Best Chest Freezers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 15, 2017
What is the best way to eat fresh and vitamin-rich food in winter? Freeze it! Frozen food remains edible for months and the best way to store a lot of it is a chest freezer. It takes little place and offers immense capacity. Check our chest freezer review and make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CAPACITY
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
CONTROL
TEMPERATURE RANGE
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
DEFROST
ACCESSORIES
 
PROS
Flash Freeze function allows this chest freezer to reach the optimal freezing temperature (-8°F) very quickly in order to preserve vitamins.
CONS
It's rather small, so many people get it as a good addition to their fridge freezer.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to the adjustable thermostat, this chest freezer can also be used as a fridge. Perfect choice for use in a car or in a caravan.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
1.4 cu. ft.
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
20.8" x 24.7" x 17.7"
CONTROL
Adjustable digital thermostat
TEMPERATURE RANGE
-8°...50°F
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
~190 kWh per year
DEFROST
Manual
ACCESSORIES
Small and large removable wire baskets, 12/24V 6' power cord for car
PROS
Despite a fairly large inner volume, this chest freezer is very energy-efficient and really quiet.
CONS
Getting food out from the bottom of this chest freezer is pretty difficult.
OUR VERDICT
Midea Energy chest freezer will help you store a lot of frozen meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, etc. A great model for commercial use.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
7 cu. ft. Available sizes: 2.1 cu. ft. 3.5 cu. ft. 5.0 cu. ft.
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
37.2" x 33.46" x 20.59"
CONTROL
Adjustable mechanical thermostat
TEMPERATURE RANGE
0°...10°F
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
~250 kWh per year
DEFROST
Manual
ACCESSORIES
1 removable storage basket
PROS
Danby chest freezer supports very low freezing temperatures, so you can preserve foodstuff for a very long time.
CONS
The surface this freezer stands on must be even, otherwise it will make noise and vibrate.
OUR VERDICT
It's a mid-sized chest freezer that will serve as a fantastic addition to your fridge. Perfect for people who grow plants and freeze them.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
3.8 cu. ft. Available sizes: 5.5 cu. ft. 7.2 cu. ft.
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
33.06" x 24.94" x 22.19"
CONTROL
Adjustable mechanical thermostat
TEMPERATURE RANGE
-11.2º...10.4ºF
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
197 kWh per year
DEFROST
Manual
ACCESSORIES
1 adjustable wire basket
PROS
Thanks to the adjustable height of the legs, this Commercial Cool freezer can be placed on an uneven surface.
CONS
Delivery takes a bit longer than expected.
OUR VERDICT
Commercial Cool chest freezer is quiet and very energy-efficient. It's an amazing appliance for storing some extra food.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
3.5 cu. ft. Available sizes: 1.2 cu. ft. 5.2 cu. ft. 6.9 cu. ft.
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
32.6" x 22.25" x 22.1"
CONTROL
Adjustable mechanical thermostat
TEMPERATURE RANGE
~0°...10°F
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
193 kWh per year
DEFROST
Manual
ACCESSORIES
1 removable wire basket, Plastic scraper
PROS
This chest freezer has a compact size and the design that fits into any interior. The cavity is lit so you can retrieve the produce you need even at night.
CONS
Haier chest freezer is available in one size only.
OUR VERDICT
This pretty spacious chest freezer will be a useful appliance for a family of 3-4 people. It can also come in handy for commercial use.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
5 cu. ft.
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
33.25" x 28.38" x 21.63"
CONTROL
Adjustable mechanical thermostat
TEMPERATURE RANGE
< -8ºF
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
240 kWh per year
DEFROST
Manual
ACCESSORIES
1 removable basket

What is a Chest Freezer

If a freezer of your fridge is too small for you and you can't store all frozen foodstuff you need, getting a freezer is certainly a way out. There are 2 major types of freezers: chest freezers and upright freezers. They are different in types of doors and this review is about chest freezers. Many people think that these appliances are for commercial use only, i.e. for cafes, restaurants, etc. But this opinion isn't correct. Chest freezers are used by common people who need to store up a lot of produce. Needless to say, it's reasonable to buy food in bulk and chest freezers can help you preserve it. Moreover, fresh fruit and vegetables are rather expensive in winter but you can enjoy frozen food full of vitamins all year round if it's stored in a freezer. Some small chest freezers can even be installed in cars, so you can transport frozen food to the place you need. And a chest freezer is certainly a must-have if you grow fruit and veggies yourself - you will be able to store away all your harvest!

If chest freezers seem inconvenient for you, we recommend you to check out our shortlist on the best upright freezers and standard freezers. We hope you will find there your best freezer!

What Features to Compare

Chest freezers seem to be quite simple appliances, yet making the right choice is still rather difficult. However, we have compared the 5 best chest freezers on our shortlist by their most important features any customer should know about.

Volume and Size

The first thing to consider is the volume (i.e. capacity) of a chest freezer. The right choice depends on what you need this appliance for. If you need one for home use (for storing food for your family), the required volume depends on the number of family members. It's self-evident, the more spacious the chest freezer is, the more food it can store. Thus, you can buy fruit, vegetables, and meat in bulk at a real bargain and then keep them all in a freezer. There's one thing you should always remember: a chest freezer requires space, so you should decide where to place it beforehand. In general, chest freezers with the volume from 1.2 to 3.8 cubic feet are excellent additions to home fridges. Larger chest freezers, from 5 to 7 cubic feet, are ideal for storing lots of food. Restaurants, of course, should purchase larger models.

Temperature and Energy Efficiency

Freezers are different in terms of temperature they can maintain. If you need to store frozen food for a short length of time, a chest freezer capable of maintaining the temperature of 15-20°F will be sufficient since some food stuff shouldn't be frozen too long. And if you need to store away food for months, a chest freezer must keep lower temperatures - as low as -11°F. Since any freezer runs on electric power, you should pay attention to its energy efficiency. An energy star chest freezer will help you save up on electricity bills. However, don't forget that larger freezers consume more energy than smaller ones.

Convenience

A chest freezer is supposed to be convenient to use. Therefore, pay attention to some small features that at first seem unimportant, but can make a chest freezer really useful. For example, the best appliances have a fast freezing function that allows quick freezing of vegetables and fruit while they are still fresh. Moreover, the fast freezing preserves far more vitamins and nutrients than a usual freezing. And if you think canning is also a nice way to preserve food, you are not quite right. Canning is OK but most vitamins perish during this process, so freezing is a much better option. Next, chest freezers look like deep metal boxes and retrieving food from the bottom might be uncomfortable. That's why the most frequently used food should be stored in metal baskets. Find out how many wire baskets come with each chest freezer. The temperature control also differs. For example, some chest freezers have handy digital controls - you just make several clicks to set the temperature and it is maintained. The best chest freezers can be used not only as freezers but as fridges as well. However, the majority of chest freezers have adjustable mechanical thermostats - they are less convenient than digital ones but quite durable and simple in use. Another major point is defrosting - any freezer should be defrosted from time to time and most of these appliances require manual defrosting. They have a small hole for letting water out. If you don't want to bother with defrosting, get a frost-free chest freezer, though this one will cost more. Finally, some compact chest freezers can be powered from a car outlet and come with a special cable.

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EdgeStar 1.4 Cu. Ft. Portable Compact

Volume and Size

EdgeStar small chest freezer is a 2-in-1 appliance that is really versatile. It can work as both a chest freezer and a fridge. This is a portable unit that has the following dimensions: 20.8 x 24.7 x 17.7 inches. So, EdgeStar requires little space in your kitchen and perfectly serves as an addition to the freezer of your fridge. However, this appliance has another advantage: it's portable and that's why it's very often used by people who like traveling. You can install the EdgeStar in your car and drive to your bungalow by the lake without worrying about quick spoilage of food! The smallest volume (the one we have tested) is just 1.2 cubic feet, though bigger options are also available: 2.1 and 2.7 cubic feet.

Temperature and Energy Efficiency

This chest freezer/fridge has a thermostat with digital controls and a small screen that displays the current temperature setting. The range this chest freezer supports is a matter of envy for its counterparts: from -8 to 50°F. Choosing the lowest temperature setting, you can store food for many months and it won't perish. If you plan to drive somewhere and need to use the appliance as a fridge, just set the appropriate temperature. As for energy efficiency, this chest freezer is pretty good - it consumes around 190 kWh per year.

Convenience

EdgeStar chest freezer is certainly a highly convenient appliance. First of all, it has a Flash Freeze function which cools the freezer compartment to the minimum temperature (-8°F) within minutes. Next, the unit has a 12/24V cable for cars (6 feet long) that you can use to connect the appliance to the car socket. Thus, you can drive for many hours till you reach your destination, and the chest freezer will work perfectly. If you own a caravan and travel across the country - EdgeStar is a must-have! The lid has a secure lock, so the lid won't open. For users' convenience, this small chest freezer has 2 removable baskets of a different size. A portable chest freezer is supposed to be carried quite often; that's why this appliance has a couple of comfortable handles (1 per each side). Adjusting the thermostat is as easy as possible - just a few clicks and that's all!

EdgeStar 1.4 Cu. Ft. Portable Compact
EdgeStar 1.4 Cu. Ft. Portable Compact
 

Midea 7.0 Cu.Ft.

Volume and Size

That's one of the most spacious chest freezers on our shortlist - 7 cubic feet. Needless to say, such volume means that the unit is really big: 37.2 x 33.46 x 20.59 inches. This chest freezer has a traditional design and that's why this large appliance is very often seen in kitchens of restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, etc. If you grow fruits and vegetables, this large chest freezer will be extremely useful, too. But if you are not keen on gardening, that's not a problem at all! You can buy food in bulk and save up a lot of money. There are some smaller models of this chest freezer: 2.1, 3.5, and 5.0 cubic feet.

Temperature and Energy Efficiency

Though it's the biggest chest freezer on our shortlist, it's rather quiet during operation. We would like to stress that this appliance is fairly energy efficient - the annual power consumption is around 250 kWh, which means you won't be shocked when you receive electricity bills. As for the temperature range, this chest freezer can maintain the temperature from 0° to 10°F. The lowest setting allows you to store food for 6-12 months. So, you can freeze fresh berries, mushrooms, fruit, vegetables, meat, and cook the most delicious treats and dishes in winter.

Convenience

The mechanical adjustable thermostat is on the front panel of this chest freezer. You can set the temperature by turning the knob. It's simple and very reliable. This model has no frost-free function, which means you need to defrost it manually - a special hole will let water out. Of course, the defrosting must be performed after you take all food out! Midea comes with a removable wire basket for storing the most frequently used foodstuff.

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Midea 7.0 Cu.Ft.
Midea 7.0 Cu.Ft.
 

Danby 3.8 Cu.Ft. Chest Freezer

Volume and Size

Danby is one of the most popular manufacturers of kitchen appliances and Danby chest freezers are truly high-tech. This freezer has the capacity of 3.8 cubic feet, though there are bigger models - 5.5 and 7.2 cubic feet. The smallest one has the dimensions of 33.06 x 24.94 x 22.19 inches. Thus, you can place this appliance in your kitchen or, if there is no free space, in any other room. The volume of 3.8 cubic feet is sufficient for a family of 2-3 members. If you are looking for a chest freezer for a commercial use, purchase a bigger model.

Temperature and Energy Efficiency

A mechanical adjustable thermostat is on the front panel of Danby chest freezer. There's a power indicator (green light) next to it. Thus, you always know if the appliance is working or not. As for the temperature range, Danby chest freezer can maintain the temperature from -11.2° to 10.4°F. The minimum level allows storing food as long as the whole year! So, if you store a lot of meat or fish - Danby is the right choice. Concerning energy efficiency, Danby is among the leaders: annual power consumption is below 200 kWh.

Convenience

Danby chest freezer has a flat back panel, which means you can place it against a wall in your kitchen (or another room). The appliance is quite compact and comes with a single removable wire basket for storing food. The legs the unit stands on are adjustable, so even if the floor isn't 100% even, you can still place this chest freezer properly (so that it doesn't vibrate and make too much noise). The defrosting is manual: remove all food, turn the appliance off and wait till all ice melts down, then open a water release hole. However, defrosting must be carried out rather seldom, so it's not a problem at all.

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Danby DCF038A1WDB1 Chest Freezer, 3.8 Cubic Feet, White
Danby 3.8 Cu.Ft. Chest Freezer
Danby 3.8 Cu.Ft. Chest Freezer
 

Commercial Cool 3.5 Cu. Ft. CCF35W

Volume and Size

Commercial Cool chest freezer is available in several capacity options. We have selected the mid-sized model with the capacity of 3.5 cubic feet (it's enough to store up 122 lbs of frozen food). If this volume isn't what you need, think of choosing other chest freezers: 1.2 cubic feet, 5.2 cubic feet, and even a huge 6.9 cubic feet. The freezer on our shortlist is an amazing appliance that helps you store a lot of frozen foodstuffs. Some vendors say that they use this Commercial Cool chest freezer for storing ice cream they sell. And it copes really well! As for the size, this model has the dimensions of 32.6 x 22.25 x 22.1 inches. Therefore, you can find a place for this freezer even in a relatively small kitchen. However, some people put chest freezers in a garage.

Temperature and Energy Efficiency

This mid-sized chest freezer boasts the following temperature range ~ 0° to 10°F. As you can see, the minimum temperature is enough for storing frozen food for weeks! The chest freezer will preserve all kinds of food. However, Commercial Cool CCF35W can also serve as a common refrigerator. Set it to a higher temperature - and a freezer will turn into a fridge. Few people take advantage of this option but it's always better to have than not to have. Also, the unit is energy-efficient - annual electricity consumption amounts to 193 kWh.

Convenience

If you like durable and easy to use appliances, Commercial Cool will certainly be to your liking. An adjustable mechanical thermostat is on the front panel of the chest freezer. There are 2 light indicators telling you about the operation of the unit. Just like most other chest freezers on the market, Commercial Cool CCF35W requires manual defrosting; there's a drain hole in the lower part of the housing. Also, this chest freezer has a plastic scraper for removing ice. The model comes with a removable wire basket for storing the food you use quite often. For example, you can use a rack to cool down a bottle of your favorite beverage as quickly as possible. Commercial Cool allows you to adjust the level of legs, so even if the floors in your house are slightly uneven, you can still place the unit properly.

Commercial Cool 3.5 Cu. Ft. CCF35W
Commercial Cool 3.5 Cu. Ft. CCF35W
 

Haier 5 Cu. Ft. HF50CM23NW

Volume and Size

Haier chest freezer is a classic appliance of its kind. The model we have tested has the volume of 5 cubic feet, which is an optimal choice for a family of 2 or 3 people. The freezing compartment is big enough to store lots of meat, veggies, fruit, etc. Many owners say this chest freezer is unexpectedly compact in size: 33.25 x 28.38 x 21.63 inches. Thus, finding a place for this unit isn't a problem. Note that Haier chest freezer is available in a single size. Needless to mention, this chest freezer is suitable for commercial use and many cafes use it without complaints about the quality.

Temperature and Energy Efficiency

This chest freezer can keep food for many months in a row thanks to its mechanical thermostat, capable of supporting the temperature below -8°F. This level of temperature is optimal for meat and vegetables. If the food in your freezer doesn't lie for so long, set the temperature of 0°F - it's enough to preserve various produce for up to 3 months. Annual power consumption by Haier chest freezer is around 250 kWh - quite a good result of a relatively big appliance.

Convenience

Haier chest freezer is very convenient in use. First of all, the appliance boasts a space-saving design - the back panel is totally flat. Next, there's a power-on indicator, so you always know when the unit is plugged into the mains. The thermostat is adjusted mechanically with the help of a round dial. You can pick one of 7 settings or switch the chest freezer off. Just like most other freezers, this one must be defrosted manually. Do it once or twice a year if you want Haier chest freezer to work properly and serve you for many years. Remove all food, then drain water through a special drain hole. Haier comes with a removable wire rack, which is very convenient for the foodstuff you need very often (frozen veggies, ice cream, etc.).

Haier 5 Cu. Ft. HF50CM23NW
Haier 5 Cu. Ft. HF50CM23NW
 
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