Best freezers on the market in the UK 2020

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

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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 type of freezer is best 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, and many more household appliances!

Hotpoint Day1 UH8 F1C G.1 freezer, £449.99, AO

Hotpoint UH8 F1C G UK.1 freezer

Dimensions: 59.5 x 63 x 187.5cm

Compartments: Four baskets and two flap-front drawers

Energy rating: A+

Type: Free-standing, upright

Offering a contemporary look in a graphite hue and six spacious drawers for storage, this Hotpoint freezer is both stylish and more than capable of coping with the needs of a growing family. It has a 260-litre capacity as well as an alarm to alert you when the freezer door has been left open. Better still, you don’t need to bother defrosting by hand, as ice-build up is prevented thanks to its ‘No Frost’ technology.

Bosch GSN36VB3PG tall freezer in Black, £699, John Lewis & Partners

Bosch GSN36VW3PG Tall Freezer

Dimensions: 60 x 65 x 186cm

Compartments: Four drawers and three shelves

Energy rating: A++

Type: Free-standing, upright

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’s also earned an A++ rating for its superb energy-efficiency and has fast-freeze technology to help your food keep more of its flavour and freshness when you put it into cold storage. And of course, it has classy looks thanks to its polished, shiny jet-black finish.

Smeg CVB20LP1 freezer, £1214.99, Curry’s PC World

Smeg CVB20LP1 freezer

Dimensions:60 x 73.2 x 153.5cm

Compartments: Three drawers and two flap-front sections

Energy rating: A+

Type: Free-standing, upright

This model isn’t just an aesthetic treat with its 1950s-inspired retro style, it also has three roomy drawers, two spacious flap-front compartments and handy features, such as a fast freeze function and a temperate alarm. While you’re paying a premium for this design classic, its style and function will last and last!

Indesit UI6F1TW.1 freezer, £379.99, Argos

Indesit UI6F1TWUK.1 Freezer - White

Dimensions: 59.5 x 64.5 x 167cm

Compartments: Four drawers and two flap-front sections

Energy rating: A+

Type: Free-standing, upright

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.1 integrated freezer, £329, Currys PC World

HOTPOINT HZ A1.UK.1 Integrated Undercounter Freezer

Dimensions: 54.5 x 59.6 x 81.5cm

Compartments: Three drawers

Energy rating: A+

Type: Integrated, upright

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.

JLUCFZS617 frost-free freezer, £379, John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis & Partners JLUCFZS617 Frost Free Freezer

Dimensions: 59.5 x 63.5 x 85cm

Compartments: Four drawers

Energy rating: A+

Type: Free-standing, under-counter

This under-the-counter model has four transparent drawers that can be pulled out completely 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 advantage of this stainless-steel John Lewis freezer is its quick-freeze function, which drops the temperature in one section to preserve your food quickly without it affecting the other items already stored in the other drawers.

Russell Hobbs RHUCFZ3B under-counter freezer in Black, £229, AO.com

Russell Hobbs RHUCFZ3B Under Counter Freezer

Dimensions: 50 x 54 x 84.5cm

Compartments: Three sections

Energy rating: A+

Type: Free-standing, under-counter

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.

Hotpoint CS1A 250 H FA.1 chest freezer, £299, AO

Hotpoint CS1A 250 H FA.1 chest freezer

Dimensions: 69.8 x 91.6 x 101cm

Compartments: One basket drawer and one large compartment

Energy rating: A+

Type: Free-standing, 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.

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