If you have a large household to feed or like to buy frozen foods on sale, you'll find yourself in need of considerable freezer space. Freestanding deep freezers can offer some advantages you won't find in a freezer built into your refrigerator, but they require more room.
The amount of floor space you'll need for a freezer varies depending on the type you choose. A top-freezer refrigerator can have a footprint as small as 23 7/16 inches wide and 26 inches deep, while a large chest freezer can take up 73 1/4 inches of width and 29 1/2 inches of depth. An upright freezer can provide some middle ground, with widths of 28 to 32 inches and depths of 26 5/8 to 29 5/8 inches.
You may get just 4.2 cubic feet of freezer space in a small bottom-freezer refrigerator. A 27.8-cubic-foot model with a French-door design can offer 8.76 cubic feet of capacity for frozen foods, while small chest freezers deliver 5 to 25 cubic feet of space. Upright freezers have capacities ranging from 5 to 20 1/2 cubic feet.
Chest freezers may offer baskets or a vertical divider to help you organize food, but for the most part, your frozen items will be piled on top of each other. Expect to spend some time digging through a full chest freezer to find what you need. Upright and refrigerator-based freezers, on the other hand, offer shelves in the cabinet and door that make it easier to separate items.
A small chest freezer offers an affordable way to add frozen storage space, with prices starting as low as $170 at the time of publication. Uprights can range from $243 to $1,063, with prices increasing as you add more capacity and stainless-steel finishes. Both offer cheaper options than buying a refrigerator to gain freezer space, as prices for these appliances start at around $400.
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