Freezers Buying Guide
Upright freezers are the most common type for medium sized households, whether integrated or freestanding they offer a generous amount of space for your frozen produce.
Chest freezers are ideal if you like to stock up on frozen food. With plenty of space and top opening they are a good place to store larger frozen goods.
Under Counter freezers are perfect for a smaller space like a studio apartment or as a companion to an upright fridge if you don’t need a full size freezer.
Freestanding or Integrated?
Freezer Guard Protection
Freezer guard protection is essential if you plan to store your freezer in a garage or conservatory. Freezers can stop working at temperatures below 10c, freezer guard technology makes sure your appliance keeps on working in cold temperatures keeping your food fresh.
Frost free technology uses a fan to circulate air to stop frost accumulating in your freezer. So you don’t have to fight through frost to get to your ice cube trays.
Fast freeze is perfect for when you’ve just done the food shop and need to quickly re-freeze items, it lowers the temperature in the freezer to quickly re-freeze anything which has started to thaw.
The interior light comes on when you open the door and helps you find your produce faster so you don’t waste energy by having the door open for a long period.
Open door alert
Many freezers have an open door alert which sounds when the door has been open for an extended period to prevent you accidentally leaving it open.
Flexible storage options
Many freezers have flexible storage options like moveable racks and adjustable baskets, so you can set up your freezer in the most convenient layout for you.
Some freezers come with a temperature warning which will prompt you to adjust your freezer settings if they are not quite right, helping keep your food fresh.
Control panel lock
Some freezers have a handy control panel lock meaning that settings can be locked so no little hands can play with them.
What is the difference between door on door and sliding door hinges on an integrated freezer?
Door on door means that the cabinet door is attached to the appliance door so that a single set of strong hinges hold up both the appliance door and the cabinet door. When opened both doors move as one door. Sliding Fitting means that the door of the cabinet is hinged separately from the door of the appliance. When the door is opened the appliance door slides along the inside of the cabinet door so the doors move smoothly together.
What is the difference between frost free and low frost?
With a low frost freezer you will still occasionally have to defrost but not as often as with a regular freezer, with a frost free freezer you never have to manually defrost as frost doesn’t build up.
Can I keep a freezer in my garage or conservatory?
Only if it is fitted with freezer guard technology as freezers can stop working in temperatures below 10c.
How much space do I need to leave around my freezer?
Many manufacturers recommend leaving 2cm – 5cm around your freezer to ensure maximum efficiency.