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Top five best chest freezers of 2018

By Patrick Gallagher

If you want to store large amounts of food, you may want to invest in a chest freezer. Our guide reveals the best chest freezers for 2018.

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Chest freezers are invaluable when it comes to freezing large amounts of food. While the best chest freezers we've tested are reliable and easy to clean, the worst are slow to freeze, which means vital nutrients from food could be lost. We also have safety concerns with certain chest freezers.

If a lack of storage space is stopping you from taking advantage of BOGOF offers at the supermarket, a chest freezer will help. With a chest freezer, you can buy in bulk from the butchers and still have room for large loads of fresh produce.

Keep scrolling for more details on the best chest freezers to pass through our test lab. Each one has scored well for freezing speed, temperature stability and energy use.

Top 5 chest freezers to buy in 2018

Typical price £130.00
Which? score 80%
Reviewed Apr 2017
Freezing power:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Thermostat setting:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Dimensions (cm):
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If you're looking for a mid-sized chest freezer, this affordable model is among the very best you can buy. It freezes quickly and efficiently to help preserve your food in top condition without driving up your energy bills. It's also quieter than most chest freezers.

Typical price £110.00
Which? score 80%
Reviewed Jun 2017
Freezing power:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Energy use:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Thermostat setting:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Dimensions (cm):
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Storage volume (l):
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Annual running costs (£):
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This is our best chest freezer on test. There's a respectable 98 litres of space on offer, and it's also one of the fastest we've seen - it gets down to a safe temperature in lightning-quick time.

Typical price £150.00
Which? score 77%
Reviewed Aug 2016
Freezing power:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Thermostat setting:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Dimensions (cm):
Member exclusive
Storage volume (l):
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Annual running costs (£):
Member exclusive

Worth considering if you want a mid-sized chest freezer that doesn't cost a fortune, this model scored well in our lab. With 197 litres of space inside, it's energy efficient (running costs are low) and should keep your food perfectly preserved.

Typical price £379.00
Which? score 76%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Freezing power:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Thermostat setting:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Dimensions (cm):
Member exclusive
Storage volume (l):
Member exclusive
Annual running costs (£):
Member exclusive

This large chest freezer is packed with features. There's a counter-balanced lid to save you having to hold it up with one hand, a fast-freeze function that should speed up freezing when fresh food is added and an alarm to alert you when the temperature in the freezer rises beyond safe levels.

Lowest price (in stock) £249.99
Which? score 74%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Freezing power:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Thermostat setting:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Dimensions (cm):
Member exclusive
Storage volume (l):
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Annual running costs (£):
Member exclusive

This high-scoring chest freezer will work in rooms that reach temperatures of -15°C. It's great at rapidly cooling to safe temperatures, also proving remarkably cheap to run for its size.

Not found the chest freezer for you? Browse all of our chest freezer reviews for more alternatives.

Chest freezer safety concerns

At Which? we aim to recommend the best products for you to buy. With this in mind, we continually monitor and vary the assessments that underpin our reviews to take account of changing standards and areas of concern. 

Our tests have revealed that plastic backing is highly flammable compared with aluminium laminate and metal. We are therefore not recommending any refrigeration appliances that have flammable plastic backing.  

All our freezer reviews highlight the type of backing each model has.

Watch our fire video to find out more.

How to buy the best chest freezer

Our tests prove that spending big on a new chest freezer doesn't always guarantee you a great product. When shopping for a new chest freezer, keep an eye out for these key features:

  • Storage baskets Handy for storing open packets of food, these hang above the snacks at the bottom of your chest freezer.
  • Counterbalanced lid This will save you from propping up the lid of the freezer while you're digging around for food.
  • High temperature warning Some chest freezers will warn you when there's a drastic change in temperature due to a fault.
  • Lock If you keep your chest freezer in your garage, a lock will keep your food safe.

For tips on how to find the perfect chest freezer for you, see our advice on how to buy the best chest freezer. We put the latest chest freezers to the test, covering big-name brands including Beko, John Lewis and Zanussi. To see our full range of tested chest freezers, head over to our chest freezer reviews page.

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