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The Best Chest Freezers You Can Buy Online

Updated August 4, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Chest Freezer

When you need a place for a side of beef, chest freezers are your best option. Whether you're looking for a small chest freezer, a mini chest freezer, or a larger deep chest freezer, you can store meat, ice cream, and other frozen foods efficiently with these top-loading freezers that are best sellers.

What Are Chest Freezers and How Are They Used? 

Chest freezers are freezers that look like a chest with a door that lifts like a lid. They're also known as deep freezers in some parts of the country since they keep food preserved for a longer period than an upright freezer would. They're a great option if you need to store something in the freezer for several months, like a side of beef or pork. 

Upright freezers are great for when you need to access frozen foods quickly and when you do not store those foods for long. So an upright works great for the frozen pizza you want later this week or the bag of frozen vegetables you'll need for supper.

If you want to store something for a while and need the space for a large quantity, chest freezers make more sense. Typically you need a chest freezer for bulk storage like a side of beef or multiple whole chickens or a half a hog, all processed and packaged. 

You also may want a chest freezer versus an upright freezer because it is more energy-efficient. Chest freezer doors close vertically, so the weight of the door paired with gravity keep the door sealed. Less cold air escapes, so the freezer does not have to work as hard to stay cold. 

What to Consider When Purchasing a Chest Freezer

  • Energy Usage: Pick a chest freezer with a high energy rating. This means it uses less energy than an upright freezer and ultimately saves you money. You could always pick up a cheap, old chest freezer off an auction, but when you do this, you pay for it monthly with a higher electricity bill, so find one an energy star freezer with manual temperature control and a simple thermostat. 
  • Capacity: Most chest freezers have between 5 and 20 cubic feet of capacity. To measure how much you'll need, one cubit foot will hold approximately 35 pounds of meat cut and wrapped. If you have boned meat, then you'll need more space since bones create an odd shape. 
  • Size: Chest freezers are typically between two and four feet wide and between three and six feet long. Measure your space to make sure the chest freezer with the capacity you need will fit into the spot where you want it. Make sure to measure your doorways as well so you know if you can get the freezer into your house. 
  • Accessories: Chest freezers are the no-nonsense frigidaire appliance with few frills. Some come with storage baskets, interior lights, and an indicator light. A lock on the freezer makes for a nice feature if you're concerned about anyone stealing the side of beef that you've stowed away, and almost all chest freezers are manual defrost. 
  • Easy Cleaning: If you're short, you want to make sure you can reach into your freezer to clean it well. You'll want to shut the deep freeze off every six months to defrost it and clean it since a manual defrost chest freezer is the norm. 

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As always, we want to give you the information you need. We’ve considered the experiences of people who use freezers and existing reviews on top websites. But, we want to focus in on expert opinions and on the hard facts about each product.

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Arctic KingArctic King's Compact Apartment Freezer

This freezer is one of the best options if you're looking for an inexpensive, smaller freezer. It features five cubit feet of chilled space for your deep freeze needs. It measures just 21.7 inches deep 24.9 inches wide, and 33.5 inches tall, so it fits neatly into smaller spaces while still giving you the luxury of a deep freeze. 

It also comes with adjustable legs, so you can make sure the freezer is level before you fill it up. You can make it work with whatever space you have for it. 

Reviews:

Some of the top Amazon reviews read: 

"Nice sized deep freezer to add to your home. It’s about the size of a dishwasher and doesn’t take too much space. I’m 5’3” and it stands at waist height to me. It’s a top loader and not awkward to bend in & reach the bottom of the unit. Perfect for 1-3 person household."

"We bought a quarter steer (216 lbs of beef), and it all fit in here nicely! It doesn’t take up much space but holds a decent amount. It’s exactly what we hoped it would be!"

Specifications: 

  • Brand: Arctic King
  • Weight: 59.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 24.9 x 21.7 x 3.5 inches
  • Capacity: 5 cubic feet

Prices and Specs

 

GEG.E. 7.0 cu ft Chest Freezer

The G.E. name is one of the most well-known names, right up there with Whirlpool. 

This sleek-looking appliance has a whopping 7.0 cu ft of space and comes in moderately priced. If you cannot afford the freezer right away, Amazon gives you a payment plan with their Amazon Store card as well, so you can store your meat now as you pay for your freezer. 

It has some nifty features like a power "on" light so you can see at a glance if it's working properly.

It also has some lift-out, bulk storage baskets. These types of baskets help you organize your food so you can see it all better. You will also find an adjustable temperature control on the outside of the freezer and a recessed handle so you won't bump your hip as you walk by it. 

Reviews: 

Some of the top Amazon reviews read:

"This is the nicest mid-size freezer I have seen or owned. It arrived in perfect condition, looks great in the home, so far works perfectly. I am thankful to find something aesthetically pleasing. Also, I checked the kWh's and it uses very little electricity!"

"I read the reviews first and they were right. This fridge is quiet and keeps the food freezer like it is supposed to. I wish it had a light inside but this is a small freezer and fits great in the garage, not taking up too much room."

"I just bought this freezer and so far, it has worked like a charm. I was able to fit a side of beef in it with room to spare. Of all the chest freezers I looked at, this GE brand (any of the GE chest freezers) had the best reviews and GE seems to make very good products."

Specifications: 

  • Brand: GE
  • Weight: 75 pounds
  • Dimensions: 37.25 x 21.25 x 33.5 inches
  • Capacity: 7 cubic feet

Prices and Specs

 

MideaMidea MRC70S0AWW Chest Freezer

Midea made a great freezer with this model. It has all the basics of a mechanical adjustable thermostat to recessed handle you normally see on a deep freeze. The size of Midea's chest freezer is comparable to a Frigidaire 14.8 cu. ft. chest freezer FFFC15M4TW.

This freezer also comes with the features of a hanging wire storage basket and the traditional hinge-style door that remains open on its own from 45 to 75 degrees. 

Reviews:

Some of the top Amazon reviews read:

"The freezer arrived in perfect condition, despite obvious bangs and tears to the shipping container which worried me when I read other reviews. It cooled down immediately and has been keeping everything inside frozen solid since being plugged in shortly after being unpacked. It runs silently and gives off no heat whatsoever. The size I bought is almost too large for me, a single person, but the size smaller would have probably been too small. This freezer now enables me to purchase more frozen foods and meats on sale that I used to have to avoid because I did not have the room in the refrigerator freezer. This is a wonderful freezer!"

"We've been using this freezer chest for several months now, and a couple of observations:
- It works as advertised, with no regrets or concerns
- It holds temperature well (measured with a digital thermometer placed inside)
- The dial-range adjustment is extreme, so I would recommend one purchase a separate thermometer and place it inside. That will allow you to accurately adjust for your desired temperature.
- The aluminum-lined insulated interior is not meant to withstand the weight of normal-weight-range Thanksgiving turkeys, so either pick another storage location or place them more genitally then I had done. Yes, I've slightly dented the inside of the unit, but not so much to impact its capability.

No regrets, as it allows me to store 3 LARGE turkeys purchased at low-cost during Thanksgiving, for later cooking and enjoyment for another 11 months. Wow!

Lastly, my electric bill has not seen any huge spike, so while I can't speak to specific utility usage, it appears very efficient to me."

Specifications: 

  • Brand: Midea
  • Weight: 74.8 pounds
  • Dimensions: 32.1 x 21.7 x 33.5 inches
  • Capacity: 7 cubic feet

Prices and Specs

 

AvantiAvanti CF24Q0W 2.4 Chest Freezer

The Avanti is a cute smaller chest freezer when you need a deep freeze but don't have the room for one of the bigger units. Even though it is a smaller freezer, it has a removable storage basket for easy viewing and storage. It's a simple freezer, so no ice maker or stainless steel look, but it does food storage well. 

It features an integrated handle and defrosts drain, something that not all chest freezers have. 

Often freezers come with dents in the sides, but the reviews claim Avanti does a great job of packing the freezer so it comes fully intact. 

Reviews: 

Some of the top Amazon reviews read:

"Great little freezer. Fit in my kitchen perfectly, at least doubled my freezer capacity. Lighter weight than I thought it would be, it's easy to move around, especially with the rollers."

"I needed a dedicated small freezer for certain types of food and this one is perfect for my needs. Love the shelf and basket. The company did an excellent job of packing."

"I have only had this freezer for two weeks but it seems far better than the one that was replaced which died after two years. the Avanti is only $30 more and .4 cubic feet bigger but it seems to be a much more professional piece of equipment than the other brand. The temperature control appears to be far more precise and at only 2.5 cubic feet it seems to hold twice as much as the 2.1 cubic foot one."

Specifications: 

  • Brand: Avanti
  • Weight: 45 pounds
  • Dimensions: 24 x 16.5 x 32.75 inches
  • Capacity: 2.5 cubic feet

Prices and Specs

 

KitmaKitma Commercial Top Chest Freezer

If you have more than just a few whole chickens you need to store, you're going to want a bigger freezer. Comparable to Danby appliances, the Kitma Commercial Freezer is one of the top-rated chest freezers. It has a whopping 7 cubic feet of capacity and other premium features that set it apart. 

It boasts of its foam insulation and a hinged lid that keeps your food cold and your energy bills down. The Kitma also has a quiet but efficient compressor so it works hard even when it doesn't sound like it. 

The freezer also comes with two storage baskets that help keep the ice cream, beverages, milk, or other small items cold and yet intact. 

Reviews: 

Some of the top Amazon reviews read:

"We live off-grid and have to be as energy-efficient, as possible. I was skeptical when it claimed to draw less than 1000 Watt-hours, per day, but so far, it's been closer to 800 Wh. So impressed! Plenty of room for everything we like to stock up on, whenever we go to town, which is a 100-mile round trip unless we go to the warehouse club, which is over 250 miles. We got our money's worth, with this freezer. I loved that it came with a thermometer, too. Highly recommend!"

Specifications: 

  • Brand: Kitma
  • Weight: 88 lbs
  • Dimensions: 37 4/5 x 20 3/5 x 32 1/2 inches
  • Capacity: 7 cubic feet

Prices and Specs

 

Cold and Safe

Save up your Amazon gift cards, because good chest freezers are worth their money, especially when you find a deal on bulk food. These chest freezers will keep your food cold and your belly full. Plus, if you dig a little, you can find some energy rebates when you get energy-efficient freezers. 

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