Buy the Most Economic Freezer
economical type of freezer is the chest model.
Nearly every inch of a chest freezer is usable
storage. Although there are certain chest models
that have automatic defrost or are frost-free, most
chest freezers are manual defrost. Defrosting a
chest freezer can take several hours unless you use
warm water to accelerate the process.
Because of the built-in side wall insulation, chest
freezers hold their cold temperatures extremely
well and therefore use the least energy to operate.
During a power outage or a household move, an
unplugged chest freezer can keep the contents
frozen for 2 or even 3 days, as long as the freezer
lid is not opened and depending on the frozen food
quantity. Chest freezers tend to have much longer
lifecycles than upright freezer models.
Chest freezers usually come with one or more wire
baskets to help you organize the contents. You can
segregate types of foods using the baskets or
cardboard boxes to better organize freezer
contents. The biggest drawback of a chest freezer
is that it requires a lot of bending, reaching and
moving frozen foods to find what you're looking
for. They do accommodate odd-shaped and long or
large items that are more difficult to place in an
upright freezer. Some models have a bottom drawer
accessible from the outside of the chest freezer.
Because of the width and length of a chest freezer
it does require more space to locate it. There
needs to be enough space to place it and sufficient
head room above the freezer to fully open the door.
Chest freezers are not usually located in the
kitchen. They are located in a separate storage
room, garage or basement. A small chest freezer can
fit in a closet or in a kitchen corner.
Chest freezers can be a chore to defrost as most of
them are not frost-free or self- defrosting.
Defrosting is only required every couple of years
and the task can be planned when the content of the
freezer is at a low point such as during the
spring. To expedite the task, simply remove
everything from the freezer, turn the power off and
clear the frost build up with warm or hot water. It
really only takes a few minutes to completely
defrost a chest freezer using this technique.
are in the market for a freezer, I recommend that
you buy the most economic freezer as it is cheaper
and cost less to operate.
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