Compared to upright models, Kelvinator chest freezers typically provide more interior space for storage and average prices are about 50 to 60 percent less expensive. Chest freezers are also more effective at conserving energy and maintaining cold temperatures, protecting food from rapid thawing during power outages.
The benefits of choosing a Kelvinator chest freezer largely depend on the user's environment, the desired capacity and the average storage period for frozen foods. Kelvinator chest freezers have a larger footprint than upright models and are fitted with drainage canals, making them ideal for rooms with ample space and a place to empty out excess water. While both types of Kelvinator freezers are typically ENERGY STAR certified, upright units expend more energy because they have automatic defrosting. The chest freezers have a manual defrost function, and their lids close vertically, producing a tighter seal to keep cold air contained.
The upright Kelvinator models have adjustable shelving to fit food packaging of different sizes, but considerable space between shelving is left unused. Chest freezers of comparable size typically come with wire baskets, but users can also stack food in closely packed levels, filling the interior to maximum capacity. Since keeping the freezer filled uses less energy, owners with high storage demands may prefer chest models.