This weekend is a great time to take stock, stock up, and prepare meals for the national hunker down. Purchasing an extra Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW (a.k.a. the discontinued FFFH17F2QW model) freezer for your home is a practical choice for deep chill food storage and it adds a little peace of mind during these changing times.
The popular refrigerator brand, Frigidaire, has upgraded and re-tooled the best-selling FFFH17F2QW to the new FFFU16F2VW. While chilling temperatures of an upright freezer aren’t necessarily unique to Frigidaire, it should be noted that not all freezers offer the high-quality feature of EvenTemp which circulates cold air with smart sensing technology. We’ve found this freezer to be packed with well-thought out convenient features like a well-lit interior, a floor-projected indicator light and an intuitive interior organization system. In this article, we’ll review the features and see why this frost-free Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW remains a best-seller.
What is the difference between Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW and FFFU16F2VW?
The new Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW freezer has a handful of important differences compared to it predecessor FFFH17F2QW.
Size and Dimensions:
The new Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW Freezer:
- Height (Including Hinges): 67-3/4-inches
- Width: 27-3/4-inches
- Depth (Including Door): 29-inches
- Capacity: 15.5 cu. ft.
The discontinued Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW Freezer:
- Height (Including Hinges): 67-11/16-inches
- Width: 34-inches
- Depth (Including Door): 28-1/2-inches
- Capacity: 16.63 cu. ft.
Apart from the size, the new Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW freezer comes with the EvenTemp air circulation which helps the temperature even inside the cavity and helps prevent freezer-burn on properly packaged food items.
In addition, on the cosmetics front, the Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW better interior lighthing compared to that of Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW freezer. It also runs noticeably quieter than its predecessor. This freezer comes at a fair price point under $599, which is still a considered purchase for many families. If your budget is very tight consider Midea WHS-109FW1 freezer as a low-cost alternative.
Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW Freezer Performance
The Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW is a quiet upright freezer with sensors that circulate air flow to keep the interior chilled to the perfect temperature. The effective air flow in this automatic defrost freezer helps reduce the chances of a freezer-burn so you can be assured that everything from delicate gelato to hearty lasagna is just as fresh as the day it was stored. In fact, the air flow is the main improvement over the predecessor product the Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW.
In terms of keeping the temperature uniform inside, the Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW performs as well if not better than its former self FFFH17F2QW. If your home has a power outage, this Frigidaire freezer is designed to keep food frozen for up to 24 hours. This is a difficult specification for us to test. We noticed that some review sites did not have as good of a luck with their test product. Needless to mention, as a home user you need to make sure to minimize entry to the freezer when there is a power outage. And when you are ready to defrost the freezer itself, it’s equipped with an automatic defrost function.
A thoughtful feature is the LED lighting which makes it easy to see what’s inside. Not all freezers come with interior lights and a well-lit interior means that food can be put in and retrieved faster than if you had to poke around for longer. Since the compressor needs to maintain a specific temperature, the frequency of how often the door is opened and how hard the freezer needs to work to cool back down is the biggest factor of energy usage. The audible door alarm is a nice reminder to close the door so the freezer can resume operation.
The floor-projected indicator light lets you know that the freezer is operational and working to keep your meals, fruits, vegetables and ice cream frozen and fresh. Frigidaire knows that this brings instant peace of mind.
Doors and shelves
The interior organization system comes with four adjustable, metallic wire shelves, a deep bottom basket, five spacious door bins that allow you to maximize your freezer food storage space. With EvenTemp airflow, trays of food, frozen meals, bags of ice and ice cream can be placed anywhere in the freezer with no worry of frost and ice burn.
Features & Specifications
• Power outage assurance – keep food frozen for 2 days with our superior tight seal that locks in cold air (I would take this manufacturer specification with a grain of salt. How the food is stored, the number of times the door has been opened plays a big role in longevity)
• EvenTemp cooling system circulates cold air with smart sensing technology to prevent warm spot and unwanted freezing
• Frost-free design so you’ll never have to defrost your freezer again
• Flexible interior organization system with four adjustable, metallic wire shelves, deep bottom basket, five spacious door bins that allow you to make the most of every available square inch of your freezer
• Audible door ajar temperature alarm that alerts you if the door is left open or the freezer’s temperature rises
• Floor-projected power-on indicator lets you know at a glance that your freezer is keeping your food frozen and fresh
• Internal dial temperature control makes controlling the temperature simple and easy
• Bright LED lighting makes it easy to see what’s inside
• Smooth white finish with white case
• Mounted on wheels to easily move the freezer around
Pros and Cons of Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW Freezer
Based on customer feedback we collated from hundreds of reviews here is our take on pros and cons.
- Great price point for a quality freezer
- Size is ideal for basement installations. Will fit through most stairways.
- People are generally happy with shelving. (some wish for deeper shelves)
- Packaging is not protective. Try purchasing this product from a reliable retailer with good shipping operations.
- Door is reversible but we do not recommend reversing it. Door seal and the alarm wiring makes it or breaks it for this freezer. It is best not to tinker with it.
Frigidaire is well known for high-quality refrigeration and the FFFU16F2VW freezer is no different. Their intuitive interior organizational system, consistent cold temperature performance and well-lit interior makes stocking the freezer with family meals a breeze. It is a great replacement over Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW.
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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on March 23, 2020. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.