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Best freezers on the market in the UK

Under-counter, chest freezer, free-standing or upstanding… discover the freezer that's right for you with our product round-up

Finding a freezer that will stand the test of time as well as meet your food storage needs is of paramount importance. But with the variety available – freestanding freezers and integrated freezers, not to mention all the extras – it can be tricky to find one that has all of the qualities you’re after. So, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best freezers available in the UK right now to help you find the one that’s best for you.

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But first, here’s a super-quick guide to the main types of freezer:

How to choose the right freezer for you

We asked Lauren Clark, AO.com’s large appliance expert, to give us the low-down on what to consider when you’re investing in a new freezer… 

It’s important to think about the size, specific features and whether you want an integrated or free-standing model. The classic option is a free-standing design that can be easily installed and moved, whereas integrated models sit behind a cupboard door and add a polished look to a kitchen.

There are also three main types to consider when purchasing a freezer: 

Upright

These are popular choices for family homes. Upright freezers are manufactured in both free-standing and integrated models, so they can be enclosed behind cabinets. Upright models also offer a large amount of space for frozen food and, for anyone with limited kitchen space, there are slimline options available. 

Under-counter

If you have a small kitchen or you need a second appliance because you’re short on storage in your main freezer, then this option is for you. 

Chest

These are an option if you have a large household or like to stock up on frozen foods. Chest freezers open via a lid on the top and offer plenty of space. But it’s worth noting that these models are not currently designed to be integrated.

Once you have figured out which is the best freezer for you in terms of capacity and fit, think about the features that are important to you, such as a frost-free function, a control panel lock, or a temperature warning system.

Know what you’re after now? Read on for our pick of the best freezers currently on the market in the UK. And if you enjoy our round-up, check out our other Buyer’s Guides! We’ve got guides to the best washing machines, best electric ovens, best dishwashers, best vacuum cleaners and many more household appliances!

Note: all energy efficiency ratings are taken from the new energy rating scale for appliances. Find out more about the changes here.

The best freezers in the UK for 2021

Beko FFG1545S Frost Free Upright Freezer

A tall silver freezer on a white background.
  • Capacity: 168 litres
  • Dimensions: 145.7 x 54.5 x 60 cm
  • Compartments: Five compartments
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, upright
  • Reversible door: Yes

A popular model, this Beko freezer has more than 2,000 five-star reviews on AO. People love it for its 168 litres of storage space – enough to hold nine shopping bags of food – and its frost-free function, which automatically gets rid of ice clumps.

Other advantages of this model include its ‘freezer guard’ feature. It’ll keep working in chilly outdoor conditions as cold as -15°C, which is ideal if you’re storing it in the garage or basement.

Fridgemaster MUZ4965M Under Counter Freezer

A small under-counter freezer on a white background.
  • Capacity: 65 litres 
  • Dimensions: 84.7 x 49.4 x 49.4 cm
  • Compartments: One drop-down flap and two drawers
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, under counter
  • Reversible door: Yes

You can fit up to three bags of shopping across the three separate compartments in this under-counter freezer from Fridgemaster. It’s easy to change the temperature inside, thanks to the simple adjustment settings, but you’ll need to manually defrost it to get rid of excess ice from time to time.

Simple Value DD1-05 Table Top Freezer

A small table top freezer on a white background.
  • Capacity: 33 litres
  • Dimensions: 51 x 49 x 44 cm
  • Compartments: Two
  • Energy rating: E
  • Type: Freestanding, upright
  • Reversible door: Yes

If space is at a premium, or if you’re just looking for an extra freezer to store outside of the kitchen, try this compact deep-freeze. It’ll sit on any table top or work surface, and hold up to two shopping bags of food.

Plus, the plastic interior is quick and easy to clean, which makes maintenance simple.

Hotpoint CS1A 250 H FA.1 chest freezer

Hotpoint CS1A 250 H FA.1 chest freezer
  • Capacity: 251 litres
  • Dimensions: 69.8 x 91.6 x 101 cm
  • Compartments: One basket drawer and one large compartment
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, chest

Anyone with a large family knows that buying food in bulk and freezing numerous portions saves hours in the kitchen. A deep and wide chest freezer, like this one from Hotpoint has ample room to preserve huge amounts of food.

This model also has ‘FrostAway’, a feature that keeps the air inside the freezer dry to reduce ice formation by up to 50 per cent.

HAIER H3F-320WSAAU1 Tall Freezer

A tall silver freezer on a white background.
  • Capacity: 330 litres 
  • Dimensions: 190.5 x 59.5 x 67 cm
  • Compartments: Seven compartments and three shelves in the door
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, upright
  • Reversible door: Yes

Our kitchen appliances are increasingly becoming ‘smart’, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and this freezer from Haier follows suit. When you set it up, you can download its accompanying smartphone app, which will send you alerts if something is wrong or you’ve left the door ajar. 

This model also keeps the inside frost free and comes with rapid freezing functionality to quickly get food down to -26°C. You can even change the temperature to convert it into a fridge. 

Russell Hobbs RHCF200 Chest Freezer

A chest freezer on a white background.
  • Capacity: 198 litres 
  • Dimensions: 85 x 94.5 x 52.3 cm
  • Compartments: One main compartment, plus small wire basket
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, chest

While the Hotpoint chest freezer above has 251 litres of space, this one is slightly smaller, with a 198-litre capacity and a width of 94.5cm. It also has adjustable feet and temperature controls, and a counterbalanced lid, which stays open to let you rummage inside with both hands.

The freezer should work efficiently at temperatures as low as -5°C and as high as 43°C.

Hotpoint UH8F1CWUK1 freezer

Hotpoint UH8F1CWUK1 freezer
  • Capacity: 291 litres
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 63 x 187.5 cm
  • Compartments: Four drawers and three shelves
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, upright
  • Reversible door: Yes

Offering a contemporary look in a graphite hue and four spacious drawers for storage, this Hotpoint freezer is both stylish and more than capable of coping with the needs of a large family. It has a generous 291-litre capacity, enough to hold 16 shopping bags-worth of food.

Even better, you don’t need to bother defrosting it by hand, as ice-build up is prevented thanks to its ‘No Frost’ technology.

Bosch Serie 6 GSN36AWFPG Freestanding Freezer

Bosch Serie 6 GSN36AWFPG Freestanding Freezer
  • Capacity: 242 litres
  • Dimensions: 60 x 65 x 186 cm
  • Compartments: Four drawers and three shelves
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, upright
  • Reversible door: Yes

If you have lots of mouths to feed then this Bosch freezer is worth a look. It has a whopping 242-litre capacity – enough to hold up to 15 bags of shopping. It also has fast-freeze technology to help your food keep more of its flavour and freshness when you put it into cold storage, as well as an inbuilt alarm to alert you if the temperature creeps above freezing.

Indesit UI6F1TW.1 freezer

Indesit UI6F1TWUK.1 Freezer - White
  • Capacity: 223 litres
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 64.5 x 167 cm
  • Compartments: Four drawers and two flap-front sections
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, upright
  • Reversible door: Yes

Thanks to its four deep drawers and two flap-front compartments, this slimline freezer manages to squeeze 223 litres of capacity into its 60cm-wide interior. It’s ideal if you need to pack a lot of storage space into a compact kitchen. It also has a fast-freeze function to start preserving your food as soon as it’s inside and a frost-free setting to prevent ice build-up.

Hotpoint Aquarius HZA1.UK integrated freezer

HOTPOINT HZ A1.UK.1 Integrated Undercounter Freezer
  • Capacity: 91 litres
  • Dimensions: 54.5 x 59.6 x 81.5 cm
  • Compartments: Three drawers
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Integrated, upright
  • Reversible door: Yes

Despite being a compact model that sits beneath your worktop, this Hotpoint Aquarius freezer doesn’t compromise on storage space. Its three deep drawers offer 91 litres of capacity. An evaporator helps prevent ice building up on the inside and it comes with an adjustable thermostat to keep your food at the right temperature with optimum energy efficiency.

JLBIUCFZ03 integrated under-counter freezer

JLBIUCFZ03 Integrated Under Counter Freezer
  • Capacity: 85 litres
  • Dimensions: 60 x 55 x 82 cm
  • Compartments: Three drawers
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, under-counter
  • Reversible door: Yes

This under-the-counter model has three transparent drawers for easy loading and unloading. The door can also be supplied with the hinges on the right or left, depending on which way suits your kitchen. But the biggest advantages of this stainless-steel John Lewis freezer are its frost-free technology and fast-freeze function, which drops the temperature to preserve your food quickly.

Russell Hobbs RHUCFZ3B under-counter freezer in black

Russell Hobbs RHUCFZ3B Under Counter Freezer
  • Capacity: 68 litres
  • Dimensions: 50 x 54 x 84.5 cm
  • Compartments: Three sections
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, under-counter
  • Reversible door: Yes

It may be small, but this sleek, Russell Hobbs freezer has a 68-litre capacity – easily enough room to hold three bags of groceries. It’s easy to slot under a worktop too so you’ll have no trouble trying to find space for it in your kitchen. Plus, it has a reversible door that can be opened from the left or right, depending on your kitchen’s layout.

IceKing RZ245W.E

Iceking RZ245W.E with food

  • Capacity: 242 litres
  • Dimensions: 60 x 60 x 170 cm
  • Compartments: 7 drawers of varying sizes
  • Energy rating: F
  • Type: Freestanding, upright
  • Reversible door: Yes

We love the tall and slim design of the IceKing freestanding freezer, but its appeal goes beyond aesthetics. Seven compartments, including an extra-deep drawer, will help you keep your supplies organised, while a manual thermostat gives you complete control over temperature.

Plus, adjustable feet and a reversible door mean this is a model that will fit even the most awkward kitchen layout.

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