Whether you’re furnishing a home for the first time or looking to find some extra freezer space to accommodate your household’s needs, there’s a freezer out there for you. But, first things first: the basics. Freezers come in two standard designs, the upright design — not unlike your standard fridge/freezer combo — and the chest style — not unlike the freezers convenience stores use to keep ice cream cold. Regardless of the design, freezers come in three standard sizes: compact (5 to 9 cubic feet), medium (12 to 18 cubic feet) and large (more than 18 cubic feet.
Before deciding which size is right for you, consider your available space. Short on room? The vertically oriented upright model can be a real space saver. However, if you live in an area that’s prone to natural disasters or weather events that cause blackouts, you might want to consider a chest-style freezer, which, if left unopened, can maintain cold temps for up to 24 hours.
Of course, the size of the space isn’t the only factor you should consider — the space’s temperature matters, too. Experts recommend keeping your freezer in a cool spot, like a basement, which will stay a consistent, below-room-temp level throughout the year. If you don’t have a basement or garage, most manufacturers claim their freezers will operate in temps up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. (Cool, right?)