Pros / This freezer is equipped with a safety door lock.

Cons / You will pay a small amount more to operate this chest freezer annually.

 Verdict / This freezer offers a roomy interior, easy to use controls and a door lock for safety's sake.

Thomas Edison and the owner of another electric company became partners in 1892 when their two firms became General Electric Company. Since then, the company with the shortened GE name has become known worldwide for a variety of things, including products for the home. The GE FCM5SHWW small chest freezer is one of hundreds of home appliances the firm manufacturers. Compact, but still big enough to hold plenty of frozen foods, this deep chest freezer would be a useful addition to many apartments, condominiums or homes with small families.

This freezer consumes an average of 218-kilowatt hours per year while it runs. That translates into an average cost of $26 per year. With an interior space of 5 cubic feet, that means it costs approximately $5.20 per cubic foot to operate. When you buy this small deep freezer, you are not getting an Energy Star compliant appliance. However, with an estimated average electric bill of $2.16, this freezer offers a reasonable level of energy consumption when viewed with its capacity and features.

The 5 cubic foot interior is capable of holding 308 pints of ice cream, according to our testing. You will no doubt be buying other things besides ice cream to fill it and this GE compact freezer can handle the load of boxed pizzas, bags of frozen vegetables, meats, desserts and other items that you want to keep on hand. The typical freezer compartment in refrigerators often does not do the job, so a chest freezer is a useful appliance that lets you take advantage of grocery sales, a bountiful garden and other stock-up opportunities.

This freezer measures 33.5 inches high, 29 inches wide and 21 inches deep. With the lid open, it is 53 inches high. At a mere 70 pounds, this is the lightest chest freezer in our product line-up. You will need to have at least 3 inches of space on either side and also in the back to offer adequate air clearance for this small deep freezer to run at its peak efficiency.

One highly useful feature on this small deep freezer is its key ejecting safety lock, which protect children from the danger of being trapped inside since children are naturally curious and might want to poke around in a freezer. This exceptional feature ensures that no one other than the people you choose can open the freezer because the lock is designed to push the key out so it cannot stay in the open or closed position, but must be removed. This will no doubt offer you considerable peace of mind.

The GE FCM5SHWW also displays a power on light so you know if your freezer is working and, perhaps more importantly, if it is not for some reason. You also get a removable storage basket inside so you can separate some items that you need more frequently and keep them handy as well as take the basket out for cleaning.
Speaking of cleaning, a drain at bottom front of the appliance makes that task much simpler. Missing from this otherwise well-designed freezer are adjustable legs.

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  • Capacity
  • Measured Capacity
  1. The quantity or space of the freezer, expressed in cubic feet.
    Higher is better.
  2. 9  GE
    5.0 Cubic Feet
  3. 1  Avanti
    5.2 Cubic Feet
  4. 2  Amana
    5.3 Cubic Feet
  5. 3  Danby
    5.5 Cubic Feet
  6. Category Average
    5.31 Cubic Feet


You will pay somewhat more each year to operate the GE FCM5SHWW than our higher ranked chest freezers, but not enough to break the budget in most households. It is equipped with plenty of helpful features – especially a safety lock for the door – and offers ample storage space.

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Power On Indicator
Door Lock
Removable Storage Basket