An upright freezer is an appliance that is taller than it is wide, with an exterior appearance similar to a large refrigerator. These vertical freezers typically feature shelves on the door, along with interior shelves and bins or drawers that make it relatively easy to...
Upright freezers range in price from $200 for a 1-cubic-foot compact unit to $1,150 for a 21-cubic-foot model, as of 2015. Larger units usually cost more, and frost-free models are more expensive than manual defrost freezers.
The Whirlpool model WZF56R16DW and model WZF34X16DW upright freezers are the highest rated among HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com shoppers, respectively. The highest rated freezer at Sears.com is the Kenmore model 22742.
The Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW is the top-rated upright freezer tested by Reviewed.com and the second-best rated freezer at Top Ten Reviews. Consumer Search finds the Frigidaire FFU21F5HW to be the best upright freezer.
Emptying the freezer out, consolidating similar items and using containers to reduce the appearance of clutter are the three main steps to organizing food in an upright freezer. This process optimizes the use of space, allowing for easier access to needed items.
Upright freezers cost more to purchase than chest freezers and are also more expensive to run, according to About.com. Chest freezers are extremely energy efficient and, in the event of a power outage, continue to keep their contents frozen for up to three days.
While a freezer chest is generally less expensive than an upright freezer and allows the dedication of more of its space to food, an upright freezer is generally easier to organize. This allows for easy rotation of food to keep the stored items edible.