Freezer shopping checklist

Buying a freezer? Make sure you run through this list of important features to check for

A stand-alone freezer. (Image credit: Haier)

A stand-alone freezer. (Image credit: Haier)

If you're buying a freezer, you'd better make sure you pick the right one. Read through our list of important factors to check off before you head to the store.


Chest freezers are generally bulkier than upright freezers and come with a top-mounted door. They are better suited to storing large items, such as hams, and are usually more energy efficient. Upright freezers look similar to traditional refrigerators with a front-mounted door. Their shape makes them more suitable for kitchens and they are better designed for accessing food.

Freezer size

Freezers are measured in litres (L), and range in size from 80L to more than 700L. For an average family household, a storage capacity of about 150 to 200 litres should be enough; this will vary depending on how often you buy and eat frozen food. Don’t forget to measure the available space in your chosen area before buying the freezer.

Energy efficiency

The Energy Star rating system is a government-backed program that alerts buyers to energy efficient products. Labels that display more stars and lower kilowatt-hours (kWh) will cost less to run. Some freezers have a daily usage monitor that allows the freezer to adapt its temperature controls, thereby reducing long-term power consumption.


Frost-free freezers take away the hassle of removing ice build-up by using a fan to circulate dry, cold air throughout the freezer compartment. They are also more expensive and require more energy to run.

Replaceable shelves

Make sure there are replacement options for plastic shelves and baskets, in case of any breakage or cracking.

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