November 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm #256154KristyMember
I would really love to get a freezer in the near future, to store excess produce, store flour and brown rice in bulk, bake bread, cakes etc to freeze. At the moment I have the small top of the fridge freezer and no room for anything.
Do you have a stand alone freezer? Do you have chest or vertical and what are the pros and cons of each that you have found?
Thank you for your help 🙂November 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm #515219sue eMember
I had a chest freezer for years and although you could get a lot in it I never knew what was down the bottom( being the organized soul that i am-NOT) so when it died we got an upright one- it is the same size but you cant get as much in it but I KNOW WHATS IN THERE) so for me it works better. I like the draws that you can pull out and observe whats in there. I like how I can sort draws into categories- meat, frozen veges ice cream etc. But that’s just my opinion- others may be a bit better at keeping track of what they put in than than I. :shrug:November 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm #515220
depends on how tall you are and how your back is, when it comes to defrosting it lol
I had a chest freezer, but when defrosting, i had to nearly turn the thing on its side to wipe out the defrosted water down the bottom,
I will always go for upright now – especially one with drawers as opposed to shelves
but think of the defrosting of a chest freezerNovember 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm #515221BronMember
I have an upright, but would love a chest freezer (I’d love to convert one into a chest fridge), just because they are far more efficient.November 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm #515222GirlFridayMember
We have had both. The chest freezer is now in the kitchen downstairs- the upright is in the garage ready to be sold. I like the chest freezer better- harder to leave the door ajar and lose the entire contents of the freezer.November 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm #515223Lady BeeKeymaster
Have two chest freezers and a vertical. Am seriously wanting to dump the chest freezers and get another vertical in its place. There is just so much wasted space in the chest freezer, I can’t reach down the bottom, let alone know what’s down there and they’re a pain in the proverbial to defrost.November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm #515224
Lady B post=331256 wrote: Have two chest freezers and a vertical. Am seriously wanting to dump the chest freezers and get another vertical in its place. There is just so much wasted space in the chest freezer, I can’t reach down the bottom, let alone know what’s down there and they’re a pain in the proverbial to defrost.
especially when you’re only a littln to start with lol
like meNovember 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm #515225KristyMember
Wow I wasn’t expecting such a difference, I was expecting a lot more for vertical, but I can see a few in favour of chest freezers. Just from a quick look at the good guys and harvey I can see you get a lot more space for your money with a chest, then a vertical.
This looks good for the money- http://www.thegoodguys.com.au/mile_end/Westinghouse_180_litre_vertical_freezer_WFM1800WC
maybe something like this http://www.harveynorman.com.au/westinghouse-l-chest-freezer.html
Might measure tonight and see what space I have for either…November 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm #515226lynnieMember
I have a vertical freezer, used to have a chest freezer when was in UK… pain in the a$$ I gotta say, its a pain trying to get things out, you practically gotta unload the whole freezer to get something out at the bottom thas if you remember whats in the bottom….November 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm #515227GirlFridayMember
I use the not-so-green shopping bags to organise my chest freezer- ie one bag for frozen veges, one bag for bread and grain, one bag for milk. That way its all tidy, easy to access and I dont look like a duck (head down bum up) in the freezer when I am looking for something for dinner.November 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm #515228GgangMember
upright freezers use a LOT more power 👿 IMHO they should be phased out
we even have a chest fridge ……… depends on whether you care more about convenience or doing the right thing for the planetNovember 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm #515229
and some of us are just too tiny for a chest freezer :shrug:
I had to nearly up end my old one, to clean it – that in itself is dangerous – if it fell
very precarious balancing act that was :blink: :ohmy:
plus there are people out there with spinal and other mobility problems, that would make it very hard to clean out – and not to mention getting things from the bottomNovember 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm #515230AndreKeymaster
Not had much experience with chest freezers or fridges, my pragmatic mind -along with the fact I’m tall – says that the hassles incurred with the chest would be offset with the savings in power/energy. I will be on stand-alone solar, so will need to ensure minimal power useage.
Obviously, those with a smaller frame, and/or on mains power would have their own considerations to take into account. 🙂
I will also be converting a chest freezer to a fridge.
:whistle:November 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm #515231AshramMember
I have a chest freezer and I find it much more efficient (you don’t spill all the cold air onto the floor when you open it). I have arranged everything in it in baskets so it is easy to get to what you want.
I have yet to put a power consumption meter on it to see if buying in bulk is actually saving me money, or if I just spend what I save on electricity.November 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm #515232
actually what I do, is once a week, I get stuff from my vertical, enough for the week, and put it in the top of the fridge one – that includes stuff for the furries, – but I am not a 3/4/5 person family either – which would make a difference
mind you, when time comes to buy a new one, I will be looking at a draw vertical freezer as opposed to a shelf vertical freezer – does that make sense lol – having seen them, it does to me 🙂
because apparently, they don’t let out as much of the cold air, also heard that when buying a vertical, to get one that is not frost free, ie you still need to defrost it, got told they don’t use as much power as the frost free ones – which makes sense :tup:
just another couple of thoughts to put into the mix – especially if you are only one person
just depends on your height LOL
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