The 10 Best Freezers - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every freezer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 2,370 freezers, 623 reviews and 3,210 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.
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Freezer Buying Guide
A dedicated freezer is ideal for families that need to store large quantities of frozen food. Often they can be combined with a matching fridge to create a huge fridge freezer combined of two appliances placed next to each other. They key is to make sure that the freezer door is reversible, which will allow your combined fridge freezer unit doors to both open from the middle.
Advances in insulation technology have allowed freezer manufacturers to increase the available space inside modern freezer units. The biggest upright freezers have over 350 litres of internal storage and the largest chest freezer can have nearly 600 litres of internal storage - that's enough to store three supermarket shopping trolleys full of food!
Frost Free Interior
Older freezers and some budget freezers require periodic defrosting which means switching the freezer off, removing all the food, and catching all the thawing ice in a tray. This is necessary to prevent excessive frost build up inside the freezer and to keep it operating efficiently.
Many freezers have frost free technology. This means that no defrosting is required and the freezer will not frost up over time. They work by controlling the humidity level inside the freezer to prevent frost particles from forming.
Easy Access Drawers
Some freezers come with easy to access pull out drawers. Transparent draw fronts make it easy to see what's stored inside and smooth sliding rails make pulling the drawer out effortless. Look out for deep drawer sizes which can be useful for storing bulky items.
Built in ice makers are available in some stand alone freezers. Commonly they make the ice in one of the drawers which can then be pulled out and used.
Most automatic ice makers will normally need a plumbed water connection within 1.5m of the freezer. Some freezers may have simpler, semi automatic ice makers that you must fill manually.
These low energy bulbs create bright illumination of all parts of your freezer and produce a very low level of heat.
Rapid freezing lets you temporarily increase the freezing rate of the freezer so that new items freeze more quickly.
Variable Speed Compressors
Multiple speed settings lets the compressor run quietly in normal operation and also creates more consistent internal temperatures.
Digital temperature controls let you set the internal temperature of the freezer precisely and are easier to use than vague temperature dials.
An alarm will sound if the freezer door has accidentally been left open or if the internal temperature of the freezer is too high.
Soft Close Doors
The freezer door gently closes itself as you push the door shut.
It's best to measure the space that your freezer is to fit in several times to make sure that you don't make a mistake. In determining whether the freezer will fit you should consider the freezer door hinge position and the space required for the thickness of the freezer door when it is opened. Don't forget about the size of any openings or staircases that the freezer will have to pass through to get it to the installation location.
The air temperature around the freezer is important for optimal operation. Most freezers are designed to work inside a heated room, so don't install your freezer in a outbuilding unless it is specifically designed for that purpose. You should also ensure adequate ventilation to the rear of the freezer.
Once your freezer has been delivered you should leave it standing upright for 4 hours before switching it on if it was transported horizontally. If it was transported vertically then standing for 1 hour should be sufficient.
Freezer Retailers, Prices and Features
In total we found 7 freezers ranging from $299 to $759. On average, a new freezer costs $548 and 80% of freezers are priced between $329 and $700. The Frigidaire FFVU17F4QW is the most expensive freezer that we found at $758, and the GE FCM5SKWW is the cheapest at only $299.
Freezer Brands - Price Range
Frigidaire freezers start at $623 and the most expensive Frigidaire freezer costs $758. The highest average freezer price out of all brands is Frigidaire freezers with an average price of $694.
The average price of GE freezers is $352 which is the second highest average price of all freezer brands. GE freezers range in price from $299 to $429.
The average price of Hoover freezers is $0 which is the third highest average price of all freezer brands. Hoover freezers range in price from $0 to $0.
Freezer Brands - Average Ratings
We have checked 2 expert reviews and 482 user reviews for freezers written online and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of freezer. The top three freezer brands are Frigidaire, Bosch and White Knight. Frigidaire has an average rating of 93%, Bosch has an average rating of 91% and White Knight has an average rating of 91%.
Biggest Freezer Retailers
We found 7 current offers for freezers from Best Buy making it the biggest freezer retailer. That is the same as the second biggest retailer, Appliances Connection for whom we found 7 current offers for freezers. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 4 current freezer offers.
When Are Most New Freezers Released?
We couldn't see any clear trend in the release dates for new freezers over the last 3 years. 38 new freezers were released in July 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new freezer releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new freezer releases was April, with 112 new freezers released that month. July was the biggest month in 2014 for new freezers, with 84 new freezers released that month.
How Fast Do Freezer Prices Drop After Release?
In the first 6 months after release, freezers drop in price by 0% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $2 on a typical $548 new freezer by waiting 6 months before buying.
Freezer Net Capacities
The usable storage space of the freezer.
Comparing all freezers, the freezer net capacities range from 25L to 612L. The freezer net capacities of most freezers range from 64L to 100L. The FrigidaireFFFC22M6QW, which currently retails for $699.88, has the highest freezer net capacity and is a 612L net capacity freezer. The FrigidaireFFFC22M6QW, which is available at $299.00, has the lowest freezer net capacity and is a 141.5L net capacity freezer.
Energy Efficiency of Freezers
Amongst new freezers, the most popular energy efficiency rating is A+. We found 402 freezers that have an energy efficiency rating of A+. We found 248 freezers that have an energy efficiency rating of A++, making this the second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new freezers.
Biggest Freezer Retailers
The biggest freezer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Best Buy. We found 7 current freezer offers from Best Buy. The second biggest freezer retailer is Appliances Connection with 7 offers. That means Best Buy is the same as Appliances Connection when it comes to freezers. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Freezers?
Appliances Connection most frequently has the cheapest freezer prices (found to be cheapest for 4 freezers).
Proportion of Freezers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
With the cheapest price on 57.1% of its freezers, Appliances Connection is most frequently the cheapest freezer retailer.