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Best chest freezers 2024 – recommended by appliance experts

These are the best chest freezers from household names, like GE, Midea, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, and Kenmore.

One of the best chest freezers on the market, a Whirlpool chest freezer
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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: GE Chest Freezer
3. Best value: Midea Chest Freezer
4.  Best for garages: Frigidaire 14.8 cu ft
5. Best large: GE 21.7 cu ft
6. Best energy efficient: Danby 7.2 cu ft
7. Most versatile: Whirlpool 9 cu ft
8. Best budget: Midea Mini Chest
9. Best portable: Whynter Portable Freezer
10. Best compact: Magic Chef Chest Freezer
13. How to choose
14. How we research

Whether you're hosting around festivities or living in a large household, the freezer always fills up. That's when a good chest freezer comes in handy. You can prep ahead, store any overflow, and not need to worry about catering.

With this in mind, I've researched the best chest freezers on the market. I've written our guide for the best refrigerators, so wanted to find the perfect companion for when your home is that little bit busier. 

After reading through thousands of reviews, I've narrowed down the best options for every household. Whether you need a compact and portable option or one with deep, unfillable capacity, there will be one for you. From household names such as GE, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire, to chest freezer specialists, these are the best on the market. Some even double-up as refrigerators.

The quick list

Here's a short introduction to out top picks. If you want to find out more, we dive deep into the details further down our guide.

The best chest freezers 2024

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The best chest freezers in 2024

The best chest freezer overall

1. GE Chest Freezer

A do-it-all, reliable chest freezer for family homes

Specifications

Dimensions: 43.75 x 24 x 33.375 inches
Capacity: 10.74 cubic feet
Temperature range: 0 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit

Reasons to buy

+
Easy to clean 
+
Good capacity
+
Interior light
+
Works in range of climates
+
Smaller option available

Reasons to avoid

-
Have to manually defrost
-
Lid needs propping up
Buy it if

✅ You'll keep this in the garage: it works in non-climate-controlled areas
✅ You have unreliable power: this keeps cool for two days after power cuts
✅ You have a family home: this has good capacity

Don't buy it if:

❌ You often have your hands full: the lid doesn't prop open
❌ You're not a keen cleaner: this requires manual defrosting
You're short on space: this is quite big

The bottom line

🔎 GE Chest Freezer: perfect for most homes, this offers reliable cooling and considerable capacity. The lid not propping open is annoying though.

If you've owned a GE appliance before, it won't come as a surprise to you that their garage-ready, 10.7 cu ft, manual defrost chest freezer is the best on the market. The general consensus (between customers and experts alike) is that this is the most family-friendly option on the market.

A 10.7 cubic feet capacity might not sound like much, but in a chest freezer, that's considerable. It has plenty of room for a family. Online reviewers described it as 'spacious', but not so deep that you can't reach the bottom. It's often reviewed by large families and praised for its capacity. If that sounds like too much for you, GE makes an identical model, just 2 cu ft smaller, perfect for smaller families.

It also features adjustable temperature controls, which can be accurately adjusted to suit how filled and how frozen you want your contents to be. If you have a power cut and this gets disconnected, the GE will keep your contents frozen for two days and flash a warning light to let you know something is wrong. If this wasn't hardy enough, the GE can work in a range of ambient temperatures, from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you've got room in a garage, basement, or shed, this is perfect for putting in there.

When it comes to cleaning, this is good and bad. It's great, because there are two, interior bins, which lift out for a thorough, easy clean. However, it's a manual defrost freezer, so will need you to unplug it and defrost it to avoid any build-up of frost and ice. I wouldn't try to clean it with the bins inside either, because the lid can't prop up. It will most likely fall down onto you, which is very frustrating.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpaceEnough for a family★★★★★
StorageComes with useful baskets★★★★★
ValueGreat for what you get★★★★★

The best value chest freezer

2. Midea Chest Freezer

Quick, quiet, and excellent value, this is a popular model

Specifications

Dimensions: 21.7"D x 32.1"W x 33.5"H
Capacity: 7 cu ft
Temperature range: -18 to 10 degrees

Reasons to buy

+
Reasonable price
+
Neat storage options
+
Stay-open lid
+
Quiet and quick

Reasons to avoid

-
Small warranty period
-
Limited capacity
Buy it if

✅ You want easy access: this has a neat basket for smaller storage
✅ You have your hands full:
the lid stays open whilst you use it
✅ You're short on space:
this is compact

Don't buy it if:

❌ You like organisation options: this only has the basket
❌ You live on your own:
help on delivery isn't reliable
You're clumsy: this dents relatively easily

The bottom line

🔎 Midea Chest Freezer: popular amongst reviewers, this compact, speedy freezer offers everything you might want. Just be careful not to dent it.

Chest freezers can get expensive and, whilst I don't recommend cutting costs too much, there are places you can save money. Midea's 7.0 cu ft model is the perfect balance of cost and quality.

In reviews, the Midea is almost always praised as a durable chest freezer. It's not the biggest on the market, so the people who own one tend to describe their spaces as 'small' or 'urban'. In line with this, it's also lightweight and easy to move around the home, another perk of being a little smaller than others. 

Even though this is inexpensive, lots of customer reviews say that this has exceeded their expectations and stood the test of time. They've had theirs for years and are still enjoying it at full capacity. It's quiet, it's energy efficient, and offers an adjustable thermostat which ranges from -12 degrees to -28 degrees Fahrenheit.

Accessing the Midea is also easy. The door stays open at whichever angle you choose, so you're free to dive deep into the freezer without the lid closing in on you. Midea includes a basket for smaller foods that you might want to keep high up. Most people thought this was really useful, but some felt that it got in the way of their storage capacity. If you want capacity, this might be a bit small. I'd recommend it for homes of one person or a couple, no more.

I actually struggled to find criticism with this. The biggest issue people had was storage solutions inside: some wanted more compartments and baskets, others wanted less. It's a very personal decision, so I think Midea is probably doing a good job as they are.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpaceEasy to maximize on capacity★★★★★
StorageSome people would like more options★★★★
ValueExcellent value★★★★★

The best large chest freezer

3. Frigidaire 24.8 cu ft Chest Freezer

For immense capacity without compromise

Specifications

Dimensions: 31.75 x 83.12 x 31.5 inches
Capacity: 24.8 cu ft
Temperature range: 40-110

Reasons to buy

+
Huge capacity
+
Wheels for easy movement
+
Basket storage options
+
Great value

Reasons to avoid

-
Baskets are small
-
Expensive
-
Large footprint
Buy it if

✅ You want good value: this is a great price
✅ You need capacity:
this is huge
✅ You'll move this around:
it has some wheels on the bottom

Don't buy it if:

❌ You need storage option: this only has a few baskets
❌ You're short on space:
this is large
You're an aesthetic perfectionist: this easily scrapes in transit

The bottom line

🔎 Frigidaire Chest Freezer: if you need capacity without compromise, this is the best investment you'll make. The storage baskets are a little small though, so you might want to buy more.

There's nearly 25 cubic feet of capacity inside this absolute cavern of a chest freezer, so I don't want to hear any excuses about capacity. This is close to commercial. It's great for big families or, if you hunt, game.  

With great capacity comes great opportunities to make mistakes. Luckily, Frigidaire has dodged them all. The first is storage. A huge, deep chest freezer could be hard to reach right to the bottom of. However, Frigidaire includes some useful, slide-able baskets at the top. If you have small items that you don't want to lose, they'll sit in here. For your bigger bags of ice and stackable goods, there's plenty of room lower down.

The digital temperature control is easy to use, effective, and reliable. When the temperature changes and the Frigidaire isn't sure why, it has an alarm which will let you know that something needs checking. 

Lots of customer reviews complement the temperature consistency, which holds even in ambient, fluctuating environments such as garages and sheds. Even better, it has a freeze boosting option if you need the cold to get to work, ultra fast. 

Overall, reviewers felt this was good quality, good value, and exceptionally spacious. Criticisms were few and far between. However, a few reviewers note that these arrive with scrapes and dents, so make sure you buy from a reputable stockist with guaranteed returns. Some people would have liked to see a few more baskets up top. Two seemed to be fine for most people, but you can purchase spares on Amazon relatively inexpensively.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpacePlenty of space - too much for some★★★★
StorageBaskets and main freezer options★★★★★
ValueExpensive, but worth it★★★★

The best chest freezer for garages

4. Frigidaire 14.8 cu ft Chest Freezer

Great for overflow food storage

Specifications

Dimensions: 55.75 x 29.56 x 32.5 in.
Capacity: 14.8 cu. ft.
Range: -10 to 10 Fahrenheit

Reasons to buy

+
Big capacity
+
LED lights
+
Lid can lock down

Reasons to avoid

-
Wheels need to be attached
-
Would like more seal reassurance
Buy it if

✅ You need capacity: this is big
✅ You want storage options:
the slide-able baskets are versatile
✅ You'll keep this in the garage:
it can handle ambient temperatures

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want secure sealing: this doesn't make a noise to let you know it's shut
❌ You don't like manual defrost:
this frosts up quite quickly
You'll use the wheels: you need to attach these yourself

The bottom line

🔎 Frigidaire Chest Freezer: the perfect overflow freezer for garages, this offers capacity and quality. However, it doesn't come with a high temperature alarm, so some people worry about the seal.

With the extreme weather we've been experiencing over the last few years, a garage-appropriate freezer needs to be pretty tough. Out of all those on the market, Frigidaire's 14.8 cu ft model is the best, according to both expert reviewers and everyday customers. This can keep a well-regulated temperature in unstable, hot and cold conditions, so you can leave it in the garage and you won't need to worry about it.

Everyone praises this, especially those who have big homes. It's great for large families, offering slide-able baskets and plenty of depth for big bags of frozen food. There are useful LED lights which help you to see food inside, so you can make sure you're reaching for the right bag. 

Customers also say that this is quiet and, once you've attached the caster wheels, easy to move around. When you want to close the lid, there's a lock, with a key that will pop out for safety. Lots of people liked this feature, but I found a number of people who would have liked a little more reassurance that this is properly sealed. Some freezers make a hissing noise when they shut, reassuring you that it is well and truly closed. The Frigidaire doesn't and also lacks a 'high temperature' alarm, leaving a few users on edge. 

The other drawback is that this is a relatively expensive chest freezer and yet it needs manual defrosting. Lots of customers felt that the frost builds up quicker on here than on any other chest freezer, so this is a little higher maintenance than others on the market.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpaceReasonable capacity★★★★
StorageGood options★★★★
ValueSeal is a little unreliable★★★★

The best chest freezer for versatility

5. Whirlpool 9 cu ft Chest Freezer

A hard-working, multi-functional appliance

Specifications

Dimensions: 28.7 x 36 x 39.2 in.
Capacity: 9 cu. ft.
Temperature range: n/a

Reasons to buy

+
Fridge and freezer functions
+
Temperature alert
+
Stay-open lid
+
Good storage options
+
Energy star certified
+
Can go in garage

Reasons to avoid

-
Alert isn't audible
-
Makes some noise
Buy it if

✅ You need more fridge and freezer space: this can switch between the two
✅ You often have your arms full:
this has a stay-open lid
✅ You watch your utilities:
this is energy efficient

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're not very observant: this only has a visual temperature alert
❌ You're short on space:
this is quite bulky
You want maximum capacity: there are bigger options available

The bottom line

🔎 Whirlpool 9 cu ft Chest Freezer: this fridge-freezer combo will alert you when the temperature drops too low, but only with a red light, not a loud sound alert.

If you can't make up up your mind between a freezer and a fridge, you need something that can perform both functions. Enter the Whirlpool: it has settings that can turn it from freezer to refrigerator and then back to freezer again. It's incredibly versatile. 

Aside from the obvious dual-function, Whirlpool has integrated lots of other well-considered features. The stay-open lid will stay in a fixed position, giving you room to root around in the freezer without needing to worry about the lid closing in on you. It's also suitable for ambient rooms, such as garages and sheds, as well as Energy Star certified. 

Customers praised the convenient baskets and storage options, finding it easy to maximise on all 9 cubic feet of space. They also liked the bright lighting inside, which made it easy to see what was inside. On the outside, the indicator lights made it easy to keep an eye on temperature and functions too. 

Criticisms fell into two categories: the first was that this makes enough noise to be 'just about heard outside of the pantry'. Other people said that they wished this had an audible alert as well as a visual alert for any temperature issues, as it's easy to miss the light.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpacePlenty of fridge or freezer room★★★★★
StorageGenerally good★★★★
ValueA little noisy and lacks some features★★★★

The best chest freezer for energy efficiency

6. Danby Chest Freezer

An energy and space efficient option

Specifications

Dimensions: 22.2 x 39.94 x 33.4 inches
Capacity: 7.2 cu ft
Temperature range: -24 to 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit

Reasons to buy

+
Energy efficient
+
Crafted with EPA approval
+
Reasonable capacity

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited color options
Buy it if

✅ You're all about energy efficiency: this has an Energy Star
✅ You care about the environment:
this has EPA approval
✅ You're short on space:
this is compact

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're on a budget: there are cheaper models
❌ You want color options:
this only comes in black
You are a perfectionist: these often arrive dented

The bottom line

🔎 Danby Chest Freezer: energy and space efficient, this is perfect for small spaces. It lacks capacity and versatility, so is better as a basic model.

The Danby is only available in a black colorway. I like the sleek design and wish more chest freezers came in this colorway, but that's the first thing you should know about this chest freezer. You'll either love how it looks, or you'll hate it.

Looking past the aesthetics, this has some great eco-credentials. Danby were using an eco-friendly refrigerant (R600a, which doesn't deplete the ozone layer like other chemicals formerly used) before it became a requirement.  It has also been designed according to the US Environmental Protection Agency Standards and comes with good energy efficiency ratings. If you care about the environment (and your utilities) that will be music to your ears.

This has a reasonable 7.2 cubic feet capacity. It comes with one basket for storing smaller items in too, so it's easy to organise your storage well. In reviews, people commented on the spacious interior as well as the quality of this refrigerator. Generally, customers say this feels premium and runs very quietly.

There are some criticisms of the Danby. It has a certain 'manufacturing odor' which you'll notice as soon as it arrives. Customers all said that one clean with water and vinegar can get rid of this, but it's worth noting. Also, if you receive an old instruction manual, you'll be told that this can't be kept in the garage. If you consult Danby directly or look at their website, you'll see that it can. However, going against the instruction manual can feel a little risky. 

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpaceSmaller than others★★★★
StorageSimple and straightforward, but could be easier★★★★
ValueRelatively expensive for what it is★★★★

The best budget chest freezer

7. Midea Mini Chest Freezer

A mini version of the best on the market

Specifications

Dimensions: 19.5 x 21.5 x 33.5 inches
Capacity: 3.5 cubic feet
Temperature range: -11. to 10.4 Fahrenheit

Reasons to buy

+
Portable
+
Good space efficiency
+
Stay-open lid
+
Quiet

Reasons to avoid

-
Need to keep upright
-
Risk damaging
Buy it if

✅ You are short on space: this is compact
✅ You'll move this around:
this is portable
✅ You have an open-plan house:
this is quiet

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're a little clumsy: this is easily damaged
❌ You need capacity:
this is small
You'll move this in a van: it needs to stay upright

The bottom line

🔎 Midea Mini Chest Freezer: perfect for small spaces (and small budgets) the Midea is like a shrunken version of our favorite appliances. It's quite fragile though.

Whilst I never recommend skimping on chest freezers, there are some good, budget options on the market. The Midea Mini is the best of those. It comes with a small footprint and even smaller price tag. Thankfully, you won't need to make many compromises either: this is like a mini version of some of the best on this list.

The Midea is designed with lots of user-friendly features. It has a stay-open lid, so it's easy to reach deep inside the freezer. On top, there are some adjustable baskets for smaller freezer goods, but there's also a considerable 3.5 cubic feet of space for storing bigger bags of frozen food.

When working, this is really quiet. Reviewers say that it runs at 42 dBA, which will make it one of the quietest appliances in your kitchen. That makes it perfect for small apartments and studios, because once it's tucked away, you wouldn't know it's there. 

For all of the good features, this is also a little limited. It has to thaw fully before you can transport it and you'll need to keep it upright. It's pretty fragile too, so if you're moving it around, you're likely to damage the compressor. If it's out of the two year warranty, you'll have to start from the very beginning.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
SpaceLimited capacity★★★★
StorageEasy to tuck away★★★★★
ValueA little fragile★★★

The best portable chest freezer

8. Whynter Portable Freezer

A fridge and a freezer in one, portable option

Specifications

Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.5 x 20.5 inches
Capacity: 1.4 cubic feet
Temperature range: -8 to 50 degrees

Reasons to buy

+
Can be fridge or freezer
+
Fast freeze option
+
Completely portable

Reasons to avoid

-