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Best upright garage freezers for extra food storage

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 8/31/2022 Ann Martin

Whether you’re wrestling with a built-in freezer that’s bursting at the seams, or have a compact kitchen with minimal storage, housing an upright freezer in your garage is a great way to add extra space.

Choosing to add an additional freezer to your garage means you can easily keep family essentials handy - but how do you choose the one that’s right for you?

At a time when we’re trying to limit energy consumption, it’s important to choose a reliable freezer that can perform well in lower temperatures and reduce your carbon footprint. With this round-up we’ve chosen a selection of freezers, suitable for use in temperatures as low as -18oC, including several under-counter options. Even better, these freezers come with many of the features that you’d expect from an indoor freezer.

All fridges and freezers are categorised by a climate class which states the temperature the appliance can work within. For UK freezers, climate classes typically range from 10oC to 32oC. It’s important to check the climate class before buying a freezer to ensure it will function in your garage.

Most standard freezers are designed to be kept inside, but we’ve chosen the best garage freezers that can cope with colder temperatures. Regardless of your house size, there’s a freezer to suit your garage and family needs.

Shop the best below

Klarstein Laika 60L Freezer

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The best looking freezer in the bunch, this retro-styled freezer has curves in all the right places. In addition to its attractive design, we were impressed by its 60L capacity, considering that it’s a compact appliance. This freezer can operate in temperatures as low as -18oC, and has a five stage thermostat for controlling the interior temperature.

Highly convenient and easy to use, it has three good-sized removable drawers that are roomy enough for multiple food boxes, with more than enough space for family meals. At 91cm high, this freezer can fit underneath a counter, or fit neatly into the corner of a garage. Available in cream, blue or vibrant red, this is a fun addition to your home that all the family will love.

A great option for people who need a compact freezer that is both visually appealing and practical.

Buy now £349.99, Amazon

Zenith ZF-S3584W Freezer

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Ideal for smaller kitchens, this under-counter Zenith freezer has a 95 litre capacity, that will house all the family leftovers, batch cooking and more. Inside this freezer there are three drawers that offer plenty of space for storing family favourites. This freezer has a sleek white finish, with see-through drawers, so you can quickly grab what you need without freezing fingers.

Garage freezers are made to handle cold conditions and this freezer has an adjustable thermostat setting that helps you regulate the inside temperature of the compartments. This freezer is an under-counter appliance, standing at 84cm tall, that can easily be tucked away under a work surface or in the corner of your garage.

It also has a fully reversible door which can attached to open to the left or right side, depending on your preference. Whether you’re storing extra family meals in the garage, or keeping ice cream cool in your garden room, this freezer is an affordable and efficient choice.

Buy now £209.00, Sonic Direct

Beko Freestanding Tall Frost Free Freezer

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This tall freezer has frost-free technology which automatically prevents ice building up, effectively defrosting the freezer for you. Functioning in temperatures as low as -15oC, this freezer is made for garages, outbuildings, and watertight outdoor spaces. The fast-freeze setting in this its top compartment means food is frozen 10 percent faster, for added peace of mind.

As one of the largest options on our list, we were impressed by the capacity of this freezer that includes six drawers and two shelves - meaning you’ll never run out of freezer space again. This freezer is 192cm tall, 70cm wide and 76.8cm deep, giving plenty of room, whilst still fitting into a garage. It comes with several handy features including an interactive LED display that can be accessed without opening the door, a reversible door for right or left opening, and an open door alarm.

Buy now £679.00, Currys

Fridgemaster MCF142 Chest Freezer

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This huge chest freezer has a 142 litre capacity that can hold up to seven bags of food shopping, which means plenty storage for extra family meals (and ice cream). In the garage, the winter guard technology helps this appliance run in spaces as cold as -15oC. It’s easy to adjust the temperature depending on what you’re freezing, using the handy front facing dial.

We liked the top loading hinged door that opens to the back of the appliance, and the handy interior basket that ensures smaller items don’t fall to the bottom. Plus, the noise level is a low 40db meaning this appliance won’t disturb family dinner time. This freezer comes in white or black and needs to be manually defrosted to ensure maximum efficiency.

Buy now £199.00, AO

Russell Hobbs RH142CF2002 Chest Freezer

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With 142L storage capacity, this Russell Hobbs freezer is garage ready, and can hold up to seven bags of food shopping. This appliance has a minimal carbon footprint with an A+/F energy rating, to keep energy costs low. It’s easy to store batch cooked meals in this chest freezer, and use the handy wire basket for tubs of ice cream or ice cube trays.

With an adjustable thermostat, the temperature can be precisely tweaked to suit the contents of your freezer. Plus, it features clever details like adjustable feet to ensure it stays level on uneven garage surfaces.

Buy now £190.00, Argos

Indesit IBNF 55181 Frost Free Fridge Freezer

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Whilst not strictly a stand alone freezer, we have included this option on our list because it has a capacity split between fridge and freezer that is 50/50. Suitable for homes that have a little extra space, this fridge freezer is an efficient way to store extra food, without overtaking your garage.

Featuring four fridge shelves and three freezer drawers, this 248 litre fridge freezer has a bottle rack, glass shelves, an interior LED light, plus large freezer drawers. It has a F energy rating and will keep food cold for up to eight hours in a power cut.

This appliance works in garages or outbuildings and has an air flow control that stops the build up of frost inside. The ideal combination if your family needs extra fridge and freezer space.

Buy now £369.00, Currys

Cookology CCF142BK Black Chest Freezer

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Functioning at temperatures as low as -18oC, this chest freezer is suitable for use in garages and outbuildings. It is efficient to run, with an A+ Energy rating and a low noise level of just 40 decibels, causing minimal disturbance and making it ideal for flats and semi-detached houses.

Finished in either white or black, this freezer can be used as an additional appliance in your kitchen, or set-up in the corner of a garage.

This 142 litre capacity freezer has plenty of space for family essentials. On average this freezer uses 190kwh/annum, meaning you would spend around eight pence a day when running it continuously. With a four star freezer rating, this appliance is suitable for long term freezing. Cleverly, it has a defrosting draining valve, meaning water can be emptied easily from the front of the appliance, reducing mess.

Buy now £219.99, Amazon

Blomberg FNT9673P Frost Free Tall Freezer

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This freezer has a huge 255 litre capacity, with five internal drawers and two shelves that provide more than enough room for food and drinks for all the family. Featuring frost free technology, this freezer automatically prevents ice from building up, so you won’t need to defrost it as regularly. An easy to use LED display is tucked away at the top trim of the door. This freezer includes temperature control and a fast-freeze setting.

This freestanding freezer has all the functionality needed for it to be kept outside in the garage, operating at temperatures as low as -15°C. This freezer has a reversible door and adjustable front feet, and a large ice cube drawer that lets you make, store and use ice easily, which is a winner on hot summer days.

Buy now £619.99, Amazon


We liked the retro vibes, aesthetic appeal and the practicality of the Klarstein freezer. It is efficient, unassuming and has deep drawers that will store plenty of frozen food. A great all-rounder that will work well both inside the home or in the garage with minimal fuss.

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