If you prefer an upright freezer but you don't have a lot of space or your storage needs are modest, the 12.1-cubic-foot Frigidaire FFU12F2HW is a solid performer and receives very good reviews from users. It's less expensive than most other self-defrosting upright freezers, and it gets moderately good scores in professional tests. Owners say it has plenty of room for food, but we did see several complaints about freezers spontaneously defrosting, causing all the food inside to spoil. There's also some debate among owners over whether this particular freezer is quiet or noisy. If you need a large-capacity upright freezer, the 20.5-cubic-foot Frigidaire FFU21F5HW (Est. $600) gets good ratings from both professionals and owners. However, it is significantly more expensive to buy and run than the smaller Frigidaire.
The Frigidaire FFU12F2HW is also sold as the Kenmore 28262 . We found professional reviews for these freezers at ConsumerReports.org. Owner reviews at Sears.com and ABT.com provide helpful insight into how the freezer performs over time.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates more than 60 upright and chest freezers on its website, rating each for temperature performance, energy efficiency and noise. The Frigidaire FFU12F2HW is included among the tested freezers, but does not receive any reviews from users.
Review: Freezers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of March 2011
The Kenmore 28262 (a rebranded Frigidaire FFU12F2HW) receives an average of 4 stars out of 5 in more than 50 user reviews at Sears.com. In terms of noise it gets mixed reviews; some say it's quiet, but a few find it irritatingly noisy. Several users say it spontaneously thawed, causing them to lose hundreds of dollars' worth of food.
Review: Kenmore 12.1 cu. ft. Upright Freezer (2826), Contributors to Sears.com
Users at ABT.com praise the Frigidaire FFU12F2HW, giving it an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 25 reviews. Although most say it is quiet, a few claim it is quite loud. Most owners agree that the door closes securely and the freezer offers plenty of storage space.
Review: Frigidaire Small Upright Freezer FFU12F2H, Contributors to ABT.com
A handful of satisfied owners review the Frigidaire FFU12F2HW on the manufacturer's website. Owners find this freezer quiet and roomy, and they like its frost-free operation -- though not the fact that the compressor runs steadily to maintain it. Overall, owners award the freezer 4.5 stars out of 5.
Review: Frigidaire 12.1 cu. ft. Upright Freezer, Contributors to Frigidaire.com