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Old 11-21-2020, 09:43 PM   #1
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Just curious what everyone has. I need to buy one soon. I've always had upright but willing to consider a chest freezer. What do y'all have and why?
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:45 PM   #2
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I got away from a chest freezer cause everything i want is always at the bottom. My upright is way more organized by rack level and easier to find and keep stuff rotated.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:49 PM   #3
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Have always had a chest freezer, but everything always got lost at the bottom. Luckily mine went out and I got an upright. Much better
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:50 PM   #4
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We have a chest freezer. Try to not over load it so stuff doesn’t get lost in the bottom. Would prefer a upright.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:51 PM   #5
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soon as i find a decent upright, im selling my chest freezer..
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:51 PM   #6
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If you get a chest freezer it ends up at the bottom. Upright the last thing you put in is the first thing to fall out!
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:53 PM   #7
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what all others are saying. the good stuff is always at the bottom. and 3 years old.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:02 PM   #8
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I have both. Most of my food and meat goes in the upright in the utility room for the same reasons others said, much easier to find things and keep organized. The chest freezer in the garage is where we put bags of ice, deer heads before dropping off at taxidermist, other big bulky things.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:07 PM   #9
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:07 PM   #10
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I have both at my house and bayhouse. Primarily keep ice and bulk items like fish, shrimp, sausage in chest and everything else in uprights.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:07 PM   #11
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Hard to get a deer head in a upright freezer
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:20 PM   #12
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Good luck trying to find one
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:24 PM   #13
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I have both. Most of my food and meat goes in the upright in the utility room for the same reasons others said, much easier to find things and keep organized. The chest freezer in the garage is where we put bags of ice, deer heads before dropping off at taxidermist, other big bulky things.

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Old 11-21-2020, 10:28 PM   #14
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Had a huge (8') chest freezer for years. Like everyone said always hunting for things in the bottom. It cratered 2 years ago and we replaced with an upright. Nowhere as big but much less hassle.

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Old 11-21-2020, 10:30 PM   #15
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I have both. In the chest freezer I place different cuts in plastic containers to keep separated , i.e. burger in one , backstraps tenderloins in another, sausage laying on the bottom. Not too big a deal, when I get a sausage from the bottom I grab a couple and lay em on top.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:33 PM   #16
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Upright. Less space, less digging.

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Old 11-21-2020, 10:58 PM   #17
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I just got a 9 cuft chest freezer at Sam’s for $249. It’s not overloaded yet, and don’t really expect it to be since we already have two full sized fridge/freezer combos in he house. This one is mainly for overflow and animals until dropped off at the taxidermist. So far, we are happy with it. Our Sam’s had about 8 of this size in stock, and about 10 of the smaller ones in stock (5 cuft).
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:00 PM   #18
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If you get a chest freezer it ends up at the bottom. Upright the last thing you put in is the first thing to fall out!
😂😂 truth!!!

Whichever you choose OP get it now before another shutdown happens... Lowe’s has decent inventory.
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:05 PM   #19
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Up... Right...
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:21 PM   #20
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Chest freezer are like a woman's purse. Jumbled mess, and the 1 thing you need out of it all is ALWAYS hidden on the bottom somewhere. They suck. Get an upright.
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:41 PM   #21
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I have both, really like the upright
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:19 AM   #22
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good luck finding one. Covid hoarders snatch them all up. I wanted a common small chest freezer and had to order it from Sears online.
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:45 AM   #23
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Have always had a chest freezer, but everything always got lost at the bottom. Luckily mine went out and I got an upright. Much better
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:11 AM   #24
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Hard to get a deer head in a upright freezer
I had 4 heads in my upright until last Saturday when 3 were sent off for Euro mounts, still have the head for my wide 7 point from this year that I’ll be taking in for a shoulder mount soon. Just have to get one that has moveable shelving.

And +1 on what several others said about chest freezers. We bought our upright before the chest freezer went out and then put that one out on the curb. My wife is short and she couldn’t reach anything that was in the bottom so it didn’t take much to convince her on the purchase.
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:20 AM   #25
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I have an upright at home, way easier to keep organized. We have 2 chest freezers at lease, one to keep bags of ice in and the other for heads, they work great fore that. It depends what you are going to use it for.
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:53 AM   #26
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Chest. I walked out into the garage one morning to find the lid to our chest freezer wide open. My wife had forgotten to close it twelve hours earlier when she put away the ice cream. Everything was still solidly frozen. Had that been an upright, I don't think that would have been the case. Remember that heat rises and cold falls. In an upright freezer with the door left open, the cold air will flow out of the bottom and be replaced with warm air. I had an upright with a half a beef in it where the door was left cracked just a bit. By the time I noticed it the next day, all of the meat was semi thawed to thawed.
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:00 AM   #27
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Use something like milk crates to organize the chest freezer. Go really organized and make a list as you put stuff in and mark what comes out. This isn't to big a pain and you know what you have and don't lose stuff in the bottom.
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:05 AM   #28
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Upright is my choice every time. Had a chest freezer. Same reason as others have stated on why a chest isn't a better choice. Pic of mine. 3 deer in this one. 2 whitetail (sausage and a few lbs of hamburger) 1 Axis (All hamburger). The door also has meat in it as well.
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:08 AM   #29
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Like the above 2 posts, I have a chest freezer and being OCD, I keep it organized. The new ones come with plastic dividers that make it easier. I chose the chest freezer because of it going in my garage, it take less energy to keep it cold. If the power goes out, it's better sealed and meat will keep for a few extra days.
Right next to it I have an upright freezer/fridge. Rarely use the freezer part - I started keeping frozen bottles of water in it to keep it cold. The fridge side is full of beer and cokes.

However, looking at HunterU's post, I will consider an upright when the chest freezer quits (and becomes storage for corn!)
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:26 AM   #30
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Like the above 2 posts, I have a chest freezer and being OCD, I keep it organized. The new ones come with plastic dividers that make it easier. I chose the chest freezer because of it going in my garage, it take less energy to keep it cold. If the power goes out, it's better sealed and meat will keep for a few extra days.
Right next to it I have an upright freezer/fridge. Rarely use the freezer part - I started keeping frozen bottles of water in it to keep it cold. The fridge side is full of beer and cokes.

However, looking at HunterU's post, I will consider an upright when the chest freezer quits (and becomes storage for corn!)


As far as seal goes. When I shut mine. It creates a vacuum. I have to wait a few seconds once I shut it to re-open it because of this. I believe I paid around $750 for this one at Lowes
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:34 AM   #31
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Chest freezer are like a woman's purse. Jumbled mess, and the 1 thing you need out of it all is ALWAYS hidden on the bottom somewhere. They suck. Get an upright.
Good way to put it LOL..I have 2 uprights and 2 chest...everyone has pretty well answered and I agree..
One thing never mentioned is when a upright is overloaded things to fall out on floor...Had a frozen Turkey fall out onto my Bare foot hit top of big toe .(I hobbled for a month) so a chest is safer
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:11 AM   #32
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Use something like milk crates to organize the chest freezer. Go really organized and make a list as you put stuff in and mark what comes out. This isn't to big a pain and you know what you have and don't lose stuff in the bottom.
This.

I have both but the chest is organized is boxes.

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Old 11-22-2020, 08:19 AM   #33
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Our primary freezer for wild game is a large upright but we did buy a chest type at Lowe's last week. Right now it's just for animal heads and overflow. We are going to reorganize and I think I will then use it for my deboned meat that's ready to grind for burger or sausage and keep my upright for already processed meat.
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:23 AM   #34
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I have both. I will never have another chest freezer.
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:28 AM   #35
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Go upright you will love it.

FYI: Make sure you don’t have your freezers on the GFCI plug if you put it in the garage. Murphy’s Law will get you!
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:33 AM   #36
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Porter Walmart and Home Depot had them last week under $200
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Old 11-22-2020, 09:03 AM   #37
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Porter Walmart and Home Depot had them last week under $200
Thanks. I checked HD online a few hours ago and nothing in the greater area. You're talking about upright? Or chest?
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:13 PM   #38
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I use the meat lugs that we use for processing the meat for our chest freezer. 40-45 lbs vacuum sealed and dated. They fit perfectly inside freezer. At the end of the season I pull out all the meat lugs and put freshest on bottom. Works out ok but have to keep organized.

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Old 11-22-2020, 03:03 PM   #39
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Chest for me pretty easy to see if the door is left open I know of at least 5 people who have left the the door cracked on an upright I also use use milk crates to organize
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:24 PM   #40
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Thanks. I checked HD online a few hours ago and nothing in the greater area. You're talking about upright? Or chest?
I know you can find chest freezers at Lowes which is why I started the thread. I've always had upright but my wife has been saying buy a chest freezer since we can get one. Our last upright died about 3 years ago but we've been fine with using our freezer in the house and we have a refrigerator/freezer in the garage. Usually we could get by and any overflow went to my mom's freezer. Problem is we stocked up on meats when covid hit and been making a dent in it recently but the buck i shot 2weeks ago has filled it up. Now I either need a freezer or need to be extremely picky on what I shot going forward. I let 2 fat does go this morning because lack of space in there.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:31 PM   #41
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I just bought a 7.0 cu/ft chest freezer at Sam's for $199 and went to the container store and bought 4 recycle plastic containers to organize. Saw the containers on YouTube on how to organize a Chest Freezer.
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:34 PM   #42
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I have several of both. At the house ( any where it’s stationary) an upright is the only way I would go. So much easier to get to whatever items you need, or to identify what’s all in there. The only reason I have chest freezers are they are mounted on our trailers so we can freeze the animals while we are at hunting camps and transporting them back home, once processed and wrapped they will go in the uprights. Chest freezers are great for what we use them for also.
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:49 PM   #43
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I have use uprights. I grew up having chest freezers as a kid and made my mind up that when I grew up I’d would never own a chest freezer.
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