When you see meat or frozen items on sale at your local grocery store, you may want to stock up but find you don’t have much room to store the extra supply. To solve this problem, some consumers purchase a standalone freezer. Upright freezers resemble refrigerators but store all their contents at frozen-food temperatures. Manufacturers offer these models in a variety of capacities, giving you several space and budget options.
The smallest Kenmore upright freezers provide 5.1 or 6.5 cubic feet of space. Mid-size models offer 12.1 or 13.7 cubic feet of room. The biggest upright freezers in Kenmore's lineup provide 16.7 or 20.6 cubic feet of capacity. Kenmore's upright appliances come in white, black and stainless steel finishes, and you'll find about 15 models to choose from.
Whirlpool focuses its upright freezer line on mid-size and large products. Its smallest appliances offer 15.8, 16 and 17.7 cubic feet of space. Its larger upright freezers provide 19.6, 20.1 and 24.7 cubic feet of room. Whirlpool limits its color choices to stainless steel and white and gives you about 10 models to choose from.
About a half-dozen appliances make it into GE’s upright freezer line. The smallest models hold 13.7, 14.1 and 16.7 cubic feet of space. The largest give you 20.5 and 20.6 cubic feet to store your frozen foods. White represents your only color choice when buying a GE upright freezer.
Upright freezers sold by Frigidaire fall into the mid-size and large categories. Its mid-size models hold 12.1, 12.5, 13.7 and 14.1 cubic feet of food. Larger models give you 16.6, 16.7, 17, 20.5 and 20.7 cubic feet of capacity. Frigidaire offers upright freezers in black and white finishes.
Electrolux and Igloo
You’ll find one chest freezer bearing the Electrolux brand name. It holds 18.6 cubic feet of frozen goods and comes in a stainless steel finish. The Igloo brand name also marks an upright freezer. This one has 6.9 cubic feet of space and is white in color.
Capacity and Cost
In general, the more an upright freezer holds, the more you can expect to pay for it. Models with 5 to 7 cubic feet of space cost of $230 to $300 in March 2011. Those with 12 to 14 cubic feet of capacity ranged from $425 to $580. Upright freezers with room for 16 to 17.7 cubic feet of food cost about $550 to $1,450, with the highest prices belonging to models finished in stainless steel. Appliances providing 20 to 25 cubic feet of capacity range from $640 to $950.
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