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Best chest freezer 2020: our top 5 frost free chest freezers

Compare our picks of the best chest freezer to store more of your favourite frozen food this summer, in our expert guide

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Hotpoint CS1A400HFMFAUK.1 Chest Freezer
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Like frozen food? Us, too. Especially ice cream. The best chest freezer is the appliance for you this summer because it means that you can store even more of your fave foods, frozen or batch cooking for a rainy day, so you can spend more quality time with the family throughout the holidays.

We've trawled the sites of our favourite 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, the most before it's too late.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to have a fridge freezer combo, read our guide on the best fridge freezers which are all in stock (although perhaps limited) and available to buy online.

Our pick of the best chest freezers for summer 2020

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
+Counterbalanced lid+Suitable for garage
Reasons to avoid
-A bit disorganised 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-litre 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 organised, 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 (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.

  • Buy the Russell Hobbs RHCF150 White Chest Freezer

Haier HCE519R Chest Freezer

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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:
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 519Ltrs
Dimensions: H84.5 x W165 x D74.5cm
Auto Defrost: No
Reasons to buy
+Large capacity+Fast Freeze+LED display
Reasons to avoid
-It's 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 litre capacity which can hold 28 bags of food shopping. It's pretty mega which means that there is plenty of space for stocking up essentials.

Features

A useful feature which comes with this make and models is Fast Freeze. This will lock in the flavours 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 - 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
+Generous capacity+45 hours power failure safe storage+Suitable for outbuildings
Reasons to avoid
-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

It's generous capacity means that you can pack away plenty of shopping. And, although large, this chest freezer also has a 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.

  • Buy the Hotpoint CS1A400FMH Chest Freezer

Indesit OS1A200H2 Chest Freezer

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
+Child lock/ lockable lid+Temperature warning light+Can be set to either a freezer or chiller mode
Reasons to avoid
-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 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.

  • Buy the Indesit OS1A200H2 Chest Freezer

Candy CMCH100BUK Chest Freezer

5. Candy CMCH100BUK Chest Freezer

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

Specifications
Noise: 38dB
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 98ltrs
Size: H85cm x W57.2cm x D56cm
Auto defrost: No
Reasons to buy
+Can live in an outbuilding+Available in two colours+Warning light comes on if temperature changes+Counterbalanced lid
Reasons to avoid
-Not frost free

Want a chest freezer but don't have the space for a large design? This Candy model is a compact buy at under 60cm wide, it can be kept inside or in an outbuilding and it's available in black and white.

Size

With 98 litres 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

Designed with practicality in mind, there is a handy wire basket at the top, that allows you to keep smaller and more frequently used items together for easy access, while at the bottom, you will have plenty of space for large items. Other features include a warning light which comes on if the temperature changes dramatically, and a counterbalanced lid.

  • Buy the Candy CMCH100BUK Chest Freezer 

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 in 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. 

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. 

What is the best chest freezer?

Let's recap...if you want to buy the best chest freezer (in our opinion), we wouldn't hesitate to  buy 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-litre capacity as well as an adjustable thermostat.