Best Refrigerators in India (April 2019)

by | Apr 2, 2019

It’s summer and we are thirsty.

After a long tiring day, when you reach home you would be craving for a glass of cold water, aren’t you?

And you need a good fridge for exactly that.

In the hunt for the best refrigerators in India, we came across certain models that we honestly think is worth taking a look at and are best at what they do.

Here is the best six refrigerator that you can purchase in the Indian market at present:

Take a pause and start reading!

Best Refrigerators in India

1. Samsung RR20R Best Single Door Refrigerator
2. LG GL-C292RPZN Best Feature Rich Double Door Refrigerator
3. Haier HRB-3404BS-R/E Best Bottom-Mounted Refrigerator
4. Samsung RS58K6417SL Best Side by Side Refrigerator
5. Whirlpool 200 IMPWCOOL PRM 5S Cheap and Good Refrigerator
6. Godrej RT EON 290 Honourable Mention

1. Samsung RR20R

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Best Single Door Refrigerator
  • Excellent inverter compressor
  • Suited for stylish kitchen interiors
  • 5-star energy efficiency rating

Samsung is one of the least expected players in the single door budget refrigerator market in India. However, with the RR20R we’ve one serious contender for the top spot.

The Samsung RR20R is an elegantly designed 192 L single door refrigerator which comes with a perfect 5-star energy efficiency rating.

Design and Build Quality

The design and build quality of this Samsung refrigerator are top notch.

Made using high-quality polycarbonate plastic, the Samsung RR20R comes with a glossy finish with attractive graphics decals on top.

The long vertical long handle is easy to hold and open the refrigerator door without any problems.

For improving the aesthetic beauty of this single door refrigerator, Samsung has enclosed the bottom part with a plastic shell.

The materials used for the construction of this Samsung double door refrigerator is of high quality and will stand the test of times easily.

5-star BEE Energy Efficiency Rating

Bureau of Energy Efficiency has given a five-star energy efficiency rating for this single door refrigerator.

The digital inverter compressor operates silently and is highly energy efficient.

It works automatically based on the load inside and helps to maintain an optimal temperature inside keeping the contents fresh for a long time.

You don’t have to be afraid of the shocking electricity bills anymore as these 5-star rated appliances are rated to use bare minimum energy while in operation and almost zero energy while being idle.

Hardware Features

The shelves on this Samsung single door refrigerator is made of toughened glass and can hold the weight of even the heaviest vegetables with relative ease.

The cooling retention capability of this refrigerator is commendable.

Thanks to the excellent insulation, this fridge can keep the contents inside cool up to 9 hours, in case of a power outage.

Miscellaneous

Samsung provides a year worth of comprehensive warranty with this device plus an additional 10-year warranty on its digital inverter compressor.

Verdict

The Samsung RR20R has an elegant design that is very attractive to look.

The inverter compressor inside has been proved to be efficient in the past with various models and the same shine with this product in terms of performance.

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Excellent cooling retention

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Efficient digital inverter

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Closed backside

 Specifications

Capacity 192 litre
Star Rating 5 star
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Digital Inverter

 

2. LG GL-C292RPZN

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Best Feature Rich Double Door Refrigerator
  • Power efficient refrigerator
  • Smart features
  • 10 years warranty on the motor

LG is one of the key players in the Indian home appliance market. Maybe because India does have one of the fastest rising middle class on the planet right now.

The GL-C292RPZN refrigerator from LG is a double door unit that comes with a plethora of features with an asking price under Rs.25,000.

Design and Build Quality

The LG GL-C292RPZN is a double door refrigerator with dimensions 585 x 1475 x 703 mm being the width, height and depth measures respectively.

It comes with a capacity of 260 litres which is enough for a family of 3-5 members.

The handlebar is coated with a textured finish which feels nice to hold and it does provide a tactile gripped feel.

The metallic backdrop of the handlebar along with the minimal fit and finish of this refrigerator makes it the best candidate for any type of home decor.

The rear side of this refrigerator is covered with a plate covering the coils for better aesthetics and from a safety standpoint.

4-star BEE Energy Efficiency Rating

Being a 4-star energy rated unit, this fridge consumes less power when compared with the traditional energy-hungry models that existed in the past, which is safe to say more of a myth these days.

The type of compressor employed in this model from LG is a smart linear inverter type compressor which is very energy efficient than a rotary or reciprocal type compressor.

Since there are no noticeable moving parts inside this compressor, the operation is very silent.

The smart inverter compressor determines the load inside the refrigerator automatically and adjusts the power required thereby making a huge margin in power savings.

Hardware Features

LG has provided multiple vents throughout the refrigerator to have a uniform cooling all around the storage case with balanced temperature levels.

The crisper which is used to store fresh vegetables come with a lattice type cover which balances the moisture content inside and keeps the vegetables fresh for a longer duration.

Unlike other refrigerators in its segment, the LG GL-C292RPZN comes equipped with a top-mounted LED light strip which not only saves energy but also provides a uniform light spread inside the refrigerator.

The 2L bottle storage unit will let you place water and other beverages in an enclosed section to prevent the bottles from flipping over while opening and closing the door.

Furthermore, the toughened glass shelves provide enough space for keeping vegetables and other perishables and is easier to access.

Smart Features

The Smart connect feature on this refrigerator will connect the unit to run off from an inverter (if connected) automatically in case the power goes down.

Also, the Solar smart technology enables this fridge to runoff from a solar grid directly.

The fluctuating DC current from the solar grid is converted to fixed DC voltage by the built-in inverter on this fridge.

The Smart diagnosis lets you scan the refrigerator for malfunctions automatically.

If any defect is detected, it will transfer the data to your phone and you can then call the customer care and pinpoint the problem.

Verdict

The LG GL-C292RPZN is a very capable double door refrigerator that is loaded with smart features that will make your life much easier.

With the 4-star BEE energy efficiency rating, this refrigerator from LG won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

The smart inverter type compressor is silent in its operation.

With a few moving parts inside, there is very little maintenance for the motor which is the single most important component of the refrigerator.

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Smart inverter compressor

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Moisture controlling crisper

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Smart Diagnosis
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Slightly smaller egg tray

 Specifications

Capacity 260 L
Star Rating 4 Star
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Frost free

3. Haier HRB-3404BS-R/E

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 Best Bottom-Mounted Refrigerator
  • Best suited for homemakers
  • Reversible door
  • Large vegetable crisper

Haier is a Chinese white goods manufacturing giant with years of experience in the field.

The HRB-3404BS-R/E is a bottom mounted refrigerator (BMR) from Haier that comes in a two-door configuration.

The ample 320 liters capacity makes this fridge suitable for large families consisting of 6-8 members.

Bottom mounted freezer

Unlike other models on this list, the Haier HRB-3404BS-R/E comes with an unconventional bottom-mounted freezer.

The company claims this will reduce the need to bend about 90%.

Most of the daily household activity around the refrigerator deals with the vegetables and keeping them in the lower compartment is a no-brainer – says the company.

The unit measures 595 x 1600 x 641.5 mm.

Powerful reciprocatory compressor

This refrigerator has a reciprocatory type compressor running the show. Compared with a rotary compressor, this compressor cools the inside of the fridge very quickly.

The one-hour icing technology from Haier promises to bring down the temperature inside the freezer to -5 degrees in around 60 minutes.

The 3-star rating even though not as efficient as a four or five stars rated model, provides a decent cushion in terms of electricity consumption.

Hardware features

The vegetable storing crisper in this fridge is double the size of the conventional crispers found in other models.

There is a cooling pad in this refrigerator that lets the contents inside to keep the same temperature even if the power goes out.

The temperature can be maintained up to 10 hours after the power cut.

Miscellaneous

The LED light is placed on the top side of this fridge to increase the overall visibility.

The freezer compartment at the bottom is transparent to better aid the visibility further.

The door is reversible and can be opened from any of the sides.

Being a frost-free refrigerator, there is no need for manual defrosting with this refrigerating unit.

Verdict

The Haier HRB-3404BS-R/E is a one of a kind bottom mounted double door refrigerator available in the Indian market.

If you have elder people in the house, then having a BMR will benefit.

Since the vegetables and other perishables are placed on the top section, they don’t need to bend over to pick them which is a great thing to have.

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Suitable for homemakers as the need to bend to pick is reduced by 90%
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Cooling pad to keep the temperature even if the power goes off
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Frost free operating
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1-hour icing technology
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Power consumption is on the higher side
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The reciprocatory compressor is expensive to maintain
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No built-in stabilizer

 Specifications

Capacity 320 L
Star Rating 3 Star
Built in Stabilizer No
Compressor Type Reciprocatory

4. Samsung RS58K6417SL

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 Best Side by Side Refrigerator
  • Energy efficient operation
  • Powerful inverter compressor
  • Suited for commercial/personal uses

High-end home appliance segment is ruled by Samsung and LG in India, reliability and technological prowess being the main factor.

The Samsung RS58K6417SL is a 654L side by side refrigerator which comes equipped with a digital inverter compressor.

Design and Build Quality

This side by side refrigerator is designed to blend with any type of home decor you might have. The minimal design is pleasing to the eyes.

The materials used for construction are of high quality and it reflects in the build quality.

The Samsung RS58K6417SL comes equipped with a convertible freezer to fridge option which will let you store more of the mildly refrigerable contents such as vegetables or foods in case you end up having a large party or get together.

Performance and Energy Efficiency

Premium refrigerators from Samsung are famous for their lower electricity consumption metrics when compared with other similar capacity fridges from the competitor brands.

The Digital inverter compressor inside this appliance further helps in reducing the energy consumption of this fridge.

The inverter compressor runs constantly in the background and automatically adjusts the speed depending upon the load inside the refrigerator.

The all-around cooling technology ensures every nook and corner of the refrigerator is cooled optimally, without leaving blind spots that may lead to stale vegetables or foods.

Miscellaneous features

The LED information display on the front gives the information about the temperature inside. This refrigerator comes with a one-touch power cool technology for faster chilling.

The shelves inside are separated by the toughened glass on which heavy utensils or vegetable can be directly placed without the fear of getting cracks.

The cool pack inside this refrigerator ensures the contents inside will remain frozen up to 10 hours, even if there is a power outage.

There is a dedicated water dispenser in the front section of this side by side refrigerator will let you extract ice cubes and chilled water without actually opening the doors.

Samsung India provides a 1-year warranty on this refrigerator supplemented by an additional 10-year warranty on the compressor.

Verdict

Side by side refrigerators comes with larger capacities and resulting increment in energy consumption.

The Samsung RS58K6417SL is a highly energy efficient side by side refrigerator in the market at present. So you can expect a significant drop in your energy bills with this product.

The digital inverter compressor is very efficient of good quality that will last for years to come without any performance drops.

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Excellent build quality

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Powercool feature for quick chilling

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Frost free

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Bulky form factor

 Specifications

Capacity 654 Litre
Star Rating
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Digital Inverter Compressor

 

5. Whirlpool 200 IMPWCOOL PRM 5S

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Best Budget Refrigerator
  • 6th sense Quick chill technology
  • Stabilizer free operation
  • Power efficient

Whirlpool is a legendary home appliance brand based out of US as we all might know.

The IMPWCOOL PRM 5S is an entry-level refrigerator from Whirlpool with 185-litre capacity that suits the nuclear families consisting of 2-3 members conveniently.

Design and Build Quality

This refrigerator measures 536 x 604 x 1159 mm and comes with 185-litre capacity in a single door configuration.

The size of this Whirlpool refrigerator is compact enough to be placed in a small to medium sized kitchen easily.

The chrome plated handle adds a flair of appealing aesthetics to the unit.

There is a lock in case you want no one to open the door which is particularly useful when you are away from your home for days.

Hardware Features

The freezer in this refrigerator is placed on the top.There’s no need to bend down to pick ice cubes for chilled beverages.

The large crisper helps you store all your vegetables in the refrigerator itself.

The defrosting in this refrigerator is of the direct cool type which consumes less energy compared to the frost-free units in the market.

Rotary compressor and 5 star BEE rating

This fridge has been given the 5-star energy efficiency rating by Bureau of Energy Efficiency Standards.

The rotary type compressor employed in this refrigerator has very low maintenance costs over the course of its operation.

The compressor on this product comes with 5 years of warranty, disposing of any worries that you may have about the durability.

This energy efficient refrigerator offers offline cooling retention up to 12 hours even when the power is off.

Miscellaneous

This refrigerator employs insulated capillary technology that conceals the refrigerant flow path with proper insulation leading to enhanced compressor efficiency.

This product comes with a built-in stabilizer as well to protect it from sudden voltage surges and fluctuations.

Verdict

In search single door refrigerator that won’t burn a hole in your pocket when it comes to power consumption? You’ve hit the jackpot.

The Whirlpool IMPWCOOL PRM 5S is the only 5-star BEE rated refrigerator on our list that features a powerful rotary compressor to get the things done.

With the chrome plated handle and the overall pleasing design, this refrigerator will definitely an asset to your kitchen for sure.

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5-star energy efficiency rating

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Insulated capillary technology for better compressor efficiency

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Cooling retention up to 12 hours even when the power is off

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Affordable price

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Rotary compressor is less efficient than a reciprocating compressor

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Manual defrosting required

 Specifications

Capacity 185 litre
Star Rating 5 star
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Rotary

 

6. Godrej RT EON 290

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Honourable Mention
  • Suited for a medium-sized family
  • Antibacterial protection
  • Corrosion resistant chassis

Godrej is a popular brand in the Indian white goods market since time immemorial.

With the years of legacy behind, Godrej does have some great products in the market and the Godrej RT EON is one among them.

The Godrej RT EON 290 is a 290L double door refrigerator that offers an exciting blend of energy efficient 3-star BEE rated operation as well as an aesthetically pleasing design.

Automatic temperature control

This refrigerator packs an intelligent sensor based operation that monitors the temperature, frost accumulation, the frequency of door opening etc and automatically performs frost removal which improves the overall cooling efficiency of the fridge.

Easy ice disposal

The ice trays on this double door refrigerator facilitate the twisted mode operation for easy disposal of ice cubes.

It only takes a twist of a knob to transfer these cubes into the glass thereby eliminating the need for tray removal.

Hardware features

The spacious 2.5L bottle shelf on this double door fridge lets you keep all your bottles inside the cabinet leaving none outside.

The strong metal retainer keeps the bottles in place without tipping over even if the door is slammed hard.

Antibacterial properties

Godrej’s antibacterial technology ensures that there’s no microbial growth inside the fridge.

The silver ions in the air duct and the microbe-resistant coated gasket keeps the food and vegetables inside fresh and clean.

There are a few polythene bag holders inside the cabinet compartment to suspend the bags that you buy directly inside the fridge. This saves a lot of time in arranging the stuff kept inside.

Miscellaneous

Godrej provides 1-year overall warranty on this product plus an additional 10-year on the compressor.

If you live in an extended family and require a refrigerator with slightly more capacity, you can check out the Godrej EON 311, a 311L fridge which comes with a price tag of Rs.27,999.

Verdict

Considering the capacity, energy efficiency and the features, the Godrej EON is definitely one of the best double door refrigerators available in the market.

The body is well built and durable that will last for years in operation without any worries. Rust free coating leaves no worries about the corrosion attack as well.

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Zinc oxide coated rust proof exterior

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3-star BEE rating

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Spacious bottle shelf

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No cool pad

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No quick freezing/cooling option

 Specifications

Capacity 290 litre
Star Rating 3 star
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Rotary

The list of the best refrigerators in India never ends here.

We hope this post has given you a slight idea about the categorization in the refrigerator markets as a whole.

The models we included here are what we found interesting from the bunch.

If your product is right in here, bingo!

If not, we have a bunch of buying suggestions for refrigerators on our website categorized for your convenience.

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How To Choose A Refrigerator: The Complete Buying Guide

Money can buy everything.

Or does it?

Buying the best product with the money in hand is the real challenge.

There are thousands of refrigerators in the market and you’re pampered with choices.

Refrigerators and air-conditioners are the two appliances which face huge demand during the dry months here in India.

In this section, we will detail the things you’ve to keep in mind while purchasing a refrigerator.

What?

Refrigerators are machines for cooling your consumables/fresh produce/beverages at a temperature lesser than the one you’ve in your room for a longer duration.

Why?

The hot and humid climate outside will make them stale very fast.

Perishables like vegetables have to kept at a lower temperature to keep fresh.

Also having cold water/beverage does quench your thirst in the hot climate.

How?

Interested in knowing how a refrigerator works?

Let’s break it down for you in simple words below :

  • The main component of a refrigerator apart from all the hardware stuff is the refrigerant. It’s what does the magic of cooling.
  • The compressor compresses the gaseous refrigerant to a high-pressure gas.
  • This high-pressure gas flows through the coils and when it comes in contact with the room temperature, converts to a cool high-pressure liquid state.
  • This high-pressure refrigerant flows inside the refrigerator absorbing the heat inside and cooling down the interiors.
  • The hot refrigerant then loses the pressure and cools down as it flows down to the evaporator where it is again converted into low-pressure gaseous form. This cycle repeats as in a loop.

Now that’s over let’s see what factors should you consider while selecting a refrigerator from the market.

1) Price

Having a budget in mind will definitely help you.

But having only a budget in mind will always hurt you.

Refrigerators come in a variety of sizes and prices. So having a rough idea of how much you can spend is beneficial.

As with every appliance out there, the price of refrigerators vary according to the capacity, features as well as the brand.

Single door refrigerators are the cheapest type of refrigerators available in the market.

For eg., the Haier HRD-1813BMS, a 181 L single door refrigerator costs only Rs.10,999 in India.

Double door and side by side refrigerators are the expensive ones in the lot.

There are refrigerators with prices tags upwards of a Lakh.

If you want, it is an entirely different story.

In general, the prices range from Rs.10,000 to Rs.90,000.

2) Dimensions

Buying a very large refrigerator to a house having a space crunch is not a very good idea.

Before zeroing in on the model, finalize a space for placing the fridge in your home.

This will save a lot of trouble afterwards.

Side-by-side refrigerators take up a lot of space.

So unless you have a very big kitchen or a hall with enough floor space, never think of owning one.

Double door refrigerators too take up space, but not as much.

Single door refrigerators are the most compact type of refrigerators in the market.

3) Features

Features play a large part in determining the price of a product.

It’s an obvious fact that pricier the product is, more will be the features too.

Double door and side by side refrigerators come feature packed which we will discuss a bit later.

Expensive refrigerators will give you choices like having a water/ice dispenser outside the fridge.

Is it necessary?

Well, it’s subjective.

But certain features like having toughened glass shelves, manual temperature control etc are very much desirable no matter what the budget is.

Let’s now see what are the options available in the market for a prospective buyer in case of a refrigerator.

Categorizing broadly on cooling type employed in these appliances, refrigerators are of two type :

1. Direct Cool Refrigerators

2. Frost Free Refrigerators

1) Direct cool refrigerators

Direct cool refrigerators make use of natural convection for defrosting the freezer compartment.

The main drawback of this system is that there will be ice accumulation inside the freezer.

This will require frequent manual defrosting.

Almost all single door refrigerators are the direct cool type.

A few of budget double door refrigerators also comes with direct cool technology.

Since there is no additional circuitry or hardware required, the direct cool refrigerators are cheaper and energy efficient than the frost free type.

2) Frost free refrigerators

Frost free technology is the latest trend in refrigerators.

It involves a heating element inside the freezer that will trigger once it detects an ice build up.

It automatically defrosts the freezer without any manual intervention.

However since the heating element draws power, these refrigerators consume more electricity and are expensive than the direct cool refrigerators.

4) Types 

Based on the form factor and the number of doors present, refrigerators are classified in to:

i) Single Door Refrigerator
ii) Double Door Refrigerator
iii) Side by Side Refrigerator

i) Single Door Refrigerators

These are the most affordable type of refrigerators available in the market.

If you are looking for a compact and affordable refrigerator, the chances are that these refrigerators will pique your interest.

This type of refrigerators comes with a single door with freezer placed at the top.

Almost all the single door refrigerators are of a direct cool type.

They consume less power as well. These refrigerators come with a capacity less than 300 L.

If you’re a bachelor or if your family consists of less than three members, a single door refrigerator is sufficient.

 ii) Double Door Refrigerators

Double door refrigerators as the name suggests has two doors.

One for the freezer compartment and other for the regular cooler section.

The capacity of a double door refrigerator varies from 250-700 L.

Compared to single door fridges, these devices will have more advanced features.

Double door refrigerators come with both direct cool as well as frost free technology.

So you must be careful while purchasing.

Unlike the single door refrigerators, you get a choice, and when you have one choose the better over the other.

iii) Side by Side Refrigerators

Side by side refrigerators is the most expensive type of refrigerators in the market.

The capacity of these refrigerators varies from 500 – 900 L.

These refrigerators have a shelf like a door with two open ends.

Some of the expensive side by side models may come with ice/water dispenser on the outside for easy access.

Based on the position of the freezer, refrigerators are classified into two as follows:

a) Top Mounted Freezer Refrigerators
b) Bottom Mounted Freezer Refrigerators

a) Top Mounted Freezer Refrigerators

Most of the refrigerators fall under this category.

The freezers in these refrigerators are placed on top.

On an energy efficiency standpoint, this is the best it can get.

If you prefer to have chilled beverages and ice cubes at a stretch, this would be the best bet.

b) Bottom Mounted Refrigerators

These are relatively new entrants to the market.

The freezer in these type of refrigerators is placed on the bottom and the normal cooling zone at the top.

If you consume a lot of fresh produce than frozen goods, this type of refrigerators may be the best.

5) Compressor

Compressors are one of the single most important components in a refrigeration system.

Mainly, there are two types of compressors in use among the refrigerators sold in the market. They are :

a) Rotary compressor
b) Reciprocating compressor

a) Rotary compressor

Rotary compressors have rotating rollers to compress the refrigerant inside the coils.

They are silent and produce less heat compared to the reciprocating compressors.

The main downside of a rotary compressor is that it consumes more energy.

b) Reciprocating compressor

Reciprocating compressors employ pistons instead of rollers.

These pistons are very efficient and have minimal maintenance.

The drawback of these compressors is that it’s noisy.

Other than the two above mentioned compressors, there is a new technology in the market – inverter compressors.

This technology lets the compressor run in the background without shutting down completely.

6) Advantages of an inverter compressor

– Less wear and tear

– Energy efficient

– High cooling efficiency

Summarizing, if there is a refrigerator with an inverter compressor is available within your budget, always go for it.

Apart from this, there are certainly other things that you must take into account while purchasing a refrigerator in India.

Let’s talk about them as well.

7) Star rating ( Energy efficiency )

Bureau of Energy Efficiency has a star rating for indicating the energy efficiency of the home appliances sold in India.

Having a 5-star means the maximum efficiency.

Although the initial cost for these 5-star products is high, on the long term they save you enough money to offset that.

We don’t force you to buy a 5-star product, but it is necessary to have a look at the energy efficiency and couple it with the features you require.

This will definitely have monetary benefits.

8) Built-in stabilizer

Power fluctuations are a normal scenario in India at present.

As these appliances are highly sensitive even to the minor variations in voltage, the chance of getting damaged during one is high.

Make sure you buy a refrigerator with built-in stabilizer. If not, buy a separate stabilizer.

Most of the double door and side by side refrigerators come with built-in stabilizer. But making sure it has is your duty.

9) Cool-pad

This feature is kind of an optional choice.

Usually found in expensive refrigerators, some of the double door refrigerators come with it.

What it does is that, during long power outages, these cool pads retain the cool temperature inside the fridge, keeping the contents inside fresh.