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GE FUF14SVRWW Freezer Review

Fundamental freezing

$679.00 MSRP
9.9 score Tested by Experts
  • The GE FUF14SVRWW is better than 88% of the freezers we tested.
  • It is better than 100% of the freezers we have tested under $700.
  • It is better than 80% of the upright freezers we have tested.
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Given how few features and perks are found in the GE FUF14SVRWW (MSRP $679), it might strike you as overpriced. If you want fancy features or customizable storage, you’d be right. That said, the basic freezing performance of this GE was undeniably some of the best we’ve seen. If your biggest goal is to get your food cold quickly and keep it that way, then spending a little extra on this GE is the way to go. Wait for a sale, and you might get it for as low as $530.

Design & Features

GE FUF14SVRWW Upright Freezer
This unassuming little freezer is a powerhouse of performance. View Larger

Just wire, plastic, and cold air

This 13.7-cubic-foot freezer is about as basic as it gets in terms of design. The white textured finish on the outside is good for hiding dust and smudges, while the smooth plastic handle is comfortable to grip, even though it does feel a bit cheap.

Don’t be fooled by the simple appearance, though: This is an auto-defrost freezer, which makes life easier.

A door lock is always good to have, especially if the freezer is going into a household with small children or spouses who forget to close doors behind them. The interior light is also a nice touch.

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Usability

Low tech

This GE is definitely designed for basic freezing. Three wire shelves and a sliding bucket on the bottom make up the primary storage locations, and none of them are adjustable. Door shelves are fixed in place, as well. If you want to buy 70 different kinds of frozen vegetables, some of them will probably get lost; if you’re planning to get a stack of 16 packages of chicken breast, pile ‘em up and be on your way—just make sure they don’t fall over when you open the door.

GE FUF14SVRWW Interior
There's no internal customization, but this freezer can handle lots of food nevertheless. View Larger

The thermostat uses a 0-7 scale—standard for mid- to low-cost freezers—but having it on the outside is a nice perk. If you need to make an adjustment, you won't lose any cold air, especially important since this upright lacks a quick chill feature.

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Performance

GE FUF14SVRWW Controls
Having the controls on the outside is a nice touch. View Larger

Remarkably consistent

The biggest reason to choose this GE upright? Fundamental performance excellence. When it comes to bringing temperatures down and keeping them that way, this freezer didn’t pull any punches in our tests.

Our one suggestion would be to turn the thermostat down to 5 or 6; we had it set to 4, at which point temperatures averaged 0.1ºF. That’s fantastic in and of itself, especially since temperatures barely shifted over time. Still, it's best to make every effort to temperatures below 0ºF to minimize freezer burn.

A Freezer for Purists

Big, open, chilly spaces

To reiterate, the GE FUF14SVRWW is not a fancy freezer. It lacks customizability and doesn't have much going for it in the looks department. That said, the fixed shelves and excellent freezing performance of this upright make it ideal for consumers looking to store large quantities (or slabs) of meat but don’t have the floor space for a chest freezer—or the time to defrost one. With most retailers selling it for around $600, it’s definitely a fantastic bargain.

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