Freezer | Buying Guide

Appliances Connection Freezer Buying Guide

Food preservation is incredibly important and a freezer is one of the most essential appliances in any home! There are many different types of freezers currently on the market and finding the right one for your home depends on three key factors: your diet, the number of people you feed, and the size constraints of your home. We're going to walk you through some key points to keep in mind while shopping and we'll give you a look into the best basic features your new freezer should have.

What to Keep in Mind When Shopping for a Freezer

One of the main benefits about owning a freezer unit is the ability to save time and money. You can store more food for a longer period of time, which will let you take advantage of bargain days at your local food mart. Additionally, you can save cooking-time by freezing your leftovers and meal planning. Some freezers also have multiple approvals for different uses outside of the home. If you want a dual purpose freezer, there are many that are approved for medical use and approved for outdoor use. Freezers with one of these features are very versatile and, although some may have been designed for in-home use, they can be adapted to be used where you need them.

Here are some key factors to consider when buying a new freezer:

Prefered Price Point/Budget | One of the primary concerns is the price of a freezer unit and the affordability of it in relation to how much you're willing to invest. The price will vary based on the size, the number of new features the freezer has, and the installation style. It's important to ask yourself: What are the key elements that you imagine your ideal freezer having? Aesthetic value? High-end functionality? Simplicity? Size? Answering that simple question will help you decide on a budget.

Budgeting for a Freezer in the Appliances Connection Freezer Buying Guide
The location of your new freezer will help you narrow your choices down by your desired dimensions; Frigidaire fridge depicted.

Installation Location | Where do you intend to place your new freezer unit? The typical locations are in the kitchen, inside the garage or in a remodeled basement for convenience. Figuring out this will then allow you to consider the next essential element, size dimensions. Some freezers also have field reversible doors, so this will also help you decide what side you want the door to open on to ensure it will not be obstructed by anything or be an obstruction in and of itself.

Space & Size | In relation to the location of placing the unit, how much space do you require? The size of your home will determine the dimensions you can choose from. If you live in a city apartment of a small home, you'll want to consider opting for a compact freezer to save space. Once you figure out how big the space you want to fill is, you can easily narrow down your options. You also need to think about how much space you'll need inside the freezer, the freezer capacity. Think about how many people you feed, how many people live in your home, and whether you're a frequent holiday and birthday host. This will help you decide on the right capacity for you.

The size of your freezer reflects the number of people you feed and the size of your home-- find a happy medium between these two factors; Samsung comapct Top-Freezer Fridge depicted.
You can choose between a built-in freezer, like this Miele built-in freezer, or a freestanding freezer. Some brands also offer a versatile freestanding or built-in model that lets you choose how to install it.

Built-in or Freestanding | The main difference here is the installation procedure. A built-in freezer will install flush with the surrounding cabinetry and some freezers even come with panel-ready doors so you can totally disguise your appliance. A freestanding freezer has finished sides so you can install it anywhere, but it will not blend into your kitchen the way a built-in model does. If you can't decide, we also have freestanding/built-in freezers.

Defrost Type | There are three main types of defrosting: manual, automatic, and frost-free. Manually defrosting requires labor in removing food items from the freezer and letting frost buildup drain when it melts. Self-defrosting, or Automatic Defrosting, is a good choice for those who prefer the work to be done for them. Some brands also make frost-free freezers that eliminate the worry of defrosting entirely. Another defrosting process is Adaptive Defrosting which is an electronic defrost system that triggers the defrost process based on how many times the door is opened, what the temperature levels are, or some other quanitifiable data.

Your freezer defrost process depends on whether or not you want to deal with ice buildup on your own. Choose from frost-free freezers, adaptive defrost freezers, manual defrost freezers, and automatic defrost freezers.
The style you choose for your freezer depends on your space and preference. You can choose between a chest freezer, upright freezer, or a drawer freezer (like the one shown here from Sub-Zero).

Freezer Style | There are three different styles available: chest freezers, drawer freezers, and upright freezers. Chest freezers are designed, as the name suggests, to be a large chest or box with a flip-top lid. Chest freezers have a single large cavity, though some models also have basket storage options for greater organizational capability. An upright freezer stands length-wise and is designed like a traditional refrigerator. These models have greater storage options and usually have more innovative features as this is a more popular model for indoor kitchen use. A drawer freezer has separate drawers for storage and are generally small undercounter freezer models. Undercounter freezers fit under your ktichen counter and are a good option for trying to make the ost of a small space.

Diet/Lifestyle | This is an important but often overlooked factor--what is your diet like? If you prefer to eat fresh produce, then you won't need much freezer space. The same thing goes for people who are vegans of vegetarians because you won't need to freezer meat, thereby freeing up a lot of freezer space. Think about how often you would use your freezer and what you would need to store in it. That will help you decide on the size of your freezer. If you really don't need a lot of space, you may even want to consider opting for a top freezer refrigerator instead of an full freezer model.

Make sure you keep your diet in mind when shopping for food preservation appliances, like freezers. That will give you a clue to how much capacity you need and what style you should choose.

Woman shopping for a freezer; learn more in the Appliances Connection Freezer Buying Guide.

Should You Buy a Freezer?

A freezer is a staple appliance in any home. It allows you to preserve your food, buy in bulk, plan ahead, and quickly cool food while you're preparing a dessert or a meal. They are the perfect partner to your refrigerator and are an essential addition to any true chef's kitchen. You can choose to mix and match different freezer styles to have a large upright freezer for your food and a smaller drawer freezer for your ice cream and other frozen treats. Your appliances are designed to cater to your needs, and a freezer will certainly aid in preserving food and saving money on groceries in the long run.

Make sure you shop for these key freezer features like a door alarm, fast freeze, an ice maker, and customizable interior organization.

Here are some basic and essential freezer features that you should look for in your new freezer!

Freezers with Ice Makers Icon

Ice is a must-have on hot summer days and during dinner parties. A freezer with an ice maker is a good choice for those who want the added convenience of having ice readily available at all times.

Energy Star Freezer Icon

Energy Star freezers are designed to conserve energy and will save you money in the long run. Energy star appliances must meet or exceed rigorous standards of performance so you can be sure you'll be investing in true environmental and energy conservation when you opt for an Energy Star Certified product.

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Another essential freezer feature worth paying extra for is the rapid cooling or fast freeze feature. This will ensure that he temperature in the appliance fluctuates as little as possible and requires almost no maintenance from you! It controls the temperature while you load in new food items and then quickly drops to a low temperature to flash freeze the food and lock in nutrients.

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A door alarm is also important for ensuring your appliance performs as it should for years down the line. Freezers with a door alarm will alert you when the door is left open and the temperature in the freezer drops below the optimal level. This reminder will prevent heat loss, thereby saving you the extra energy consumption necessary to bring the temperature back down to the right number.

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One final feature to look for is a customizable internal storage and organizational system. It's best to choose a design that has moving parts to let you shift things around when you need more space to fit a large turkey or some large soda bottle, for example. This provides greater flexibility which is indispensable when you need to store a huge grocery haul or a ton of ingredients for a big holiday meal.

We hope this gives you a good idea of how to start looking for your perfect freezer. Remember, if you get stuck and need some more help choosing the best appliance for your home, you can always give our Customer Care Experts a call at (800)-299-9470!