Best Freezer 2019 – 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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Samsung RR7000M RZ32M7120SA
  • Type: Upright Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 185.3 x 59.5 x 69.4cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Capacity: 315L
  • Noise Level: 41dB
  • Extra Features: Open door alert, Digital display, Reversible door, Temperature warning light
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Logik L300CFW14
  • Type: Chest Freezer
  • Dimensions: 85 x 111.5 x 67cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 290L
  • Noise Level: 44 dB
  • Extra Features: Temperature warning
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John Lewis & Partners JLCH200
  • Type: Chest Freezer
  • Dimensions: 86.8 x 79.5 x 66.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 210L
  • Noise Level: 42dB
  • Extra Features: Fast freeze, Temperature alarm
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Best Upright Freezers

Upright freezers give you the most space while still looking like an ordinary appliance. They look much like a standard fridge, in fact.

They often feature around 6+ drawers, many of which are deeper than you would find in a normal fridge freezer, which is ideal if you’re always stuck for space or have taller/larger items than can’t usually be accommodated.

Samsung RR7000M RZ32M7120SA

Available in black, silver or white, this is a is not only an incredibly attractive upright freestanding freezer, but is also ever so easy to care for.

It is frost free, so you won’t spend hours chipping away at ice build ups in order to fit the weekly shop in. Cold air is constantly circulated around the entire interior to keep everything fresh. Yet, there is a fast frost function which will bring that shop right down to optimum temperature in quick time, to preserve it and ensure the freezer continually works at the best temperature.

It can hold 17 bags of food altogether, which is ideal for someone who likes to keep their stocks up. Judging by the size, you could expect it to break the bank when it comes to running costs. But you’d be wrong – an estimated £51.13 is all you’ll spend over the full year. The door is reversible, so you can switch it to suit your comfort and kitchen layout.

It also runs at only 41 dB loud, so won’t disturb your dinnertime. But the thing we love about it the most? The top half is made up of shelves as opposed to drawers, so you can clearly see where the peas are and whether you need any more fish fingers.

Specifications

  • Type: Upright Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 185.3 x 59.5 x 69.4cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Capacity: 315L
  • Noise Level: 41dB
  • Extra Features: Open door alert, Digital display, Reversible door, Temperature warning light

We like

  • Great capacity
  • Very stylish
  • Reversible door

We dislike

  • Reversing the door is a pain if needed

Final Verdict

So much room, quiet operation, and a nifty layout - miles ahead of so many competitors out there

Hotpoint UH6 F1C W UK.1

One of the best we reviewed for capacity, this freezer can not only keep your food in top condition, but it also makes your life a bit easier.

There is a continuous flow of air throughout the appliance, which helps to control the humidity and therefore keep frost at bay. Ice won’t form on your food or in the drawers, so you never have to manually sort it out, and you’ll always have the maximum amount of space available.

Super Freeze will rapidly drop the internal temperature, so loads of items can be placed into the freezer at the same time, and it won’t affect the running of the appliance. Adding non-frozen items such as dinner leftovers or the components of your weekly shop can increase the amount the freezer needs to work, so this prevents your food becoming spoilt.

Six drawers mean you can pop away your food just how you like it, so you know where everything is. From precious items to your secret ice cream stash, it all has its place. The door seal is very strong, so while this means it is hard to open at times, at least you know it is not letting any cold out or heat in.

We think it would be nice for the control panel to be on the outside,so you don’t have to open the door to see the current temperature or change settings, but there is a temperature alarm, so this lets you know if you need to act. Still, at least this gives it a clean design if aesthetics are important. As seeing it is the only flaw we could find, we’d say it is well worth the 5* rating.

Specifications

  • Type: Upright Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 167 x 59.5 x 64.5 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 222L
  • Noise Level: 41 dB
  • Extra Features: Frost free, Temperature warnings

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We like

  • Capacity
  • Glass shelves separate drawers so less cold escapes when door is opened
  • Modern, clean design

We dislike

  • Have to open door to access controls/see temperature

Final Verdict

A fabulous freezer from a titan of the appliance world. We’d be more than happy to have this in our kitchen, and it certainly makes life easier

Beko FFP1671S

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.

Specifications

  • Type: Upright Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 171.4 x 60.0 x 65.0 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 250L
  • Noise Level: 42 dB
  • Extra Features: Reversible door, Temperature warning light

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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 dislike

  • 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.

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.

Specifications

  • Type: Upright Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 186 x 60 x 65cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: 237L
  • Noise Level: 42 dB
  • Extra Features: Reversible door, Temperature warning light

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We like

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

We dislike

  • 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.

Best Integrated Freezers

Integrated freezers are designed to blend seamlessly with your kitchen by being built-in behind a unit or cupboard door, rather than freestanding and on display. They can also give you a bit more space compared to a freestanding model, as you don’t have to make room for them.

You can purchase under counter or tall integrated freezers, whichever suits your kitchen and needs best.

Bosch Serie 6 GIN81AE30G

Plenty of drawers? Tick. Some extra big 26cm depth drawers for that Christmas turkey, large bags of chips and ice cubes? Tick. No Frost technology? We are on a roll.

When you return to the kitchen after your Saturday supermarket shop and need to restock the freezer, SuperFreeze will bring everything down to the ideal low temperature ASAP, so it is preserved and also doesn’t spoil the current food. There are plenty of extra functions which will make your life easier too, such as a temperature warning light and reversible door.

The seven drawers will let you keep everything separate from each other, so you know where it is and the meat won’t be squashed in with the veg. Even though it is an integrated model so noise doesn’t make a massive difference, it is still super quiet at just 36dB so won’t disturb your cooking sessions.

There is no interior light unfortunately, but you get total control over temperature and power failure safety of 22 hours. Plus, it will only cost around £37.42 to run over the year.

Specifications

  • Type: Integrated Upright
  • Dimensions: 177.2 x 55.8 x 54.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: 211L
  • Noise Level: 36 dB
  • Extra Features: Frost free, Open door alert, Temperature warning light

We like

  • Vario temperature zones
  • Two extra large drawers
  • Frost free

We dislike

  • No light inside - but this is the only downside we found

Final Verdict

To say the only negative we found was a lack of light, this is a great freezer for any families or larger kitchens

Stoves INT TALL FRZ

It can sometimes be really nice to just have one huge chest freezer where you can throw it all in for maximum space. But if that thought sends shivers down your spine and you love your organisation too much, you may want a large freezer packed with drawers.

This Stoves model has a total of eight separate shelves, which will hold 197 litres/10 bags of food shopping altogether. You could keep your ice cream at the top) away from the reach of the crafty kids), all your meat at the bottom, then also a separate dedicated drawer for chips, frozen vegetables, meal components and leftovers and still have room to store extras.

It has the big two forms of technology you may want, frost free and fast freeze tech. There is a reversible door, so it can easily slot into your kitchen layout and fit to your door without too much fussing and changing everything around. It uses a sliding door mechanism, so make sure your current layout is appropriate.

There is no interior light, but there are temperature controls. We loved the fact that there were some drop down doors as well as drawers the most – things you need easy access to are available in seconds.

Specifications

  • Type: Integrated Tall
  • Dimensions: 177 x 54 x 54.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 197L
  • Noise Level: 41dB
  • Extra Features: Frost free, Reversible door, Temperature warning light

We like

  • Drawers and drop down doors
  • Loads of space
  • Reversible door

We dislike

  • Quite narrow - you won't be able to store pizza boxes or big batch cooking

Final Verdict

Narrow, but the amount of drawers will make this an easy to live with issue

Zanussi ZBF22451SV

Whether you have a big family, need to kit out a house share, run a small food business or pretty much live on frozen goods, this tall appliance has a huge capacity and is integrated so won’t painfully stick out.

Because it is frost free, there is no ice build up. Handy, as you’d have an awful lot of work to do if it wasn’t. QuickFreeze will also preserve any new additions, by bringing them down to temperature quicker and ensuring they don’t spoil. It will also be able to work a bit more efficiently until this is done, so it doesn’t increase the temperature of everything else.

A Space+ drawer makes squeezing in those larger items much easier. It is also easy to access which will save you rooting around before dinner. The power saving ability is great, so if there is a power cut it will still hold the food for 24 hours until you get a chance to sort the issue.

Thanks to an optimum ambient temperature range of 10 – 43°C, it can be placed in a utility room or garage. It would be easy to think it will cost a huge amount of money to run but thanks to an A+ rating, it won’t set you back too much.

Specifications

  • Type: Integrated Tall
  • Dimensions: 177.2 x 54 x 54.9 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 216L
  • Noise Level: 41dB
  • Extra Features: Reversible door, Door open alarm

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We like

  • Open door and temperature alarms
  • Choice of 7 drawers
  • Control panel easy to operate and set

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Excellent quality and more space than we’d ever imagine most people could ever fill. A fab option for anyone who needs the most space money can buy

Hotpoint Aquarius HZA1.1

Integrated under counter freezers are the ideal appliances to preserve your food yet not cause an eyesore. This Hotpoint freezer has a huge 91L capacity, which is surprising given its compact build.

This capacity should hold around six bags of your food shopping, so whether you like it to get down to the bare basics then do a huge shop or prefer to keep on top of it, there is plenty of scope. Reversible doors will allow you to adapt it to your kitchen without changing the layout and door fixtures.

The required room temperature is 10 to 43 °C, so it will have to be used in a kitchen or side room. But this makes it ideal if you like to have separate fridge and freezer appliances, and only require everyday sizes and models as opposed to huge storage freezers.

For the price, there are a few things we would have expected. You have to manually defrost it, for instance. But on a more positive note, it should only cost £28.48 to run annually, and the 38 dB noise level is low so you won’t hear any humming or drastic motor noises all the time. There is also a temperature warning light, so it will let you know if there are any issues and if you need to defrost to get the air flow going again.

Specifications

  • Type: Integrated Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 81.5 x 59.6 x 54.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 91L
  • Noise Level: 38 dB
  • Extra Features: Reversible door, Temperature warning light

We like

  • Low annual running costs
  • Temperature controls
  • Ice cube tray included

We dislike

  • No fast freeze or auto defrost

Final Verdict

Perhaps a little pricey for what you get, but if you like to go for the big brands and need reliability and comfortable use, then it could be worth investing for the long term

Beko BZ31

Perfect if you need a separate freezer for your kitchen, this integrated appliance is great for anyone who isn’t overly demanding and just wants an option which can get the job done.

Having said this, there are plenty of extras which are very welcome. SuperFreeze will reduce the temperature of all your new food quickly, so it stays frozen and retains its quality. A temperature warning alarm will let you know if it needs to be taken down a notch or you need to try and shield it from the external conditions.

The 19-hour power failure backup is handy in case of any power cuts. You can act before anything is wasted. Because of the Freezer Guard technology, it can operate in temperatures as low as -15 degrees. An ideal overflow appliance for utility rooms or garages. There is no automatic defrost ability, so this will have to be done periodically, but this isn’t a huge issue.

The feet feel a bit wobbly, which is slightly disappointing for the price. But as it is integrated, it won’t wobble about your floor which is good. Essentially, it freezes well so is worth the cost.

Specifications

  • Type: Integrated Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 82 x 59.8 x 54.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 87L
  • Noise Level: 39 dB
  • Extra Features: Reversible door, Temperature warning light

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We like

  • Freezes well
  • Quiet when running

We dislike

  • Drawers are a little stiff to pull in and out

Final Verdict

We like how it can be placed in any room thanks to the Freezer Guard, and despite a few usability issues, it is still a great integrated choice

Best Under-counter Freezer

Perfect if you’re low on floor space, under counter freezers are tucked away and great if you don’t need an overly huge freezer, or on the other hand need to boost the freezer space which your fridge freezer offers.

Electra EFUZ48W

Do you have a fridge freezer, but the freezer section is too small to properly keep stock of chips/frozen veg? Maybe you love to meal prep, but have to eat your weight in ice cream every Sunday night to be able to fit the containers in there?

Well, this freezer is ideal for overflow emergencies. There is a 63L capacity so you can keep luxuries such as frozen ice cubes, chopped onions and peppers to hand. This will not only reduce your fresh food bill, but also ensures you always have what you need. There’s three drawers, so it can all be kept separate if needed.

The low price is another great point. You won’t want to spend as much as you did on your main unit, but you still want something reliable. There are a few extra touches we like for the cost, such as a reversible door, low noise level and A+ energy rating. But you will have to manually defrost every so often. Easily doable for the low price.

Specifications

  • Type: Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 82.1 x 48 x 50cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 63L
  • Noise Level: 38dB
  • Extra Features: Reversible door, Temperature warning light

We like

  • Price
  • Reversible door
  • 4 star freezer rating

We dislike

  • Required room temperature is 10 to 43 °C - maybe not for garage etc

Final Verdict

When you want something for convenience like this, you want it to be cost-effective and easy to run - this ticks those boxes

AEG ATB8101VNX

Surprisingly generous capacity, frost free, fast freeze, temperature alarm and four storage drawers – this AEG appliance is a pretty luxurious freezer option.

Firstly, Frostmatic will get any fresh food right down to the perfect preservation temperature ASAP, without altering the overall situation in your freezer. Whether you’ve just done a big food shop or need to freeze a large beef joint, it can handle the demand.

The drawers are nice and easy to open. The frost-free function keeps everything clear and the drawer runners nice and smooth and well-fitted. We also liked the handle, which makes a nice change to the usual integrated handles. Nice and easy to grip, although beware it means it won’t sit completely flush with your cabinets because of this.

Part of us would prefer three deeper drawers rather than four shallower options, but at the same time, the ability to split our food further into categories is welcome. If you need a section for veg, one for puddings, one for ready meals and one for chips and other meal components, you have free rein.

We’d also like a lower price, but for the sheer quality of the appliance, it is worth every penny. It also looks pretty great, with silver and stainless steel accents. Much nicer than the usual graphite colourings if you want a match with the rest of your kitchen.

Specifications

  • Type: Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 63.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 80L
  • Noise Level: 42 dB
  • Extra Features: Reversible door, Temperature warning light

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We like

  • Design
  • Packed with features
  • LED screen with temperature display

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Stylish, incredibly modern and functional and great control options. If your freezer plays an important part of your lifestyle, then this under-counter option is a sensible pick that won't let you down

Essentials CUF50W18

A very budget-friendly option, this under-counter appliance from Currys is perfect for any overflow needs, or if you don’t use much freezer food but it still very much comes in handy.

There isn’t much overall to say about it, because it simply does the job. There are three drawers, with the bottom one being slightly deeper if you have any larger items to store or like to buy things like chips and veg in bulk.

Even though it is compact, there is a surprising amount of space. It is cheap to run thanks to the A+ rating and fits comfortably under standard workbenches. The drawers are clear, so it is easy to see what is inside without pulling them out, although they do feel on the flimsy side.

Specifications

  • Type: Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 83.9 x 49.4 x 49.4cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 65L
  • Noise Level: 40 dB
  • Extra Features: Clear drawers

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We like

  • Budget pick
  • Clean design

We dislike

  • Frosts up quickly so defrost regularly

Final Verdict

No fancy extras like auto defrost or warming alarms, but it is cheap and cheerful and does the job. Perfect for the price

Hotpoint FZA36G.1

Perfect for sliding neatly under your worktop, this Hotpoint freestanding under-counter freezer is perfect for adding that little bit of extra essential freezing space.

There is a nice simple design so it will fit into any kitchen or garage space. The graphite colour and simple, fast freeze button/temperature dial are basic yet perfectly functional, and there is a warning light as well in case it gets a little warm, and you need to act.

It seems to do a great job of freezing the contents without ‘blocking’ it all up with chunks of ice build-up. Nobody likes taking the ice cream out of the freezer and leaving a pool of water on the floor because the tub had become so icy. This is likely down to the frost-free capability, which means you’ll never have to grab a scraper and bucket of hot water again.

We love the fast freeze option too. If you’ve just done a big weekly shop and stocked it up, it will bring the temperature of the items down quicker while maintaining its own set level. Perfect in Summer when you need to ensure the ice creams don’t melt and go a funny shape before you eat them.

The reversible door is handy if you need a certain layout to fit your kitchen. Just add the option at checkout. There is ample space for two or the perfect amount for overflow for a small family. Because of the constant defrosting power, it is a little noisy continuously, but it isn’t noticeable. In all, it does the job and keeps everything in top condition – not much more is needed.

Specifications

  • Type: Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 85 x 59.8 x 62 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 73L
  • Noise Level: 51dB
  • Extra Features: Frost free, Reversible door

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We like

  • Defrost ability
  • Nice deep drawers

We dislike

  • On the noisier side

Final Verdict

The price is possibly a little steep, but for it, you get a freezer with a generous amount of space and which will stay with you for years without you having to do a second of manual defrosting - well worth the price alone

Beko UFF584APW

Like to keep your frozen food safely in the home? Maybe you want a separate fridge and freezer? This little under counter model from appliance titans Beko gives you plenty of scope to do just that.

It has a capacity of 75L, which is around four bags of shopping. This should keep you and your family going for a little while without restocking. For the price, we were pleasantly surprised to see it had frost free technology and quick freeze, which will keep both your food and the appliance in top condition throughout its lifespan.

Even though the size and design is ideal to have in your kitchen as you would a fridge, Freezer Guard technology will ensure that if you want to use it in the garage, you can. It will still work when the temperature outside dips, and your garage hits as low as -15 degrees. This may be the best idea after all, as it is a little on the noisy side. But still – the cost and overall usability makes it a steal.

Specifications

  • Type: Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 84 x 54.5 x 59.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 75L
  • Noise Level: 43 dB
  • Extra Features: Frost free, Reversible door

We like

  • Energy efficient
  • Little upkeep required
  • Top compartment is a shelf for easy access

We dislike

  • On the slightly noisy side

Final Verdict

A great little freezer for anyone who just needs the extra space

Best Chest Freezers

Most commonly found in garages and utility rooms, they are usually primarily for frozen food overflow. Unlike traditional models, they open from the top as opposed to the front with doors.

There may be a basket within the chest, but usually, it is just a vast frozen space. This is great for larger items, bulk boxes of foods or if you’re organised, but not so great if you tend to throw everything in – finding it again could be a task.

Fridgemaster MCF194

Chest freezers are great for anyone who needs a lot of extra space, as you aren’t constricted by shelves and compartments. But if you want this extra space on a budget, so many options leave you restricted.

Luckily, this Fridgemaster still gives you everything you could possibly need but with  low price. The 194L capacity will give you plenty of room for all of those extra bits and bobs you like to have on hand but aren’t always in use, such as ice creams, spare bits for dinner and ice cubes.

Some freezers can only be placed in the home, despite traditionally only being for spare foods. But thankfully, this one has the Winter Guard feature, so it can work in temperatures as low as -15 without so much as a stutter. This makes it one of the best freezers for your garage or outhouse.

The low price means there are a few technology pointers missing. It will have to be manually defrosted every so often, and there is no display so you can alter the temperature. But it is A rated to run and gets a 4 star freezer rating so can keep food fresh for up to 12 months.

Specifications

  • Type: Chest
  • Dimensions: 84.2 x 89.1 x 55.7cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 194L
  • Noise Level: 40 dB
  • Extra Features: Counterbalanced lid

We like

  • Plenty of room
  • Economical to run
  • Price

We dislike

  • Would benefit from an interior light (but forgivable for cost)

Final Verdict

Cheap and cheerful appliance which does the job - no more to say about it but you won't regret the buy

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.

Specifications

  • Type: Chest Freezer
  • Dimensions: 86.8 x 79.5 x 66.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 210L
  • Noise Level: 42dB
  • Extra Features: Fast freeze, Temperature alarm

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We like

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

We dislike

  • 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

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.

Specifications

  • Type: Chest Freezer
  • Dimensions: 85 x 111.5 x 67cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 290L
  • Noise Level: 44 dB
  • Extra Features: Temperature warning

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We like

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

We dislike

  • 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.

Freezer Buying Guide

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, or think about how much overflow space you will need throughout the year so you don’t get one too small or large. If you have an existing space, you will have to make sure that the appliance isn’t too large for it.

Also, if you want an integrated model, you’ll have to bear in mind the overall space as well as the size of the door and gaps needed.

Energy Efficiency

Appliances are rated for efficiency on a scale of A-G. Most of those available now will at least be rated B. 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 freezer.

This is particularly relevant as items such as fridges and freezers are always on and working away in the background to keep your food cool – they can’t be turned off. Many models now available are A+ rated, which should cost less than £50 to run annually.

Freezer Ratings

Like to keep your food in the freezer for as long as possible until it is used up, as opposed to throwing it all out after a month? Look for the freezer rating. Most will give a rating of 4, which means the contents can be preserved safely for up to a year without any issues.

Integrated Freezers

As well as the dimensions, you will need to check the door type. There are two – sliding and hinged. The former uses two separate hinges to fit the door to the cupboard door, but the latter uses just one hinge to keep it all together. You may have to follow the type you already have, as seeing it can be tricky to swap one for the other.

FAQ’s

What Are Some Useful Features To Look Out For?

When selecting your new freezer appliance, here are some features worth getting too:

  • Auto-defrost – this means you will never have to empty and manually defrost your appliance, and you will avoid pesky ice build-up. It allows air to circulate through the appliance to keep everything at the perfect temperature
  • 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. You’ll also be able to adjust the temperature, in case you need to make it slightly lower for certain foods or change it when the hot weather in Summer hits
  • 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. Some freezers will have drawers, and others drop down doors. Which you get is personal preference. The only model which won’t have these is a chest freezer, so you should look out for things like small baskets or compartments to keep everything in its own place if you like to stay organised

Where Should I Install My Freezer?

These appliances perform better in cool rooms, such as basements. But obviously, the kitchen is probably where it is going to go, so try to keep it away from hot appliances such as ovens or washing machines, and give it space to breathe. However, manufacturer’s specifications may vary, so be sure to check the specs of each model.

Some will state the ideal temperature in the specifications, so if you want it for a basement or garage, ensure it will operate in temperatures as low as minus figures.