What we must take into account according to the OCU when buying a freezer

Currently in many homes the freezer has become an essential appliance that contributes to good daily house management. Thus, it allows better planning of food purchases and weekly menus or its use also avoids wasting food. In this sense, It may happen that the freezer space in our freezer refrigerator has become too small and we consider purchasing a separate freezer to have more freezing capacity. Now, what should we take into account when buying it? Is a vertical or horizontal model convenient for us? How will it affect our electricity bill? The OCU It provides us with the answer to these questions and advises what we should consider when choosing the model of our freezer.

What we must take into account according to the OCU when buying a freezer

Chest or upright freezer?

The first question to resolve before proceeding with the decision is whether an upright freezer or a chest is better for us. For it, We must take into account a first important element: what space do we have?. If we do not have much, according to the OCU report, we should opt for a vertical refrigerator because it takes up less space than the chest and they usually have dimensions similar to those of a combi refrigerator, although there are also lower models. In this way, the appearance of an upright freezer is very similar to that of refrigerators, usually with a front door and its interior divided into drawers. And, in addition to the issue of taking up less space, other advantages that the OCU highlights for opting for this type of model is that, having drawers inside, it is easier to organize the food that is frozen, as well as clean it. On the other hand, it is also noted that upright freezers usually have a quick freeze function which allows drinks to be cooled, for example, much faster. In contrast to this type of freezer is that its capacity is usually less than that of a chest freezer. And it is that this, its greater capacity, is the strong point of the chests that are characterized by having a door at the top and an interior without divisions. But, as we have mentioned before, it is necessary to have enough space since its dimensions are usually between 100 and 140 cm wide by a maximum height of 90 cm. What’s more, A disadvantage of chest freezers is their limited freezing capacity as they cannot freeze many fresh products at the same time.

What we must take into account according to the OCU when buying a freezer

Other issues to assess

Once we have decided on the freezer model that best suits us, there are other issues that we must take into account to finish deciding our purchase:

  • For a better internal organization, If we opt for a chest, it will be good if it has internal lighting to better see its contents. OR, in the case of vertical ones, that the drawers are made of transparent plastic which facilitates the storage of food and its location.
  • Another aspect to take into account is that the control panel is clear and accessible, that is, it is outside to avoid having to open the freezer to make panel changes. In addition, it is also recommended that you mark the freezer degrees and that you have a good digital thermostat to be able to choose the precise temperature.
  • The alarm is also a key element for the OCU in freezers since it fulfills the function of notifying us in case the power supply is interrupted or we have left the door improperly closed.
  • They also advise us choose a freezer model with No Frost system (no frost) because they are more efficient and make defrosting easier. Y better if the drain hole is in the front for when we want to defrost the freezer.
  • By last, Another important point is the energy classification of the appliance. As explained by the Organization of Consumers and Users, the classification of this type of products has been modified recently, going from the A +++ – G scale to the A – G scale and as they are a type of appliance that is practically always plugged in, it is important to make sure your energy rating is as efficient as possible.