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Whirlpool EH151FXTQ Freezer Review

Even cooling for a low price

June 10, 2014
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The Whirlpool EH151FXTQ (MSRP $529) chest freezer is an all-around good budget product. That said, it really shines in terms of steady, long-term cooling. That's a major factor in the fight against freezer burn, and the biggest reason—aside from low sale prices—to nab this product.

Temperature Performance

Cool and steady

Whirlpool EH151FXTQ Controls
These controls are quite difficult to turn—good if your freezer is in a high-traffic area. You'll need something flat like a coin to insert into the horizontal divot. View Larger

Between any two points inside this freezer, we measured an average deviation in temperature of about ±1.3ºF, which is pretty standard. What wasn’t standard was the deviation over time… or to be more accurate, the lack thereof. Temperatures only fluctuated about ±0.1ºF during the course of our 72-hour test, making this an incredibly consistent freezer.

Our biggest gripe with this Whirlpool has to do with temperature accuracy, and it's something you can easily fix. For our tests, we set the thermostat to the middle setting of 4. Average temperatures only got down to 3.1ºF—not cold enough. To correct this, simply make sure you turn down the control knob to a colder setting, say 5 or 6. If you really want to make sure, just turn it down all the way; there’s no such thing as “over freezing.”

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Freezing & Thawing

Slow and steady… finishes the race, at least

We weren’t blown away by the Whirlpool’s freezing times. To get from room temperature to 32ºF took one hour and 42 minutes, somewhat slower than average. It took over a day and a half—about 45 hours—to get down to 0ºF. That’s not great if you’re freezing sensitive meats, but then, you weren’t really going to put that filet Mignon in the freezer, were you?

Fortunately, this model does a great job retaining cold air. After 36 hours without power—and without opening the door, which you should never do in an outage if you want to make sure your food doesn’t thaw—it had only warmed up to a brisk 20ºF.

Storage Space

A big, chilly box

Chest freezers aren’t known for their accessibility, and this Whirlpool is no exception. It’s essentially a big pit into which you can drop your food. For what it’s worth, this model does come with two sliding buckets. They rest at the top of the freezer, and are great for storing soon-to-be-used items or smaller groceries that could slide down and get lost otherwise. All in all, we found that this chest freezer serves up 14.25 cubic feet of usable space—very close to the advertised amount of 14.8.

Whirlpool EH151FXTQ Interior
The two blue bins up top are all the organizational help you're going to get from this freezer. View Larger
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