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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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Kenmore
$269.99

Kenmore 8.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer - Efficient Food Storage The 8.8 cu. ft. compact Kenmore chest freezer gives you ample room for ...frozen food storage without taking up a lot of space; at just over 32 in. tall, its a good choice for smaller living... read more

Kenmore
$289.99 $229.99

Kenmore 7.2 cu. ft. Chest Freezer - Compact Design with Surprising Storage The 7.2 cu. ft. compact Kenmore chest freezer 1270 give...s you additional room for frozen food without taking up a lot of space; at just 32 in. tall, its a good choice for smaller... read more

Kenmore
$249.99 $199.99

Simplify Bulk Food Storage with the Kenmore 12502 White Chest Freezer The Kenmore 12502 5.1 cu. ft. Chest Freezer is compact yet s...eriously spacious. Great for stashing away frozen treats, bulk foods and pre-made meals, this Kenmore white chest freezer... read more

Kenmore
$229.99

Kenmore 7.2 cu. ft. Chest Freezer - Compact Design with Surprising Storage The 7.2 cu. ft. compact Kenmore chest freezer 1270 give...s you additional room for frozen food without taking up a lot of space; at just 32 in. tall, its a good choice for smaller... 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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FRF690
$207.20

Store your favorite frozen foods in this 6.9 cu. ft. capacity upright freezer. The 3 shelves provide flexible use of space to help... you quickly locate what you're looking for. read more

Kenmore Elite
$1,119.99 $779.99

Kenmore Elite 20.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer - Smart and Efficient Food Storage No other frost-free freezer has more capacity than t...his extra spacious ENERGY STAR® qualified 21 cu. ft. Kenmore Elite upright freezer . It is the solution for all your... read more

Kenmore
$349.99 $299.99

Kenmore 5.8 cu. ft. Upright Freezer - Space-Saving Storage With 5 wire shelves, this white 5.8 cu. ft. Kenmore upright freezer 206...0 lets you to store your favorite frozen foods with ease. The efficient dynamic cooling condenser helps food freeze in no... read more

Kenmore Elite
$1,359.99 $949.99

Kenmore Elite 20.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer - Smart and Efficient Food Storage No other frost-free freezer has more capacity than t...his extra spacious ENERGY STAR® qualified 21 cu. ft. Kenmore Elite upright freezer . It is the solution for all your... 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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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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GE
$699.00 $629.00

With ample storage capacity and plenty of shelf space for easy organizing, this frost free upright freezer is ideal for your food ...storage needs. 13.8 cu. ft. capacity frost free, preventing frost build-up so you never have to manually defrost adjustable temperature control 3 cabinet shelves and 1 sliding bulk basket 5 freezer door shelves interior lighting lock with key power "on" light high-gloss handle provides a polished appearance 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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GE
$699.00 $629.00

With ample storage capacity and plenty of shelf space for easy organizing, this frost free upright freezer is ideal for your food ...storage needs. 13.8 cu. ft. capacity frost free, preventing frost build-up so you never have to manually defrost adjustable temperature control 3 cabinet shelves and 1 sliding bulk basket 5 freezer door shelves interior lighting lock with key power "on" light high-gloss handle provides a polished appearance read more

Frigidaire
$849.99 $805.99

The Frigidaire 16.6 cu. ft. Upright Freezer boasts adjustable temperature controls and bright interior lighting so you can find th...e items you need with ease. Thick walls keep foods frozen for over two days in the case of a power outage, and the SpaceWise�� organization system offers unique options to help you maximize storage and keep your foods accessible. read more

Frigidaire
$779.99 $739.99

Frigidaire Chest Freezer - Frozen Food Storage Solution Find items faster in the Frigidaire 17.5 cu. ft Chest Freezer with Spacewi...se�� Adjustable Baskets. Bright LED lighting and Spacewise�� Adjustable Baskets with color-coordinated clips make it easy to find, organize and store food in this Frigidaire chest freezer. Thicker walls help keep foods frozen up to three day if there is a power outage. read more

Frigidaire
$889.99 $843.99

The Frigidaire 21.6 cu. ft. Chest Freezer features SpaceWise�� Adjustable Baskets with color-coordinated clips so you can easily o...rganize your foods by category or purchase date. Bright LED lighting illuminates the freezer so you can always find what your looking for. The Power-On indicator light lets you know at a glance that your freezer is working, and the extra thick walls help keep foods frozen for over three days in case of a power outage. read more

Frigidaire
$599.99 $568.99

Frigidaire 15.6 cu. ft. Chest Freezer - Efficient Food Storage The 16 cu. ft. Frigidaire chest freezer features bright LED lightin...g so you can easily find items you need. The color-coordinated SpaceWise�� storage baskets help you organize items by category or purchase date, the thick walls help preserve food for up to three days in case of a power outage. read more

Whirlpool
$649.99 $615.99

Whirlpool�� 16 cu. ft. Upright Freezer - Efficient Food Storage Put a spotlight on your frozen favorites inside this 16 cu. ft. Wh...irlpool�� upright freezer WZF56R16D with LED interior lighting. Activating Fast Freeze quickly drops the temperature to help lock in freshness and flavor, and the temperature alarm will notify you if your food gets too warm. This upright freezer prevents frost build-up for a hassle-free defrosting experience with its frost-free interior. Plus, you can choose the ideal temperature for all of the frozen food items that are being stored with electronic temperature controls, and you can be sure there is plenty of ice on hand with the optional icemaker. read more

Kenmore Elite
$1,119.99 $779.99

Kenmore Elite 20.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer - Smart and Efficient Food Storage No other frost-free freezer has more capacity than t...his extra spacious ENERGY STAR�� qualified 21 cu. ft. Kenmore Elite upright freezer . It is the solution for all your frozen storage needs, enough space to store over 711 lbs. of all of your summer fruits and vegetables, or your bulk meats and frozen goods. Freeze Fresh��� Technology freezes food at -20 degrees, colder than other freezer brands, preserving food quality and nutrients and the convenient frost-free design ends the need to manually defrost this upright freezer. The Adapt-N-Store��� System and adjustable door bins offer optimal food storage flexibility. Kenmore Exclusive Electronic Controls offer easy control of every function right at your fingertips. New LED interior lighting provides plenty of visibility throughout and the security lock promises to keep your favorite foods frozen, secure and tasting great, and the Express Chill option allows for faster preservation and an alarm that notifies you when the freezer is too warm. Efficiency adds cost savings to the mix, along with great organization and style. read more

Kenmore
$299.99 $269.99

Keep Frozen Food Well-Stocked and Organized with the Kenmore 20502 White Upright Freezer The Kenmore 20502 4.9 cu. ft. Upright Fre...ezer is small but spacious. Perfect for storing extra meals, meats and bulk foods that won’t fit in your fridge, this... read more

Kenmore
$649.99 $429.99

Kenmore 22442 Upright Freezer—Stock Up on More Food The Kenmore 22442 13.8 cu. ft. Upright Freezer is great for giving you more sp...ace to stash food for the family. Whether you really hate grocery shopping or have a big family to feed, this Kenmore... read more

Kenmore
$1,499.99 $679.99

Kenmore 20 cu. ft. Upright Freezer - Efficient Food Storage The Kenmore 20 cu. ft. Upright Freezer boasts four wire shelves and si...x door racks to help you organize your frozen items. It also features frost-free operation, LED plug-in lighting, and... read more

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