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12 Best Deep Freezer Chests for Maximizing Your Food Storage Space

Popular Mechanics Logo By Kathleen Willcox of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 13: The market for chest freezers has never been better. There was a huge run on deep chest freezers early on in the pandemic, and retailers have finally caught up to the outsized demand for these appliances, recently introducing bigger and better models to their lineups than ever before. However, even with pandemic panic-buying in the rearview for most of us, many people have realized over the past two years that having a few extra batches of chili and lasagna—and the ingredients for a handful of staple dishes—certainly comes in handy. Chest freezers also tend to be less expensive than uprights, more energy-efficient, and conducive to fitting items with funky shapes (whole chickens, round casserole dishes, etc.) Read on to discover the deep chest freezer that's perfect for your home. Best Deep Freezer ChestsCustomer Favorite: Midea 5-Cubic-Foot. Chest Freezer Lightest Model: Koolatron 3.5-Cubic-Foot Chest FreezerBest Organized: Smad 5-Cubic-Foot Chest FreezerBest Large Freezer: Frigidaire 14.8-Cubic-Foot Chest FreezerBest for Travel: Whynter 85-Quart Chest FreezerBest Multipurpose: Saba Two-Door Worktop Chest FreezerMost Durable: RCA 7.1-Cubic-Foot Chest FreezerMost Compact: Danby 3.8-Cubic-Foot Chest FreezerBest Pro Option: Danby 7.2-Cubic-Foot Chest FreezerBest Value: GE 15.7 Cubic Ft. FreezerBest for Small Spaces: Northair 3.5 Cubic Ft. Chest FreezerBest Industrial: Koolmore 20.4-Cubic-Foot Chest FreezerWhat to ConsiderBuying a deep chest freezer is a big decision, and there are a number of factors to keep in mind before making a purchase. SizeHow much food do you realistically need and want to store? Our lineup includes options that range from 3.5 to 20.4 cubic square feet of storage. StorageChest freezers come equipped with different ways of organizing space. We've included several with removable drawers or baskets, which are ideal if smaller items quickly is a priority. VersatilityMost of our options are for general use and are ideal for the basement or garage. We also included freezers that would work well in dorms, ones better suited to use by chefs and other food industry professionals, and ones that can be used in travel settings, like RVs. It's also worth noting that all of the freezers listed below are energy-efficient and should be plugged into a normal household outlet, unless noted. How We SelectedWhile chest freezers perform fairly well across the board, these are the best in class. We kept a variety of sizes, specialized needs, and budgets in mind. All of our picks come from companies with excellent reputations for customer service, and all of the products we selected have earned glowing reviews from users.

The market for chest freezers has never been better. There was a huge run on deep chest freezers early on in the pandemic, and retailers have finally caught up to the outsized demand for these appliances, recently introducing bigger and better models to their lineups than ever before. However, even with pandemic panic-buying in the rearview for most of us, many people have realized over the past two years that having a few extra batches of chili and lasagna—and the ingredients for a handful of staple dishes—certainly comes in handy.

Chest freezers also tend to be less expensive than uprights, more energy-efficient, and conducive to fitting items with funky shapes (whole chickens, round casserole dishes, etc.) Read on to discover the deep chest freezer that's perfect for your home.

Best Deep Freezer Chests

What to Consider

Buying a deep chest freezer is a big decision, and there are a number of factors to keep in mind before making a purchase.

Size

How much food do you realistically need and want to store? Our lineup includes options that range from 3.5 to 20.4 cubic square feet of storage.

Storage

Chest freezers come equipped with different ways of organizing space. We've included several with removable drawers or baskets, which are ideal if smaller items quickly is a priority.

Versatility

Most of our options are for general use and are ideal for the basement or garage. We also included freezers that would work well in dorms, ones better suited to use by chefs and other food industry professionals, and ones that can be used in travel settings, like RVs.

It's also worth noting that all of the freezers listed below are energy-efficient and should be plugged into a normal household outlet, unless noted.

How We Selected

While chest freezers perform fairly well across the board, these are the best in class. We kept a variety of sizes, specialized needs, and budgets in mind. All of our picks come from companies with excellent reputations for customer service, and all of the products we selected have earned glowing reviews from users.

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