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Freezer Burn & the Best Freezers

Freezer Burn & the Best Freezers

A lot of people like to store food or beverages. You have beverage centers for your canned or bottled beers and wine coolers or wine cellar cooling units for your white and red wines. But what about your food?

If you want to freeze your food we have the best freezers for you! Does freezing your food affects the quality and taste of it when cooked? Let's know the answer together.

Freezer Burn

What is the freezer burn? It is the dehydration on the surface of frozen food stored in your freezer due to air exposure. This happens from too many temperature fluctuations caused by the frequent opening of the freezer's door, inconsistent temperature, too low temperature, or freezing too much food at once.

What are the signs of freezer burn? Some of the signs are ice crystals or whitish splotches on your stored food. Fish and meat might even look discolored or will have dry spots.

Can this make me sick? The answer is NO. Freezer burn is just moisture loss. It will only affect food quality, texture, and nutritional value but will not affect its safety.

How can I prevent freezer burn? Here are some things you can do to make sure your food is always of its highest quality:

  • The temperature should be below the freezing point (0 - 2°F).
  • Don't overstuff your freezer. Ideally, you can freeze 3lbs of fresh food per cu. ft. of space.
  • Stop opening your freezer door all the time. Keep it close!
  • Store your food in containers or resealable bags.
  • Rotate the food supply to prevent your food from overstaying in your freezer.

3 Common Types of Freezers

There are various types of freezers but let's talk about these 3 most common types of freezers --- chest freezers and upright freezers.

Chest Freezers

Chest freezers are wide and take up a lot of floor space compared with the other 2 types. It is ideal for storing bulky and bigger items and can accommodate more. Chest freezers are great if your aim is to store food for long periods of time.

Undercounter Freezers

Undercounter freezers are made to fit under your kitchen counters which makes their size limited based on the space available. They are great as a backup freezer.

Pros and Cons

  Pros Cons
Chest Freezers
  • More space 
  • Energy-efficient
  • Maintain lower temperatures
  • Food is less likely to burn compared
  • They keep food frozen for an extended period
  • Less chances of freezer burn
  • More difficult to organize
  • Takes a lot of floor space
Undercounter Freezers
  • Accessible
  • Limited spaced
  • Usually used for backup only
Upright Freezers
  • Less floor space
  • Easy to organize the content
  • Have more finishes available
  • Shelves are not usually adjustable
  • Food is more prone to freezer burn

    11 Best Freezers

    There are a lot of freezers in the market and sometimes if you do not have a lot of time to check everything, you might end up buying a freezer not perfect for your needs. So, it is necessary to know where to look at the best freezers. Here are 11 of our best freezers available!

    Summit Commercial 18 cu. ft. Chest Freezer SCFM182

    Summit Commercial 18 cu.ft. Chest Freezer SCFM182   Summit Commercial 18 cu.ft. Chest Freezer SCFM182 Basket   Summit Commercial 18 cu.ft. Chest Freezer SCFM182 Features

    UL-S listed to ANSI-NSF Standard 7 for commercial use, the Summit Chest Freezer SCFM182 combined a hammered aluminum interior for long-lasting use and durability with a manual static cooling system for efficient and even cooling and an adjustable thermostat for easy temperature management.

    It comes with stainless steel corner guards and casters which are factory installed for added protection and easy cleaning. This freezer also comes with indicator lights for power and a compressor equipped with a right-angle plug to save some space. If you are looking for a chest freezer with 2 removable wire baskets and 100% CFC free, Summit Chest Freezer SCFM182 might be the one you are looking for!

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 33.25" x 65.0" x 28.63"
    Interior Dimensions (H x W x D): 26.25" x 59.0" x 20.5"
    Capacity: 18.0 cu.ft. (510 L)
    Defrost Type: Manual
    Refrigerant Type: R134a
    Temperature Range: -30 to -12ºC/-22 to 10.4ºF
    Weight: 190.0 lbs. (86 kg)

    Summit Commercial Compact All-Freezer SCFU386CSS

    Summit Commercial Compact All-Freezer SCFU386CSS   Summit Commercial Compact Upright All-Freezer SCFU386CSS

    ETL-S listed to NSF standards for commercial use, the Summit All-Freezer SCFU386CSS comes with a factory-installed secured key lock and switchable LED light. It is designed and made with a sleek fully-finished 304-grade stainless steel cabinet, clear glass door, and compact but spacious size. If you are looking for a freezer with a self-closing door but a spacious interior but you do not have a lot of space in your home, dorm room, or business, the Summit All-Freezer SCFU386CSS can be what you need!

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 24.5" x 23.38" x 20.63"
    Interior Dimensions (H x W x D): 18.0" x 18.75" x 15.38"
    Capacity: 2.0 cu.ft. (57 L)
    Defrost Type: Manual
    Refrigerant Type: R134a
    Temperature Range: -4 to 5°F
    Weight: 93.0 lbs. (42 kg)

    Whynter Countertop 1.8 cu. ft. Freezer CDF-177SB

    Whynter Countertop 1.8 cu.ft. Freezer CDF-177SB   Whynter Countertop 1.8 cu.ft. Compact Freezer CDF-177SB   Whynter Countertop 1.8 cu.ft. Upright Freezer CDF-177SB

    Designed with a sleek and clean classic black and white stainless steel body, the Whynter Freezer CDF-177SB has a compact size but spacious interior perfect for small spaces and dorm rooms to keep your favorite ice cream and liquor frozen.

    It features a powerful compressor cooling system combined with an internal fan-forced circulation to help distribute even temperature throughout your freezer. The temperature is easy to adjust with a control know. When you purchase the Whynter Freezer CDF-177SB, you will also get a built-in lock with 2 keys, interior light, and 2 removable and adjustable slide-out wire shelves.

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 26” x 19” x 19.3”
    Capacity: 1.8 cu.ft.
    Defrost Type: Manual
    Refrigerant Type: R290a
    Temperature Range: -13°F ~ 3°F (-25°C ~ -16°C)
    Weight: 89 lbs

    Summit Commercial 7 cu. ft. Chest Freezer SCFM62

    Summit Commercial 7 cu.ft. Chest Freezer SCFM62    Summit Commercial 7 cu.ft. Chest Freezer SCFM62 Basket

    UL-S listed to ANSI-NSF Standard 7 for commercial use, the Summit Chest Freezer SCFM62 is made with a hammered aluminum interior for long-lasting use and durability. This freezer has a clean and classic white exterior protected by stainless steel factory-installed bumpers in its corners to make sure it doesn't bump anywhere and damage your unit. If you are looking for a freezer with a removable storage basket and front defrost drain, the Summit Chest Freezer SCFM62 can give you that and more!

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 32.0" x 38.5" x 22.13"
    Interior Dimensions (H x W x D): 24.5" x 33.0" x 15.0"
    Capacity: 7.0 cu.ft. (198 L)
    Defrost Type: Manual
    Refrigerant Type: R600a
    Temperature Range: -30 to -12ºC/-22 to 10.4ºF
    Weight: 90.0 lbs. (41 kg)

    Whynter 13.8 cu.ft. Energy Star Digital Deep Freezer/Refrigerator UDF-139SS

    Whynter 13.8 cu.ft. Energy Star Digital Deep Freezer/Refrigerator UDF-139SS   Whynter 13.8 cu.ft. Energy Star Freezer/Refrigerator UDF-139SS   Whynter 13.8 cu.ft. Energy Star Upright Freezer/Refrigerator UDF-139SS

    UL certified and Energy Star rated, the Whynter Freezer/Refrigerator UDF-139SS combines energy-efficient design with smart insulation to help you save on your energy bills. It is frost-free to make it easier, faster and minimizes the need to clean the unit.

    For efficient and even temperature, this upright freezer has a powerful fan-circulating cooling system known for providing precise airflow. This freezer/refrigerator features an open-door warning system, soft interior LED lighting, temperature memory function, wheel rollers, 4 sliding shelves, 4 removable door racks, and a slide out storage basket. Do you like some of the features of this unit? You can check the Whynter Freezer/Refrigerator UDF-139SS' whole specs and features now.

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 62” x 28” x 30”
    Capacity: 13.8 cu.ft.
    Defrost Type: Manual
    Refrigerant Type: R600A
    Temperature Range: Freezer mode: -11°F – 10°F (-23°C – -12°C)
    Refrigerator mode: 35°F – 46°F (2°C – 8°C)
    Weight: 149 lbs

    Summit 18" Built-In All Freezer SCFF1842

    Summit 18" Built-In All Freezer SCFF1842   Summit 18" Built-In Compact All Freezer SCFF1842   Summit 18" Built-In Upright All Freezer SCFF1842

    Transform your under-the-counter space with the Summit All Freezer SCFF1842 with its sleek and classy fully-finished black built-in capable compact design. This unit combined a digital display and thermostat that lets you control the temperature precisely with a frost-free operation meaning no need for manual defrost which makes it ideal for people with a busy schedule.

    If you are looking for a space-saving freezer with a user-reversible door swing, adjustable or removable chrome shelves, and environmentally friendly design --- 100% CFC free ---, the Summit All Freezer SCFF1842 is the one for you!

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 34.25" x 17.75" x 24.0"
    Interior Dimensions (H x W x D): 23.5" x 12.75" x 16.75"
    Capacity: 2.7 cu.ft. (76 L)
    Defrost Type: Frost-Free
    Refrigerant Type: R134a
    Temperature Range: -22 to 14 °F
    Weight: 82.0 lbs. (37 kg)

    Summit 36" Refrigerator-Freezer FFRF36ADA

    Summit 36" Refrigerator-Freezer FFRF36ADA   Summit 36" Side by Side Refrigerator-Freezer FFRF36ADA   Summit 36" Double Door Refrigerator-Freezer FFRF36ADA

    ETL-S listed to NSF-7 standard, UL-471 for use in commercial settings, and ADA compliant design, the Summit Refrigerator-Freezer FFRF36ADA has a side by side all-in-one built-in or freestanding capable design which separates the refrigerator and freezer sections but with single compressor operation. 

    This unit features a frost-free operation on both refrigerator and freezer, temperature memory function, digital control thermostat for easy temperature control, and sealed back space-saving design for easy cleaning. When you purchase the Summit Refrigerator-Freezer FFRF36ADA, you will also enjoy factory-installed key locks, interior LED lighting, 3 adjustable spill-proof glass shelves for the refrigerator, 3 adjustable chrome shelves for the freezer, and it's even environmentally friendly.

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 31.5" x 35.5" x 24.25"
    Interior Dimensions (H x W x D): Refrigerator: 23.5" x 12.75" x 16.75"
    Freezer: 23.5" x 12.75" x 16.75"
    Capacity: Refrigerator: 2.9 cu.ft
    Freezer: 2.9 cu.ft
    Defrost Type: Frost-Free
    Refrigerant Type: R600a
    Temperature Range: Refrigerator: 36°F to 46°F
    Freezer: -22°F to 46°F
    Weight: 158.7 lbs. (72 kg)

    Summit 49 cu. ft. All-Freezer SCFF497

    Summit 49 cu.ft. All-Freezer SCFF497   Summit 49 cu.ft. Spacious All-Freezer SCFF497   Summit 49 cu.ft. Upright All-Freezer SCFF497

    Meeting the UL commercial listing standards, the Summit All-Freezer SCFF497 combined full body (interior and exterior) stainless steel construction, automatic defrost system, and adjustable cycle defrost to make it easy to clean and ensure no temperature spikes and ices buildup happens.

    It also features self-closing doors to save energy, temperature, an open door alarm system, and a digital LED microprocessor control panel that is large and very readable for easy temperature management. If this is not enough for you, this unit also has a factory-installed keyed lock, adjustable plastic coated wire shelves, energy-efficient LED interior lighting, and even environmentally friendly. If this sounds perfect for you, it is definitely imperative that you check Summit All-Freezer SCFF497 now!

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 83.75" x 55.25" x 31.0"
    Interior Dimensions (H x W x D): 51.5" x 51.5" x 27.0"
    Capacity: 49.0 cu.ft. (1388 L)
    Defrost Type: Frost-Free
    Refrigerant Type: R290a
    Temperature Range: -10 to 25ºF
    Weight: 428.0 lbs. (194 kg)

    Whynter 3.0 cu. ft. Energy Star Upright Freezer CUF-301BK

    Whynter 3.0 cu.ft. Energy Star Upright Freezer CUF-301BK   Whynter 3.0 cu.ft. Energy Star Upright Freezer CUF-301BK   Whynter Energy Star Upright Freezer CUF-301BK

    UL Certified and Energy Star rated, the Whynter Upright Freezer CUF-301BK has a compact flush back design perfect for man caves, dorm rooms, basements, garages, offices, or homes with limited space. This unit features 3 fast-freezing coil shelves allowing the cold air to circulate throughout the interior of the unit and a reversible left or right swing door. If you are looking for an energy-efficient upright freezer, the Whynter Energy Star Upright Freezer CUF-301BK is surely something you need to look into!

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 34” x 20” x 21”
    Capacity: 3.0 cu.ft.
    Defrost Type: Manual
    Refrigerant Type: R600a
    Temperature Range: -11° – 10.4°F
    Weight: 57 lbs

    Summit Classic 2-Drawer All-Freezer CL2F249

    Summit Classic 2-Drawer All-Freezer CL2F249   Summit Classic 2-Drawer All-Freezer CL2F249   Summit Classic 2-Drawer All-Freezer CL2F249

    The Summit Classic All-Freezer CL2F249 combined full-body stainless steel construction including the cabinet, 2 sliding doors, and kickplate with panel ready drawer fronts to give you an amazing and sleek unit great for built-in or freestanding use.

    It features a fully frost-free operation for minimal maintenance, digital electronic thermostat controls for easy temperature management, and an internal fan-forced cooling system for even temperature distribution. When you purchase the Summit Classic All-Freezer CL2F249 you will also get elegant LED lighting, a removable sliding chrome basket, open drawer and temperature alarm system, and more!

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 34.0" x 23.63" x 23.63"
    Interior Dimensions (H x W x D): Drawer 1: 9.25" x 17.25" x 15.5"
    Drawer 2: 10.0" x 17.25" x 15.5"
    Capacity: 3.54 cu.ft. (100 L)
    Defrost Type: Frost-Free
    Refrigerant Type: R600a
    Weight: 106.0 lbs. (48 kg)

    Whynter Energy Star 1.1 cu. ft. Upright Freezer CUF-112SS

    Whynter Energy Star 1.1 cu.ft. Upright Freezer with Lock CUF-112SS    Whynter Energy Star 1.1 cu.ft. Upright Freezer CUF-112SS   Whynter Energy Star 1.1 cu.ft. Compact Upright Freezer CUF-112SS 

    UL Certified and Energy Star rated, the Whynter Upright Freezer CUF-112SS features a very compact size with a sleek black cabinet and stainless steel trimmed reversible door. Its size makes it ideal for small spaces, basements, small apartments, dorm rooms, man cave, garages, and offices. This unit features an easy-to-adjust thermostat, 1 removable shelf, a secured key lock, and it is even energy-efficient! If these features sound like what you are looking for, then Whynter Upright Freezer CUF-112SS is definitely worth checking out!

    Specifications:

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 19.5″ x 18.5″ x 17.7″
    Interior Dimensions (H x W x D): 14″ x 14.25″ x 13.25″
    Capacity: 1.1 cu.ft.
    Defrost Type: Manual
    Refrigerant Type: R600a
    Temperature Range: -10° – 2°F
    Weight: 42 lbs

    Buying Your Freezer

    When you are buying your freezer, you have to check the following:

    • Size - Make sure it will fit your space
    • Storage Flexibility - This will depend on what kind and how much you want to store or freezer in your freezer. You also might want to consider the shelves, baskets, and containers included.
    • Design - Large freezers tend to be heavy and hard to move around. Check the flexibility of its design.
    • Energy-Efficiency - Lower kWh usage and higher star ratings are equal to lower energy bills. Check for energy-efficient freezers if you do not want your energy bills to be too high.
    • Controls - Adjusting the temperature of your freezer is necessary to keep your freezer working and how an easy-to-understand controls system is needed.
    • Temperature Range - The wider the temperature range, the more flexible it is, and a wider range of items you can store inside.

    These days, stocking up is necessary, and having your own freezer will make it easier. Also, wine fridges and beverage centers are in demand right now to store your choice of liquor. Quickly, having freezers in our homes is becoming more and more essential, enabling us to store food in longer periods of time. 

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