Freezers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThe editors of ConsumerReports.org evaluate more than 60 stand-alone freezers, including self-defrosting uprights, manual uprights and chest freezers. Each freezer is evaluated based on its temperature control, energy efficiency, noise level and ease of use. Some of the rated freezers have been subjected to tests, while others are evaluated based on their similarity to the tested models. Some of the listed models have additional feedback posted by users, but most have no more than a handful of reviews. The site also provides a detailed buyer's guide with information about the types of freezers and advice on how to choose the one that's right for you.
by Editors of Which?
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, and its freezer tests are just as thorough. However, of the 31 freezer models currently recommended on its website, none are available in the U.S. Experts say that nearly all of the tested freezers do a good job of keeping food frozen; however, they vary significantly in energy use. Also, the design and arrangement of door bins, shelves and drawers can make a huge difference in convenience. Editors note that manufacturers' claims about storage space are often exaggerated because they don't seem to take shelves or drawers into consideration.
Freezers & Ice Makers
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentAbout 70 freezers (chest and upright) are sold at Sears.com, and several of these get substantial amounts of feedback from owners. Searching the site can be a bit of a nuisance, but it is the only retail site that offers user reviews on Kenmore freezers, which aren't sold elsewhere. In general, we found more reviews for upright freezers but higher overall ratings for chest freezers. All of the top-rated freezers here are Kenmores.
by Contributors to ABT.com
Our AssessmentABT.com is an online appliance retailer that allows consumers to rate products and post reviews. More than 60 freezers are listed for sale here, but only a handful of them receive more than 10 reviews. Of those with the most reviews, the Frigidaire FFU12F2HW (also sold at Sears as the Kenmore Elite 28052) is the highest rated.
by Contributors to RCWilley.com
Our AssessmentRCWilley.com offers only a limited selection of freezers, and most of them have only a few reviews, if any. Still, this site is a good backup resource for user reviews, especially if you're interested in a Frigidaire freezer, since they are reviewed most often.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentWe found a larger volume of user reviews for specific models at Home Depot's website than at any other site. Although the selection of freezers is fairly small, a few models receive literally hundreds of positive reviews. Searching this site is a bit inconvenient, as ratings are not visible on the main page; however, using the quick-view feature gives quick access to details for individual models, including ratings. Four GE freezers (three chest models and one upright) and an upright Maytag freezer earn high overall scores from 100 users or more.
Freezers for Consumers
by Editors of EnergyStar.gov
Our AssessmentThis site offers a great deal of information on how to save energy and money when buying products for the home. There are frequent updates regarding the energy efficiency of appliances, including freezers. If you have particular models in mind, you can check the easy-to-use charts listing brand, model number and energy usage. However, the site does not recommend or rate any particular freezer models.
Freezers & Ice Makers
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com offers a limited selection of chest and upright freezers, and most of them have few or no reviews. However, the site makes it easy to sort out the few with a significant volume of reviews. Among these, we found two Frigidaire freezers with strong overall ratings. Review pages on this site include a handy summary of the features users appreciate the most and a line noting what percentage of owners would recommend the product to a friend.
Freezers & Ice Makers
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com sells around 70 upright and chest freezers, but most of these do not receive many recommendations from users. However, we did find three chest freezers with good overall ratings from a significant number of users. Two of these are made by Holiday, a brand that does not appear to be available from any retailer other than Lowe's, and the third is a 7-cubic-foot Frigidaire. Searching the site is easy thanks to multiple sort features, and review pages include a handy list of the most commonly cited pros and cons for each freezer.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAlthough more than 1,500 freezers are sold at Amazon.com, few receive more than a handful of reviews from owners. We found only one freezer that receives an above average overall rating from at least 10 reviewers: the Haier HUM013EA, a compact upright freezer with a capacity of 1.3 cubic feet. If you're in the market for a larger freezer, you'll probably find other sources more useful.
by Contributors to CompactAppliance.com
Our AssessmentCompactAppliance.com, as its name suggests, specializes in small appliances. The 60-plus freezers sold here range in size from 1.5 cubic feet to nearly 20 cubic feet and include both upright and chest freezers. Most freezers on the site receive no user reviews or only a few. However, we did find three compact freezers -- two from Edgestar and one from Avanti -- with more than 50 reviews and favorable ratings.
Chest Freezers Review and Compare
by Editors of Choice
Our AssessmentThis Australian magazine, which is similar to ConsumerReports.org, subjects freezers to similarly thorough testing. However, it hasn't tested chest freezers for a few years, and the most recent test includes only six chest freezers, none of which are available in the U.S. A useful buyer's guide is included, however, and the advice given is relevant to American consumers.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentWe appreciate consumer review sites like Epinions.com, especially when contributors find problems with products that professional reviewers might miss. However, for freezers, this site doesn't offer a lot of feedback. Although thousands of freezers are listed at Epinions.com, fewer than 30 receive any ratings at all, and none has more than a couple of reviews. Consequently, we didn't find this site much help in identifying top-rated freezers. However, it can be useful for learning more about specific models once you have narrowed your choices down, as some of the reviews here are longer and more detailed than those on most other consumer review sites.
by Contributors to AJMadison.com
Our AssessmentAJMadison.com sells hundreds of freezers, including both upright and chest models. However, almost none of them receive more than a handful of reviews, and none receives as many as 20. Still, this site can be useful for finding additional feedback on specific models you're interested in. The site makes it easy to sort the products with the most and best reviews, so you needn't waste your time wading through pages of unhelpful information.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com, a consumer review site similar to Epinions.com, has more than 60 entries for freezers. A few models receive 20 reviews or more, but most have just a handful. One problem is that model numbers aren't always specified, so while the Kenmore Elite Freezer Chest receives about 20 reviews and high ratings, it's difficult to tell whether all the reviews apply to the same model.
by Contributors to GardenWeb.com
Our AssessmentThis appliances forum is part of the sprawling GardenWeb.com community of discussion forums. A search turns up several discussions about freezers, but most are about combination refrigerator/freezers, covered in a different ConsumerSearch report. Those threads about stand-alone freezers mostly focus on problems with or questions about specific models. There are a few threads in which users seek recommendations for choosing a freezer, but no strong consensus emerges as to which are the best brands to seek or to avoid.
Refrigerator & Freezer Stuff Guide
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentConsumerGuide.com's freezer reviews appear to be based on specifications and perhaps a quick once-over, as they contain no mention of actual testing. It's unclear what criteria were used to select the freezers named as Best Buys, since some freezers with perfect 5-star ratings are passed over in favor of others with 4 or even 3 stars. Moreover, the site has not been updated in nearly four years, and the majority of the reviewed freezers are now discontinued (although similar models may be available in some cases). Still, these reviews do provide a fairly thorough summary of each freezer's most useful features, as well as its weak points. The site also offers a short buying guide.