Reviewed: the latest slim and large-capacity chest freezersFive new chest freezers tested and rated by Which?

11 June 2011

Norfrost C2AEW

The ultra-slim Norfrost C2AEW

Shopping for a new chest freezer? Which? has just reviewed and rated five of the latest models including chest freezers from Bosch, Haier, Norforst, Proline (Comet) and Swan.

Many chest freezers offer generous capacities for holding lots of groceries. The huge can hold 202 litres – that’s the equivalent of almost 67 loaves of bread. 

Conversely, you can also now buy ultra-slim chest freezers like the Norfrost C2AEW that can hold just 57 litres – approximately 19 loaves of bread and more suited to smaller households or where space is short.

Keep reading to find out more about the different types of freezer, or head to our freezer reviews to find the perfect model for you.

Chest or upright freezer?

Chest freezers can hold more than regular upright freezers of a similar width, as they don’t have drawers taking up space inside.

At 86cm, the Comet own-brand chest freezer is a little taller than an under-counter freezer, but has a similar average width, and we found it can hold 99 litres. 

Under-counter freezers can normally only hold about 70 litres, as the drawers use up about 30 litres of space.

If you're looking for a frost-free freezer, then avoid chest freezers as very few automatically defrost themselves. Helpfully, the , and Haier BD203GAA all have drains to help you remove water from melted ice, making defrosting these chest freezers less of a chore.

Read out guide on how to buy the best chest freezer to find the perfect model for you.

Freezers in a power cut

Our tests have regularly revealed that chest freezers can keep food frozen longer than upright freezers during a power cut. 

While we expect upright freezers to stay frozen for up to 24 hours, chest freezers like the can stay frozen for up to 73 hours – that's a bumper three days.

Go to our Best Buy freezers to pick out an excellent freezer for your home.

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