I currently own an ancient chest freezer. The hinge which holds the lid open is broken, so getting anything out of it is a two person job (my DH and me).
I'm getting SO tired of having to unload everything to get at anything and am sure there are some things lurking at the bottom that I have forgotten about.
I grew with a frost free upright freezer. I'm thinking about replacing our chest freezer. SO I go to my favorite appliance store and talk to them about an upright freezer. So I could make an informed decision, the guy at the appliance gave me the pros and cons of both. He said that when you open the door to a chest freezer, the warm air doesn't go rushing in like it does with an upright. I haven't quite figured that one out yet. He also said that chest freezers and uprights that require manual defrosting maintain a constant temperature of zero degrees. He said the frost free freezers, to maintain the frost free environment, cycle on and off. Because of this he says that food will not store as long in a frost free upright.
I searched some previous threads and there are a lot of you who have frost free upright freezers so they must not be a bad thing. How long do you keep things in your freezer without the quality degrading?
I'm REALLY wanting to be able to access things easily but don't want to have to throw a lot of food out because of the frost free status.
I'm SO confused. What do you think I should do?