Advice And Reviews: Choosing A New Freezer

What should a shopper look for when buying a new freezer? Check out these ideas.

The house is new and it needs a freezer. Freezers are great for storing up produce from the garden, buying in bulk from the discount clubs, and for storing larger cuts of meat. So, what should a smart shopper look for when buying a freezer?

First, she needs to decide what kind of freezer she wants: a chest freezer or an upright. Chest freezers look like large hinged boxes and upright freezers look like a regular refrigerator, only they have just one door.

Each model has its pros and cons. Chest freezers are cheaper, and can be bought in smaller sizes. They will also hold oddly-sized packages. However, many people do not like having to reach down into the freezer to get something from the bottom.

Upright freezers allow easy access and have numerous shelves and holders, but cannot hold anything very large. They are good for narrow, vertical spaces, but usually cost a bit more than the chest freezer.

The shopper should measure the space where she wants to put the freezer, particularly if she is buying a chest freezer, and should determine what size freezer she needs. Families with no children or only one child will probably need a smaller size than a family with two or more children. She also needs to think about ease of defrosting if she buys a freezer that isn't frost-free. Freezers do not need defrosting very often, but once in a while, the owner will have to empty it and begin the process. Is it in a location where this can be easily done?

Once she has a size in mind, it's time to go to the appliance store and start looking. Unlike refrigerators, freezers are more generic, changing only in size, for the most part. Most chest freezers will come with a couple of wire basket racks for storage, and most have lights, but beyond that, they do not change greatly from one model to another.

The shopper should, however, consider safety when buying a freezer. Even if there are no small children, being able to lock the freezer is a great asset, in case children come over. Most freezers, chest and upright, come with locks, and the shopper should make certain hers has one. This will keep small ones from investigating too closely that fascinating looking box.

Freezers range in price, depending on style and size. A chest freezer will run anywhere from $150 for the smallest ones, to about $250-$350 for the largest ones. Upright freezers are a little more: anywhere from $250-$600, depending on size.

Many shoppers will find that a freezer pays for itself over the long-term. With the savings they allow in shopping and storing meat, frozen items and produce, they are an asset to most homes. Even an apartment can accommodate a small chest freezer.

As with most appliances, a shopper can usually find the best price by comparing like sizes and prices in several stores. Internet research can help with this, so any shopper should be able to find a freezer that meets her needs and is well within her price range.

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