One of the most time consuming jobs to do in the kitchen is to defrost your freezer. Not only do you end up with extremely cold hands, but you often also have to clean up a puddle of water from the floor.

It’s surprising how long it can take for the frost to melt, pushing many of us to give up or to improvise, very unwisely, with a hairdryer to speed things along! However, some freezers now benefit from a new frost free technology that will revolutionise your time in the kitchen. We have taken a closer look at what it means to be frost free and how it works.

What does frost free mean?

The addition of this technology means that your fridge or freezer will prevent the build-up of ice, by automatically defrosting itself on a regular basis. You will never have to do this manually.

How does frost free technology work?

A frost free appliance will have an in-built timer that will tell it to regularly heat the coils to enable any ice to melt. This water will then drain away into a small pan, from which it will evaporate naturally into the air. Once any ice has melted, the internal temperature gauge will tell the coils to stop heating and it will go back to your normal settings.

Are there different levels of frost free?

Yes, depending on what type of refrigeration system you have. If you have a combined fridge/freezer it will be worth double checking to see which section the frost free claim applies to.


This is the original type of setting that applies to most old fridge or freezer appliances. It basically means that you will need to defrost your unit on a regular basis, as frost will continue to build.

Low Frost

If you have a joint appliance, then this means the freezer will have a reduction on frost, but the fridge will not. The freezer will still need occasional defrosting.

Frost Free

This means that your freezer will not have any frost build-up, but your fridge will likely have some condensation and moisture.

Total No Frost

This is the newest technology which does exactly what it says, prevent any frost from building at all in either a fridge or freezer. This system involves circulating cool air constantly around both compartments.

What are the benefits of a frost free appliance?

  • Being frost free will save you lots of time from doing it manually - we've all faced the logistical challenge of organising the best time to do a defrost
  • No effort is required
  • You won’t get cold from scrapping frost and ice
  • There will be no puddles of melted water on the floor
  • You will avoid the risk of freezer burn on your food 
  • There will be more room in your freezer, as it’s surprising how much room frost and ice takes up

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