Chest Freezer vs. Upright Freezer: What’s Better for a Small Home?

Confession: I hate couponing. Much as I consider myself a frugal shopper, I have no patience for flyers, coupons or meal planning. I admire those of you who plan your weekly grocery shopping in advance based on whatever is on sale, but it’s just not for me.

My lazy approach to frugal groceries is this: if the stuff I want is on sale, I buy it. Lots of it. If it’s not, then I skip buying it. That’s it. No meal planning, no change to my usual routine.

So, how do I manage not to run out of the essentials? Easy: when something is cheap, I buy as much as I can and stash it into the freezer.

That way, even if I don’t catch a sale again for another two months, I’ll still have everything I need. I’ve gone weeks without buying the fruits or veggies I like because I’ve got them stockpiled.

Now that I’m in a slightly bigger place, I’m looking to upgrade to a separate standalone freezer. But I’m still working with limited room. That lead me to the question of whether to go with a small chest freezer or an upright one.

Is a small upright freezer perfect for small homes, or are you better to go with a chest freezer? Here are the benefits of each.

Chest Freezer

  • Sits flush against the wall
    Small chest freezers usually have ventilation is on the side of the appliance, which enables you to put the back a chest freezer flush against the wall. Like refrigerators, upright freezers usually require some clearance around the back. Depending on the layout of your home, a chest freezer could save some space.
  • Energy-efficiency
    Chest freezers open at the top instead of the front, meaning the door less likely to be left ajar by accident. The door is also better-insulated than what you’ll usually find on an upright freezer, which is a bonus.
  • More affordable
    Chest freezers tend to be a bit cheaper than upright models. They’re also easier to find second hand, if you’re into that.

Upright Freezer

  • Better visibility
    It’s much easier to find what you’re looking for in an upright freezer compared to a chest freezer. All your food is laid out in vertical shelving instead of piled on top.
  • More storage options
    In addition to the shelving inside an upright freezer, you can store smaller items in the door for easy access. Easy access means less rooting through the freezer while the cold seeps out.
  • Smaller footprint
    This is one of the biggest points in favour of an upright freezer, so long as you have the vertical space to accommodate one.

It’s the upright freezer that wins out for me, personally, and I can’t wait to get one home.

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