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Updated: 21 Jun 2022

Best energy efficient freezers for 2022

Save money with a freezer that uses less electricity. We reveal the best energy efficient freezers to ace our tough lab tests.
Kate Aston
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Your freezer is one of the few appliances you have plugged in and switched on all the time, so it’s constantly using electricity.

All freezers sold in Britain are required by law to carry an energy label, which rates a model’s efficiency and gives you an indication about which ones cost less to run, as they will reduce your electricity bills.

When we review freezers, we test the energy efficiency of each model. Our tests have found that even models that carry the same energy label can cost varying amounts to run each year.

Find out which models are rated best for performance and energy use in our guide to the Best freezers for 2022. 

Best Buy energy efficient freezers

All of the freezers we review are tested and rated for their true energy efficiency. Below, we reveal our top Best Buys: the best energy efficient freezers we’ve tested. They are cheap to run but also came out top in our tough performance tests.

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  • 82%
    • best buy
    £235.00

    If you want a small and cheap chest freezer, this quick-freezing model scored is well worth a look. With 141 litres of space inside (equal to around 7 and a half supermarket bags), it's energy efficient (running costs are low) and should keep your food perfectly preserved.

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  • 82%
    • best buy
    • eco buy
    £199.99

    Worth considering if you want a mid-sized chest freezer that doesn't cost a fortune, this model scored well in our lab. With 196 litres of space inside (equal to around 10 supermarket bags), it's energy efficient (running costs are low) and should keep your food perfectly preserved.

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To discover more energy efficient freezers from our tests, go to our freezer reviews.

Freezer energy label changes

From 1 March 2021 a new energy label came into force, which replaced the confusing A+, A++ and A+++ ratings and reset the scale back to A to G. The change was designed to reinvigorate the sustainability race for manufacturers by completely emptying the top A-rating to leave room for improvement. The change has affected washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, refrigeration appliances, lighting and TVs, while other appliances including tumble dryers and ovens remain on the old system for now.

New energy label

The new label for refrigeration (above) states the capacity of chilled and/or frozen compartments in litres and there is also a new measure for noise emissions.

The new ratings offer a clearer reflection of how efficient your appliance is by modern standards. Each label features a QR-code for more product information which links to the product on the manufacturer’s website. Energy consumption is presented either as kWh per year, kWh per 1,000 hours or kWh per 100 cycles, depending on the product group. This is a change from the old label, which was often based on an estimated usage over a year.

To discover more energy efficient appliances see Best energy efficient fridge freezers for 2022 and Best energy efficient fridges for 2022