How Much Does a Chest Freezer Cost?
Chest Freezer Costs at a Glance
- Budget model: $300+
- Mid-range model: $500-$700
- Large capacity models: $750+
- Installation: $100
Freezers are a useful addition to any home. They can be used for convenience foods and preserving perishables such as meat and vegetables. Chest freezers offer a lot of cubic feet worth of storage for the amount of floor space they take up — but how much does this type of freezer cost, and is it worth it?
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One benefit of chest freezers is that there's no swinging door taking up even more floor space. So if you have a small amount of storage space in your garage, you can put it to use to store extra food.
How Much Does It Cost to Buy a Chest Freezer?
A chest freezer can cost $300 to over $1,000, including installation. The exact cost of a chest freezer depends on how big it is, the energy efficiency rating and the brand.
Chest freezers don't have to break the bank. A small chest freezer is a good compromise in terms of size, features and price. Small-volume freezers may be unsuitable for large families, but many come with frost-free features, which means the freezer is low maintenance and easy to care for. You can get a small, 5-cubic-foot freezer — like this popular Midea model — starting at around $300.
If you're looking for something bigger and with a few more features, you’ll have to jump to the next price bracket. Average chest freezers — like these ones by Frigidaire — come in several different sizes. In this price range, freezers have features such as safety locks and internal lights to make it easier to find the foods you have stored in the unit. Fixr says you should expect to pay $500 to $700 for an average chest freezer.
At the highest price point, you can get the largest freezers out there. For example, Frigidaire makes a 24.8-cubic-foot freezer that is mounted on six casters for ease of movement and has the safety and value-added features listed above. You can also find large, garage-ready models. For this size, you’ll probably pay upwards of $750.
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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Chest Freezer?
You can usually expect to pay about $100 to have a stand-up freezer installed. Some retailers offer installation as part of the purchase price, so be sure to check this before you buy.
How Long Do Chest Freezers Last?
You can expect a modern chest freezer to last between 10 and 20 years. This means it makes sense to invest in one with the best energy-efficiency rating you can, and that's going to be big enough to cater to your long-term needs. If your old upright freezer is broken, you could try to fix that freezer or upgrade to an efficient model with better temperature controls. The latter option could be worthwhile if your existing unit is more than 15 years old.
How Much Does a Chest Freezer Cost to Run?
The upfront cost of a chest freezer isn't the only thing you need to think about. There's the electrical cost of running it, too. Fortunately, modern freezers are energy efficient, so you won't run up huge bills keeping your favorite frozen foods fresh.
You can keep the running costs of your freezer down if you defrost it regularly and make sure foods are cool before you put them in the freezer. Attempting to freeze hot food before it cools down wastes energy and may thaw other foods in the freezer, which could cause that food to spoil.