Buying a freezer

Get the low down on buying a cool and chilled-out freezer

A stand-alone freezer. (Image credit: Haier)

A stand-alone freezer. (Image credit: Haier)

Most refrigerators come equipped with their own freezers. While suitable for storing small-to-medium sized foodstuffs, they usually fail to meet the requirements of an average family household. Instead of being overly selective with the food you keep, it might be a good idea to buy a secondary ‘stand-alone’ freezer. This guide is designed to help you understand the basics.

Chest vs. upright

Freezers come in two basic varieties: chest and upright (also known as vertical). Chest freezers have a box-like design with a lid running along the top, while upright freezers resemble a traditional fridge with a front-mounted door. Both types have their own specific strengths and weaknesses, depending on your needs and we’ll look at these to help you make the right choice for your budget.

Ease of access

One of the advantages of an upright freezer is that your food is always within easy reach. Just like in a fridge, the contents are stored on horizontal shelves that can be accessed by simply opening the freezer door. Chest freezers, on the other hand, require you to ‘stack’ your food vertically. This can make it difficult to reach items stored at the bottom, especially in larger models. Some chest freezers come with removable baskets that can be lifted out for easier access – although this is still less convenient than upright freezers.

Dimensions

Before buying a freezer, it’s important to measure up your available floor space to ensure it will fit. Like most household appliances, a freezer’s dimensions are usually measured in millimetres and divided into height (h), width (w) and depth (d). Generally speaking, chest freezers are bulkier than upright models, although upright freezers are often taller – up to 1800mm and over.

Both types of freezer also come in miniaturised ‘compact’ sizes that share similar dimensions to an average bar fridge; a handy option if you live in a small apartment. Before visiting our store, check out the Good Guys online product catalogue for the dimensions of all available freezer models.

It’s impossible to give the ‘general dimensions’ of an upright or chest freezer, as every vendor offers a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. This is why it is important to measure up your intended floor space before walking into a store.

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