Whirlpool EV200NZBQ Freezer Review
Extra food space, extra floor space
For those who simply can’t accommodate a bulky chest freezer but want as much space as possible to store frozen food, the 20-cubic-foot Whirlpool EV200NZBQ (MSRP $829) is the appliance you’ve been searching for.
It’s roomier than many average-sized chest freezers, and—unlike some other uprights—buying it won’t empty your wallet. Not only that, it only takes up about half as much floor space as a comparably sized chest freezer, and numerous shelves help keep your food organized and accessible.
Design & Features
A dimensional upgrade
The EV200 is identical in almost every way to its smaller counterpart, the EV160NZTQ… except, of course, that it’s bigger in every direction.
The white-textured finish, lack of a door lock, and interior light are all the same. They’ve even got the same layout, with wire shelves in the main section and a “gated” area on the bottom for storing large, bulky items.
The biggest differences—there are really only two—include the number of shelves and where you can put them. Whirlpool’s EV200 gets an extra shelf in both the main section and on the door, bringing the total to 11 compared to the EV160’s nine.
What’s more, the main section in the EV200 lets you customize the shelf heights. You don’t get that option in the smaller model, or in most upright freezers for that matter.
Lots of room, but very accessible
One of the biggest complaints regarding chest freezers pertains to how difficult it can be to get at the frozen food inside. Interior shelves found in uprights make it easier to find food, but come at the cost of reduced storage. The layout of the EV200 solves both problems.
Frozen meat and fish should always be easy to reach due to the large number of shelves, while the increased size of the freezer means it can still hold as much as the more open chest freezer models.
Features cover all the basics, and then some. The controls use the same 1-6 scale as the EV160 (with the 1 and 6 represented by small and larger snowflakes, respectively). There’s also an igloo symbol that represents a fast freeze, useful when you need to chill a large quantity of food quickly. Like the 160, it's also frost-free.
Could be cooler
The increase in size over the EV160 came with a small reduction in performance. Yes, temperatures are still consistent over time, and room-temperature food freezes quite quickly.
Unfortunately, we measured average temperatures of 1.2ºF, which are not quite as cold as they should be. There was also a slightly wider temperature gap between different points in the freezer. Fluctuations in temperature over time is what causes freezer burn.
Simply turning down the thermostat can combat these few failings, however. We had it set to 4 for our tests, so we'd recommend turning it down to 5 or 6. It might cost you a little more in energy, but it'll let you store your frozen food for longer.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page
A Big Chill
More storage for tighter quarters
With tons of space and the added bonus of a user-friendly experience, Whirlpool’s EV200NZBQ is a great deal for folks who need storage but lack floor space.
The drawbacks include minor temperature fluctuations over time and a high price tag. It's more expensive than most chest freezers, and even on sale it will cost at least $700. But if you need to freeze in a smaller footprint, it's worth checking out.
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