Chest Freezers: A Guide to Purchasing

Which Chest Freezers Should You Buy?

Chest freezers are becoming increasingly popular because of their many advantages. For example, chest freezers have a large capacity so you can stock up on frozen goods or meats, cook and freeze plenty of meals for easy weeknight dinners, store fruits and vegetables from your home garden – the list goes on.

There are all kinds of chest freezers out there so choosing the right one can be challenging. Before you go shopping, ask yourself these 6 questions so you can zero in on exactly what you want.

  1. How will you use the freezer?
    If the chest freezer is meant to supplement the freezer compartment in your refrigerator, you may prefer an upright chest freezer that makes the contents much easier to see and access. If your goal is to buy meat or frozen groceries in bulk and store it throughout the year, a chest freezer gives you more storage space for its size and uses less energy.

  2. What size will you need?
    Chest freezers come in 4 basic sizes: compact (around 5 cubic feet), small (6 to 9 cubic feet), midsize (10 to 18 cubic feet) and large (19 cubic feet or more). The larger the freezer the more it costs to run, so don’t buy a freezer that’s bigger than you what you need. If you’re looking to supplement your refrigerator’s freezer compartment, then a compact or small chest freezer may be all you need. If you’re storing cuts of meat, then a midsize or large freezer may be more necessary.

  3. Where will the freezer live?
    Measure the space where you want to place your freezer. Be sure to allow for a few inches of space around the freezer for air circulation, as well as enough room to open the door. Also, measure doorways that the freezer will have to go through during delivery to make sure it’ll fit. However, choosing where your chest freezer lives isn’t simply a matter of measurements. For example, do you plan to store it in an unheated garage? If so, then be sure it can withstand the range of temperatures that are typical where you live. If the freezer will be kept somewhere in your home, then choose a model that’s built to be quiet.

  4. Do you plan to defrost?
    Do you mind manually defrosting the freezer two or three times a year? Manual-defrost freezers are quieter and more energy efficient than auto-defrost models. However, if you don’t want to have to worry about it, then it's worth purchasing a model that automatically defrosts itself.

  5. What features do you want?
    Like anything else, chest freezers can be basic or come with lots of features. The more bells and whistles, the more it’ll cost, so only get those features that you know you really want. The features that most people desire are interior lights, adjustable shelving, and a power-on indicator. Other features are important to some, but not to others. For example, a safety lock may be important to parents of small children. Gardeners and hunters may appreciate a quick-freeze feature. And if you love ice cream, then some freezers feature a soft-freeze zone to keep ice cream at a scoopable consistency.

  6. What’s the cost/benefit analysis?
    If you use the freezer regularly, it’s easy to earn back the purchase price in savings by freezing extra produce, buying meat in bulk, stocking up on freezable groceries during sales, and storing catches from your hunting or fishing trips. You can even offset the yearly energy cost of $25 to $50 if the freezer helps you trim $3 to $5 from your monthly grocery bills.

If you’re convinced that a chest freezer is right for you, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line freezers from the best brands including Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, Avanti and more. Stop by our showroom conveniently located in Paterson, New Jersey to see for yourself.