I enjoy gardening and stocking up on meat when it's marked down, so I wanted more freezer space for these purposes. I wanted the upright so I could see what was in my freezer better for organization purposes. So I wasn't digging around for food, and not able to see what I had in my freezer like most chest freezers. Also I know this isn't as big of a concern anymore, but I heard with the chest freezer little kids used to get stuck in them ( I think this might have been in the past, but you can never be too safe). The downside to the upright freezer of course is the cost ( they are more expensive then the chest), they use more energy then the chest freezer ( although this is still an energy efficient freezer) and sometimes it can get a little loud. I love this freezer though and it has been a worthy investment for us. I have been able to freeze tons of freezer meals, vegetables, meats that were on clearance etc. Our freezer is a little different then the one pictured, ours has a touch screen on the front to control the temperature which is awesome. The freezer also came with a key which is nice to lock kids out if they are trying to get treats. We have locked ours before because our neighbor's have a similar freezer and their son accidentally left the door ajar trying to get a popsicle and most of their foods thawed out and were lost! So be careful, but this overall is an awesome freezer.