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Best Home Garage Freezers 2017 Review

Updated on February 14, 2017
Did you know a good garage freezer can actually save you money?
Did you know a good garage freezer can actually save you money?

When it comes to buying a freezer, many people want to find something that will be a good value for the money and last for years.

Storing food in a freezer is valuable for big families that need more room to store their weekly groceries. Even if you don't have a big family, you can save money over time with an extra freezer because the storage allows you to buy food in bulk. Also, more and more families are starting to store food for when times get tough, because let's face it, our economy has been less than great for a long time.

Choosing the Right Freezer for Your Garage

When choosing between freezers, the first thing you should always consider is how much storage you need. This will allow you to determine how big of an appliance to get, which is important because if the freezer is too big for your needs, you will be paying for energy to cool empty space you are not using.

Not only that, you must decide where you are going to put it. Most people find they have plenty of space in their garages, but for those who don't have the space for a full-size freezer, there are many smaller options that will fit your needs and space perfectly.

Next, you must decide if you want a freezer chest or an upright. You can see your food more easily and without bending over with an upright appliance; if you will to need to access the contents of your freezer frequently, an upright is the more convenient option.

The last thing you will want to consider is how much energy your freezer will use. Some more cheaply-made models will run all the time and send your energy bills skyrocketing, so keep your eyes open for one that is Energy Star certified. Defrosting freezers is a necessary part of owning one, and though some people might frown on freezers that accumulate frost, having some is not necessarily a bad thing. Obviously, too much can take up room and be a nuisance, but in the case of a power outage, some frost build-up can actually keep your food cold and fresh for several days.

Top-Rated New Upright Garage Freezers for 2017

Here are my top upright garage freezers. You'll also find a review of each below.

  1. Frigidaire FKCH17F7HW 16.7-cubic-foot upright freezer
  2. Igloo FRF707 6.9-cubic-foot upright freezer

Frigidaire FKCH17F7HW 16.7-Cubic-Foot Upright Freezer

Frigidair FKCH17F7HW
Frigidair FKCH17F7HW

This Frigidaire is at the top of the list because of its simplicity and customizability. This freezer not only has adjustable bins, but the entire freezer can be turned into a refrigerator at the flip of the switch, should you need to repurpose the appliance. The door can also be set up to swing open from left to right or vice versa to make opening the freezer convenient in any space.

The temperature control has received good reviews for its precision, and the unit has interior lights so that it is easy to find what you are looking for. It also has an indicator light so that you will know immediately if the freezer has lost power—a very important feature to have on a freezer. Between the light and the automatic defrost, this appliance requires very little maintenance. This freezer will work perfectly in any garage.

Igloo FRF707 6.9-Cubic-Foot Upright Freezer

Igloo FRF707
Igloo FRF707

This would make a great freezer for someone who does not have a lot of space for a large appliance but still wants to have extra freezing capacity. It is small at 6.9 cubic feet and comes with five shelves for storage, full-range temperature control, and a reversible door that can be set up to swing open from the left or right. It also incorporates front leveling legs, which make it very convenient to put on uneven surfaces.

Even though it is small, it can hold quite a bit of food if you pack it well. It is tall and skinny and works very well for people who live in small spaces such as apartments with one-car garages.

Top-Rated New Chest Garage Freezers

Here are my top chest freezers. You will see a review of each below.

  1. Haier HNCM035E freezer
  2. Frigidaire 12.9-cubic-foot chest freezer
  3. GE FCM7SUWW 7.0-Cubic-Foot Freezer

Haier HNCM035E Freezer

Haier HNCM035E
Haier HNCM035E

Another Haier product, this small freezer will perform very well. This is a 3.5-cubic-foot chest freezer can hold 122 pounds of food. It makes a good appliance for people without a large space, such as students in dormitories or apartments. The design was made so that you can fit it tightly up against a wall. It runs quietly and features indicator lights so you know when the freezer is getting power and when the compressor is operating.

That is actually a nice feature; with a glance, you can tell with a look if your freezer is getting power—nothing is worse than finding your food warm and rotten. This freezer may very occasionally need manual defrosting, as many do, so users should keep that in mind when considering a freezer. This is an affordable option, but is really only a good fit for someone who will not be freezing a lot of food.

A Few Good Garage Chest Freezers

Frigidaire 12.9-Cubic-Foot Chest Freezer

Frigidaire 12.9-cubic-foot chest freezer
Frigidaire 12.9-cubic-foot chest freezer

This is a large chest freezer from Frigidaire that gives you 12.9 cubic feet of space. Because the cooling system is so durable, the temperature can be set as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit. It features a removable basket for organizing storage, perfect for convenient access to smaller food packages. This freezer also has a clearly visible power light, so you know with a glance whether your appliance is working. Speaking of power, this freezer is Energy Star qualified, so it's guaranteed to be efficient—saving you money on your utility bills.

This freezer does lock, and it ejects your key from the lock after you turn it, ensuring that you never accidentally leave the key in the door. There is also bright interior lighting for this freezer; all of your food will be easy to see and get to. When defrosting the freezer, the water drain makes it very convenient to remove the water formed by ice melt. This also makes a great appliance for anyone who needs to use it for commercial use; it is NSF certified for just that reason.

Igloo FRF520 5.1-Cubic-Foot Chest

Igloo FRF520 5.1-cubic-foot chest
Igloo FRF520 5.1-cubic-foot chest

This is another chest freezer that works well for garage areas. This size is usually a good fit for the average-sized family and won't take up as much room as some other larger models. This appliance must be manually defrosted, but it has a defrost drain to make the process simple. It also features a basket and shelf that are great for bulk food storage. The temperature control can be adjusted at any time.

Top-Rated Garage Freezers

Height x Width x Depth
Energy Star Certified/ Estimated Yearly Operating Cost
Approximate Cost
Frigidaire FKCH17F7HW 16.7-cubic-foot upright
65.1 x 32 x 29.1 inches
Interior light and power indicator light
Best Buy, Sears, Home Depot
Igloo FRF707 6.9-cubic-foot upright
55.5 x 21 5/8 x 22 3/8 inches
Best Buy
Haier HNCM053E 5.3-cubic-foot chest
23 5/8 x 22.25 x 22 1/16 inches
Power indicator
Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart, Haier
Frigidaire FFCH13M2MW 12.9-cubic-foot chest
35 x 42.75 x 29.5 inches
Interior light and power indicator
Best Buy
Igloo FRF520 5.1-cubic-foot chest
33 1/8 x 28.75 x 21 7/8 inches
Power indicator
Best Buy, Walmart

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      maxsuccess59 4 years ago

      Nice lens, very informative, gives me some good insight for when I decide to purchase one.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have a Haier HNCM035E 3.5 cu. ft. chest freezer and LOVE IT!