Refrigerators with freezers are beautiful things because they give you two different types of cold food storage in one convenient package.
Have you ever come home from the grocery store and felt like you’re playing Tetris while trying to fit everything in that limited space, though? It’s frustrating, especially if you’ve got a family or you love to cook.
If you’ve decided to solve that problem with an upright freezer, Frigidaire’s FFFH20F2QW upright freezer might be what you’re looking for. It is a large, frost-free upright freezer that could be the perfect solution for your freezer needs.
Frigidaire’s FFFH20F2QW is a frost-free upright freezer that looks very much like a refrigerator. It stands vertically, giving it a much smaller footprint than a chest freezer of the same size.
Thus, it can be easier to keep this in your basement or garage, or even in your kitchen with your refrigerator.
In addition to having a smaller footprint, this freezer also comes with shelves and racks.
Unlike a chest freezer of similar size, you can organize your food in whatever way works best for you. You don’t have to dig for older food as you do with a standard chest freezer.
Features and Specifications for Frigidaire’s FFFH20F2QW
This freezer is a 20.2 cubic foot freezer with 13.1 square feet of shelf space.
It weighs 185 lbs empty and has a shipping weight of 210 lbs.
Overall, it’s 72 3/8 inches tall, 27 1/2 inches deep, and 34 inches wide.
Its interior is 65 1/8 inches tall, 24 3/8 inches deep and 32 inches wide.
Its frost-free feature means you won’t have to worry about defrosting it periodically like you do a chest freezer.
It also comes with adjustable temperature control, a power-on indicator, and a lock with a pop-out key.
Other features include:
Upright freezers tend to cost more than chest freezers in part because they’re frost-free. Frigidaire’s list price for the FFFH20F2QW is $929.00. You don’t have to buy it directly from Frigidaire, though.
If you can get one of Best Buy’s great deals, you might be able to buy the FFFH20F2QW for only $599.00.
Every Frigidaire product comes with a comprehensive warranty, and you can buy an extended service agreement to go with it. The service agreement includes the following benefits:
Most retailers offer their limited warranties on Frigidaire's freezer as well.
How Does the Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW Compare to Other Big-Name Freezers?
Frigidaire’s FFFH20F2QW is a good freezer. However, other major appliance brands carry freezers of the same size for roughly the same price. Whirlpool and Kenmore both sell 20 cubic foot, upright freezers as well.
Some fundamental differences between Frigidaire’s freezer and these other freezers include “fast freeze” technology, compatibility with ice makers and alarms for open doors and high temperatures.
Whirlpool’s 20 cubic foot upright freezer has several features that Frigidaire’s FFFH20F2QW does not. The Whirlpool WZF79R20DW has an electronic temperature control, a temperature alarm that alerts you to high temperatures, and a Fast Freeze Option that freezes large amounts of food very quickly.
It also works with ice makers, which you may or may not need depending on what features your existing refrigerator-freezer has.
So it’s a little more expensive at these places than the Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW. They have a standard limited warranty, which guarantees service for one year from their factory certified technicians.
They also have an extended service plan you can buy that covers repairs for up to five years from the date of purchase. There's no deductible, but you still have to pay for certain repairs and parts - the service agreement gives you a deep discount. They'll also cover up to $250 of spoiled food in the event of a failure.
Whirlpool’s freezer seems to be prone to early failures. Many reviews on Best Buy’s website and Lowe’s website say that the ones they bought died within months of purchase.
In fact, one review on Best Buy’s site says that the store replaced their second Whirlpool with a Frigidaire.
Kenmore has its own 20.2 cubic foot upright freezer as well. Like the Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW, it’s frost-free and claims to prevent freezer burn. It has the same number of shelves and door racks, but no trivet or basket on the bottom.
In fact, this freezer is almost identical to Frigidaire’s 20.2 cubic foot freezer regarding its features and limitations. One of the problems with the Kenmore freezer is that it seals so tightly that you can move the whole freezer just trying to open it. Frigidaire's freezer likewise seals tightly, but not so tightly that it's tough to open.
Kenmore is a Sears brand so you can find this freezer at Sears for a base price of $979.00. However, Sears has “hot buy” specials, which can knock the cost of this freezer down by over $400.
That can make it a better deal than Frigidaire’s freezer, but you’re not guaranteed to get that great discount. It comes with a one-year limited service warranty, which covers repairs and replacement free of charge so long you meet all its conditions.
Pros and Cons of the Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW
Like everything you buy (particularly big-ticket items), there are pros and cons to Frigidaire’s FFFH20F2QW.
Our Final Thoughts
We compiled this information from Frigidaire's website and reviews on Home Depot's, Lowe's and Best Buy's sites. Overall, this is a high-quality freezer that you can put in many places a chest freezer won't fit.
It's functional and doesn't have so many bells and whistles that it's difficult to operate. The no-frills design also means less can go wrong, so there's less chance you'll need to call for repairs on small things.
Frigidaire is also an excellent brand overall. If you're looking for a good, upright freezer, the FFFH20F2QW is an excellent choice.