The 4 Best Chest Freezers of 2020

Make room for more frozen goods with one of these stand-alone models.

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"This 14.8-cubic foot unit has LED lights, removable plastic baskets for storage, and a water drain for easy defrosting."
"Benefits include three removable and sliding storage baskets and an interior light to help you find what you’re looking for."
"Keep this freezer stocked with popsicles, ice cream, extra-cold drinks, or even glasses to have instantly-chilled refreshments."
"Seven temperature settings ensure food is kept at the ideal temperature, and a warning light lets you know if there's an issue."

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Best Overall: Frigidaire 14.8-Cubic Foot Chest Freezer

Whether you like to prep your meals in advance, buy in bulk, or are a hunter, you can’t go wrong with this freezer. It’s easy to find what you’re looking for in this 14.8-cubic foot unit, thanks to its bright interior LED lights, removable, sliding plastic baskets for organization, and a lid that stays up all on its own so you can root around with both hands.

This freezer also has an exterior power indicator light and easy-to-reach dial temperature that can be set from -10 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (it’s generally recommended to set your freezer at 0 degrees) and has a water drain for easy defrosting. It also comes with a safety lock and key, plus casters so you can easily move it exactly where you need it.

Best for Garages: GE Garage Ready 10.6-Cubic Foot Chest Freezer

Not every chest freezer can perform in all temperatures from very cold to very hot, so if you want to keep one in your garage, it’s worth it to pay extra for a unit that can handle the extremes. This freezer from GE is tested to work in temperatures ranging from 0 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can go in an area that's not climate controlled.

Though it’s medium in size, it’s Energy Star qualified, meaning it runs efficiently and won’t send your electric bill skyrocketing. Other benefits include three removable and sliding storage baskets, an interior light to help you find what you’re looking for, and an exterior power light so you can rest assured it’s working.

Best Splurge: Saba 12.3-Cubic Foot Commercial Chest Freezer Glass and Bottle Chiller

This commercial-grade chest freezer/cooler would work well in a cabin or pool house or anywhere you want to serve up icy-cold beverages, ice cream, Popsicles, and more to friends and groups. It has forced air cooling to cool the bottles on top (aka the ones you just put in) first and the stainless steel glide lids are easy to open and close, even for kids.

This model has a digital temperature control and auto defrost, which alone makes it worth the extra cost. It comes with a key so you can lock it when you’re not around and wheels so you can move it easily. Lastly the black and stainless steel is stylish and less of an eyesore in any room.

Best with Temperature Control: Hotpoint 9.4-Cubic Foot Manual Defrost Chest Freezer

This Hotpoint chest freezer has an exterior dial temperature control with seven settings, so you can be certain your food is being kept at the ideal temperature. It has a high temp warning light that automatically turns on when the freezer is open and a green power light that makes it clear when it’s on and running correctly. An interior LED light that automatically turns on when the lid is lifted and two sliding bulk storage baskets make it easy for you to store and locate all your favorite foods quickly. It has a built-in defrost drain and a lock and key.