GE Garage Power Outage Chest Freezer, 10.7-Cubic Feet

Last updated: October 27, 2022

GE Garage Power Outage Chest Freezer, 10.7-Cubic Feet

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We looked at the top Deep Freezers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Deep Freezer you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 155 expert reviews, the GE Garage Power Outage Chest Freezer, 10.7-Cubic Feet placed 9th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Garage ready – GE freezers are tested to perform from 0 degrees F to 110 degrees F. Power On light – easily see if the freezer is working without having to open the door. 3 lift-out, sliding bulk storage baskets – offers flexibility to organize and store favorite foods for quick, easy access. Lock with key – allows you to protect your valuable food items from unintentional entry. Adjustable temperature control – easy to use controls to select the temperature for your needs. Interior lighting – makes it easy to see what is inside.

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What experts liked

The FCM11PHWW also has an external dial temperature control (as you’d find on a fridge), leveling legs for uneven flooring, and three lift-out, sliding bulk-storage baskets.
Has 3 sliding baskets that lift out for easy cleaning, and bright interior light so you can always find what you need. Garners praise for its practical mid-range size and affordable price.
The GE doesn’t have a proprietary system for building its freezer walls, but they’re thick and maintain the unit’s lowest temperature of -5° quite well.
Though it’s medium in size, it’s Energy Star qualified, meaning it runs efficiently and won’t send your electric bill skyrocketing.
It features an exterior power on light and temperature control, an interior light, a child-safe keyed door lock, and a defrost water drain.
This model is a standard mid-sized chest freezer with clear temperature controls and an indicator light right on the front, so checking and adjusting your freezer takes no time at all.
There is also the easy-to-access front-mount mechanical thermostat which allows you too easily and quickly program the unit to the desired temperature required.
The freezers walls are thick and can maintain the lowest temperature of -5 degrees.
It has three removable storage baskets and is energy star certified with an estimated annual electricity consumption of 218 kWh/year.

What experts didn't like

Some people may find the manual defrost system to be a hassle, but all chest freezers need to be manually defrosted.
Power cord is on the short side, and no handle means the door is somewhat awkward to open. Not as spacious as some upright models, but suitable for most users.
Weak warranty
Frost builds up around the lid
Depending on your budget, its price may seem like too much to pay for a freezer that supplements your standing refrigerator.

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Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Overview

If you’ve ever tried to store the leftovers after a big meal, you know the benefits of an extra freezer. But they can also come in handy for those living in dorm rooms or needing food storage for an office. When shopping for an extra freezer, though, you’ll have some choices to make as you weigh one model against another.

The first thing to decide is whether you want a dedicated deep freezer or a mini-fridge that includes a small freezer. If you’re buying the appliance for use in an office, dorm room or small apartment, you’ll probably need both a refrigerator and a freezer.

However, if you already have a refrigerator and you’re looking for something to extend the storage space of the freezer you already have, a chest-style freezer is likely what you need. This is a big investment, though, especially in floor space, so consider it carefully.

“Ask yourself if you freeze enough stuff to justify it,” says culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier “Do you bulk buy meat? Split a whole pig with another family? Have a large family? Hunt? Many families can make do with the refrigerator/freezer in their kitchen.”

You may be used to the auto-defrost built into most of today’s refrigerators. Unfortunately, many dedicated freezers don’t offer that feature. An anti-frost freezer mat can help you keep frost buildup at a minimum. You’ll also reduce your need to unplug your freezer, remove all the items and wait for it defrost. Instead, you’ll simply wipe away ice crystals as you notice them forming.

You’ll probably find yourself facing a dilemma when it comes to size. If you’re limited on space, you’ll have to go with a smaller freezer, but that means giving up capacity. Squeezing a large roast or turkey into a freezer that size may become a challenge, especially if you already have items inside. Shelves and baskets only complicate this, so make sure if you buy one that comes with those features, they’re removable.

“Be sure to measure the space where you plan to set the freezer BEFORE purchasing it to determine the size that’s right for your family,” Chernoff advises. “And the larger the freezer, the more likely it is that food will get lost at the bottom or in the back, so it’s important to organize your freezer as you’re filling it, meaning label everything, of course, but also choose a freezer with extra drawers, adjustable shelves, or other organizing elements.”

If you’re buying a freezer that will be in your living area, noise will be a consideration. The compressors required to keep your items cool are by nature noisy, but technology has quietened things quite a big over the years. It’s especially important for those living in small spaces like dorm rooms to make sure they buy a device that minimizes noise.

Some freezers have doors that are reversible. That means you can set them to open to the right or the left. Left-handed people may want to reverse the direction for comfort. Most of the time, though, this feature is valuable because it lets you decide which direction works best for the area where you’re storing it. If your cabinets are to the left of your freezer rather than the right, for instance, being able to switch your door will be very helpful.

Additionally, freezers are notorious for their energy consumption, so you may want to look for a unit with an Energy Star rating. If you are storing it in a garage, you might want to make sure your freezer can withstand higher temperatures.

And you’ll also want to keep the safety factor in mind. “Important safety features to consider are lockable freezers, to prevent kids from leaving the door open after scoring a popsicle on a hot day, and anti-tip construction to prevent possible tragedy,” says Chernoff. “I also prefer an exterior thermostat to monitor the temperature inside without opening the door.”

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