Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW Freezer Review
A freezer that does its job, and does it well.
The Cold Hard Facts
Occasionally, a freezer's manufacturer-recommended settings run a bit too warm. In the case of the Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW (MSRP $799), however, following instructions turned out just right.
The Frigidaire’s biggest strength lies in its ability to cool consistently over both time and space. On average, temperatures hovered around -3.3°F throughout the compartment, which is ideal—there’s nothing wrong with cooling food below 0°F.
Our sensors recorded minimum and maximum temperatures running from -7.7°F all the way up to 2.8°F, but despite the occasional warm spike—most likely due to the automatic defrost—most of the time this Frigidaire was cooled below 0ºF. For truly optimal performance, you could turn the thermostat down a notch or so, but it’s not necessary in this case.
The FFFH17F2QW is also very consistent. On average, we noticed a fluctuation of just ±0.7°F, with only a roughly ±1°F difference between any two points inside the freezer at a given moment. That means this model is cooling consistently throughout, so your food should be fine no matter what shelf it goes on.
Freezing & Thawing
Not only does the FFFH17F2QW cool food consistently, it also cools food quickly. Our labs are carefully climate controlled, and it only took 90 minutes for our room-temperature sensors to reach 32°F, and just over 8 and a half hours to reach a flat 0°F.
To simulate a power outage, we simply unplug the freezer and leave it alone. After 36 hours pass, we extract our sensors to collect test data. At the end of that time period, temperatures inside the Frigidaire had warmed up to 29.9°F.
While the storage spaces inside the Frigidaire may not be terribly customizable, they are ample. 10 shelves total—five in the main section, five on the door—provide you with 14.92 usable cubic feet of space. That’s pretty close to the advertised 16.6 cubic feet, enough that we feel you’re getting your money’s worth with this model.
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