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Our favorite upright freezer provides 13 cubic feet of storage space with four adjustable wire shelves, a deep basket on the bottom and five full-width door racks. We like that the base of the door racks are rounded and closed, keeping smaller items from sliding out as you open and close the door. The door can be installed with the handle on the left or the right.

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This freezer includes an audible open-door alert system, which is a helpful feature because when the door is left ajar, moisture from the air flowing in can cause ice to accumulate inside. The automatic defrost function also prevents ice build-up (which would otherwise need to be manually defrosted and cleaned out). A separate alarm is triggered when the internal temperature of the freezer rises, helping you quickly troubleshoot so that your food stays safely frozen. It has a bright interior LED light and an exterior light to indicate a power outage. The manufacturer claims that the freezer can keep foods frozen for up to two days in the event of a power outage.

This chest freezer from Magic Chef is under $300, has a capacity of 7 cubic feet and offers a one-year parts and labor warranty and a five-year compressor warranty making it our best value pick. We love that it comes with storage solutions like a sliding storage basket for items that you reach for often and a removable interior divider that can hold items like bags of fruits or veggies so that they don't get lost at the bottom of the freezer. Better yet there is an interior light to help see everything inside, a defrost water drain and external temperature control so there's no need to open the freezer to change the temperature.

According to the manufacturer, this freezer is not designed for garage storage because garage temperatures can fluctuate a lot, often outside of the required temperature zone of 32F to 100F for efficient freezer operation. If you need a chest freezer with a smaller or larger capacity, Magic Chef also makes a 5-cubic-foot version and an 8.7-cubic-foot version for under $350.

The temperature can be adjusted to convert the freezer to a refrigerator and back, using the quick-freeze function that reduces the temperature to the maximum freezing point of 11ºF. The best part is that it comes with an automatic defrost function that prevents ice build-up and saves you the trouble of having to thaw and clean this giant freezer.

Depending on the time of year, you may need more freezer space to store meats or other favorite foods, or you might need more refrigerator space for fresh produce. That's why the Galanz convertible freezer and refrigerator caught our eye: With just the flip of a switch, you can turn the upright freezer into a refrigerator.

It might be mini, but it sure is mighty. This freestanding Energy Star-rated freezer has a capacity of 2.1 cubic feet and can be stored in small or tight spaces. It's ideal for storing items like ice cream, pet food or other small frozen foods. The sleek stainless steel unit has a reversible swing door, so you can choose to have it open from either the right or left side, and the recessed handle gives a clean look. The two removable slide-out shelves make it easy to access and organize food. The manufacturer claims it has low noise levels, and it also features a lock that comes with two keys (in case you want to keep your frozen goodies to yourself!).

Not all freezers are designed to be stored in a garage's conditions, but this chest freezer from GE is garage-ready, meaning it is tested by GE to perform in ambient temperatures from 0F to 110F. GE also claims that if there is a power outage, food will remain frozen for up to 48 hours in this freezer. This 7-cubic-foot model is a good fit for a one-car garage.

While most freezers have a few baskets or bins for organization, Samsung's 11-Cubic-Foot Convertible Upright Freezer provides superior organization. It houses three adjustable shelves, four removable drawers and three adjustable door bins to keep your proteins and frozen veggies in sight. According to the manufacturer, this model features multi-vent technology that keeps items evenly cooled no matter what shelf they are on.

If you need additional refrigerator space, this model is also convertible and can be switched from freezer temperatures to refrigerator temperatures. This sleek stainless steel freezer has LED lighting for good interior visibility. It also has a reversible door so you can choose what side it opens from, but reviewers have noted that it was difficult to make the switch.

We did what any serious shopper would do, only to the extreme: We pored over hundreds of customer reviews for a multitude of models, comparing all that we could with professional reviews, established wisdom, and our own research into what makes a good upright freezer.

Coordinating all of that with other data, including warranty info, annual energy consumption, and general availability, we were able to winnow our list down to two upright freezers that best fit our criteria.

Like our top pick, the frost-free Frigidaire FFFU16F2VW Upright Freezer has all of the most important features, though in a slightly smaller package (15 cubic feet). The Frigidaire is missing some of the nice perks found in the GE upright freezer we like, however, including glass shelves, a door lock, and external controls. But unlike the GE, the Frigidaire has a reversible hinge, and it comes in a brushed stainless steel finish as well as the usual white.

Freezers are set-it-and-forget-it appliances; the less you have to think about it, the better. To keep your freezer in tip-top shape, you should keep it well stocked and free of frost buildup. A full freezer limits air circulation, making the machine more efficient overall and also preventing buildup of duct-blocking frost.

This Frigidaire Frost-Free unit earns our spot as the best upright freezer for a few reasons. First, even though this freezer offers an impressive amount of space (15.5-cubic-feet), it manages to keep every corner ice-cold, thanks to its EvenTemp cooling system. The cooling unit runs vertically across the back wall of the freezer. It uses sensors to monitor temperatures throughout the freezer, and adjusts airflow as needed to prevent warm spots.

This is also the best upright freezer if you live in an area with frequent power outages. An extra-tight seal around the door locks cold air in, keeping the inside ice-cold for up to two days. To ensure the freezer stays cold while the power is on, an alarm notifies you if the door is accidentally left open, or if the freezer temperature inside starts rising.

This freezer may be small, but it certainly is mighty. With two fixed shelves and a removable pull-out basket, the Midea upright freezer makes the most of its 3-cubic-feet of interior space, and at a wallet-friendly price. Barely 20-inches wide, this compact freezer holds up to 105 pounds of frozen food.

If your floor is slightly uneven, this budget upright freezer has adjustable front feet to help it stay level, and keep all your frozen food from tumbling out when the door opens. Speaking of doors, a reversible hinge allows you to change the way it opens, so you can easily fit it into your space without worrying about obstructions.

This Frigidaire freezer is built for the (kinda) outdoors, and is designed to deliver top-notch performance in all types of climates. Whether you live in the icy North or the scorching Southwest, this garage freezer is guaranteed to keep things cold.

Garage ready freezers can handle a large change in temperatures, ranging from 0-110 degrees. Regular freezers on the other hand are only designed to operate in areas of the home with small changes in temperature, like the kitchen or well-insulated basement.

The best upright freezers allow for better organization of stored foods and utilize less floor space than chest freezers. Upright freezers are available in different capacities and finishes that match other appliances in the home. This shopping guide includes important factors that will help narrow down the options for the best upright freezer and provides a list of some of the top-performing models on the market.

An upright freezer is usually a functional purchase. As such, the main shopping concerns beyond appearance are performance and convenience. How much food can it hold? How easy will it be to find things in the freezer? Are there any special maintenance concerns? Read on to learn more about these factors, plus capacity, energy efficiency, and other features that differentiate upright freezers.

Most foods hold up well in a freezer for about 6 weeks before quality begins to deteriorate and freezer burn sets in. Individually wrapped butcher cuts can last up to a year. Think about how much frozen food the household consumes within that time frame. A good starting point to determine the right home freezer capacity is to multiply the number of people in the household by 2.5 cubic feet. As consumption varies among people, also factor in food-purchasing habits.

Exterior dimensions of a freezer can be important. With the exception of garage freezers, make sure that the freezer will fit through the door of the home before buying. Also, it is helpful to size up the location where it will reside, including the footprint and the freezer door swing clearance, before making a purchase.

The temperature control is preset at the factory for dependable performance, but a manual temperature controller inside the unit allows for customized adjustments. Colder temperatures may be more appropriate for long-term storage, while warmer temperatures are better for keeping ice cream scoopable. Some freezers offer temperature zone control that allows for a range of storage capabilities.

Some new upright deep freezer models feature an average temperature range of 10 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit, with some models offering colder settings. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that frozen foods be stored at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. The optimal storage temperature range for long-term freshness is -10 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. If purchasing an upright freezer with an eye toward extended storage, colder is usually better. 041b061a72


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