Freezers Buying Guide

If you buy food in bulk or have a large family, you'll likely need more freezer space than a traditional refrigerator can provide. Purchasing a stand-alone freezer can be a great way to amplify storage space for frozen foods. This buying guide will help you find the model that best suits your storage needs and space requirements.

Types of Freezers

Types of Freezers

Freezers come in two basic types: chest freezers and upright freezers. Professional-style models offer upscale looks and additional sizes, such as narrower widths and drawer configurations. These higher-end models also allow you to add a cabinet panel to the front to integrate the freezer with surrounding cabinetry. Before you go shopping for a new freezer, determine what type will best suit your location and storage needs. Here is a look at the various types of freezers and the advantages of each.

Chest Freezers

These rectangular freezers feature a lid on top that opens up. They maximize usable storage space because the interiors are wide open (except for removable hanging baskets), and they can more easily accommodate large and odd-size items. They are usually slightly more energy-efficient than upright freezers, and they are less likely to cause freezer burn. They are often less expensive than upright freezers and tend to keep food frozen longer in the event of a power failure. However, it's hard to organize the freezer's contents, so items can easily get lost at the bottom of the freezer. Chest freezers also take up more floor space than upright models.

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Summit
$529.00

SUMMIT CF11ES is an ENERGY STAR listed chest freezer for trusted storage with continuous savings This 44 wide chest freezer offers... 106 cf of storage capacity inside an easy-to-clean manual defrost interior complete with an included wired basket read more

RCA-IGLOO
$169.99 $166.67

When you hear the igloo name, immediately you think of quality built, affordable chest freezers. The folks at igloo are at it agai...n! Introducing the igloo FRF434, top loading 3.5 cu ft. Chest Freezer! This compact chest freezer is amazing! It's loaded with an adjustable thermostat, a defrost drain for easy cleaning and shelves for easy organization of all your favorite, frozen foods and vegetables. Igloo has always been known for chest freezers. This 3.6 cu ft. unit is perfect for a small pantry, garage or hunting and fishing cabin! Igloo, the leader in chest freezers. read more

Summit
$1699.00

This 76 freestanding laboratory chest freezer is idealy designed to fit any interior With its 22 cu ft capacity it provides genero...us storage space while the factory installed lock guarantees the safety and security of the contents Corner protectors h... read more

Summit
$1749.00

The VLT Series chest freezer is designed for laboratory use and is capable of reaching -35C -31F It can safely hold vaccines pharm...aceuticals and even frozen foods under stable conditions with manual defrost operation The digital thermostat comes with... read more

Upright Freezers

These freezers look more like a typical refrigerator and include shelves and door bins for organizing frozen foods. Although these storage features make it easier to locate and access items in the freezer, they also reduce the useable storage space. Upright freezers take up less floor space than chest freezers, but they are generally more expensive to purchase and operate.

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Summit
$749.00

The 24 Plus series upright freezer features 5 cu ft capacity and is designed for freestanding use with its fully finished white ca...binet The manual defrost unit features fixed wire shelves for optimal cooling with door racks to store extra items The s... read more

Summit
$1359.00

This 24 All-Freezer by Summit has a fully finished black cabinet thatis designed for both built-in or freestanding use and can be ...for commercial or home use With a 472 cu ft capacity the Stainless Steel Construction of both cabinet and door allows fo... read more

Summit
$1249.00

This Summit upright freezer will give you the space you desire in a beautiful sleek design that will look great anywhere This free...zer comes with a 245 cu ft capacity and is equipped with a revolutionary cooling system A digital thermostat offers prec... read more

Summit
$1089.00

This Summit upright freezer will give you the space you desire in a beautiful sleek design that will look great anywhere This free...zer comes with a 245 cu ft capacity and is equipped with a revolutionary cooling system A digital thermostat offers prec... read more

Professional-Style All-Freezers

These upright freezers are generally paired with an all-refrigerator unit in the main cooking zone, to maximize storage space for both frozen foods and refrigerated goods. These models usually feature a stainless-steel finish, or they can be outfitted with a cabinet panel to seamlessly blend the appliance with surrounding cabinetry. Expect to pay a premium for these models.

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Viking
$8399.00

This 30built in all freezer isideally designed to fit any kitchen interior With its 159 cu ft capacity it has enough space for you...r frozen favorites while two separate ice bins and two wirebaskets with dividers give another option for organized stora... read more

AccuCold
$1169.00

This 24 upright freezer by AccuCold offers 28 cu ft capacity for general purpose medical settings This freezer also features facto...ry installed lock manual defrost 4 pull-out drawers adjustable thermostat manual defrost and a complete stainless steel ... read more

Viking
$8399.00

This 30built in all freezer isideally designed to fit any kitchen interior With its 159 cu ft capacity it has enough space for you...r frozen favorites while two separate ice bins and two wirebaskets with dividers give another option for organized stora... read more

Summit
$1849.00

This Summit commercially approved upright freezer will give you the space you desire in a beautiful sleek design that will look gr...eat anywhere This freezer comes with a205 cu ft capacity and is equipped with a revolutionary cooling system A digital t... read more

All-Freezer Columns

These upright freezers are offered in a variety of sizes, such as 18-, 24-, and 30-inch widths, to provide greater design flexibility and improved energy-efficiency. Like the more common 36-inch-wide professional-style upright freezers, these models can be pricey and are designed for upscale kitchens.

Freezer Drawers

Freezer drawers also offer increased design flexibility and are generally used in conjunction with a standard refrigerator/freezer unit. Some freezer drawers are paired with a refrigerator drawer in a convenient two-drawer unit; other models allow you to set the temperature so you can use it either as a refrigerator or a freezer. Freezer drawers are available with and without icemakers.

Product Features

Product Features

Freezers don't have tons of bells and whistles, and many models are relatively similar, but you should look for features that add convenience and ensure that food stays at the optimum freezing temperature. Here are a few features to consider when looking for a new freezer.

Self-Defrost

Frost-free units periodically warm the shelves so you don't have to bother with the hassle of defrosting the freezer on a regular basis. Keep in mind, though, that self-defrost units are often noisier and less energy-efficient than manual-defrost freezers. Freezer burn is also more common in self-defrost units. It's easier to find the self-defrost feature in an upright model; most chest freezers are manual-defrost units.

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Maytag
$699.00 $629.10

Maytag brand keeps your favorite frozen foods their chilly best with this spacious 17.7 cu. ft. upright freezer with bright LED li...ghting. Frost Free defrost prevents icy build-up and also helps you avoid the slushy mess of defrosting. The FastFreeze... read more

Maytag
$799.00 $719.10

Maytag brand keeps your favorite frozen foods their chilly best with this spacious 20 cu. ft. upright freezer with bright LED ligh...ting. Frost Free defrost prevents icy build-up and also helps you avoid the slushy mess of defrosting. The Fast Freeze... read more

Summit
$1559.00

Bring true convenience and serving efficiency behind the bar with SUMMIT SCFR70FROST chest beer froster This thoughtfully designed... bar back unit has an easy-to-fit 23 inch depth to store aluminum bottles without taking up much space The sliding lid i... read more

Whirlpool
$649.00 $584.00

15. 7-cu ft capacity freezes your cuts of meat and perishable items at your desired temperature to lock in freshness. 5 door shelv...es and 3 freezer shelves keep your foods organized and easily accessible. Frost-free defrost feature automatically prevents frost build-up so youll never have to manually defrost again. Temperature alarm notifies you when the freezers temperature rises so your food wont spoil. LED interior lighting helps you find what you need while helping you save energy. Convenient up-front electronic temperature controls let you choose the ideal temperature for whatever frozen foods youre storing. Fast Freeze feature helps you chill large amounts of food fast driving freezing temperatures 10 degrees colder than its lowest setting. Optional icemaker keeps plenty of ice on hand model ECKMF95 sold separately. read more

Door Alarm

Some models will beep to alert you if the door is ajar and the interior of the freezer is too warm.

Adjustable Temperature Control

With this feature, you can choose the best temperature for the amount of food you have stored in the freezer. This helps improve energy efficiency.

Door Lock

This feature allows you to limit access to the freezer, which is handy if you have small children.

Quick-Freeze Feature

Some upright freezers include a section that can cool large quantities of food quickly.

Power-On Light

Most models include this feature; the light allows you to easily see whether the freezer is on without opening the door and letting cold air escape.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When you're shopping for a new freezer, first decide where you plan to place the unit -- this will be an important factor when thinking about the size and style of your freezer. Measure your space carefully, and bring the measurements with you when shopping. Also, be sure to consider your food-shopping habits and determine how much interior capacity you'll need. Don't forget to look at the energy use of any model you are considering; an energy-efficient model can save you money in the long term and is a more environmentally friendly choice.

Placement

To determine the type and model of freezer you should buy, it's important to first decide where you'll locate the freezer. Chest freezers can sit below windows without blocking light and views, but they take up more floor space than upright models. If you'll be placing the freezer in the kitchen or another primary living area, you'll likely want a quieter unit. Most manufacturers say freezers operate best in temperatures above 32 degrees F, although they say colder temperatures won't affect performance. If you plan to put the freezer in an unheated garage, though, make sure you read the manufacturer's operating requirements carefully. Also measure doorways to ensure you'll be able to get the freezer inside your home.

Capacity

Freezers offer capacities ranging from 5 to 25 cubic feet. To determine how much capacity your family needs, multiply the number of people in your family by 2.5. If you typically buy food in bulk or try to limit visits to the grocery store, you may well need more capacity, however. Also consider whether this will be your only freezer or a supplement to existing freezer space. Balance your food-storage requirements with the amount of available space in your home to find the best size for your needs.

Energy Use

A newer, Energy Star-rated freezer uses considerably less energy than an older model you may currently have in your home. If your current freezer dates to the 1980s, a new Energy Star-qualified model will likely save you $70 per year on operating costs. Be sure to look carefully at the EnergyGuide labels on each model, but keep in mind that your energy use may be higher than what's stated on the label, depending on how much food you store inside. Chest freezers tend to be more energy-efficient, because cold air doesn't escape as easily when the top is opened.

Finish

Chest and upright freezers are generally available in white and black finishes. More expensive, professional-style upright models usually feature a stainless-steel finish and often can be outfitted with a custom cabinet panel to integrate with surrounding cabinetry.

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Frigidaire
$629.00 $493.20

The Frigidaire 17.5 cu. ft. Chest Freezer offers more storage so you can stock up on frozen foods. Take organization to the next l...evel with our heavy-duty sliding plastic basket with color-coordinated clips that Snap-On and can be used to organize... read more

Maytag
$699.00 $629.10

Maytag brand keeps your favorite frozen foods their chilly best with this spacious 17.7 cu. ft. upright freezer with bright LED li...ghting. Frost Free defrost prevents icy build-up and also helps you avoid the slushy mess of defrosting. The FastFreeze... read more

Maytag
$499.00 $399.60

This chest freezer is perfect for a garage or a basement. It includes large storage baskets for items like hams and turkeys. Addit...ionally, it features a sturdy solid core lid and a defrost drain for easy thawing. Color: White. read more

Maytag
$799.00 $719.10

Maytag brand keeps your favorite frozen foods their chilly best with this spacious 20 cu. ft. upright freezer with bright LED ligh...ting. Frost Free defrost prevents icy build-up and also helps you avoid the slushy mess of defrosting. The Fast Freeze... read more

Maytag
$799.00 $719.10

Maytag brand has you covered when it comes to keeping your favorite frozen foods their chilly best with this 21.7 cu. ft. chest fr...eezer with interior lighting. The freezer has a door lock for added security and peace of mind along with a built-in drain... read more

Avanti Products
$407.82 $400.00

Avanti 7.1 cu ft Chest Freezer Single Flip-Up Lid for Easy Access Integrated Handle Adjustable Temperature Control Power Indicator... Light Defrost Drain Easy to Clean Interior Removable Storage Basket CFC Free R600A Refrigerant 2014 DOE Compliant read more

Edgestar
$799.00 $559.00

"Keep your foods and beverages cool while on the go with the EdgeStar 63 Qt. 12V DC Portable Fridge/Freezer (FP630). This portable... refrigerator freezer allows you to chill or freeze your goods while traveling, which is great for road trips and family... read more

Magic Chef
$225.59 $179.00

This Magic Chef 3.5 cubic foot freezer features manual defrost, single storage basket, adjustable temperature control and more.

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