When you don’t have enough space in your fridge-freezer combo and you’d like to store more vegetables, lasagna or ice-cream, getting a separate freezer for your needs might be the best move you can make, that’s why I want to show you how to choose the best chest freezer for your home.
There are multiple types of freezers out there and they come in various sizes to accommodate the needs of all homeowners. A particularly popular type of appliance is the chest freezer which looks like a large box full of ice which will keep your food in an excellent condition for a long period of time.
Chest freezers have a few advantages over other types of freezers such as upright ones. Unlike mini fridges, chest freezers tend to be quieter because they don’t feature fans to circulate cold air. In the case of a power blackout, they will also keep your food frozen for a longer period of time as long as you keep the lid closed.
Chest freezers also come at reasonable prices and they can be stored virtually anywhere in your house, so even if your property is not the biggest one in the world, you can still find a space for a medium-sized chest freezer.
Why do people decide to buy chest freezers? Because they provide you with a food reserve which will come in handy when you haven’t done grocery shopping lately and they can also be installed virtually anywhere. You can have one in your basement, kitchen, even in the garage if you’d like to store frozen veggies, meat or other types of food.
I will go ahead and present you more interesting details and aspects related to this type of appliance. Hopefully, my article will help you make a better decision when choosing a chest freezer, so keep reading to find out more.
How to Choose the Best Chest Freezer
There are usually two types of chest freezers – the short, wide ones and the upright, tall ones. Both these versions are much more compact in size when compared to a full-size fridge, so you will be able to save space while enjoying frozen goodies from time to time.
To determine which one is more suitable for your needs, you have to take into account the available space in your house. If your kitchen is rather small, go for an upright version which has a small footprint.
If you have more space, go for a wider chest freezer which has a larger door and gives you more access to your food (because you don’t have to take out the upper food to reach the ones at the bottom of the freezer).
All chest freezers can be connected to a standard 110V/120V power outlet and they usually have a 3 feet long power cord which is sufficient for most homeowners.
This is probably the most important feature of a particular chest freezer and for obvious reasons. Go for a small freezer, you’ll store fewer goodies. Go for a 10 cubic feet one and you’ll even be able to offer adequate living conditions for a small polar bear in there.
It is important to consider the amount of space you have at your disposal for installing a chest freezer as well as the number of people in your family.
If you have a large family or you’d like to store lots of vegetables and frozen pizza, go for a chest freezer with an interior space of 6-7 cubic feet or even more.
The actual size of this appliance is directly correlated with the amount of interior space. The good news is that most chest freezers are quite compact, so you will be able to place one under a table, on your patio or even near your bed.
As long as you have access to a power outlet, you can install the chest freezer virtually anywhere.
Bear in mind that these appliances are quite heavy, so if you bring one home, make sure you ask a friend to help you maneuver it around safely.
Energy Star Certified
If you would like to cut down on your energy bill and also reduce your carbon footprint then you should go for a unit which is Energy Star Certified.
As you probably already know, this label means that the chest freezer in question has been designed to consume as little energy as possible while still maintaining your foods in proper storing conditions.
Don’t expect that you will get rich overnight, but most homeowners manage to save a couple hundred dollars a year from their energy bill if they go for Energy Star appliances. Imagine how much pizza you can buy with that money!
Not all chest freezers have this option, but some do. It is a great addition which will enable you to see what’s inside your chest freezer in low-light conditions.
The incorporate light bulb or LED will get turned on automatically when you open the lid, so you don’t have to do anything in this case. If the freezer doesn’t have an interior light, don’t worry, it will still keep your food frozen just fine.
In a similar fashion, some units also come with interior shelving options which are excellent for keeping your food organized and easy to access.
Each chest freezer has a few built-in compartments which will allow you to separate your foods into categories, but the additional shelves can make popular foods or ingredients more accessible.
The number of interior shelves depends on the size of the freezer itself and they are made from durable metals, so you can use them for years to store frozen pizza, ice cream or veggies.
Some sophisticated chest freezers are equipped with safety locks which is a nice addition. A lock can be useful in many situations. For example, if you store the chest freezer in your garage, it can prevent others from stealing your food while you’re not looking.
Another use of the safety lock is to prevent small kids from accessing the contents of your chest freezer. Kids are curious by nature, but you probably don’t want them to put their little fingers on a bag of frozen vegetables or find out where you store the ice-cream, right?
In this case, you can lock the lid and have no worries when you leave the house. The locking mechanism usually works in tandem with a keypad, so by just entering the right digit combination, you can lock or unlock your chest freezer as needed.
Most chest freezers come with adjustable thermostats which allow you to control the interior temperature levels. These units feature mechanical controls and they are very easy to use.
You might want to adjust the interior temperature depending on the food you store in your freezer. Make sure you also read the instructions manual to utilize your appliance properly.
Some units come with automatic defrost, others have manual defrost options. With the manual version, you will have to regularly open up your chest freezer and eliminate the accumulate ice inside.
This process usually doesn’t take a lot of time and it will ensure that your unit is functioning at the right parameters.
As with any high tech kitchen appliance, your chest freezer also comes with a warranty period offered by the manufacturer. This can be separated into two or more types of warranties for parts, labor and/or compressor warranty.
The compressor is basically the heart of the appliance and it usually gets a longer warranty period, so pay full attention to that when buying a chest freezer.
As another piece of advice, the hinges of the lid are usually the ones that wear down the quickest, so make sure you find out if the warranty covers them too.
These components are very important because they ensure that the lid closes properly and makes an airtight seal, keeping your foods cool inside.
When it comes to the price, chest freezers are usually fairly accessible. They are preferred by most homeowners because they don’t cost a lot of money, occupy less space and can be used for years.
Prices usually start from $150-$200 and can go up to several hundred dollars for a large and sophisticated chest freezer. Obviously, the interior space is the factor which influences the price the most, so if you don’t need the largest chest freezer out there, your investment will be minimal.
These are the basics of chest freezers and as you can probably see, it is not that hard to buy one. They are very complex appliances, but as long as you’re interested in the right aspects (such as interior space, Energy Star label, and others), you will definitely find the right one for your needs.
Start by looking around your house to find a spot to install one. The second step would be to decide (based on the size of your family and weekly/monthly food needs) how big the freezer should be.
Lastly, set up a budget, look for Energy Star certified ones, check out the warranty provided by the manufacturer and you’re on the right track to make a great purchase!