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Freezer Buying Guide

Buy in bulk. Cook ahead. Store leftovers. With the right freezer, you’ll make fewer trips to the store while saving time and money. Take a moment to consider your options and space constraints to find the freezer that’s a perfect fit for your life and lifestyle.

freezer buying guide

Types of Freezers


  • Doors open east to west for a familiar feel
  • Highly organized space
  • In-the-door storage
  • Adjustable shelving
  • Easy access to food



  • Door mounts with a north-south orientation for a tighter seal
  • Holds more food per square foot
  • Less likely to cause freezer burn
Good to Know

Before you buy, research power outage performance to know how long your frozen food stays safe if you lose power.

Freezer Capacity

Freezers come in four basic sizes:

Compact = 5 cubic feet

Small = 6-9 cubic feet

Medium = 12-18 cubic feet

Large = 18+ cubic feet

Good to Know

Multiply the number of people in your family by 2.5 cubic feet to help determine your food storage needs.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Questions to Ask Yourself

What are my food shopping habits?

If you buy in bulk, a freezer is an excellent choice for you. Know that one cubic foot of freezer space accommodates approximately 35 pounds of food.

What are my food preparation habits?

If you prepare and freeze foods when they’re fresh or in-season, you’ll benefit from a freezer. Farmers, gardeners and hunters all need freezer storage space.

How much space is available in my home?

Freezers should be located in a convenient space that is far from heat sources, including sunny windows, to maintain efficient operation. The space you have available, as well as the width of doorways, may impact the size freezer you are able to buy.


Frost-free freezers prevent freezer burn, automatically defrosting about once a day. During the defrost cycle the internal temperature doesn’t change more than 2-degrees, so frozen food is not affected.

Temperature Alarms monitor freezer temperatures around the clock and sound when temperatures rise above optimum freezer conditions.

Freezer Locks limit access to your freezer, protecting children and other at-risk family members.

Interior Lights make it easy to see the food you need.

Power-On Lights let you know the freezer is working without opening the door, increasing energy efficiency.

Soft-Freeze Sections make serving ice cream and other soft items easier.

Good to Know

Don’t ignore the size of your doors when considering the size of the freezer you want to buy.

Energy Savings

Advances in insulation mean today’s freezers consume less energy than older models.

ENERGY STAR® reports that if you bought your freezer before 1993, you’re spending an extra $35 per year than if you owned a current ENERGY STAR qualified model. Bought it in the 1980’s? You’re spending an extra $70 each year.

Good to Know

Any frozen food that reaches 40-degrees for more than 2-hours should be discarded.

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