Increased popularity due to demand for a second unit! How to choose a compact “second freezer” & 7 featured models

Due to the increased demand for eating at home due to the corona sickness, the demand for frozen food for homes has increased rapidly, and an increasing number of households are installing another small freezer in addition to the regular refrigerator. So to speak, “second freezer”. Conventionally, when it comes to freezers used as a sub, the horizontal top-opening type for commercial use and large families was the mainstream, but due to the increase in demand for second freezers, in recent years, it has become a front-opening type with a width of 350 to 550 mm. Easy-to-use types are appearing one after another from each company. In this special feature, we will explain the benefits of introducing such a second freezer and the tips for choosing it, as well as introduce popular models.

Compact freezers attracting attention as demand for frozen foods at home increases
Demand for eating at home increased rapidly due to the corona crisis, but demand for frozen foods itself has been growing steadily for about 10 years. According to data from the Japan Frozen Food Association, the domestic production volume of frozen food for household use in 2021 is 798,667 tons (103.6% of the previous year). In 2011, it was 553,604 tons, so you can see that it has grown considerably by 144.3% compared to 10 years ago.

In 2021, the import volume of home-prepared frozen food will also be 56,406 tons (105.4% year-on-year), an increase of 168.4% from 33,504 tons in 2011. From these two graphs, it can be seen that the demand for frozen foods at home has been on the rise for a long time, and it is safe to assume that this trend will continue for some time to come.
At the moment, if you think that the freezer compartment of the refrigerator is full and you can’t fit it in, that you want to use a larger freezer compartment, or that you want another freezer, consider reducing the amount of food you put in the refrigerator. As long as you don’t do it, you will continue to be annoyed by the lack of freezer capacity.

In response to this background, attention is being paid to the “sub-freezer = second freezer” that will be introduced as the second unit. Most of them have a capacity of less than 150 liters, a small body width of 350 to 550 mm, and a single door that opens to the right. Prices range from 20,000 to 50,000 yen.

Points to consider when choosing a small freezer
Let’s take a look at the points of choosing a product that you won’t regret after purchasing from among the many small freezers. The points that should be emphasized in particular are “body size”, “capacity”, “door opening and closing direction”, and “price”, and what you want to emphasize is “no defrost required.

[Checkpoint 1] Body size
First of all, as a major premise, it is meaningless unless it is a size that fits in the space you want to install. It is also necessary to check that there is a gap of 10 cm or more on the top and back, and a gap of 2 cm or more on the left and right. This is a space for heat dissipation, so let’s protect it. Also, when placing an oven range or microwave oven on the top table, leave a gap of 10 cm or more above the oven range or microwave oven.

[Checkpoint 2] Capacity
The “capacity” that indicates the amount of food that can be put in the cabinet is indicated by the “rated internal volume” in the catalog. However, the rated internal volume is the amount of food that is tightly packed without any gaps after removing trays, etc., so check the “Food storage space guideline” enclosed in < > for the actual food storage guideline. It is said that a large size doubles as a small size, but if the capacity is large, the size of the main body will also be large, so it is best to choose the one with the largest capacity possible from among the sizes that can be installed.

However, some people may not be able to understand even if it is said that the capacity is 100L or 150L. In general, the capacity of the freezer compartment in large refrigerators in the 500L and 600L classes is about 100 to 130L, and the freezer compartment in medium-sized refrigerators in the 300L class is around 80L, so it should be easy to imagine using this as a guide.
[Checkpoint 3] Door opening/closing direction
There are two main types of door opening, one that opens upwards and the other that opens forwards. The top-opening type does not require a space for opening and closing the door in front of the main unit, so it saves installation space. As mentioned at the beginning, in recent years, there has been an increase in front-opening types that are easy to install in ordinary homes and have good design. becomes difficult to remove. There are models that open to the left, but there are fewer than models that open to the right, so be sure to check before purchasing. There are also products that allow the user to change the door so that it can be opened on either the left or right side.
[Checkpoint 4] Price
Cheaper is better, but products that are too cheap have low thermal insulation and consume power unnecessarily. Check whether the performance is within the acceptable range and whether the points you want to emphasize are not outside the conditions. The price range of a small freezer is 20,000 to 50,000 yen, and the larger the capacity and the better the design, the more expensive it tends to be.

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