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How does a chest freezer differ from a refrigerator freezer?

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Chest freezers open from the top, offer more storage space and have heavier insulation that holds the cold better than a combination refrigerator-freezer. They do require more ground space since they sit lengthwise, as well as adequate room on top of the appliance to accommodate the door.

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How does a chest freezer differ from a refrigerator freezer?
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While chest freezers all have one basic design, refrigerator-freezers come in various configurations. Usually on the small side, a refrigerator with freezer has one door that opens both compartments. A top-mount refrigerator has two doors, with the top one for the freezer section. A bottom-mount refrigerator has the freezer on the bottom. Both are more energy-efficient than the single door variety.

Side-by-side refrigerators have the freezer on one side and the fridge on the other, each with its own door. The French-door refrigerator has two doors and one pull-out door for the bottom freezer. These are larger units that offer easier access to both frozen and fresh foods.

Compared to all of these, the chest freezer is a stand-alone unit. If offers a more economical way to store more frozen food, but users also need to purchase a regular refrigerator for simple cold storage. If space is an issue, one solution is to put the chest freezer in a basement or garage and buy a combination unit for the kitchen.

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