Groceries can really chew into your budget. Buying frozen goods in bulk and cooking and freezing meals ahead of time can save your hard-earned cash and leave you with extra time in your day to do the things you love! There’s one catch: you may need extra freezer room. If you want need more freezer room, a chest freezer might be the way to go.
What is a chest freezer?
A chest freezer is perhaps the most economical freezer. It is generally shaped like a large box or chest and has a lid that opens upwards. They vary in size from 2.1 cubic feet up to 40 cubic feet commercial size. Other types of freezers include:
- Drawer freezers—Typically found in gourmet or large kitchens.
- Upright freezers—These are easier to access with a front opening door. They usually have a higher price tag than chest freezers.
- Portable freezers—These transportable freezers are generally smaller than chest freezers and are designed for camping or day trips.
Great chest freezers for extra storage
There are many types of chest freezers in a variety of brands and sizes. The size and type that you will need will depend on how much food you are storing.
Household chest freezers
These are the most common storage ranges:
- 90 – 150 L—These small freezers are a common size and great when you need a little extra storage.
- 150 – 300 L—Medium storage capacity. These freezers can stock one to two weeks’ worth of frozen food.
- 400 – 500 L—Large amount of storage, suitable for large families and those who wish to store several weeks’ worth of food.
Mini chest freezers of 90—150 L are perfect for most families.
These are designed for retail outlets and the hospitality industry. You will often see versions with see-through drawers stocked full of ice creams at your local convenience store! Many have two sliding top doors, and they can range in size from 400 L through to 850 L and above.
Things to look for in a chest freezer
When you are searching for a chest freezer for sale online, find out whether there is a warranty remaining. Check the freezer seals are functioning, whether it has a tray, its age and its size in metres. Ensure that you have enough room to store it. Take note of its energy usage as well: the higher the energy rating the lower your electricity bill will be. Look at the brand of the freezer. Some reputable brands include Westinghouse, Haier, Kogan, Fisher and Paykel and Kelvinator. These guys are known for making great appliances that last!
A chest freezer can save you a tonne of money on groceries. Aside from buying in bulk, you have room to freeze your leftovers—saving you money and cooking time—plus you’re helping the environment too! For the coolest deals in town, check out chest freezers for sale on Gumtree today.