RCA RFRF450-AMZ 5.1 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer Review

RCA RFRF450-AMZ is a chest freezer with 5.1 cubic foot storage capacity.


RCA RFRF450-AMZ seems to be working reasonably well. It might not achieve temperatures as cold as some of the other chest freezers but 0°F should be cold enough in most cases.

There are some nuances though. First of all before you use it you should let it sit upright for 24 hours to let coolant fluids to settle in. When you first turn it on you should choose temperature setting 4 and leave it there for 24 hours before doing further adjustments. You also shouldn’t use this chest freezer in ambient (air) temperature under 55°F. Another thing you might not know is that you also shouldn’t use extension cord that’s longer than 12 feet.

RCA RFRF450-AMZ chest freezer requires 4 inch clearance on both sides and back. Top shouldn’t be blocked by anything as well.


Controls are basic. There’s adjustable thermostat dial with 8 settings (7 temperature settings + “0” setting to turn chest freezer) and 2 indicator lights – red illuminates when chest freezer is turned on and green illuminates when compressor is on.


RCA RFRF450-AMZ comes with wire basket and features drain plug on front. RCA RFRF450-AMZ chest freezer is ENERGY STAR Certified.


Many consumers that their RCA RFRF450-AMZ chest freezer only lasted 1-3 years before breaking so long-term reliability might not be good with this model.


RCA RFRF450-AMZ chest freezer seem to work pretty well. There are two shortcomings. One that’s not too significant is that there are other chest freezers that can attain colder temperatures, but the significant issue is that according to consumer reports it seems like this model usually only lasts for 1 to 3 years before something vital breaks stopping it from working properly. It seems like there are better chest freezers of similar storage capacity available.

RCA RFRF450-AMZ 5.1 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer Specifications:

  • Voltage: 115V
  • Amperage: 15 Amps
  • Storage capacity: 5.1 cubic feet / 144 liters
  • Estimated Annual Energy Use (kWh/yr): 172
  • Certifications:
    • Energy Star

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