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

Best Upright Freezers

HOTPOINT UH6 F1C W UK.1 Tall Freezer

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.

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

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 167 x 59.5 x 64.5 cm
  • Capacity: 222L
  • Efficiency: A+

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HOTPOINT UH6 F1C W UK.1 Tall Freezer User Manual

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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.

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.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 171.4 x 60.0 x 65.0 cm
  • Capacity: 250L
  • 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 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.

+ 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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Best Integrated Freezers

BEKO BZ31 Integrated Undercounter Freezer

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.

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

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 84 x 59.8 x 54.5 cm
  • Capacity: 87L
  • Efficiency: A+

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BEKO BZ31 Integrated Undercounter Freezer User Manual

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ZANUSSI ZBF22451SV Integrated Tall Freezer

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.

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

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 177.2 x 54 x 54.9 cm
  • Capacity: 204L
  • Efficiency: A+

+ Downloads

ZANUSSI ZBF22451SV Integrated Tall Freezer User Manual

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Best Under-counter Freezer

AEG ATB8101VNX Undercounter Freezer

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.

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

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 63.5 cm
  • Capacity: 80L
  • Efficiency: A+

+ Downloads

AEG ATB8101VNX Undercounter Freezer User Manual

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ESSENTIALS CUF50W18 Undercounter Freezer

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.

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

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 83.9 x 49.4 x 49.4 cm
  • Capacity: 65L
  • Efficiency: A+

+ Downloads

ESSENTIALS CUF50W18 Undercounter Freezer User Manual

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HOTPOINT FZA36G.1 Undercounter Freezer

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.

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

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 85 x 59.8 x 62 cm
  • Capacity: 73L
  • Efficiency: A+

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HOTPOINT FZA36G.1 Undercounter Freezer

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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.

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

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 86.8 x 79.5 x 66.5cm
  • Capacity: 210L
  • 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.

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.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 85 x 111.5 x 67 cm
  • Capacity: 290L
  • Efficiency: A+

+ Downloads

Logik L300CFW14 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.