The Frigidaire FFU21F5HW has 20.5 cubic feet of storage space, and as an upright freezer, it gives you easy access to all of it. It also offers an assortment of handy features, including an interior light, digital controls and alarms to alert you if the door is left open or the interior temperature reaches an unsafe level. Although this freezer is not Energy Star-qualified, professional testers give it fairly good ratings for energy efficiency, as well as excellent scores for temperature control. Like most self-defrosting freezers, it is on the loud side, but most users do not consider its noise level a problem. The most common complaint is that the door seal is so tight that the freezer is hard to open -- although some consider this secure seal a plus. If you want an upright freezer but don't need quite so much space, you might consider the 16.7-cubic-foot Kenmore Elite 28712 (*Est. $825) , which does nearly as well in tests and offers even more luxury features. On the other hand, if you want the efficiency and value of a chest freezer, consider the 14.8-cubic-foot GE FCM15PUWW (*Est. $550) .
This Frigidaire freezer is also sold as the Kenmore 28052 (*Est. $880) ; aside from the name, the two models are identical. We found professional reviews for these freezers at ConsumerReports.org and owner reviews from a variety of sources, including Sears.com, RJWilley.com and AJMadison.com.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates more than 60 upright and chest freezers on its website, rating each for temperature performance, energy efficiency and noise. Among the tested models is the Frigidaire FFU21F5HW, which also receives a handful of reviews from users.
Review: Freezers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of March 2011
The Frigidaire FFU21F5HW receives more than 40 reviews from owners at this retail site, earning an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Users love this freezer's quietness, organization and tight door seal. An overwhelming 98 percent of buyers say they would recommend it.
Review: Frigidaire FFU21F5HW 20.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer, Contributors to RCWilley.com
The Kenmore 28052 (an equivalent model to the Frigidaire FFU21F5HW) receives an average of 3 stars out of 5 from roughly 25 users at Sears.com. While users like its capacity and frost-free operation, several complain it is too noisy.
Review: Kenmore 20.6 cu. ft. Upright Freezer (2805), Contributors to Sears.com
The Frigidaire FFU21F5HW receives roughly 20 reviews at this retail site, earning an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Users find this freezer spacious, well organized and easy to use. The most common complaint is that the door seal is too tight, making the freezer hard to open.
Review: Frigidaire FFU21F5HW, Contributors to AJMadison.com
About a dozen owners have reviewed the Frigidaire FFU21F5HW on the manufacturer's website. Overall, it earns around 4.5 stars out of 5, with praise for its capacity, features and frost-free operation. The only dissatisfied user says the freezer broke down after two years.
Review: Frigidaire 20.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer, Contributors to Frigidaire.com