Freezers last updated: 29/10/2014

Freezers are divided into three sub-categories by construction: 

  • Chest
  • Built-under (suitable for installation under work surfaces)
  • Upright (tall freezers) 

In order to be featured on Top10, freezers must comply with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1060/2010 with regard to energy labelling of household refrigerating appliances, and meet the following criteria: 

  • Have an Energy Efficiency Index rating of 22 ≤ EEI < 33 (corresponding to  the A++ label class) 
  • Upright (tall) freezers must have an EEI rating of less than 27

Average performing model selection

The average performing model represents the following: 

  • The mid-point bracket of the market comprising models of the same Energy Label class, ranked by annual energy consumption, for each sub-category
  • The model representing the price average for all models within the mid-point bracket 


Annual energy consumption: energy consumption per year in kWh, based on manufacturers’ declarations of standard test results for 24 hours. 

Annual running cost: the annual running cost in electricity for the product based on the quoted annual energy consumption and an electricity cost of 14.5p/kWh. 

Average retail price: the average market price of the product determined by checking prices for the specific model advertised by at least three major retail websites. 

Construction: free-standing or built-in (integrated). 

Dimensions: the unpacked dimensions of the product in mm. 

Energy Efficiency Index: the basis for the determination of the energy efficiency class: the lower the value, the more efficient the freezer. The energy label corresponds to the EEI according to the table below. 




Energy Efficiency Index (EEI)


EEI < 22


22 ≤ EEI < 33


33 ≤ EEI< 44


44 ≤ EEI< 55


55 ≤ EEI< 75


75 ≤ EEI< 95


EEI ≥ 95

Energy label: the energy efficiency class according to the EU energy label. The classes range from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient). New appliances below an A+ rating are not allowed to enter the market under the terms of the Eco-Design Requirements for Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive. 

Frost-free: whether the freezer has a Frost-Free feature. 

Noise level:  the noise emissions of the product in operation, in dB. 

Power in use: the rated power of the product in use, in W. 

Volume: the net volume of the freezer in litres.

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