As of 2015, manufacturers such as Kenmore, Koolatron and EcoSolarCool sell chest freezers directly to consumers. However, the majority of consumer, commercial and medical chest freezers are only available through retail dealers.
As a Sears brand, Kenmore appliances are also available in retail stores and can be picked up from a local Sears, even if the purchase was made online through the Kenmore website. Kenmore manufactures a wide variety of freezer sizes with interior capacities ranging from about 5 to 22 cubic feet. Depending on size and features, average pricing ranges from $200 to $650, and shoppers typically have the option to add a Sears-sponsored protection plan.
Koolatron does not specialize in large refrigeration appliances, so shoppers are usually limited to compact chest freezers. EcoSolarCool is a niche brand that offers high-end solar-powered appliances. Shoppers should expect more expensive pricing, ranging from $900 to $1,250 for compact or medium-capacity freezers.
Chest freezers can provide extra storage for families of food service professionals who freeze large amounts of food. Similar to a storage chest, these freezers have spacious open interiors and may be fitted with minimal drawers or baskets for organization. Many chest freezers have manual defrost systems and are highly effective at sealing at air, making them more energy efficient than the average upright freezer.