Chest freezers open from the top like a trunk or suitcase and hold slightly more food per cubic foot than upright freezers. They take up more floor space and generally carry a lower price tag. Chest interiors are most commonly available in manual defrost configurations. This can limit your options for placement since it is best to have a manual defrost model near a drain for easier water management. Chest freezers require a little more effort to organize, but pull-out drawers and sliding baskets can help you keep an eye on your frozen items and avoid food spoilage. Chest freezers are often more energy efficient than upright freezers, and their design allows the door to seal more tightly, so food stays colder during power failures.
- Hold more food per square foot than upright freezers
- Range in size from 3.6 cu. ft. to 25.0 cu. ft.
- Lower price tags for a smaller up-front investment
- Usually available as a manual defrost unit
- Lift-out drawers and sliding baskets provide added organization
- Provide more energy-efficient operation