Frigidaire FFFC09M1QW Freezer Review
This compact and affordable chest freezer is the perfect size for smaller households.
The Cold Hard Facts
While not flawless, the Frigidaire FFFC09M1QW (MSRP $599) chills its interior consistently over time and with excellent energy efficiency.
We placed temperature sensors throughout the interior of our tested freezers, recording from multiple depths and at different corners. The average temperature inside this Frigidaire was recorded at 1.4°F, which isn’t quite as cool as we’d like—though it comes pretty darn close. Turn the thermostat down a couple of notches for optimal chilling performance.
We also measured temperature deviation over time and space. The difference in degrees from any two points was about ±2°F. While we’d have liked a more uniformly chilled interior, shifts over time only measured about ±0.4°F.
This means that, even though not every point in the freezer was chilled equally, temperatures aren’t shifting radically from day to day—arguably the biggest advantage when staving off freezer burn.
Freezing & Thawing
The results of our freezing test were somewhat lackluster. It took our room-temperature materials 1 hour and 46 minutes to reach 32°F, and a total of almost 42 hours to get down to 0°F. If you’re planning to stock up on something, we’d recommend hardier cuts of meat like hamburger or pork chops as opposed to more delicate cuts such as salmon filets.
Fortunately, the Frigidaire did a great job retaining its cold air. After 36 hours without power, it had only thawed back up to 28.1°F. That’s still plenty cold enough that you could easily refreeze most items.
When measuring internal storage, we remove all buckets and dividers as those organization tools are really used at your discretion. For the FFFC09M1QW, this meant only removing a single plastic bin. As such, we found that the Frigidaire chest freezer could hold about 8.69-cu.-ft.-worth of food, very close to the advertised 9.05.
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