If the freezer compartment of your refrigerator isn’t big enough to hold all the food you want to have on hand, you’re not alone. Buying food in bulk to save money has always been a popular economic move by families. Hence the need to buy a separate freezer.

A second freezer also gives you more options for meals, since you have more to choose from. It’s nice knowing you can have hamburgers, chicken, fish, or simply an ice pop whenever you want. How much food you want to freeze, how often you’ll be accessing it, and where you’ll be storing the freezer are important considerations. Here’s a guide to help you choose the best one for you.

Bottom casters on this model allow for easy relocation. MOOSOO M

A chest freezer (also called a deep freezer, because of its deep storage area) is best for long-term food storage. The smaller opening relative to the storage area means less food is exposed to warm air when you open it. If you’ll be storing your freezer in the garage or any other unheated space, make sure the unit is designed to adjust to different environments.

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This unit is sized perfectly for small spaces. Arctic King

The possible issue with storing a freezer in a living space such as a spare room isn’t just size—it’s noise from the compressor. Make sure the freezer you choose is noted for quiet operation. Some models are made for use in apartments and condos.

Also Consider

You can reverse the door hinge on this model for left- or right-side opening. Midea

If you aren’t buying freezables in bulk, but you often run out of room in the freezer compartment of your kitchen refrigerator, invest in a small upright freezer that allows easy access to food. A freezer with a reversible door hinge means you can open it from either the right or left side, allowing you to store it anywhere in a room. Some of these are small enough to store in a closet during those times when you won’t need it.