The 7 Best Upright Freezers of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"This feature-packed pick makes it super easy to organize your frozen goods and keep them stored at the proper temperature."
"This freezer has a "step-to-open" feature that means you can open up your freezer door easily, even when your hands are full."
"GE has four wire shelves and one wire basket to keep things sorted and visible."
"The interior is well-lit according to users, making it simple to see what is stashed away."
"Reposition the freezer easily if you need to use the space for other storage needs."
"An auto-defrost feature makes it so that you don't have to schedule time to manually defrost the freezer."
Best with Manual Defrost:
Frigidaire Upright Freezer at Home Depot
"Users say that the manual defrost process is simple and quick."

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 ruining 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: Gladiator Upright Rolling Garage 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. The most notable feature is its "step-to-open" capability, which lets you open the door of your freezer hands-free just by pushing on the large, easy to reach pedal at the foot of the freezer.

Additionally, this freezer has three temperature settings ("Soft Serve," "Assorted," and "Deep Freeze") to make sure you'r storing your foods at the perfect temperature to keep them from spoiling. Finally, the entire 17.8-cubic foot freezer comes on casters, so you can place it perfectly in your garage and shift it around easily if your garage storage needs change with the seasons.

When it comes to food storage, this freezer has a mix of options to make sure you can fit everything. The shelves and deep drawers are made from heavy-duty wire, making them sturdy, but easy to keep clean. The door of the freezer has thin grates that keep flat items, like frozen pizzas, from getting buried and crushed under other items. Overall, this freezer is a great pick for families with a lot of items that need to kept organized and accessed often.

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; in fact, it measures 6’3” tall and packs in just over 21 cubic feet of space. 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 – you can pick up the GE FUF21SMRWW for under $700.

Best with Double Doors: Whirlpool SideKicks Frost Free Upright Freezer

For an upright freezer with the easy access of double doors, consider the Whirlpool SideKicks Upright Freezer. Offering nearly 18 cubic feet of space and easy access to all shelves and drawers, this shiny stainless steel freezer is big on style and accessibility.

The Whirlpool SideKicks side-by-side freezer gives you adjustable shelving, five bins on each door, plus 4 baskets for sorting frozen goods. Open up one or both doors for a good look at what you have frozen for future use. The interior is well-lit according to users, making it simple to see what is stashed away. An electronic temperature control lets you set the level of chill you need for your frozen foods easily. And if the temperature begins to creep out of the safe zone or the door is left open, a built-in alarm will alert you to the situation.

Described as almost having a commercial-like quality, this upright freezer will let you store food and meal prep like a gourmet chef in your own kitchen. The double door design gives the appliance a high-end feel and many people appreciate how easy it is to see everything inside at a glance. Choose the SideKicks double door upright freezer if you’re looking for a custom appliance look or the easy access that a French door freezer offers. 

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. People consistently comment on the deep freeze and cold temperatures available from this freezer. If you want an upright freezer for the garage, this Gladiator model is the clear winner.

Best Budget: Whirlpool Frost-Free Upright Freezer

Don’t burn up cash shopping for an ice-cold appliance – save money with a budget upright freezer. The Whirlpool WZF34X16DW is an affordable option if you’re in the market for a basic upright freezer.

This Whirlpool model offers all the functionality you need in an upright freezer but skips the fancy features and shiny looks that higher-end models offer. A fast freeze function will cool things down in a hurry and an auto-defrost feature means that you won’t have to schedule time to manually defrost the freezer. A reversible door makes it easy to fit this freezer in your space.

The 15.7 cubic feet of food storage space is less than some other full-size upright freezers, but the appliance earns 4.5 stars by more than 1,000 reviewers and is a suitable size for average household needs. It’s practically laid out with three adjustable wire shelves and five door shelves. The temperature controls are front and center for easy access to the 3 different settings. Some people were disappointed that there is no temperature display inside the freezer – you’ll need to buy a thermometer if you want to keep closer tabs on the temperature. According to users, this budget upright freezer runs quieter than many other models. Overall, the Whirlpool WZF34X16DW covers all the bases at a price point that is a home run for a full-size upright freezer.

Best with Manual Defrost: Frigidaire Upright Freezer

If you don’t want to take a chance with the ups and downs of automatic defrosting cycles, then consider an upright freezer with manual defrost. The Frigidaire FFFU17M1QW offers a simple defrosting process and plenty of space to stash away frozen foods.

This model from Frigidaire has 14 cubic feet of storage space inside, which isn’t as much as some large capacity upright freezers but is plenty for the average household. Inside the freezer, you’ll find basic organization—three wire shelves and five door shelves to keep things in place. There are no drawers or adjustable shelves inside this freezer, but people find the space to be adequate and useful. A green indicator light at the bottom of the appliance serves as an easy indicator that the freezer is operational and keeping things cold.

What people really like about this upright freezer its ultra thick walls and tight door seal to keep cold temps in and warm air out. The manufacturer claims that the ArcticLock walls of this upright freezer will keep food frozen for up to 2 days in the event of a power less. When it comes time to defrost the freezer, users say that the manual defrost process is simple and quick. Instead of worrying about the freezer automatically defrosting and exposing frozen goods to fluctuating temperatures, manually tackling the task lets you control when and how the freezer defrosts.

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