Best Freezers for $600 or Less

A small investment in a freezer can mean big savings in your food budget

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Whether you’re feeding a big family or you do your grocery shopping in bulk, you can quickly overwhelm the freezer compartment of your fridge if you stock up on frozen foods. A stand-alone freezer can help, and you don’t need to spend a lot to get a good one.

“You can expect to pay $400 to $700 for a decent chest freezer and $500 to $800 for a good upright freezer,” says Nish Suvarnakar, the analyst who covers the freezer market for Consumer Reports.

Below, we’ve rounded up six chest and upright freezers that perform well in our tests and cost $600 or less. (The prices you see here are what’s offered at various retailers, though some may cost a bit more or a bit less.)

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How do we judge the performance of the freezers we test? We pack each model with boxes of frozen spinach, then monitor how well a freezer hits the target temperature of 0° F and maintains it over a six-week period. To gauge a freezer’s ability to protect food in case of, say, a power outage, we pull the plug for 9 hours and see how close the temperature inside the freezer stays to 0° F. The best models stay around 7° F, and the worst warm up to 25° F in that time span.

For more on chest and upright freezers and how we test them, see our complete freezer buying guide and ratings.

Upright Freezers

Uprights have a smaller footprint and are easier to organize than chest freezers, but they tend to cost more.

Chest Freezers

These models tend to cost less than uprights and have more usable space, but they can be a challenge to organize.

Mary H.J. Farrell

Knowing that I wanted to be a journalist from a young age, I decided to spiff up my byline by adding the middle initials "H.J." A veteran of online and print journalism, I've worked at People, MSNBC, Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and an online Consumer Reports wannabe. But the real thing is so much better. Follow me on Twitter.