Frigidaire FFU17F2PT Freezer Review
A solid freezer in a pretty package.
Our tests prove that the Frigidaire FFU17F2PT (MSRP $799) serves up more than just good looks. Particularly impressive was its rapid freezing time, a boon to consumers who care about how their food tastes when it thaws.
Smooth and steady
Over the course of 72 hours, we found our test materials had an average internal temperature of 0.7ºF. That’s almost right on the money, an impressive feat for a product using a nebulous control scale. An average fluctuation of about ±0.9ºF means that nearly-perfect average temperature won’t be deviating all that much.
Spatial deviation could be better, with an average gap of about 2 degrees from top to bottom. It could be better, but as long as you keep the whole space cold enough, it shouldn’t be a problem. Turn the thermostat down a notch or two, and you’ll be just fine.
Freezing & Thawing
Fast as a speeding freezer
Perhaps the most impressive performance to come out of this Frigidaire was it rapid freezing time. Room-temperature test materials cooled down to 32ºF in a mere 80 minutes—definitely faster than average. It got down to 0ºF in just over half a day—only 13.5 hours. That's fantastic.
Unfortunately, this is not a freezer you’d want to rely on in a crisis. Most products we test can retain cold air for 36 hours without power, usually more than enough time for repair workers to resolve any outages. This Frigidaire had thawed up to 45.1ºF— well beyond the threshold for safe food preservation. If you live where hurricanes like to land, you might want to give this one a pass.
Immobile but roomy
The storage space inside this upright freezer may not be flexible, but it is pretty ample. Five shelves on both the door and in the main compartment give you plenty of easily organized storage options. The space between shelves gives you enough room to fit large, bulky items without being so tall as to create the leaning tower of frozen spinach. In total, you’ve got 14.9 usable cubic feet at your disposal.
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