There was a huge run on freezer chests early on in the pandemic, but retailers have finally caught up to demand. While life is returning to normal, many people are realizing that having a few extra batches of chili and lasagna—and the raw materials for staple dishes on hand—is important.
What to Consider
Buying a deep freezer chest is a big decision, and there are a number of factors to keep in mind before making a purchase. Here are a few considerations that will help you make the right decision for your needs.
Size: How much food do you realistically need and want to store? We have options that range from 3.5 to 14.8 cubic square feet of storage.
Storage: Chest freezers come equipped with different ways of organizing their spaces. We included several with removable drawers, if finding smaller items quickly is a priority.
Versatility: Most of our options are for general use, ideal for the basement or garage. We also included freezers that would work well in dorms, for food pros or for travelers.
Also of Note: All of the freezers listed below are energy-efficient and should be plugged into a normal household outlet, unless noted.
How We Selected
We reviewed hundreds of deep freezer chests before compiling this list. While chest freezers perform fairly well across the board, these are the best in class. We also kept a variety of sizes, specialized needs, and budgets in mind. All of our picks came from companies with excellent reputations for customer service, and all of the products were highly rated by users.
Midea MRC050S0AWW Freezer Chest
This freezer earned 4.6 stars from more than 6,300 reviewers on Amazon, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Midea’s freezer is available in three sizes (we selected the 5-cubic-foot model, but you can buy a 3.5 or 7 cubic foot model as well), and allows you to set the temperature from -12 to -28 degrees.
The dimensions: 24.9 x 21.7 x 33.5 inches; it uses 217 kilowatt hours of energy annually, and features an easy access defrost drain and removable storage basket. Reviewers love the balance-hinge design, which allows the lid to stay open on its own.
Best Mini Freezer
Koolatron KTCF155 Freezer Chest
This compact freezer comes with 3.5 cubic square feet of storage, making it popular for apartment owners, or people who want to store food at their office. The energy-efficient cooling system uses 193 kilowatt hours of energy per year.
This flip-up freezer model comes with two removable wire baskets, simplifying storage and allowing you to keep your priority items accessible. The external thermostat allows you to adjust freezer temp without opening the door, and the leakproof external plug drain makes manual defrosting and cleaning much easier.
Users love the lightness of the freezer, and how easy it is to set up.
Best Big Freezer
Frigidaire FFFC15M4TW 14.8-Cubic-Foot Freezer Chest
$599.00 (10% off)
This Frigidaire is great for people who need a mega-freezer. With 14.8 cubic feet in storage, its total size is 56 x 33 x 30 inches. The freezer features two sliding storage baskets, a power-on indicator light and an interior light. Despite its size, reviewers say it is fairly easy to move thanks to its set of detachable wheels. Its energy use matches its size, devouring about 296 kilowatt hours annually.
Best Luxury Portable
Whynter FM-85G 85-Quart Portable Fridge
$628.28 (17% off)
This freezer chest is a great option for travelers on the go. The multifunctional Whynter can work with a standard wall outlet, or a vehicle’s lighter socket, and it can also work as a freezer or a regular refrigerator, with a vast temperature range of -6 to 50 degrees.
The holding capacity is 85 quarts (or 120 12-ounce cans); the dimensions are 18.25 x 28.1 x 23.5 inches. The chest comes with an 8-foot AC power cord and a 10-foot DC power cord, two removable wire baskets and insulated walls and lid. The portable freezer is equipped with stainless steel side handles and a drain plug for easy cleaning. It weighs 71 pounds when empty.
GE 7-Cubic-Foot Freezer Chest
This freezer chest has 7 cubic feet of storage space, and comes with two baskets that make it easy to prioritize the food you want to have on hand quickly. The dimensions overall are 33.5 x 37.50 x 21.75 inches. The freezer is also equipped with a power light on the outside, which shows that it’s functioning without opening the lid. This freezer chest uses an estimated 250 kilowatts annually, and has earned an Energy Star Compliant label, which estimates it will cost about $30 annually to run.
Soukoo Compact Fridge Freezer Chest
This 5.0 cubic foot capacity free-standing chest freezer is about 23.2 x 29.7 x 36.8 inches. The freezer chest comes equipped with a balanced hinge-style door that can stay propped open at either 45 or 90 degrees. The adjustable thermostat has a light that allows you to know if it’s working without opening the lid.
Reviewers love the highly organized hanging wire storage basket system, which allows you to keep smaller items at your fingertips. The removable baskets are also easy to slide around. The “high energy efficiency” freezer comes equipped with a built-in drain for easy manual defrosting.
RCA FRF472 Chest Freezer
$358.65 (10% off)
This freezer features 7.1 cubic feet of storage, and is ideal for everyday use and the storage of bulk meats and ready-made foods. The dimensions are 38.5 x 23.5 x 35 inches. The chest comes with reversible door, a plug drain for easy manual defrosting and an adjustable thermostat that allows temperatures as low as -18 degrees. The annual energy consumption is estimated to be 205 kilowatts per year.
Reviewers raved about the size and practicality of the freezer, saying it was “perfect” for daily wear and tear. “LOVE LOVE LOVE.”
Best for Basement
Danby DCF038A2WDB-3 Freezer Chest
This energy-efficient freezer has 3.8 cubic feet of storage, and is deemed “ideal” by reviewers for dorms, mudrooms, kitchen back-up and basement storage. The dimensions overall are 22.2 x 24.96 x 33.07 inches. The medium-sized power house has a front-mount mechanical thermostat, can be manually defrosted and features one adjustable wire basket.
The Danby freezer is designed to fit into small spaces, and will fit flush against any wall. There is also a five-year warranty on parts and labor, with an option of in-home service.
Best Pro Option
Northair Freezer Chest With Dry Erase Board
This Northair freezer features 7 cubic feet of storage, and comes with several professional grade bells and whistles. On the top of 35.4 x 21.8 x 32.9 inch freezer is a dry-erase board, perfect for jotting down notes, making shopping lists or posting reminders.
Also included are two dry-erase markers and four removable baskets, which make organizing easy. The thermostat is adjustable, and features seven settings, from 1 (off) to 7 (coldest). This energy-efficient model uses 0.68 kilowatts of energy per day. The freezer comes with a one-year warranty.
Saba Two-Door Worktop Freezer Chest
This splurgy SABA freezer looks and performs like its price tag. This under-the-counter stainless steel interior and exterior freezer serves as a multipurpose unit, able to serve as a workspace and meal-prep station if necessary. Digital temperature control, magnetic door gaskets, self-closing doors and the automatic cleaning and defrosting functions are beloved by reviewers. The shelving is adjustable.
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