Cheap Chest Freezers
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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|
"Compact and surprisingly economical"
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.
"An amazing amount of space for the price"
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.
"Extremely good value for nearly 200 litres of space"
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.
"A popular freezer that's good value and likes the garage!"
With almost 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.
"Supplied with 3 baskets"
A 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.
"A large capacity freezer with some nice features"
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.
Capital Midas 550L
"A great value big freezer"
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!