Which Frigidaire Upright Freezer Is Best?

There are 13 models of Frigidaire upright freezers.

That is more than 2 dozen upright freezers to choose from.

With such a dizzying range, homing in on the right model can—understandably—be overwhelming.

Fortunately, whether you are looking for a particular size, color or a model that is frost free, energy efficient or has door ajar and temperature alarms, you are likely to find an ideal Frigidaire model.

Size Them Up

The capacities of Frigidaire uprights range from 12.1 cu. ft. to 20.7 cu. ft. as detailed below...

12 Cu. Ft.

The capacities of Frigidaire freezer uprights range from 12.1 cu. ft. to 20.7 cu. ft. as detailed below...

  • 12.1 cu. ft. (model # FFU12F2HW) has dimensions of 28" W x 25-7/8" D x 60-3/8" H and weighs 142 lbs.
  • 12.5 cu. ft. (model # FFU13M3HW ) measures 28" W x 25-7/8" D x 60-3/8" H and weighs 155 lbs

These are the smallest Frigidaire upright freezers and if they are way too big, please visit our compact and small upright freezer pages for our top recommendations.

13.7 Cu. Ft. and 14 Cu. Ft.

13.7 cu. ft. upright freezers have with dimensions of about 28" W x 28-5/8" D x 60-3/8" H and weight of 175 lbs. You have an option of 3 models: 

  • FFU14F5HW (white, frost free, total shelf area of 13.73 sq. ft.)
  • FFU14F7HW (white, frost free, total shelf area of 15.89 sq. ft, alarm) or
  • FFU14F7HW (black, frost free, total shelf area of 15.89 sq. ft, alarm)
  • If you are looking for a freezer that is a little bigger, consider the 14.1 cu. ft. (model # FFU14M5HW). It’s white and has a manual defrost system.

16 to 17.0 Cu. Ft.

Next up are the two 16.6 cu ft. uprights: They are the smallest in the flagship Frigidaire Gallery series.

They offer an identical set of features (soft freeze zone, frost-free operation, proprietary food organization system, front digital controls, door ajar, temperature and power failure alarm, 32" W x 26-5/8" D x 65-7/8" H, 200 lbs) save for color:

  • GLFH17F8HW (white)
  • GLFH17F8HB (black).

Moving next up the capacity ladder, are 3 Frigidaire 16.7 cu. ft. upright freezer models which measure 32" W x 26-5/8" D x 65-7/8" H and weigh 185 lbs. Differences?

  • FFU17F2PT (black, frost free, mechanical temperature control)
  • FFU17F5HW (white, frost free, digital temperature control)
  • FFUH17F2NW (white, frost free, mechanical temperature control, Energy Star).

Next is the 17.0 cu. ft. freezer (model # FFU17M7HW). It measures 32" W x 26-5/8" D x 65-7/8" H and weighs 200 lbs. Its standout features include a manual defrost operation, adjustable and tilt out door bins, a soft freeze zone and an adjustable temperature dial.

20.5 Cu. Ft.

The second-largest size is 20.5 cu. ft. and 5 Frigidaire upright freezer models, each with dimensions of 32" W x 28-5/8" D x 71-3/8" H, lay claim to this capacity.

The 3 standard models are:

  • FFUH21F2NW (white, frost free Energy Star)
  • FFU21F5HW (white, frost free, adjustable temperature control)
  • FKFH21F7HW (white, frost free, Energy Star, adjustable temperature control). 

The other 2 models are part of the luxurious Frigidaire Gallery collection:

  • GLFH21F8HB (black), and
  • GLFH21F8HW (white). 

These Frigidaire Gallery upright freezer models’ raft of benefits includes soft freeze zones, frost-free operations, door ajar and temperature alarms, proprietary food organization systems, energy efficiency, digital temperature controls and even a retractable pizza shelf.

With all these benefits, it's little wonder that these freezers each weigh 240 lbs, a whole 12 lbs heavier than the identically-sized standard models. The Frigidaire Gallery series even come with a retractable pizza shelf, which is a nice touch.

20.7 Cu. Ft.

The honor of the largest Frigidaire upright freezer goes to model # FFU21M7HW with a capacity of 20.7 cu. ft. Its dimensions are 32" W x 28-5/8" D x 71-3/8" H and it weighs 235 lbs.

Frigidaire Upright Freezer Colors

Undecided about which Frigidaire upright freezer color to opt for? Here's some inspiration...

If you want a color to seamlessly blend in with your white kitchen cabinetry, it is well worth checking out the white freezer models. In any case, white never loses its appeal. And it makes your kitchen look larger, too. Those models that receive rave reviews are:

  • 14.1 cu. ft. FFU14M5HW
  • 16.6 cu. ft. FFH17F7HW
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HW which is part of the coveted Frigidaire Gallery collection,
  • 17.0 cu. ft. FFU17M7HW
  • 20.5 cu. ft. FKFH21F7HW and
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HW, which is part of the Frigidaire Gallery series.

If you are looking for a bolder look, be sure to check out the 3 black models:

  • 13.7 cu. ft. FFU14F7HB,
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HB and
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HB. 

The latter 2 are part of the Frigidaire Gallery collection and are certified to be energy efficient.

If new trends spark your imagination, be sure to check out the 16.7 cu. ft. Frigidaire # FFU17F2PT. It’s clean slateessentially, gray with a spellbinding tinge of blue.

Frigidaire Frost Free Upright Freezers

Frost free freezers are an excellent option if you hate squatting and bending over into the freezer to get the ice and water out during the tedious defrosting process.  And, with Frigidaire upright frost free freezer, you get far more than just an auto defrost freezer.

Here is a list of the critically acclaimed models in this category...

  • 13.7 cu. ft. FFU14F7HB (black)
  • 16.6 cu. ft. FFH17F7HW (energy efficient)
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HW (high-end, energy efficient, white)
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HB (black, energy efficient, luxurious)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. FKFH21F7HW (energy efficient, white)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HW (high-end, energy efficient, white)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HB (luxurious, energy efficient, black).

Frigidaire's Orbit of Energy Stars

Selecting appliances with low energy consumption is a clever way to lower household expenditures. This fact is not lost on the makers of Frigidaire who have unleashed an impressive stream of Energy Stars.

Here are the top picks from the standard range:

  • 16.6 cu. ft. FFH17F7HW (white) - consumes about 615 kWH of energy each year and costs about $65 to run
  • 20.5 cu. ft. FKFH21F7HW (white) - consumes only about 691 kWH of energy each year and costs about $74 to run.

Place a premium on handsome appliances? Check out these energy efficient models from the Frigidaire Gallery Series collection:

  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HW (white) - consumes 615 kWH of energy each year which works out to an electric bill of only $65 or just over $5 per month
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HB (black) - consumes about 615 kWH of energy each year, translating into an energy bill of only $65
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HB (black) - consumes only about 691 kWH of energy each year and costs about $74 to run
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HW (white) - also consumes only about 691 kWH of energy each year, working out to a yearly electric bill of about $74.

Lock and Key

If you live or work in a shared space, leaving your freezer unlocked is like putting a big “steal from me” sign on it.

So, if security is important to you, you’ll be pleased to learn that Frigidaire offer a wide range of lockable freezers. The standard models with a lock and keys in increasing capacity are:

  • 13.7 cu. ft. FFU14F7HB (black)
  • 14.4 cu. ft. FFU14M5HW
  • 16.6 cu. ft. FFH17F7HW
  • 17.0 cu. ft. FFU17M7HW
  • 20.5 cu. ft. FKFH21F7HW
  • 20.7 cu. ft. FFU21M7HW.

Looking for something a little more exquisite? Check these Frigidaire Gallery models:

  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HB (black)
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HB (black)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. FKFH21F7HW (white)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HB (black)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HW (white).

Power On Light and Interior Lighting

Because a freezer investment is so important to the well being of a family, you’d have thought all manufacturers would consider a power on light and interior lighting to be an essential part of any freezer but you’ll be surprised...

Anyhow, thankfully, Frigidaire see things in a different light so you don’t have to worry about this aspect. These come as standard features to all Frigidaire upright freezers. Phew!

Adjustable Temperature Control

You can set the temperature range of your Frigidaire upright freezer anywhere from -10 to 10°F either mechanically or digitally. 

Highly rated upright freezer models with mechanical dials are:

  • 14.1 cu. ft. FFU14M5HW
  • 17.0 cu. ft. FFU17M7HW
  • 20.7 cu. ft. FFU21M7HW

If you want to take the guesswork out of setting temperature, check out the following Frigidaire upright freezer models with digital controls:

  • 13.7 cu. ft. FFU14F7HB (black)
  • 16.6 cu. ft. FFH17F7HW
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HB (black)
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HW
  • 20.5 cu. ft. FKFH21F7HW
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HB (black)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HW

What’s more, the digital controls are located at the top of the door exterior, making them easy to read and adjust.

Door Ajar, Temperature and Power Failure Alarms

Even after you set your freezer temperature, it might still wander outside that range.

This may happen, when for example, you inadvertently leave the door open. In freezers with a door ajar alarm, the alarm sounds when the door is left for more than a few minuteswhich is all you need to retrieve that frozen veggie pack.

In other instances, the appliance might malfunction, causing the temperature to soar beyond the set range. Thankfully, some Frigidaire uprights have monitoring devices to protect your food from frying when it should be freezing. When the temperature rises beyond safe levels, the temperature alarm sounds, enabling you to take measures to prevent food spoilage.

A power failure might also cause the freezer temperature to rise above the temperature band.
The standard models with the door ajar, temperature and power failure alarms are:

  • 13.7 cu. ft. FFU14F7HB (black)
  • 16.6 cu. ft. FFH17F7HW (white)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. FKFH21F7HW (white).

If you value these benefits but place a premium on good looks, be sure to check out these Frigidaire’s Gallery models:

  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HW (white)
  • 16.6 cu. ft. GLFH17F8HB (black)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HW (white)
  • 20.5 cu. ft. GLFH21F8HB (black).

Warranty

Even though Frigidaire is one of the most recognized brands in the appliance industry, things still happen...

But with the standard warranty, you can be sure that for 1 year from the date of purchase, the makers of Frigidaire will pay for repairing or replacing defective parts or workmanship.

For your warranty to be valid though, the manufacturers only ask that you install, use and maintain the freezer in accordance with the instructions in the manual.

Value For Money?

Frigidaire upright freezers offer an interesting range of benefits: time saving sizes, energy efficiency, peace of mind, durability and reliable.

As such, they are the brand of choice for families that are looking for a freezer that is crammed full of value.

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