Best Refrigerators in India (March 2021)

by | Mar 5, 2021

It’s summer and we are thirsty.

After a long tiring day, when you reach home you would be craving 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 are worth taking a look at and are best at what they do.

Here are the eight best refrigerators in different categories which you can purchase in the Indian market at present:

Without any further delay, let’s begin!

Best Refrigerators in India

1. Samsung RR21T2G2WCRBest Single Door Refrigerator
2. LG GL-I292RPZLBest Double Door Refrigerator
3. Whirlpool FP 313DBest Triple Door Refrigerator
4.Panasonic NR-MBG31VSS3Feature rich refrigerator
5. Samsung RS72R5011SLBest side by side refrigerator
6. Haier HRB-3404BMSBest Bottom mounted refrigerator
7. Bosch KDN43VL40ILarge capacity refrigerator
8. MarQ 170BD2MQB1Cheapest single door refrigerator
9. Whirlpool INTELLIFRESH 3SValue for money refrigerator
10. Onida RDS1903RHonourable Mention

 

1. Samsung RR21T2G2WCR

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Best Single Door Refrigerator
  • Maintenance-free Inverter compressor
  • Suited for a small family 
  • Solar power grid integration
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Provision for door lock with key

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Large capacity vegetable box

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Elegant chrome bar handle

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Limited bottle space

Samsung was one of the least expected players in the single door budget refrigerator market in India. However, with the RR21T2G2WCR we’ve one serious contender for the top spot.

The Samsung RR21T2G2WCR is an elegantly designed 198L single door refrigerator which comes with an all-new 20205-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 RR21T2G2WCR comes with a graphics-rich exterior with an attractive purple colour paint scheme.

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

To improve the aesthetic beauty and to ensure the protection of this single door refrigerator, Samsung has enclosed the rear section with a 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.

Energy Efficiency

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has given the latest 5-star 2020 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.

That said, the annual energy consumption of this single door refrigerator from Samsung is approximately 104 units.

Hardware Features

The shelves on this Samsung single door refrigerator are 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 for 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 RR21T2G2WCR has an elegant design that is very attractive to look at.

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.

 Specifications

Capacity198 litre
Defrosting TypeDirect cool
Star Rating5 star BEE 2020
Annual energy consumption104 units
Compressor TypeDigital Inverter
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

 

2. LG GL-I292RPZL

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Best Double Door Refrigerator
  • Energy-efficient smart inverter compressor
  • Suited for a family of 3-4 members
  • Silent operation
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Moisture controlling crisper

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Smart Diagnosis

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Smart connectivity with inverter/solar panel

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Slightly smaller egg tray

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-I292RPZL refrigerator from LG is a double door unit that comes with a plethora of features with an asking price of Rs. 24,790.

Design and Build Quality

The LG GL-I292RPZL 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.

Compressor and Power Usage

Being a 3-star BEE 2020 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 inverter type compressor which is more 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.

Miscellaneous

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

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

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 drain from a solar grid directly. The fluctuating DC from the solar grid is converted to fixed DC voltage by the builtin 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 customer care and pinpoint the problem.

Verdict

With the 3-star BEE 2020 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.

 Specifications

Capacity260 Litre
Defrosting TypeFrost free
Star Rating3 star BEE 2020
Annual energy consumption194 units
Compressor TypeSmart inverter
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

 

3. Whirlpool FP 313D

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Best Triple Door Refrigerator
  • Suited for joint families
  • Best for storing non-veg items
  • Power-efficient operation
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Ample 300-litre storage space

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Triple door helps to prevent odour mixing

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Easily accessible

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Antimicrobial additive coating

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No inverter compressor

Whirlpool is one of the best refrigerator brands in India.

The FP 313D is a triple door refrigerator from Whirlpool which has a capacity of 300 litres with separate zones for keeping contents without being intermixed with each other.

The separate zoning also helps in reducing the odour from mixing.

Design and Build Quality

The design of this refrigerator is one of its standout features.

Having won many design awards around the globe, this fridge is one of the better-looking models out there in the market.

This unit measures 601 x 1874 x 717 mm and is suitable for large families.

The three-door formats help you keep the vegetables, fruits and beverages in separate compartments making them easily accessible.

Active Fresh Technology

The Whirlpool FP 313D has a patented sixth-sense Active fresh technology that keeps the moisture level in check thereby keeping the farm produce fresh.

The micro blocks technology which compartmentalizes the entire fridge with anti-microbial additive coating prevents bacterial growth inside.

There is also the zeolite technology built-in, which absorbs the methane gas from the fruits and prevents them from excessive ripening.

5-star Energy Efficiency

A five-star rating for a home appliance is synonymous with power efficiency.

This refrigerator from Whirlpool comes with a 5-star rating that reduces the electricity bill considerably.

Miscellaneous Features

The air boost technology in the Whirlpool FP 313D pushes cool air from every corner to have a balanced temperature distribution all around.

The rotary compressor that runs the unit is very efficient and maintenance-free.

As a matter of trust, the company have provided a 1-year warranty on the refrigerator and an additional 10-year warranty on the compressor itself.

Frost-Free Operation

Frost-free cooling technology ensures that the freezer remains unclogged with ice.

There is no need for manual defrosting as in the case of a direct cool refrigerator and this saves a lot of time.

This unit also comes with a built-in stabilizer which protects the refrigerator from abnormal voltage fluctuations.

Verdict

The Whirlpool FP 313D is the best refrigerator for you if you live in an extended family and have enough space to accommodate the product.

Having three layers means, you can set separate compartments for each type of food and the most common problem in refrigerators, odour mixing won’t happen.

 Specifications

Capacity300 Litre
Defrosting TypeFrost free
Star Rating5 star BEE 2019
Annual energy consumption500 units
Compressor TypeRotary
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

 

4. Panasonic NR-MBG31VSS3

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Feature Rich Refrigerator
  • Powerful inverter compressor
  • Minimal energy consumption
  • Ideal for large families
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Robust build quality

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Humidity control slider

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Height adjustable shelves

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Not ideal for space constraint kitchens

Panasonic is a Japanese multinational company known for its consumer electronics appliances all around the world.

The Panasonic NR-MBG31VSS3 is a standard double door refrigerator with a relatively large 307L capacity, ideal for a family of 5-6 members.

Design and Build Quality

This double door refrigerator from Panasonic has a steel chassis instead of the regular fiber body we have seen with some of the refrigerators in this price segment.

The shining silver colour paint job with a brushed metal finish makes this refrigerator look and feel premium.

The design is very minimal and modern. The ergonomically designed recess handle helps in opening and closing the doors effortlessly.

Talking about the interior, this fridge comes with height adjustable shelves for organising the contents inside without wasting any precious space. There is also the movable ice tray which provides easy ice cube removal without taking the tray out of the refrigerator.

Energy Efficiency

The Panasonic NR-MBG31VSS3 features an intelligent inverter compressor inside that will vary the cooling load automatically according to the time of the day and the internal temperature.

Inverter compressors require less maintenance and often saves a lot of money with regards to energy consumption.

This fridge comes with a 3-star BEE 2020 energy efficiency rating and has an annual energy consumption of approximately 207 units, which is not bad for a large 307L refrigerator.

Miscellaneous

The patented AG Clean technology leverages the cleansing effect of silver to keep the fridge clean from harmful bacterias and checks the growth of moulds inside.

Depending on the contents stored inside, the Panasonic NR-MBG31VSS3 provides manual humidity control to keep them fresh and healthy.

Verdict

If you are looking to purchase a refrigerator for your home with more than 5 members, the Panasonic NR-MBG31VSS3 is a good choice.

The robust steel chassis build quality and the maintenance-free inverter compressor makes this refrigerator a worthy choice for a budget under Rs.30,000.

 Specifications

Capacity307 litre
Star Rating3 star BEE 2020
Annual energy consumption207 units
Compressor TypeInverter
Defrosting typeFrost free
Warranty1 year + 10 years on compressor

 

5. Samsung RS72R5011SL

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Best Side by Side Refrigerator
  • Suited for commercial purposes/large families
  • Efficient and durable inverter compressor
  • Excellent cooling retention
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Seamless and elegant design

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Fast cooling and freezing

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Deodorizing filter

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Bulky form factor

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

The Samsung RS72R5011SL is a large 700L side by side refrigerator that 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 RS72R5011SL comes with a large and spacious fridge area 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 shelves inside are separated by the toughened glass on which heavy utensils or vegetables can be directly placed without the fear of getting cracks.

Even in the case of an emergency power outage, the contents stored inside this refrigerator remains cool for a couple of hours.

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 come with larger capacities and increasing energy consumption.

The Samsung RS72R5011SL 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.

 Specifications

Capacity700 Litre
Defrosting typeFrost free
Star Rating5 star
Annual energy consumption
Compressor TypeDigital Inverter Compressor
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

 

6. Haier HRB-3404BMS

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Best Bottom Mounted Refrigerator
  • Best suited for adult homemakers
  • Large vegetable crisper
  • 2-star 2020 BEE rating
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Frost-free operation

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1-hour icing technology

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Cooling pad

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No moisture control

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

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

The ample 320 litres 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-3404BMS 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.

Powerful Compressor

This refrigerator has a twin inverter compressor running the show. Compared with a normal compressor, this compressor is highly power-efficient and has low maintenance.

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

Hardware Features

The vegetable storing crisper in this fridge is double the size of the conventional crispers found in other models and can store more vegetables.

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 internal 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 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-3404BMS is 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.

 Specifications

Capacity320 litre
Defrosting TypeFrost free
Star Rating2 star BEE 2020
Annual energy consumption264 units
Compressor TypeInverter
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

 

7. Bosch KDN43VL40I

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Large Capacity Refrigerator
  • Ideal for large families
  • Vaio-inverter compressor
  • Excellent cooling retention
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Solid build quality

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Sensor-based operation

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Power-efficient

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Tall form factor

Bosch is a well known German multinational company offering consumer electronics goods as well as industrial automotive solutions.

The Bosch KDN43VL40I is a large 347L standard double door refrigerator priced around Rs.34,000 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

Bosch products are known for their build quality and the same is the case with the Bosch KDN43VL40I.

The fit and finish of this refrigerator is top class and everything looks and feels premium from the first glance itself.

The metallic colour exterior looks minimal and the dedicated handles for the freezer section and the fridge section feel solid and durable as well.

The interior of this refrigerator is lit up by a bright LED bulb which will help you see around with minimal energy consumption.

A wide range of sensors inside including voltage sensor, door sensor, temperature sensor etc. regulates the functioning of this refrigerator automatically for excelling cooling performance.

Energy Efficiency

This 347L standard double door refrigerator from Bosch has a 3-star BEE 2020 energy efficiency certification. This fridge is rated to have an annual energy consumption of approximately 221 units.

The vario-inverter compressor inside this refrigerator is powerful enough to cool the 347L interior space uniformly. Whatever be the temperature outside, this compressor manages to keep the contents inside fresh and healthy.

Miscellaneous Features

Keeping the Indian conditions in mind, this double door refrigerator has excellent cooling retention. Even in the event of a power cut, the Bosch KDN43VL40I can keep the contents inside fresh for up to 16 hours.

There is a holiday mode in this fridge that activates automatically if it detects no actions for 8 hours straight. In this mode, the power consumption is minimal and will save you a lot when it comes to monthly power bills.

Verdict

The Bosch KDN43VL40 is a large capacity double door refrigerator ideal for families with more than 6-7 members.

The robust build quality and the power-efficient Vario-inverter compressor inside makes this refrigerator well worth its asking price

 Specifications

Capacity347 litre
Defrosting TypeFrost free
Star Rating3 star BEE 2020
Annual energy consumption221 units
Compressor TypeVario-inverter
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

 

8. MarQ 170BD2MQB1

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Cheapest single door refrigerator
  • Ideal for bachelors/small family
  • Silent operation
  • Toughened glass shelves
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Stabilizer free operation

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Eco-friendly refrigerant

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Turbo Chill technology

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Exposed coils and compressor

MarQ is the affordable consumer electronics arm of the popular Indian E-Commerce retailer Flipkart.

The MarQ 170BD2MQB1 is an affordable 170L single door refrigerator available for a dirt-cheap price tag of just Rs.8,999 in India.

Design and Build Quality

Designwise, there is nothing substantial to write about this refrigerator from MarQ. The single colour paint job over the all-fibre chassis is something we have seen with other single door refrigerators in this segment.

The quality of the materials used is decent, to say the least, but nothing extraordinary per se.

This single door refrigerator is available in different colour shades that you can choose according to the interior decor you’ve back at home.

There is no dedicated handlebar on this refrigerator but instead, you have to pull open the door from the slightly recessed portion on the side.

The rear section is exposed with the coils and the compressor left out in the open, which is not something we’d like to see in a modern era refrigerator.

Performance

The MarQ 170BD2MQB1 features a reciprocatory compressor inside that does all the heavy lifting when it comes to cooling.

MarQ claims that they have used industry-leading technologies to ensure that this compressor works silently without compromising on its cooling ability.

This compressor has the turbo chill feature that will turn water into ice within two hours inside the freezer.

Energy Efficiency

The MarQ 170BD2MQB1 is a 2-star BEE 2020 rated refrigerator that is rated to consume approximately 192 units of energy annually.

MarQ claims that this refrigerator can save you up to 20% in the electricity bill compared to a 2-star BEE 2019 certified fridge.

Miscellaneous

The MarQ 170BD2MQB1 uses the eco-friendly R600a refrigerant with zero ozone depletion and minimal global warming potential.

This refrigerator can handle occasional voltage surges, thanks to the robust circuit design and load testing under Indian conditions. You don’t have to purchase a stabilizer extra for this appliance.

Verdict

If you are very strict on budget and want an entry-level single door fridge, the MarQ 170BD2MQB1 is the cheapest refrigerator you can find right now in the Indian market.

 Specifications

Capacity170 litre
Defrosting TypeDirect cool
Star Rating2 star BEE 2020
Annual energy consumption192 units
Compressor TypeReciprocatory
Warranty1 year + 5 year on compressor

 

9. Whirlpool INTELLIFRESH 3S

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Value for Money Refrigerator
  • Intelligent deep freeze technology
  • Active deodorizer
  • Chilling gel for cooling retention
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Microblock technology

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Large vegetable crisper

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Stabilizer free operation

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No door handle

Whirlpool, an 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 INTELLIFRESH 3S being one.

Design and Build Quality

This 265L capacity double door refrigerator is suited for a mid-sized family of about 3-4 members.

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 adjust 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 the 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 cooling pad but instead, the company has provided a cooling gel that will keep the contents inside fresh during a sudden power outage scenario.

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

This refrigerator comes with a 3-star 2020 BEE rating and 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 INTELLIFRESH 3S 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.

 Specifications

Capacity265 litre
Defrosting TypeFrost free
Star Rating3 star BEE 2020
Annual energy consumption190 units
Compressor TypeDigital inverter
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

 

10. Onida RDS1903R

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Honourable Mention
  • Power-efficient operation
  • Reciprocatory compressor 
  • Excellent cooling retention
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Attractive floral design

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Child lock

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Jumbo vegetable crisper

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Exposed rear section

Onida is an Indian multinational electronics company headquartered in Mumbai. They are popular for their budget washing machines, smart TVs and ACs in the Indian market.

The Onida RDS1903R is a 190L single door refrigerator priced under Rs.12,000 competing with the likes of Whirlpool and Godrej.

Design and Build Quality

The Onida RDS1903R, as expected, has an all-fiber chassis with a glossy paint job and floral graphics stickers.

This single door refrigerator from Onida is available in two different colour options – floral red and blue.

There is a long vertical handle on the front door that lets you easily open and close the refrigerator door.

Onida has provided a key lock mechanism that will help you keep children away from unnecessarily opening and closing the refrigerator.

Unfortunately, the rear section of this refrigerator remains uncovered without any protective shield.

Performance

The Onida RDS1903R is powered by a reciprocatory compressor that does a decent job when it comes to cooling down the contents inside.

The freezer inside this refrigerator can prepare ice quite faster compared to some other refrigerators in this price category.

This is a 3-star BEE 2020 rated refrigerator with a rated annual energy consumption of just 171 units.

Miscellaneous

Onida has used an anti-bacterial gasket lining for the inside compartments to ensure the contents kept inside remain free from contaminants.

The advertised EvoCool technology aims to retain the temperature inside for longer periods even in the case of a power cut, which is still a common occurrence in India.

The large vegetable crisper inside lets you store a lot of vegetables inside, which is one of the main use cases of a refrigerator in village homes.

Verdict

The Onida RDS1903R is a feature-rich single door refrigerator ideal for small families with 2-4 occupants.

The patented EvoCool technology and the powerful compressor helps this refrigerator to be one of the ideal home appliances for a tropical country like India.

 Specifications

Capacity190 litre
Defrosting TypeDirect cool
Star Rating3 star BEE 2020
Annual Energy Consumption171 units
Compressor TypeReciprocatory
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

 

The list of the eight 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 here, bingo!

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

As always, have a pleasant day, Thank you!

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 varies 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 types:

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 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 of 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 sides 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 this 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 maximum efficiency.

Although the initial cost for these 5-star products is high, in 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 a 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.