The layout inside your freezer will affect how you organise your food. Going for a model with conveniently arranged compartments and drawers can make day-to-day life a little easier, allowing you to fit more into the space and find things more easily.
Keep reading to learn what storage options you can expect from your new freezer.
You’ll usually find sliding drawers dividing up the space inside undercounter and tall freezers. While most undercounter designs have three to four separate drawers, tall freezers commonly have six to eight. Some designs substitute one or two of the drawers for compartments covered by a flap instead.
Freezer drawers are typically made from transparent plastic. This helps you find specific items quickly and saves you the hassle of rummaging around.
Drawers tend to fill the full width of the internal space in the freezer, although the height of each drawer might vary. Some models have an extra deep one at the bottom to fit in those awkward items.
Dividing the space up in this way helps to keep the freezer cold. The separate enclosures prevent the warm air from reaching your food while the door is open, so the compressor won’t have to work as hard.
SHELVES AND COMPARTMENTS
Many freezers have shelf-like compartments covered by a plastic drop-down flap. While they still help you categorise foods by type, you’ll have to reach right in to grab items at the back.
Undercounter and tall designs often have one or more of these, in addition to drawers.
Some mini freezers only have shelves– like those you’d find in a fridge.
A chest freezer won’t have drawers or shelves, but one big compartment instead. This maximises the space and means you’re less restricted with the shapes and sizes of what you store, but can make it more difficult to find things.
A few models have separators to help organise your food, but they can be hard to find so you’ll have to shop around. Likewise, counter-balanced lids are more common. These lids fix open once lifted, meaning that your hands are free to browse.
If your chest freezer is a manually defrosting model, you’ll want one with a front drainage system. Any water left over from defrosting can be drained out easily, making the freezer easier to maintain and more energy efficient.
A chest freezer won’t have drawers or shelves, but one big compartment instead.
Some chest freezers have a basket or two sitting in the top of the compartment.
These help you keep bags of frozen peas and homemade ice lollies upright, as well as stopping small or frequently used items getting lost.
Baskets are found in other types of freezer too. It’s not very common nowadays, but they can be used as a type of sliding drawer, sometimes with a plastic front.
ICE CUBE TRAYS
If you like cool drinks on hot days, an ice cube tray can be a useful feature to look for in a freezer.
Keep an eye out for tall and undercounter freezers that have a separate ice cube compartment, which is a shallow full-width shelf at the top, or an ice cube tray in one of the drawers.