Meat Freezer: The Top Available Models in the Market Today

Top Meat Freezer Models this 2019

Living in rural Pennsylvania, I've learned just how vital a dedicated meat freezer can be. Whether you're an avid hunter, buy your meat directly from a farm, or just want to stock up, you'll need a reliable place to store your goods. You don't want a rinky-dink freezer that will short out and ruin huge amounts of food in a single, catastrophic failure.

With the endless option of freezers on the market, it can be hard to decide which is the perfect meat freezer for you. Balancing out the sizes, features, and specs will have you switching between multiple tabs in a flurry of meaningless bullet points and numbers. Which features do you really need? And how much should you expect to pay for them? Our guide can help.

Meat Freezer FAQs

Before making your purchase, there are a few questions you'll have to consider.

  • Do I want a chest or upright freezer?

The answer to this question depends on your needs. Upright freezers are highly accessible. If you think you'll be grabbing meat from it often, an upright freezer may be a good choice. The front-facing door makes it easy to select specific items from the freezer. In a chest freezer, you'd have to dig to get out items in the bottom. Upright freezers will also offer similar storage space to a chest freezer, but take up less floor space because they stand upright.

Chest freezers shine in their energy savings and simplicity. Because the door opens upwards, cold air won't escape as quickly as it does from upright freezers. Chest freezers are also great for storing massive cuts of meat that might not fit within the shelves of an upright freezer.

  • Features

Aside from size, when it comes to freezer shopping the most prominent differences lie in the features, including defrosting method and energy savings. Some other features buyers sometimes seek include easy organization, frost-free operation, and inner lights.

  • Defrosting

If the freezer isn't frost-free, it may have auto defrost, or manual defrost. If you plan on storing a significant amount of meat, manual defrosting may be a pain because once or twice a year you'll have to empty your entire meat freezer. The problem with auto defrosting is that some freezers may fluctuate their temperature a bit too much to stay defrosted.

  • Energy efficiency

An energy efficient meat freezer is better for the environment. More importantly, it won't unnecessarily bloat your electric bill. If this sounds good to you, then look for the Energy Star rating on any meat freezer you're considering. Energy Star is a voluntary government program that helps consumers and industry to save energy and reduce emissions. An Energy Star rating on your meat freezer means that this appliance will save you money.

Where Can I Buy a Good Meat Freezer?

Sears, BestBuy, and Amazon offer plenty of freezers to choose from. Brands such as GE, Frigidaire, and Maytag even let you pick out your freezer and then show you where it's available.

Price Range

Freezers tend to run from $150 to $1,300. The smallest freezers will be at the lower end, and the most giant and most feature-filled freezers will hit the top of the range.

How We Reviewed

  • Reviewers
  • Size
  • Brands
  • Features

We first took a hard look at what respected reviewers such as consumerreports.org and Wirecutter were calling the best freezers on the market. After compiling a list of potential candidates, we narrowed our list to a range of freezers that cover a variety of sizes, brands, and features. Our focus was on providing a diverse list of the best freezers on the market so you can find your perfect meat freezer.

Top Ten Meat Freezers of 2018

In no particular order, we compiled a list of the ten best freezers on the market for you to convert into your meat freezer.

WZC3122DW
  • Key Lock
  • Storage Bin
  • Defrost Drain with Hose Adapter

For those who are looking to store more than an entire cow, the Whirpool WZC3122DW chest freezer will be your best bet.

Key features

At 21.7 cubic feet, the storage capacity of the Whirpool WZC3122DW is incredible. The freezer requires manual defrosting and comes with a defrost drain and hose adapter to make the process easy. You get three storage baskets with your Whirpool WZC3122DW, which helps keep the beast organized. As for energy efficiency, the freezer has advanced foam insulation that keeps electric consumption down.

Cons

The freezer can be a bit noisy and will take up a large amount of space due to its size.

Price

You can get the Whirpool WZC3122DW for between $700 and $950.

Able to store two entire deer, the GE FCM11PHWW chest freezer provides a vast amount of storage without getting too bulky.

Key features

Like the Whirpool WZC3122DW, this freezer has three storage baskets to help you keep your meat freezer organized. The freezer requires manual defrosting and comes with a drain to help accomplish the task. Unlike the Whirpool WZC3122DW, the GE FCM11PHWW comes with an ENERGY STAR certification ensuring you great energy efficiency.

Cons

There's no temperature readout included with the freezer, so you'll need your own thermometer if you're looking to set a temperature accurately.

Price

Priced at between $360 and $560, the GE FCM11PHWW is at a fairly standard rate.

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Coming in at 16.6 cubic feet, this standing freezer makes an excellent meat freezer due to its size and ability to organize your meat.

Key features

The standing freezer arrangement will let you meticulously sort and easily access your meat. The frost-free operation of the freezer will save you time and energy, unlike the previous two meat freezers mentioned. And with ArcticLock walls, your food will stay frozen for more than two days with no power.

Cons

The biggest complaints on Best Buy's review page for the freezer was that it ran loud and the door can be difficult to open.

Price

Find the Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW for between $500 and $875 - this is a pretty good deal for a frost-free upright freezer of this size.

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Haier HF50CM23NW 5.0 cu. ft. Capacity Chest Freezer, White
  • Holds up to 175lbs of frozen food
  • Adjustable thermostat control
  • Easy-Access Defrost Drain

The Haier HF50CM23NW chest provides a reliable meat freezer that doesn't take up too much space.

Key features

There's a removable basket that comes with the freezer as well as a drain to help with its manual defrosting. The freezer also has adjustable temperature control as well as RoHS compliance

Cons

Reviewers on Amazon consistently complained about dents in their freezers caused during shipping.

Price

You can get the Haier HF50CM23NW for between $150 and $300.

As an alternative standing freezer to the Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW, the Maytag MZF34X16DW provides a similar amount of storage.

Key features

Like the Frigidaire FFFH17F2QW, this Maytag standup freezer runs frost-free. Also, it comes with foam insulation which will save you energy costs. The reversible door makes this freezer a strong competitor against its Frigidaire counterpart. Finally, the Maytag MZF34X16DW has a ten-year warranty for its compressor, guaranteeing a long life for the freezer.

Cons

There isn't a light indicating whether the freezer is powered or not.

Price

$500 to $750 is how much the Maytag MZF34X16DW will set you back.

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The 21.7 cu. ft. Whirlpool chest freezer is a good pick, but sometimes you want an upright freezer instead. The upright Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW grants you a crazy amount of storage for a lower footprint and more natural organization.

Key features

Unlike the Whirpool's 20-footer, the Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW runs frost-free. The frost-free feature will save you valuable time and energy down the road. As a bonus, the Energy Star certification of the Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW lets you know your meat freezer won't bloat your energy bill.

Cons

Like the standup 16.6 cu. ft. Frigidaire, the door can be difficult to open due to its tight seal.

Price

You can get the Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW for around $575 - $950.

FCM75KWW
  • Power "On" Light
  • Lift-Out, Sliding Bulk Storage Baskets
  • Adjustable Temperature Control
  • Recessed Handle

The GE FCM75KWW chest freezer provides a hefty volume of storage without taking up space larger chest freezers would.

Key features

The freezer requires manual defrosting and comes with two lift out baskets. For convenience, there is a temperature adjustment knob on the outside front. There's also a power-on light to assure you your meat isn't going to waste.

Cons

Though this model is currently available through various sources, GE stopped manufacturing it, so you'll need to act quickly to make it your meat freezer.

Price

The GE FCM75KWW will cost you between $200-$300.

GE 5 Cu. Ft. White Chest Freezer
  • Power "On" Light
  • Lift-Out, Sliding Bulk Storage Basket
  • Adjustable Temperature Control

If you think the seven cubic foot GE chest freezer is a little bit too big, this model will likely fit your fancy.

Key features

The GE FCM5SKWW is very similar to the seven cubic foot GE chest freezer. It's manually defrosted, comes with a lift out basket, and has an outer temp. adjustment knob. It also has the power-on indicator light.

Cons

It's a basic freezer that doesn't have any fancy bells or whistles.

Price

The GE FCM5SKWW costs $175-$275, an affordable price if you need a meat freezer ASAP.

NS-UZ21XWH7
  • 2-in-1 freezer/refrigerator convertible design
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Express-Select Electrical controls from the front panel

Able to convert between freezer and fridge, the Insignia NS-UZ21XWH7 sets itself apart from the other stand up freezers in this list.

Key features

You heard it right; the Insignia NS-UZ21XWH7 can switch easily between being a freezer or refrigerator. This freezer even connects to wifi to give you temperature warnings on your phone. On the front of the freezer is a panel with easy to access controls. In addition, the inside has LED lighting, and the freezer is Energy Star certified.

Cons

On the downside, reviews on the Best Buy page for the freezer say the shelves will bend under heavy weight.

Price

The Insignia NS-UZ21XWH7 will set you back between $750 and $900.

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Whynter CUF-301BK 3.0 cu. ft. Energy Star Upright Freezer with Lock,...
  • Measures: 21" Long x 20" Wide x 34" High. Power: 100 Watts
  • Freestanding setup (clearance around the unit is needed). Manual defrost
  • Mechanical temperature control with temperature range of -11° - 10.4°F

This Kenmore Elite standup freezer is a space-age marvel crammed with features.

Key features

Similar to its competition, the freezer is frost free, so no defrosting to worry about. To lock in your meat's freshness, the Kenmore Elite has an "express chill" mode. Activating the mode brings the temperature in the freezer down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit to quickly freeze your food. Additional features include 3 LED's within and an electric control panel.

Cons

The features come at a hefty price tag.

Price

At between $950 and $1300, the freezer is a pricey choice but is well worth it for all of the features included.

Our Favorite Meat Freezers

Product

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Details

Price

01 Whirpool WZC3122DW

Features

Key Lock, Storage Bin, Defrost Drain with Hose Adapter, Manual Defrost


Dimension (WxDxH)

66.25 x 30.25 x 33.36"


Total Capacity

21.7 cu. ft.


Certifications

Prop 65


Warranty

1 Year Limited

GE FCM11PHWW 10.6 Cu. Ft. White Chest Freezer - Energy Star

Features

Three Storage Baskets, Manual Defrost, Interior Lighting, Lock with Key, Power ON Light, Adjustable Temperature Control


Dimension (WxDxH)

50.8 x 27.5 x 33.5"


Total Capacity

10.6 cu. ft.


Certifications

Energy Star


Frigidaire 16.6 Cu. Ft. White Upright Freezer

Features

Four Shelves, Freezer Lock with Pop-out Key, Adjustable Temperature Control, ArcticLock Walls, Frost-Free, Power ON Light


Dimension (WxDxH)

34 x 25.5 x 67.25"


Total Capacity

16.6 cu. ft.


Certifications

Energy Star


Haier HF50CM23NW 5.0 cu. ft. Capacity Chest Freezer, White

Features

Adjustable Thermostat Control, Easy-Access Defrost Drain, Space-Saving Flat-Back Design, Manua Defrost, Removable Basket


Dimension (WxDxH)

22 x 28.5 x 33.2"


Total Capacity

5 cu. ft.


Certifications

Prop 65


MAYTAG MZF34X16DW Maytag(R) 16 cu. ft. Frost Free Upright Freezer with...

Features

FastFreeze, Frost-Free, Foam Insulation, Reversible Door, Electro-Mechanical Control


Dimension (WxDxH)

30.25 x 29.13 x 60.75"


Total Capacity

15.7 cu. ft.


Warranty

10 Years Compressor


DMAFRIGFFFH20F2QW - Frigidaire 20.2 Cu. Ft. Upright Freezer

Features

Frost-Free, Energy Efficient, Power ON Light, Lock with Pop-out Key, Adjustable Temperature Control


Dimension (WxDxH)

32 x 32.16 x 72.36"


Total Capacity

20.2 cu. ft.


Certifications

Energy Star


FCM75KWW

Features

Power ON Light, Lift Out Sliding Bulk Storage Basket, Adjustable Temperature Control, Recessed Handle


Dimension (WxDxH)

37.2 x 21.2 x 33.5"


Total Capacity

7.0 cu. ft.


Certifications

Energy Star


GE 5 Cu. Ft. White Chest Freezer

Features

Power ON Light, Lift Out Sliding Bulk Storage Basket, Adjustable Temperature Control, Recessed Handle


Dimension (WxDxH)

28.8 x 21.2 x 33.5"


Total Capacity

5.0 cu. ft.


Certifications

Energy Star


09 Insignia NS-UZ21XWH7

Features

Frost Free, Electronic Temperature Control, Quick Freeze, Power ON Light, Interior Light, Temperature and Door Alarm


Dimension (WxDxH)

32.8 x 28.9 x 76.6"


Total Capacity

21.01 cu. ft.


Certifications

Energy Star


Warranty

1 Year Parts and Labor


Whynter CUF-301BK 3.0 cu. ft. Energy Star Upright Freezer with Lock,...

Features

Freeze Fresh Technology, Soft Freeze Zone, Express Chill Function, LED Lighting


Dimension (WxDxH)

30.5 x 34 x 73.2"


Total Capacity

20.5 cu. ft.


Certifications

Energy Star


For the smaller end of meat freezers, we love the GE FCM5SKWW. It gets the job done, doesn't take up too much space, and can store just about an entire deer's worth of meat. As for the large meat freezers, we're a fan of the 20.2 cu. ft. Frigidaire FFFH20F2QW. Its Energy Star certification, frost-free operation, and ability to easily access your meat make it an excellent selection.

We hope we could make your task of finding the perfect meat freezer easier on you. Tell us in the comments what you plan on storing in your meat freezer. Are you a fan of farm fresh hogs or readying up for a successful hunting season? Or are you a cooking enthusiast and looking to store the best cuts you can buy? We can't wait to hear from you!

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