Small Chest Freezers

Small Chest FreezersThere are many reasons to buy a small chest freezer - perhaps you have a limited budget but still need freezer capacity, or maybe space is a bit tight and you can only slot in a very small freezer. You might even have a main freezer in the garage but are looking for a small unit for inside the home.

Whatever your reason, there is plenty of choice around so we've taken a close look at some of the best small chest freezers for sale, and rounded up our best buys for 2017. We are only looking at freezers less than 60cm wide which means they typically have between 60 and 100 litres of storage.

At a glance specification table

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

Freezer Model Garage? Capacity Energy Use Width Price
Iceking CF60AP no 60 litres 146kWh 35.5cm £135
Essentials C61CF13 no 60 litres 153kWh 49.9cm £100
Iceking CH1041 no 98 litres 167kWh 54.4cm £128
Essentials C99CF13 no 99 litres 168kWh 56.5cm £130
Russell Hobbs RHCF99B yes 99 litres 168kWh 56.6cm £131
Beko CF374W yes 104 litres 173kWh 54cm  £160

Iceking CF60APIceking CF60AP narrow chest freezer

"An ultra narrow chest freezer for the smallest of spaces"

This chest freezer is just 35cm wide which makes it the slimmest around and ideal for very small spaces. It is a little deeper than the others here though, and do remember, as with all freezers, to keep a few centimetres air gap at the back.

Unlike the bigger Iceking freezers, this one is not suitable to be kept in the garage or outbuilding. A 2 year warranty is supplied as standard.

It's worth noting also that the Co-Op assign 60 minute delivery slots so you don't need to wait in all day!


Essentials C61CF13Essentials C61CF13

"A narrow chest freezer for small spaces"

This is an own-brand freezer from Currys and is just about the cheapest chest freezer on the market right now.

It is quite basic and doesn't even have a counterbalanced lid, though one wire basket is provided and a front drain port makes defrosting a bit easier.

At just less than 50cm it's one of the slimmest chest freezers and will slot into a very narrow space in your kitchen or utility room.

Curry's say that this is suitable for an outbuilding but they don't mention that the temperature should drop below 10 degrees Celsius.

It's worth noting that this unit is identical to the Bush BCF60L from Argos, though at the time of this review that freezer was more expensive.

FULL DETAILS » Essentials C61CF13

Iceking CH1041Iceking CH1040

"An excellent all-rounder"

Available online exclusively through the Co-Op Electrical Shop, this is the entry-level freezer in the extensive Ice King range. There's only 98 litres on offer here but it is contained in a rather compact unit. It is also the most economical 100 litre freezers here and really earns it's A+ rating.

This is no doubt down to good insulation which also gives it a high rising time of 36 hours. This is the time that food is considered to be usable if kept in a freezer during a powercut. 36 hours is pretty good and you'd have to be unlucky to suffer power loss for longer.

Unlike most other Iceking freezers, this one is not suitable to be kept in the garage or outbuilding.

It's worth noting also that the Co-Op assign 60 minute delivery slots so you don't need to wait in all day!

FULL DETAILS » Iceking CH1041

Essentials C99CF13Essentials C99CF13 small chest freezer

"Good user feedback and quiet running"

One of the cheapest chest freezers on the market, this own brand unit from Currys 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 price level 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.

Also consider the Bush BCF99L which is identical (we think it's the same unit) and available from Argos under the Bush brand. At the time of review, both freezers were the same price but this might vary in the future due to special offers etc.

FULL DETAILS » Essentials C99Cf13

Russell Hobbs RHCF99BRussell Hobbs RHCF99b

"Another freezer good for the garage"

Founded in Great Britain in 1952 Russell Hobbs is a well respected brand and has a wide portfolio of household appliances, particularly kettles and toasters. Did you know they also have a range of larger appliances too?

With a counterbalanced lid, 1 wire basket and 99 litres of storage this is a fairly standard chest freezer so far. What sets this one apart is the stylish black casing - it's still rare to find a non-white chest freezer these days.

Russell Hobbs say it is suitable for use in a garage or outbuilding down to -5 degrees Celsius which is great news as that's probably where most of us will be keeping it!

A traditional white version of this freezer is available as the Russell Hobbs RHCF103

FULL DETAILS » Russell Hobbs RHCF99B

Beko CF374WBeko CF374W

"Great for the garage"

This may be the most expensive of the freezers we are looking at here, but it does manage to squeeze 104 litres into it's fairly compact frame yet still remain relatively economical.

The main feature of this freezer is FreezerGuard - Beko's proprietary technology that allows the freezer to work even when outside temperatures are as low as -15 degrees Celsius.

We are a little disappointed with the rising time (the length of time after which food will start to spoil in a power cut) of 18 hours, but you would have to be quite unlucky to suffer a power cut for longer.