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The 9 Best Upright Freezers to Maximize Food Storage Space

Popular Mechanics Logo By Camryn Rabideau of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 10: If the freezer section of your refrigerator is packed to the brim, it might be time to invest in a standalone freezer. While some people opt for chest freezers for their basement or garage, an upright freezer is arguably a more convenient option. These freestanding appliances look like a traditional refrigerator, but are all-freezer inside, complete with shelves and bins for organization. Upright freezers come in a variety of styles and sizes, ranging from compact to extra-large models with upwards of 20 cubic feet. Finding the right upright freezer for you will depend on everything from budget and storage needs to personal aesthetics, and we cover all this and more along with our recommendations for the best upright freezers currently on the market. Looking for more food cooling solutions? Check out our stories on the best deep freezer chests, the best built-in refrigerators, and the best mini fridges.Best Upright FreezersWhat to ConsiderOne of the main decisions you’ll need to make when shopping for an upright freezer is how big you want it to be. On the small end of the scale, there are compact freezers with just a few cubic feet of storage space, as little as 1 cubic foot. Some smaller models are designed for under-counter installation, which is an excellent solution for tiny kitchens or if you have the space for a home bar. However, if you’re looking to maximize storage—and have the extra square footage to do so—you might want a larger model. Generally speaking, compact and small models cap off at about 5 cubic feet; midsize upright freezers run up to roughly 10 cubic feet; large options fall in the teen range up to 19 cubic feet, and anything with more capacity is considered extra large. The freezer's interior configuration is another important consideration. Most have a combination of shelves, drawers, and door bins, so you’ll want to choose a model that best suits storage needs. Also, many upright freezers on the lower end of the price spectrum need to be manually defrosted, so decide if that's something you're willing to take on, or if auto-defrost is a must. How We SelectedTo find the best upright freezers for every home, we researched a wide range of top-rated models from well-known brands like GE, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Samsung, and more. We evaluated each freezer on its capacity, size, layout, and features, and took into account user reviews for each model to get a sense of its overall performance and reliability. We aimed to include a wide selection of sizes and styles to suit different needs across multiple price points to suit every budget. Also, every upright freezer we cover has an average customer rating of 4 stars or more.

If the freezer section of your refrigerator is packed to the brim, it might be time to invest in a standalone freezer. While some people opt for chest freezers for their basement or garage, an upright freezer is arguably a more convenient option. These freestanding appliances look like a traditional refrigerator, but are all-freezer inside, complete with shelves and bins for organization.

Upright freezers come in a variety of styles and sizes, ranging from compact to extra-large models with upwards of 20 cubic feet. Finding the right upright freezer for you will depend on everything from budget and storage needs to personal aesthetics, and we cover all this and more along with our recommendations for the best upright freezers currently on the market.

Looking for more food cooling solutions? Check out our stories on the best deep freezer chests, the best built-in refrigerators, and the best mini fridges.

Best Upright Freezers

What to Consider

One of the main decisions you’ll need to make when shopping for an upright freezer is how big you want it to be. On the small end of the scale, there are compact freezers with just a few cubic feet of storage space, as little as 1 cubic foot. Some smaller models are designed for under-counter installation, which is an excellent solution for tiny kitchens or if you have the space for a home bar.

However, if you’re looking to maximize storage—and have the extra square footage to do so—you might want a larger model. Generally speaking, compact and small models cap off at about 5 cubic feet; midsize upright freezers run up to roughly 10 cubic feet; large options fall in the teen range up to 19 cubic feet, and anything with more capacity is considered extra large.

The freezer's interior configuration is another important consideration. Most have a combination of shelves, drawers, and door bins, so you’ll want to choose a model that best suits storage needs. Also, many upright freezers on the lower end of the price spectrum need to be manually defrosted, so decide if that's something you're willing to take on, or if auto-defrost is a must.

How We Selected

To find the best upright freezers for every home, we researched a wide range of top-rated models from well-known brands like GE, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Samsung, and more. We evaluated each freezer on its capacity, size, layout, and features, and took into account user reviews for each model to get a sense of its overall performance and reliability. We aimed to include a wide selection of sizes and styles to suit different needs across multiple price points to suit every budget. Also, every upright freezer we cover has an average customer rating of 4 stars or more.

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