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Offline Jeff M

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Chest Freezer Brands
« on: November 17, 2013, 08:26:29 PM »
So im looking for a recommendation on chest freezer brands.  im in the market for a chest freezer to make into a conditioning fridge.  Currently i see a kenmore 14.8 cubic foot chest freezer for about 300 dollars but are they still a good brand?  Id rather not deal with service plans.  if anyone has any experience of opinion on a good brand of chest freezers that would be great.
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Re: Chest Freezer Brands
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2013, 08:55:51 PM »
I think mine is a GE. I think in that price range they are all roughly the same quality

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2013, 09:11:51 PM »
Well thats the problem is the kenmore is like 300 dollars but the GE, Frigidaire etc are all 450+ dollars.  the cheapness of the product makes me look harder at the negative reviews.  The model im looking at has 100+ reviews and averages 4.5 stars but i still look at the 7 crappy nightmare reviews and have a doubt.
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Re: Chest Freezer Brands
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 03:17:09 AM »
Kenmore is made by different manufacturers and they all just put the Kenmore name on it. Like any other major appliance purchase; if you can get it from a reputable store (Sears, Home Depot, etc.) you've got the store standing behind that purchase. I personally tend toward Kenmore appliances.

My conditioning fridge, however,  is a Frigidaire upright (with no freezer compartment) that came from Sears and so far it is the only major appliance I've had a problem with, and Sears came back out within 2 days with a replacement (this was within 2 weeks of purchase). No problems since.

My fermeezer is a Kenmore chest unit (Sears) and has been plugging away faithfully for over a year now with nary a problem. The rest of my house (basement freezer, entire kitchen, etc.) is all Kenmore and thus far (several years) I've had no problems.
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Re: Chest Freezer Brands
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2013, 05:40:13 AM »
I've got a Kenmore 21ft3 chest freezer that I picked up at the Sears scratch and dent store for half price.  It was brand new.  It has a small dent (5" x 1/2" x 1/8") in the front sheet metal.  Totally harmless and irrelevant to the function.  This freezer is over 5 years old and works as well now as it did the day I bought it.

Check out Sears scratch & dent for deals.  There is a lot of turnover there, so stay after it for a while and you'll find something worthwhile.

I use one of these that I picked up on eBay to control the temperature:

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Re: Chest Freezer Brands
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 06:25:13 AM »
I am also curious about this. I'm looking for a 20CF+ chest freezer for lagering/storage/serving. The idea being that I could serve from the chest freezer, through a nearby wall and into the bar/basement from a sub-basement. If that makes sense.
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2013, 03:53:04 PM »
A friend of mine recently did a lot of research on this issue and he said that apparently all of the major brands have their parts provided to them by 2 major manufactures 1 is great the other is kinda iffy.  Frigidaire is one of the brands that buys from the better manufacturer.  Think im gonna grab one of these.
Frigidaire 14.8-cu ft Chest Freezer (White) ENERGY STAR
Item #: 8899 |  Model #: LFFN15M5HW
from lowes.  its on sale for 350 atm and if you have a lowes card you get an additional 5% off
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