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Having an extra freezer in your home can reduce the load on your fridge-freezer and enable you to take advantage of frozen good sales! If youre looking for a freezer and you arent sure which one to choose, this guide will definitely help! Well begin by exploring freezer types

Freezer Types

There are three types of freezers, aside from the one thats actually attached to a refrigerator: chest, upright and drawer.

Drawer Freezers

A drawer freezer is the newest of the three and although it is a feature on many of the newer French-Door refrigerators, it can be purchased separately as a built-in or freestanding unit. One of the many benefits to owning a freezer drawer is the modern, clean look it provides. No matter what style your kitchen follows, a freezer drawer will fit in perfectly. Some freezer drawers are stainless steel, but they do come in a multitude of colors. For the sleekest fit, some homeowners swap out the stainless drawer cover with one that matches their surrounding drawers and cabinetry.

Some of the additional benefits freezer drawers provide are:

  • Space Saver - Freezer drawers are spacious. They are deep and wide, and most contains baskets. This makes it easier to stack boxes and store bags.
  • Energy Efficient - Since the heat pushes into the drawer and away from the door, it cools quicker and stays cold after opening.

Freezer drawers are offered by many well-known brands such as Frigidaire, GE and Samsung. Many of the refrigerators that feature freezer drawers contain more than one. These are referred to as 3 door, 4 door and 5 door refrigerators. The added doors are actually freezer drawers.

Chest Freezer

A chest freezer is the most widely known, and oldest of the three. This freezer opens from the top and is shaped like a square or rectangle. Chest freezers are used in homes and medical facilities to deep-freeze items. You may see them referred to as deep freezers although the temperature is adjustable. Chest freezers are available in multiple sizes, though the most common is 15 cu.ft. As for design, they are pretty generic, but the doors are available as both solid and see-through glass. The doors can lift open or slide for convenience.

Some of the benefits youll get with a chest freezer are:

  • Convenient Storage - Since these freezers are square/rectangular shaped, you can store them in just about any spot with a few feet to spare.
  • Stays Colder Longer - This is one of the biggest benefits to owning a chest freezer. They actually stay colder longer than the average freezer. Since the chest freezer opens from the top and the cold pushes out from the sides, it retains its temperature after opening. This means the food within it will last a lot longer.
  • More Storage - You can store a lot more in a chest freezer than a drawer or upright freezer. The chest freezer is deeper, so you can store more bulky food items like frozen poultry and boxed goods.

Many people use chest freezers to store their as needed goods and their fridge-freezers to store immediate need goods.

Upright Freezers

An Upright freezer is any freezer that sits vertically this includes freezers on a refrigerator. Sometimes these are called under-the-counter freezers. Homes in Europe have these freezers in many apartment buildings to save space. It also gives a clean look to an otherwise small and overcrowded kitchen. If you dont cook as much, or you live in a small household, this is probably a good buy.

Grocery stores and businesses within the food service industry use these freezers to easily access goods. Walk-in freezers are not considered upright as they arent freestanding or moveable. As mentioned above, accessing food is a lot easier in an upright freezer than it is in a drawer or chest freezer, mainly because youre reaching in instead of down.

Other benefits to owning an upright freezer are:

  • Easier Organization - To organize foods in best way, use baskets and shelves available in an upright freezer.
  • Perfect for Cooling - If you want to quickly chill a drink or any cooked goods, place them on a shelf alone, on top of other goods, or in the door. It keeps the item in an easily reachable space without you having to shuffle things out of the way just to get to them.


Each freezer type carries its own feature and one-of-a-kind spec, but for the sake of simplicity, well list the most commonly found features here.

  • Drawers
  • Baskets
  • Shelves
  • LED temperature control panel
  • Energy Efficiency Rating
  • Frost-Free
  • No-Frost
  • Auto-Defrost
  • Manual Defrost
  • Swing-Down Gate
  • Soft-Freeze Section
  • Freezer Locks
  • Temperature Alarm

Some smart refrigerators have chill drawers that can be calibrated to work as a freezer or refrigerator. Some freezers also contain a special feature that keeps food cold up to 48 hours after a power outage.


Freezer space is measured by cubic feet, although the unit itself may be listed as compact, small, medium or large.

  • Compact freezers are 5 cu. ft. and under.
  • Small freezers are 6 to 9 cu. ft.
  • Medium freezers are 10 to 18 cu. ft.
  • Large freezers are anything over 18 cu. ft. This includes industrial freezers.

Since we dont normally buy food by the cubic square foot. It may be hard to determine what size you need. If youre stumped, try this handy little figure:

Number of people in your household x 2.5.

The remaining figure is the size freezer youll need.

You can read more about freezers from our Freezers Buying Guide from Appliances Connection Blog site.

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