The best upright freezers

We've dug out the best of the best upright freezers, whether tall or under-counter, budget-friendly or space-savvy, and even models to suit large families

Hotpoint UH6F1CW.1 Frost Free Upright Freezer

Want to know which is the best upright freezer to spend your hard-earned cash on? Whether you prefer to have your fridge and freezer separate or you need another freezer to house all that frozen food (cook ahead frozen or shop-bought frozen, we're not judging), a separate upright freezer is a good investment.

While tall freezers can provide plenty of storage for a large family's frozen food shop, under counter versions can be handy for anyone with a small kitchen with limited layout options. 

Check out our pick of the best upright freezers, and if you're on the hunt for more kitchen appliance recommendations, head over to our hub page.

What to consider before buying an upright freezer

Capacity

One of the most important things to note when purchasing a new freezer is its capacity. Depending on how many people the upright freezer will be catering for, you can choose from a tall freezer or an under counter model, with tall freezers ranging from 170 litres to around 300 litres, and under counter ones from 60 litres to 100 litres. 

Size

Tall or under counter? For those who have a big family, we recommend a tall upright freezer to fit all your food in, as it's always best to be sure that you won't run out of space. However, if you live on your own, or need another upright freezer for a few extra bits like ice cream, ice cubes and some of the kids' food, you should probably opt for a under counter version.

Frost free?

Because no one wants to manually defrost their freezer every few months, a lot of tall models will have a frost free mode, but it's definitely worth being certain before you buy. If you're thinking of going for an under counter model, don't expect a frost free function, as very few have it, but don't let this put you off, as under-counter freezers are small, therefore much easier to defrost.

Noise level

Not a huge importance for some, but if your upright freezer will be living right next to your bedroom or your living room, it's worth checking its noise output in decibels before you buy. Anything around the 40dB mark or lower shouldn't make any noise that's noticeable.

THE BEST UPRIGHT FREEZERS

SAMSUNG RZ32M71207F

1. SAMSUNG RZ32M71207F

This upright freezer has a huge capacity, making it perfect for large families

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Capacity: 315ltrs
Size: H185.3cm x W59.5cm x D69.4cm
Frost-free: Yes
Noise level: 41dB
Type: Tall
Reasons to buy
+Loads of interior space+Frost-free feature+Manual ice maker
Reasons to avoid
-Imposing in a small kitchen

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 digital inverter compressor 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 are 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. In our opinion, this is the very best upright freezer you can buy.

2. John Lewis & Partners JLUCFZW614 Frost Free Freezer

A simple and compact freezer for smaller homes, this is our top pick of the best under counter freezer

Specifications
Best for: Space saver
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 78ltrs
Size: H85cm x W60cm x D63.5cm
Frost-free: Yes
Noise level: 42dB
Type: Under counter
Reasons to buy
+Quick freeze function
Reasons to avoid
-A little small 

This John Lewis under counter freezer is perfect for small kitchens and smaller households in general. Despite its size, it can still fit up to 78 litres' worth of food. Inside, it has four drawers, and is also frost-free, which is rare to find for an under counter freezer, so you won’t have to worry about ice build-up. There is a ‘quick-freeze’ setting with automatic return that reduces the freezer temperature for a fixed time. This ensures that freshly added food is frozen quickly to preserve its quality, while the food already stored remains better protected. The door can be hinged right or left to suit your kitchen layout.

Hotpoint UH6F1CW.1 Frost Free Upright Freezer

3. Hotpoint UH6F1CW.1 Frost Free Upright Freezer

Need an upright freezer but on a budget? This one from Hotpoint has everything you need

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 222ltrs
Size: H167cm x W59.5cm x D64.5cm
Frost-free: Yes
Noise level: 44dB
Type: Tall
Reasons to buy
+Frost free+Open door alert+Temperature warning light
Reasons to avoid
-Small-ish capacity compared to other tall models

The Hotpoint UH6F1CW.1 will not only look the part in your kitchen, but it'll also play the part, too. Holding 12 bags of food shopping no hassle, this tall freezer is frost free, meaning you'll never have to manually defrost again. Inside, it has six compartments, there's a fast-freeze setting for when you need to cool a large amount of newly-introduce food quickly, plus an open door alert. In terms of style, it's available in white or graphite to match your kitchen colour scheme, and it has a reversible door to fit in with the layout of the room. We think is is the best upright freezer if you're looking for something cheap and cheerful.

ESSENTIALS CUF55W18 Undercounter Freezer

4. ESSENTIALS CUF55W18 Undercounter Freezer

One of the biggest capacity under counter freezers you can buy

Specifications
Best for: Space
Capacity: 102ltrs
Energy rating: A+
Size: H83.8cm x W54cm x D61.5cm
Frost-free: No
Noise level: 40dB
Type: Under counter
Reasons to buy
+Large capacity for an under counter freezer+Reversible door+3 drawers+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Cannot be used in an outbuilding

Looking for a space-savvy solution? Under counter upright freezers are more than half the size of tall ones, and they still manage to fit quite a lot of food inside. This Essentials CUF55W18 model by Currys has three drawer compartments so you can organise your food how you like, the door is reversible to suit your kitchen layout and it has an energy rating of A+. The best part is that it has a very spacious 102 litre capacity, so if you'd like a large upright freezer, but don't have the vertical space, this under counter model will do. 

5. SMEG CVB20LNE1 Tall Freezer

A retro looking fridge for design lovers

Specifications
Best for: Retro kitchens
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 170ltrs
Size: H151cm x W60cm x D54.2cm
Frost-free: No
Noise level: 42dB
Type: Tall
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 larger 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 it works like a treat and looks right at home in spacious modern kitchens. This Smeg offering is easily one of the best upright freezers for style on our list with the added bonus of a matching fridge available in the range.

Electra EFUZ48W Under Counter Freezer

6. Electra EFUZ48W Under Counter Freezer

Looking for a compact under counter freezer? This budget Electra freezer is your best bet

Specifications
Best for: Compact
Energy rating: A+
Capacity: 63ltrs
Size: H82.1cm x W48cm x D50cm
Frost-free: No
Noise level: 43dB
Type: Under counter
Reasons to buy
+3 freezer drawers+Door is reversible+Decent energy rating
Reasons to avoid
-Small capacity for those who aren't looking for compact

Ideal for those who live by themselves, this Electra under counter freezer is compact in size, but it doesn't lack in features. It has an efficient energy rating of A+, three clear drawers to see and separate your food and the door is reversible to suit your individual kitchen layout. It comes in black or white and, at just 48cm wide, is perfect for small kitchens. Our pick of the best upright freezer if you're after something compact.

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