Top 10 cheap chest freezers and freezers
The best cheap freezers we've seen combine an affordable price with stellar freezing skills. Our expert guide reveals the best cheap freezers and chest freezers for keeping costs low.
Whether you're shopping for a tall, freestanding freezer or an under-counter model to match the style of your kitchen, check our reviews before taking the plunge. We've also got the details on black freezers that will add a touch of style to your kitchen.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of 24 March, 2020.
And here are three freezers to avoid
We rigorously test freezers in our lab to stop you from buying a Don't Buy. As our tests prove, spending big doesn't always guarantee a top-notch freezer.
Our selection of Don't Buy freezers are plagued by issues that make them a pain to use. We've seen freezers that are tricky to clean and take an age to reach cold temperatures. More importantly, our tests have uncovered freezers with potentially unsafe plastic backs that could increase the spread of fire.
Below, we've rounded up some of the worst freezers.
Large chest freezers
A large chest freezer is a great option for a bigger family, allowing you to shop for perishables less regularly. You might also want to consider a chest freezer if you need a spot to store bulkier meats.
Due to their size, chest freezers are often positioned in a garage or storage room rather than in the kitchen.
Here are a couple of large freezers costing under £250 to pass through the Which? test lab:
- – A mid-sized chest freezer that has a storage basket suspended over the main freezer section.
- – A large chest freezer with electronic controls and a counterbalanced lid.
If you're shopping for a freezer that's not going to take up too much space at home, you might want to consider an under-counter freezer. These can slot in place seamlessly, but you'll have to lean down to reach your food.
Our selection of tested under-counter freezers have an average storage volume of 67 litres (equal to three to four supermarket bags) – they're well suited if you don't need a huge amount of space for your food.
We've tested plenty of cheap under-counter freezers under £200, with the full list including:
- – An inexpensive under-counter freezer comprised of drawers for holding heavy tubs and a flap lid for smaller items.
- – A frost-free, under-counter freezer with 'FreezerGuard', which Beko says will ensure it works in rooms that reach temperatures of -15°C.
- – Another under-counter freezer from Beko. This one has around 64 litres of usable space.
Frost-free freezers are designed to prevent the build-up of ice. To get the job done, these freezers will automatically defrost every so often.
But not all frost-free freezers are equal. While our top-scoring frost-free freezer holds steady temperatures effortlessly, our worst on test are slow to cool and annoyingly inefficient.
Here are three frost-free freezers under £300 to pass through the Which? test lab:
- – A tall, white, freestanding freezer from Beko that includes a fast-freeze mode.
- – A basic under-counter freezer with two drawers and a compartment with a flap lid at the top.
- – A slimline under-counter freezer that Beko claims will work in rooms that reach temperatures of -15°C.
Depending on the style of your kitchen, you might be shopping for a black freezer to complement your layout.
We've tested black freezers big and small from big-name brands including Bosch, Gorenje and Samsung.
Here are three on-test models you might be considering if you're shopping for a black freezer:
- – A tall, frost-free freezer that uses a fast-freeze setting to cool down fresh food
- – A budget-priced chest freezer with a built-in warning light to alert you to high internal temperatures.
- – A tall, freestanding black freezer from Bosch that uses a frost-free design to save you from defrosting by hand.