1. What Size or Capacity of Freezer Do You Need?
Ensuring you have enough capacity for your family’s food habits may be the first box you check when buying a freezer. You can determine the minimum cubic foot capacity you’ll need in the freezer by multiplying the number of people in your household by 2.5. For example, a freezer with at least 10 cu. ft. should comfortably accommodate the storage needs of a family of four.
If your family is large or you prefer to shop sales, buy in bulk, hunt and store game or need long-term storage options, consider buying a deep freezer. These standalone upright and chest freezers range from 3 to 25 cubic feet and are ideal for storing bulky items or a surplus of frozen foods from your refrigerator freezer unit. Chest freezers are short but wide and require more floor space than their upright counterparts, making them best suited to set up in the basement or in the garage (if you opt for a garage-ready freezer). Keep in mind that as capacity increases, chest freezers tend to get wider—and upright freezers tend to get taller—rather than deeper.
Standard refrigerator freezer combinations range in size from about 21 to 28 total cubic feet, but designated freezer space varies by configuration and model. Side-by-side refrigerators tend to feature more freezer space than French door, top-freezer or bottom-freezer models.