Best Refrigerators in India (September 2019)

by | Sep 3, 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 seven refrigerators that you can purchase in the Indian market at present:

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Best Refrigerators in India

1. Samsung RR22MBest Single Door Refrigerator
2. LG GL-C302RPZUBest Double Door Refrigerator
3. Haier HRF-619KSFeature Rich Side by Side Refrigerator
4. Whirlpool NEO FR258Budget Double Door Refrigerator
5. Haier HRD-1955Honorable Mention

1. Samsung RR22M

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Best Single Door Refrigerator
  • Powerful and efficient inverter compressor
  • Anti-bacterial gasket for improved freshness
  • Dedicated vegetable crisper box

Samsung is one of the least expected players in the single door budget refrigerator market in India. However, with the RR22M we’ve one serious contender for the top spot.

The Samsung RR20R is an elegantly designed 212L single door refrigerator which comes with an all-new 2019 3-star BEE energy efficiency rating.

Design and Build Quality

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

Made using high-quality polycarbonate plastic, the Samsung RR22M comes with a matte metallic finish with a classy minimalistic design.

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 single door refrigerator is of high quality and will stand the test of time easily.

3-star 2019 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 3-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’s worth of comprehensive warranty with this device plus an additional 10-year warranty on its digital inverter compressor.

Verdict

The Samsung RR22M 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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Stabilizer free operation

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Silent operation

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Compatible with solar panel connections

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The water storage container is a bit hard to reach

 Specifications

Capacity212 litre
Star Rating3 star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeDigital Inverter

2. LG GL-C302RPZU

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Best Double Door Refrigerator
  • Smart diagnosis
  • Inverter linear compressor
  • Stabilizer free operation

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

The GL-C302RPZU refrigerator from LG is a double door unit which comes with a plethora of features with an asking price under Rs.30,000.

Design and Build Quality

The LG GL-C302RPZU is a double door refrigerator with dimensions 585 x 1575 x 703 mm being the width, height and depth measures respectively.

It comes with a capacity of 284 litres which is enough for a family of 4-5 members.

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

The recessed 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.

3-star BEE Energy Efficiency Rating

Being a 3-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-C302RPZU 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, 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, Solar smart technology enables this fridge to runoff from a solar grid directly.

The fluctuating DC 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-C302RPZU is a very capable double door refrigerator that is loaded with smart features that will make your life much easier.

With the 3-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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Solar smart technology

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Faster, uniform cooling

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Large water storage tray

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Smaller egg tray

 Specifications

Capacity284 litre
Star Rating3 Star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeInverter linear

 

3. Haier HRF-619KS

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Feature-Rich Side by Side Refrigerator
  • Protection from voltage fluctuations
  • Twin inverter compressor
  • Intelligent sensor backed operation

Being the World’s sixth largest white goods manufacturer, Haier has some of the best home appliances in the Indian market.

The Haier HRF-619KS is a 565L side by side refrigerator, where style meets substance.

Build quality

The body of this refrigerator is made of ACM ( Aluminium Composite Material).

This material is durable and tougher than the standard aluminium body found in the competitor models.

The polyurethane foam inside provides better insulation and cooling efficiency as well.

This Haier refrigerator has the highest fridge to freezer ratio in the market with a 66:34 ratio.

The more fridge space means the more everyday consumables you can store in the refrigerator.

Fuzzy logic operation

The fuzzy logic technology in this refrigerator will adjust the inside temperature automatically by calculating the load as well as the optimal temperature required.

This keeps the contents inside fresh for a very long time.

While you are planning a vacation or an outstation trip, you can turn on the holiday function to keep the contents inside at a steady 17 degrees.

This will prevent bad odour build-up and vegetables becoming stale.

Miscellaneous

The super freeze and super cool feature in this fridge increase the speed of the compressor and chill the contents of the freezer pretty quickly.

The eco-friendly refrigerant in this ensures that the rapid cooling doesn’t take a toll on the environment.

Energy efficiency and warranty

Talking about energy efficiency, this refrigerator unit only consumes less than 1 unit/day. The inverter reciprocatory compressor does the cooling fast and the operation is fairly silent.

Haier provides a 1-year warranty on this device plus a 10-year warranty on the compressor that this refrigerator comes with.

Verdict

The Haier HRF-619KS is the go-to option if you are in search of a large and spacious side by side refrigerator for your office or business and even homes.

Even though the interior is wide and spacious, the reciprocatory compressor works perfectly fine to cool the contents inside evenly.

Apart from all these factors, if you are an environment enthusiast, the refrigerant used in this product causes no harm to nature.

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A sleek and captivating design

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Fuzzy logic operation

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One-touch cooling

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No coolpad

 Specifications

Capacity565 Litre
Star Rating
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeInverter

 

4. Whirlpool NEO FR258

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Budget Double Door Refrigerator
  • Intelligent deep freeze technology
  • Chilling gel for cooling retention
  • Active deodorizer

Whirlpool, American electronic conglomerate is one of the most respected brands in the home appliances industry.

In the refrigerator category, they do have some of the best contenders in the market right now in India, the Whirlpool NEO FR258 being one.

Design and Build Quality

This 245L capacity double door refrigerator is suited for a mid-sized family of about 2-3 members.

Available in exciting colour variants, the look and feel of this refrigerator are refreshing and pleasant to the eyes.

The quality of construction is average but certainly justifiable from an economic standpoint.

The door handles are thick and easy to hold on to, and made from hard plastic. Apart from the handles and the branding, there is nothing much in front of this refrigerator.

The backside is nicely covered to hide the coils and other related hardware. The quality of internal trays and plastic is good with no serious dip in quality to be seen anywhere in particular.

Performance

With the patented 6th sense technology, this refrigerator comes equipped with sensors that monitor the load, temperature as well as humidity levels and adjusts accordingly to keep the contents inside fresh and odourless.

The strategically placed air vents along the air tower provide uniform cooling to each nook and corner of this refrigerators, keeping the contents inside fresh for a long time.

Due to the economic constraints on this budget double door refrigerator, there isn’t a full-sized cool pad but instead, the company has provided a cooling gel which will keep the contents inside fresh during a sudden power outage scenario.

With the built-in stabilizer, you are not required to invest in extra cash for purchasing a stabilizer with this home appliance.

Even though this refrigerator comes with a 2-star BEE rating, the performance metrics will keep the electricity bill under control.

Miscellaneous

The vegetable crisper in this double door refrigerator is coated with a special anti-microbial layer to prevent bacterial growth inside the refrigerator.

Inside the freezer, there is a dedicated ice twister and collector, making the process of getting ice from the tray much easier than ever before.

The effective 11-year warranty that comes with the unit provides absolute peace of mind to keep you relaxed in case any unforeseen mishaps do happen.

Verdict

Whirlpool NEO FR258 offers a lot for the price tag that it comes with. The design is elegant and will suit any type of home decor you might have.

With the sensor-based operation, this budget refrigerator cools the contents inside quickly and evenly, offering you a pleasant ownership experience.

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Microblock technology for a germ-free environment

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Stabilizer free operation

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Large vegetable crisper

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Taller form factor

 Specifications

Capacity258 Litre
Star Rating2 Star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeReciprocatory

5. Haier HRD-1955

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Honorable Mention
  • Quick icing technology
  • 5-star BEE energy efficiency
  • Shiny steel finish chassis

Haier is a Chinese white goods manufacturer which has been in the Indian market for a while now.

The HRD-1955 is a 195L single door refrigerator that comes with a plethora of features and excellent power efficiency.

Design and Build Quality

The Haier HRD-1955 has an ultra-minimal design of this 195-litre refrigerator makes it look like a futuristic home appliance.

The brushed metal finish on the polycarbonate chassis without any graphics decals makes this budget single door refrigerator look extremely pleasing to the eyes.

In terms of overall design aspects and novelty factor, the Haier HRD-1955 tops the list among the best single door refrigerators in India.

Energy Efficiency and Performance

Bureau of Energy Efficiency has assigned a 5-star rating for this fridge which saves up energy bills up to 55% when compared with a conventional refrigerator.

One of the main USP of this refrigerator is the 1-hour icing technology.

Whatever be the temperature outside, Haier promises to bring down the temperature inside the freezer to -5 degrees just under an hour.

The reciprocatory compressor inside is very efficient and works well under heavy loads.

The built-in surge protection eliminates the need for a separate stabilizer and protects the motor from voltage fluctuations.

Miscellaneous

The shelves on this single door refrigerator are separated by toughened glasses that can withstand weights up to 120 Kg.

The bottle storage compartment inside lets you keep water or beverages with ease and a bottle guard ensures that the bottles won’t tip-off.

The overall capacity of this single door refrigerator is 195L out of which the freezer takes up 22 L storage.

This fridge is a direct cool model which requires manual defrosting at least once in a while.

The company offers one year of warranty on the refrigerator and a 10-year additional warranty on the compressor motor.

Verdict

Looking for a stylish single door refrigerator to fit your newly done kitchen interior? Haier HRD-1955 has got you covered.

If you don’t mind the absence of an inverter type compressor, this 5-star rated refrigerators performs on par with its competitor models in terms of cooling the contents inside.

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Elegant minimalistic design

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Compact form factor

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Sufficiently large bottle holder tray

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No child lock

 Specifications

Capacity195 Litre
Star Rating5 star5 star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeReciprocatory

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!

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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.