Top five best chest freezers for 2021
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. It's been a few years since we tested these featured models, but they're still all available and are yet to be surpassed by any newer freezers.
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 can be highly flammable. We are therefore not recommending any refrigeration appliances that have flammable plastic backing.
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 . 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 page.