Our test assesses how well freezers manage temperature on a daily basis as well as how fast they are to warm up when power is cut and how quickly they cool back down.
Overall score breakdown
Overall score is based on
Temperature performance (55%)
Our temperature performance assessment includes: How well a freezer maintains even temperatures, how it copes with changes in ambient temperature, whether it allows a good range of temperature choices and if its default setting results in an appropriate temperature.
This is how long it takes the freezer to warm up if power is cut. The freezer is switched off in a room with an ambient temperature of 32°C. We time how long it takes for the freezer to warm from -15°C to -5°C.
We measure how long it takes to cool the air in an empty freezer from when it’s switched on until it reaches -13°C in a warm (42°C) temperature-controlled room. Cool-down times will be longer and more variable with food in the freezer.
We compare energy use to the manufacturer’s claim. A pass means energy measured was no more than 7.5% higher than claimed, anything over that is a fail. If a freezer fails our test, it’s not necessarily bad, just not as efficient as the manufacturer says it is.
Freezers can be a noisy appliance, so we test noise to help you find the quietest model. Our noise test is conducted while the freezer’s compressor is turning on and off, but not while it’s defrosting. Measurements are taken a metre away and up from the floor. While our noise measurements are objective (31dBA is 31dBA), how people perceive noise is subjective. This is why we don’t consider noise when scoring freezers.
How we choose what we test
We aim to test brands and models you’re likely to see when you head to the shops, plus some you might not be aware of. Before we buy anything, we do our research: we visit stores, both online and physical; we talk to experts and consumers; and we ask manufacturers about their range of models. We want to capture new developments in the market and make sure the products we test will be available after we publish our results.
We then compile a list of models and head out to purchase them, just as any consumer would. Where it means we can publish on upcoming models not yet in stores, we will accept samples to test from distributors.
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Find the right one for you.