Sears sells Kenmore, Frigidaire and Whynter brand upright freezers. While the Kenmore and Frigidaire models are full-size uprights, the Whynter model is a compact 2.1 cubic foot upright that is about the size of a dorm refrigerator.
Upright freezers make organizing food easier than chest freezers. The cooling coils run through the shelves to provide even temperatures for the unit. Prepared foods in boxes and foods the consumer places in rigid containers stack to maximize storage. However, it is sometimes more difficult to store large frozen items, such as turkeys or other large cuts of meat in an upright freezer. Inside the upright freezer, the shelves cause a loss of 10 to 15 percent of the available storage area when compared to the same size chest freezer.
Upright freezers require less floor space than a comparable sized chest freezer. Most fit in about the same space as a refrigerator, while a chest freezer takes about the same floor space as a washer and dryer combined. While the upright freezer requires more vertical space, the area above a chest freezer must be clear to open the lid.
Some upright freezers offer a self-defrost cycle for added convenience. However, this cycle adds to the overall cost of the upright freezer, which is already more than the chest freezer.