Chest Freezers are one of the most convenient options available for those who have large frozen storage needs. They get their name from their resemblance to an actual chest with a lift top door and a large box like interior.
This type of freezer is perfect for those who like to purchase large portions of meat (e.g., a side of beef from the local butcher), or for those who do freezer cooking -- where you spend one day a week or month making large portions of food and then storing them in individual portions to be used at a later date.
These freezers can be quite economical, because they allow you to purchase foods in bulk which can save you hundreds, if not thousands, each year.
These units range in size from a small chest freezer at 5 cu. ft. to one with much larger capacity of 25-30 cubic square feet of storage space.
1. SMALLEST -- CHEAPEST
The Home Joy 5.0 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer is one of our favorites.
It's not a name brand (likely a Chinese import), but the size and price are perfect for most families.
It also performs well in most garages (assuming yours doesn't freeze in the winter!)
2. HIGHEST QUALITY
The Whirlpool Chest Freezers are some of the best quality we could find.
Especially in the price range we were looking at (under $500).
Whirlpool also makes a number of sizes so if one is too big or another is too small, likely you'll find the right size for you.
3. BEST OVERALL VALUE
The Insignia 7.0 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer is a great value at just $229.99.
It's efficient, runs a consistent temperature and is extremely durable.
This is one of our favorites.
Insignia also makes a number of larger Chest Freezers in case 7.0 cu. ft. isn't enough for you.
Important Chest Freezer Features
In the past, this type freezer was used more for commercial freezer storage, but now a this type if freezer is a common choice for home freezers. This is mostly due their ease of storing large quantities of food.
Especially in this era of Covid-19 causing all of us to look at cooking at home more often and finding ways to make the most of what we buy.
Also known as a freezer chest, these freezers are usually stored in basements or garages, so appearance and styling is usually non-existent. But here are a few internal features you want to look for when considering this type of freezer:
Of course there are other features to consider but these three are necessities.
Chest Freezer vs. Upright Freezers
Chest Freezer vs. Upright Freezers
When comparing to an upright freezer, here are some drawbacks that you should keep in mind when comparing to a chest type freezer:
Difficult to Organize
Unlike an Upright Freezer, these units don’t typically come with lights in the interior, making it difficult to find what you're looking for.
Often you will need to dig through the contents in your freezer to find what you are looking for. Due to the lack of storage baskets, you're often forced to stack your food items on top of each other making accessibility an issue.
Takes Up a Great Deal of Space
An Upright Freezer takes up about as much space as a typical refrigerator. But imagine lying your refrigerator on its side and putting it in your garage. That's the size of a standard chest type freezer. The good news here is that there have been a number of recent model additions to this marketplace and now there are a number of sizes to choose from.
Freezer Brands to Consider
There are really only a handful of chest brands we can recommend outright.
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