Chest Freezers

A deep look at chest freezers

When you think of freezers, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is the large chest freezer that their parents may have had in their basement.

Chest freezers have come a long way from those days. They're sleeker, more energy-efficient and less hassle to clean and keep organized. Here are some pros and cons to purchasing a chest freezer:

Things to consider when buying a chest freezer

  • Chest freezers come in a variety of sizes, from five cubic feet to 25 cubic feet.
  • Colour choices for a chest freezer are very limited. You'll find white is the most common choice, with black being offered occasionally (but with an added cost).
  • Because cool air doesn't rise very quickly and won't escape every time the lid is open, chest freezers are more energy-efficient.
  • Chest freezers come in both manual defrost and frost-free options.
  • The cost of a chest freezer ranges from $150 to $800.
  • Chest freezers can be difficult to organize well, making it hard to find what you're looking for quickly. Some companies are now making freezer organizers that can make sorting your food easier.
  • Chest freezers can take up more space than you think, but they can also be stored in areas you may not be using already. For instance, many people keep their chest freezer in the garage or a storeroom, not in the main living area of their home. That way they can stay out of sight and not detract from the tidy appearance of your home.
  • For those of us who are vertically challenged (or shorter than average), a chest freezer is not only inconvenient, it can also be precarious. If you were leaning into the freezer and lost your balance, it would be easy to injure yourself trying to reach that package at the bottom of the freezer.
  • If you should lose power, you can take comfort in the fact that your chest freezer will keep your food colder longer than an upright freezer. Your food will stay frozen for up to 48 hours if you don't open the lid. To extend this time slightly, wrap your freezer in blankets -- that should give you a few more hours' reprieve.
  • Also, think about your buying habits. If you and your family buy large quantities of meat (for example, half a side of beef) at one time, a chest freezer is a more economical option for you -- you'll have plenty of room to store those irregularly shaped packages.
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