Chest VS upright freezer: which freezer is best for you?
Having a separate freezer in your household provides an added level of convenience to your day to day life. It allows you to take advantage of supermarket specials, buying your groceries in bulk and storing pre-cooked homemade meals. The two main types of freezers to choose from are chest freezers and upright freezers. Depending on your lifestyle, budget and available space, this will determine which freezer is more suited to your needs.
Chest Freezers: Pros and Cons
In terms of capacity and price chest freezers are the most economical out of the two. Chest freezers allow much more storage to be used compared to the upright freezers. Larger, more cumbersome items are easily stored as there are little to no compartments inside chest freezers. This however means there may be a lot more shuffling around of food in order to fit everything in.
When looking at how much storage space you get for your money, chest freezers are much better value for money compared to upright freezers.
In regards to energy, chest freezers hold their temperature efficiently, meaning they use little energy when running. The one downside to this is when defrosting this freezer, it can take a whole day to do as the majority do not have automatic defrost as a feature.
Because of the size of chest freezers, having enough floor space, as well as sufficient height to open the lid is vital when installing.
Upright Freezers: Pros and Cons
When looking to see if an upright freezer is suited to your needs, the following points need to be considered.
Upright freezers are typically more expensive than chest freezers and you usually receive less freezer space for your money. On the upside upright freezers are able to be more efficiently organised as they contain shelves and draws, this allow foods to be quickly sorted, however because of these compartments that are fixed into these freezers, this makes storing larger items nearly impossible.
Essentially if space is at a premium in your household an upright freezer is a great option as they take up significantly less room than chest freezers do.
Functions and features to consider when buying a freezer
When looking to purchase either a chest or an upright freezer, the functions and features of the freezer are extremely important to take into consideration. Different functions may suit different households, so it is essential to understand what your household needs in a freezer before purchasing one. During the shopping process it is important to keep the following functions in mind:
• Quick response cooling area
• Frost fee feature or if the freezer requires manual defrosting
• Temperature control either with touch LED or a dial
• Interior light
• Energy star rating
• Door alarm
Getting the most out of your freezer: Frequently Asked Questions
Below is five Frequently Asked Questions you should know before buying a freezer:
1. What is the difference between an upright freezer and a chest freezer?
A chest freezer is a box shaped, horizontal freezer with a lid on top. An upright freezer is a more recent designed freezer which looks and opens similar to how a fridge does.
2. Which freezer is more energy efficient?
Generally upright freezers are slightly more energy efficient than chest freezers are. This is due to upright freezers usually having a more modern technology fitted in them which means they do not use as much energy as a traditional chest freezer would.
3. What temperature should my freezer be?
-18 degrees is the optimal temperature to have your freezer set to. It can take up to 24 hours for the freezer to reach this temperature from when it is turned on or when a large volume of food is placed in it. Freezer temperature should be checked at least once a week.
4. How long will my food stay frozen if I lose electricity?
It is important to keep all freezer doors closed as much as possible during a power outage. A freezer at full capacity can keep an adequate temperature for approximately 48 hours. The safety of your food will still need to be determined once the power is back on.
5. Is it common to have frost build up?
Excessive frost build up can be caused by a faulty door seal, which allows the air to pass through the freezer and cause ice to build up. Make sure all door hinges are attached properly. Another problem may be that the freezer is too close to the wall, meaning that the hot air from the compressor does not have enough room to circulate. Try moving the freezer away from the wall to allow extra room for the air to circulate.