Best Freezers of 2021
You can count on these chest and upright models from Consumer Reports' tests
Tired of trying to stuff those 4-pound bags of Costco frozen berries into your fridge’s freezer compartment? No space for all those tasty frozen entrées and appetizers from Trader Joe's? Maybe it’s time to buy a standalone freezer.
Consumer Reports' latest freezer ratings cover more than 50 freezers in a wide range of sizes and prices. And the scores vary significantly, with the best rating a 91 out of a possible 100 and the worst getting only a 14. Below are the best freezers from our tests.
We test freezers under normal and adverse conditions. (If there's ever a power outage, you want a model that keeps your food frozen for as long as possible.) To see how well a freezer maintains food at a constant temperature on a day-to-day basis, we pack each model with boxes of frozen spinach and measure the internal temperature of the cavity in 15 different places over the course of six weeks. But that’s just the beginning.
Best Chest Freezers From CR's Tests
Chest freezers don't come with a self-defrosting feature, which means you’ll have to take the food out periodically to defrost your freezer manually. These deep freezers can also be difficult to organize, especially the larger ones.
The Best Upright Freezers
Some upright freezers come with a self-defrost feature, so you don’t have to take everything out to defrost it. In our tests, the self-defrosting models perform better than manual-defrost models. Uprights usually cost more to run than chest freezers.