The 7 Best Upright Freezers of 2020

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"This feature-packed pick makes it super easy to organize your frozen goods and keep them stored at the proper temperature."
"The bright interior, five door bins, and frost-free design of this freezer keeps things organized and stress-free."
"With four wire shelves, one wire basket, and larger dimensions than a classic upright freezer, it's easy to keep things sorted and visible in this model."
"Whether you install this freezer in your home or store, the glass doors will be stylish and maintain an ideal inner temperature."
"You can reposition this freezer easily if you need to use the space it takes up for other storage needs."
"High-end amenities like capacity and an automatic defroster are a fraction of their usual cost when it comes to this appliance."
"Manually defrosting your freezer is simple with this smaller, budget-friendly piece that can perform in chilly temperatures."

If your freezer is packed to the brim and quickly becoming a jigsaw puzzle, then you may be in the market for an upright model that offers additional space—and, inevitably, a sense of relief. This type of freezer certainly is a game-changer, as it can be set up in your kitchen—where you can easily access your chicken and sweet potato fries at dinner time—or in your garage. They come with double doors or in extra-large capacities, so you can easily peruse what you have and not buy the same item twice at the grocery store.

Upright freezers are in the business of being reliable and practical like your home appliances should be. However, they take it to the next level by delivering space and even the ability to keep your goods frozen for multiple days in the event of a power outage.

Below, the best upright freezers on the market:

Best Overall: Frigidaire Frost Free Upright Freezer

This pick from Frigidaire give you plenty of room to store everything you need, and makes sure it all stays frozen solid with Frigidaire's EvenTemp Cooling System, which circulates air to prevent warm spots from forming and spoiling your food. Like many Frigidaire models, this freezer can keep your food frozen for up to two days in the event of a power outage, as well.

In addition to keeping your food well frozen, this freezer gets points for its adjustable shelves, which let you organize food in whatever way works best for your household. In addition to the four shelves, the freezer has a wire basket to hold less stackable items and door bins to hold cans, smaller items, or food you always want within reach (ice cream, anyone?).

Other helpful features include an alarm that sounds if the door has been left open, a light at the bottom of the door that tells you at a glance if the freezer is working properly, and interior LED lights so you can see what you're looking for, even if you keep your freezer in a dark basement or garage.

Most Convenient: Whirlpool SideKicks Frost Free Upright Freezer

This upright freezer does a lot to make it easy for you to store and access food in whatever way is best for you. It offers almost 18 cubic feet of space to store your grocery store goods, and prioritizes accessibility with bright, LED lighting and five door bins. You can use these bins to store smaller items such as a pack of butter or pre-made smoothie, so that they don't get lost in the back.

In addition to those five door bins, this model also has one bulk storage basket and four shelves that'll help keep you organized and stress-free. If you typically worry about your items getting too frozen, you'll also love the interior electronic temperature controls in this model that let you tailor your experience, as well as its frost-free design. This takes away the need to manually defrost your freezer, which can be time-consuming and annoying.

Overall, this upright freezer doesn't shy away from style or functionality. With a stainless steel exterior, it'll fit in well with your other kitchen appliances or could even be placed beside its matching refrigerator.

Best Large Capacity: GE Garage Ready 21.3 cu. ft. Frost Free Upright Freezer

For the maximum in upright freezer storage space, turn to this very large option from GE. The GE FUF21SMRWW is impressive in size; it measures 6 feet and 3 inches tall and packs in just over 21 cubic feet of space. In comparison, most upright freezers top out at about 20 cubic feet, but GE squeezed in an extra 1.3 cubic feet for you to stash a few more steaks or frozen dinners.

This model of upright freezer from GE has four wire shelves and one wire basket to keep things sorted and visible. In addition, four door shelves keep smaller items in plain sight. A few people mention that the super strong seal of this model makes the door a little tough to open. Other reviewers are quick to point out that this is not a bad thing if you want to make sure that the cold air stays inside the freezer!

Such a large capacity upright freezer may not fit well in your kitchen layout, or you may not want to haul it down to the basement. If you plan to keep it in your garage, you can rest assured that it will perform very reliable in temperatures from 0 degrees to 110 degrees, according to the manufacturer. People that have this oversized upright freezer in their garage report no issues or mishaps with their food storage. This is also a frost-free freezer, so you won’t need to worry about thawing and draining this mammoth appliance. And despite the supersized space, this model doesn’t have a supersized price tag.

Best with Double Doors: SABA 47 cu. ft. Two Glass Door Commercial Reach In Upright Freezer

An upright freezer with double doors not only gives you easy access to your frozen goods, it also is incredibly spacious and can be utilized in a variety of settings. Restaurant or store owners can utilize this particular SABA model's extra-large, 47-cubic-foot capacity, and its sleek glass windows that won't let inner temperatures drop. Homeowners can put this appliance in their garage if they entertain often, and be comfortable knowing that it's easy to move around when you need to clean.

Not to mention, both types of consumers can enjoy commercial-like features including a door lock that prevents any theft, digital temperature controls, and coated wire shelves that make this piece feel luxurious. Although this upright freezer is certainly more expensive than others, its self-closing door and auto-defroster makes this a convenient option for anyone with room in their budget or home.

If you decide to pick up this freezer and realize it's not for you, there is a 30-day return policy with Walmart and 180-day return policy with Home Depot you can take advantage of. In addition, there are warranties on the compressor and parts, and any labor if your piece is being used for commercial reasons.

Best for Garage: Gladiator Upright Rolling Garage Freezer

Do you keep your upright freezer in the garage? Instead of it looking like an appliance after-thought, consider this model that is built to be durable and portable—making it the perfect choice in an upright freezer for garages.

The Gladiator Upright Rolling Garage Freezer features a black matte finish and a unique step-to-open door. Users comment on how convenient it is to open up the fridge using the stainless steel foot pedal when you have your arms full of groceries ready to be stocked inside. Adding to the functionality of this garage-ready upright freezer is the fact that it sits on four heavy-duty casters. Reposition the freezer easily if you need to use the space for other storage needs or a special project.

Inside, you’ll find heavy-gauge wire shelves and baskets with adjustable positions to store and sort frozen goods. Door shelves and bins keep smaller goods within easy reach. All in all, there is 17.8 cubic feet of space available for food storage. And while there isn’t custom temperature control, three settings are available to keep your food chilled to the right level. If you want an upright freezer for the garage, this Gladiator model is the clear winner.

Best Budget: Maytag MZF34X16DW 15.7 cu. ft. Frost Free Upright Freezer

Don’t burn up cash shopping for an ice-cold appliance. Instead, save money with this budget-friendly freezer from Maytag. It'll treat you to high-end amenities such as interior LED lighting, an automatic defroster, and a fairly large capacity of 15.7 cubic feet. It skips out on a stylish, stainless steel finish, but definitely provides a lot of bang for your buck otherwise.

With its FastFreeze feature, you're able to freeze a large amount of goods very quickly so that they don't lose any of their original, store-bought freshness. This feature typically lasts for 24 hours, before the freezer goes back to its automatic cycle. For those who like to freeze fruit for smoothies or freeze meat, this feature will make a big impact and ensure that every meal with flavor. If you're someone who's looking for an upright freezer for extra storage purposes, this model also comes with three adjustable shelves and a built-in storage gate that turns the freezer floor into usable space.

For a model with an average amount of capacity and a reversible door as well, this piece is sort of a hidden gem. It may use up the same amount of energy as an upright freezer with slightly more space, but will save you money the day you purchase it without a doubt.

Best with Manual Defrost: Danby DUFM085A4WDD-6 8.5 cu. ft. Manual Defrost Upright Freezer

If you don’t quite trust the natural, automatic defrosting cycles of a freezer, then consider this small Danby model that has manual defrost. It has a mechanical thermostat that can be set anywhere from -11 degrees to 10 degrees. When it comes time to manually defrost this piece, you'll want to pull everything out so you can scrape any thick ice chunks off the interior and cooling elements.

This is quite a tedious task, but luckily this particular model isn't too large. With an 8.5-cubic-foot capacity, it has just enough space to store anything extra that wouldn't fit in your main freezer, but won't overwhelm you on cleaning day. You can organize your frozen food using the three wide shelves, or the four shelves on the door. Once you close its reversible door, you can be happy with the fact that it runs quietly and can withstand colder, garage-like temperatures.

Although this model may not have every single bell and whistle, it certainly will get the job done and fill your needs. It's slightly more cost-effective because of the smaller capacity, but also because it runs on about half the energy of other upright freezer models, at 247 kWh compared to nearly 500 kWh per year.

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