Black Friday Freezer Deals Buying Guide
BLACK FRIDAY FREEZER DEALS BUYING GUIDE
The first step in buying a standalone Black Friday freezer deal is to know whether or not you really need one. The top reasons to purchase a standalone freezer are: you like to save money by buying in bulk, you need to store larger items and large cuts of meat, you like to cook larger portions to store them as pre-packaged meals for later. Or you are an avid hunter, fisherman or gardener who needs extra space for your added food supply. Any of these scenarios are excellent reasons to purchase a standalone freezer.
INSTALLING YOUR BLACK FRIDAY FREEZER
Now that you have determined it the worthwhile investment, the next step is to choose where you will install the freezer, like the basement or garage. It is important to measure the height, width and depth of the space where you are going to be putting the freezer, as well as any doorways, entryways and stairways needed to get the freezer to its final spot. When you are choosing a location to install, remember it is best to have it in a room temperature area that doesn’t get a lot of humidity. Areas that are very humid or get a lot of direct sunlight are best to avoid as they can affect the way your freezer performs.
CAPACITY OF YOUR BLACK FRIDAY FREEZER
Once you know what kind of space you are working with, the next thing to consider is the capacity of your new freezer. A good way to determine how much capacity you will need, is to multiply the number of people in your family by one-and-a-half to two and a half cubic feet. This will give you a good idea of how much storage you will need. However, if you have the added space, it is always better to buy a few cubic feet larger, especially if you prefer to buy in bulk. It is hard to believe but just one cubic foot of freezer space is equal to approximately 34 to 36 pounds of food.
Now that you’ve figured out the location for your new freezer, you will be able to decide whether a frost-free or manual defrost model will work best. Frost free are low maintenance because they don’t require defrosting and are easy to clean with just a cloth, warm water and soap. Remember to keep in mind though, they will be more expensive to buy and possibly operate, due to the automatic defrosting feature, which requires a fan heater and sensors. However, these same features are what prevent frost build up, because the auto defrost does not allow ice crystals to form within the freezer. If you improperly store or overload your frost-free freezer, the unit will overwork itself and not cool properly. Frost-free freezers need proper air circulation, improper storage and a frost-free freezer will quickly contribute to freezer burn.
The second type is manual defrost. These are a bit higher maintenance because they require yearly defrosting to work correctly. This defrosting time can take anywhere from 8 to 24 hours, depending on the size of your freezer. In the meantime, you will need to store your frozen items elsewhere. The complete manual defrost freezers are less expensive to buy and have fewer moving parts, making them less likely to break down. Foods are kept longer because the unit isn’t cycling on and off, which can cause freezer burn, especially if foods aren’t stored and sealed properly.
UPRIGHT BLACK FRIDAY FREEZERS
Upright freezers allow for easy viewing and access to all items inside. They are easy to organize and usually have adjustable shelves. They have in door storage for smaller items and can have the option to be purchased as a frost-free or manual.
BLACK FRIDAY CHEST FREEZERS
Chest freezers will run quieter than most uprights and are available in manual defrost only. They range in size from 2 to 22 cubic feet, cost less than comparable upright models and they have the ability to stay cool longer after a power outage. However, if you are not organized with your chest freezer, stored foods tend to get lost and they can be difficult to get into. Not only that, but they can take up more space depending on the size due to a larger footprint.
SMALLER FREEZERS AND FEATURES
Under worktop, mini and freezer drawers have many of the same benefits of a chest or upright freezer, except they are smaller and can be installed under the worktop. Todays freezers come with all types of features like interior lighting, temperature alarms, freezer locks, storage bins and for some an ice maker!