Many families find they need extra freezer space as they grow. This may be because they’re buying in bulk to save money or they have a teenager who goes through a lot of frozen pizza. If you’re in the situation, you may be thinking of buying a stand-alone freezer in addition to your refrigerator. Chest freezers are one of your options. These single compartment freezers are great in the garage and provide plenty of space for all your freezing needs.
Chest freezers have upward-opening lids that help them retain cool air. This makes them a more energy efficient choice than an upright freezer. It also means that they stay cold for longer during a blackout, making them a perfect choice for people in remote areas who are at risk of losing power. Their simple design generally makes them the more affordable option.
However, the biggest benefit of a chest freezer is the space. The large, open compartment lets you easily freeze bulky products. This is perfect for hunters bringing home game and fishermen with large catches.
Chest freezers have to be manually defrosted and need to have a drain somewhere to help with this process. Look for one that is high enough to fit a bucket underneath so water can be easily transported away. Many chest freezers have hanging baskets that can help keep food in the freezer organized and can be removed if a large, open space is needed. Another common feature is a counterbalanced lid that stays upright while you’re looking for food.
When choosing a freezer, it’s important to consider where you’re going to place it. Freezers have optimum temperatures that they operate in and placing a freezer somewhere where the ambient temperature is regularly outside the recommendations can impact its efficiency. Make sure you check the manufacturer’s recommendations, and if you plan to keep your freezer somewhere unheated, such as a garage, choose a model that can operate in low temperatures.
Energy efficient appliances use less electricity and are one way to help the environment. They can also benefit your budget as your energy bills may go down. Chest freezers are already energy efficient but looking for the Energy Star can help you pick the best possible model. The Canadian Government is an international partner in the Energy Star program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Canadian consumers purchasing Energy Star products are purchasing a freezer that’s at least 10% more efficient than the U.S. government’s standards.
When choosing a freezer size, the most important consideration is how much space you have. Chest freezers take up more floor space than other options, so if you don’t have much room, an upright freezer may be a better option. Measure your space so you know how large you can go. When choosing your freezer, keep in mind that it needs at least an inch of space around each side. This ensures that air flows around it and keeps it performing at peak efficiency.
The other factor when it comes to size is how much room you need. Consider what you need to store and whether you have particularly bulky items to freeze. Freezers work most efficiently when they’re full as any empty space lets warm air enter, making the freezer work harder to keep the temperature cold. If you don’t regularly store excess food, you need around 2.5 cubic feet per person, making chest freezers the perfect choice for large families.