Pros / This is the most cost-effective chest freezer in the lineup.
Cons / Avanti’s compact chest freezer does not include adjustable legs.
Verdict / This small deep freezer from Avanti uses far fewer kilowatt-hours than other freezers on our lineup, meaning it will cost you less every year to operate. It does not include added features such as adjustable legs and a door lock though.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Avanti has been developing top-of-the-line appliances for decades, and its CF1526E compact chest freezer proves to be the most energy efficient model compared to all of the other freezers on our lineup. Not only will this unit cost you less each year to operate than the other small deep freezers we evaluated, the Energy Star rating means you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Although this isn’t the biggest freezer on our list, its roomy 5.2 cubic feet can fit plenty of food for your small family, so you can save money by buying in bulk more often. It also includes extras like a removable storage basket and two lights – one to let you know the power is on and another to let you know when the compressor cycles on.
This freezer gives you more bang for your buck, and that’s why we consider it the best chest freezer available, earning our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
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Energy Cost & Efficiency
When you compare the energy efficiency of Avanti’s small chest freezer with the others on this lineup, the Avanti surpasses them all. At only 198 kWh per year, that’s an average of $25 extra you’ll pay annually, or $2.08 every month, to store a lot more frozen food.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), products that have earned Energy Star certification can save you energy and money. The Energy Star rating on this unit means you can trust the energy guide’s claim more readily than non-certified products, because the program ensures that all products are tested and certified by a third-party company. Products with this stamp of approval are also subject to random “off-the-shelf” tests to guarantee they are as efficient as reported. Appliances that have the Energy Star seal are generally 10 to 30 percent more efficient than their non-certified counterparts. The government reported in 2013 that a U.S. residential home used, on average, 909 kWh per month.
Capacity & Temperature
Most small deep freezers that hover around the 5 cubic feet size hold a decent amount of frozen food, and depending on the type and size of the unit, you can fit more or less in the freezer. Because it’s a chest freezer, you won’t have a lot of shelves or baskets wasting space, which means more room for your food.
At 5.2 cubic feet, this chest freezer can fit more than 300 pints of ice cream in it. Generally speaking, you have a big rectangular box to fill with misshapen cuts of meat, frozen pizzas or bags of frozen vegetables, if you choose. The Avanti is considered a compact deep freezer, so it’s ideally meant for two people; however, it really depends on what you plan to store in the freezer, so this freezer could easily be used for a small family.
Although the Avanti freezer’s temperature only ranges from 5 to -5 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s more than sufficient to keep your foods frozen well below zero, which is vital for food safety – freezing to 0 degrees Fahrenheit inactivates bacteria that could be harmful and possibly cause foodborne illnesses.
It’s important to choose the spot for your new freezer carefully, because you need to ensure you have enough space to open the freezer lid. Although leaving a space of five inches around the freezer's back and sides is only a manufacturer’s suggestion, it’s one you should consider, because it helps your chest freezer perform more efficiently.
As with all of the chest freezers listed on our lineup, the Avanti includes a limited one-year warranty that covers any defective parts, so keep a close eye on your freezer before that first year passes. The Avanti compact freezer includes a light that glows to let you know when it’s on and a light to indicate when the compressor has turned on.
One of the benefits of using a chest freezer versus an upright one is that you have more space to store food, and because the freezer lies horizontally, you won’t have food falling out when you open the door. However, organization in a chest freezer may present a challenge.
The Avanti freezer includes a single removable storage basket that can help keep smaller items gathered in one spot. The drain makes defrosting this freezer much easier, because you don’t have to bend down to scoop out residual water. You do, however, need to make sure you choose a level surface for this freezer, because it doesn’t have adjustable legs and sits flat.
When you’re in need of extra space for all of your frozen foods, this Avanti chest freezer scores well on the most important point: energy consumption. The lower the kilowatt-hours means the less energy your appliance uses, which means paying less to operate the freezer. The Energy Star rating gives you peace of mind and helps you reduce your carbon footprint, which helps the entire environment.