FFFH17F4QT Freezer Review and Buyer’s Guide

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There are plenty of places in a home that could benefit from freezer access, but to buy a whole new refrigerator-freezer unit might be going overboard. Perhaps you're looking to store bulk frozen goods in the basement or garage, away from the kitchen? Maybe you'd like a separate freezer for meat and wild game? Thankfully, the two types of units are sold separately as well as combined into one appliance. We'll be taking a look at a variety of upright freezer-only units and comparing them, with a specific focus on the Frigidaire FFFH17F4QT Upright Freezer model, to assist in your decision-making process.

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What Is the Frigidaire FFFH17F4QT Upright Freezer?

The Frigidaire FFFH17F4QT Upright Freezer is an American-built, organizationally focused standalone freezer. It's unobtrusive, sleek, space-conscious design and energy-efficient functionality ensure it will fit into any environment where you need it.

Product Specs

Frigidaire FFFH17F4QW 16.63 Cu. Ft. White Upright Freezer - Energy...

The Frigidaire FFFH17F4QT Upright Freezer is just under 68" tall and 34" wide, with a depth (including the door) of 28.5". Boasting Energy Star certification, it consumes less power than non-qualified appliances, reducing your utility bills. The front panel has a reach-through handle as well as an automatic door closer and leveling legs.

A mechanical dial controls the internal temperature. There are two shelves, three small and two full-width door bins, plus four full-width adjustable wire shelves. The interior is lit with LEDs. A key is included, which automatically ejects from the lock upon locking the door.

The total capacity of the FFFH17F4QT is 16.53 cubic feet, and the shelf area in square footage is 11.6 cu. ft. Average annual energy consumption is rated at 431 kW, so the appliance costs an estimated $​ a year to run continuously. The power supply is located on the lower right rear. The shipping weight is 193 pounds.

Pricing

The Frigidaire FFFH17F4QT Upright Freezer can be purchased online and its price is going to depend on the seller you choose. It is available from most appliance outlets both online and at in-store locations.

How it Compares

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

Frigidaire FFFH17F4QT (white) 16.63 Cu. Ft. Upright Freezer - Energy Star
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Of medium size and with features such as snap-on color-coordinated tabs to keep track of various foodstuffs, an automatically ejecting lock and key, and an auto-close door, the FFFH17F4QT is solid for everyday use and beyond. Its design suits all decor, and it is light on energy usage.

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Although it lacks modern bells and whistles like a touchscreen, the features on hand are exactly what you are likely to need from an upright freezer. Operation is straightforward and effective, with organization-friendly shelves and a single dial to control internal temperature. Additional boons to simplicity and ease are the auto-eject key and lock, plus auto-close doors.

Ease of Use

Although it lacks modern bells and whistles like a touchscreen, the features on hand are exactly what you are likely to need from an upright freezer. Operation is straightforward and effective, with organization-friendly shelves and a single dial to control internal temperature. Additional boons to simplicity and ease are the auto-eject key and lock, plus auto-close doors.

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  • Warranty

The unit is covered under warranty for one year, with the cost of repairs and replacement parts included. However, consumables such as knobs, handles, other cosmetic parts, light bulbs, and air filters may not be covered.

Pros

  • Works well with any decor 
  • Spacious and energy-efficient for the price
  • Organization-friendly shelving
  • Energy Star qualified

Cons

  • Somewhat lacking in shelf square footage

GE FUF14DLRWW Upright Freezer
  • Interior LED lighting lets you see everything clearly so it's easier to find
  • Electronic external temperature control make adjusting the settings quick and simple
  • Lock and key deter thieves or unauthorized persons from accessing your frozen food

Slightly smaller in capacity, at 13.8 cubic feet of interior space, this unit is accordingly slightly lower in price. It features interior lighting, a lock, and adjustable leveling legs. For storage, there are three wire shelves, five freezer door shelves, and one bulk storage basket, creating 14.3 square feet of total shelf area. It measures 61" in height, 29.5" in width, and 30.5" in depth.

Although it is smaller and less expensive than the FFFH17F4QT, it is not Energy Star qualified, meaning it consumes electricity at a less efficient rate. The shipping weight is 175 pounds. For those uninterested in extra-convenient features, this unit's lower price tag may be very attractive.

Price


The price of this unit is depending on the retailer, this freezer offers a standard amount of space for its price. However, without energy optimization, it might also be a strain on your utility bill.

Ease of Use

The bases are covered, but not much else. A power light on the front, adjustable internal temperature, and wire shelves nonetheless make this a simple appliance operate and use. It does provide generous shelf space.

 

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Again, common and industry-standard features are present. A lock, leveling system, and magnetic gasket are must-haves for any standalone freezer unit, and they are incorporated. However, some key innovations designed into the FFFH17F4QT are absent from this smaller model.

Pros

  • Higher-than-average shelf surface area

Cons

  • Run-of-the-mill finish and overall appearance
  • Lacks energy-efficiency certification

Danby DUFM085A2WDD1 Upright Freezer, 8.5 Cubic Feet, White
  • 8.5 cu.ft. interior capacity
  • Loading Capacity : 8.5 cubic feet (or) equivalent to a maximum of 241 Liters
  • 3 quick freeze shelves

This uniquely designed, standalone upright freezer is space-conscious, energy-conscious, and attractive looking enough for any room of the house. Its compact form makes for an easy fit no matter how small or cramped the surroundings, coming in at just 58.75" tall, 23.63" wide, and 25.69" deep.

 This freezer also sports a reversible door, making it simple to switch the side where the handle rests. There are three wire panels on the interior, along with a defrosting drip tray and four more shelves on the interior of the door. A magnetic gasket ensures the door stays closed. Internal temperature is adjustable via a dial on the interior of the unit. The shipping weight is a comparatively light 136.14 pounds.

This Danby upright freezer is Energy Star qualified, so it will leave a small footprint on your utility bill. However, its features come at a premium price, and because of its unusual compact design, it stores less.

Price


At the high price range, this appliance packs convenient features into a smart, compact, energy efficient design. However, those looking for a freezer with its value derived from internal storage space rather than the space the unit takes up in a room should consider other options.

Ease of Use

Although this model is lacking an internal light source, the ultra-compact design makes it a breeze to fit into any room, regardless of the space limitations.

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With manual defrost settings and a drip tray, this model expands its usability beyond simply keeping food frozen. It's vertical design contributes to this functionality, and its three wire shelves allow water to drip to the bottom without pooling anywhere except in the drip pan.

Pros

  • Unusually compact model
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Reversible door

Cons

  • No internal light
  • Modest storage space for the price
Kenmore 99053 Compact Mini Refrigerator, 4.5 cu. ft. in Silver
  • Built-in freezer compartment stores frozen items and can be used to cool items quicker.
  • 4.5 cu. ft. capacity provides plenty of space to store beverages and grocery items.
  • Easily maximize space and organize with adjustable wire shelving, a built-in can dispenser, and tall bottle storage.

Despite being the highest-tech model on this list, this Kenmore freezer doesn't sacrifice spaciousness for bells and whistles, nor does it underachieve when it comes to energy efficiency. A front-side display panel allows convenient, accurate management of the internal temperature, as well as the ability to initiate a "flash freeze."

This unit also features a lock with pop-out key, express chill mode accessible from the front panel, and alarms for a power failure or if the door was left ajar. This model is Energy Star qualified, with a rating of 484 kilowatt hours per year at 115 volts.

Price


The price of this unit depends on the retailer, this freezer sports the largest interior size on our list, as well as an energy efficiency that contributes to the return on your investment.

Ease of Use

With a front panel that relays internal temperature and status updates, you can know what's going on in the freezer without even needing to open it. Alarms for various unwanted occurrences ensure your freezer won't be left open, and that the unit will not go unpowered without your knowledge. This unit also ships with clever freezer baskets, making organization a breeze. 

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  • Warranty

The back-lit front panel is a major highlight, allowing control of all internal functionality with the touch of a button. That, along with notifications and temperature information make it feature-rich, even without getting into the guts of the unit. It is capable of flash-freezing food and maintaining extremely low temperatures for up to 72 hours, making it an excellent tool for food preservation.

Pros

  • Large internal storage space
  • Front panel for internal information and control
  • Energy Star qualified

Cons

  • Bulky size
  • Other than the front panel, a drab finish

Conclusion

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Choosing the best standalone freezer for you home requires you to consider a variety of factors. In fact, there are so many variables that it can be difficult to choose. If you're dealing with a small amount of floor space to begin with, looking at a model specifically designed to take up minimal space while maximizing utility is likely a good decision. 

If you're trying to integrate a standalone freezer into a room that didn't before have many appliances in it, such as a game room or open-plan apartment, you'll want to choose a model that looks attractive both as a freezer and as a piece of furniture. If price is a concern, it may be right to sacrifice some functionality, especially if features like front panels with alarms or defrosting drip pans are not priorities for you. 

However, it's also important to remember that energy-conscious options may save you money in utilities in the long run. If you're buying a freezer to store many of one type of object, such as frozen meat, a good choice is a freezer with large internal space and open shelves. If you're looking to store many different frozen foods, a better choice is one that's organization-friendly, or perhaps one with a variety of differently sized shelves and door pockets. 

If you take all those factors into consideration, choosing the standalone upright freezer that's best for your home is as simple as assessing your budget (including utilities), what you intend to store in your freezer, and where you intend to put the freezer. Hopefully by exploring the Frigidaire FFFH17F4QT Upright Freezer and comparing it to some of its competition, we've made this process just that much easier.

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