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Last updated: 07 September 2023


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Is an upright or vertical freezer the way to go, or is a chest model the true treasure? Our expert testers give every freezer a thorough workout in our labs 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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    Whether the freezer is a chest or upright (vertical) model. 

      10-year running cost

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      Calculated using a rate of 40c/kWh. A 10-year period gives a useful indication of the long-term differences between high and low energy use.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 543 and 1980

      Temperature performance score

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      The temperature performance score is made up of the freezer's response to outside temperature (40%), temperature stability (30%), temperature evenness (15%), heat load processing (10%) and recommended setting (5%).

      enter value/s in increments of i between 69 and 89


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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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        • Number of shelves and drawers
        • Recommended
        • Temperature performance score
        • Energy efficiency: Pass or fail
        • Warm-up score
        • Cool-down score
        • Heat load processing score
        • Response to outside temperature score
        • Temperature stability score
        • Temperature evenness score
        • Recommended setting score
        • 10-year running cost
        • 10-year running cost + price
        • Noise level (dBA)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Country of origin
        • Shop Ethical rating
        • Price
        • Claimed energy use (kWh)
        • Control location
        • Rollers
        • All shelves removable at 90°
        • Height (cm)
        • Width (cm)
        • Depth (cm)
        • Claimed volume (L)
        • Door hinge position

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