Leading Brands of Freezers
Wide variety to choose from
The very first artificial refrigeration unit was designed in 1748 by William Cullen at the University of Glasgow, but it wasn't until 1911 that the first refrigerator was sold for household use. Freezers weren't widely available to the general population until the 1920s and 1930s, when ice cube compartments became a special feature for refrigerators.
The refrigerator freezer (with a separate compartment for frozen food) was introduced by GE in 1939, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, there is a variety of freezer brands available to the general consumer, ranging from budget to top-of-the-line models. Out of these many brands, there are three main manufacturers who build freezers. They are Frigidaire, W.C. Wood's and Haier.
- Frigidaire manufactures Kenmore, GE and Kelvinator brands of freezers.
- W.C. Wood's makes Amana, Maytag, Danby and Whirlpool brands.
- Haier makes some Kenmore, GE, Maytag and Amana models as well.
Sub-Zero is a manufacturer of high-end freezers and refrigerator freezers.
When comparing makes and manufacturers, here are some questions you should ask:
- Does the manufacturer offer the type I need (for example, chest, upright or refrigerator freezers)?
- Does the manufacturer offer the size I need?
- What features are standard with this brand of freezer?
- What do other features cost if I choose to include them with my freezer?
- What warranties are offered and are extended warranties available if I choose to purchase them? How do they compare to other manufacturer's warranties?
- How energy-efficient are these brands?
- What is the brand's reputation, and what experiences have others had with this manufacturer?
- Does the cost of the freezer I want fit in my budget?
Taking the time to research your purchase that you'll have to live with for years to come is invaluable. Some of your questions can be answered on the manufacturer's website; some answers can be found on consumer commenting sites (and blogs), and others can be found by asking people around you. People in your social circles may have some valuable insights to share about their appliances' manufacturers. Remember, most of these manufacturers make other types of appliances, so some general insights will be valuable when you're comparing brands.
Here are the brands we'll take a closer look at:
*Whirlpool recently purchased Maytag, so we offer one page on these two brands. The Maytag brand still exists and still going strong.