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Best and worst cheap freezers revealed

Which? tests uncover best value freezers for 2014

Chest freezer with frozen food

Best Buy freezers are cheap to run and keep food safely frozen around the clock 

Looking for a new freezer? Which? has tested the latest models from big brands such as Beko, Bosch and Hotpoint. We’ve uncovered five fantastic Best Buys, and a terrible Don’t Buy that struggles to freeze food.

We’ve just tested 13 of the latest tall, under-counter, built-in and chest freezers available – and found big differences between the best and worst models. 

We can reveal some fantastic freezers that excel at cooling fresh food fast, so it’s as fresh as possible when you defrost it. But other models are less impressive – we’ve discovered a Don’t Buy that’s so bad it failed our freezing tests.

To see the results, head to our freezer reviews and look for the purple ‘Just tested’ icon. If you’re not yet a member, try Which? for £1 and get full access to all of our reviews.

Cheap freezers tested

If you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to hear that four of the under-counter freezers we’ve reviewed cost less than £200, plus we’ve tested two budget-friendly chest freezers that you can buy for £180 or less. See below for the full list of freezer reviews, ordered by type and price. 

Which? freezer expert Jess O’Leary says: ‘With four out of the five new Best Buys costing less than £250, our tests prove you really don’t have to spend the earth to get a great freezer for your food.

‘But not all cheap freezers shine – we’ve unearthed a budget Don’t Buy that’s so bad it failed our freezing tests and costs a fortune to run.’ 

Find out all you need to know to buy the best freezer in our freezers buying guide.

New Which? freezer reviews

We’ve tested fifteen new freezers, including four from Beko. Discover which performed best by heading to our Beko freezer reviews.

Under-counter freezers

(white) – £159
(white) – £160
(white) – £162
(black) – £167
(white) – £200
(silver) – £200
(stainless steel) – £230
(white) – £331
(stainless steel) – £344

(built-in) – £320
(built-in) – £399

Tall freezers

(white) – £399
(white) – £589

Chest freezers

(white) – £159
(white) – £178

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