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 applianceoffers 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.
Best Models – Our Pick
Best Chest Models
This simple freestanding chest model from John Lewis is the ideal solution for those who are looking for a freezer with a little more space for their frozen foods and meals. Capable of holding 9.5 kg of food, it is a perfect alternative to under-counter freezers if your existing appliance is too small. As a guide, it can hold around 5 bags of shopping. This no-frills model is remarkably quiet at just 43 dB and has an energy rating of A+ to help keep utility costs low.
This model does not have much in the way of fancy features – it is a one basket model that must be defrosted manually – but it’s a good quality unit that is nice and compact, with clear usage and setup instructions. It would be an ideal purchase for a couple or family who need an extra bit of space for frozen food, but who may lack the room for anything bigger.
- Compact shape and size
- Low noise level
- Good value for money
- Ice build-up
- No temperature display
Our Verdict: A basic chest style that will give you more storage space. A great value, reliable option which does the job you need it to do and is a great addition to a good fridge.
John Lewis JLCH102 Rating: 7/10
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.
- Extra large storage capacity
- Modern design
- Quiet operation
- Counterbalanced lid
- Lack of baskets to help with food organization
Our Verdict: This extra large chest model is a good value storage solution for those who feel standard vertical freezers are just not big enough.
Logik L300CFW14 Rating: 8/10
- Product: Logik L300CFW14
- Capacity: 290 litres
- Dimensions: 85 x 111.5 x 67.0 cm
- Efficiency: A+
- Features (3 top features): Extra large capacity, counterbalanced lid, simple and modern design
Logik L300CFW14 user manual
Best Upright Models
With loads of rooms 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’ function, 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 separate 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.
- Plenty of room
- Auto-defrost feature
- Energy efficient
- Temp controls on the inside – would prefer to see them on the outside
- Door can be a bit stubborn to open
Our Verdict: A tall appliance packed with loads of useful features. It just works and is the perfect compliment to your fridge.
Bosch GSN36VW30G Rating: 8.5/10
The days of manual defrosting are over – the FFP1671B 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 FFP1671B 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 FFP1671B 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.
- Large storage capacity
- Sleek design
- Appliance can operate in cold temperatures, as low as -15°C
- Alarm sounds when door is left open
- This appliance lacks a temperature gauge
- May operate slightly louder than its rival freezers
Our Verdict: This modern vertical appliance is a super convenient choice for the family home.
Beko FFP1671B Rating: 8.5/10
- Product: Beko FFP1671b
- Capacity: 250 litres
- Dimensions: 171.4 x 60.0 x 65.0 cm
- Efficiency: A+
- Features (3 top features): frost-free function, operates in temperatures as low as -15°C, alarmed door
Beko FFP1671B user manual
Freezers Buying Guide
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.
Most freezers 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.
Freezers 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.
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
Freezers perform better in cool rooms, such as basements. However, manufacturer’s specifications may vary, so be sure to check the specs of each model.
Are you planning on buying a new freezer? What features are important to you, and why? Let us know in the comments.