First we have to determine which chest freezers qualify as small freezers.  Depending on their needs one person’s compact freezer could be another person’s large freezer. In general though a good rule of thumb is that any freezer 5.0 cu.ft. or less is considered within the classification of small freezers.

Danby DCF401W1 3.6 Cu Ft. Chest Small Freezers Full View

Why would you want one of the chest-style small freezers instead of a compact upright freezer? Chest freezers do have their benefits and drawbacks.  Because nothing can fall out when you open them, they can hold more frozen food than a comparable upright version even when considering the door storage of upright freezers.  Chest freezers are generally less expensive to buy than uprights and are more energy efficient.

On the downside, they take up more space for the same cu. ft. in size.  They also can be more difficult to organize and access than an upright freezer which has individually accessible shelves and storage in the door.

Many chest freezers have organization baskets and shelves to give them close to the accessibility of an upright freezer.


Interested in learning about other freezer choices?  Be sure to see our other articles about some of the best!


With that in mind, what makes a good, compact chest freezer?  First, we recommend you go with a name brand which specializes in small chest freezers.  Take a look at the energy usage and make sure the model you choose is Energy Star rated.  Look for an adjustable temperature control to improve efficiency when the freezer is only partially full.





Safety is an important consideration in household that have little hands.  Make sure your freezer has provision for a door lock and then make sure you use it.  An interior light is available on most models, but double-check the model you are considering.  If it’s available, a temperature alarm can be handy to let you know about sudden changes in temperature that can cause your food to spoil.

Chest freezers can be difficult to keep organized so the more shelves and baskets that come with small freezers, the better.  Does your freezer include a food spoilage warranty?  Some manufacturers offer this coverage in the even their freezer fails and causes possibly several 100 dollars of food to spoil.

Chest freezers use a lot of energy so make sure that the door seals properly and tightly.

With all that said, you still have to choose one and that’s involves adding all of these thoughts together in order to make the right choice.  Fortunately, we’ve saved you at least a little headache by compiling this list of our 7 picks of top small freezers.


Take a look at our list and see if one of these models is the perfect compact chest freezer for you!


Equator 5 Cu. Ft. Chest Small Freezers Full View#7 – Equator CM 185-50 5 Cu.Ft. Small Freezers

  • Adjustable mechanical temperature control
  • Manual defrost
  • Removable storage basket
  • Easy-clean interior
  • Measures 33.5H x 28.5W x 21.3D inches and weighs 88 lbs.
  • Energy Star Certified
  • 1-Year residential and 90 days commercial warranty





#6 – Midea WHS-129C 3.5 Cubic Feet Chest FreezerMidea WHS-129C Chest Small Freezers Full View

  • Mechanical adjustable thermostat control
  • Easy-clean interior
  • Reversible door hinges
  • 1-Year warranty with 2-Year warranty on the compressor
  • Measures 22.24 x 21.26 x 33.46 inches and weighs 67 lbs.

Midea HS-185C Chest Small Freezers Full View

#5 – Midea HS-185C 5.0 cu.ft. Chest Freezer

  • Electronic adjustable thermostat
  • Door can be stopped at different angles
  • Easy to clean interior
  • Reversible hinges
  • Rollers for easy movement
  • Removable storage basket
  • Lock optional
  • Measures 730 x 523 x 850 mm and weighs 33 Kg


#4 – Frigidaire FFFC05M4NW 5.0 Cu. Ft. ChestFrigidaire FFC05M4NW Chest Small Freezers Full View Freezer

  • Great Frigidaire freezer brand means reliability
  • Manual adjustable temperature control
  • Store-More Removable basket
  • Power-on indicator light
  • Manual defrost
  • Measures 32.3H x 28.5WD x 22D inches and

Haier LW145AW 5.1 Cu. Ft. Chest Small Freezers Full View

#3 – Haier LW145AW 5.1 Cu. Ft 2-Zone Chest Freezer

  • Dependable Haier freezers are some of the best in the industry
  • Haier freezer name is a trusted name in small appliances
  • Convenient pull out drawer
  • Power on indicator light
  • Textured aluminum interior
  • Adjustable thermostat control
  • Dual-zone hard and soft freeze temperature drawers
  • Manual defrost

GE FCM5SUWW 5 Cu. Ft. Chest Small Freezers Full View

#2 – GE FCM5SUWW 5.0 cu. Ft. Chest Freezer

  • Lift out sliding bulk storage basket
  • Manual adjustable temperature control
  • Power On light
  • Recessed door handle
  • Manual defrost with water drain

Danby DCF401W1 3.6 Cu. Ft. Chest Small Freezers Full View

#1 – Danby DCF401W1 3.6 cu.ft. Chest Freezer

  • Front-mount manual mechanical thermostat
  • Vinyl coated basket
  • Energy efficient foam insulated cabinet and lid
  • Easy-clean, rust-resistant aluminum interior
  • Defrost drain
  • Measures 32.88H x 24.88W x 22D and weighs 70 lbs.







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