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Danby Designer 8.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer

  • Energy Star
  • r600a
  • Danby Designer 8.5 cu. ft.  Upright Freezer - DUFM085A4BSLDD-6
Danby Designer

Danby Designer 8.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer


  • Energy Star
  • r600a
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This modern upright freezer by Danby is ideal for any type of household. The upright freezer design allows it to easily integrate into any setting and the generous 8.5 cubic feet (241 litres) of storage space is ideal for smaller families and couples. There’s plenty of cooling area due to the four handy door shelves and three additional quick-freeze shelving units. The convenient manual-defrosting function makes it easy to maintain and stay ice-free and it also features an internal drip tray. The ultra-modern mechanical thermostat is a breeze to program and monitor while the scratch-resistant worktop is ideal for storing extra accessories and best of all it is Energy Star® compliant. This ultimate freezer also features a reversible door hinge which allows you to adjust for either left or right-handed opening and offers a 5-year warranty on parts and labour with in-home service.


Product Width 60.80 cm 23 15/16"
Product Depth 65.25 cm 25 11/16"
Product Height 150.02 cm 59 1/16"
Shipping Weight 61.00kg 134.48lb
Package Dimensions
Package Width 66.04 cm 26 "
Package Depth 68.58 cm 27 9/16 "
Package Height 160.02 cm 63 2/16 "
Power Specifications
Wattage Watts
Amperage N/A


  • 8.5 cu. ft. (241 L) capacity upright freezer
  • Energy Star ® compliant
  • Garage Ready: Freezer can perform in temperatures from 0F to 110F (-17C to 43C)
  • Environmentally friendly R600a refrigerant
  • Manual defrost with drip tray
  • 3 quick freeze shelves
  • 4 door shelves for smaller, frequently used items
  • Mechanical thermostat is conveniently located for easy temperature control
  • Rounded door with integrated door handle provides a modern look
  • Scratch resistant worktop provides additional storage space
  • Reversible door hinge allows for right or left door opening
  • 2 adjustable legs for leveling and height flexibility
  • 5 foot power cord gives flexibility for installation


5 years in home parts and labour. Installation and/or yearly maintenance (cleaning) are not covered under warranty.

Customer Reviews

Danby Designer 8.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 95.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freezer for the modern family. I never liked the design of chest freezers. When I saw this Danby upright freezer on sale I decided it was time to get one. I purchased 2 Danby "dorm room" mini-refrigerators for college bound kids and they worked great. I felt good about buying a Danby product. This freezer holds all of our Costco meats, chicken, fish, and vegetables. I don't have to skip items for fear of overloading my side by side refrig/freezer. And this upright allows me to see exactly what I have on hand to plan meals. No digging to the bottom for a mystery meal. Plenty of room on each shelf for a: 20 lb turkey, whole packer brisket, whole ham, or big bags of vegetables. I'd recommend it for any family that buys food in bulk (Costco, Sam's, BJ's, etc).
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Danby designer 8.5 ft.³ upright freezer We really like this freezer. We had another one that was a little smaller and the size on this is just right. We are a couple. Really like the storage on the door. It’s very easy to keep everything organized. We also like the section on the door because we never worry about what is the doors closed or not. We have the black and stainless one and it looks really nice in our utility room with our washer and dryer.
Date published: 2021-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well, quiet, but not too many features Works well, easy to unpack and place. Wish it had direct numbered temperature control and a light but it works well and is fairly quiet. Nearly doubled the space of my side-by-side refrigerator freezer, I use a Foodsaver vacuum sealer and buy meats and vegetables when they are on sale. I'm pretty sure I've recovered the cost of the freezer with frozen sale items.
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freezer happiness I am very pleased with my Danby freezer. It keeps food frozen solidly and freezes new foods quickly. Because it is an upright, it is very easy to access items; I use freezer baskets to organize. This freezer is very stylish does not scream "freezer" when you look at it. It looks more like a medium sized refrigerator. It runs quietly and efficiently. 5 stars!
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 48 Hours NO Power - Everything Still Frozen The Danby upright freezer is exactly what I was looking for. The multiple shelfs make it easy to see what I have without a lot of digging through. We lost power for 48 hours and the freezer keep everything frozen, there was no sign of anything thawing. I am not sure one can say an appliance is attractive, but the freezer is an beautiful element in our pantry.
Date published: 2021-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great purchase! I defrosted it for the first time since my purchase this past summer. It defrosted quickly, I was done in about 30 minutes. Just unplug and wipe off the inside with a micro towel. I would suggest that you throw a towel down on the floor in front of the freezer though in case you get water on the floor. So far I am very pleased with this purchase.
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Freezer - Kind of Tough to Use This is a great freezer, overall. The refrigeration tubes run under every shelf, which makes sure your stuff freezes quickly and stays frozen. However, this also means that the shelves are not adjustable. Since we ordered online from Costco during COVID, this was not apparent to us until we received it. There are only two other items with this freezer worth noting. The first is that the freezer does not self-thaw, so that will be a manual process at some point in the future. However, we knew that when we bought it, so that's on us. The second is that we wish we could purchase bins custom fitted for these shelves. Because the freezer is upright, it is difficult to stack items in a manner that will keep them from shifting and falling out when the door is opened. A tall-front bin/drawer would help with that. We will be looking for generic bins next, but it would have been nice if Danby had custom-fitted bins, even as additional purchase items.
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolutely superb freezer! My wife and I purchased a Danby Designer 8.5 Cu. Ft. Upright Freezer in Aug 2021. After extensive research and comparing alternatives, we selected this model to meet our unique needs. We could not have been more pleased with our choice. We are avid hunter and anglers and needed a second, smaller freezer to store our seasonal surges of game meat and fish. We harvest 1-2 elk annually and about 100 lbs of Alaskan salmon and halibut. We purchased our from Costco. Their “threshold delivery” (via CEVA) was superb. We signed up for and received regular text messages with the delivery status. The 2-man delivery team placed the freezer in our garage as we requested. The freezer was very well packaged and easy to unpack. Its 116 lb weight was surprisingly handled with ease. The two rear casters also enabled ease of movement. We simply rolled the freezer to the garage doorway, rolled it onto a small moving blanket and pulled the freezer up and over a 6-inch door threshold into our laundry room where we then rolled it into place. We waited the recommended 6 hours before plugging in and starting it. We set the temperature control to 7 (the coldest setting) and placed a thermometer on the center rack. Within 3 hours the temperature was lowered to zero degrees. For us, having large wire storage bins in our freezers is very useful and a “must have.” Since our new Danby freezer is a manual defrost, having large bins for our frozen food will enable us to quickly remove our frozen food, defrost any ice buildup on the internal freezer racks, and then place the food back into the defrosted freezer. And so, our goal was to find the best possible wire storage bin for our new Danby freezer. This required more precise measurements of the internal freezer dimensions and then selecting the best bins that met these size limitations and we wanted bins that were in stock and immediately available for purchase. The large wire stacking bins from The Container Store best met our needs. We concur with the positive comments about the freezer from other reviewers to include the freezer’s quiet operation, good storage capacity, and excellent door seal. We also concur with some of the negative comments including the freezer’s lack of an interior light, being manual defrost, no alarm system, and the widely spaced shelves (mitigated by our wire storage bins). We mitigated the few door closing concerns raised by others by simply raising the front adjustable legs to raise the front of the freezer slightly higher than the rear and allowing the door to swing shut on its own. One negative not surfaced previously by other reviewers is how the internal coolant lines are located approx. 2.5 inches from the rear and right-side walls which reduces the usable freezer storage space. These should have been designed to run much closer to the walls. We especially like having Costco’s “guaranteed satisfaction” policy should we need to return this freezer for any reason. We plan to unplug our Danby freezer and roll it back into our garage for storage when the amount of our frozen fish and game meat has been eaten down later in the year. This can be done easily given the Danby freezer being relatively light-weight and easy to move. Lastly, since we have a critical need for reliable freezers, we installed two new electrical lines with a new dual electrical outlet for the two freezers and two new 15-amp circuit breakers at the breaker panel. We believe having all of our major appliances on dedicated electrical lines was a needed electrical upgrade.
Date published: 2021-08-14
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Garage ready means that the freezer is well insulated and equipped to handle temperature extremes in an enclosed garage. The garage must be enclosed so that the freezer is not subject to snow, rain and other environmental weather conditions not meant for an electrical appliance. The exterior temperature range that the garage ready freezers can operate within is 0F - 110F/-17C – 43C.
Danby’s refrigerators and freezers operate at a sound level between 35 and 46 decibels. This is within the normal decibel range for modern freezers.
Doors reversals can be performed on the majority of Danby’s upright freezers. Door reversal instructions can be found in the owner’s manual. Video instructions can be found using this link:  
We do not recommend using an extension cord.
The temperature range varies based on model. Please consult your owner’s manual or the product page on the website.
This varies based on unit and model. See your owner’s manual for defrost type and instructions.
Our freezers are not designed for outside installation. This also includes porches, carports, etc.
Information pertaining to watts and amps can be found on the rating plate located on the back of the unit.
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Have you recently opened and then closed the freezer (over the last 1-5 minutes)? If so, being unable to open the unit again right away is an indication that your door seal is working well.
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