If you like to buy in bulk or are the type to stockpile for a rainy day, then you might be in the market for a stand-alone freezer. These appliances can supplement the refrigerator freezer unit you have in your kitchen and alleviate overcrowding in that main unit's storage compartment.
When shopping for a freezer, the first question to ask yourself is whether you want an upright or a chest model, which largely depends on your storage needs and available floor space. Uprights fit better into... tight spots and are easier to organize but allow more air flow, which contributes to freezer burn. Chest styles tend to be roomier but take up more space, and it can be a hassle to access things buried in the bottom of the unit. Uprights tend to be a bit more expensive as well. You can find chest styles starting at $200 whereas uprights can range from $300 to a thousand dollars on average. Of course, you can always spend more for a designer model or specialty features.
From compact coolers to oversized freezers with all the bells and whistles, one of these six machines is sure to be a fit for your home.
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When your goal is to go big above all, Frigidaire's 21.5 cubic feet chest freezer can take you to that next level storage-wise. This unit has a heavy-duty sliding plastic basket outfitted with color-coordinated clips that snap-on and can be used to categorize or date your frozen items, making them a cinch to find and use. The exterior dial temperature control is easy to reach and set, while the drain helps make routine defrosting a more manageable process.
Users love the bright light inside... as well as the indicator light that lets you know the unit is operating; the compressor is so quiet the extra reassurance is helpful. Aesthetically speaking, the white textured steel finish hides fingerprints and can be easily wiped clean. This model is ideal for a large garage, utility room, or basement.
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Forget having to search high and low for your frozen foods or reaching down into the dark depths of your freezer for what you need. Frigidaire's insanely spacious, Energy Star-qualified upright eliminates both of those issues with its 16.6 cubic feet of reach-in storage space that's illuminated with bright LED interior lights.
A great feature on this model is its frost-free operation, which saves you the trouble of ever having to defrost it. It also has plenty of storage features that... make it an organizer’s dream: Four wire shelves, one removable trivet, and six door racks are included with this model.
With its adjustable temperature controls, you can set the unit to the correct temperature for your needs. And when it comes to aesthetics, the simple design marries form and function. The smooth white exterior finish resists fingerprints and smudges, and the super thick “arcticlock” walls keep food frozen for more than two days if there is a power outage. That, combined with its security lock, gives you the ultimate peace of mind when you invest in this unit.
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For just over $200, this Energy Star-rated Danby chest freezer provides 5½ cubic feet of freezer space, allowing you to stock up on your favorite foods during sales or at a bulk store. The design is pretty simple so it might not suit the hyper-organized, since it has only a few removable shelves and a vinyl-coated wire storage basket to offer. But the back of the unit is on casters, which makes moving the unit relatively easy in case you want to change its location in your home.
The cabinet and... rounded lid feature energy-efficient foam insulation, while the rust-resistant, aluminum interior liner is easy to clean. A front mount thermostat dial allows you to easily set your desired temperature, and the model features a manual defrost system and drain. Users report that frost buildup isn't too much of an issue, especially for the price. The freezer also comes in other sizes in case you need more freezer space or don't have quite as much square footage to dedicate to a freezer.
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If you prefer an upright freezer that won't take up much space, consider this model from Midea. It's the same size as a dorm-room refrigerator, and offers 3 cubic feet of storage for all your frozen goods.
Two wire shelves and a wire basket help you organize your frozen goods, and because it's not too large, it's unlikely that foods will get forgotten in the back.
The quiet compressor makes this ideal for any kind of living space. And the reversible door makes it easier to... customize depending on your home. This freezer is also available in black or stainless steel finishes.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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You shelled out the cash for custom cabinets and fancy countertops, and now you need a freezer to match your built-in fridge. No problem. Summit Appliance's two-drawer stainless steel freezer has you covered. It fits in a 24-inch footprint under a counter but also can be used as a stand-alone. Frozen food access is effortless with this model that's easy to load and unload; you barely have to bend down to remove items, even when accessing what's at the back of the drawers.
The SCFF532D... offers frost-free operation with fan-forced cooling for even temperature distribution. As far as organization goes, the unit has a full-width sliding wire basket and two adjustable dividers that let you partition the interior any way you choose. This machine is also self-defrosting, which is super convenient for freezer maintenance.
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If you're looking for convenience but are very short on space—as in you are trying to fit a freezer under a desk or on a side table, then a mini upright freezer is the way to go. This Energy Star-qualified Haier model earns high marks for being small but mighty. In its one cubic foot main chamber, it offers just one full-width slide-out wire shelf, but it can hold up to 35 pounds of food. That's enough room for a nice supply of frozen dinners.
The seamless freezer liner helps when... something spills, and you have to clean it up. The unit also has adjustable temperature control technology, which allows you to select the perfect temperature for your contents. This freezer’s not the best idea if you really want to stock up for a rainy day or emergency, but it's great for a dorm, apartment, office, or anywhere you just want to keep a few extra bags of frozen veggies, frozen meals, or pints of ice cream.