Arctic King Deep Chest Freezer, 5-Cubic Feet

Last updated date: June 15, 2021

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9.0

Arctic King Deep Chest Freezer, 5-Cubic Feet

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We looked at the top Chest Freezers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Chest Freezer you should buy.

Update as July 6, 2020:
Checkout The Best Deep / Chest Freezer for a detailed review of all the top chest freezers.

Overall Take

Having a chest freezer makes getting healthy and delicious meals on the table a breeze. Plus, a chest freezer can also help you save on your food budget. When you have the added storage capacity available to you, you can easily buy additional groceries that are on sale, and store them safely in your chest freezer. Whether it’s ice cream, lasagna, peas or chicken fingers, there is plenty of space for everything in your chest freezer. And when it’s time to make a meal, you can easily grab what you need instead of having to run to the store.

The Arctic King Chest Freezer is a large-capacity freezer measuring 5 cubic feet that can fit into almost any space. It’s a sleek and compact unit, so you can have it in your kitchen, or elsewhere at home such as the basement, garage or back room. Not only does it come in handy at home on a day-to-day basis, but you can also use it at a lake house, cottage or summer home. Plus, it’s handy for many businesses that require extra storage space for their frozen ingredients and meals. The black surface of the Arctic King Chest Freezer blends in with any professional or personal environment and looks modern and stylish.

The interior of the Arctic King Chest Freezer is easy to organize and comes with a removable storage basket. This way, you can quickly access all of your frozen foods. The removable storage basket is great for placing frequently used items, such as ice packs, kids’ treats and snacks. You can place larger items like boxed meals or ice cream containers under the storage basket.

While other chest freezers can be difficult to defrost and clean, the Arctic King Chest Freezer has an easy-access defrost drain. The interior and gasket are simple to clean and wipe down. Plus, the sleek design of this chest freezer includes a recessed handle, so it gives a streamlined look. This durable and well-constructed freezer comes with a one-year warranty.

This chest freezer is ideal for any personal or professional environment and works well in homes, offices, lake houses, cottages and businesses. It has a removable storage basket for easy access to items. The interior is easy to clean and defrost.

Features


  • 5.0 cubic feet capacity
  • Compact and sleek design
  • Modern solid black finish
  • Blends in any environment
  • Includes removable storage basket
  • Recessed handle
  • Easy-access defrost drain
  • Easy-clean interior and gasket
  • Uses 218 kilowatts of power for an entire year
  • One-year warranty
  • For homes, businesses, lake houses, cottages and more

Specifications


Brand
Arctic King

Model
WHS-185C1WSB

In our analysis of 120 expert reviews, the Arctic King Deep Chest Freezer, 5-Cubic Feet placed 5th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

With the Arctic King Chest Freezer, it's easy to add a large-capacity freezer to almost any space. This compact unit gives you extra room for your frozen foods, looks sleek and takes up minimal space in your home or business. Whether you are shopping for your house, apartment, cabin, lakehouse or business, the black chest freezer can meet your frozen food needs. The removable storage basket, easy-access defrost drain, easy-clean interior and gasket and recessed handle empower effortless use. The sleek black color blends easily into nearly any personal or professional environment. The 5.0 cu ft chest freezer is also incredibly energy efficient, using just an estimated 218 kilowatts of power for an entire year. The freezer is shipped in double-layer packaging to ensure safe delivery. It's covered under a one-year warranty for added convenience.

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
1,171 user reviews

What experts liked

The removable storage basket, easy-access defrost drain, easy-clean interior and gasket and recessed handle empower effortless use. The sleek black color blends easily into nearly any personal or professional environment. The 5.0 cu ft chest freezer is also incredibly energy efficient, using just an estimated 218 kilowatts of power for an entire year. The freezer is shipped in double-layer packaging to ensure safe delivery. It's covered under a one-year warranty for added convenience.
- Gist Gear
August 12, 2019 | Full review
It comes with a sturdy basket for holding smaller items that are used frequently. Also, it is removable to add convenience, especially during cleaning. Speaking of cleanup, the provided gasket has a well-made design that is simple to maintain.
- 5 Product Reviews
July 17, 2019 | Full review
It comes in a sleek design and a black chest freezer that makes it fit and suit any room thus improving your decor. The freezer comes with a removable basket where it is easy to access and defrost the drain so that you can efficiently manage your drinks and groceries that needs to be frozen.
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August 10, 2019 | Full review
With the capacity of 5.0 cubic feet, the mini freezer lets you have added convenience. In this, you will find a removable storage basket that makes it perfect for smaller items. Moreover, the defrost drain is easy to access and allows you to clean it with ease. Furthermore, it is in a compact design and requires minimal space.
- Products Browser
July 31, 2019 | Full review
Removable storage basket for the smaller items you use the most. Easy-access defrost drain and easy-clean interior and gasket make maintaining this unit an easy job. Black color goes well in any garage, basement or kitchen.
- News Nifty
May 9, 2019 | Full review
This is an energy-efficient unit which allows you to cut back on energy consumption and includes a bigger storage basket for your food items. The unit also includes easy access to the defrost drain. It’s a good budget pick for consumers who after a chest freezer that is efficient, compact and straightforward.
- Ode Magazine
July 25, 2019 | Full review
A chest freezer doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of wall and floor space. With a footprint of just 24.9 inches by 21.7 inches, this freezer still offers you five cubic feet of freezer space. Plus, it’s available in white or black to fit your style preferences and can go all the way down to -18.4 degrees F.
- Safety
The fridge also includes a drain plug that enables easy cleaning and manual defrosting. The recessed handle makes the Arctic King freezer more convenient and easy to use. Besides, the adjustable thermostat on the front helps to control the temperature range.
- 10 Bees
October 15, 2019 | Full review
Comes in a sleek black design that is perfect for many settings and room designs. Comes with a decent 5.0 cu. ft. freezing capacity that is perfect for most individuals and families. It is easy to maintain as its defrost drain can be quickly accessed and the interior can be easily cleaned. Has a removable storage basket that makes it easy to store and access items used the most. Has a wide adjustable temperature range (negative 12 to negative 28 degrees F).
- Ice Maker Geeks
Removable storage basket for the smaller items you use the most. Easy-access defrost drain and easy-clean interior and gasket make maintaining this unit an easy job. Black color goes well in any garage, basement or kitchen. This higher-energy-efficiency model will use only an estimated 218 kWh a year. Double-layer packaging ensures safe delivery. Size: 28.7"W x 33.5"H. 5.0 cu ft chest freezer has a 1-year warranty. Model# WHS-185C1WSB. Ideal for home or business use. Compact, space-saving design
- Egg Reviews
The removable storage basket, easy-access defrost drain, easy-clean interior and gasket and recessed handle empower effortless use. The sleek black color blends easily into nearly any personal or professional environment. The 5.0 cu ft chest freezer is also incredibly energy efficient, using just an estimated 218 kilowatts of power for an entire year. The freezer is shipped in double-layer packaging to ensure safe delivery. It’s covered under a one-year warranty for added convenience.
- Flex Cheap
This compact unit gives you extra room for your frozen foods, looks sleek and takes up minimal space in your home or business. Whether you are shopping for your house, garage, basement, apartment, kitchen, cabin, lake house, time share, or business, the black chest freezer can meet your frozen food needs. The removable storage basket, easy-access defrost drain, easy-clean interior and gasket and recessed handle empower effortless use. The sleek black color blends easily into nearly any personal or professional environment. The 5.0 cu ft chest freezer is also incredibly energy efficient, using just an estimated 218 kilowatts of power for an entire year. The freezer is shipped in double-layer packaging to ensure safe delivery. It’s covered under a one-year warranty for added convenience.
- Kitchen Meet

What experts didn't like

Several customers have in the past complained about receiving their units dented. However, this seems to no longer be the case in more recent reviews.
- Ice Maker Geeks

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On Chest Freezers

If you’ve ever tried to store the leftovers after a big meal, you know the benefits of an extra freezer. But they can also come in handy for those living in dorm rooms or needing food storage for an office. When shopping for an extra freezer, though, you’ll have some choices to make as you weigh one model against another.

The first thing to decide is whether you want a dedicated deep freezer or a mini-fridge that includes a small freezer. If you’re buying the appliance for use in an office, dorm room or small apartment, you’ll probably need both a refrigerator and a freezer.

However, if you already have a refrigerator and you’re looking for something to extend the storage space of the freezer you already have, a chest-style freezer is likely what you need. This is a big investment, though, especially in floor space, so consider it carefully.

“Ask yourself if you freeze enough stuff to justify it,” says culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier “Do you bulk buy meat? Split a whole pig with another family? Have a large family? Hunt? Many families can make do with the refrigerator/freezer in their kitchen.”

You may be used to the auto-defrost built into most of today’s refrigerators. Unfortunately, many dedicated freezers don’t offer that feature. An anti-frost freezer mat can help you keep frost buildup at a minimum. You’ll also reduce your need to unplug your freezer, remove all the items and wait for it defrost. Instead, you’ll simply wipe away ice crystals as you notice them forming.

You’ll probably find yourself facing a dilemma when it comes to size. If you’re limited on space, you’ll have to go with a smaller freezer, but that means giving up capacity. Squeezing a large roast or turkey into a freezer that size may become a challenge, especially if you already have items inside. Shelves and baskets only complicate this, so make sure if you buy one that comes with those features, they’re removable.

“Be sure to measure the space where you plan to set the freezer BEFORE purchasing it to determine the size that’s right for your family,” Chernoff advises. “And the larger the freezer, the more likely it is that food will get lost at the bottom or in the back, so it’s important to organize your freezer as you’re filling it, meaning label everything, of course, but also choose a freezer with extra drawers, adjustable shelves, or other organizing elements.”

If you’re buying a freezer that will be in your living area, noise will be a consideration. The compressors required to keep your items cool are by nature noisy, but technology has quietened things quite a big over the years. It’s especially important for those living in small spaces like dorm rooms to make sure they buy a device that minimizes noise.

Some freezers have doors that are reversible. That means you can set them to open to the right or the left. Left-handed people may want to reverse the direction for comfort. Most of the time, though, this feature is valuable because it lets you decide which direction works best for the area where you’re storing it. If your cabinets are to the left of your freezer rather than the right, for instance, being able to switch your door will be very helpful.

Additionally, freezers are notorious for their energy consumption, so you may want to look for a unit with an Energy Star rating. If you are storing it in a garage, you might want to make sure your freezer can withstand higher temperatures.

And you’ll also want to keep the safety factor in mind.”Important safety features to consider are lockable freezers, to prevent kids from leaving the door open after scoring a popsicle on a hot day, and anti-tip construction to prevent possible tragedy,” says Chernoff. “I also prefer an exterior thermostat to monitor the temperature inside without opening the door.”

The Chest Freezer Buying Guide

  • There are two major types of freezers. The MIDEA Chest Freezer is the traditional “deep freezer” design, where you load the items in from the top. The Whynter Upright Freezer and MIDEA Upright Freezer are designed similarly to mini-refrigerators, with a door that opens on the front for easy access.
  • Check the dimensions of the freezer you’re considering to make sure it will fit in your space. The MIDEA Chest Freezer is 21.7 x 33.5 x 22.2 inches, while the Whynter Upright Freezer is slightly smaller, at 20 x 17.5 x 27.5 inches. If you’re hoping to go even smaller with your freezer, the MIDEA Upright Freezer is the one to choose, at 19.7×21.3×33.9 inches.
  • Once you’ve squared away how much space your new freezer will take, check to make sure you’ll have enough room for your items. The MIDEA Chest Freezer provides the most space, with internal dimensions of 18 x 20 x 18 inches and 3.5 cubic feet. The MIDEA Upright Freezer gives you 3 cubic feet, and you’ll get just over 2 cubic feet of storage with the Whynter Upright Freezer.
  • With upright freezers like the Whynter Upright Freezer and the MIDEA Upright Freeze, you’ll need a small amount of clearance around it, so make sure you add in a little extra space for that when you’re measuring.
  • If you need more space, the MIDEA Chest Freezer also comes in larger sizes, with the choice of 5 or 7 cubic feet.
  • If you ever think you’ll need to move your mini-freezer, pay attention to the weight as well. The MIDEA Chest Freezer weighs 59.5 pounds, while the MIDEA Upright Freezer weighs 57.3 pounds.
  • The layout of your freeze comes into play since many models include shelving. The MIDEA Chest Freezer provides mostly free storage, but it also comes with a hanging wire basket if you have small items you want to suspend toward the top. The two shelves in the Whynter Upright Freezer are removable for when you need that extra room. The MIDEA Upright Freezer is less customizable, with two fixed shelves. The wire drawer can be removed for cleaning but is meant to remain in place.
  • The reversible door on the MIDEA Upright Freezer means you can set it up to open in the direction you want.
  • An adjustable thermostat can give you more control over the temperature in your freezer. The MIDEA Chest Freezer lets you move the thermostat between -12 and -28 degrees Fahrenheit, while the Whynter Upright Freezer lets you adjust all the way down to -10 degrees. The MIDEA Upright Freezer takes you from -11.2 to -8.6.
  • The Whynter Upright Freezer has something called fast freezing functionality for those times when you arrive home from the grocery store with your ice cream softening.
  • One handy feature unique to the MIDEA Chest Freezer is that its door opens and locks in multiple increments. That means you can prop it open just as far as you need to load your items in without letting cold air escape.
  • Many chest freezers don’t include auto-defrost capabilities. That means as frost starts to build up, you’ll have to put some work in. The MIDEA Chest Freezer includes a defrost drain to let the water drain out as the ice melts.
  • The Whynter Upright Freezer has a lock with two keys, keeping your items secure. If you store your freezer outdoors or in a garage, this will help keep thieves out.
  • If you’re keeping your freezer in a garage or kitchen, you probably won’t worry too much about noise. However, for dorm rooms or office spaces, even a small hum can become a distraction. The MIDEA Chest Freezer uses a quiet compressor that keeps noise to a minimum.
  • For those who worry about eco-friendliness, the Energy Star rating is a “must” for any appliance search. The Whynter Upright Freezer and MIDEA Upright Freezer both have that rating. Not only do they cut down on energy bills, but they also provide consistent temperature control throughout the interior.
  • Durability is also an important factor to consider while shopping. The MIDEA Chest Freezer is made to last. The Whynter Upright Freezer is made from high-quality stainless steel. With most refrigerators and freezers, though, it’s important to be careful when moving them because the exterior can dent and scratch easily, even with top-quality construction.