Your Best Guide To Buying Chest Freezers in the UK
Looking to Buy a Chest Freezer?
Whether you're looking for a chest freezer suitable for the garage or a large capacity deep freezer, you'll be pleased to know that we've partnered with leading online retailers to keep you informed of all the chest freezer best buys! We've researched the market and hand picked the best ones available from top UK freezer retailers.
We've also got the latest news, recommendations and reviews of the best models on the market and our powerful search facility will enable you to quickly locate the right one. We've tracked down all the best deals from the UK's top retailers so you don't need to!
Celebrating the New Look Argos
Argos Vouchers are Back!
Argos have re-introduced their famous gift voucher promotion, this time to celebrate their new website and updated logo.
You get a free £10 voucher when you spend £100 or more, and a free £5 voucher when you spend £50 or more. Vouchers are awarded on purchases until 25th October. You must spend the vouchers before 15th November.
I think nearly all their chest freezers will qualify for the £10 voucher so if you are planning to make a new freezer purchase take a look at their range now!
Whirlpool Chest Freezers
Whirlpool are a US brand with over 100 years experience in making home appliances, and its products have been available in Europe since 1989.
Their current range of chest freezers have very good specifications and are competitively priced. Out of the three models available at Argos 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.
View the whole Whirlpool range
Made in the UK
Norfrost are Back!
Norfrost, the UK's last surviving chest freezer manufacturer was bought out by water cooler maker EBAC last year.
Under this new management they've just relaunched their chest freezer range, and although the old Norfrost site in Scotland was closed, you'll be please to know that their freezers are now being made at their County Durham facility.
The most interesting model in the range is probably this AF60L model which is an ultra compact unit measuring just 35cm across. It's also going to be available in silver.
It's a little pricey for it's 60 litre capacity but if you're really short of space it's probably a worthy investment. Available now from Argos.
Get Value for Your Money!
Cheap Chest Freezers
Money is tight, even for life's necessities so we've researched the market for you and found the top 5 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.
Updated: Autumn 2014
Most Economical Freezers
The ever-rising cost of electricity is always on peoples minds these days, but do you know how much each household appliance actually uses? It might surprise you to know how little a chest freezer uses despite being on all the time.
Even so, there are quite wide variances between models. Here are a couple of helpful graphs for annual usage - longer green lines means more expensive! Costs based on 1 kwh (that's 1 unit of electricity) priced at an average of 15p.
Need a Cheap Chest Freezer?
Argos Budget Model
If you need a second chest freezer or maybe just need a small unit for occasional use then look no further than this Argos Value unit.
It's priced at around £120 (though is sometimes on offer at £99.99) so one of the cheapest chest freezers you can buy, but you still get 100 litres of space!
A great value, compact unit with some good user feedback.
Questions and Answers
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 CFAP200 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 CFAP200 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.
Freezer Review Roundup!
Looking to Buy a Small Chest Freezer?
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 that are great value for money and all offer something different in their own little way!
Where Can I Find ...
Spare Freezer Baskets
Chest freezer makers are notoriously stingy when it comes to providing a decent amount of baskets with their products.
Many people ask us where they can easily obtain extra or replacement freezer baskets from. Well, one such place that has a good range is Amazon.
There seem to be a fair few available most priced at around £20 including delivery. Make sure you carefully check your model number so you get the right one though!
Premium Freezer Brands
Liebherr: A Sign of Quality
If you've ever wondered why some chest freezers are much more expensive than others, then this short, interesting video by premium brand Liebherr will leave you in no doubt.
They explain how their StopFrost system works which not only means the freezer will hardly ever need defrosting, but also makes the freezer quieter than most and hugely economical. In fact some of their freezers are A+++ rated which is a very rare accolade indeed.
If you are looking for a solid, dependable and economical chest freezer to last for years, then take a look at Liebherr.
Brand New Range
Bosch Launches a Trio of New Freezers
Premium brand Bosch has just revamped it's freezer range and come out with 3 new models to replace their earlier GTM range, including an A++ rated super efficient model. Bosch won the best large home appliance brand in the prestigious Which? awards for 2011.
Great spec includes a lockable lid and an interior light. Two wire baskets are supplied and the unit runs quietly.
We Like: A fairly high price but great quality and specification.
If you want the same high quality and high specification but need a bit more space then this model adds a useful extra 60 litres.
We Like: A good blend of features and generous storage.
Identical to the GCM28AW20G this model adds super efficiency to the mix - in fact it uses 25% less electricity.
We Like: One of the most economical freezers on the market.
New This Autumn
Great Value New Models from Hotpoint, Zanussi
Two new medium sized models are now available from two of the top freezer manufacturers and both have stand out features as described below. Both available now from retailers at competitive prices.
A great spec on this new unit not only includes a lockable lid and an internal light but Hotpoint claims an 83 hour food safe time (if there is a powercut). This is twice as long as many equivalent freezers.
John Lewis Chest Freezer Range
Did you know that John Lewis have their own brand of chest freezers? They are actually made for them by Electrolux but this is no bad thing.
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!
King of Ices
The Iceking Range from the Co-Op
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.
Like all Icekings, this has been approved for use in a garage or outside building - great news! Has 177 litres of usable space and is A+ rated for energy use.
We Like: Lockable lid and roller feet are nice touches.
A middle range model with a top-level spec: interior light, lockable lid, A+ energy use, roller feet - plus free delivery where you can choose your time slot!
We Like: Nearly 300 litres of space and two wire baskets supplied.
A huge 360 litres of usable space and 3 useful baskets to help keep everything organised. There's also a lockable lid and a handy interior light.
We Like: Very high spec yet great value and free delivery.
Chest Freezer Buying Advice
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.
Hints and Tips
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.
Are You Looking for
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.
How It Works
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.
Liebherr Takes Energy Saving To New Level
First A+++ Rated Chest Freezer
Liebherr, the German refrigeration experts, have recently launched their GTP2356 chest freezer in the UK. Part of their Premium product line, the GTP2356 uses 60% less energy than an A rated unit and is packed with advanced features.
Despite a healthy 200 litre capacity, it uses just 117 units of electricity per year. This is around half the usage of rival makes, so over a 10 year period you would save well over £100 in electricity costs. It also has a freezing capacity of 23kg in 24 hours, 50% higher than most rivals.
It's not difficult to see how it achieves this. Superior insulation (which also makes it one of the quietest running freezers on the market) is matched to advanced electronic controls, including a digital temperature display integrated into the handle. An innovative StopFrost feature reduces the amount of defrosting required.
It's certainly a premium product, and not just in name, and it's first-class efficiency credentials truly make one of the best chest freezers you can buy - at a price of course!
Top Tips On ...
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.
Argos, Sainsburys, Comet and The Co-op charge around £9.99 for this service, while Currys and Dixons go to the top of the class as their service is free!
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.
Here is a quick summary version of our exclusive buying guide
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.
Things to look out for:
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.