Chest Freezer Reviews ... since 2011 - a Hand-Picked Guide

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30 August 2018NEWS

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 2018. 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, check product page for latest):

Freezer Model Garage? Capacity Energy Use Width Price*
Iceking CFAP66 yes 66 litres 152kWh 44cm £109
Essentials C61CF13 no 60 litres 153kWh 49.9cm £90
Iceking CFAP103 yes 103 litres 172kWh 57cm £125
Essentials C97CFW18 yes 95 litres 168kWh 53.6cm £120
Russell Hobbs RHCF99B yes 99 litres 168kWh 56.6cm £179
Beko CF374W yes 104 litres 173kWh 54cm  £180

* Average selling price at time this article was published

1. Iceking CFAP66

"A narrow chest freezer for the smallest of spaces"

Iceking CFAP66 narrow chest freezerThis chest freezer is just 44cm 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.

Like the bigger Iceking freezers, this one can be kept in the garage or outbuilding even if the air temperature drops to -12 degrees C. 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! Full Details

2. Essentials C61CF13

"A narrow chest freezer for small spaces"

Essentials C61CF13This 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. Full Details

3. Iceking CFAP103

"An excellent all-rounder"

Iceking CFAP103Available online exclusively through the Co-Op Electrical Shop, this is the compact freezer in the extensive Ice King range. There's only 103 litres on offer here but it is contained in a rather compact unit. It is also .

Like the bigger Iceking freezers, this one can be kept in the garage or outbuilding even if the air temperature drops to -12 degrees C. 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! Full Details

4. Essentials C97CFW18

"Good user feedback and quiet running - works in the garage too"

PEssentials C97CFW18One 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 It's great for the garage too and can work in temperatures down to -15 degrees Celsius.

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

5. Russell Hobbs RHCF99B

"Another freezer good for the garage"

Russell Hobbs RHCF99bFounded 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! Full Details

6. Beko CF374W

"Great for the garage"

Beko CF374WThis 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 Full Details