Best chest freezer 2022: 5 top frost free chest freezer options

Compare our picks of the best chest freezer to store more of your favourite frozen foods

the Russell Hobbs RHCF99B Chest Freezer, one of the best chest freezer options, in a storage/utility room
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Finding enough space to store all your frozen foods can be tricky, especially if you have a family of hungry mouths to feed. But getting the best chest freezer could be the answer to all your food storage woes.

We've trawled the sites of our favorite retailers to bring you not only the best buys, but also those makes and models which are still in stock. Keep scrolling for our freezer reviews from brands such as Russell Hobbs, Haier and Indesit to determine which chest freezer will suit your household’s needs, and budget.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to have a fridge freezer combo, read our guide on the best fridge freezers which are all in stock and available for delivery when you need it.

What is the best chest freezer?

If you want to buy the best chest freezer (in our opinion), we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Russell Hobbs RHCF150 White Chest Freezer. It opens from the top, features a hinge to keep the lid open and it has a 142-liter capacity, as well as an adjustable thermostat.

Our best chest freezer buys

the Russell Hobbs RHCF150 White Chest Freezer

1. Russell Hobbs RHCF150 White Chest Freezer

Best chest freezer overall: A lid top freezer that ticks all the right boxes

Specifications

Noise: 40dB
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 142ltrs
Dimensions: H85cm x W72cm x D52cm
Auto defrost: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Counterbalanced lid
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Suitable for garage

Reasons to avoid

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A bit disorganized inside

Our pick of the best chest freezer you can buy is the Russell Hobbs RHCF150. If you often buy large joints of meat or simply have lots of mouths to feed, then this freezer could be the best option for you.

Size

It has an impressive 142-liter capacity, offering enough freezing space for a medium-sized family's weekly food shop.

Inside

It has one large freezer compartment, perfect to easily find what you're looking for. Although, for those who like things organized, this might be a negative; however, there is a wire basket to store items that are most frequently required. 

Lid

The freezer also features a lid top that balances on its own when opened.

Temperature

There's also an adjustable thermostat giving you complete temperature control. It can be stored outside as well as in, and has adjustable feet, handy if it's going in a shed or garage with an uneven floor. In our opinion, this is the best chest freezer you can buy.

Haier HCE519R Chest Freezer in white

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2. Haier HCE519R Chest Freezer

Best chest freezer for stocking up: it has the largest capacity on our list

Specifications

Noise: N/A
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 519ltrs
Dimensions: H84.5 x W165 x D74.5cm
Auto defrost: No

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity
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Fast Freeze
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LED display

Reasons to avoid

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Its large size may not suit some households

The largest and most expensive on our list, this Haier chest freezer is worth a look (and the investment) if you have a large family or like to keep stocked up with meats, vegetables and desserts.

Size

This chest freezer has an impressive 519 liter capacity which can hold 28 bags of food shopping. It's pretty mega, which means that there is plenty of space for stocking up on essentials, if that's what you like to do.

Features

A useful feature which comes with this make and model is Fast Freeze. This will lock in the flavors and goodness of fresh groceries, so all your fruits and veggies will stay fresher, for longer. It also boasts a crystal clear LED display, so you can easily see and adjust the temperature inside to suit your frozen foods.

Things to note...

To keep it working it's best, this chest freezer will need to be manually defrosted.

Hotpoint CS1A400FMH Chest Freezer in White

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3. Hotpoint CS1A400FMH Chest Freezer

Best chest freezer for families: it has a generous 390L capacity

Specifications

Noise: 42dB
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 390L
Dimensions: H91.6 x W140.5 x D69.8cm
Auto defrost: No

Reasons to buy

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Generous capacity
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45 hours power failure safe storage
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Suitable for outbuildings

Reasons to avoid

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None that we can think of

Sightly smaller than the Haier chest freezer, this choice still has a pretty generous size, but takes up less floor space.

Size

Its generous capacity means that you can pack away plenty of shopping. And, although large, this chest freezer also is highly efficient with an A+ energy rating. 

Inside

Inside the freezer is a modular storage system across three levels, so you can keep meals and treats separate. The Hotpoint CS1A400FMH will also reduce ice build-up so you defrost less often, and effortlessly.

an image of the Indesit OS1A200H2 Chest Freezer, one of the best chest freezer options

4. Indesit OS1A200H2 Chest Freezer

Best chest freezer for flexibility: you can set this Indesit freezer to either freezer or chill mode

Specifications

Noise: 41dB
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 204ltr
Dimensions: H86.5cm x W80.6cm x D64.2cm
Auto defrost: No

Reasons to buy

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Child lock/lockable lid
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Temperature warning light
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Can be set to either a freezer or chiller mode

Reasons to avoid

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Needs to be manually defrosted, but easy to do

This chest freezer from Indesit is a great option for families looking for a little more freezer, or fridge, space for bulk buy items.

Size

This chest freezer has a capacity of 204ltrs – or 11 bags of shopping – making it the second largest best chest freezer on this list, and ideal for a medium-sized household. 

Features

This chest freezer has an integrated dual cooling system, so it can be used as a freezer or a cooler, depending on your needs. There are also a few extra add-ons, such as a lock on the outside. There's also a temperature warning light and a fast freeze function, which locks in the vitamins of newly purchased food by dropping the temperature of the freezer once anything is added. Our only complaint? Just like several other chest freezers, this one needs to be manually defrosted. On the upside, this model, in particular, is easy to defrost as it has a screw-cork for drainage.

the Russell Hobbs RHCF99B Chest Freezer in black

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5. Russell Hobbs RHCF99B Chest Freezer

Best chest freezer for small families: it's compact yet still convenient with a 98L capacity

Specifications

Noise: 42dB
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 99ltrs
Size: H84.5 x W56.8 x D56cm
Auto defrost: No

Reasons to buy

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Can live in an outbuilding
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Counterbalanced lid
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Adjustable thermostat

Reasons to avoid

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Not frost free

Want a chest freezer but don't have the space for a large design? This Russell Hobbs model is a compact buy at under 60cm wide, it can be kept inside or in an outbuilding such as a garage and is available in black which will compliment any kitchen.

Size

With 99 liters of space for frozen items, this fridge freezer can hold five bags of shopping – enough for a small family.

Features

Quiet for a chest freezer, it has a decent energy rating, too. 

Inside

There is one large freezer compartment which is perfect for rummaging around to easily find what you're looking for, and a wire basket to store items that you know you'll want to easily get to on a regular basis. It also comes in handy when storing smaller items such as frozen vegetables.

What to consider when buying a chest freezer

When you're looking to buy the best chest freezer for your household, there are a few elements to consider before making the commitment. They are:

Capacity

With compact models to suit smaller households and extra large ones to suit big families, choose your freezer based on its capacity first. Ranging from around 100ltrs to the 300ltr mark, those who live as a couple, or on their own can easily get away with a chest freezer that's 100ltrs; medium sized households will be able to survive with 150ltrs to 220ltrs, and anything above will be plenty for larger households. 

If you want more space to store fresh and frozen foods, then don't forget that the best American style fridge freezers could be suitable option, too. 

Where will the freezer live?

You've probably already nominated the corner of a large kitchen, a utility or a garage for your new chest freezer, but bear in mind that some chest freezers can't be housed in unheated spaces, so check before you buy.

Energy rating

The top energy rating is A+++; the higher the rating, the lower your utility bills will be.

Auto defrost?

A deal breaker for some, a lot of chest freezers don't have auto defrost, meaning that every once in a while, you'll have to manually defrost the freezer to keep it running at its best. 

What's the budget?

As you've seen in our guide, chest freezers can be anything from $150 up to $600, so when considering your options, make sure you have a budget in mind for a cap on spending – it can be easy to get carried away! If you need some help researching the best deals around then our fridge freezer sale page would be worth a look. And if you can splurge for a pricier option, the best upright freezers are a good choice.

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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