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Is an upright or vertical freezer the way to go, or is a chest model the true treasure? We test six models, priced from $499 to $2029, to help you find the right freezer. Read our buying guide for more on the features to look for, and find out how we test freezers.
In our testing labs, we give every freezer a thorough workout to help find the models that:
List of brands we tested in this review.
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Chest or upright.
Calculated using a rate of 26c/kWh. A 10-year period gives a useful indication of the long-term differences between high and low energy use.
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Temperature performance is made up of:
ambient change (40%)
recommended or mid-setting (5%)
The model's general loudness (but not the pitch or irritation of the sound).
How much air space the freezer has to cool. For chest freezers, most of this space is available for storage, but with uprights some of the volume is lost around the drawers so usable space is less than the claimed volume.
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Rollers are useful for easy moving – when cleaning behind the freezer, for example. It should also have adjustable feet (or rollers) for levelling the freezer. Four rollers are better than two, provided they have brakes or adjustable feet to secure the freezer in place.
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