I have always kept my overflow of freezer food in the freezer at work, but it gets to be a hassle when you don't have access to it after work hours. So I got the idea for a compact chest freezer from Wal-Marts Black Friday flyer. They had a 7.0cu ft for a bargain price, but I didn't have the room or the need for something so big, So I found this cute little Igloo freezer on their web-site, also for a pretty great price. I live in a 1-bedroom apt. & this is a perfect size - 3.6cu ft. is plenty of room for when there are good sales on meat or other frozen foods. It has a removable basket, but I use it for bagged frozen veggies. And it has a raised "shelf" that I keep butter, cheese & boxed veggies on that. The deep (full depth) section is where I keep my meats. It's probably a good idea to tape a list to the lid of what you put in there & dated when in case stuff starts to get buried. (see my photo I included in my review) I actually have it sitting right inside my front door, so when I come home from grocery shopping with heavy bags, I can drop all the freezer stuff right there. So far it has been running just great, keeps everything nice & frozen. I haven't gotten an electric bill (yet) since I got it, so i'm not sure what the cost is going to be to run it, I can get back to you on that... The size is 22x22x33"high. It runs very quietly, tho you do hear it when it clicks on & off - that's normal. It plugs into a regular 3-prong, 120v outlet...no special outlet needed.
And VERY IMPORTANT...I read this in the manual on-line before I picked it up from the store, you need to know that when you get it home & set it up, you need to let it sit in the proper upright position for 24hrs. to give the cooling system a chance to settle BEFORE you plug it in & it turns on. Chances are it was not kept in an upright position in shipping to the store, and when they wheeled it out to me at the store, they had it laying on it's side, and I had to lay it on it's side to get it in my SUV for the ride home. But I just made sure to let it stand for 24hrs. in the upright position before I plugged it in. You can damage the cooling system if you don't do this and then you'll think it's a defective product & you'll be running back & forth to the store to return it & get a new one.... Anyway, this is something probably any body can use and it was very affordable. With the prices of groceries going up & up, it's great to be able to take advantage of a good sale.
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