Help! Should I Buy a Chest or Upright Freezer?

In the next week I will be purchasing a freezer for our new basement store room. I have a problem. I can't decide if I should get a chest or upright freezer. I'm hoping that some reader input can help me decide which option is best for me.

From what I can understand, here are the differences in the choices:

Chest Freezer

Pros:
• More energy efficient
• More space efficient inside
• Holds cold inside better

Cons:
• Takes up more floor space
• Inconvenient for viewing and accessing items quickly

Upright Freezer

Pros:
• Takes up less floor space
• Convenient for viewing and accessing items quickly

Cons:
• Less energy efficient
• Less space efficient inside

I like the idea of being able to just open the door and grab something as opposed of having to lift out a lot of cold things to get to what I need. I also like the idea of keeping our electricity bills down. And I like the idea of not taking up too much of our floor space.

I want to get this purchased before Thanksgiving as I'm hosting eight people here and want to start making the pies, breads, and stock for gravy ahead of time and freezing them.

Long-term, I do a lot of cooking and freezing of meals in portions like casseroles, soups, and such. I'd also like to join a meat club and be able to store large amounts of meat cuts. Plus, my partner and I would like to go hunting with his father and have room to freeze portions of a deer or wild boar.

I'm torn on what the best option is. When I was growing up my parents had an upright freezer so I guess I'm sort of used to that style. My mother now has a chest freezer, and I find it a pain to go rooting around in it. Is this something you get used to? If any of you switched from upright to chest, what are your thoughts?

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