Cheap Chest Freezers

Cheap Chest Freezers

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As Cheap as (Frozen) Chips!

Buying a chest freezer need not be an expensive move and there are plenty of good value models on the market right now. Here we are looking at some of the best value chest freezers in a variety of popular sizes that provide a good set of features at an affordable price - there's sure to be one to fit both your needs and budget.

At a glance specification table

Here is our handy guide to the chest freezers in this review: (prices are correct at time of review in May 2017, check product page for latest)

Freezer Model Capacity Energy Use Garage? Price
Bush BCF99L 99 litres 168kWh No £100
Logik L145CFW16 145 litres 194kWh No £100
Bush BCF198L 198 litres 219kWh No £130
Iceking CFAP300 298 litres 272kWh Yes £240
Iceking CFAP400 360 litres 303kWh Yes £280
Zanussi ZFC41400 400 litres 323kWh No £309
Capital Midas 550L 458 litres 354kWh Yes £396

Bush BCF99L

"Compact and surprisingly economical"

Bush BCF99LOne of the cheapest chest freezers on the market, this Bush unit makes a great 'overflow' freezer if you need a bit of extra space or if your deep freeze requirements aren't that great.

At this low price you don't get much in the way of extras, but there is a counterbalanced lid and one removable basket is supplied.

Despite their small size, some cheap small freezers can still be quite heavy on electricity, but happily this model's energy usage is well below average.

Good user feedback on this unit really makes it one to consider if you just need something small and cheap.

Full details on the Bush BCF99L

Logik L145CFW16

"An amazing amount of space for the price"

Logik L145CFW16This is the smallest freezer in the Logik range, which is Curry's own brand of electrical goods. Their focus is on low prices and high specifications and this freezer doesn't disappoint.

There aren't too many extra frills, so no interior light or lockable lid. We're glad to see 2 baskets supplied too, even at this low price. A front mounted drain port will make defrosting easier (no need to move the unit around) and the powersafe time is okay at 24 hours.

Currys say that this freezer can be used in a garage, but NOT if the temperature would dip below 10 degrees C. 

Read more on the Logik L145CFW16

Bush BCF198L

"Extremely good value for nearly 200 litres of space"

Bush BCF198LAnother budget level model from Bush which offers a good amount of space for a very small price. This one has almost 200 litres of space and would make a great main freezer for a small family.

As with most value freezers, at this price level you don't get much in the way of extras, but there is a counterbalanced lid and two removable basket is supplied.

The powersafe time of 40 hours is really quite good. This is the length of time the food remains safe in th event of a powercut.

Full details on the Bush BCF198L

IceKing CFAP300

"A popular freezer that's good value and likes the garage!"

With Iceking CFAP300almost 300 litres of space, this IceKing is a consistently popular seller and is actually a rebadged Beko whose freezerguard technology can keep working right down to -15 degrees Celsius, so great for the garage!

Other extras not normally seen at this price level include a lockable lid and an internal light, while 2 wire baskets are supplied.

Available from the Co-Op with free delivery - you can even choose your timeslots which is really helpful. Extended warranties are available at a reasonable extra cost.

Full details on the Iceking CFAP300

IceKing CFAP400

"Supplied with 3 baskets"

Iceking CFAP400A cavernous 360 litres of space and a great set of features mark this IceKing out to be a real king of the freezers. At well under £1 per litre it is good value for money and economical too given its generous size.

Like it's smaller brother, it's well specified with a lockable lid and an internal light and we are also glad to see that 3 baskets are supplied to help you organise all that space. Like all big IceKing models, it is suitable for keeping in a garage or outbuilding.

Also available from the Co-Op with free delivery and selectable time slots.

Full details on the Iceking CFAP400

Zanussi ZFC41400WA

"A large capacity freezer with some nice features"

Zanussi ZFC41400WAThe Appliance of Science, as they used to say, has produced this great value freezer with a huge 400 litres of usable space. They haven't skimped on the baskets either, there are 3 available here.

There is no lockable lid, but a bright light illuminates the interior and a front mounted drain port makes the chore of defrosting much easier.

As you would expect on a freezer of this size, the lid is counterbalanced to stop it slamming shut while you're digging around inside, and the sturdy hinges are made from metal not plastic.

Just to clear up one point, although Zanussi state that this freezer has a shielded condensor, it is not suitable for unheated garages or places where the temperature will dip below 10 degrees Celsius.

Read more on the Zanussi ZFC41400WA

Capital Midas 550L

"A great value big freezer"

Capital Midas 550LThis big freezer has many selling points, not least its very attractive price given its 458 litres storage capacity. You get 3 baskets to help you organise all that space (more can be ordered)

There's a light and a lockable lid and a front drain port is fitted to make the chore of defrosting that much easier. Like all Capital's freezers, this is suitable for outbuildings and garages down to -10 degrees Celsius.

To round it off, a full 3 year parts and labour warranty is supplied, and you can even order this model with a stainless steel lid that doubles as a work surface!

Read more on the Capital Midas 550L