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Chest Freezers Vs Standing Freezers:

When it comes to the two most popular categories of freezers—upright and chest models—we find that there’s no clear winner. Below, Jazacart considers the pros and cons of each type.

Chest Freezers

A chest freezer.

Pros: Chest freezers are wide open, except for their removable hanging baskets or, sometimes, dividers, so they offer more usable space than uprights. These models also tend to be slightly more energy-efficient and are less likely to cause freezer burn on food. Because they don’t self-defrost like uprights, the temperature stays consistently lower. They’re also the better choice if the area where you live is prone to brownouts or power failures—they tend to keep food frozen longer when the power is off. We find that they tend to be quieter than self-defrosting uprights.

Cons: Despite their hanging baskets, they can be harder to organize than upright models, and retrieving items buried near the bottom of the chest can be a reach. Their footprint is also larger than equivalent upright models—a 22 cubic foot chest freezer takes up a 2-by-6 foot footprint versus the 2 ½ by 2 ½ footprints of a same-size upright. Manual defrost (which can be time-consuming) is the only option.

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