April 15

7 Best Mini Freezers of 2022 – Small Footprint, Large Storage

Written by: Michael

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Frozen food is a must-have for any home, but sometimes it's hard to fit a large freezer into a small space. That's where mini freezers come in!

After hours of scouring the internet, the customer reviews have pointed us to 7 superior freezers worth looking into.

Keep in mind, not all freezers are created equal. To better expose what separates each freezer from the next, look under the "features" section of each model.

Consider Before You Buy

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Before making a big purchase, you need to know what you're looking for, plain and simple. Below we've outlined a guide to figure out what type of freezer will work best for you.


Capacity

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Decide what you're planning to store in your small freezer and determine how much space it must have to meet your needs. For instance, if you're planning to store multiple frozen food bags or a lot of meat, then a 3 Cu Ft. freezer might be for you. If, on the other hand, you need it for breastmilk or a few frozen meals, then a 1.1 Cu Ft freezer might be a better choice for you.


Energy Efficiency

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Because an appliance like this needs to be plugged in a running 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for it to be beneficial for you, energy efficiency is crucial. The last thing you want is to find yourself with a hefty electric bill at the end of the month. Be sure to look at the energy guide to make an informed decision.


Temperature Control

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Again, you will need to determine how you will use your freezer. If a single predetermined set temperature is what you need, this might not be a deal-breaker. However, suppose you're planning to have various items stored in your small upright freezer or use it interchangeably how you see fit. In that case, temperature control will be an essential feature.


Reversible Door

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Because this is an upright mini freezer, you would expect it to be able to fit almost anywhere in your home. But, if you buy a freezer and realize you can't open the door fully because of a wall, having the option to switch the door around could be a game-changer. It's better to prepare beforehand than later realize the error.


Small Chest Freezer Vs. Small Upright Freezer

A small chest freezer and a small upright freezer each have their own benefits. Determining which one to purchase depends on how you want to use it.

Overall, chest freezers are an excellent choice if you don't really care for the organization but need a good deep freeze for your food. Small chest freezers are also a good investment if you live in an area that often loses power because they can keep your food frozen for up to 3 days.

Upright Mini Freezers will be the better choice if you like having shelves for extra organization and if you lack the floor space needed for a chest freezer.

Both are beneficial if you buy food in bulk or are preparing for the end of the world (i.e., Covid-19).

If you're wondering if you can put your freezer in the garage, make sure it's "garage-ready."


Best Mini Upright Freezers


1) SWHOME 1.2/2.3/3.0Cu.ft Mini Upright Freezer

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Specs:

External Dimensions: 21.5" (W) x 23" (L) x 33.5"(H)
Internal Capacity: 3 cu ft
Weight: 60 Lbs (27 Kg)


Features:

Temperature Control Thermostat

Minimum, medium, and maximum settings for temperature control. Vague options but still variable. The average temperature range for this freezer is -13°F to 10.4°F.


Thickened Sealing Strip and Adjustable Height Feet

A thickened seal is more dependable and can avoid losing energy to the atmosphere. Adjustable feet help level the mini freezer on uneven surfaces.


Removable Shelf

Removable shelf for easier cleaning during manual defrosting.


Pros:

  • Temperature control
  • Quiet
  • Removable shelf for cleaning
  • Variety of sizes


Cons:

  • The decorative handle is useless
  • Confusing instructions for installing door handle
  • Manual defrost; not frost-free


2) Euhomy 3.0 Cu Ft Upright Compact Freezer

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Specs:

External Dimensions: 20.1" (L) x 21.3" (D) x 31.4" (H)
Internal Capacity: Range from 1.1 Cubic Feet to 3 Cu. Ft.
Weight: 53.2 lbs (24 Kg)


Features:

Adjustable Temperature

7-grade adjustable temperature ranging from -7.6°F - 6.8°F


Reversible Door

Enjoy the freedom to put your freezer anywhere in your home because of the reversible door. Install the door in the way that best suits your needs.


Adjustable Leg Heights

Lift this freezer to keep your new freezer safe from moisture corrosion.


Energy Efficient

This mini freezer will cost $32 a year because it uses only 0.74 Kilowatt Hours (kWh)/day. Making it one of the more energy-efficient models.


Pros:

  • Comes completely assembled
  • Holds an abundant amount of food
  • Variety of available sizes
  • A responsive and reliable company willing to fix any issues
  • Very quiet
  • Energy Efficient


Cons:

  • Manual defrost
  • No interior light
  • Non-removable shelves


3) Midea 3.0 Cu Ft Upright Mini Freezer WHS-109FW1

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Specs:

External Dimensions: 19.7" (W) x 18.5" (D) x 33.9" (H)
Internal Capacity: 3.0 cu. Ft.
Weight: 57.2 lbs (26 Kg)


Features:

Removable Slide Out Basket

Maximize your space for larger or irregular-shaped items by taking out the basket or leaving it in for extra organization. This feature is also great for getting a deeper clean while defrosting.


Large Capacity

Store up to 105 lbs of food.


Adjustable Temperature

Set the temperature to best support your needs and keep your items fresh longer. The interior temperature ranges from -11°F to 10.4°F.


Pros:

  • Runs quietly
  • Already assembled
  • Reversible Door
  • Child safety lock * available in the black model


Cons:

  • Temperature control is not easily accessible
  • Not leveled
  • Frost build-up
  • Manual defrost


4) KUPPET 2.1 Cu Ft Upright Small Freezer

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Specs:

External Dimensions: 20.3" (W) x 21.5" (D) x 25" (H)
Internal Capacity: 2.1 Cu. Ft. but also comes in a smaller 1.1 Cu. Ft. size
Weight: 54 Lbs (24 Kg)


Features:

Removable Chrome Frame

Fit your needs and store more food in this freezer by removing the chrome frame.


Adjust the Temperature

Fit your needs by using the 7-grade adjustable temperature control knob. The temperature ranges from -8°F to 7°F.


Reversible Door

Enjoy the freedom of putting your new mini freezer anywhere you want by taking advantage of the reversible door.


Energy Efficient

This mini freezer will only cost $31 a year to run on 256 kWh.


Pros:

  • Adjustable temperature
  • Reversible door
  • Easy setup
  • Quiet


Cons:

  • Not frost free
  • The door has trouble staying closed


5) HomeLabs 2.1 Cu Ft Mini Upright Freezer (2 removable shelves)

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Specs:

External Dimensions: 17.5 x 21.2 x 25.0
Internal Capacity: 2.1 Cu Ft
Weight: 39.8 lbs


Features:

7 Temperature Settings

A pretty standard number of settings for mini freezers. Homelabs says this will provide a temperature range of -4-6.8°F. They encourage setting the dial at "4," waiting 24 hours and adjusting as necessary. 


Reversible Door

Left handed? Or maybe you have a location where having the door hinged on one side would be better. With the Homelabs model, you can easily reverse the door as you see fit.


Less than 42 Decibel Sound

Hard to confirm this, but Homelabs says this model sustains a noise level of under 42 decibels. This is pretty close to what the American Academy of Audiology calls "quiet library."


Keyed Door Lock

If for any reason you might want to lock your door for safety (or theft) reasons, this freezer has a key-lock that allows you to do just that.


2 Removable Shelves

2 removable shelves are included to help keep food organized.


Pros:

  • Very quiet (some complaints about loudness but this is the minority)
  • Surprising amount of room
  • Freezes effectively (unanimous here)
  • Great price
  • Fast delivery


Cons:

  • Wiring is open (not concealed) in the back
  • Instructions subpar
  • Shipping damage (occasionally)
  • Lock isn't very dependable


6) R.W.FLAME 1.1 Cu Ft Mini Countertop Freezer

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Specs:

External Dimensions: 17.5"(W) x 18.5"(L) x 19.6" (H)
Internal Capacity: 1.1 Cu Ft.
Weight: 33Lbs or 15 Kg


Features:

Customize the Temperature to Fit Your Needs

7 adjustable levels range from -7.6°F to 6.8°F.


Reversible Door

Don't let that wall in your kitchen stop you from buying a mini freezer. The reversible door allows you to put it anywhere in your home with no restraints.


Put it Anywhere

The compact size of this freezer allows you the freedom to put it anywhere, including your kitchen counter.


Pros:

  • Compact enough to sit on your countertop
  • Convenient to use
  • Excellent customer service from the seller


Cons:

  • Manual defrost
  • No drawers
  • The temperature dial is in an inconvenient place


7) WANAI 1.1 Cu Ft Upright Countertop Freezer

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Specs:

External Dimensions: 18" (W) x 18" (D) x 19.7" (H)
Internal Capacity: 1.1 Cu Ft.
Weight: 28.6 Lbs or 13 Kg


Features:

Use as a Refrigerator

Set the temperature at level 1 or 2 (32℉ to 50℉) to use this freezer as a refrigerator for drinks or fruit.

Freezer temperatures range from -11℉ to 32℉, best for meats or ice cream.


The Best for Energy Efficiency

Spend as little as $15 a year to run this mini fridge and freezer. It uses as little as 146 kWh per year or 0.4 kWh per day.


24 Hour Customer Service

Wanai offers 24 Hour customer service to solve any problem you may have with your new freezer.


Pros:

  • Energy-saving
  • Removable shelf
  • Storage basket included
  • 1-year warranty
  • Great for compact spaces


Cons:

  • The door is not reversible
  • Manual defrost


FAQ's


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Can you Use a Mini Freezer as a Mini Fridge?

Some mini freezers that include adjustable temperatures do allow you the freedom to use the mini freezer as a mini-fridge. For example, WANAI 1.1 Cu Ft Mini Countertop Freezer has two temperature settings, one ranging from 32°F to 50°F to use a refrigerator or use as a freezer with temperatures ranging from -11°F to 32°F.


How Much Can you Fit in a 3 Cu Ft Freezer?

Up to 100 lbs of food. The Midea Cu Ft freezer is expected to hold 105 lbs of food.


How Much Can you Fit in a 2.1 Cu Ft Freezer?

I can't give a number value for a 2.1 cu ft. freezer. Still, one reviewer on the Euhomy upright, compact freezer 2.1 cu ft model said, "I have 8 steaks, 8 chicken breasts, a huge bag of potstickers, frozen hash browns, 2 pounds of hamburger, a large container of homemade stew, bacon, hot Italian sausage, ice cube trays, and even some ice cream."


How Much Can you Fit in a 1.1 Cu Ft Freezer?

According to Ask The Lot, you should be able to fit roughly 35 lbs of food, such as small bags of frozen food. According to the dimensions, you will likely not be able to fit a full frozen turkey.


Do Small Freezers Use a Lot of Electricity?

An upright mini freezer uses about 140 kWh to 350 kWh. However, the amount of energy your mini freezer needs depends on the size and the temperature setting that you're using.


Conclusion

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Buying an upright mini freezer is a great investment to be able to store extra food or breastmilk. It's also convenient to have one in your home if you want to make large batches of food to last you a while.

No matter what size or brand you choose, all of the mini freezers on this list will get the job done. You might also be on the market for something slightly bigger, like a small chest freezer, or even a solar freezer. We've got you covered in the freezer department! 

What's your favorite mini freezer on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Michael

Founder of Robust Kitchen


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About the author

Michael spends his days eating, drinking and studying the fascinating world of food. He received his Bachelors Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis and spent much of his time at the school brewery. While school proved to be an invaluable experience, his true passion lies in exposing the hidden crannies of food for the cooking laymen.

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