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A warm welcome to UK Chest Freezers. Whether you are looking for a chest freezer suitable for the garage or a large capacity deep freezer, you'll be pleased to know we've got all the latest news, information and deals on the best chest freezers currently on the market!
Best value freezers in each size group:
Latest News, Reviews & Offers
21 April 2015
Comparing Freezers Made Easier!
We've just added some great new details for each freezer that we hope you find useful. We've categorised each freezer into one of 4 size units:
You can search for freezers within these groups to help narrow your search - there are links in the left hand menu and the links above are also clickable.
Finally, we've shown the best deal in each group at the top of the news page. (Best deal is measured as the freezer with the lowest cost per litre within each group).
9 April 2015
Welcome Chest Freezers Direct!
Their Midas range is an own brand so you won't find it anywhere else, and all models come with extra-thick insulation and a 3 year parts and labour warranty for complete peace of mind.
Although aimed at the home market, you will also find them in tough environments like commercial kitchens and stores.
Some of the larger models are available with stainless steel lids that double as a useful work surface. Not only that, but they have stress-tested all their freezers and can certify that they are suitable for garages and outbuildings down to -10c!
7 April 2015
Chest Freezer Questions and Answers
We are often being asked freezer related questions, some of which are already answered in our buyers guide or some of our other news items below.
However, to help you out, here is a quick rundown of some of the most frequently asked queries - hope it helps!
What are chest freezers?
Think of it as a freezer on its back with the door opening at the top. This allows for easier storage of bulky items and less cold air is released when the door is open.
Are chest freezers frost free?
At the very low temperatures that these units work at, frost will inevitably build up, so no freezer is completely frost free. Some of the more expensive ones do have valves or fans to circulate the cold air more, but even these will need defrosting at some point.
Are chest freezers suitable for garages?
We've written a whole article on this! In summary though, the rule of thumb has been that a chest freezer cannot be reliably used in an unheated outside space (garage, shed, outbuilding) where the ambient air temperature will be below 10 degrees Celsius. However, more manufacturers these days are making freezers that can safely withstand much colder temperatures. You can find them on this page.
Is a chest freezer easy to defrost?
It's quite straightforward. You need to remove any food inside and switch the freezer off. As the ice melts it will run out of the drain port if fitted. It's easier if this port is located at the front rather than the side or rear. Some cheap freezers may not have a drain - then you'll need to scoop or mop out the water!
How much does a chest freezer cost to run?
Are chest freezers energy efficient?
This depends on its energy use and that depends on its size. Typically though a chest freezer will cost £30 - £40 per year in electricity use so much less than £1 per week. Bigger freezers tend to be more efficient than smaller ones per litre of storage.
Which size chest freezer?
Which freezer is best?
This is primarily going to depend on what space you have available - they do take up quite a bit of floor space especially width wise. Also, how much are you going to use it? 100 litre freezers are quite small and ideal for flats or as an overflow to your main freezer but may be too small as a main freezer for a family.
30 March 2015
Register Your Appliances!
It is important to register any new household appliances that you purchase for 2 very good reasons:
- You may receive an extension to the warranty or guarantee period
- You can be advised of any recalls that the manufacturer makes to a product if they have identified any potential problems with it
You can now do this easily through the website, Register my Appliance, and you'll also some useful household safety tips. It's run by AMDEA, who are an independent UK trade association for the manufacturers of small and large domestic appliances.
17 March 2015
Electrolux Have It Covered
They've got 260, 300 and a huge 400 litre model and all come with lockable lids and interior lights. Baskets supplied are 2, 3 and 4 respectively.
Although the locks have proved to be a little flimsy, this shouldn't detract from the overall quality - and user feedback is good on all models.
Handle mounted information lights lets you see at a glance how it's performing, and a fast freeze function is handy if you've just done a big shop and need to freeze some items quickly.
21 February 2015
Black Chest Freezers are Finally Here!
You may already have noticed that all chest freezers seem to be plain white. In the past some manufacturers have dabbled with silver chest freezers but they tended to be quite difficult to get hold of.
Now Russell Hobbs has added two models to it's range that have a very contemporary jet black paint finish - and they're both available from Argos right now!
The smaller unit has 100 litres of internal space and the other one has 142 litres. You do pay a bit more for these compared to their white equivalents, and features wise they are quite basic although they are slightly more economical than similar sized rivals.
But if you need your chest freezer to be sleek and trendy then look no further.
7 February 2015
A small chest freezer can be extremely useful as a backup to your main deep freezer, or if you simply don't have the space or requirements for anything more substantial. We take a look at 6 popular small freezers (around 100 litres) that are great value for money and all offer something different in their own little way! [More...]
15 January 2015
Money is tight, even for life's necessities so we've researched the market for you and found the top 6 cheap chest freezers. We've chosen models at different sizes so there's bound to be one to meet your needs whether it's an additional overflow freezer to your main one, or a big deep freeze for the whole family. [More...]
5 January 2015
If you are looking for a medium to large sized deep freezer then consider the popular Iceking range which is exclusively available from respected online retailer the Co-Op Electrical Shop who offer free delivery and a range of optional extended warranties at sensible prices. [More...]
10 December 2014
Extra Large Freezer From John Lewis
However it's John Lewis to the rescue! Their own brand JLCH400 (actually made for them by Electrolux) is featured packed, has a huge 400 litre storage capacity and best of all is now priced at just £399.
It's A+ rated, has an internal light and apparently doesn't need defrosting for 5 years! With a 3 year warranty as standard, it's a lot of freezer for the money. Great delivery and installation service too.
Read more: John Lewis JLCH400
1 December 2014
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of the questions we've been asked by site visitors recently. Some questions are asked quite often so we thought we'd share our answers with you in the hope that it will help your chest freezer buying quest!
Q: Is the Iceking CFAP201 chest freezer frost free?
A: In common with the vast majority of chest freezers, the CFAP200 is not frost free and will need periodically defrosting manually.
Q: Is it ok to house a chest freezer in a cupboard?
A: Provided there is good airflow around the chest freezer - particularly at the back and the top. A lot of heat is generated by the freezer and so there needs to be adequate ventilation to allow the hot air to escape.
Q: I would like to order an IceKing CFAP300 but it is out of stock. Is this just a temporary hold-up in supply or is it permanent?
A: Iceking are deservedly popular models and they often go in and out of stock at the Co-Op. Our advice is to keep check their site every few days.
Q: I need a small chest freezer which can go down to minus 30 deg C.
A: Most domestic freezers can only go down to -18c, or maybe slightly lower with a fast-freeze feature.You will probably need a commercial unit for -30c such as those from specialist suppliers to the catering or retail trade.
1 October 2014
Co-Op Electrical Celebrate Which? Award
Co-operative Electrical are proud to have just been announced as a ‘Recommended Online Retailer’ by Which? magazine for 2014.
They offer a wide range of chest freezers with prices starting from just £130 including free delivery with specific time slots available.
17 September 2014
Focus on ... Whirlpool Chest Freezers
Their current range of chest freezers have very good specifications and are competitively priced. Out of the three models generally available, all have lockable lids and interior lights.
Our pick of the bunch is the hi-tech WHE31352F which an LED control panel conveniently mounted on the lid. It also comes with 3 wire baskets to help your organise the generous 311 litres of space.
17 August 2014
Chest Freezers Suitable for the Garage?
An often asked question is "Can I use a chest freezer in a garage or other unheated outbuilding?" The answer, according to most manufacturers is actually no. They usually only design their refrigeration appliances to operate down to about 10 degrees celsius. This is fine most of the year but of course temperatures can dip below this in winter.
We all know that many people do keep their fridges and freezers in garages and experience no problems at all - sometimes this may just be down to luck!
Some manufacturers know that many people have limited indoor space and claim that their chest freezers suitable are for the garage or indeed any other type of outbuilding. Zanussi and Ice King confirm that their products can be used in a garage or shed while Beko go a stage further and claim their products are designed to work down to -15c degrees.
10 July 2014
John Lewis Chest Freezer Range
There are 4 models in the range from the entry level 100 litre model to the top of the range 400 litre beast, so there is one for every purpose. All their freezers are OK to be kept in a garage or outbuilding.
Of course, John Lewis are renowned for their superior customer service and a good example of this is the 3 year warranty supplied with all their appliances. Plus free delivery and setup - and they'll even take away all the packaging for you!
Although you pay a slight premium for these models over some rivals, it is not excessive and we think the extended warranty and excellent service more than makes it worthwhile!
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Choosing An Energy Efficient Model
With electricity prices at an all time high, and set to rise further in the future it makes sense to consider just how energy efficient your home appliance are.
This is particularly true of refrigeration appliances like fridges and freezers which are always connected to the mains.
The electricity consumption of home appliances is typically measured in Kilowatt Hours (kwh) and quoted as an annual figure: eg 200 kwh per year. As 1 Kilowatt Hour is 1 unit of electricity, a freezer requiring 200 kwh per year will use 200 units: at an average 12p per unit that's around £30.
This doesn't sound like a lot over a year but it's always worth looking at the energy rating of a freezer when purchasing a new model, especially large ones that can easily use 400+ units per year.
Premium brands such as Bosch or Liebherr are more expensive to buy but generally have much lower energy usage mainly due to superior insulation. This better insulation also has a bonus as it will protect the contents for much longer in the case of a power cut.
Get The Most From Your New Chest Freezer
Here are some simple and straightforward tips to make sure that you get the most out of your new appliance - it's not always a case of just chucking all your shopping into it!
- There is a limit to how much can be frozen within a 24 hour period. Don't exceed this as it can raise the temperature possibly leading to a partial thaw
- Only freeze top quality, fresh clean food
- Try to prepare food in small portions so that is can freeze more rapidly; this will also help when thawing out as you only need to thaw the amount required
- Wrap food to be frozen in cling film or foil, and make sure that the package is as airtight as possible
- Transfer your shop bought frozen food into your freezer as quickly as possible to prevent partial thawing
- When filling your freezer, try not to keep the lid open too long.
- Don't put fizzy drink cans or bottles into the freezer as the containers will explode and possible damage the appliance
- Frozen liquids like ice lollies and ice cubes can cause skin damage if you handle them too quickly after removing from the freezer. Allow a couple of minutes before touching or consuming them.
- When positioning your freezer, make sure the plug socket is easily accessible in case of an emergency and you need to switch the unit off
Award Winning Liebherr
Not content with producing the world's first A+++ rated chest freezer, Liebherr, the German appliances to construction to industrial machinery group, has just picked up another award for their corporate promotional video - making 5 in total now!
The short film features their products in use, and desite the wide range of industries they work in, things move seemlessly along.
It's no doubt helped by the specially written musical score, which itself won an award for Best Film Music at the Jerry Goldsmith Music Festival in Spain.
View: Liebherr Corporate Film
The Magic of Refrigeration
Have you often wondered how your chest freezer works? Just how can it maintain temperatures as low as -18 degrees for an average running cost of about 50p per day?
We realised the need for refrigeration back in prehistoric times when people would gather ice in winter and store it in cool, dark caves or insulated dugouts for when the warmer weather arrived.
Luckily things have advanced a bit since then, although the basic principle of keeping items cool in an insulated container remains. Read more about the history and workings of refrigeration on this very informative Wikipedia page.
Read More: How Refrigeration Works (on Wikipedia)
Disposing Of Your Old Chest Freezer
If you are purchasing a new chest freezer you may be wondering how on earth to dispose of the old one, particularly if it's no longer in working order (even the best chest freezer will give up eventually). Well, a number of retailers have a recycling service that can take the old one away when they deliver the new one.
You can expect to pay around £10 as an additional cost from most retailers when you request your old freezer to be disposed of.
It's important to prepare for this though: make sure the old freezer is unplugged, emptied and defrosted before the delivery. Also ensure there is a clear path so both the new freezer and the old one can be moved with the minimum of fuss.
If you need to dispose of the freezer yourself, then visit this handy website: Recycle-More. Just enter your postcode and it will highlight on a map the location of your nearest recycling depot that will accept old freezers.
Chest Freezers: all you need to know
Here is a quick summary version of our exclusive buyers guide - read the full version here
Why Buy a Chest Freezer?
A chest freezer is an extremely useful appliance these days - with the cost of food rising, being able to bulk buy and store for months at a time is a real boon for hard-pressed families.
A Freezer in the Garage?
If you're looking for a freezer suitable for the garage, look out for models specifically designed for use in unheated outbuildings. Most makers don't recommend it (though most people do it and suffer no harm!).
Measured in litres, the Net Capacity is the total usable space available for your frozen food.
The energy rating (A - G) and consumption (kWh) give an idea of how economical the freezer is to run (it's running 24/7 remember). The best appliances are rated A+ or even A++.
Measured in decibels (dB), this tells you how noisy the freezer is - useful if you will be keeping it indoors.
Food Safe Time
How long frozen food in the freezer is safe for in the event of a power cut.
This system freezes food quicker while still retaining flavour and texture. Can be a manual switch or automatic system (more expensive models).
A lockable lid is a useful security feature if the freezer will be kept in the garage or other outbuilding.
A counterbalanced lid means it will stay open at a set angle and won't slam shut.
A front drain is more accessible and makes defrosting easier. Some also use special crystal bags to absorb moisure and limit frost build up.
Read the Full Buyers Guide