Best Small 3.5 Cubic Foot Chest Freezers (2021 Review)

If you are serious about storing and freezing foods then the chances are the freezer in your fridge won’t do it as they are pretty small. This is where chest freezers come handy. The most popular ones are 3.5 cubic foot ones – they don’t take up much space yet typically hold more food than freezer in a refrigerator.

#1 Koolatron KTCF99 Chest Freezer

Just like all chest freezers in this article Koolatron KTCF99 has a storage capacity of 3.5 cubic foot or 99 liters. It’s equipped with adjustable thermostat that allows you to select inside temperature from 32°F to -11.2°F ( 0°C to -24°C).

Being the #1 chest freezer in this list you would expect it to work great and it does just that. Koolatron KTCF99 cools down fast, keeps your food well frozen and is pretty quiet as well.


Controls

Temperature is adjusted with a dial that also has “off” setting. There’s also a green indicator light that illuminates


Energy consumption

Koolatron KTCF99 consumes estimated 193 kWh a year which is about 0.53 kWh a day or 16 kWh a month.


Features

Koolatron KTCF99 features adjustable legs and front exterior drain plug. It also comes with one wire basket.


Size and weight

Koolatron KTCF99 weighs 60 lb and measures 22” wide by 24” deep by 32.9” high.


Conclusions

Koolatron KTCF99 is a great small chest freezer that works well.




#2 Northair BG-30004N2 Chest Freezer


If you prefer a black chest freezer then Northair BG-30004N2 is a solid choice. It will keep your food frozen in temperatures from 6.8°F to -4°F. It runs well, is quiet and works great for long term storage.


Controls

Temperature is adjusted with thermostat dial that has 8 settings in total (7 different temperature settings + “Off” setting). There are also 2 indicator lights:

  • “Run” (red) indicator light: Illuminates when compressor is running.
  • “Power on” (green) indicator light: Illuminates when chest freezer is connected to a power source.


Features

Lid opens on solid metal hinges and can remain open at 45 to 90 degree angles. Northair BG-30004N2 also has front drain outlet and comes with two wire basket and one scoop.


Energy consumption

Estimated yearly energy consumption for Northair BG-30004N2 is 193 kWh which is 0.52 kWh a day or 16 kWh a month.


Size

Northair BG-30004N2 chest freezer measures 21.18 inches wide by 21.77 inches deep by 32.91 inches high.


Conclusions

Northair BG-30004N2 chest freezer works well without any issues. It’s a good choice too.




#3 COOLHOME BD-100B-E Chest Freezer


COOLHOME BD-100B-E is another great small chest freezer. It’s equipped with R600a compressor can keep your food frozen in temperature ranging from 6.8°F to -4°F. It cools down fast and operates rather quietly.


Controls

COOLHOME BD-100B-E chest freezer has thermostat dial with 7 temperature settings + “Off” setting. It also has 2 indicator lights: red one illuminates when chest freezer is connected to power source whereas green one when compressor is running.


Energy consumption

COOLHOME BD-100B-E is estimated to consume 164.25 kWh a year which is about 0.45 kWh every 24 hours.


Features

COOLHOME BD-100B-E lid has metal hinges and recessed door handle. It also has drain plug and comes with two removable wire baskets and an ice shovel.


Size

COOLHOME BD-100B-E chest freezer measures 21.18” wide by 21.77” deep by 32.91” high.


Conclusions

Despite being #3 COOLHOME BD-100B-E works well and it isn’t much different than the other two.




#4 SOUKOO BD-100 Small 3.5 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer


SOUKOO BD-100 3.5 cubic foot chest freezer keeps your food well frozen in temperatures ranging from 6.8°F to -4°F. It’s pretty quiet and keeps your food well frozen without issues.


Controls

Temperature can be adjusted with a thermostat dial which has 8 settings:

  • ”0” setting: Turns chest freezer off.
  • ”1” setting: On this setting the approximate temperature inside the small chest freezer will be 6.8°F
  • ”2” setting: On this setting the approximate temperature inside the small chest freezer will be 5°F
  • ”3” setting: On this setting the approximate temperature inside the small chest freezer will be 3.2°F
  • ”4” setting: On this setting the approximate temperature inside the small chest freezer will be 1.4°F
  • ”5” setting: On this setting the approximate temperature inside the small chest freezer will be -0.4°F
  • ”6” setting: On this setting the approximate temperature inside the small chest freezer will be -2.2°F
  • ”7” setting: On this setting the approximate temperature inside the small chest freezer will be -4°F

It also has two indicator lights: “Power On” and “Compressor On”.


Features

Hinge-style lid remains open at 45 to 90 degree angles. SOUKOO BD-100 small chest freezer also has front drain plug and comes with two wire baskets.


Energy consumption

Estimated yearly energy consumption for SOUKOO BD-100 small chest freezer is 193 kWh.


Size

SOUKOO BD-100 small chest freezer measures 23.2” by 29.7” by 36.8”.


Conclusions

SOUKOO BD-100 small chest freezer is nearly identical to COOLHOME BD-100B-E. Both work well and are decent choices.




#5 Avanti CF350M0W Slim 3.5 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer


Avanti CF350M0W Slim 3.5 cu. ft. chest freezer can cool down to temperatures as cold as 4°F (-15°C) – cold enough to keep your meat frozen really solid. Just like all other chest freezers in this list it cools down fast.

It must be mentioned that some consumers have complained about long-term reliability however most feedback is positive.


Controls

Controls of Avanti CF350M0W Slim 3.5 cu. ft. chest freezer are pretty similar to other chest freezers. With thermostat dial you can select between 7 different temperature settings or turn chest freezer off.


Size

Avanti CF350M0W Slim 3.5 cubic foot chest freezer dimensions are as follows: 19.75 inches long by 21.75 inches wide by 33.5 inches high. It weighs 51 pounds.


Conclusions

Despite being last in this list Avanti CF350M0W 3.5 cubic foot chest isn’t significantly worse than any other chest freezer mentioned in this article. They all perform very similarly and the differences between them are minor.

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