Freezer Sales Are Heating Up

Freezer sales are heating up. No doubt, higher food prices could explain the jump, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

Consumer Reports just tested 21 freezers and found some are great deals and others aren't worth the money.

Colleen Bachmann's had her freezer for 15 years and says it saves her lots of money.

"You can buy a lot of stuff on sale and store it," said Bachmann.

Consumer Reports just tested freezers and says they don't look all that different.

There are still two types-uprights and chests.

To see how much energy they use, testers turn the room temperature up to 90 degrees.

Then they set the freezers to the optimum temperature for storing frozen food-zero degrees-and fill each freezer to capacity.

The $750 Haier freezer had some problems.

It couldn't quite make it to zero degrees in Consumer Reports' energy tests.

And even worse...

"We tested two of them and found they used much more energy than any of the other freezers we tested," said Cecilia Kuperszmid Lehrman of Consumer Reports.

Therefore, Consumer Reports says don't buy the Haier model HUF-138-EA.

Another test showed many of the manual-defrost upright freezers don't cool all that evenly.

"We found temperatures up to 19 degrees higher on the door shelves than in the rest of the freezer," said Lehrman.

But the self-defrosting uprights aced Consumer Reports' temperature tests.

The $600 Whirlpool EV161NZR is a best buy.

This Kenmore chest freezer is also a good choice at $280, though you have to defrost it.

Consumer Reports says chest freezers have advantages.

While you will have to manually defrost most of them, chest freezers cost less, use less energy, and stay colder longer in a power outage.

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