Your freezer is an important piece of equipment in your kitchen and your home. Without it, you have no way to store your frozen food to preserve it for a longer amount of time. This is why it is extremely important to choose the ideal freezer for your needs and for those of your home.
The modern freezer buyer is spoiled for choice in today’s market. This is certainly a good thing as it ensures that the needs of all customers are supported. But the level of choice available can be a little overwhelming.
In order to reduce the stress of making a freezer purchase, the Appliances Connection team have created this handy guide. Take a look and use this information to help you find the perfect partner for your kitchen. Don’t forget to get in touch with our team if you have any questions or queries for us at all.
Freezer Unit Types
There is no definite right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a freezer unit. Instead, it comes down to choosing a unit which suits your needs and which fits conveniently into your space.
In this section, you will learn more about these different types of freezer as well as about their relative advantages and disadvantages. This will give you a handy basis from which to decide on the ideal choice for you.
Remember that our team are always on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have.
Chest Freezer Units
The chest freezer model is the most basic of all the freezer types. This model consists of a horizontal chest which sits on the floor of your interior space, and is opened via a hinged door or hatch which sits on top of the chest. Usually, this is a single door or hatch which opens and closes vertically.
- The Good Points
Thanks to the simple design, there are many advantages to this freezer. The large, open chest compartment provides more space for storage than most other types of freezer. If you need additional organization in your freezer, most models have the option to add dividers and hanging baskets.
The shape and layout of a horizontal chest freezer contributes to the efficiency of the machine. Additionally, there is less chance of the energy escaping during normal usage. Having the door or hatch on the top of the freezer, rather than on the side, means that much less energy escapes when the door is open. This helps to improve the efficiency even further.
Chest freezer units do not automatically defrost, so their temperature is at a consistently lower level than other freezer types. Other advantages include a much quieter operating volume than other types of freezer. They also have a better ability to maintain their low temperature even during periods when the power is off, such as during a power outage.
- The Not So Good Points
A downside to the chest freezer unit is its organization. Even with added attachments it can be difficult to properly organize your food into an easily accessible layout. This means you can expect to be digging about in your freezer on a regular basis.
These units are also not very economical when it comes to space, and they can take up a lot of room in your home. For this reason it might not be the best choice for a small kitchen or utility area. In many cases, an upright unit can provide more storage convenience while taking up a similar amount of space. Defrosting these units is also tricky and time consuming.
Vertical Freezer Units
A vertical — or upright — freezer unit is probably the most popular type of freezer in American homes. These models are arranged vertically with one or more chambers behind a door which opens horizontally. They can open either to the right or to the left depending on your preference and on the layout of your kitchen space.
- The Good Points
While the interior volume they provide is less than that of a chest freezer, the volume to space-taken ratio is far better. This advantage means these models are a more efficient space saving option. Organization within the unit is also far easier and more straightforward than with a chest freezer thanks to numerous different storage options. Additionally, shelves and compartments mounted on the inside of the door to make things even simpler.
When it comes to defrosting, upright freezers will give you the option of self-defrost and manual-defrost. The manual option is still an incredibly time consuming process, but the option of the self-defrost allows you to perform the same function with limited disruption. In the style department, vertical freezer units also offer an advantage with a wider variety of different finishes available.
- The Not So Good Points
There are downsides, of course. Upright freezers have a habit of being less efficient than chest freezers. This is because of the energy lost when the door is opened as well as the energy which is lost during general usage. This also means that such freezers do not perform well in the event of a power outage, quickly gaining temperature rather than protecting food from defrosting and spoiling.
Other disadvantages include the relative running cost, which is higher than that of a chest freezer. The noise of the unit is also louder which again tends to be more than that emitted by a chest freezer. Vertical freezer units are more convenient in terms of organization, but this convenience is reduced by the relatively low storage space. In addition, there is the tendency for air to circulate around food which can cause freezer burn and associated damage to food.
Freezer and Refrigerator Units
Freezer and refrigerator units represent an ‘all in one’ approach to keeping food frozen or chilled. There are many different configurations of freezer and refrigerator units, including the following;
- Freezer on top, refrigerator at the bottom, with cabinet doors which open horizontally, either left to right or right to left depending on your requirements
- Freezer at the bottom, refrigerator on top, with the same cabinet door options as above
- Units with French style doors which open outwards from a central point
- Units with two sets of doors to increase efficiency and to reduce wasted energy
Housing a refrigerator and a freezer together in the same unit has its advantages and its disadvantages. We’ve outlined some of these to help you decide if this option is right for you and your home.
- The Good Points
The main advantage to a unit of this kind is convenience. Having a refrigerator and a freezer together in one place means that moving from one to the other requires only a few simple movements. This is often much more convenient than having to walk across the kitchen or travel to a different room to switch between units.
For smaller homes and more compact kitchens, the combination models are a major space saver. Placing one unit on top of the other means that both can be operated while taking up half the floor space. This can make running your kitchen a lot easier.
- The Not So Good Points
A serious downside to the refrigerator and freezer combo is the comparative lack of interior volume and storage capacity. Even on the larger models, the freezing space you have to play with will be half of what you can expect from a normal sized standalone freezer unit.
Additionally, if you are interested in the increased efficiency of a chest freezer, this will not be available with a combination unit. In the event of a power outage, there is also an increased risk of food spoilage. This is because these units will increase in internal temperature quicker than a chest freezer will.
For more information on which type of freezer is best for you, or to further discuss your options. Get in touch with the team here at Appliances Connection.
What to Consider When Purchasing a New Freezer?
When searching for a new freezer unit, it is important to consider your circumstances and your needs. By asking yourself some key questions, you can get a better idea of these needs and how your new freezer will meet them.
How much storage capacity do you need?
Do you buy a lot of frozen food or do you usually purchase fresh food for refrigeration? What sort of frozen items do you usually purchase for storage at home? Answering these questions about your shopping habits will help you to understand precisely which freezer model you need.
How much interior space do you have to play with?
Considering the dimensions of your home is important during your search for a new freezer unit. You may have a utility room or designated area for appliance in your home. In which case you need to know precisely how much space your freezer will occupy in this room. If your home is relatively small, you may not have access to such an area. As a result, you will need to measure the available space in your kitchen.
You will also need to measure the space around your unit. Is there room on both sides to accommodate the freezer door when it is open? If not, you will need to be aware of the direction of opening for your new freezer door.
Finally, it is important to understand how you bring the freezer into your home. Measure doorways and openings from your home’s front door to the place where your freezer will stand.
How energy efficient is the freezer unit?
Each freezer unit will carry a yellow label marked EnergyGuide, which will inform you how energy efficient the unit is. These labels are put in place by the U.S. Department of Energy and are meant to give users a better idea of how efficient their appliance are.
All products which carry the EnergyGuide label have met certain efficiency standards. However, the Department of Energy’s tests are not as rigorous as ‘real world’ situations can be, so you should expect your freezer to use a little more energy than the label suggests.
How reliable and consistent is the unit’s freezing capability?
Most modern freezer units will maintain a consistent temperature within their compartments over time. This is true across almost all freezer types except for upright models without a self defrost function. These manual defrost only vertical freezers do not have fans to circulate a uniform level of cold air around the compartment. This results in some areas of the freezer becoming as much as 19 degrees warmer than other areas.
What sort of organization can the freezer provide?
If you are the kind of person who likes to have everything organized and easy to access, a chest freezer might not be for you. If you are the kind of person who prefers storage volume over organizational convenience, then an upright model might not be able to provide the capacity levels you need.
It all comes down to personal preference and requirements. There are many different organization features you can choose from for all types of freezer. Which ones you require is up to you.
Top Rated Freezer Models at Appliances Connection
Take a look at the top rated freezer models on our site, and narrow down your selection
Frigidaire’s 34 inch freestanding upright freezer unit is one of the most popular in our range. This comes thanks to its reliability, efficiency, and a wealth of different features designed to make your life that little bit easier in the kitchen.
The VF306 from Avanti sits flush with your counter tops to create a smooth, streamlined, and professional looking effect. While only providing 2.8 cubic feet of storage capacity, the features included in the Avanti model make it popular with singles and couples.
One of the best rated chest freezer in the Appliances Connection range, the Haier HF50CM23NW provides reliable and consistent cooling across its whole body. Despite the relatively small size of the unit, the Haier model achieves 5 cubic feet of storage space. The stylish white finish makes this model perfect for most interior spaces.