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Living In: Hays, Kansas, USA
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Slightly OT-what size freezer is a good size for two people? Do you prefer chest or upright?

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Last updated: Oct. 6, 2012 6:22 pm
Posted: Oct. 6, 2012 10:55 am
Commented by: It's A New Day
Oct. 6, 2012 10:58 am
We have a small chest freezer that is about 35 years old. I don't know how many cubic feet it is but it's probably about the size of a small car. I have to empty it out and defrost it once in a while but it has saved our butts several times during power outages. We keep it pretty full and have to dig around to find things but I have a bit of a system as to where things are.
Oct. 6, 2012 11:02 am
Hi, Maridele! I can have a small-maybe 13 cubic foot?- chest freezer upstairs, or either an upright or chest freezer downstairs. I've found a good deal on a 20 cubic foot upright, frost-free, that can be delivered free, but am hesitant because it's pretty big. I don't want to lose food in the freezer! Lol.
Commented by: gderr the dysfunctional
Oct. 6, 2012 11:01 am
hi ellie! we got lucky, because we know the folks at a used appliance store. we got an up-right ge elite 2012 model freezer for 350. still has factory warranty and of course the store's warranty. pay more for an up-right! in a chest type food can be shuffled to the bottom and never seen again.
Oct. 6, 2012 11:04 am
I agree with Gary. I also "fell" into the chest freezer on time and family was nice enough to pull me out after they stopped laughing and took pictures. I now have an upright.
Oct. 6, 2012 11:16 am
(Laugh). There was a woman reported missing in Wichita not long ago who was found by family in her freezer. Sold! I'll go with an upright. Gary-Wow! What a deal! Maybe I should look around just a bit more.
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Oct. 6, 2012 11:39 am
Have a small chest freezer. Mom said why not get a large upright? I said small is plenty big enough for two and I always envisioned stuff falling out of the upright and landing on and breaking my toes. LOL. I have at times wished I had more space. Like winter when I want to make these but don't have enough space for fun and food....Hum, can't find the exact link I originally saw but this is the idea. The one I use has you fill the bottom of the bucket then freeze that. Then put a coffee can in and fill with heavy rocks. Add more water around the can and freeze again. Put hot water in coffee can till it comes lose. Then put your candle in. Several of these in a grouping looks so pretty on the porch or landing or staggered up steps if you have them. I use large cat litter buckets, regular type buckets, smaller cans, containers to have different shapes. Course if you live where it gets cold you can do this outside, no freezer necessary.
Oct. 6, 2012 11:53 am
I've made those candles! We used to make them in the winter when it was cold out. Haven't made them in ten years-have been in a warmer climate- but I'll have to do that this year. Thanks for the reminder, Pamela D!
Oct. 6, 2012 12:03 pm
Hi, For me, has to be upright with drawers. I tend to buy fridge feezer with reasonable fridge and freezer with 4 drawers. Can stacj=k mucho for 2 people and fridge can satisy neess as well. If only freezer. I think stick with upright with some 4 drawers. hope helps cheers.
Oct. 6, 2012 12:15 pm
Thanks, Don! The drawers are a great idea. I think I'll look around a bit more.
Oct. 6, 2012 1:07 pm
We have a large upright freezer with 3 shelves, 3 drawers, and storage on the side. I love the drawers--they are great for small stuff, adn although you think you won't fill your freezer with two pple, trust me, you will, so if you think you need a small one, get at least a medium sized one. I like the fact ours is upright, and it's frost free, which is more expensive but so worth it. We buy at Costco and it's great for freezing meats, cheese, fruits, and veggies as well as leftovers. I also make breakfast sandwiches every 2 months or so, freeze them, then pull them out for breakfast every day at work. I use it to freeze my Christmas cookies so that whenever I start (usually around this time or early November) I can stockpile enough cookies to give out to friends. I'd encourage you to consider your cooking needs, but it's great to pull things out of the freezer instead of having to run to the store all the time.
Indiana Peggy
Oct. 6, 2012 1:10 pm
I have a small upright (there are only the two of us). It must be just about five feet tall, since I can see the top of it. Seems to be plenty of space for us and I fill the unused space with two liter bottles of water (ice). I was told to do that in case of a power outage the ice would help keep food froozen hopefully until power comes back. Also, no drawers, but I have plastic bins, or baskets to help organize. Number one tip: label everything you put in there!
Indiana Peggy
Oct. 6, 2012 1:14 pm
Mine is not frost free, which means once a year I clean it out. The only advantage I was told is that things partially thaw and refreeze in a freezer that has the frost free feature. I don't know if that is right. Something to look into I guess.
Oct. 6, 2012 1:41 pm
Ellie, If you have a Lowe's in your area you might want to look at what they have to offer. We got a deal a few years ago on a full size upright. It was on sale and since it was a floor model and had a slight scratch on it they discounted it another 25%.
Oct. 6, 2012 1:53 pm
We freeze a lot of stuff and the baskets on a chest freezer were always friendly to prevent any entrapment issues, which DW always had...if you ever lost power, a chest freezer was your friend, bitadmittedly they take a big bite of floorspace. We now have an upright, that is sort of "okay" but limited in capacity in my thought compared with the old chest model. Very hard to say what is going to be "right" for another family, you sort of need to set aside the cost difference and tell the sales person to sell you the advantages of the one, and then the other, and decide which one you fit into (unintended pun)
Oct. 6, 2012 2:16 pm
Chest-type freezers are more energy efficient...cold air drops into the chest when the door is opened and doesn't spill out like an upright.
Oct. 6, 2012 3:32 pm
Sort of reminds me of the so-called "Dawn Key Diet"... If you want to lose weight, keep your a** out of the refridgerator!
Cactus Rose
Oct. 6, 2012 6:22 pm
I have a chest freezer, 7 cu. ft. Plenty roomy for us (when there used to be an us). I was told a chest style is perferable as with an upright, when you open the door everything is exposed to the warm air making your unit not as efficient.
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