Update! Appliance Research: Chest Freezers
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The decision (and purchase) has been made! In an earlier post (“Appliance Upgrade Research: Chest Freezers”), I checked to see if the chest freezers listed on the EnergyStar site were still offered by each of the manufacturers

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Appliance Upgrade Research: Chest Freezers

Submitted by on April 10, 2009 – 2:22 pmNo Comment
Appliance Upgrade Research: Chest Freezers

The 4.1 cubic feet offered by the ‘fridge¬†just doesn’t cut it anymore (thanks Costco, family gatherings, holiday dinners and ice cream cakes), so I’ve started doing some research on chest freezers and discovered a suprising lack of centralized information/reviews.

The rough aproximation of additional space required is about 2x to 3x the current freezer capacity of 4.1 cu/ft.

Stop #1: EnergyStar.org

According to EnergyStar.gov’s Refrigerators & Freezers page, EnergyStar qualified freezer models use 20% less energy than required by current federal standards. After downloading and sorting the Product List excel sheet only a few chest freezer units in the 10-12.9 cu/ft made the cut and not all of them had a recent “Active Date”.

Brand
Model
Volume in Cu/ft
kWh/year
Federal Standard (kWh/year)
Percent Better
Active Date
Danby DCF10**WE 10 282 315 10% 8/24/2004
Danby DCF1014WE 10 282 315 10% 8/12/2005
Danby DCF1024WE 10 282 315 10% 8/12/2005
Maytag MFC10***EW 10 282 315 10% 8/17/2005
Whirlpool EH101* 10 282 315 10% 7/9/2003
Woods C10**E 10 282 315 10% 1/2/2003
Woods C101*** 10 282 315 10% 12/22/2005
Woods C101**E 10 282 315 10% 8/17/2005
Crosley WCC12/E 12.2 298 352 15% 1/2/2003
Woods C12**E 12.2 298 352 15% 8/24/2004
Frigidaire GLFN1326GW* 12.9 326 364 10% 9/21/2007
Frigidaire LFFC1367FW* 12.9 326 364 10% 4/2/2007
Kenmore 14372 12.9 326 364 10% 1/24/2008
Kenmore 15302 12.9 326 364 10% 4/2/2007
Kenmore 16342 12.9 326 364 10% 8/17/2006
Kenmore 16352 12.9 326 364 10% 8/17/2006

Step #2: Brand Website (to see if they still support the listed unit)

So far, I’ve only been able to find the following models available and current:

Whilpool/W.C. Wood EH101*
http://www.wcwood.com/cgi-bin/displayproduct.pl?option=feature&model=EH101FXR

W.C. Wood (Woods) C1011*
http://www.wcwood.com/cgi-bin/ListModel.pl?loc=usa&prod=chest&model=C1011W3

Frigidaire GLFC1326F
http://www.frigidaire.com/products/freezers/chest_freezers/large/prod_GLFC1326F.asp

Kenmore 16342 and 16352 (both appear to be the same unit)
http://www.kenmore.com/shc/s/p_10154_12604_04616342000P?keyword=16342
http://www.kenmore.com/shc/s/p_10154_12604_04616352000P?keyword=16352

While the EnergyStar list is a good starting place, for some reason not all appliance manufacturers are listed.

Haier, for example has a 10.6 Cu/Ft unit that supposedly uses only 212 Kilwatt hours per year (less than every single one in the above table).

Haier HMCM106EA
http://www.haieramerica.com/en/product/HMCM106EA/specs

Step #3: Locate Retailers

I’m guessing that due to the weight and nature online (e-)retailers are reluctant to carry such a large item. I’ve started checking local stores.

Step #4: Enjoy the Additional Storage

I’ll update this post when I get here =)

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