Chest Freezers Vs Upright Freezers Vs Under Counter Freezers

When choosing appliances, there is a lot to think about. Is it energy efficient? Should it be freestanding or integrated? What is your budget? A freezer is no different. However, the main option you are faced with when choosing a freezer for your home or business, be it a restaurant or hotel, for instance, is whether you should pick a chest freezer, an upright freezer or an under counter model.

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As suppliers of commercial appliances in Andover and domestic appliances in Andover, we will highlight the benefits and drawbacks of each of these freezers in this article, so that you can make an informed decision and end up purchasing the right product for you.

Chest Freezers


Generally, commercial chest freezers offer more space for storage than the typical upright freezer. They are good for both domestic and commercial applications, as they are ideal for families with young children who need a lot of space for all frozen food essentials, and they are also key in commercial kitchens.

We have a vast inventory of domestic chest freezers with plenty of storage space that are just what you need for your home.


Image: Vestfrost SZ464C 16.8 CUFT Commercial Chest Freezer White


Our chest freezers are extremely energy efficient too. They have an A+ energy rating that helps you to save money on bills while helping the planet at the same time. This makes them a top choice for both domestic and commercial premises, as you can leave the unit running 24/7 without worrying about a massive spike in the electric bills.

In addition, chest freezers often have a storage basket that you can slide from one side to another and which keeps certain items in place, so you always know where they are. They are ergonomically designed to prevent stock damage as well, so that you don’t suffer inventory loss.

It’s also worth mentioning that chest freezers are able to operate at several different temperatures, which makes them ideal for a large range of settings, from vet clinics to bars.


While you can still keep everything somewhat organised, chest freezers won’t exactly allow you to find specific food items immediately, unless you opt for an upright model. Because of this, a chest freezer is usually bought for additional food storage instead of being the main refrigeration unit.

Also, chest freezers tend to require more floor space, which can be a problem if you don’t have much room. The same goes for your home – you may want to purchase one of these freezers for domestic use, but it’s important to bear in mind they will take up a good amount of space. This is why some people prefer to keep them in the garage.

You also can’t use the top of the chest freezers for storage. If you want to place items on top (for example, pots and pans if you work in a restaurant) you’ll struggle to access the frozen food.

Upright Frezeers


Upright models can be the right option too. Commercial upright freezers are spacious and perfect for places where floor space is a concern; they are popular in schools and bars, for instance. There are several sizes available of these types of freezer, so you’ll be able to find the one that will suit your layout.


Image: CFS344-STS Vestfrost 12.1 CUFT Upright Commercial Freezer Stainless Steel


Upright freezers are also ideal if you want to see, at a glance, everything you have inside. Your food will stay organised and easy to access, which is great if you’re in a rush, asis often the case in commercial kitchens.

These types of freezer are also easy to clean and maintain, as you just have to remove the shelves to be able to access every nook and cranny. Plus, putting things on top of the freezer won’t disrupt the opening and closing of the door, so you can use this space for extra storage.


Upright freezers tend to have less storage capacity than chest freezers, since items are placed in shelves and are not stacked on top of each other. These freezers also tend to be more expensive than chest freezers and may not fit in your current kitchen layout if they are larger models.

Under Counter Freezer


Our commercial under counter freezers are great for food organisation. This is because they come with 3 to 4 drawers that are often transparent, so you can see exactly what you have in stock. Accessing specific items is also easy, since everything is readily available and you don’t have to rummage around.


Image: UF200B Tefcold 141 Litre Under Counter Freezer White


These types of freezers are also good options for the home, as they make it easy to write your weekly shopping list. And, because they can be placed underneath kitchen worktops, they won’t disrupt your interior design. Many people have found under counter freezers to be the best solution for their home, especially if they live in a small flat or have a tiny kitchen.

As for commercial kitchens, these freezers are perfect to save space too, since they stay out of the way and can fit pretty much anywhere. You can simply put it under a counter and enjoy plenty of surface space to do your food prep or to store your crockery.

Under counter freezers are just as energy efficient as chest freezers which, combined with their space-saving capabilities, make them incredibly popular for businesses.


One thing to take into account is that under counter freezers are more compact than chest freezers, so they have less storage capacity than both upright freezers and chest freezers. Most of their space is also taken up by drawers, which further makes you lose out on available space.

For anyone on a tight budget, these freezers are likely not the right option, as they can be pricier than other models, especially chest freezers.

The fact that they fit under the counter is a great advantage, but it can also be a drawback because the freezers become inaccessible – or difficult to use – for certain people. For instance, if you have a bad back or are very tall, it may not be worth it to get an under counter model.

Which Freezer Should You Choose?

That will depend on your specific requirements, such as the size of the kitchen or its layout, as well as the end use of the freezer.

Domestic Freezers

– All types of freezers have benefits and downsides, and many people choose to keep more than one type of freezer in their home.

– You can have an upright domestic freezer in your kitchen and keep a chest freezer in the garage or utility room for extra storage.

– This is fantastic for families, as you don’t have to worry about running out of available space.

Commercial Freezers

– If you’re running a business, you can have several types of freezer as well.

– A commercial chest freezer is always good to store a large amount of frozen ingredients and food, and an under counter freezer will keep the floor of your commercial premise clear.

– You can use commercial upright freezers to keep popular ingredients and food on hand, as they will be easier to access.

If you’re looking for high-quality commercial appliances in Hampshire and domestic appliances in Hampshire, we can help. We stock a huge range of fridges, freezers, cookers, hobs and many other appliances, so you can be confident that you’ll find what you need with us.

Would you like to learn more about our products? Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or call our sales hotline on 01264 367 708.