Midea WHS-129C1 Single Door Chest Freezer, 3.5 Cubic Feet, White Review

midea whs-129c1The Midea WHS-129C1 is a quality single door chest. It measures 21.7W x 33.5H x 22.2D inches, has 3.5 cubic feet of space inside, comes in white, and has a very affordable price.

To be frank, I wasn’t very excited to research and review this freezer, because well, it’s a freezer. Kind of boring, but it’s a product type that I need to know more about. Sarah and I are in the market for a free standing chest freezer.

Below, find out if this is the right freezer for you.

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Inexpensive Energy-Efficient Chest Freezer…

At first, it would seem that there just isn’t a whole lot to think about when it comes to freezers, they just freeze stuff, right? But there is actually quite a bit to consider when it comes to freezers. You might have a two to five person household, hunt, freeze pizza dough, need a freezer to store breast milk or need a freezer for business.

Capacity…

Be sure to understand that the true capacity of this machine, 3.5 cubic feet, is based on the internal dimensions of 18 x 20 x 18 inches, not the total dimensions of the freezer. After looking around I tried to get an understanding of just how much food you would be able to store. The best tangible example I came across was that it could fit about 10 five-pound bags of ice. Most customers are satisfied with the size.

frozen pork

Frozen meat.

Performance…

Most small appliances won’t be constantly in use, so I don’t usually worry about power consumption, it’s usually negligible. That’s obviously not the case with chest freezers. Because a freezer needs to stay plugged in all day drinking up power, I’m very concerned with energy consumption.

The Midea WHS-129C1 will cost you about $23 a year according to the U.S. energy guide. The website Enervee rates this single door chest freezer an 87, an indication of an energy efficient appliance. This score takes into consideration money savings for consumers as well as environmental implications.

This Midea freezer is not frost free. Frost will build up in the interior over time. One user reported that frost started to build up after around day five. The manual instructs you wipe away frost as it appears.

How fast will it freeze? One customer reported that he put a gallon of water in the freezer and it froze within five hours. This was with the temperature dial set to the middle. You can easily adjust the temperature to change performance.

Frozen vegetables.

Frozen vegetables.

Convenient Reversible Hinges…

The hinges on the Midea WHS-129C1 are reversible. I understand why you might need reversible hinges on a freezer or refrigerator, the door is hinged on the side. Left-handed people might want to change the door swing orientation. Or, you might want to take advantage of an awkward space.

Size & Placement…

The Midea WHS-129C1 is just shy of 60 pounds. This could be a bit heavy for some customers. The size could make it difficult to move.  There are no roller wheels on the bottom. You’d need to be able to carry it yourself, team lift, use a dolly, or rock it side-to-side (this can damage your floors).

Be mindful of the external dimensions as well. This will dictate where you will be able to place it. This free standing freezer is 33.5 inches tall, about 22 inches wide, and about 22 inches deep.

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Features/Specs.

  • Measures 21.7W x 33.5H x 22.2D inches
  • Weighs about 60 pounds
  • Energy efficient
  • Includes basket
  • Capacity: 3.5 cubic feet
  • Easy to clean interior
  • Color: white
  • Full 1 year warranty/2 year warranty on compressor

Midea WHS-129C1: What Do The Customers Think…?

I’ve noticed that products in the category “appliances” just don’t have a ton of reviews compared to the category “small appliances”. In any case, I still took this feedback into consideration.

Customers are satisfied with the performance of this free standing freezer. But there were some complaints worth paying attention to. There were complaints about the amount of time it took for the freezer to ship. There were also a few customers that had units that arrived with dents.

Tips and Notes from Customers…

Don’t worry, your freezer will be shipped double boxed to prevent damage (although a few customers did complain about damage). The default temperature is -15C (5F), which may be too low. Freezer temperature is important as items like breast milk and ice cream are best if stored at a specific temperature. You may need to adjust the temperature before you begin to use your freezer.

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Summary

Based on my research, I believe that the Midea WHS-129C1 is a high-quality free standing freezer. It is an energy efficient machine. It has a capacity that is sufficient for most four or five person families. Despite a few facing some challenges, there are many customers that are highly satisfied with their purchase. Its moderate price, size and performance make it a freezer worthy of your consideration.

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