Differences between Freezers

Freezing has always been regarded as an excellent way to preserve ingredients and foods for an extended period of time. Because of this, they have become a staple of modern households, and these days there are many freezer models that homeowners can choose from.

Although nearly all newer models of refrigerators have an integrated freezer, there are still units which are entirely separate. Deep freezers or upright freezers stand away from the conventional fridge freezers and operate independently allowing homes to store much more. our Adelaide Appliance Gallery has a range of freezers on display to help you decide which freezer is right for you and your home.


Fridge freezers are typically constrained when it comes to volume, due to the refrigerator having to fit two units. As a general rule of thumb, freezers range from 2 cubic feet of storage capabilities to up to 10 cubic feet for those higher-end and larger models.

By contrast, separate freezers don’t follow such restrictions, ranging from 5 to 25 cubic feet of storage capacity. Of course, they can be even larger, but ultimately walk-in freezers with more significant proportions are designed for industrial or commercial businesses that need them. We have a range of freezers on display in our Adelaide Gallery Showroom to help you decide on the best size for you.

Energy Efficiency

It may surprise you to find out that stand-alone freezers are more energy-efficient. This is generally because these freezers are not opened as often as conventional fridge freezers. In comparison, every time a freezer is opened, the cold air will escape, causing the energy use to go up substantially. An alternative is to choose a chest-style freezer which has the door on top of the unit. Because of the layout, less cold air will spill out once the door is opened, saving both the environment and your electricity bill.

When it comes to calculating running costs, you will need to pick a freezer that matches your unique and individual needs. For example, if you have a freezer that is only half-full, you will needlessly consume as much energy as when the freezer would be full. That’s why understanding Energy-Star certification is vital to ensure the best energy efficiency for your home.


Self-defrosting freezers are widely available, with the minor exception of low-end models which don’t have this feature. Chest freezers and deep freezers are typically available as self-defrosting or standard models, and this is reflected in the price tags as well.

For example, should you own a home in a humid environment and climate, there is a chance that you’ll be opening the fridge door more often –getting cold water or keeping your fruit and vegetables in the fridge for added freshness. So opting for a self-defrosting freezer may be justified. A chest freezer will also require substantially less defrosting than an upright model.

Operating Temperature

Once upon a time, refrigerators were solely equipped with one temperature control unit. This meant that the thermostat that controlled the refrigerator compartment and kept it cold would set the temperature in the freezer. Of course, there were many limitations to this, including the fact that freezers could not go below 10 degrees; otherwise, your fridge food might get a severe case of frostbite.

By comparison, today’s models have separate control units for either the fridge or the freezer compartment. In other words, you can keep the freezer at a temperature of below 0 or less, regardless of what setting you have applied for the fridge. Wish we could say the same for stand-alone freezers, but unfortunately, they no longer have this option.

Here at Adelaide Appliance Gallery we have a full range of fridge freezers and deep freezers on display and are happy to walk you through the features and benefits. Visit our Payneham Road showroom today.