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Updated: 14 Mar 2022

Best cheap freezers and chest freezers for 2022

For buyers on a budget, our expert freezer reviews uncover the best affordable models that freeze fast, keeping your food fresh
Tom Morgan
Chest-freezer Russell-Hobbs-RHCF200

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.

To see the best freezers we've tested, see our round-up of the Best freezers for 2022.

Best cheap freezers

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  • 72%
    £428.98

    Capable of freezing food quickly, this freezer will help lock in nutrients in your food, and it’ll keep food safety frozen around the clock, regardless of the room temperature outside. It’s a good option if you’re after a reasonably priced, high scoring, tall freezer.

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Best cheap chest freezers

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  • 76%
    £250.00

    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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  • 75%
    £215.00

    This chest freezer chills fresh food quickly and will keep it safely frozen all year round, as the temperature inside remains reassuringly stable in hot and cold rooms. It's not as energy efficient as some, but is still a solid option.

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  • 73%
    £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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  • 73%
    £349.00

    This energy-efficient chest freezer will keep food safely frozen all year round, as the temperature inside remains reassuringly stable in hot and cold rooms. It doesn't freeze fresh food as quickly as some, but is still a solid option.

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Cheap freezers for large and small households

Chest freezer standing in house

Cheap large 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 £260 to pass through the Which? test lab:

  • Russell Hobbs RHCF200 – A mid-sized chest freezer that has a storage basket suspended over the main freezer section.
  • Lec CF200LMk2 – A large chest freezer with electronic controls and a counterbalanced lid.

To see which chest freezers are Which? Best Buys, head over to our chest freezer reviews.

Cheap small freezers

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 £230, including:

  • Beko UF584APW – An inexpensive under-counter freezer comprised of drawers for holding heavy tubs and a flap lid for smaller items.
  • Beko UFF584APW – A frost-free, under-counter freezer with 'FreezerGuard', which Beko says will ensure it works in rooms that reach temperatures of -15°C.

For an overview of every under-counter freezer we've gone hands-on with, see our under-counter freezer reviews page.

Cheap frost-free freezers

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 two frost-free freezers under £320 to pass through the Which? test lab:

  • Beko FFG1545W – A tall, white, freestanding freezer from Beko that includes a fast-freeze mode.
  • Beko UFF584APW – A basic under-counter freezer with two drawers and a compartment with a flap lid at the top.

Make sure you consult our expert freezer reviews before parting with your money. Explore our frost-free freezer reviews.

Considering a fridge freezer instead? We've also rounded up the Best cheap fridge freezers for 2022