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Black Friday Freezer Deals Buying Guide
BLACK FRIDAY FREEZER DEALS BUYING GUIDE 2017
Your refrigerators freezer can easily become stuffed, so where do you put the bulk food you buy on sale, or that extra homemade soup and lasagne? If you decide that its time to buy a Black Friday freezer, we have looked at hundreds of them for temperature performance, energy efficiency, ability to stay cold after a power outage and noise. All to make your decision easier.
Chest freezers come in small medium and large. They generally have a larger footprint than uprights. For instance: a chest freezer that has 22 cubic feet inside and takes up a 6 ft. by 2 ft. space. An upright that has 22 cubic feet inside takes up a 2½ by 2½ ft. space. Prices range from about £200 to a £1000. You can buy a small top-rated model for about £200. Inside a basic chest freezer, you’ll find a wide-open space with a removable basket. Larger capacity models can come with dividers and more baskets to hold smaller food items that you want easier access to. Chests generally hold more food per square foot than uprights. Keep in mind that you’ll have to bend over and reach deep to get items at the bottom so make sure you’re comfortable with that. Range chest freezers typically do a better job than up rights, protecting food from freezer burn which appears as brownish grey leathery spots on food. They are not self-defrosting. Self-defrosting has its benefits but it means the interior temperature rises when the system needs to melt. We tested to see which units do the best with no power for nine hours, monitoring the temperature in fifteen locations inside the freezer. Chest freezers typically keep food colder longer if you lose power. Since they do take up a lot of space, you need to consider where a chest freezer will fit. The good news is the basement and garage are fair game. Most freezer manufacturers suggest that they can operate safely in a space where temperatures reach to 110 degrees. You’ll save energy if you put your freezer in a cooler spot. Wherever it is, a chest freezer does require some maintenance. Every six months you’ll have to check for ice build-up on the inner walls, if it’s too thick, about a half an inch it’s time to defrost. This means finding a place to store your food for several hours. You can minimize frost by opening the lid less often. Also consider keeping an inventory to cut down on the amount of time you spend searching for things. You should also repackage food in several layers of plastic wrap to reduce moisture loss.
If you opt for an upright freezer, you’ll need to decide between a manual defrost model and one that’s self-defrosts. Upright freezers have a smaller footprint than chests, they’re generally just 28 to 36 inches wide. The capacity for uprights runs from 10 to 25 cubic feet. They have shelves and bins inside as well as door storage, so you can see and organize your food better. Those extras can take up as much as 20% of the usable space. Uprights are more expensive than chest freezers, running from about £300 to £1,500. Unlike chest freezers, some uprights are moving beyond the standard plain white colour pallet. Manual defrost upright can save you a little money if you don’t mind removing your food every six months. While you defrost it, although most of the upright freezers maintain a consistent temperature, the manual defrost uprights were an exception. Without fans to circulate cold air, the manual de-frost models had trouble keeping the food in the door shelves as cool as the rest of the interior. For those who can’t deal with cleaning out the frost themselves, you can pay a little more for a self-defrosting upright freezer. The self-defrosting models get high scores in our temperature tests because the air is always circulating so your food in the door stays cold too. One drawback to self-defrost freezers is there tends to be more airspace around the food and that can increase the risk of freezer burn. Wrap food tightly and label it clearly. You can freeze minced beef for 3 to 4 months and a whole chicken or roast for up to a year.
Upright Freezer Features: –
- Door locks are useful if you have small children, it not only blocks access, but also keeps them from accidentally leaving the door open.
- Interior light helps in dark basements and garages and exterior power-on light lets you know the freezers working.
- A soft freeze section can be set at a higher temperature to keep your ice cream frozen but not rock-hard.
- Some have an alarm that alerts you if the door remains open too long.
- A quick freeze feature is a big help when you add a lot of food at once.
- Pull out freezer drawers are popping up in some high-end kitchens, supplementing the refrigerators and freezer. They can match the cabinetry but are pricey.
Portable freezers for boating or camping are also becoming more popular. To run one, you need either a standard household outlet or a power source like a car battery. Some of these recreational freezers hold up to 85 quarts and come equipped with wire baskets to organize the food.