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Choosing A Freezer

If you are in the market to buy a new freezer, you have some choices to make. The first choice is do you want an upright or a chest freezer? Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Chest freezers are more energy efficient, but storage can be awkward. Although the new freezers have baskets, you will find yourself forgetting what you have put on the bottom, and easy accessibility to all your foodstuffs is not always handy. They also take up more room than an upright, but they are a good choice if you have a window you donít want to cover up. Most chest freezers have manual defrost, which means you will have to empty the freezer and defrost it yourself.

Upright freezers have great accessibility, but they are not as efficient as chest freezers. Storage is much easier, and you also have storage for small items on the door. Most upright freezers are self defrosting, which will make your life easier, but you will pay in extra energy costs. Self -defrosters also tend to cause freezer burn more readily.

What size freezer should you buy? If you like to cook food ahead and freeze it, or if you buy a side of beef, or are a game hunter, you may want a bigger freezer. You generally need 1.5 cubic feet of space for each family member, although I always suggest buying a large freezer because they tend to fill up fast. However, if you do not keep your freezer full, it will cost more to run; so you may choose to go with a medium size. You can store 30 to 35 pounds of food in one cubic foot of freezer space.

The cost of a freezer can run anywhere from $150 to $1000. You will pay more for a self-defroster. Be sure to check the energy rating of your freezer before you buy it.


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