Pros / Amana’s compact freezer keeps food frozen without loud compressor noises.
Cons / There is no door lock included on this unit.
Verdict / Amana offers a small chest freezer that uses a relatively low amount of energy annually and produces very little sound when the compressor kicks on. However, the freezer does not include a compartment divider or door lock.
Amana has been creating quality appliances for years, and the manufacturer’s AQC0501DRW chest freezer proves to be a great buy for anyone looking for extra food storage space. The compact unit can fit a large surplus of frozen food while taking up very little space in your home. This small deep freezer is also efficient and quiet, according to customers who are satisfied with their purchase.
Although the unit comes with a storage basket, that is the extent of the freezer’s ability to help you organize your frozen foods. No divider, though, means more open storage space. This compact freezer also includes helpful features such as adjustable legs, which aid in air circulation, and a light to indicate when the unit is operating.
It’s for these reasons and more we have named Amana’s chest freezer as the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner.
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Energy Cost & Efficiency
As with any appliance, one of the most important factors when purchasing a freezer is determining how much energy the unit will cost you in the end. Amana’s small chest freezer is Energy Star compliant, meaning it meets energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is more energy efficient than appliances without the stamp of approval.
According to Amana, this chest freezer consumes 215 average kWh per year – that’s an annual cost of $26, or $2.17 per month. In fact, this freezer costs you less than a traditional drip coffeemaker, which averages 282 kWh annually, according to the United States federal energy use calculator.
So, if you want to take advantage of a big sale on meat or produce or you prefer to buy in bulk, this is the best chest freezer for you. It’s designed well for small families who need to save space and money.
To ensure your freezer operates at peak efficiency, manufacturers suggest keeping your chest freezer in a temperature-controlled spot that is between 32 degrees and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. So, if you live in a cold climate, such as the northwest United States, you probably should keep the freezer indoors.
Capacity & Temperature
Small deep freezers like this Amana unit make it easy to fit different-shaped food items because there are no shelves to get in the way. When we tested the unit's capacity with pint-sized containers, we found that we were able to squeeze in more than 300 pints of ice cream – that’s nearly 5,000 ounces of ice cream. Amana’s chest freezer gets down to about -8 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more than cold enough to store your frozen foods safely since storing food at 0 degrees Fahrenheit inhibits bacteria growth.
If you’re worried whether this freezer will fit, you'll want to measure the intended space carefully, and not just for the size of the chest freezer, but also a few extra inches for the top, so you have adequate clearance when you open the freezer door. The lid on Amana’s chest freezer needs a clearance of 62.5 inches to open a full 90 degrees. You also need to make sure you leave at least three inches of space along the sides and back of the freezer to ensure proper air circulation, which helps your freezer work more efficiently.
Without adequate space, the compressor works harder and turns on more often, which could reduce the efficiency and the life of your freezer. Another design element that keeps your freezer working properly is the manual defrost. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a small chest freezer with an automatic defrost function anyway.
A one-year warranty is common with small appliances such as chest freezers. The manufacturer offers a limited guarantee against defective parts only. The features that are included on this Amana compact deep freezer include a power-on indicator, a compressor light, adjustable legs, a storage basket and a drain.
The lights are extremely useful on this unit, because they indicate whether your unit is working properly – if the top light is glowing, your freezer is receiving power, and if the bottom light is lit, then the compressor is running. The adjustable legs help you get your freezer level so the coolant is sitting in just the right spot. Although this freezer only includes a single storage basket, you can buy more to help you organize your frozen foods. A drain is important and helps make defrosting your chest freezer easier.
Amana has created a solid small deep freezer that can provide more than adequate space for a surplus of frozen food. Its powerful compressor keeps food well preserved and frozen until you're ready to use it. The unit comes equipped with several features and an Energy Star rating that ensures energy efficiency, so you won’t pay a fortune more to save on grocery bills.