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Whirlpool WZF56R16DW review

The Whirlpool WZF56R16DW is a relatively compact 15.7-cubic-foot upright freezer with some nice temperature control features.

Whirlpool WZF56R16DW review
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Our Verdict

The Whirlpool WZF56R16DW is a good compact freezer, but you may need something bigger for family homes.

For

  • Affordable

Against

  • No reversible door
  • Not Energy Star certified
  • Not widely available anymore

The Whirlpool WZF56R16DW is an upright freezer that is fairly old now and isn't widely available these days. Inside there is 15.7 cubic feet of freezing space so if you need something much bigger, check out our round up of the best freezers. Alternatively, if you want a fridge freezer combo, you might be better off with one of the best French door refrigerators

This freezer does offer enough space to store the food you can’t fit in the little box above your fridge. It has five spacious door shelves, three freezer shelves, and a space for big meat like turkey and ham in the bottom. The bottom space has a built-in storage gate to prevent those oversized items from sliding out when you open the door.

This freestanding freezer doesn’t have a security lock, but it does have a temperature alarm. You won’t be able to lock the freezer to control children’s access to it, but it will let you know if the door has been left open. The interior LED lights provide plenty of light regardless of how dark the room is. While LED lights are a little harsher than incandescent lights, they help save energy and are safer on the environment.

This is a frost-free freezer that automatically adjusts the temperature when it senses there is a build-up of ice, saving you the trouble of emptying your freezer to defrost it yourself. The fluctuating temperatures, however, can lead to the increased potential for freezer burn, but you can guard against that by wrapping your food tightly. The temperature controls are inside the freezer, so you need to adjust them with the door open, but easy access lets you adjust them quickly.

This freezer has electronic temperature controls that let you choose the best temperature for the specific frozen foods you are storing. It also has a fast-freeze feature that lets you chill food fast with temperatures that temporarily dip to 10 degrees below its coldest setting.

One potential issue with this stand-up freezer is it doesn’t have a reversible door. A reversible door offers more versatility when it comes to placement since you can open it from the right or the left. Lacking this you are limited in where and how you can place this freezer in your home, so you have less flexibility. The door does swing wide though, so you can easily access the contents of the freezer. The door shelves are spacious with plenty of room for the foods you want easy access to. The shelves inside the freezer are adjustable so you can customize them to fit your family’s needs.

Whirlpool offers a standard one-year warranty. You also have the option of purchasing an extended service plan. This upright freezer is reasonably energy efficient, even though it is not Energy Star certified. The estimated annual operating cost is $56 a year.

This Whirlpool freezer is relatively compact with versatile interior space, including adjustable shelves and a large section for big meats like turkey and ham. It has a frost-free design that automatically defrosts the interior, automatic temperature controls, and a fast-freeze feature. While there is no child lock on this freezer, it has an alarm to let you know if the door has been left open.