Buying Guide

Freezers

Upright Freezers

Upright freezers open like a basic refrigerator and include a variety of shelves and storage drawers

  • Upright design helps with organization and keeps food from getting lost in the back and spoiling. 
  • Freezers can be frost-free or manual defrost models.
  • Frost-free models heat up the coils periodically to raise the temperatures to 32 degrees to keep frost from forming.
  • Manual defrost models require removing all food a couple times per year to allow the freezer to thaw. These types are more energy-efficient and prevent freezer burn better.

Chest Freezers

Chest models open from the top and hold more food per square foot than uprights

  • Chest freezers carry a lower price tag, but take up more floor space.
  • Most models feature manual defrost configurations and take a little more effort to organize.
  • Deep Freezers are stand-alone units that preserve large quantities of food for a long period of time.
  • Chest freezers are more energy efficient and their doors seal tighter, so food stays colder during power outages.
  • Lift-out drawers and sliding baskets provide added organization.

Placement and Use

One of the most important factors to help determine which type to get is its location

  • Avoid storing freezers too close to heat sources, such as near ovens or window with direct sunlight.
  • Freezers less than 2/3 full use more energy, so having a large unit might not be the best choice.
  • Consider adding jugs of water to improve efficiency if your freezer is less than 2/3 full.

Types of Freezers

upright freezers

Capacity Range (Cu. Ft.): 5.0 - 21.0

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chest freezers

Capacity Range (Cu. Ft.): 5.0 - 25.0

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