Chest or upright freezer?
- Chest freezers have around 20 percent more usable space than a upright freezer.
- The temperature in a chest freezer stays consistent because it doesn't have a self-defrost system. Here's how to defrost a chest freezer.
- Air doesn't circulate as much in a chest freezer. This helps prevent freezer burn better than uprights.
- If there is a blackout, the chest freezer will keep your food frozen longer than an upright.
- They also tend to use less electricity than uprights, but be sure to compare Energy Saver tags while you're shopping to see which models are more energy-efficient.
- It's really hard to find the food you need in chest storage without rearranging and searching.
- Upright freezers are easier to organize because they have shelves.
- Upright freezers take up less space. A 22-cubic-foot chest freezer uses a rectangle floor space of 2 feet by 6 feet, while an upright 22-cubic-foot freezer only takes up 2.5 feet by 2.5 feet of floor space.
- They usually come in a variety of finishes.
- Chest freezers tend to be around $100 cheaper than upright versions.
- Though they are convenient, the temperature of door shelves are often warmer than the inside of the freezer.
- Uprights are typically noisier than chest freezers.
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