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How to Buy a Freezer

So, you say you need to buy a freezer? There are several things you need to consider before you choose a freezer and part with your hard-earned cash. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Freezer Capacity

Lowe's carries freezers that range from 5.5 cubic feet up to 25 cubic feet. To determine the needs of your household, consider the following:

  •   • How big is your family? The more folks you feed, the more food you need. Multiple the number of people in the family by 1.5 cubic feet.

  •   • What are your food shopping habits? Do you buy food, especially meat, in bulk packages to save money? A cubic foot of freezer space holds about 35 pounds of food.

  •   • Does your family pre-prepare food in bulk? Farmers, gardeners and hunters may have more need for a freezer than city apartment dwellers.

  •   • How much space do you have for a freezer? Just a corner in the utility room? This factor may also influence your decision whether to buy an upright or chest freezer.


Freezers are available in top-loading chest style and front loading uprights. Freezer baskets help maximize the space and convenience of chest freezers, while in-the-door storage does the same for uprights. Choose the right style for your family by considering available space and personal preference.

Convenient Options

Here are some features that you should think about when you buy a freezer. Make sure you choose a model that has all the features you consider important. And don't forget to plan for the future--your new freezer should give you years of good service.

  •   • Adjustable temperature control.

  •   • Textured steel doors that hide fingerprints.

  •   • Magnetic door seal — safer and more dependable than traditional latches.

  •   • Self-defrosting feature

  •   • Lock — an important safety feature in homes with children.


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