Well, it depends on your needs. But with 15 Kenmore upright freezer models to choose from, you'll likely be spoiled for choice.
So we suggest you narrow down your search by size, color, manual defrost vs. frost free, quick freeze option, ice maker, electronic controls, lockability, energy efficiency or bestselling model.
Kitchens, that is.
If this sounds obvious, then you've probably never bought a big-ticket appliance from the store, hauled it into the back of your truck and driven it home...
Only to find—to your utter dismay—that it was too wide to pass through the front door. Or that there wasn't enough floor space or headroom in its designated spot.
If a freezer is even just 1/4 an inch too wide, it's of no use to you. And because freezer dimensions are given to the last fraction of an inch, there really is no excuse.
If you are a looking for a compact upright freezer, the 5.1 cu. ft. Kenmore 29502 is right up your alley.
It measures 21” W x 22-5/8” D x 49-5/8” H, making it easy to niftily slip into the narrowest of spaces.
Although it weighs only 72.6 lbs, it can hold up to 194 lbs—nearly 3 times its weight. And, because it has a pair of front wheels, it's possible to move it around house without any weightlifting.
If you feel a slightly larger freezer is more ideal, it's worth taking a good look at the Kenmore 29702 which has a storage capacity of 6.5 cu. ft.
Its dimensions? 22” W x 24” D x 56-6/8” H.
It also has rolling wheels, making it easy to push into tight spots without hurting your knuckles.
These 7 freezer models sit on the next rung the size scale.
The 12.1 cu. ft. Kenmore 28262 measures 28” W x 31-1/8” D x 60-1/4” H on the outside and stores up to 400 lbs of frozen food (frost free, mechanical controls).
All models have external dimensions of 28” W x 31-1/8” D x 60-1/4” H.
The 16.6 cu. ft. Kenmore 28732's external measurements are 32” W x 29-1/8” D x 65-7/8” H and a shipping weight of 191 lbs.
Its feature set includes frost free defrost system, mechanical controls, security lock and adjustable legs.
The 16.7 cu. ft. comes in standard and Elite finishes. The outside dimensions for the larger of the models is 32” W x 29-1/8” D x 65-3/4” H.
If you are looking for a large upright freezer to complement your oversize kitchen, you'll be pleased to learn that Kenmore offers a choice of one 18.7 cu. ft. model and five 20.6 cu. ft. models.
The 18.6 cu. ft. Kenmore Elite 44753 is a frost free, stainless steel built-in all freezer, with electronic controls, bright LED lighting, and adjustable glass shelving. It's also Energy Star qualified.
Its dimensions are 32” W x 26-1/3” D x 71-1/2” H.
While virtually all the 20.6 cu. ft. Kenmore uprights measure 32” W x 31-1/8” D x 71-1/4” H, they sport different feature sets nonetheless.
In the freezer world, the rainbow spectrum is white, stainless steel and black, period.
White is the color of choice if you are a proud clean freak. To their credit, white appliances are guaranteed to add a squeaky clean look and feel to your kitchen.
A welcome bonus is that white appliances are almost always in style. This fact is lost on the makers of Kenmore freezers, because you have 10 white upright models—that range from compact to large—to choose from.
Either stainless steel (black cabinet) Kenmore upright freezer will lend a contemporary air to your kitchen. It has to be a reasonably large kitchen though, because both freezer models are outsized.
And if you place a premium on high-end appliances, you'll be pleased to learn that both the stainless steel models are part of the exclusive Kenmore Elite range.
While the 18.6 cu. ft. Kenmore Elite 44753 is a built-in all freezer, the 20.6 cu. ft. Kenmore Elite 28093 is a freestanding freezer.
Black is still trending in kitchens and a black freezer is great for contrasting light cabinetry.
If you want to join the discerning group that think black is beautiful, be sure to check out either the
Manual defrost freezers must be manually defrosted periodically when the ice builds up. While many find this tedious, homemakers may enjoy this intense workout.
Cubic foot for cubic, manual defrosts cost considerably less than frost free freezers.
If any of these speak to you, or you are looking for a freezer that you can operate intuitively— without constantly referring to the manual— you need to take a good look at these models:
Frost free freezers freeze food without forming ice. Because of this, frost free (auto defrost) uprights are fast gaining popularity.
If you find the idea of periodically emptying your freezer and hacking at the icy build-up especially dreadful, perhaps you should consider investing in any of these 10 frost free models:
Whether it's vegetables, meat or fish, we all love our food fresh. Kenmore's Quick Freeze function takes a fresh look at food preservation...
It speeds the process by dropping temperatures rapidly in order to lock in the juices, flavor and color.
Rapid Freeze is the domain of the 20.6 cu. ft. Kenmore Elite models and your choice will come down to color:
An ice maker makes far more ice than an ice tray, in a much shorter time. And it saves you money too, as you don't have to buy ice from the store.
So if you love to host, or put ice in everything you drink, buying a freezer with an inbuilt ice maker is a wise decision.
So which Kenmore uprights have inbuilt ice makers? Only the 18.6 cu. ft. Kenmore Elite 44753 built-in all freezer.
Compared to mechanical controls, electronic controls make it easy to set temperature and alarm thresholds with precision. An LCD display is the hallmark of electronic controls.
Models that fill the bill in this regard are:
If deterring theft and keeping the kids out of harm's way are important criteria, we recommend that you check out the following models:
The Energy Star label is awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to appliances that surpass the federal government's stringent standards for energy efficiency.
However, when you buy an Energy Star freezer, you get more than just a pretty turquoise-blue label...
You get cost savings (thanks to lower energy consumption) and a healthful environment (thanks to less pollution because less energy is consumed).
The qualifying models? It's an Elite affair...
A freezer is a major appliance in many ways. On average, a unit costs several hundred dollars. And unlike a shoes or a bad , you can’t easily return it to the store.
It’s therefore absolutely important to pick the best upright freezer for your needs.
Unfortunately, "best" is a relative term. But for what it's worth, here are the 8 top selling models:
All the Kenmore uprights come with a one year limited warranty.
This means that within 12 months from the date of purchase, Kenmore will replace any defective parts and remedy poor workmanship provided these existed at the time of purchase.
Kenmore upright freezers are part of the Kenmore home appliances range that is sold exclusively through Sears' retail stores and select Kmart locations.
So, you won't get them anywhere else.