Frigidaire FFFH21F6QW Freezer Review
This upright encourages a hands-on experience.
The Cold Hard Facts
The chilling performance of the Frigidaire FFFH21F6QW (MSRP $1,099) was so uniformly consistent that we really don’t have anything negative to say about it. If you’re in the market for an upright freezer, our tests show that you can’t do much better than this one—as long as you don’t live in an area with frequent power outages.
Overall averages inside the freezer were quite chilly—about -1.2°F, to be precise. That was with the external thermostat set to 0°F, and we’re certainly not complaining about the excess chill.
However, average temperatures are only half of the story. We also measure consistency of temperature both over time, as well as from one internal point to another. This Frigidaire aced both tests: Temporal deviations averaged just ±0.9°F over 72 hours, while spatial deviations were even more consistent at just ±0.6°F from the warmest to the coolest spot.
Freezing & Thawing
Freezing times were suitably brisk inside this model. Carefully monitored room-temperature test materials were cooled down to 32°F in about 1 hour and 20 minutes, slightly faster than average. It also took just under 11 and a half hours for our sensors to reach 0°F.
The one downside to this model was its performance relating to our simulated power outage. We unplug each freezer for 36 hours, leaving it along without opening the door for that time. At the end of our test, sensors recorded a maximum internal food temperature of 33.3°F. While that’s not very much warmer than freezing, most units don’t even break 30°F, meaning the insulation in this model has some room for improvement.
The presence of shelves and drawers mean upright freezers tend to have less usable space available compared to chest-style units, but it also means food is less easily lost in a chilly void.
Frigidaire’s FFFH21F6QW has plenty of adjustable shelves and sliding drawers at your disposal, as well as ample space on the door for keeping track of smaller items. In total, our practical measurements indicate that you get 16.44 usable cubic feet of space with this model.
That may not seem like much compared to the advertised total of 20.4 cubic feet, but compared to other uprights, it’s about average.
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