We're a family of 5. Myself, my husband, and 3 children (5, 2, 2 mos.) We have an 8.8 cu ft Kenmore chest freezer. We got it from Sears and we've been pretty happy with it. We made sure to get one with a lock so that the kids can't climb inside of it (the key hangs up high on the wall next to the freezer so that we can easily get it but the kids can't.
The only thing I don't like about it is that the temperature gauge is on the outside of the freezer, so my 2 year old was turning it off. We ended up taking off part of the cover and taping a piece of cardboard down over the temperature gauge, then putting the cover back on over it. Now we don't have trouble. :-)
It's a manual defrost, which is what I wanted. I've found that the auto defrost ones don't tend to preserve food as well because of the temperature cycling to prevent frost buildup. The drain uses a standard garden hose.
at 1:29 PM on Jul. 18, 2010