More time spent at home means more time cooking and more groceries to buy. Maybe you’re buying in bulk and running out of space in your fridge or have taken on a new hobby that demands more storage space. Whatever your needs, Maytag brand is here to help. Our freezer guide can help you choose between a chest vs. upright freezer in the right size so you can stock up with your biggest grocery hauls.

What Freezer Size Do I Need?

There is a wide range of sizes to choose from for both upright and chest freezers. In terms of storage space, expect anywhere from 3 to 25 cubic feet for either type of freezer. As a general rule of thumb, each cubic foot can hold approximately 25 lbs of food. When it comes to exterior dimensions, these two freezer types have completely different shapes, so they will take up space in different ways.
Upright freezer dimensions

Upright Freezer sizes and dimensions

If floor space is a constraint, a stand up freezer might be a good option for your household. These freezers have a smaller footprint and come in compact, small, medium and large sizes. As you move up in cubic footage, expect the freezer to mostly be taller rather than significantly wider or deeper. Upright freezers are a good option if you want to place it in your kitchen between cabinets since they’ll have similar dimensions to a small refrigerator. They also tend to come with more finish options to match your other kitchen appliances. 

 

Upright freezers can be easier to organize and find food in than chest freezers since they come with built-in, vertical shelving and additional storage space in the door. However, those shelves and storage compartments mean less usable space, making upright freezers not as good for storing extra-large items like big cuts of meat. 

 

Use the chart below to see which freezer sizes work best for your household. Keep in mind that you’ll need about 3 inches of space around the freezer to allow for proper air circulation.

UPRIGHT FREEZER SIZE

CUBIC FOOTAGE

DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)

UPRIGHT FREEZER SIZECompact CUBIC FOOTAGE3 to 5 cubic feet DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)20–24″ W x 31–37″ H x 20–25″ D
UPRIGHT FREEZER SIZESmall CUBIC FOOTAGE5 to 9 cubic feet DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)21–25″ W x 55–60″ H x 22–26″ D
UPRIGHT FREEZER SIZEMedium CUBIC FOOTAGE 10 to 16 cubic feet DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)23–30″ W x 60–73″ H x 27–30″ D
UPRIGHT FREEZER SIZELarge CUBIC FOOTAGE17+ cubic feet DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)27–33″ W x 64–76″ H x 29–30″ D
Chest freezer dimensions

Chest Freezer sizes and dimensions

If you have a larger household, buy in bulk or just like to stock up for the unexpected, a chest freezer might be the better option for you since they’re available in the largest capacities. However, the wider, shorter design means you’ll need more open floor space for a chest freezer vs. an upright model, making them ideal for a basement or sometimes a garage. As you move up in cubic footage, the freezer will usually get wider rather than taller or deeper. 

 

Inside, chest freezers have more usable space overall but may lack some of the shelving and storage compartments of an upright freezer, often making them less convenient to organize. Food stored toward the bottom of the freezer can be more difficult to reach as well.

 

Use the chart below to see which freezer sizes work best for your household. Keep in mind that you’ll need about 3 inches of space around the freezer to allow for proper air circulation.

CHEST FREEZER SIZE

CUBIC FOOTAGE

DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)

CHEST FREEZER SIZECompact CUBIC FOOTAGE3 to 5 cubic feet DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)21–28″ W x 32–34″ H x 19–22″ D
CHEST FREEZER SIZESmall CUBIC FOOTAGE5 to 9 cubic feet DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)29–38″ W x 32–34″ H x 22–27″ D
CHEST FREEZER SIZEMedium CUBIC FOOTAGE 10 to 16 cubic feet DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)54–65″ W x 33–36″ H x 24–28″ D
CHEST FREEZER SIZELarge CUBIC FOOTAGE17+ cubic feet DIMENSIONS (APPROXIMATE)72–84″ W x 31–34″ H x 27–32″ D
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map the freezer’s path

Before choosing a size, be sure to map out the freezer’s route to its final location, taking entryways into consideration. It's important that the freezer fits through all the halls and doorways leading up to the space it will occupy.

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