My wife wants to get a new freezer and she and I are having a disagreement over the type. I want her to get a box type freezer, she wants an upright model.
Her reasons are that it is much easier to see what you have. No digging through a pile of frozen foods with cold hands. Probably the most convenience feature of an upright freezer is the ability to better organize the frozen foods, making it easier to monitor and rotate contents to keep frozen foods current
Me I contend that a box type freezer is more efficient and uses less electricity because when you open the door the cold air does not flow out the bottom of the door. Remember cold air settles to the ground. In addition, in a power outage I content that a box type freezer will stay cold longer than an upright, especially if you have to open the door.
A box type freezer could still be of some use in a grid down situation. You can seal it and fill it with salt and meat. It would not take much to make one watertight. Upright freezers are more expensive than chest models yet provide less usable storage capacity; a difference of about 10 – 15% less. You can also unknowingly leave the door ajar on an upright wasting electricity and food.
(Yes I agree with his logic, but he doesn’t do the cooking or even gets into the freezer. He only sees the cooked version of the meat. Not the freezer burned meats and fish that get left behind because I can’t find them or the frozen hands that are hurting from taking everything out. So I hope the chest type is big enough for him to fit in when I finally blow up. Preparedness Mom)
Does anybody have any additional suggestion either way?