Is an upright or vertical freezer the way to go, or is a chest model the true treasure? We test leading models 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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We recommend freezers with an overall score of at least 75% and at least 70% for all aspects of temperature performance, excluding recommended setting. We exclude the recommended setting score from this calculation because you can change the recommended setting to achieve different results.
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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%), fluctuations (30%), uniformity (15%), range (10%) and 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.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.