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Freezer reviews

Last tested: 24 September 2013

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. 

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In our testing labs, we give every freezer a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at keeping optimum temperature
  • have the best temperatures to keep your food safe
  • have a good range of shelves and compartments
  • are the most energy-efficient
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List of brands we tested in this review.

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Chest or upright.

10-year running cost
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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 scores
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Temperature performance is made up of: ambient change (40%) fluctuations (30%) uniformity (15%) range (10%) recommended or mid-setting (5%)

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Noise level (dBA)
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The model's general loudness (but not the pitch or irritation of the sound).

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Specifications

Claimed volume (L)
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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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Features

Rollers
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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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  • Ambient change scores
  • Fluctuation scores
  • Uniformity scores
  • Temperature range scores
  • Recommended setting scores
  • Measured energy use (kWh)
  • 10-year running cost
  • 10-year running cost + price
  • Noise level (dBA)
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  • Claimed energy use (kWh)
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  • Control location
  • Rollers
  • All shelves removable at 90°
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  • Dimensions (cm, depth)
  • Claimed volume (L)
  • Door hinge position
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