Though fairly small, the 8.8-cubic-foot Kenmore 16922 is a strong performer in professional tests and receives praise from owners, who say it has plenty of space for a couple or small family. This freezer includes a keyed lock, interior light, power-on light and two lift-out baskets for organizing frozen food. It isn't Energy Star-rated, but it's still fairly efficient. If you need more space, the 14.8-cubic-foot Kenmore 16542 (*Est. $530) has the same features and is Energy Star-rated. It receives similar good reviews from users and professional sources, but it is a little noisier than the 16922 and has a larger footprint.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Kenmore 16922 among the 60-plus chest and upright freezers rated on its site. We found user reviews for the Kenmore 16922 at Sears.com, while Viewpoints.com has reviews for Kenmore chest freezers in general.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates more than 60 upright and chest freezers on its website, rating each for temperature performance, energy efficiency and noise. The Kenmore 16922 is included among the tested freezers, and it also receives one review from a user on the site.
Review: Freezers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of March 2011
About 100 users weigh in on the Kenmore 16922 at Sears.com, where the freezer receives an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The reviews here are overwhelmingly positive, but we found a few complaints regarding construction. Several users say the plastic key lock seems flimsy; others say the interior needs more organizational features.
Review: Kenmore 8.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer (1692), Contributors to Sears.com
More than 20 owner reviews at Viewpoints.com give Kenmore chest freezers an average rating of about 4.2 stars out of 5. While some reviews are quite lengthy, it's not always clear which models users are talking about. However, users seem very pleased with the Kenmore brand overall.
Review: Kenmore 7.2 cu. ft. Freezer Chest Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com