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what to look for in a freezerOver the past 4 weeks we have talked about almost every aspect of having a deep freezer:
Does it Save you money?
Best Freezing Techniques
Freezer Cooking

Now it’s time to actually talk about what to look for in buying a freezer.  You have two big options first, a chest freezer or an upright freezer.

Chest Freezers – Tend to come in larger sizes and great for those that buy bulk foods and tend to store items for a long period of time. It is also easier to store larger items.  They are also considered to be 10 to 25 percent more efficient than upright freezers. The only downside is organization can be difficult with no shelves and you have to bend over to get things out.  They also take up more floor space.

Upright Freezers – Best for those that buy smaller quantities of food. With shelving you can organize and find items quickly.  They do take up less floor space, but consider the space needed to open the door also.  They are less efficient since the door seals but is not pressed down tight like the lid of a chest freezer.  In the event of a power outage they will also not stay as cold as long as a chest freezer.

Upright freezers come in two models, a self defrost or manual defrost.  There are pros and cons to both, but it is reported that manual defrost freezers maintain more constant temperatures.

What else should you look for:

Size – A freezer is the most energy efficient when it is full.  Going for the biggest freezer possible may not be the best idea if you don’t have that much to store.

Light – Having a light inside the freezer is awesome!  At night when you need something for dinner, it’s really hard to tell the difference between anything in a dark freezer.  Also look for a freezer that has an indicator light on the outside to let you know the power is on and all is well.

Locks – Chest freezers should all come with a lock, if it doesn’t it is good idea to get one if you have small children.  It is very easy for a small child to get trapped inside.

Extra Features – Many upright freezers can come with lots of bells and whistles.  Slide out shelving, door bins, quick freeze and soft freeze areas… in general these aren’t features you are going to use all the time.  Unlike your inside refrigerator this is an appliance you will come to less than once a day and only for a minute or two.  The more features you add, the high the cost.

    • Shelia

      We have a large garden and do freeze a lot of things. One thing I found out the hard way,,,if you’re short,,,,a large chest type freezer can be hard to use. I had to practically fall in to get things out of the bottom. We now have a large and a small upright freezer. If I use containers that are the same shape and size, I’m able to store more and keep it organized. The cup like containers like take out comes in works great. They stack easily and you can see what’s inside. I just mark the date on top. They can be reused and washed in the dishwasher.

    • Stephanie

      We just had our big deep freezer go out on us, and haven’t saved up enough money to replace it yet. This would be a total blessing to our family.

    • My deep freezer just went out on us, and haven’t saved up enough money to replace it yet. It would totally rock to win this for our family of 6. Lots of frozen meat storage.

    • Bloom24_2001

      i have a small freezer bout 8 years old. I buy in bulk and freeze a ton of food. specially since i have a son with celiac disease, i make and freeze his meals so i do not spend each day cooking 6 meals. really could use a bigger chest freezer!!

    • supertripletmom

      It would be great to win an upright freezer.  We have a chest freezer and it is so difficult to get the items at the bottom of the freezer.  You also forget what is at the bottom, when you shop each week.  We have 7 year old triplets and have been in the market for an upright freezer, so we can see all the food we have in the deep freezer.  The kids are literally eating us out of our home and rely on deep freezer, due to all the advanced cooking I do for the family.

    • donna

      Top lining has come out of mine it now takes two people to get into it I would so love a new freezer!

    • Donnarevel

      Wish I  had a deep freezer.  Had one twenty years ago.  When it went out we never replaced it! Would love to win!

    • Angela W.

      I would love to win this!  DH & I have been talking about trying to get one soon!  Thx!

    • Angela W.

      I would love to win this!  DH & I have been talking about trying to get one soon!  Thx!

    • KathyP

      I have a small freezer that we outgrew about as soon as we bought it.  We need a larger one now. 

    • Shae

      I’ve never had a deep freezer.  I’ve just started couponing and it would be awesome to have one to help keep me on track!

    • Ladymoon0121

      How long after entering the information does it take to get the confirm email? We don’t have a deep freezer and it is something I have also had on my wish list.

    • robin

      that would be the best christmas present ever for me lolol not being able to afford anything due to liveing on ssi a freezer would totally make my day ! have a nice thanksgiveing

    • Christine Marquette

      A freezer would be a blessing.  thank you for the chance to win one.

    • Tiredmommyof8

      Oh I would love to have a new freezer.

    • Laura

      Thanks for the contest!
      Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    • Elaine BellQ

      What a great giveaway.  Thanks for the chance.  Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Catbusmama

      Would totally love a new freezer.I am running out of space in my freezer! Thank you for this opportunity. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

    • Jen

      This would be SO awesome!  I’ve been wanting another freezer for well over a year now but couldn’t justify spending the money.  Thanks for the chance!  Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

    • linda

      Would love a new freezer my is soo old and rusty but it still works but a new one would be great!

    • GeorgiaGirl

      Woowho! A new freezer! I can’t wait.

    • Dolly

      three teenage boys, I need a freezer!!

    • Christine

      I am using the freezer I inherited from my Dad 26 years ago!. I was no where new then. I always worry that it is an energy hog.

    • Ladmiller

      We have a small hand me down freezer.  I would love one that kepps itself defrosted.

    • Michelleannesmith

      We have a household of 6 and I would love to have a freezer!
      Thank you!

    • Philis

      I would love a new freezer.  We have a small one, but we’ve outgrown it since we’ve been couponing.  Thank you Southern Savers, Jenny and all you couponers who share your deals!

    • Llawson3

      We could really use a new freezer.  We have a small over 15 year old freezer and with todays economy and all the lessons I have learned from Southern Savers we could really use a bigger freezer.

    • SC Nana

      I love Southern Savers! You help me to keep it all together. I would really like to win a freezer for my son and family. Happy Thanksgiving all.

    • AH

      If I don’t win I will have to get out in Black Friday traffic. Please don’t make me do it.

    • chrystalm

      I would love to win this freezer.

    • Adrienne

      I could use a new freezer! The one I have, has survived 15 years of marriage and 3 kids! I’ve been couponing since August and I NEED a new one! LOL

    • Adrienne

      I could use a new freezer! The one I have, has survived 15 years of marriage and 3 kids! I’ve been couponing since August and I NEED a new one! LOL

    • Gadogs1978

      Thanks for the opportunity to win! This would be soooo awesome as our freezer broke a couple of months ago. 

    • Stephanie Pasquale

      We are down to a one income household due to the economy and this freezer would be a huge help!  We have lots of folks offering us deer meat, but we don;t have the room!!!!

    • JenMarie Taylor

      Awesome…off to enter!
      A freezer has been on my wish list for years!

    • Jodi J.

      Wow, what an awesome contest.  Not having a freezer is the one thing that’s kept me from being able to stock up on some of those more costly items, like meat.  Off to enter, and thanks SouthernSaver!

    • Sassy10

      wish me luck everyone im  going to cvs now since my 24h store start black friday sales at 9 pm tonight 11/23

    • Amy C

      I would love to win a new freezer!  I inherited an already very old one from my Grandma and it is barely hangin’ on. 

    • One of these days I’d love to have a big freezer. Been using coated metal baskets to organize the overhead one we have.

    • Anonymous

      sooooooooooooo need an upright!!!!

    • CRUISES72

      I really need a freezer. I hope I can win and store some of the good deals up!

    • Butlerfly2

      I would love to win a freezer.  Not sure if I would choose an upright or a chest freezer.

    • Tpconnor4

      We bought an upright after our chest freezer died & it is a choice that I regret.  I like the organization part of it but it definetly doesn’t hold what my other one did.

    • Lilppsmom

      I like the upright freezer…how great to win one!

    • Bell:)

      One of these days I will win one of these giveaways. Hope it’s this one!

    • Jess

      I want a big freezer so badly!

    • Sheenabsb

      i would love to win a freezer to put in my garage for all the food to feed 3 boys!!

    • Fgschofield

      i would love to win a freezer to save $ for my family!

    • Scharpers

      Oh I could use a freezer to put up all my summer veggies from the garden.

    • Lily’s mom 2010

      being down to one income due to preemie baby w/special needs and a wonderful family wanting to offer dear and their garden offerings (frozen) this would really come in handy. right now we visit family just to raid their freezers due to our lack of space (nursing).

    • TamCoupon

      I would love to have a freezer !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Islandedisto

      Would be fabulous! My kids are fishing and shrimping and would love to keep some!

    • Sidewayz Eight

      I recently lost my job, and only get a little over 100 dollars a week in unemployment. my wife still has a good job but it’s not enough to cover the bills. we usually have less than 70 dollars a month to eat off of. A freezer would be great, because then we could buy more frozen stuff when it’s cheap/free or even do the freezer cooking as you’ve mentioned in your previous posts. This freezer may be what keeps us afloat until i could finally find employment again.

    • Karen

      I would love to win a freezer!

    • MudMom

      I have a huge garden and a pecan tree, so I would love to have an deep freezer for storage. 

    • Nisha1997

      This would be a wonderful prize for someone.  Me?? :-)

    • Doris

      I would love one for the extra space too.  Was thinking about getting an extra turkey but have no freezer space to get one…

    • Gayle

      We have been looking for a freezer on Craigslist and watching the sales, but just can’t take the plunge of the expense; our stockpile of frozen items could be so much more if I had more than a refrigerator freezer, I am always disappointed when I can’t enjoy the frozen sale items… A great gift idea for a family. 

    • Lisabriskey

      A freezer would be a wonderful early Christmas gift to me!!!

    • Blackwellamy

      I would love to win this Freezer!  I would give it to my Aunt. She just took in her Sister in Law 3 children for a total of 5 Children and they really need a freezer, but taking on 3 extra kids it isn’t in the budget. I would love to be able to give this too her!

    • Donna

      Would love to win this freezer.  Have been wanting/needing freezer for a while since I have 4 hungry boys to feed:-)

    • Lauryann

      I would love a freezer. What a great gift!!

    • Srhtabor

      I would love to give this to my sister. She raises her son and could really use freezer space.

    • My mother has been talking about getting a freezer for awhile now. She cans and stores veggies and fruits. Every summer we pick blackberries. This year we had an abundance of blackberries and found it hard store them all. The upright freezer would be prefect gift for my mother.

    • My mother has been talking about getting a freezer for awhile now. She cans and stores veggies and fruits. Every summer we pick blackberries. This year we had an abundance of blackberries and found it hard store them all. The upright freezer would be prefect gift for my mother.

    • Mary

      I’m not on facebook…..Can I still enter this drawing?  I’ve been wanting a freezer for a long time but never have the extra money

    • Cwilrn

      would love  a chest freezer :)

    • Dljc3000

      I have a chest freezer (that is full) but I’m always standing on my head trying to find things.  Please let have one that is workable for me.

    • Tiffanygrnr83

      Need this freezer. Would love to win it. I have a large family (6) this would allow me to store larger quantities of food. This would definitely get its use around my home!

    • Jill

      I would like to have freezer because I need to make enough more freezer meals since I’m single so it’d save me time from cooking daily.  Also I plan to have a garden for more veggies to freeze..  Thanks for giveaway

    • Southside28704

      would love to win this freezer!!!! I need one. only have the freezer above my fridge. have three and this would be a godsend

    • maryee

      no fair – I don’t do facebook.  would love this freezer!

    • Nene

      I would love to have a freezer to keep these great deals that I keep seeing ..but don’t have any room for. :P

    • Shelleyschu

      Thanks Jenny!  I’d love to have a freezer to stock up on more of these great frozen deals and make my own frozen foods and prep.  I already do some of the prep but with a regular upright refrig/freezer, I can’t make that much.  You are great to host the web site and to tell us about these wonderful deals. 

    • IntheSonshine

      I think I would enjoy a little freedom from some chaos if I won this freezer based on the easier accessibility of items stored…..Thank you Jenny for all you do!!!!

    • Catfishes24

      Would love to bring a new freezer home for my mom and myself.  She’s a country girl, loves to gather fresh produce to can and freeze.  I am not able to contribute to our household by working, but would love to do so by WINNING!   Thanks for the chance, and thanks for a great website!

    • Louie7781

      what a great giveaway!

    • Gloria

      OMG I would SOOOOO love a freezer!!! :)

    • Bsn1111

      would love to have a freezer,mostly in this time of rising food prices.i would put it to good use….

    • Mommymaha1

      I would like to have an upright freezer ,i think its much easier  to use  and don’t have to bend down to reach for the food.

    • MommaC

      I would like the upright freezer. They just seem to take up less room and would fit perfectly the kitchen of my home. I really need a freezer, being a single mom I can’t afford not to coupon, but I also can’t afford to buy the freezer on my own :( I have been wanting one for over a year now. . .

    • Keisa

      Nice! Real nice!

    • Sherry Tangkit

      I bought a small chest a few years ago. It’s full and I can’t find a thing. I shop for my family and my parents. I would love to have an upright so I could actually find somethin. Thanks Jenny!

    • Kelliea

      We have an upright freezer in our garage that is SO old (it used to belong to my grandparents) and now it is just OVER frozen inside (it looks like a big snowstorm happened in there).  All the food I have bought on sale, and extra bread loaves and stuff are all buried in the snow & ice.  We need to replace it so badly but with 2 house payments (we moved to a new city for work & have not sold our old house) and tuition to pay for 4 kids, we don’t have the $$$ to get a new one.  Would LOVE to win this!

    • AmberH

       I would love to have the upright freezer.  I am so tired of having to limit how many frozen items I can purchase (while they’re on sale) to two or three items.  HELP ME, JENNY!  

    • Sdeco770

      Wow, to actually open a freezer and things not fall out?? What more could a working mom ask for? This would make life a bit sweeter:)

    • Jenlslade

      Would love to win a freezer. I need a way to store more frozen meals and sale items!

    • Eoliver921

      Just what I have been wanting for several years! The money we could save by buying frozen in bulk when on sale would be awesome! Hope I win!

    • Dewsy815

      We r wanting one to start saving big on meat. I hope I win.

    • jan

      Would love to have a new freezer!!

    • Mindy

      I just had three containers of butter fall out on my feet this afternoon! I would love to have a freezer!

    • Srgordon

      Well this would help out a lot since my refridgerator/freezer is shorter than I, lol, and my freezer is current packed to the brim with no way of knowing what is inside without digging through the whole mess, fingers crossed even though my luck is horrible.

    • Shelly

      I would love to win a freezer! We are actually talking about buying one and it would be great to be able to save the money.

    • LHF

      Wow-would love to win a freezer!  I would love to stock up when frozen items are on sale.  Great idea for a giveaway!

    • Tcdale84

      I have been wanting a freezer for a year since I started couponing~ Thanks to Southern Savers! I have not had the money for one, seems like once you come up with the money then an emergency where something needs repairing happens and its gone…but thats a part of life. I would love to win a freezer, it would be a great help but if not there is always next yr. Now is the time for us to be thankful for what we do have…so I cant complain. Goodluck everybody and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Dobiesnj

      Thank you for the opportunity to win a freezer! I am on disability so I stock up on frozen foods with sales and coupons since I’m single and that’s pretty much what I eat all the time. The freezer over my fridge isn’t that big so there’s not much room in there and I have no way to afford another one. A chest freezer would fit well in my laundry/storage room!

      Also, thanks so much for doing this site. I have learned so much about couponing and saving!

    • Theredhens

      I need a freezer sooooooo bad so this would come just in time!  Thank you for this awesome offer.

    • Cherylvaught

      I am looking to replace a very old upright. This giveaway comes at a great time.

    • Marsha

      Would be great to sock away all the deals!!

    • Freestuff4cb

      Great giveaway!

    • Erinp500

      I would love this for my veggies. 

    • Tina

      Frozen dinners and butcher meat.

    • MommaC

      has the winner been announced?

    • Mdamcd

      meat.

    • The5heads

      need a freezer bad!  love couponing   ..but out of space!!!

    • Shelley

      would love a freezer!  I actually need it for milk!

    • Joan

      I need a new freezer.  Mine is 36 years old.

    • Kristen

      Our freezer is on its last leg.  :(

    • MommaC

      who one the freezer?

    • Beth

      Where can we see who won the freezer?

    • Linzakk

      When will they announce the winner?

    • Brenda

      A new freezer would be nice.