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smallish upright freezer recommendations, please

Posted by lisa_a (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 25, 12 at 21:12

I hope you all can help me figure out which upright freezer to purchase as a supplemental freezer for our laundry room.

Our KA fridge (in the kitchen) has a 5.5 cu ft freezer but useable space is less than that because of the ice maker and ice bin. We currently have a commercial Whirlpool freezer, approx 19 cu ft, in the garage. I thought I would just move it to the laundry room but I realized that once I added the 3" required clearances for each side to its 33" width, it's too large for my space. Plus I rarely need that much freezer space, especially now that we're close to being empty nesters. We fill our kitchen's freezer but generally use half or less of our garage freezer.

I've determined that our needs would be met with a freezer that is 7 to 11 cu ft, give or take a bit. We would prefer a frost free or auto defrost model. Manual defrost is fine for the garage but I'd rather not deal with that mess in the house.

Here are my space constraints:
34" wide
28" - 30" deep (will need to move the fan switch to the other wall if we go with a 30" deep freezer).
No height restrictions.

Energy star-rated is a definite plus for me. It would also be nice if the freezer was on the quiet side of noise, not the other direction (the laundry room is right next to my home office).

One more caveat: If at all possible, I'd love to be able to include a freezer and a 10" to 12" pull-out cabinet in the 34" between the side wall and our stackable W/D (allowed 29" for these, width plus required clearance). More storage would be very handy.

Here are a few I'm considering.

Summit offers a manual defrost 6.4 cu ft freezer that fits a 22" wide space. They also offer a 5 cu ft freezer that require only 24" width. Could I stack the 5 cu ft units? Unfortunately, Summit does not offer auto defrost in their mid-range size freezers. I am not familiar with Summit so any feedback about this brand would be helpful.

The Frigidaire FFU12F2HW is auto defrost, 12.1 cu ft. Not energy star rated. Freezer plus required clearance uses the entire 34" width of my space. Reviews are good overall, bit of a mixed bag about noise issues. The Kenmore 2826 seems to be the same freezer.

The price of the last one I've found that fits my needs makes me gasp. The Liebherr F1051. It's a built-in, only uses 24" width, is frost free, 9.4 cu. ft. and is very efficient, using only 450 KWh, compared to 586 KWh for the larger Frigidaire and Kenmore models.

Are there any others I should consider? Is my quest to find a smallish freezer for a narrow-ish space a wild goose chase?

TIA!


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RE: smallish upright freezer recommendations, please

I have had the next larger model in Frigidaire line for three years. It has been an excellent freezer. However, pay heed to the complaints about noise. The compressor runs often --- its that energy efficiency thing of a smaller compressor running longer but consuming less power --- and that is the rub. It produces a moaning/whining noise so penetrating and and so annoying that I cannot recommend them unless you can locate the unit where you can close it off. Mine is in the basement of an old house. I can hear it running upstairs in the kitchen and in my office in the back of the house. Closing the basement door mitigates it only a bit (did I mention that it is a penetrating and really annoying sound?)


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Thanks, JWVideo, for your feedback! Is the compressor noise from your freezer more than the noise from your refrigerator? Or is it worse? From what you wrote, it sounds like the noise is worse. I could handle something like my fridge's noise but if it's more than that, that would rule the Frigidaire/Kenmore model out.

I've heard from one poster on the Kitchen Forum about the Liebherr (she loves hers) but so far, no one has given feedback abut the Summit models. Anyone know anything about these?

TIA!


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RE: smallish upright freezer recommendations, please

Much louder and far worse and does not sound like the fridge, at all. More like the sound you get with your car when a fan belt is starting to go, though not quite as high pitched. The fridge makes a noise more like, hummmmmmm or whirrrr. The sound from the Frigidaire freezer is more like WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYNE. Get the picture?


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RE: smallish upright freezer recommendations, please

Ugh, that is an obnoxious sound. Thanks for taking the time to explain it better. I would hate that noise right next to the room I work in. Sorry you have to deal with it.


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RE: smallish upright freezer recommendations, please

I am in process of purchasing a Crosley 14 cu foot frost free freezer. Not too tall and only 30" wide. Approx $499.


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Thanks, motherof3sons! I've never heard of this brand, can't find much about it on-line, either reviews or owner/installation specs. Do you know what its clearance requirements are? Depending on mfg, clearances range from 1" to 5" for free-standing models. That can make the difference between a freezer fitting my space and being too large. What made you decide to purchase this brand? Thanks.


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Crosley is a brand. The Crosley brand is owned by a a consortium of Canadian and US distributors who have things made under contract the way that Sears does with its "Kenmore" brand and Coscto does with its "Kirkland" brand.

Appliance411.com says that the Crosley freezers are made in the former WC Wood plant that Whirlpool purchased a couple of years ago.

Consumer reports does not have a Crosley in its current ratings for upright freezers and it is kind of hard to tell which Whirlpool freezer would be comparable. Interesting to see the ratings now because none of the uprights get good ratings for noise. I note that Frigidaire is down at the bottom now. I think CR does relatively rankings, which means that even the "good" rated ones are no better than the other noisy ones. A Haier model was the only one that I saw that got a better than average noise ranking. (I think it might be the one that is on the floor at Costco.)

Here is a link that might be useful: Appliance 411


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RE: smallish upright freezer recommendations, please

Thanks, JWVideo. I didn't see Summit on that list but I've read in a few places that they also re-brand. However, they aren't on the 411 list and, per info on their website, it sounds like they manufacture their products not re-brand. Do you know if they are a re-brander or a manufacturer? TIA!


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I recall a recent posting here that said the Summit freezers are made by a Danish company called Vestfrost which also makes the freezers for some other higher-end brandnames.


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RE: smallish upright freezer recommendations, please

Thanks, JWVideo. I can't seem to find an answer to this question on the web. I may have to call Summit directly for this answer, along with finding out who stocks their products locally. I don't really want to buy these without seeing them in person first.


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