Freezers come with a wide range of features, from frost-free systems to LED control panels. We explain some of the most common here.
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You may never have noticed, but unlike most fridges, freezers often don’t have internal lights.
If you want to avoid rummaging around in the dark for the ice cream, it might be worth investing in a model that does have them.
If you can, invest in a freezer that has LED lighting. LEDs offer great light levels while staying cool and being fairly energy efficient.
Electronic Controls and LED Displays
More luxurious freezer models often have an electronic control panel and LED display.
Not only can this add a high-tech look to the appliance, but it also lets you easily select different options and control the temperature. This can be more convenient than using an internal thermostat or opening the door to see which indicator lights are on.
Picking a model with a frost free or nofrost feature can be a real timer saver.
We’ve all been there, trying to cram some food into a freezer that’s full of ice. And there never seems to be a good time to defrost it.
If you don’t fancy this, choose a freezer with frost free technology. This means the freezer will periodically heat up the cooling element and defrost any ice that has formed around it. The resulting water is then funnelled away. Some models also circulate the air more effectively to avoid moisture build-up.
As an added benefit, produce is less likely to stick together in a frost free freezer.
This time-saving feature does have some downsides though. As the appliance will be running a heating element for periods of the day, these models can be slightly less energy efficient.
However, it’s worth remembering that a freezer with a buildup of ice inside is also less efficient!
As the freezer has to warm up enough to melt the frost, there is a risk of food warming up too. While this shouldn’t cause any real harm, it could have a cumulative effect on any produce that’s staying in the freezer for a long time.
The chances of these downsides having a real impact on you isn’t very likely, particularly on modern freezers with great efficiency and performance ratings. According to Which?, 95% of users rated this feature as useful or essential, so it’s probably worth plumping for.
Picking a model with a frost free or no frost can be a real time saver.
Freezers that have reversible doors allow you to hinge the door on whichever side you want.
This extra flexibility can come in handy in spatially-challenged kitchens.
If you install your new freezer snug against a wall, be sure to attach the door so it opens away from it. That way you’ll be able to access your food more easily.
If you install your new freezer snug against a wall, be sure to attach the door so it opens away from it.