As a chest freezer, the GE FCM15PUWW has some disadvantages over upright freezers like the Frigidaire FFU21F5HW (*Est. $690) . It's harder to organize, you must bend to reach the bottom and it has to be manually defrosted. On the plus side, it is quieter and more efficient -- enough to earn an Energy Star rating -- and professional testers say its temperature control is very good. Features include an interior light, power-indicator light, a drain for defrosting and a keyed lock, which is an important safety feature if you have small children. It also has four storage baskets that can be either lifted out or slid sideways, a feature that users say adds greatly to convenience. Owners also find the freezer spacious and reasonably quiet, though tests show it is not as quiet as some chest freezers. The most common complaint is that the lid does not always seal well and, possibly as a result, frost tends to build up quickly. Still, most users consider this freezer a good value. If a smaller chest freezer will fit your needs, you can save some money with the 8.8-cubic-foot Kenmore 16922 (*Est. $340) .
The GE FCM15PUWW is one of 27 chest freezers currently evaluated by ConsumerReports.org, based on tests of temperature control, energy efficiency and noise level. It also receives more than 100 reviews from owners at HomeDepot.com, most of whom say they would recommend it. We also found a handful of additional reviews from other sources.
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 GE FCM15PUWW, but it does not receive any reviews from users on this site.
Review: Freezers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of March 2011
We found more than 100 reviews for the GE FCM15PUWW at HomeDepot.com, with an overall star rating of 4.4 out of 5. Users praise the freezer's efficiency, quietness and temperature control, and they really like the sliding baskets. A few complain that it doesn't seal properly and frosts up fast, and we saw a few scattered reports of mechanical problems.
Review: GE 14.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Although the GE FCM15PUWW is sold at Lowes.com, it receives only one user review at this site. The user gives the freezer 4 stars out of 5 overall but does not name any specific pros or cons.
Review: GE 14.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer (Color: White) Energy Star, Contributors to Lowes.com
The user review for the GE FCM15PUWW at Epinions.com says that this freezer served the user's family well for 10 years. The user likes the freezer's temperature control and handy storage baskets, but adds that an inside temperature gauge would be a nice plus.
Review: GE Manual Defrost Chest Freezer FCM15PUWW, Contributors to Epinions.com, Aug. 29, 2007