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Different Types of Freezers

Dec 15, 2021

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Like all appliances, freezers vary in size and usage. Types of freezers include chest freezers, upright freezers, under-counter freezers, and display freezers. Different freezers have different features, such as ice makers or temperature control panels. Whatever type you need for your home or business, we assure you it’s out there! Read this article to find what freezer fits best for you.

What Types Are There?

There are many freezer types designed for different purposes. It’s important to know the differences between these freezers to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Drawer Freezers

Drawer freezers are usually the most affordable but also have some of the shortest life spans. A typical drawer freezer is only a few inches high. These freezers allow for more counter and cabinet space, and they’re often used in small kitchens or apartments due to their size. They’re great for storing leftovers or appetizers, or they can be used to store frozen foods that are consumed regularly. These freezers should be kept away from other electrical appliances, as they might cause them to malfunction due to fluctuations in power.

Upright Freezers

An upright freezer is typically larger than a drawer freezer and has various features that make it the perfect choice for families or people who often cook frozen meals. Upright freezers are taller, but take up less floor space. The doors on these freezers close slowly, and some are equipped with an alarm to prevent children from getting trapped inside. These freezers also tend to be more insulated, preserving food for much longer periods.

Upright freezers are great for storing bulky items because there is more vertical than horizontal space. These freezers are great for people with large families or who host many parties because they provide ample storage without taking up too much room in your home.

Portable Freezers

Portable freezers are small enough to be carried from room to room. They’re usually used for storing food when people have a smaller household or want to conserve space. These freezers are also often used in the catering business to keep items cool until they are served.

Chest Freezers

Chest freezers are the perfect choice for people who enjoy wild game hunting. These freezers are usually placed in garages or outside, where they can be easily accessed. Chest freezers are insulated to keep the cold air trapped inside for longer periods, which is important when storing food that needs to be preserved before it’s cooked. Chest freezers often have a drain plug on the bottom that can melt ice or liquid built up on the floor. These freezers come in different sizes, with some being large enough to hold an entire deer.

Features to Consider

When choosing a freezer, there are several factors you should consider before making your final decision. Here are five important features to consider as you search for your perfect freezer.


The first thing you should consider is the size of your new freezer. Measure out your available space and decide how much room you’ll need for your groceries, meats, etc. Freezers range in cubic feet; 1 – 2 cubic feet is usually small enough for a dorm room or apartment, while ten cubic feet works well for an average-sized single-family home. Large freezers, maybe 20 cubic feet, or even larger.

Blackout Recovery

When your power goes out, it puts your freezer in a tough spot. A blackout recovery feature helps your freezer steadily return to its frozen state after losing power for an extended time.

Energy Use

Since your freezer will likely run for an extended time, you’ll want to consider its energy use. Evaluate the energy ratings on potential freezers to find the one that best fits your energy needs.

Noise Level

Noise level may also be a factor in your shopping decision. Depending on the compressibility of your freezer and what you're freezing, your freezer will be extremely quiet or loud. If noise is a concern, pay close attention to this element when reading reviews or listening to demonstrations.


The layout of your freezer can impact iciness, ease of use, and storage availability. Depending on your needs, you may prefer a freezer with wire baskets or sliding bins. Some freezers feature drawers for easy access to frequently used items. Make sure you identify what items you plan to freeze and how you’ll arrange them before you start shopping.

Where Should I Shop for a Freezer?

If you’re shopping for a freezer but aren't sure if you can afford the model you want, Acima can help! We make finding the right freezer easy by connecting you with the stores you know and love and by increasing your shopping power. Find a store today and start shopping with Acima. Acima's lease-to-own alternative to financing can help you take home the freezer you want without using credit.* Not sure if you need one or two freezers in your home? Check out our blog post “4 Reasons You Need Two Freezers” and ensure you’re prepared before making your decision.

Common Questions About Deep Freezers

How much power does a chest freezer use?

A chest freezer will use between 120 and 240 watts of power when in operation. This is, however, about half the power usage of a typical refrigerator.

Is the upright style better than the chest style for efficiency and capacity?

Upright freezers are often more energy-efficient, but chest freezers tend to maintain their coldness better. Efficiency is also dependent on the freezer's cubic feet. Chest freezers tend to have more capacity than uprights.

What size should a deep freezer be?

The size of your deep freezer will depend on the amount of space you have available. Deep freezers range from 4 to 23 cubic feet, but there are also mini-deep freezers that are under four cubic feet.