Sure, the space-to-dollar ratio may not be as great as in a cavernous chest freezer, but all those space-consuming shelves make storage more practical by keeping food front and center. If you find yourself opening your freezer more than once a month, this Frigidaire is ideal for easy access.
Even better is the fact that this Frigidaire’s chilling performance was highly consistent, which means all the food you store in here should be safe from freezer burn.
The chilling performance of the Frigidaire FFFH21F6QW (MSRP $1,099) was so uniformly consistent that we really don’t have anything negative to say about it. If you’re in the market for an upright freezer, our tests show that you can’t do much better than this one—as long as you don’t live in an area with frequent power outages.
Big and tall
Even though the FFFH21F6QW is nearly identical to the Kenmore Elite 27003, it’s only available in glossy white—no stainless option for the Frigidaire here.
Only the smooth plastic handle and a small touch-screen control panel break up the door’s broad white expanse. The presence of a degree-based thermostat is always a welcome feature.
Inside, you’ve got a complement of four adjustable and four sliding drawers. The storage flexibility is great, and there are just enough shelves that no one area should get bogged down by too much food.
The sliding tray is ideal for boxed items like pizza or vegetables. Snap-on, color-coded handles can be used to designate drawers as the meat or fish areas, for instance.
Even door storage is adaptable, with three adjustable half-width buckets in addition to full-width fixed shelves. The Soft Freeze Zone is great for storing ice cream or meat that you intend to defrost later in the week.
Overall averages inside the freezer were quite chilly—about -1.2°F, to be precise. That was with the external thermostat set to 0°F, and we’re certainly not complaining about the excess chill.
However, average temperatures are only half of the story. We also measure consistency of temperature both over time, as well as from one internal point to another. This Frigidaire aced both tests: Temporal deviations averaged just ±0.9°F over 72 hours, while spatial deviations were even more consistent at just ±0.6°F from the warmest to the coolest spot.
Mr. Freeze would blush
When it comes to consistent freezing, this Frigidaire positively nailed it. Temperatures were perfectly cold, hovering around -1.2°F on average. Deviation over both time and space was less than one degree, which means every shelf, drawer, and distant corner inside the freezer stays cold enough to combat freezer burn.
While freezers tend to be pretty basic, there are a few features to be found on this model. In addition to the traditional door lock, the exterior control panel lets you power down the freezer without unplugging it—great for when you go on vacation. It also lets you activate Quick Freeze, a setting useful for when you’re loading the freezer with lots of freshly-purchased food that needs to… well, freeze quickly.
Perhaps the most convenient aspect to this upright freezer is its frost free design. That means no defrosting, no towels and buckets of warm water—you can just leave this freezer alone to do its thing.
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Freezing times were suitably brisk inside this model. Carefully monitored room-temperature test materials were cooled down to 32°F in about 1 hour and 20 minutes, slightly faster than average. It also took just under 11 and a half hours for our sensors to reach 0°F.
The one downside to this model was its performance relating to our simulated power outage. We unplug each freezer for 36 hours, leaving it along without opening the door for that time. At the end of our test, sensors recorded a maximum internal food temperature of 33.3°F. While that’s not very much warmer than freezing, most units don’t even break 30°F, meaning the insulation in this model has some room for improvement.
Frigidaire provides one-year parts and labor coverage for this upright freezer, which is standard for the industry.
The presence of shelves and drawers mean upright freezers tend to have less usable space available compared to chest-style units, but it also means food is less easily lost in a chilly void.
Frigidaire’s FFFH21F6QW has plenty of adjustable shelves and sliding drawers at your disposal, as well as ample space on the door for keeping track of smaller items. In total, our practical measurements indicate that you get 16.44 usable cubic feet of space with this model.
That may not seem like much compared to the advertised total of 20.4 cubic feet, but compared to other uprights, it’s about average.
A favorite for frozen food fans
With retailers offering the sizable Frigidaire FFFH21F6QW for just under $900, it’s a great pick for families that use freezers for short-term storage.
Excellent, consistent chilling is bolstered by a stylish and flexible interior. A frost-free design is the icing on a very cold cake, and one that we encourage consumers to get a slice of—especially if it goes on sale.
Meet the tester
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Matthew is a native of Brockton, MA and a graduate of Northeastern, where he earned a degree in English and Theatre. He has also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and spends most of his free time pursuing a performance career in the greater Boston area.
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