The best upright and chest freezers

From Smeg to Siemens, we bring you the best range of freezers on the market to keep your food chilled to perfection

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Whether you’re buying your first freezer or replacing an old one, there are still many factors to consider before you make your purchase. Now we know what you’re thinking – surely they all do the same thing and are relatively the same shape and size? Wrong. So, if you're redesigning a kitchen and need to kit it out with a new freezer or are just looking for new kitchen appliances, here's where to get it.

What to consider when buying a freezer

Firstly, consider the space you have to work with. If you’re replacing and old freezer then getting the measurements should be easy, but if you’re moving home or planning a kitchen renovation, you’ll need to think ahead about what you want and what size you need. Most people opt for a freestanding freezer, but some of the latest kitchen renovations see integrated freezers being installed which can be masked by cupboard doors for a neater look and feel.

However, whether you opt for freestanding or integrated also depends on the size of the freezer you want. Integrated freezers tend to be smaller under the counter units which are ideal for those who live alone or with a partner, but for those with larger families we suggest a freestanding or chest freezer which allows for much more room - typically, the best freezers for families tend to be tall freestanding ones that are easy to access.

Upright freezers typically come with drawers which allow you to separate different food groups, whereas chest freezers are ideal for bigger items just as joints of meat. However, you should also take into consideration that most freezers are measured for capacity without their draws, and think about opting for frost-free freezers otherwise ice can quickly build up around the sides taking up valuable space, which then requires you to defrost or chip away at the ice. 

Those are the most important factors. Other than that you may want to consider features such as an open door alarm to warn you if the doors has been left open, or in some cases you can now get freezers with integrated cameras (yes, we know this sounds a bit weird), which connects to an app on your phone. Ideal for checking what’s in there if you decide to do an impromptu food shop. 

Got your freezer sorted? Check out the rest of our expert buying guides to ensure you are kitting out your kitchen with the best appliances (for the best price)...

1. SMEG CVB20LNE1 Tall Freezer

A retro looking fridge for design lovers

Type: Freestanding
Hold capacity: 170L
Size: H151xW60xD54.2cm
Frost-free: No
Reasons to buy
+Looks great+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Manual defrost 

For anyone who has a retro kitchen, Smeg products are a must-have, and this tall freezer is no exception. The sleek design and choice of black, cream or red means it would suit any style of kitchen beautifully. What’s more is that this is one of the largest freezers on the list, ideal for those who like to do a big shop. You will need to manually defrost this freezer every now and then if ice builds up, but other than that is works like a treat and looks right at home in spacious modern kitchens.  This Smeg offering is easily one of the best freezers for families on our list with the added bonus of a matching fridge available in the range.

2. John Lewis & Partners JLUCFZW614 Frost Free Freezer

A simple and compact freezer for smaller homes

Best for: Space saver
Type: Under the counter
Hold capacity: 78L
Size: H85xW60xD63.5cm
Frost-free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Quick freeze function+Out of the way
Reasons to avoid
-A little small 

This John Lewis under the counter freezer is the perfect freezer for small kitchens and those with smaller households in general. It conveniently fits under your kitchen worktop to save space and keep your kitchen looking tidy. Although small, it can still fit up to 78L worth of food, and has a 4 different drawers so you can organise it as you wish. This freezer might not be the prettiest, but it is frost-free so you won’t have to worry about ice build-up making it the ideal freezer for busy couples or anyone who dreads defrosting the freezer!

3. Siemens KG36NHI32 Fridge Freezer

A freestanding combination fridge freezer with high-tech accessories

Best for: Tech lovers
Type: Freestanding combi
Hold capacity: Freezer 86L Fridge 234L
Size: H187xW60xD65
Frost-free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Integrated camera +Fridge and freezer
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey

Yes, this fridge freezer actually has a built in camera. Why you ask? We’re not entirely sure but we think it’s kind of cool. You can sync your camera with the Wi-Fi and remotely monitor the appliance from your phone. This is actually a really handy tool if you’re out doing a food shop and don’t remember what you do and don’t have. It’s easily the best freezer for gadget lovers and even though some might think it’s totally unnecessary, it is a well-functioning freezer. We’d say the capacity is still a little on the small side for larger families, but for anyone looking for a freezer with the latest tech, it's the perfect choice. 

4. Russell Hobbs RHCF150 150L White Chest Freezer

A lid top freezer that allows more space for larger items

Best for: Large items
Type: Chest
Hold capacity: 146L
Size: H84.5xW76xD56cm
Frost-free: No
Reasons to buy
+Counterbalanced lid+Suitable for garage
Reasons to avoid
-A bit disorganised 

If you often buy large joints of meat or simply have lots of mouths to feed, then a chest freezer could be the answer. This Russell Hobbs appliance would make a great second freezer to go out in the garage for any additional items you can’t fit in your kitchen freezer, and won’t take up too much room, either. It features a lid top which balances on its own when opened, and there are no drawers so you can make the most of the space inside. However, for those who like things organised, this could get a little messy. 

Samsung RZ32M71207F

(Image: © John Lewis & Partners)

5. SAMSUNG RZ32M71207F

Huge capacity, perfect for large families

Best for: Big families
Type: Upright
Hold capacity: 315ltrs
Size: H185.3 x W59.5 x D69.4cm
Frost-free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Loads of space+Frost-free feature+Manual ice maker
Reasons to avoid
-It's pretty tall, so wouldn't be great in a small kitchen or one with low ceilings

Samsung’s True NoFrost feature is said to totally eliminate all frost and ice by circulating chilled air around the interior. This not only keeps internal temperatures consistent but it also helps keep food fresh. The Samsung’s digital inverter compressor meanwhile, runs continuously, which is more economical, and quieter, than standard compressors that switch on and off at various intervals. 

This humongous 315-litre model is clad in brushed steel which makes it look even more expensive than it is. Inside there is four huge drawers, a small flapped top shelf, two open shelves plus a Slim Ice Maker and a couple of door-mounted trays for smaller items. Buy the matching fridge version and you can put them side-by-side to create one monster American-style fridge-freezer combo.