The ideal freezer will accommodate your financial constraints, perform well in terms of freezing food, and provide you with an adequate quantity of storage space.
The best freezers will quickly freeze food to ensure that it is preserved in the best possible condition, and they are economical to operate. The ones that are the worst that we’ve seen are sluggish even when frozen, can waste a lot of energy, and are difficult to use and keep clean.
You want whatever you put in the freezer to come out in the best possible condition, regardless of whether you typically purchase frozen foods, freeze fresh foods, or do a little bit of both.
To prevent spoilage, food must be maintained at a temperature lower than -16 degrees Celsius, and the sooner it can reach that temperature, the better. It is easy to see which freezers are likely to keep your food as nutrient-rich as possible and give you better value for your money when you consider that the best freezers in our tests cooled the air more than twice as quickly as the worst freezers.
Different kinds of freezers broken down
Find out the essential measurements of each of these distinct types of freezers, as well as the approximate cost of purchasing each one.
upright and vertically stacked freezers
These have a height that falls somewhere between the shoulder and the head, and they provide a tremendous amount of space for storing frozen food. On the other hand, they require a considerable amount of space and can give the impression of being cumbersome, particularly in kitchens that are on the smaller side. Models who are tall satisfy the following requirements:
The majority range in width from 50 to 60 centimetres and depth from 60 to 65 centimetres. The heights range from 130 to more than 185 centimetres. If you decide to go with a really tall one, make sure that the items in the top drawer or compartment aren’t too difficult to access. An entry-level model from manufacturers including Beko, Fridgemaster, and Indesit can be purchased for approximately £230. For a large, frost-free Miele or Siemens refrigerator with a stainless steel finish, you can expect to pay more than 1,000 pounds.
When comparing different models of the same brand, the price of the freezer goes up in direct proportion to its height. Prices range from $300 to $400 for models with a height between 175 and 185 centimetres that are manufactured by Beko, Hotpoint, Indesit, and Zanussi. A comparable model from Bosch or Samsung will run you between £500 and £600. If you want an Miele or a Siemens, you should be prepared to pay at least £750.
Under counter freezers
Freezers that are built to fit under your kitchen worktop are an excellent choice if you are pressed for space in your kitchen. In order to fit under the typical height of a kitchen counter, the models have a height of no more than 90 centimetres; however, you should measure the available space under your counter before making a purchase. Most are 60cm wide and 50-60cm deep.
There are models available that have a width of less than 55 centimetres and a depth of less than 50 centimetres. These models are helpful if you don’t have a lot of space and you don’t want your freezer to protrude on to the floor of your kitchen.
The price that you pay will be determined to a large extent by the brand that you select. You can get a manual-defrost freezer for less than £150 from a number of different manufacturers, including Beko, Hotpoint, Indesit, Lec, and Zanussi. Their frost-free models begin at approximately £230, while others cost more.
Independent or part of a larger system?
Freezers that are tall or that fit under the counter are both available as integrated appliances. The following list of benefits and drawbacks can assist you in making a decision regarding whether or not to design your kitchen with an integrated freezer and refrigerator.
They are concealed from view because they are concealed behind the doors of kitchen cupboards, they are not as deep as some freezers, and they will not protrude into your kitchen.
They are more expensive than freestanding models, there are fewer models available to choose from, and it is more expensive to operate one of these than a freestanding model.
Chest freezers, which do not have doors but rather lids, are convenient for storing large and cumbersome items like large meat joints because they do not require as much space. In addition, because there are no drawers, you are able to store a greater quantity. Chest freezers are great for storing large amounts of food, but they do take up a lot of space, and it can be difficult to locate specific items within them.
The top aspects of a freezer to take into consideration
There are plenty of helpful features available on modern freezers, but it is only worthwhile to pay extra for features that you will actually use. Before you go shopping, give some thought to which of these characteristics is the most important to you. The following are the primary characteristics to look out for:
Frost-free Because of this, ice will never form in your freezer, and you will therefore never need to defrost it. While frost-free under-counter or tall freezers are becoming more widely available at reasonable prices, frost-free chest freezers are becoming increasingly difficult to find.
Fast freeze Provides an increase in cooling capacity, allowing a large quantity of fresh food to be frozen more rapidly. When food is frozen quickly, it maintains a higher degree of freshness even after it has been defrosted.
Capacity The amount of usable space in a standard under-counter freezer is approximately 70 litres; however, tall models typically offer an additional 100 litres of storage space on top of that.
Because the amount of usable space in chest freezers can range anywhere from 90 to 400 litres, you’ll need to give some careful consideration to how much space you actually require.
Warning signal for a high temperature alarm Notifies you if the temperature of the freezer begins to rise, allowing you to investigate the cause of the problem and, with any luck, resolve it before the food in your freezer begins to defrost. Open-door alarm Notifies you in the event that you have left the door open by accident. a cover with a counterbalanced lid (chest freezer) When a chest freezer has a door or lid that is counterbalanced, it is simpler to rummage around inside of it because the door or lid will remain up of its own accord.
Control panel If regulating the temperature is the only thing you need to do, you can get by with a cheap thermostat made of plastic.
However, some freezers may come with a larger control panel that enables you to make adjustments to the settings and utilises warning lights to alert you when the freezer’s temperature has reached an unsafe level.
Shelves and drawers are included. Unless you get a chest freezer, the chances are good that your new freezer will have plastic drawers, and possibly a shelf or a freezing tray as well. If you have a habit of stuffing your freezer to capacity, transparent drawers may make it simpler for you to find the item you’re looking for when you need it.
Bottle shelves, crisper drawers that can be controlled by humidity for fresh produce, and chiller drawers that can be controlled by humidity for meat, fish, and seafood are some of the less common features.
Color Although white is by far the most common colour for a refrigerator, there are a variety of other colours available as well. We put refrigerators of varying shapes and sizes made of silver, stainless steel, and black to the test. Retro models typically come in a variety of colours, including red and blue, making them a good choice for those who want to inject some colour into their kitchens.
Freezer energy label changes
The confusing ratings of A+, A++, and A+++ will be replaced by a new energy label that will go into effect on March 1, 2021. The scale will be reset back to A to G after this change. This is done with the intention of reviving the race toward greater environmental responsibility among manufacturers by obliterating the top A-rating entirely in order to make room for advancement. Washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, lighting, and televisions will be among the first appliances to be impacted by this change. Other appliances, such as tumble dryers and ovens, will continue to function normally for the time being.
The new label for refrigeration (above) specifies the capacity of chilled and/or frozen compartments in litres, and there is also a new measurement for the amount of noise emitted by the appliance. The new ratings, which will go from A to G and provide a clearer reflection of how energy efficient your appliance is in comparison to modern standards, will be introduced. On each label is a QR code that, when scanned, brings up additional information about the product as it appears on the website of the manufacturer. Depending on the category of product being discussed, the amount of energy consumption may be expressed as either kWh per year, kWh per 1,000 hours, or kWh per 100 cycles. This is a departure from the previous label, which frequently relied on an estimated level of consumption over the course of a year. If you are in the market for a new freezer, you might notice that the packaging includes both the old label and the new label. This is due to the fact that some retailers may still have stock of products displaying both labels during the transition while the new ones are being printed.
What kind and how large a freezer should I get?
This will be determined by the overall capacity of both your home and your kitchen. Check the dimensions of the model you’re interested in purchasing very carefully, and think about whether or not you need to factor in extra space at the sides, back, or top to allow air circulation. If you want to be able to freeze a large quantity of food, you’re going to need a freezer that has a lot of room inside for storing things. However, you cannot rely on advertised freezer capacities because manufacturers typically remove all shelves, drawers, and door racks before measuring the freezer’s capacity. We leave everything inside and then measure the amount of space that can be utilised for actually storing food. We find significant discrepancies between the capacities that are claimed and those that are actually offered; for example, some freezers offer as much as 29% less space than they advertise. When comparing one model to another, our usable storage volumes provide a realistic estimate of the amount of food that can be stored inside one model in comparison to the other. These measurements can be found in the section labelled “tech specs” on each of our reviews of different freezers.
Is it possible to purchase a freezer specifically made for use in a garage?
Some manufacturers, such as Beko, Fridgemaster, and Hotpoint, guarantee that many of their freezers will work in unheated rooms such as a garage or shed. These types of spaces are ideal for storing frozen food. On the other hand, Bosch recommends that its freezers not be stored in rooms with temperatures that drop below 5 degrees Celsius, which a garage almost certainly will experience during the winter months.
If you are interested in purchasing a freezer for your garage, you should inquire with the manufacturer about whether or not the model that you have your eye on is appropriate. It is also a good idea to check with the manufacturer to see if the warranty will still be valid even if the item is kept in an outbuilding.
What are the options for getting rid of or recycling my old freezer?
It is not easy to find a way to get rid of a freezer, especially if you want to do so in a way that is responsible and doesn’t harm the environment. The disposal of a freezer is similar to the disposal of other large household items, such as mattresses; it requires a bit more care and attention. The insulation and the refrigerant that are contained within are considered to be hazardous waste. If the appliance is not disposed of in a safe manner, there is also the possibility that harmful gases will leak from the appliance.
Insulation is necessary for the proper operation of any freezer. Because this insulation can catch fire, it is critical that it has adequate protection in the extremely unlikely event that a fire breaks out. Before July 2019, the backing that covered freezer insulation could be made out of plastic, metal, or aluminium laminate. Alternatively, it could also be made out of aluminium.
But in July of 2019, new safety standards were implemented in the United Kingdom. Freezers that are manufactured with flammable plastic backs do not meet these new standards. However, it is still permissible for retailers to sell models with plastic backing that have already been made, so there may be some that are still available for purchase on the market. You can learn about the backing that each model of freezer has by reading our reviews of those models.
If you already own a device that has a backing made of flammable plastic, it is important to be aware that the risk of a fire is extremely low. The material that is used in the backing may allow an existing fire to spread, but it will not be the cause of a fire on its own.