The 10 Best Freezers - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every freezer on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 2,370 freezers, 623 reviews and 7,070 prices. Last updated 16 June 2017.
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Freezer Buying Guide
A dedicated freezer is ideal for families that need to store large quantities of frozen food. Often they can be combined with a matching fridge to create a huge fridge freezer combined of two appliances placed next to each other. They key is to make sure that the freezer door is reversible, which will allow your combined fridge freezer unit doors to both open from the middle.
Advances in insulation technology have allowed freezer manufacturers to increase the available space inside modern freezer units. The biggest upright freezers have over 350 litres of internal storage and the largest chest freezer can have nearly 600 litres of internal storage - that's enough to store three supermarket shopping trolleys full of food!
Frost Free Interior
Older freezers and some budget freezers require periodic defrosting which means switching the freezer off, removing all the food, and catching all the thawing ice in a tray. This is necessary to prevent excessive frost build up inside the freezer and to keep it operating efficiently.
Many freezers have frost free technology. This means that no defrosting is required and the freezer will not frost up over time. They work by controlling the humidity level inside the freezer to prevent frost particles from forming.
Easy Access Drawers
Some freezers come with easy to access pull out drawers. Transparent draw fronts make it easy to see what's stored inside and smooth sliding rails make pulling the drawer out effortless. Look out for deep drawer sizes which can be useful for storing bulky items.
Built in ice makers are available in some stand alone freezers. Commonly they make the ice in one of the drawers which can then be pulled out and used.
Most automatic ice makers will normally need a plumbed water connection within 1.5m of the freezer. Some freezers may have simpler, semi automatic ice makers that you must fill manually.
These low energy bulbs create bright illumination of all parts of your freezer and produce a very low level of heat.
Rapid freezing lets you temporarily increase the freezing rate of the freezer so that new items freeze more quickly.
Variable Speed Compressors
Multiple speed settings lets the compressor run quietly in normal operation and also creates more consistent internal temperatures.
Digital temperature controls let you set the internal temperature of the freezer precisely and are easier to use than vague temperature dials.
An alarm will sound if the freezer door has accidentally been left open or if the internal temperature of the freezer is too high.
Soft Close Doors
The freezer door gently closes itself as you push the door shut.
It's best to measure the space that your freezer is to fit in several times to make sure that you don't make a mistake. In determining whether the freezer will fit you should consider the freezer door hinge position and the space required for the thickness of the freezer door when it is opened. Don't forget about the size of any openings or staircases that the freezer will have to pass through to get it to the installation location.
The air temperature around the freezer is important for optimal operation. Most freezers are designed to work inside a heated room, so don't install your freezer in a outbuilding unless it is specifically designed for that purpose. You should also ensure adequate ventilation to the rear of the freezer.
Once your freezer has been delivered you should leave it standing upright for 4 hours before switching it on if it was transported horizontally. If it was transported vertically then standing for 1 hour should be sufficient.
Freezer Retailers, Prices and Features
We currently list 364 freezers ranging from £60 to £2,650. On average, a new freezer costs £500 and 80% of freezers are priced between £170 and £900. The cheapest freezer that we found is the Essentials CTF34W15 at only £60, and the most expensive is the Siemens iQ700 at £2,650.
Freezer Brands - Price Range
The average price of Miele freezers is £946 which is the highest average price of all freezer brands. Miele freezers start at £279 and the most expensive Miele freezer costs £1,599.
Siemens freezers range in price from £249 to £2,650, and the average price of Siemens freezers is £818 which is the second highest average price of all freezer brands.
Bauknecht freezers range in price from £729 to £729, and the average price of Bauknecht freezers is £729 which is the third highest average price of all freezer brands.
Freezer Brands - Average Ratings
We have analysed 2 expert reviews and 482 user reviews for freezers available online and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of freezer. The top rated freezer brand is Frigidaire with an average rating of 93%. The second best brand is Bosch with 91% and the third best brand is White Knight with 91%.
Biggest Freezer Retailers
The biggest freezer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 214 current freezer offers from eBay. The second biggest freezer retailer is Currys with 141 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Currys when it comes to freezers. Buywise is the third biggest retailer with 91 current offers.
When Are Most New Freezers Released?
We couldn't see any clear trend in the release dates for new freezers over the last 3 years. The biggest month in 2016 for new freezer releases was July, with 38 new freezers released that month. 112 new freezers were released in April 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new freezer releases. In 2014 most new freezers were released in July, with 83 new freezers released that month.
How Fast Do Freezer Prices Drop After Release?
New freezers drop in price by an average of 2% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new freezer costing £500, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £12.
Freezer Net Capacities
The usable storage space of the freezer.
Comparing all freezers, the freezer net capacities range from 30L to 612L. The freezer net capacities of the majority of freezers range from 64L to 100L. The LiebherrGT6122 has the highest freezer net capacity. This freezer is a 605L net capacity freezer and is priced at £489.00. The LiebherrGT6122, which is available at £177.00, has the lowest freezer net capacity and is a 30L net capacity freezer.
Energy Efficiency of Freezers
We found 344 freezers that have an energy efficiency rating of A+, which makes this the most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new freezers. We found 232 freezers that have an energy efficiency rating of A++, making A++ the second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new freezers.
Biggest Freezer Retailers
We found 214 current offers for freezers from eBay making it the biggest freezer retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Currys for whom we found 141 current offers for freezers. The third biggest retailer is Buywise with 91 current freezer offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Freezers?
The cheapest shop by number of freezer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 162 freezers.
Proportion of Freezers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
With the cheapest price on 75.7% of its freezers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest freezer retailer.