Frigidaire FFFC16M5QW Freezer Review
Nice and chilly—but with a few warm spots.
The Cold Hard Facts
Unlike many of the freezers we test, the Frigidaire FFFC16M5QW (MSRP $649) actually maintained chilly temperatures on average when set to the recommended level. However, our tests revealed this affordable ice box was unable to maintain this temperature evenly over time or throughout the interior. Combine those two issues, and you have reason for concern.
The overall average temperature inside this Frigidaire was a brisk -6.4°F. That’s excellent, and more than cold enough to preserve your food effectively... or at least, it would be if the freezer was able to maintain it.
We recorded a range of temperatures running the gamut from -16.5°F at the bottom all the way up to 8.7°F at the top.
At the bottom, a total temperature fluctuation of ±5.2°F over 72 hours won't matter—temps still stayed very cold. However, up top, it pushes temperatures north of 0ºF—and that's what causes freezer burn.
True, the freezer is quite large, and it’s a lot of space to evenly cool. Nevertheless, we’ve got to call out this model on its lack of consistent chilling, which could lead to freezer burn.
Freezing & Thawing
Average freezing times weren’t quite as rapid as we’ve seen in other models. Room temperature items were chilled down to 32°F in roughly 2 hours and 42 minutes. It also took nearly 45 hours to fully freeze an item down to 0°F—not very quick at all.
Fortunately, Frigidaire’s ArcticLock insulation did a great job hanging onto that cold air. To simulate a power outage, we unplug the freezer and let it sit for 36 hours without opening the door. After that time, temperatures had only risen to 26.2°F on average—still thoroughly frozen.
With no internal features and just one optional sliding bucket, measuring the usable storage space in this model was a snap. Taking into account the small shelf on the bottom that blocks off the compressor, we determined that you could comfortable fit 15.04 cu. ft. of groceries inside this freezer.
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