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  • Freezer Buyer’s Guide: How to buy a freezer

    We have a great selection of freezers as well as combination fridge freezers. Our range has something to suit everyone, whether you're on a budget or have specific design requirements. This buyer's guide will help you and answer any questions you may have. 


    What is the best temperature setting for a freezer? 

    The ideal temperature for freezers is between -18°C and -20°C. Storing food at this temperature inactivates bacteria, keeping the food fresher for longer. 


    Does a freezer kill bacteria?

    Freezing food does kill some bacteria but not all, some just become inactive. Not storing, or incorrectly handling food can cause bacteria and lead to catching viruses such as E-coli, salmonella, and listeria. Once the food is defrosted you must treat it like any normal perishable food. 


    Do freezers need to be defrosted? 

    The need to defrost is dependent on the appliance, as some need defrosting and some don’t.


    How often should you defrost a freezer?

     There are three types of freezers with different defrosting needs. Frost-free freezers are automatic and so defrost themselves meaning you don't have to. Low-frost freezers need defrosting but not very often. Static freezers need a frequent amount of manual defrosting.  


    Which freezers are suitable for outbuildings?

    Before putting a freezer in an outbuilding, check whether it invalidates the warranty or not, since if it does you can’t get it fixed or replaced if it breaks. Most freezers are made to be inside the house at temperatures above 10°C, so if you want to keep it in an outbuilding check whether the brand says it is suitable for colder conditions. Beko brand of freezers can be in buildings that can get as cold as -15°C, making them a useful brand if you need to keep your freezer in an outbuilding.

    Should I buy a freezer or fridge freezer combo?

    The decision to buy a freezer or combination fridge freezer will be dependent on what you need. If all you need is a freezer then the obvious option is to get a freezer unit. However, if you need a fridge as well then it's dependent on three conditions: cost, capacity, and convenience. 

    When looking at cost if you want to stick to a stricter budget then a fridge freezer is a clear winner, it’s a cheaper option and doesn’t need space for two appliances. It is also worth looking at running costs, as an A+ fridge freezer combo can be cheaper to run than a separate A++ fridge and freezer, as it is two appliances and will need more energy to run.

    With separate units, you can easily get upwards of 1000 liters combined storage. However, the downside is finding the space for two units. A good alternative to two separate appliances is an American style fridge freezer since they have a larger capacity than a normal fridge freezer but don’t take up as much space as separate units. 

    If you want the most convenient option the combined fridge freezer is the better as it is a two-in-one unit. However, if convenience isn’t an issue to you but capacity is, then it’s worth buying separate units. If you want capacity and convenience then an American-style fridge freezer is a better option. 


    Which brand is the best freezer manufacturer?

    Bosch, AEG and Meile are all excellent freezer manufacturers with a wide range of options to choose from. Blomberg is also a renowned appliance producer with a specialism in freezers, however, they are exclusive to Euronics stores like DB Domestics only.

    If you are looking for a reliable entry level freezer, then you should look to Beko.


    Freezer Types and Sizes

    There are 4 many types of freezer, and each of them have their own unique purposes, features and variety of sizes.

    Tall Freezers

    • Comes in 2 widths 55/60cm – Heights vary;

    • Frost Free – No need for defrosting as automatic;

    • Low frost – Occasional defrost;

    • Static – Manual defrost – Needs defrosting more frequently.


    Chest Freezers

    • Size varies considerably;

    • Low frost – Occasional defrost; 

    • Static – Manual defrost – Needs defrosting more frequently;

    • Not all chest freezers are suitable for garage/cold space – check with the retailer.


    Under-Counter Freezers

    • Come in 3 widths 50/55/60cm;

    • Frost Free – No need for defrosting as automatic;

    • Low frost – Occasional defrost;

    • Static – Manual defrost – Needs defrosting more frequently.


    Integrated Freezer 

    • Under counter – 60cm Standard fit;

    • Tall Freezer – 54cm width 178cm height;

    • In-Column – 54cm width 88cm height (to fit tower unit);

    • Fridge freezer 54cm width 178cm height approximately (Some appliances do vary).