What is the build quality of a freezer?
This is how we determine build quality
When determining the build quality of a freezer, we keep the following specifications in mind:
- Inverter motor: has less friction point, so it wear less than a conventional compressor.
- Anti-ice buildup: the compressor won't work hard unnecessarily due to ice buildup.*
- Anti-vacuum door handle: the rubber in the door wears less fast, because you open the door without pressure.
- Storage time in case of power failure: a long storage time indicates that a fridge is well-isolated.*
- Material of the door and casing: stainless steel ages better than plastic, because it scratches less easily.
- Impressible door seal: the door seals are easily replacable if the door doesn't close anymore due to wear.
- Max. ambient temperature: the cooling capacity reduces faster in a low ambient temperature.
- Min. ambient temperature: the cooling capacity reduces faster in a high ambient temperature.
- LED light: lasts longer than a normal light.
High-end build quality
We class a freezer as top-notch if it has at least 70% of the most important specifications for a long lifespan. Thanks to the high-quality materials and techniques used, a freezer with top-notch build quality lasts a long time. All top-notch freezers have an inverter compressor. This compressor has less friction points and is more silent and energy-efficient than its predecessor, the conventional compressor. A top-notch freezer has No Frost 9 out of 10 times, as well as an anti-vacuum door handle.
Mid-range build quality
A freezer with a mid-range build quality has over half of the relevant specifications for build quality. Almost all mid-range freezers have some type of anti ice buildup function: Low Frost or No Frost. Anti ice buildup is extra important for a mid-range freezer, because it uses a conventional compressor. This traditional compressor wears faster than the inverter compressor the top-notch freezers have. To avoid extra wear, you have to make sure that the freezer is ice-free.
Basic build quality
Does a freezer have less than 50% of the specifications for build quality mentioned above? It's a basic freezer. If you choose a basic freezer, you generally have to sacrifice quality for a lower price. Most basic freezers don't have anti ice buildup features. To be able to enjoy your freezer as long as possible, you have to defrost the freezer compartment 5 to 6 times a year. It will take less energy for the motor to freeze if the walls aren't covered in ice.