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Best Small Freezers From Consumer Reports' Tests

Consumer Reports 1/18/2023 Mary H.J. Farrell

These space-saving models are perfect for smaller places

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A small upright freezer provides extra freezer storage without taking up a lot of space.

By Mary H.J. Farrell

On most days you might not need more freezer space than what’s in your refrigerator. But for those times when you’re stocking up for a family event or taking advantage of a sale on your favorite cut of meat, having a little extra freezer capacity comes in handy.

Below are seven small chest and upright freezers (5 to 9 cubic feet) that perform well in CR’s tests for temperature uniformity and thermostat control, and that run efficiently.

If floor space is an issue, keep in mind that upright freezers have a smaller footprint for the equivalent storage space of a chest freezer. And remember that manufacturers recommend leaving a clearance of about 3 inches around any freezer so that it has the airflow it needs to run properly.

Another consideration is the expense of operating an extra appliance. “The cost of running a small freezer can be as much as running a large one,” says Larry Ciufo, who oversees our freezer ratings. To compare the operating costs of freezers as you shop, check the yellow Energy Guide label on each model.

For more on freezers of any size, see our freezer ratings and buying guide.

Best Small Chest Freezers

Best Small Upright Freezers

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