slices of cake, fruit pies, quick bread, and yeast bread: 3 months
  • Individual slices of cheesecake: 2 weeks
  • Cooked meats, such as pork chops, chicken breasts, and meatloaf slices: 3 months

If you have uncooked items, freeze them for these amounts of time:

  • Uncooked fish and shellfish: 3 months
  • Uncooked ground meat patties: 3 months
  • Unbaked cookie and bread dough: 3 months
  • Uncooked chops, steaks, and poultry pieces: 3-6 months
  • Berries: 1 year

Thawing Flash-Frozen Foods

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Thawing flash-frozen foods is easier than it sounds. Never thaw your food at room temperature. This allows bacteria to multiply at a rapid pace. You can thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in a microwave oven. Meats and vegetables can be cooked from the frozen or thawed stage. Cooked foods do not have to be thawed before reheating.

Conclusion

Flash freeze individual or small portions of food and you can make to-go meals in a quick and timely manner. This technique saves both time and money on the fresh fruit and produce you buy every day. The technique easily allows you to preserve berries, cookies, dinner rolls and so much more. Afterward, the perfect meal, snack, or dessert is only minutes away in whatever quantity you desire.

This method ensures that the ice crystals that form on your foods will remain small, allowing the moisture to remain in the food while it thaws. Freezing halts the aging process and prevents microorganisms that cause food-borne illness to develop. Unfortunately, not all foods are candidates for flash freezing because over time, they may lose flavor, texture, and/ or quality. You should always check whether your food is safe for the flash freeze method.

Remember not to use aluminum foil to wrap foods that are high in acidity, such as tomatoes and lemon juices. These foods react badly with aluminum, causing them to change in both color and flavor. Never thaw food at room temperature. Frozen foods can be thawed in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in a microwave oven.

FFFC18M6QWa Freezer Review And Buyer’s Guide

Frigidaire FFFC18M6QW

Let it go! Let it go! Can't hold it back anymore! If you are looking for good freezers for good prices, look no further than Frigidaire! Sometimes there are so many gadgets and parts to new refrigerators that the freezer can be too small or lackluster to handle how much you have to put into it. A freezer is just downright useful, so why not get more of it? This is why an external freezer can be so important, and the Fffc22m6Qw Frigidaire Chest Freezer gets it done the best! You will not be disappointed with any Frigidaire product, and this one takes the cake in good design and balanced temperatures.

What Is the Size of A Freezer?

Freezers come in all shapes and sizes, with a myriad of different features and many factors to consider when deciding which one you want. As stated before, most homes already have a freezer included with their refrigerators, but there are many times when this is not enough space, especially if there are multiple people living within the same area. Sometimes you need extra room and getting a good external freezer can be the key. In looking for a freezer, there are three types you should look out for: upright freezer, chest freezer, and portable freezer.

What Are the Types of Freezers?

Upright freezers are popular because of their convenience. They take up far less floor space than chest freezers; they are much easier to get through doors, and they are much easier to carry than your average chest freezer. They also usually have compartments so you can divide your food in whatever way you see fit. However, this comes with a risk. They can be much more expensive than the average chest freezer due to their popularity. They also take more energy than chest freezers, which could mean even more money out of your pocket.

This is the type the FFFC18M6QW is. Chest freezers are quite different and a lot more energy efficient. Also known as deep freezers, they usually take up more floor space and have a larger capacity than other freezer types. If you have a lot of food or large items you want to keep in a compact freezer, then this is definitely your best choice. They're not as good for everyday use as the upright freezer because getting to any of the items on the bottom of the freezer will require you to move everything on top. They're also more likely to need manual defrosting, which gets messy and can be a pain to deal with. On the upside, they typically cost less than an upright model, both in upfront and long-term energy costs. The Fcm7Shww enjoys all of these benefits.

Lastly is the portable freezer, which - unlike the others - is built for longevity and typically smaller than the other freezer types. This is because it's made to be picked up and used anywhere at any time. It is perfect for any camping scenario or if you're just looking for a place to put your food to move from one area to another. They constantly stay at a cold temperature, and they don't need to be constantly filled with ice. Once you set the temperature, you can just go. If moving around is what you want for your freezer, then this is definitely the way to go.

What Is the Frigidaire FFFC18M6QW 17.5 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer

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The Frigidaire FFFC18M6QW Chest Freezer is a beautiful, 17.5 cubic feet chest freezer that cannot be compared.  Maybe you're one of those people that like to be well-prepared for almost any situation and want a place to store lots of food for a rainy day. Maybe you prepared a bit too much of mom's spaghetti and need a place to store it. Hey, maybe you just need the extra space to put bread. Whatever the reason, freezers are becoming more and more of a valid and important tool to have in your house, and any fears of an extra freezer are becoming more and more of a thing of the past.

Not only does the FFFC18M6QW have bright and well-implemented LED lighting, but it is energy efficient and well organized. It has adjustable temperature control, in case you want to keep your food extra cold, and is specifically built so that it can last a whole 2 days with no power, in case of a sudden power outage, which is something many chest freezers lack. It has a lock that ejects the key any time you lock it to make sure you don't accidentally leave the key in the door, and it has handy thick walls. It also has an indicator light that tells you if your freezer is on or off! This is a freezer dream come true!

Product Specs  

This beautiful, 200-pound freezer is a great energy saver! The FFFC18M6QW is near frost free, meaning clean up will be very minimal, and this means that this freezer will hardly leave a mark on your budget! It has a space organization system, so you don't have to worry about having to dig through your frozen goods to get the right food within your storage. There are both adjustable baskets and dividers to help with this. The insulation on the walls keeps your food cold without any power for up to 2 days, and it is 100% American made, so its full of pride!

Pricing  

Talk about the price of the product. Since prices are always fluctuating, do not refer to an exact price rather a price range or say "it can be purchased for around..." or something similar. Include in this section the marketplaces where this product can be bought.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. 

  • Whirlpool 21.7 cu. ft. Chest Freezer
  • Midea WHS-109FW1 Compact Single Reversible Door Upright Freezer
  • GE FCM11PHWW 10.6 Cu. Ft. White Chest Freezer

Price: $$$    

The price is very fair for the amount of amazing and well-designed features that are included. You will wonder where this freezer was all your life once it's in your hands.

Features

Capacity

Design Quality

Warranty

The FFFC18M6QW has a myriad of amazing features that help to make your day easier.

For the price, this freezer is great. You will have a great time and have plenty of space.

The FFFC18M6QW is a beautiful freezer, donning a pristine white.

The warranty will depend on the provider. Ask your retailer for more information.

Pros

  • Great look
  • Energy efficient
  • Adjustable temperatures

Cons

  • May be larger than needed
  • There is no ice dispenser
  • List Element

Whirlpool WZC5422DW Chest Freezer

Whirlpool WZC5422DW Chest Freezer
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  • White Whirlpool 22 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer With Extra-large CAPACI...
  • WZC5422DW

If it's a ton of freezer space you're looking for, the Whirlpool WZC3122DW offers a nice and roomy 21.7 cubic feet of storage for anything and everything you need to keep things ice-cold. It comes with three interior storage bins to help keep your food stash tidy, a key lock to keep others out, and energy-efficient advanced foam insulation to ensure everything stays frozen solid for long periods of time. It also has great interior lighting, and a temperature knob to adjust how cold your food gets. It also looks nice with a white textured finish and a vertical swing door.

Price: $$$$   

The pricing of this freezer is pretty good. It's cheap and affordable for most people, and its well worth its price as well.

Capacity

Design Quality

Warranty

For its price, the capacity is actually really large. The problem, however, is that its quantity over quality.

The design of this freezer is sleek and nice to look at. It won't win awards, but it definitely looks very nice.

What your warranty is will depend on your retailer. Ask your dealer for more details about it.

Pros

  • Good looks
  • Simple design
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Cheaply made
  • May take up too much space, mattering on living areas

Midea WHS-109FW1 Upright Freezer, 3.0 Cubic Feet, White

Midea WHS-109FW1 Upright Freezer, 3.0 Cubic Feet, White
  • Mechanical Temperature Adjustment Ranges From -11.2' to 8.6' F
  • Features Reversible Door that can Open from Left or Right. Cabinet Dimensions(H x W x D)- 33.9 x 19.7 x 18.5 inches....
  • Contains Two Fixed Shelves and a Removeable Wire Drawer

A lot of cheap freezers are made, and the Midea is no exception. It prides itself on how affordable it is and cuts corners to get you a freezer that is both usable and passable. This freezer supports different temperatures, ranging from -0.4 to -13 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is built to make sure your food is nicely packed in and airtight. The inside is also explicitly made to be easily cleaned, so you don't have to worry.

Price:  $$    

This freezer is cheaper than cheap. It's the bare-bones freezer with what you will basically need in any freezer. This is the ultimate everyman freezer.

Capacity

Design Quality

Warranty

7 cubic feet for this price point isn't too bad at all, and factoring in that many freezers are more, if you are looking for a little space for a little money, this is a good investment.

Not very complex and cheaply made, you can tell this freezer was made to be as low on cost as possible.

The warranty may depend on the seller. Make sure to ask your retailer what their policies are. 

Pros

  • Compact and easy to place
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Cheaply made
  • Not especially energy conservative

GE FCM11PHWW Chest Freezer

GE FCM11PHWW Chest Freezer
  • With a door that locks to help keep children out
  • Up-front temperature controls are easy to reach and operate
  • Lock with key allows you to protect your valuable food items from unintentional entry

If you don't need as much capacity as some other chest freezer brands and want a cheaper solution to your need for a freezer, then this might be the choice for you! Owners and experts alike praise this freezer for how roomy it is, despite its size. It has over 10.5 cubic feet of space within the confines of its wall, meaning more than enough room for even a family who loves to stockpile their foods. This freezer is also certified with amazing energy efficiency, which is meaningless for your power bill.

Price: Around $$$$ 

Affordable and functional, this freezer has it all. While it's not the prettiest, it keeps your food well insulated.

Capacity

Design Quality

Warranty

The room in nice, having quite a bit of space for the money. This is, however, downplayed by the quality.

Its design is very basic and not particularly great. It also takes up quite a bit of floor space.

The warranty will depend on the retailer.

Pros

  • Functional
  • Has more room then it looks
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • Takes a lot of floor space

Conclusion

To gain a clear picture of what you want in your freezer, you need to know exactly what you should be looking for in one. The FFFC18M6QW is am amazing freezer, but you need to know what you want before deciding on it. There are lots of categories to consider when picking, so be sure to understand what each means. Some basic things to learn about are temperature, amount of use, size, energy use, noise performance, and blackout performance. All of these and more are important to make sure that you are getting a freezer to your liking.

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There are myriad factors that come into play when determining the amount of use a freezer is likely to get once you receive it. They include how often you go shopping, how many people will use the freezer, and your eating habits. Avid hunters will need a lot of space to keep their large quantities of meat frozen. Families that like frozen pizza might need to make sure that their freezer fits enough of them easily. It's smart to know what you'll need in terms of your freezer to avoid later frustrations.

Noise performance is how the freezer emits sounds. Some freezers are too powerful for their motor, resulting in it being loud and almost unbearable. While many freezers try to diminish this as much as possible, there are still some that do not. Keep in mind where you want to locate your freezer. If it's not a choice spot, this might become a huge factor in your decision.

Blackout performances refer to how long a freezer lasts when unplugged or subjected to a power outage. For some consumers, this may have little to no concern for them, but for others, this can be a huge problem. The severity of this will purely depend on your location, but if you live in an area where outages are a normal occurrence, this is definitely a huge factor to consider.

Regarding all of these factors, the Frigidaire FFFC18M6QW does exceptionally.

Best Small Chest Freezer for Stocking Up and Saving Money

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It’s almost painful when you have to pass up a big sale at your local grocery store. When your favorite supermarket or meat market offers deep discounts for a limited time, though, a small chest freezer will allow you to take advantage of those sales. Imagine being able to save money on your grocery bills when you can purchase in bulk, knowing you can store it properly for future meals.

A small chest freezer can fit in nearly any home, even an apartment. Many take no more room than a washing machine. If you can find space in a laundry room or garage, you’ll be delighted with the money you can save by stocking up when there’s a sale.

Benefits of a Small Chest Freezer

Although any extra freezer space is a good thing, a chest freezer has several distinct advantages you won’t find in an upright model. The first is that they tend to be much less expensive than upright models. Because of their simple design, there really isn’t much room to add extra costs for the buyer. While an upright freezer can run you from $800 to $1,500, you can purchase a chest freezer for as little as $150 to $900. A small chest freezer can run as little as $150 to $200, and pay for itself in less than a year.

Frigidaire 7.2 Cu. Ft. White Chest Freezer

Chest freezers are more energy efficient than an upright model because their design favors a more stable temperature. The flip top lid and well-insulated box provide safer and colder storage than an upright with its massive front-opening doors. They’re also a better choice for storing food when a brownout or power failure occurs.

How Big is a Small Chest Freezer?

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You’ll find a number of sizes listed when you start to shop for a chest freezer. Manufacturers list them by size using small, medium, or large to designate their capacity. A small model is about five to nine cubic feet. A medium chest freezer holds 12 to 18 cubic feet, and a large model holds more than 18 cubic feet.

You can also break down small chest freezers even further. Some refer to those under five cubic feet capacity as “mini” chest freezers. Often, these can be small enough to fit on or under a counter. If you really have no extra floor space but need more room to store frozen foods, one of these mini freezers might be just the thing you need.

Choosing the Best Small Chest Freezer

When selecting a small chest freezer for your pantry, you’ll find a few factors that limit your selection. The first is obviously your budget, and the next is space. Hopefully, we can provide you with a variety of the best small chest freezers that fit both parameters.

How we reviewed

Finding an excellent small chest freezer means researching a number of factors. Along with our own experience, we’ve examined the results of several test agencies and consumer advocacy groups like Consumer Reports. We’ve collated data on the models available and compared features, size, efficiency, and upgrades, as well as performing an analysis of consumer reviews available from a variety of retailers.

The Best Small Freezer Models

After performing our data collection and analysis, the following models stood out from the rest for a variety of reasons. We’ve listed them in no particular order since they all performed well in their specific niches.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Frigidaire 7.2 Cu. Ft. White Chest Freezer
  • 7.2 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Power-On Indicator Light
  • Adjustable Temperature Control

With 7 cubic feet of interior space, the Frigidaire FFFCO7M1TW features a small footprint and high efficiency. You’ll find the controls conveniently mounted on the front, along with a power indicator light, so you know its running.

Consumer Reports rated it an 82 out of 100, with superior thermostat control and temperature uniformity, it's also highly energy efficient. Consumer Report testing rated this model as particularly quiet and good for keeping food insulated and cold during a power outage.

One of the more impressive features on the Frigidaire FFFC07M1TW is the defrost water drain. While defrosting is manual, the drain helps you control and remove any water during the process. The removable basket lets you store small items without losing them to the bottom of the freezer, which is a bonus.

User review​s

Frigidaire customer online reviews rated it 4.5 out 5 stars with a total of 99 reviews, with many customers citing the value for the dollar. Home Depot customers were also pleased with their purchase, rating this model 4.4 out of 5 stars, with an 88 percent recommendation rate. Target customers were less impressed, rating it an average of 3.9 stars out of 5. However, many of them seem to have received damaged units, so this may be a Target problem rather than an issue with the product itself. One Amazon buyer provided a 3-star review, based on the company’s insistence on replacing the unit rather than repairing a damaged seal.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7.2 cubic feet
  • Dimensions: 34 inches high by 38 inches wide by 21 inches deep
  • Alarms: None
  • Energy cost per year: $32
  • Energy Star Certified: No
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

4.6 out of 5 stars

Slightly smaller than the 7-cubic foot model, the Frigidaire FFFC05M2UW has many of the same features and efficiency. The front mounted dial control allows you to choose the correct temperature for your food. The power indicator lets you know that everything is in order.

Consumer Reports also rated this Frigidaire model with an 82 out of 100, which we can expect from this trusted brand. They rated the thermostat control and temperature uniformity both excellent and lauded the unit’s efficiency. It also stood up as a good unit when the power goes out and provided minimal noise when running. This smaller model also has the convenient defrost water drain and the removable storage basket.

User review​s

Customers rating the FFFC05M2UW on the Frigidaire site gave this model 4.7 out of 5 stars with a total of 63 reviews. Most customers were pleased with the storage capacity for the small footprint, stating it was just the right size for a couple. Lowes Canada customers also gave this model high ratings, with an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars with 57 total reviews. Target customers gave it 4 out of 5 stars, but again many received items that were damaged during shipping, requiring a return to the store. With only one review on Amazon, this freezer received 5 stars.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 5 cubic feet
  • Dimensions: 34 inches high by 29 inches wide by 21 inches deep
  • Alarms: None
  • Energy cost per year: $28
  • Energy Star Certified: No
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

4.7 out of 5 stars

Another small chest freezer with high rankings from Consumer Reports, the Insignia NS-CZ70WH6 provides superior temperature uniformity and temperature control with excellent energy efficiency ratings. Consumer Reports awarded the Insignia model 82 out of 100 points based on testing this model for, rating its insulating qualities during a power outage as good. It’s also quiet when compared to other models of its size.

As a Best Buy exclusive, Insignia is a relatively new name in the home appliance market, and it’s reassuring that they’re earning a reputation for quality. The model features front manual control, a power-on light, a defrost drain, and a storage basket.

User review​s

As an exclusive product and an in-house brand, there are few retail outlets for unbiased customer reviews for this Best Buy freezer. Consumer Reports subscribers offer one review, which was 5 stars. The organization itself gave the Insignia a rating of 82 out of 100.  Best Buy customers rate it an average of 4.7 out 5 stars, with a total of 1,255 reviews. Along with reliability, its one outstanding feature may be the low cost of the unit.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 cubic feet
  • Dimensions: 34 inches high by 38 inches wide by 21 inches deep
  • Alarms: None
  • Energy cost per year: $30
  • Energy Star Certified: No
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

4.1 out of 5 stars

Midea WHS-258C1 Single Door Chest Freezer, 7.0 Cubic Feet, White
  • Mechanical Control with Adjustable Thermostat from -12 to -28 Degrees (Great for Storing Frozen Food, Ice Cream, Ice,...
  • Contains 1 Hanging Wire Storage Basket
  • Hinge-Style Door Remains Open from 45 to 75 Degree Angles

This unfamiliar name has certainly addressed some very familiar problems when it comes to a small chest freezer. Along with a simple-to-use adjustable dial thermostat, the Midea 7 cubic foot freezer has a removable gasket for ease of cleaning. Keeping your gasket clean is one of the best ways to ensure its energy efficiency.

Another convenient feature is the multi-angle door hinge. Its design holds the freezer door open between 45 and 75 degrees. If you’ve ever been bonked on the head by your chest freezer door, you’ll appreciate this feature when loading and rearranged your foods.

Midea has also manufactured this model with an anodized aluminum interior surface, which they say is much easier to clean than the more traditional silicone-lined interiors. Consumer Reports testing rated the Midea 7-cubic foot model 80 out of 100 points, citing its superior controls and temperature uniformity. They were less impressed with its ability to stay cold during a power outage, which can be a concern for those in hot regions or with poor electrical service. Also missing is a power indicator light on the exterior.

User review​s

Walmart shoppers rated this Midea freezer model an average 4.1 out of 5 stars, with a total of 7 reviews. Positive reviews noted that units were delivered in good working order, performed well, and that the company customer service for additional parts was helpful. Amazon buyers gave this unit 3.9 stars out of 5 with a total of 657 reviews. Again, the majority of the pleased customers noted that the freezer delivered was undamaged and worked well.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 cubic feet
  • Dimensions: 34 inches high by 38 inches wide by 21 inches deep
  • Alarms: None
  • Energy cost per year: $30
  • Energy Star Certified: No
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

4.5 out of 5 stars

Danby DCF038A1WDB1-3 Chest Freezer, 3.8 Cubic Feet, White
  • 3.8 cu.ft. interior capacity
  • Environmentally friendly R600a refrigerant
  • Energy efficient foam insulated cabinet and lid

This mini freezer is a favorite with customers. With a capacity of 3.8 cubic feet, this small chest freezer is the right size for countertops. Consumer Reports testing revealed excellent thermostat control and uniformity of temperature, but it wasn’t as energy efficient as they’d hoped.

Features include a defrost water line, power on light, and insulated cabinet to protect the contents of the freezer. Even with its tiny size, it includes an adjustable wire basket.

User review​s

Danby customers give this mini-model 4.5 out of 5 stars, with a total of 11 reviews and a 100 percent recommendation rate. Walmart shoppers also love this little model, rating it 4.8 out of 5 stars with a total of 60 reviews. Amazon buyers rated it 4.1 out of 5, with a total of 456 reviews. While positive reviews cite quick cooling to temperature, complaints about shipping damage made an impact on its overall rating.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 cubic feet
  • Dimensions: 34 inches high by 38 inches wide by 21 inches deep
  • Alarms: None
  • Energy cost per year: $25
  • Energy Star Certified: No
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

4.3 out of 5 stars

Magic Chef HMCF5W2 5.2 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...

While not enjoying any recommendations or ratings from Consumer Reports, this Magic Chef small chest freezer offers value for the dollar. Popular with consumers, it provides 6.9 cubic feet capacity. With front panel dial controls and both power and “running” lights, it offers extra assurance to users that its operating as advertised.

Like other small chest freezers, it only has manual defrost, but the front drain provides an exit for any water buildup. This Magic Chef model includes a coated wire basket for small items. One nice upgrade is the adjustable legs that allow you to level the unit. With many people keeping their chest freezers in basements, sheds, and garages, it’s a nice feature that accommodates uneven flooring.

User review​s

Home Depot customers rated this model 4.3 out of 5 stars with over 1,500 reviews. Most positive reviews cited the value for the dollar and its energy efficiency.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 6.9 cubic feet
  • Dimensions: 33 inches high by 37 inches wide by 22 inches deep
  • Alarms: None
  • Energy cost per year: $30
  • Energy Star Certified: No
  • Warranty: 1-year parts and labor, 5-year compressor

Tips for Getting the Most out of your small chest freezer

Magic Chef HMCF5W2 5.2 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White

As you can see, none of these freezers met the requirements for Energy Star rating, perhaps because $25 to $35 per year was considered low enough that the cost of re-engineering would outstrip any additional benefit.

Whichever model you choose, the right placement and care can mean the difference between an energy efficient model and a power hog. Many manufacturers claim you can keep your small chest freezer in an unconditioned space that reaches up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit without losing efficiency. But it pays to be skeptical. Note that it may increase your power usage to maintain that temperature if kept in a hot location.

Whenever possible, place your small chest freezer in a cool part of your home, optimally an air-conditioned space. Basements are also cooler than the first or second floors.

To minimize energy usage, as well as frost buildup, keep an inventory of what you have stored in your small chest freezer so you won’t have to keep opening the door.

When it comes to power outages, chest freezers win hands down over uprights, which gain temperature quickly without power. Remember to keep your chest free freezer door shut in the case of a brownout or loss of power to retain the until’s integrity and to your preserve food as long as possible.

Choosing Your Small Chest Freezer

When looking at a list of the best small chest freezers, they all seem to have common elements with very little variety between them. Most freezers of this size offer few extra upgrades. However, most are very affordable and convenient to use. While we hope this list has given you an idea of what to expect, check your local retailers and look for seasonal sales. While the MSRP may indicate a price outside your budget, many local stores run incentives and discounts to reduce inventory.

After looking at your budget and locating a suitable space for your new small chest freezer, use this list to find the most recommended models within those parameters. Extra storage for food allows you to stock up, take advantage of sales, and even preserve leftovers that would otherwise get discarded. You’ll quickly find that these benefits pay for themselves in no time at all.

The Best Whirlpool Freezer for Your Family’s Needs

Whirlpool Freezer Models

Have you ever gone to your freezer to get something to make something for dinner, only to find that the freezer isn’t cold? Have you ever struggled to find space for food in your freezer? It just seems that, no matter how much food you take out of your freezer, there isn't enough room for it all. A new freezer, like a Whirlpool freezer, could help solve those problems.

The right freezer can make all the difference in your family's life. A freezer is a handy tool for storing small items such as fruits and veggies. It is also useful for storing large items such as a turkey or a ham for family gatherings. If you're looking for a new freezer, or perhaps an additional one, this list can help you narrow your search down for the best Whirlpool freezer.

White Whirlpool 15 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer With Large Storage Baskets

Whirlpool Freezer FAQs

Below is a list of some of the frequently asked questions about Whirlpool freezers. Some of these include what kinds of freezers are available from Whirlpool, and what should you do before buying a freezer?

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For how long will your food stay good?

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Price Range

Prices for a Whirlpool freezer can vary from $500 to well over $3,000. Chest freezers can be $100 cheaper than upright freezers. It all depends on which Whirlpool freezer is best for your budget and fits your family’s needs.

Whirlpool Freezer: How We Reviewed

We reviewed each Whirlpool freezer by looking at each freezer’s features. Then we looked at reviews and ratings on websites such as Amazon, Home Depot, and BestBuy. We also looked at price ranges for each Whirlpool freezer.

List of the Best Whirlpool Freezers

Below is a list of Whirlpool’s best freezers to own in 2018. This list can help you make the best choice for you and your family.

4.7 out of 5 stars

White Whirlpool 15 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer With Large Storage Baskets
  • WHIRLPOOL
  • White Whirlpool 15 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer With Large Storage Baskets
  • WZC5415DW

This Whirlpool Chest Freezer comes in the color white, with features such as incandescent lights in the interior. It also comes with a manual defrost option and a safety lock. Other features of this freezer include sliding bulk storage baskets and temperature controls.

Customers gave this product a 4.7 out of a 5-star review on Home Depot. Some people say that it keeps food fresh with its constant temperature and that it runs quietly. Others say that it is very spacious, saves them space, and that it is just the right size for their home. Ninety-seven percent of customers say they would recommend this to a friend.

There were some complaints, though. Seven percent of customers were unhappy with this product for several reasons. One reason is that the freezer had dents to the corner of it when it was delivered. Another reason that customers were unhappy is that the hinges on the door of the freezer wouldn't stay propped up.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Whirlpool WRT311FZDW 20.5 Cu. Ft. White Top Freezer Refrigerator
  • Total (cu. Ft.): 20.5 | Fridge: 14.42 | Freezer: 6.09
  • Quiet Cooling
  • Flexi-Slide Bin

This Whirlpool Upright Freezer comes with a frost-free feature, as well as a fast freeze ability. Fast freeze mode allows food to get colder, faster, by setting the temperature to the lowest setting. This freezer also comes with full-width adjustable shelves so you can easily make room for big or bulky items.

There is also an LED light inside the freezer so you can see the food inside. You don’t have to empty your freezer whenever you need to defrost food. There is even an option to reverse the door hinges so that the doors of the freezer can swing to the right or the left. 

Customers give this freezer a 4.5 out of 5.0-star rating on Lowes. Some customers give this product 5 out of 5 stars because the door is reversible. Others say that the layout of the freezer is straightforward to use. The fact that it is quiet and perfect for their homes is another reason that customers like this freezer. They also say the interior lighting is excellent. Ninety-four percent of customers say they would recommend this freezer to their friends.

There were some complaints, though. Thirty-six percent of customers were unhappy with this freezer because it stopped cooling their food when the temperature dropped below 36 degrees.

4.6 out of 5 stars

Whirlpool 16 Cu. Ft. Upright Freezer With Frost-free Defrost
  • WHIRLPOOL
  • Whirlpool 16 Cu. Ft. Upright Freezer With Frost-free Defrost
  • WZF56R16DW

This Whirlpool Upright Frost Free Freezer offers features such as interior lighting and a temperature control alarm that will alert you if the door is left open or if the food isn’t freezing. It will notify you if any of your food starts to get too warm. There are also individual temperature controls so you can quickly pick the right temperature for your food. It is an upright freezer that prevents frost buildup. 

Customers gave this product a 4.6 out of 5-star rating on Whirlpool.com. Many people say that they bought this freezer to replace their original freezers and say that it works great. Customers also say that they would recommend it to their friends. Another factor people liked is that the freezer’s adjustable shelves make it easy to grab food out.

There were some complaints, though. Some customers were unhappy because that the freezer didn’t even last two years.

4.7 out of 5 stars

Whirlpool 15 cu. ft. Chest Freezer with Large Storage Baskets
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to work properly. The product will have minor blemishes and/or light...

This Whirlpool Chest Freezer offers features such as foam energy insulation, which helps with energy preservation. You can store large quantities of food at different temperatures. You can also control the temperature without unlocking this Whirlpool freezer with exterior temperature controls. There’s even a lock feature that allows you to keep your food secure. Two sliding baskets enable easy changing of where each food item goes. Temperatures range from 9.5 degrees Fahrenheit to -23.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Customers gave this product a 4.7 out of a 5-star rating on Home Depot's website. Some customers say that they love the interior light and the sliding baskets for organization. Another feature that caught people's attention is the price and the fact that this freezer offers a hushed noise. Some even said it was better than other brands of freezers that they had tried.

There were some complaints, though. Seven percent of customers were unhappy with this freezer. Some of the complaints included saying the freezer was delivered with damage to the front-end corner. The hinges wouldn’t allow the freezer to stay open. People also say they weren’t happy with the metal color hinges and wanted them colorless.

4.7 out of 5 stars

This Whirlpool Upright Freezer comes with features such as LED interior lighting to help you see the food inside. It also comes with a fast freeze feature to help you chill large amounts of food quickly. Another feature that this freezer offers is electronic temperature control.

Customers gave this product a 4.7 out of a 5-star rating on Whirlpool.com. Customers praised it for its ease of use, and for the features it has. The freezer's design and the fact that it runs quietly are other factors that customers praised. There are no negative reviews of this product.

4.6 out of 5 stars

This Whirlpool Upright freezer comes with features such as electronic temperature controls which let you choose the ideal temperature for the food you're storing. Other features include LED interior lighting so you can see what food you're looking at, and it also comes with fast freeze technology. There are even adjustable shelves with this freezer and a temperature alarm in case your foods start to get warm. This freezer is available at Whirlpool.com.

Customers gave this freezer a 4.6 out of a 5-star rating. Many customers give praise because it has enough room for all of their frozen goods and that it holds up well with keeping their foods frozen. Other customers also say that they love this freezer because it has adjustable shelves.

There were some complaints, though. Twelve percent of customers were unhappy with this freezer for a variety of reasons. One reason was that the food was defrosted instead of freezing. There were also complaints that the temperature alarm didn't work correctly.

4.6 out of 5 stars

Whirlpool WZC5422DW Chest Freezer
  • WHIRLPOOL
  • White Whirlpool 22 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer With Extra-large CAPACI...
  • WZC5422DW

This Whirlpool Chest Freezer offers temperature alarms, so you know when your food is becoming too warm, or if the door is accidentally left open. There is also a key lock for you to use to keep your foods safe, and storage bins for an easier time finding and storing your food each time you open it. This freezer is available at the Home Depot.

Customers gave this product a 4.6 out of a 5-star rating on Home Depot's website. Customers loved that this freezer has pull-out drawers and lockable lids. They also like the space it offers. Ninety-four percent say they would recommend this freezer to their friends.

There were some complaints, though. One percent of customers were unhappy for a variety of reasons. Some complain the lid of this freezer doesn't stay propped open enough. They were also unhappy that the temperature inside the freezer didn't stay below freezing in the heat of their garages.

4.6 out of 5 stars

Whirlpool EH155FXTQ Chest Freezer

Image from Whirlpool

This Whirlpool White Chest Freezer comes with features such as storage bins which provide better options for storing your food. Incandescent lighting is another feature that this freezer offers, and it enables you to see your food choices more clearly. There is also a temperature alarm that will sound if the freezer is left open for long periods of time. 

Customers gave this freezer a 4.6 out of a 5-star rating on Home Depot. Customers say they enjoy its features and the fact that this freezer is quiet. One hundred percent of customers say they would recommend this freezer to their friends. There were no negative reviews of this freezer.

Our Verdict:  What's the Best Pick?

All of the Whirlpool freezers on this list are great, but you're going to want one that fits your needs. If you have a large family, you may want the Whirlpool 15 cubic foot chest freezer. However, if you are single and don't need a huge freezer, the Whirlpool upright frost-free freezer would be a good option for you. Hopefully, this list will help you make the right decision about a Whirlpool freezer or you and your family.

Do you have a favorite Whirlpool freezer? Which Whirlpool freezer was the best one for you and your family? Let us know in the comments below!