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Freezers

What's behind our freezer Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 50 models in freezers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall Score is based on temperature performance, energy efficiency, ease of use, and noise.
  • Temperature performance
    Temperature performance combines results of several tests that measured how closely the manufacturer's recommended settings matched the ideal temperature at 0 degrees Fahrenheit and how well a model kept optimum temperatures in all parts of the freezer despite constant changes in room temperature ranging from 55 degrees Fahrenheit to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Energy efficiency
    Energy efficiency reflects energy use for the usable volume (our measurement) based on average energy costs.
  • Noise
    Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
  • Energy cost/yr.
    Estimated cost in dollars, based on the current year's average national electricity rate. Your cost will vary depending on the rate for electricity in your area.

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Recommended freezers

Recommended freezers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
  • Buying Guide
  • Price & Shop
Before you go shopping for a freezer, decide whether a chest freezer or an upright freezer would better meet your needs. Then choose a model based on size, capacity, and energy efficiency. If you're looking for information about freezers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ freezer reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our freezer buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and freezer reviews to help you choose the best freezer for your needs.

Freezer buying guide

Most freezers aren't about style. They look similar to models we tested decades ago, but they use less energy. And Energy Star models must be even more efficient.

Before you go shopping for a freezer, decide whether a chest freezer or an upright freezer would better meet your needs. Then choose a model based on size, capacity, and energy efficiency.

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