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Best freezers for all homes and budgets

From compact to capacious, freestanding to frost-free, we’ve rounded up the best freezers for all households. 

By Louise Cole | Last updated Feb 21, 2022

Woman's arm reaching into freezer and holding a pizza.

An unsung hero of the kitchen, garage or wherever else you choose to keep it, a freezer will store the usual frozen purchases as well as excess food, bulk buys and batch-cooked meals. 

Extending the life of leftover, uneaten or close-to-use-by-date edibles that would otherwise be wasted, an efficient freezer can save you money, time and energy – in every sense.

Yet with hundreds on the market and many of them looking alike, choosing the right one for your home can leave you cold – which is why we’ve gone on the hunt for the best appliances available with the help of countless consumer reviews, and recommendations from real families and unbiased Mumsnetters, who’ve tried and tested all shapes, sizes and brands of freezer in their own surroundings. 

In-depth research for our final selection took into account each freezer’s durability, design, capacity, value, footprint and other factors, such as whether it auto-defrosts or can be kept in the garage. We also noted energy ratings – which last year changed to a stricter A to G scale – and were mindful that appliances previously rated A+++ are now ranked D. 

Here are the best freezers for 2022. 

1. Best overall freezer: Bosch Serie 4 GSN29VWEVG Freestanding Freezer

Bosch freezer

Price: £599 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

“We are slowly replacing all our kitchen appliances from cheap ones to Bosch or Miele ones and the difference is amazing. I think you get what you pay for with this type of purchase.” (Rated by Mumsnet user Szulik)

“I have mostly Bosch appliances and find them good.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Whatpaint)

“I couldn’t afford Miele appliances for my first flat, so I bought Bosch appliances – and everything is still working well eight-plus years later.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user mobear)

Bosch receives multiple positive mentions on the Mumsnet forums for its fuss-free freezers such as this frost-free model, which automatically prevents ice build-up to ensure that you’ll never need to defrost again.

Uber-efficient at cooling, it’ll rapidly freeze your food, locking in nutrients, vitamins and flavours, plus it’ll alert you if the door’s ever left open.

Capable of storing up to 12 bags’ worth of groceries, it has six roomy compartments that include one deep jumbo drawer for large items like birthday cakes, cuts of meat or bread loaves placed upright.

With reversible door hinges and a two-year guarantee, this mid-range freezer has a better energy rating than many alternatives, enhancing its appeal to environmentally-aware buyers, plus it’s roomy enough to cater for most households too. Granted, it’s not exactly thrilling to behold, but its reliability more than makes up for that.

Pros

  • Frost-free
  • Temperature alarm

Cons

  • Temperature display visible only when door open
  • Unexciting design

Key specs

  • Type: Upright
  • Capacity: 200L
  • Energy rating: E (formerly A++)
  • Dimensions: H161 x W60 x D65cm

2. Best budget freezer: Bush MECF99W Chest Freezer

Bush freezer

Price: £139.99 | Buy now from Argos

“I just ordered a Bush freezer from Argos. It was a good price. It’s not big, but perfect for endless chicken nuggets and chips.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user passthemustard)

“I also bought a Bush freezer from Argos. Holds lots for the size and is really quiet. It’s so handy.” (Rated by Mumsnet user 30daysoflight)

When finances are nearing sub-zero, a budget-friendly freezer may be your only option. But low-cost needn’t mean low quality as this reasonably-priced Bush model shows.

Ideal for small families and roomier than it appears, this efficient chest freezer takes up little floorspace and would also make a great secondary freezer. It’s unsuitable for garages and outbuildings, however.

Frozen goodies are easily accessible at the lift of a lid and a handy sliding basket is useful for storing delicate or smaller items. This no-frills model has no temperature display or fast-freeze function and, as with most chest freezers, requires manual defrosting. Nevertheless, it’s reliable, easy to use and will keep its contents cool for up to 17 hours should there be a power cut.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • More spacious than expected

Cons

  • No auto-defrost
  • Lacks open-door alert

Key specs

  • Type: Chest
  • Capacity: 99L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H85 x W55 x D50cm

3. Best under-counter freezer: Liebherr G1213 SmartFrost Freezer

Liebherr freezer

Price: £269.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“My Liebherr fridges are 20-plus years old. The freezer is the same. I don’t expect any issues with these appliances, but they don’t have bells and whistles. They work, are well-built and last!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user PresentingPercy)

This three-drawer freezer may be described by manufacturer Liebherr as a tabletop model, yet many customers who’ve bought it rate it highly for its under-counter suitability.

Ideal for any kitchen, utility room, office or even garage, this low-frost appliance freezes food fast and reduces ice build-up for quicker and easier defrosting when the time comes. It also automatically reduces the internal temperature to -32°C when necessary and, once food is frozen, switches back to normal mode. 

Its extra-high, removable drawers make food easy to find when dinnertime comes around and this compact appliance is great for smaller homes that lack the space for a freestanding tall version. Some reviewers say this freezer is noisier than expected, however. 

Pros

  • Low-frost
  • Child lock

Cons

  • Drawers could be more robust
  • Handle placement may be inconvenient

Key specs

  • Type: Tabletop/under-counter
  • Capacity: 98L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H85 x W55 x D62cm

4. Best freezer for the garage: Beko FFG1545 Freestanding Tall Frost-Free Freezer

Beko freezer

Price: From £339 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have had an upright larder Beko freezer for about 12 or 13 years. It is specifically made for a garage situation.” (Rated by Mumsnet user OnTheBenchOfDoom)

“I’ve got a Beko freezer in the garage. It’s 16 years old and still going strong.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user CurlsandCurves)

“Beko makes upright freezers specifically for garages and outbuildings.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user YouReallyAre)

“We have two Beko freezers – one is in the garage as Beko freezers are suitable for low-temperature places.” (Rated by Mumsnet user LovingBob)

Many freezers can’t be placed in garages, sheds or other outbuildings because – ironically – they can conk out if they get too cold. Not so with this tall model from Beko, which is built to withstand external temperatures as low as -15°C, making it more practical than most of its cooling competitors.

With deep drawers, a fast-freeze setting and frost-free technology, it’s easy to see why it boasts hundreds of happy customers, whose only complaint seems to be that the appliance’s guarantee is for only 12 months.

This freezer is available in both white and silver and its door can be hung from either left or right.

Pros

  • Suitable for garages and outbuildings
  • White and silver options

Cons

  • May lack quality of more expensive freezers  
  • Guaranteed for only one year

Key specs

  • Type: Upright 
  • Capacity: 177L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H146 x W54 x D58cm

5. Best integrated freezer: Neff N50 G4344XFF0G Integrated Under-counter Freezer

Neff freezer

Price: £479 | Buy now from Currys

“We have Neff for everything apart from washing machine and dryer.” (Rated by Mumsnet user bouncydog)

“Our BFs are kitchen fitters. They currently only have confidence in Bosch, Miele and Neff.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user SpeakingFranglais)

Those who prefer a streamlined kitchen will appreciate this integrated Neff freezer that hides away neatly under a countertop. While its primary USP is its effectiveness at doing a vanishing act in the heart of the home, it’s both economical and dependable too.

Although it can’t hold as much as its taller counterparts, it nevertheless accommodates more than most other similar-sized built-in freezers.

Its superfreeze function temporarily lowers the temperature inside to prevent frozen goods from thawing as new items are added and, while the user manual could be clearer, it’s likely that you’ll only need to refer to it every now and then.

Pros

  • Fits invisibly beneath a countertop
  • Temperature indicator on inside of door

Cons

  • Smaller capacity than taller alternatives
  • Manual defrosting required

Key specs

  • Type: Integrated
  • Capacity: 106L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H82 x W60 x D55cm

6. Best freezer for large households: Logik L420CFW20 Chest Freezer

Logik freezer

Price: £379.99 | Buy now from Currys

“Definitely a chest freezer. Great capacity for big items, less vulnerable to sudden defrosting if you have a power cut and can fill with as many loaves of bread as you like.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user LynnThese4reSEXPEOPLE)

“Chest freezer for sure – you can get so much more in one.” (Rated by Mumsnet user LaurieSchafferIsAllBitterNow)

“We bought a big chest freezer (it sits in the garage) – it’s great for joints of meat and gluts of fruit from the garden.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Tartyflette)

Many Mumsnetters agree that chest is best when it comes to a family freezer – and to say this one is big is an understatement. With a whopping 420-litre capacity, you’ll never need to worry about running out of room – the payoff being that it takes up far more floor space than upright versions and needs defrosting manually, although drainage bungs on the bottom are a great help.

Suitable for garages and outbuildings, this vast freezer is designed to handle a broad climate range and it features useful external temperature dial controls, a handy interior light and three helpful baskets for smaller frozen items. 

Castors on the base make it super-easy to move, but our only real gripe is that you may have to dig around to find what you’re looking for and might not be able to reach the bottom without practically climbing inside.

Pros

  • Capacious
  • Lockable lid

Cons

  • Castors can’t be locked in place
  • No digital temperature display as shown in product photos

Key specs

  • Type: Chest
  • Capacity: 420L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H85 x W145 x D72cm

7. Best countertop freezer: Russell Hobbs RHTTFZ1 White Tabletop Freezer

Russell Hobbs freezer

Price: £119 | Buy now from Amazon

“We now have an American-style fridge-freezer and a second mini freezer in the conservatory.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user CuriousaboutSamphire)

When floor space is limited or you simply need additional freezer space, a mini model that sits on a table or countertop is perfect for storing those extra essentials. Particularly suited to one or two-person households, this pint-sized Russell Hobbs freezer is also ideal for when you have visiting guests, or other times – such as Christmas – when an overflow or backup freezer is required.

This compact appliance needs defrosting manually, possibly on a regular basis, and naturally has a limited area in which to store food, but its removable shelf frees up extra space.

With a reversible door and adjustable feet, this little freezer operates so quietly that you might be convinced it’s not even plugged in.

Pros

  • Ideal for smaller households
  • Removable shelf

Cons

  • Limited capacity
  • Needs defrosting manually

Key specs

  • Type: Tabletop  
  • Capacity: 31L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H49 x W47 x D44cm

8. Best freezer for longevity: Miele FN28262 Freestanding Freezer

Miele freezer

Price: £999 | Buy now from Amazon

“I love Miele appliances. They’re expensive, but they really do last.” (Rated by Mumsnet user noblegreenk)

“We also went with Miele – once we could afford it – and the quality and performance have been superb.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user nickymanchester)

“Not taking budget into consideration, Miele, Neff, Siemens and Bosch would be my favoured brands in order of preference.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user MintMatchmaker)

This big-budget Miele freezer is a prime example of the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’. Yes, it’s priced at almost a grand, but there’s every chance it’ll have a far longer lifespan than many of its competitors, making it a wise investment in the long-term.

Many Mumsnetters firmly believe that Miele appliances are worth the extra cost for their ability to do their job efficiently without breaking down – and this eight-drawer freezer is a case in point.

With exceptional build quality, it offers all the features you’d expect of a product of this standard and it will blend beautifully into any kitchen.

Likely to survive multiple house moves, we only wish it had a fold-down section or two for easier accessibility.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy on the eye

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No fold-down-drawer compartments

Key specs

  • Type: Upright
  • Capacity: 253L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H185 x W60 x D62cm

9. Best-designed freezer: Samsung Bespoke RZ32A74A539/EU Tall Freezer

Samsung freezer

Price: £900 | Buy now from Amazon

“Samsung are always worth a look as they do long warranties.” (Rated by Mumsnet user PurpleWh1teGreen)

Classy and customisable, Samsung’s ingenious and well-designed Bespoke Tall Freezer makes an ideal kitchen companion that has thinner walls for more internal storage and cleverly converts into a fridge at the push of a button.

Sleek and spacious, it’s available in a variety of colours and finishes – from Satin Sky Blue and Glam Lavender to Clean Black to Satin Glass – and can be combined with other products from the Bespoke range, like a Tall Fridge for example. 

Once you’ve decided on this modular freezer’s front panel, you can choose the direction the door opens and also create a unique interior.

All this comes at a high price, however, but at least the appliance comes with a five-year warranty.

Pros

  • Customisable
  • Bright LED lighting inside
  • Ice maker built into door

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Only front panel is coloured
  • May be too modern for some buyers

Key specs

  • Type: Upright
  • Capacity: 323L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H185 x W60 x D69cm

10. Best steel freezer: Grundig GFN3671N Tall Freezer Brushed Steel

Grundig freezer

Price: £499.99 | Buy now from Currys

“We have a Grundig fridge and freezer (freestanding next to each other).” (Recommended by Mumsnet user weegiemum)

“Massively impressed with my Grundig!” (Rated by Mumsnet user livelyredjellybean)

White goods can often look sleeker with a silver finish, as demonstrated by this stylish brushed steel freezer from Grundig.

With plenty of storage and capable of catering for larger households, its five clear drawers and two flapped shelves make it easy to see what’s inside. We particularly like that the topmost compartment opens upwards, making it more accessible for the vertically-challenged among us.

Dozens of five-star reviews attest to the fact that this is one cool freezer – both inside and out. The only thing it’s missing is an internal light, but many other high-performing freezers lack this too.

Pros

  • Sleek looks 
  • Prevents ice build-up

Cons

  • Drawers shallower than some alternatives
  • No internal light

Key specs

  • Type: Upright
  • Capacity: 256L
  • Energy rating: F (formerly A+)
  • Dimensions: H171 x W60 x D66cm

How do I choose the best freezer?   

There are several factors to bear in mind when in the market for a new freezer:

  • Size: The amount of space you have available will dictate whether you opt for a small tabletop or under-counter freezer, a tall, freestanding version or an oft-roomier chest model.
  • Capacity: Consider the number of people in your household, how much you’ll use the freezer and the amount of storage space you’re likely to need. Freezers range from around 80 litres in capacity, best suited to smaller households or occasional use, to some 400 litres, which is ideal for large families. 
  • Type: Whether you choose an upright, chest, tabletop or under-counter freezer is down to where it will be placed, the capacity required and personal preference. Upright models take up little floor space and make it easier to organise and locate your food, while chest versions tend to be cheaper, use less energy and have a greater capacity. The latter are less convenient though – often involving a good deal of rummaging due to having one big compartment as opposed to drawers – and shorter folk may find it tricky to reach items at the bottom. With a chest freezer, it’s far less likely that the door will be left open in error, however.
  • Reliability: There’s no sure-fire way of knowing how long an appliance will last or how reliable it’ll be, but reading as many reviews as possible and asking for recommendations from friends and family members is often the best method of finding a decent freezer.
  • Features: A no-frills machine will suffice for some users, while others will prefer an all-singing, all-dancing model that offers a frost-free feature, temperature alarm or fast-freeze function, for instance. 
  • Finish: If you opt for a freestanding model, choose one that pleases your eye, whether that be white, black, silver or a less conventional colour. A white freezer is timeless and will match almost any kitchen or other setting. 
  • Energy rating: Eco-conscious families should take note of this as it suggests how efficient an appliance is to run in terms of energy consumption. With energy ratings having changed last year from an A+++ to G ranking system to one that rates appliances from A to G, it's now harder for products to be categorised at the ‘green’ end of the scale. A freezer that was formerly rated A+++ now has a D rating
  • Upkeep: Some freezers are easier to clean than others – and the same can be said for those that need defrosting manually. Choose a model that makes maintenance as easy as possible. 
  • Guarantee: Most models will come with a warranty, varying from one to five years or more.
  • Budget: Freezers vary vastly in price, from just over the £100 mark to upwards of £1,000. Choose one to suit your budget and bear in mind that if you pay double the price of a basic model, in theory it needs to last twice as long to be worth the outlay.

What size freezer should I buy?

The size of the freezer you choose will depend on how many people are in your household, the space available in your home and the quantity of food you need to store. As a rough guide, a small 80-litre model will hold four or five shopping bags’ worth, while one with a 200-litre capacity can hold about a dozen and is ideal for medium-size families. Large (normally chest) freezers of around 400 litres can accommodate twice that amount and are best suited to equally large households. 

Be aware that a freezer operates most energy-efficiently when it’s two-thirds full as there’s less air to keep cool, so refrain from buying a bigger appliance than you need. Equally, overfilling a freezer beyond 85% of its capacity limits air circulation and prevents all items from being kept cool. 

What is the best way to defrost a freezer?  

No one relishes the prospect of tackling pesky lumps of ice, but freezers that lack an auto-defrost function sadly need attending to when frost begins to build up and starts sticking your frozen foods together. Here’s what to do when that dreaded time rolls around:

  1. In the countdown to Defrost Day, use up as much food from within your freezer as possible.
  2. On the day itself, remove the remaining contents and place them in a cool box with ice packs to prevent them from thawing, leaving this in the coolest part of your home. Alternatively, ask a neighbour, friend or relative if they can temporarily store your food.
  3. Switch off and unplug the freezer, keeping the plug off the floor to minimise the chance of it coming into contact with any water.
  4. Place dry towels around the base of the freezer as well as inside at the bottom to absorb moisture. Prop the door or lid wide open.
  5. If your freezer has a drainage hose, ensure that the end is in a bucket, tray or bowl.
  6. Take out all drawers, shelves and other removable parts if possible (you may have to wait a while if they’re iced in place) and clean them with warm, soapy water. Leave any glass shelves to come up to room temperature first, though, otherwise they could crack. Dry all items thoroughly.
  7. Let the ice melt. It’s safest to let this happen on its own, or you can place one or several bowls of hot water inside the freezer – the steam will help to speed up the process (you’ll need to change the bowls once the water gets cold, however). Mop up water using towels or cloths, which will need wringing out or replacing regularly.
  8. Once all ice has vanished, clean and wipe down the inside of the freezer and be sure to dry it too – otherwise any water will turn straight back into ice once the appliance is turned back on.  
  9. Replace shelves and drawers and switch the freezer on. Wait for it to reach its optimum temperature, which may take several hours.
  10. Replace your frozen food. Do not refreeze any that has started to defrost, unless you fancy a hefty portion of food poisoning, that is.

What is the best temperature for a freezer?

The ideal temperature for a freezer is -18°C to prevent bacteria growth and keep your food unspoilt for longer. While it may be possible to set your freezer to a lower temperature, remember that this will mean higher electricity bills over the long-term.

What is the best freezer?

The best freezer is the Bosch Serie 4 GSN29VWEVG Freestanding Freezer. This brand is a Mumsnetter favourite when it comes to freezers, with this realistically-priced tall model offering features such as a fast-freeze function, audible temperature alarm, electronic display and reversible door hinge.

Perhaps best of all, it’s frost-free, saving you the hassle, time and mess of manual defrosting, and maximising usable storage that might otherwise be impeded by ice.

This quiet freezer has a decent capacity, takes up little floor space and is simple to clean, plus it’s easy to see what’s inside without having to open a drawer. There’s storage in the door for two freezer blocks too.

How we chose our recommendations 

The majority of products featured in our roundup are recommended by real families, who’ve tried and tested various types and brands of freezer.

We first spent more than four hours scouring the Mumsnet forums to discover which freezers performed well and were rated most highly among honest Mumsnetters. We noted their efficiency, durability, quality, affordability and other special features and were careful to avoid any that performed poorly.

From there, our research took us across the wider web, where we consulted independent expert review sites and considered what consumer reviews said about the products featured, ensuring that customers were satisfied with their purchases.

Having collated all that information, we then drew up a shortlist of the freezers and brands that were repeatedly mentioned, picking only those that we thought were worthy of taking the titles in an array of interest categories.

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Main image credit: Russell Hobbs