The freezers buyers' guide
If you’re looking for a brand new freezer but are feeling a little lost with such a huge variety available, all with techy features and special selling points, fear not: Crowdstorm can guide you through the process and get you clued up on all the information you need.
Once you've worked your way through our buyers' guide you'll know everything you need to know about freezers.
You can then begin to compare prices and deals from all your favourite retailers – from Asda and Argos to Currys and Iceland.
Then once you’ve decided, you simply click through to their website to complete the deal. So let’s get started.
Types of freezers
- Chest freezers are brilliant if you have plenty of space, maybe in a utility room or garage. They’re large with a top-opening lid and are perfect for bulk freezing, especially if you have a large family or bulk buy your food shopping. However their compartments and sections are usually limited.
- Upright freezers are the most common type. Usually taller and slimline with a front opening door they’re perfect for the kitchen as they take up less space in terms of width.
- Built-in freezers have a panel on the front that hides the freezer, integrating it into the rest of your kitchen. These can look great, but if you’re likely to need to change the position of your freezer you may find a freestanding model more practical.
- Fridge-freezers are the perfect option if you want a convenient, space saving solution for cooling and freezing food. Fridge freezers come in a range of sizes, some with a small freezer and large fridge, and vice versa. If this is what you’re after, we have a page dedicated to fridge freezers.
Freezer size and capacity
Consider the space you have in your kitchen or utility room – and be sure to note down measurements – before starting to compare freezers. Some are designed to be stored under work surfaces whereas others may be taller to give more floor space.
Freezer capacity tends to be described in litres. A compact freezer could hold less than 100l, while large chest freezers can have a capacity above 300l. Please note that some places will, annoyingly, use cubic feet instead. For conversion purposes a cubic foot is 28.3 litres, meaning a standard small freezer will be around 5 cubic feet.
We suggested you multiply the number of users by 2.5 cubic feet to get a rough size requirement for your storage needs, but this is of course for an average person and is only meant as a very rough guideline: you know your family best!
Energy efficiency and noise pollution
After central heating, fridges, freezers and fridge freezers are the biggest consumers of energy in the home. The majority of freezers will be A rated for energy efficiency and performance. Some manufacturers also have freezers that are A+, A++ and A+++ graded, designed to achieve 10%-30% reduction in energy consumption even compared to A-rated models.
Often the more expensive the model the more energy-saving features there’ll be, such as automatic door closing and thicker insulation. Bear in mind annual running costs and the way you pay for your electricity supply may also affect the long term cost of your new freezer, meaning a cheap freezer today may not be so cheap in the long run.
In terms of noisiness, if your new freezer will be taking up camp in an open plan kitchen the noise emitted may be an important factor in your buying decision. Noise levels are measure in decibels – anything under 40 is considered a reasonable level and anything nearing 50 is considered noisy.
So hopefully you’re now familiar with the basics – but as in all electrical purchases, the devil can be in the detail. There are lots of bells and whistles you may want to ensure your new freezer has – while others you may not care about. Here’s a quick rundown of some common freezer features:
- Reversible doors: This is a great feature for modern kitchens, perfect if you’re likely to be moving your freezer around.
- Temperature monitor: Most freezers will have a thermometer so you that you’re able to keep an eye on the temperature. Top models – and even some cheaper models – will have this on the outside rather than inside.
- Open door warning:This can be a real life (and money!) saver, especially if you have kids who like to leave the freezer door open…
- Fast freeze: Freezers keep food at -18 C and fast freeze at -26 C. Fast freeze is the optimum temperature for fresh food to retain its nutritional value and works to freeze food faster. This can also be of benefit when warmer foods are introduced into the freezer.
- Frost free: Some freezers feature a frost free feature, meaning no defrosting is necessary and your food tastes better with better nutritional value.
- Auto defrost: Auto defrost is a godsend if, like us, you can’t think of anything worse than having to defrost your freezer. It works by periodically heating your freezer and using a blower fan to keep moisture out and circulate air.
- Ice dispenser: Perfect for parties and those long hot summers we never get in the UK!
- Temperature warning light: Warns you when the temperature in your freezer is too high.
- Counter-Balanced lid: Stops the lid of a chest freezer from falling shut, making access easier and safer.
- Lockable lid: Can be found on chest freezers to prevent little (or big!) hands from getting access to all that yummy food.
- Bacteria Guard: Bacteria Guard is a system of anti-bacterial enzymes contained within the shelves and walls of certain freezers to destroy bacteria on food.
- Natural gas freezers:More common in the states, these freezers run on natural gas rather than electricity.
So what's next?
Once you’ve found your perfect freezer, it’s time for us to hand you over to the trusted retailer of your choice. At Crowdstorm we’re purely here to help you find the best deals – you won’t be dealing with us directly. We simply point you in the direction of the retailer’s official website to complete your transaction (don’t worry, we won’t go hungry – we make our money from advertising!).