Best Freezer 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

Families who like to prepare food in bulk or stock up on lots of frozen items all in one go can often find that there is not enough space in their fridge-freezer to accommodate everything.

Having a separate appliance offers more capacity for those who like to stay organised by keeping lots of pre-prepared food frozen, ready to heat up when needed.

There are plenty of options available so you’ll have no trouble at all finding an appliance which slots perfectly into your kitchen, basement or garage.

If you’re on the lookout for a standalone appliance to supplement your existing space, here are some of our favourite options, along with a handy buying guide to help you make the right decision.

The Best Freezers – Our Top Picks

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  • Capacity: 9.5 kg
  • Dimensions (cm): 83.6 x 56.2 x 52.6
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Energy consumption (annual): 170 kWh
  • Feature: Manual defrost
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  • Capacity: 290 litres
  • Dimensions (cm): 171.4 x 60 x 65
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Energy consumption (annual): 307 kWh
  • Feature: Large storage capacity
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  • Capacity: 290 litres
  • Dimensions (cm): 85 x 111.5 x 67
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Energy consumption (annual): 268 kWh
  • Feature: Extra large storage capacity
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Best Chest Freezers

John Lewis & Partners JLCH200

With a huge 210L capacity, this offering from John Lewis is ideal for any larger households who often find themselves cramming their leftovers into the smallest spaces in their freezer.
For any busy households, there is also low frost technology which could give you up to five years without having to defrost the freezer, which could prove invaluable if it is the last way you want to be spending your Saturday afternoon.

As a freestanding model, there is a possibility you are planning on storing it in a garage or utility as an extra to the one already in your kitchen. Therefore, there is an alarm which will sound if the internal temperature increases to the point of the food starting to defrost.

This could happen because the lid wasn’t shut properly, or because you’re in the middle of summer and the appliance is a bit too warm. Whatever the reason, being able to save your food before it is too late could be invaluable.

Features (3 top features): Frost free, 42dB noise level, Temperature alarm

We like

  • Compact shape - short enough to fit under benches
  • Internal light
  • Quiet

We disike

  • Could have come with extra storage baskets

Final Verdict

A good-priced chest freezer which will give all those busy families some dedicated freezer space, or a much-needed chance to store some extra food

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  • Product: John Lewis JLCH200
  • Capacity: 210L
  • Dimensions: H86.8 x W79.5 x D66.5cm
  • Efficiency: A+

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John Lewis JLCH200 Instruction Guide

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Logik L300CFW14

Do you like to cook for large numbers? The Logik L300CFW14 is a 290L high-capacity model, perfect for you to store bulky joints or other large freezable items.

This chest model benefits from a simple design and runs so quietly that it would blend in perfectly amongst other appliances in your kitchen. The high capacity storage is ideal for any family home, and it is easy to reach items at the very bottom of the appliance.

This Logik appliance also has a built-in drainage system that wins extra convenience points, as it makes manual defrosting considerably easier. On top of this, the lid is counterbalanced to ensure that it does not shut whilst you are stocking up your items, allowing you to get the job done faster with both hands.

This appliance is rated A+ for energy efficiency, so it provides a cost-efficient solution for extra large frozen food storage. The L300CFW14 would benefit from some inbuilt baskets to aid the organisation of foodstuffs, though using plastic containers is an easy solution.

Overall, this product fantastic value-for-money and is a convenient way to store food if you are cooking en-masse.

Features (3 top features): Extra large capacity, counterbalanced lid, simple and modern design

We like

  • Extra large storage capacity
  • Modern design
  • Quiet operation
  • Counterbalanced lid

We disike

  • Lack of baskets to help with food organization

Final Verdict

This extra large chest model is a good value storage solution for those who feel standard vertical models are just not big enough.

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  • Product: Logik L300CFW14
  • Capacity: 290 litres
  • Efficiency: A+

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Logik L300CFW14 user manual

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Best Upright Freezers

BEKO FFP1671S Tall Freezer

The BEKO FFP1671S is a great all-round contender on the market. The sleek, glossy finish is very attractive and would be complementary to all modern kitchens.

The days of manual defrosting are over – the FFP1671S features a fantastic frost-free design, which prevents the buildup of ice that can restrict precious food storage space. This model is suitable for the kitchen, utility room or even outbuilding due to Beko’s ground-breaking freezer-guard technology, which enables the appliance to operate in temperatures as low was -15°C.

Beko has also included a convenient fast freeze function to quickly freeze your fresh items, preserving nutrients and taste. On top of this, the FFP1671S features space for the storage of larger boxes, making life that little bit easier for a large household.

The appliance also prevents any defrosting mishaps with an alarm for those times you accidentally leave the door open. Though the FFP1671S may operate a little louder than the average modern appliance, it more than makes up for this with its frost-free design, which will save you hours of manual defrosting.

Features (3 top features): frost-free function, operates in temperatures as low as -15°C, alarmed door

We like

  • Large storage capacity
  • Sleek design
  • Frost-free
  • Appliance can operate in cold temperatures, as low as -15°C
  • Alarm sounds when door is left open

We disike

  • This appliance lacks a temperature gauge
  • May operate slightly louder than its rival freezers

Final Verdict

This modern vertical appliance is a super convenient choice for the family home.

+ Specifications

  • Product: Beko FFP1671S
  • Capacity: 250 litres
  • Dimensions: 171.4 x 60.0 x 65.0 cm
  • Efficiency: A+

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Beko FFP1671S user manual

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Bosch GSN36AW31G

With loads of room for all kinds of bulky food items, this high-capacity model from Bosch has everything you could need. We particularly love its so-called ‘SuperFreeze’ functionality, which freezes your food ultra rapidly to retain as much freshness as possible, as well as its auto-defrost feature that means you will never have to empty and defrost it yourself.

This great appliance comes with an amazing A++ rating for efficiency and holds up to 237 litres. It contains 5 freezer drawers and 2 BigBox drawers in total, so there’s tonnes of space for bulk meals and frozen meats/veggies. It’s a simple design that’s very easy to clean, with a classic white finish and low noise.

We like

  • Plenty of space
  • 7 freezer drawers
  • Easy to clean

We disike

  • Lack of BigBox shelves – one or two more would be an improvement
  • Door can be tricky to open at times

Final Verdict

A tall appliance with heaps of space. It works very efficiently and is the perfect compliment to your fridge, no matter the style.

+ Specifications

  • Product: Bosch GSN36AW31G
  • Capacity: 237L
  • Efficiency: A++
  • Features (3 top features): no-frost technology, quick freeze and SuperFreeze functions, 19 hours power cut safe time

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Bosch GSN36AW31G user manual

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Freezer Buying Guide

Freezer Types

There are 3 main types of standalone models – they are:

  • Upright freezers, like the model listed here from Bosch. This model fits in well with other kitchen appliances and looks much like a standard fridge. They give you lots of space for frozen items and are tall, so make sure you have the height to accommodate one.
  • Chest freezers, which are shorter and more squat, like the model we have reviewed from John Lewis. They work well in a utility room or similar, as an extra storage space for your frozen goods. Unlike an upright models they usually open from the top and do not have shelves – there might be one basket – so there is a certain amount of rooting around involved when it comes to finding what you need.
  • Integrated freezers, which are designed to blend seamlessly with your kitchen by being built-in behind a unit or cupboard door, rather than freestanding and on display. You can also get integrated fridge-freezers.

Size

Most come in one of three sizes:

  • Small – 5-9 cubic feet
  • Medium – 12-18 cubic feet
  • Large – >18 cubic feet

Measure your available space to ensure that you have enough room to accommodate both a fridge and a freezer.

Energy efficiency

Theese appliances are rated for efficiency on a scale of A-G. For the benefit of the environment and your utility bills, always aim for as high an efficiency rating as possible for all of your appliances, including your fridge.

Useful features

When selecting your new appliance, here are some features worth looking out for:

  • Auto-defrost – this means you will never have to empty and manually defrost your appliance, and you will avoid pesky ice build-up
  • Temperature display and controls – helpful for allowing you to keep an eye on the temperature of your appliance to ensure that it’s within the recommended range
  • Fast-freeze function – a good feature to use when adding new non-frozen items, to prevent the temperature rising and to freeze the new items quickly
  • Shelves and/or baskets – these are helpful for keeping your food organised so you can find it easily when you need it

Where to put your freezer

These appliances perform better in cool rooms, such as basements. However, manufacturer’s specifications may vary, so be sure to check the specs of each model.