Users with small families or limited living space often opt for small freezers, also known as compact or mini freezers, which range in size from just over 1 cubic foot to 5 cubic feet. Mini freezers can be either upright or chest-style models, although a chest freezer helps you make the best use of that limited space.
Of the small freezers we evaluated, the best performance came from the (Est. $199), a 5-cubic-foot chest freezer that's a little smaller than a household clothes dryer. This is a smaller version of the two GE models we discuss in the section of this report. At a typical retail price of $200 or less (look for sales) and with lots of rave reviews for its quiet, dependable operation, this is an excellent combination of performance and value, and most users say it holds its own in terms of durability.
Chest freezers can be a solution for storing all of your frozen goods without taking up a lot of space. On average, these smaller freezers are about 5 cubic feet and are ideal for dorm rooms, small apartments or smaller homes with limited space. The small chest freezers we evaluated have different features and design elements, so be sure to read our reviews and to determine which one works best for you.