Best Side By Side Refrigerators In India (April 2019)

by | Apr 2, 2019

Refrigerators are one of the most technologically evolving species in the home appliance segment. Side by side refrigerators, although relatively new to the scene is quickly catching up and is a welcome addition to many large families. Here we are bringing you the 5 best side by side refrigerators available in the Indian market categorized according to the specific needs keeping in mind, the broad spectrum of customers in India. Let’s dive into the article to read further.

Best Side by Side Refrigerators In India

1. Samsung RS58K6417SL Overall Best Pick
2. LG GC-B247SLUV Runner-Up Pick
3. Haier HRF-618SS Most Spacious Freezer
4. BPL BRS564H Best Budget Pick
5. Hitachi WB550 Honorable Mention

1. Samsung RS58K6417SL

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Overall Best Pick
  • External water/ice dispenser
  • 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 674 Litre
Star Rating
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Digital Inverter Compressor

2. LG GC-B247SLUV

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Silent operation
  • Smart connectivity features
  • Elegant design

LG is one of the major players in the premium home appliance segment.

Having the strong backing of their brand popularity as well as reliability, their products enjoy a special place in the Indian market.

Powerful and efficient inverter linear compressor

The LG GC-B247SLUV is a 687 Liter side by side refrigerator powered by an inverter linear compressor that saves time as well as energy by a significant margin.

The inverter linear compressor is 32% more energy efficient than a conventional reciprocating compressor.

It only emits about 22 dB of noise which is almost equivalent to the noise level of a quiet bedroom.

Inverter linear compressors maintain a much more constant temperature while preserving the silent operation and energy saving abilities of a normal inverter compressor.

Automatic temperature control

LG has given multiple vents inside the inner cabinet of this refrigerator to ensure all the contents inside are optimally cooled.

The sensors placed on the outside and inside the fridge constantly monitors the temperature levels and adjust accordingly.

This helps in keeping the freshness and flavours of the contents inside intact.

Smart features

This LG refrigerator comes equipped with Smart features that the company is known for including in all its products across the segments.

The Smart diagnosis feature lets you check the health of the refrigerator all by yourselves without the assistance of an expert.

LG ThinQ feature lets you control the refrigerator through a smartphone app from anywhere.

If you are in the office and want something really cold, you can have it done before you reach home.

Really handy, Isn’t it?

This LG side by side refrigerator comes with a 1-year warranty on the product and an assured 10-year warranty on the compressor.

Verdict

The inverter linear compressor is the main USP of this refrigerator. It makes the product more reliable and long-lasting, thanks to the minimal moving parts inside.

The Smart features that accompany this refrigerator are of great use and offer a delightful experience when utilized in its full potential.

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Large capacity 687 Litres
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Smart connectivity
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Linear inverter compressor
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No toughened glass shelves

 Specifications

Capacity 687 Litre
Star Rating
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Inverter linear compressor

3. Haier HRF-618SS

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Most Spacious Freezer
  • Suited for office/business uses
  • Environment friendly refrigerant
  • Excellent insulation

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

The Haier HRF-618SS 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.

Talking about the energy efficiency, this refrigerator unit only consumes less than 1 unit/day.

The reciprocatory compressor does the cooling fast and the operation is fairly silent.

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.

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 odor 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

Haier provides a 1-year warranty on this device plus a 9-year warranty on the reciprocatory compressor that this refrigerator comes with.

Verdict

The Haier HRF-618SS 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 the nature.

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Build quality
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Excellent freezer to fridge ratio
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Holiday function
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Super freeze, super cool technology
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No inbuilt stabilizer
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No star rating for energy efficiency

 Specifications

Capacity 565 Litre
Star Rating
Built in Stabilizer No
Compressor Type Reciprocatory

4. BPL BRS564H

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Best Budget Pick
  • Feature rich refrigerator
  • Value for money
  • Aesthetically pleasing design

BPL, the Indian electronics appliance manufacturer has been pretty much an active volcano in the Indian home appliance market releasing products in all possible categories.

The BPL BRS564H is one of their best refrigerator in the flagship segment.

The BPL BRS564H is 564 Liter, side by side refrigerator that has a plethora of options under the hood which enhances its overall usability two fold comparing the price at which it is on sale in the market.

Hardware features

This refrigerator has multiple air vents on each shelf that will keep the product inside odorless and fresh.

Quick cool and freeze options will make the compressor run faster for quick chilling and cooling of your favorite food and beverage.

The temperature can be adjusted manually by pressing the one-touch control button on the door.

The toughened glass shelves on this refrigerator will let you keep the utensils or heavy products on the top without having to worry about damage.

The pull out drawers also eases the storage and retrieval in this refrigerator.

External water dispenser

The biggest USP of this machine is its external water dispenser.

None of the side by side refrigerators in this list features this and it’s almost an irony that the cheapest refrigerator does have it.

The external water dispenser can be used to fetch cold water from the fridge without having the need to open and close the door.

This saves time as well as energy.

BPL India offers 1-year of unit warranty supplemented with a 5-year warranty on the compressor.

Verdict

The BPL BRS564H is one of the least expensive side by side refrigerators in the Indian market.

Not only this refrigerator is inexpensive but also it comes with an external water dispenser which is a premium feature found only in expensive luxury refrigerators.

Barring the minor gripe that it doesn’t come with a built in refrigerator, this is the best you can get under a budget of Rs.50,000.

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External water dispenser
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Affordable
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Silent operation
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No cooling pad
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No built-in stabilizer

 Specifications

Capacity 564 Litre
Star Rating
Built in Stabilizer No
Compressor Type

5. Hitachi WB550

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Honorable Mention
  • Inverter compressor
  • Bottom mounted freezer
  • Eco-friendly R600a refrigerant

Hitachi is a Japanese conglomerate with the business spread over a broad spectrum of areas ranging from home appliances to financial services to automotive systems.

The Hitachi WB550 is a premium side by side refrigerator available in the Indian market for under a budget of Rs.60,000.

Design and Build Quality

This refrigerator is made using a mix of high-quality plastic and polycarbonate materials.

The design is fairly modern and will suit your home decor with pleasant aesthetic beauty.

The central door handles are large and easy to grasp your hands on. The opening and closing of the doors are easy and quick.

The Hitachi WB550 is a french bottom style side by side refrigerator.

The freezer is placed at the bottom of this refrigerator and the refrigerator compartment at the top.

Performance

Hitachi has equipped this side by side refrigerator with an inverter compressor for maximum efficiency.

Inverter compressors are known for their energy efficiency, low noise operation and less maintenance.

Assisting the powerful inverter compressor inside are two cooling fans for the refrigerator compartment and one for the bottom freezer section to aid uniform cooling.

Hitachi has introduced an eco-mode in this side by side refrigerator which is intended to save energy while you and your family are on a long trip.

It really helps you keep the contents inside fresh without any major spike in electricity consumption.

Quick cooling and ice making options are available as well. The freezer of this refrigerator can be cooled up to -17 degrees and the refrigerator compartment can have a temperature range of 1-7 degrees.

Miscellaneous

The Hitachi WB550 comes with height adjustable compartments inside.

This helps immensely when you have more quantity of certain stuff to store in the refrigerator on special occasions such as milk.

The double layered freezer has a drawer type construction for easy access.

The upper layer of the freezer has the ice cooling setup and the lower layer can be used for freezing pastries or ice creams.

The touch screen controller in the front of this refrigerator displays the current temperature and mode of operation.

The touch capacitive buttons light up when you press to activate these functions such as quick cooling and child lock mode.

Verdict

The Hitachi WB550 is a great asset for a large family having 7-8 members.

This 501-litre side by side refrigerator comes loaded with features and is backed by an energy efficient, low maintenance inverter type compressor.

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Touch screen controller with display

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Height adjustable compartments

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Dual fan assisted cooling

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No inbuilt stabilizer

 Specifications

Capacity 586 Litre
Star Rating
Built in Stabilizer No
Compressor Type Inverter compressor

Here concludes our list of the best side by side refrigerators in the market at present.

We have tried our best to include the models that, as a prospective buyer, will pique your interest.

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Buying Guide For Side By Side Refrigerators

Side by side refrigerators are the most expensive among all type of refrigerators but they do provide a lot of premium value.

Care to know about the specifics before spending a lot of money on this luxury home appliance?

Hop on and we’ll guide you through the rest.

1) Price

As we’ve described above, side by side refrigerators will cost a fortune to the average consumer.

However, if you live in a very large joint family or own a business where customers frequent, having a side by side refrigerator will be very useful.

In the Indian market, the absolute minimum you’ve to pay for a side by side refrigerator is about Rs. 48,990.

The BPL BRS564H is a 564L side by side refrigerator priced at the same.

For those who prefer an even larger side by side unit, there’s the 687L LG GC-B247SLUV priced at Rs. 80,751.

Honestly, we feel, side by side refrigerators are more of a fashion statement to your home decor unless you live in a house with more than 10 members.

However remember, these refrigerators consume a lot of energy and that’ll reflect in your monthly electricity bill.

2) Capacity

The capacity of side by side refrigerators vary from 500L to a whopping 900L.

The fact is that you can get double door refrigerators with capacities up to 700L easily with a budget less than that of many branded side by side refrigerators.

The Panasonic NR-BS60MSX1 is a 582L side by side refrigerator in the Indian market with a price of Rs.55,999.

Do take note of the available space in your house/apartment before you opt in for buying one.

Side by side refrigerators consumes double the floor real estate compared to other refrigerators.

3) Lifestyle

Take a deep breath and think about your lifestyle.

Are you the one who keeps a lot of food inside the refrigerator for a very long duration?

Or does the refrigeration needs only include a couple of beverage bottles and a box of leftover pizza?

Side by side refrigerators is more related to the lifestyle of a person.

If and only if you have the need for such a big unit, go for one. If not, settle for a double door refrigerator.

We keep telling this with the mindset of a typical Indian consumer.

4) Dimensions

Let’s assume you are determined to purchase a side by side refrigerator.

Stop for a moment and measure the area where you intend to place this refrigerator.

Remember, side by side refrigerators are very heavy and moving it around is not an easy task.

5) Water/Ice Dispenser

One of the most attractive features of a side by side refrigerator is the outside water/ice dispenser.

This will let you have cold water or ice cubes without having to actually open the door of the refrigerator.

Not all of the side by side refrigerators posses one though.

The BPL BRS564H is the least expensive side by side refrigerator that comes with an external water dispenser.

This 564L frost-free refrigerator comes at an attractive price of just Rs.48,990.

6) Compressor

Side by side refrigerators is energy hungry.

So having a power efficient compressor is an added advantage despite having to spend a few thousand on one.

There is side by side refrigerators with inverter compressors on board available in the Indian market.

The Samsung RSA1SHMG1/TL is a 545L side by side refrigerator which comes equipped with a digital inverter compressor at a price of Rs.65,999.

The LG GC-B247SLUV is another model with 687L capacity that features an inverter compressor priced at Rs.80,751.

7) Warranty

Most of the companies provide a 1-year warranty along with an extended warranty of some sort on the compressor.

Most of the reputed companies do cover an effective 11-year warranty on their side by side refrigerators, so as a consumer, you wouldn’t have to worry about maintenance.