Best Single Door Refrigerators In India (September 2020)

by | Aug 24, 2020

It is summer season and the most sought-after products during this season are air-conditioners and refrigerators.

With a rapidly rising middle class, India is one of the fastest-growing home appliance markets in the world.

Realizing this potential, many companies are in the race to capture the market share before the other.

In this article, we are listing out the best six single door refrigerators available in India at present.

We have considered different parameters such as energy efficiency, cooling type, capacity etc while preparing this list. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Best Single Door Refrigerators In India

1. Samsung RR26TOverall Best Pick
2. LG GL-D241Runner-Up Pick
3. Godrej RD 1904Feature-rich refrigerator
4. Haier HED – 20CFDSEnergy Efficient Refrigerator
5. Haier HED 22TDSValue for Money Refrigerator
6. Whirlpool WDE205 CLS 2SHonourable Mention

 

1. Samsung RR26T

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Overall Best Pick
  • Maintenance-free Inverter compressor
  • Suited for a small family of 3-4 members
  • 3-star 2020 BEE rating

Samsung was one of the least expected players in the single door budget refrigerator market in India. However, with the RR26T we’ve one serious contender for the top spot.

The Samsung RR26T is an elegantly designed 255L single door refrigerator which comes with an all-new 2020 3-star BEE 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 RR26T comes with a metallic matte finish exterior with a classy minimalistic design.

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

To improve 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 2020 BEE Energy Efficiency Rating

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has given the latest 3-star2020 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 2-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 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 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 RR26T 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.

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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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Takes up more floor space

 Specifications

Capacity255 Litre
Star Rating3 star 2020
Built-in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeDigital Inverter
Defrost SystemDirect cool
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

2. LG GL-D241

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Smart Inverter compressor
  • Anti-bacterial gasket
  • 4-star BEE 2020 rating

LG has been an established player in the home appliance industry for decades.

The LG GL-D241 is a single door, 235L refrigerator which comes with a durable smart inverter compressor at a price of just Rs.19,280.

Design and Build Quality

The LG GL D41 has a glossy finish exterior chassis made from polycarbonate materials.

This exterior has been given a floral design to make the refrigerator more appealing to the eyes.

The vertical handlebar makes it easy to open and close the refrigerator door.

There is the child lock functionality integrated to this fridge to keep your kid from accidentally opening the refrigerator when you are not at home.

The rear side of this refrigerator is left open with exposed coils. We would have preferred to see a covering to keep the working components safe and out of reach to the hands.

Speaking of the shelves, the top-mounted freezer has ample space. The shelves are kept sufficiently spaced to keep various food items categorically without mixing up.

4-star BEE 2020 Energy Efficiency Rating

Being a 4-star energy rated unit, this fridge consumes less power when compared with the traditional energy-hungry models.

The type of compressor employed in this model from LG is a smart inverter type compressor which is very energy efficient.

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

Inverter Compressor

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

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

The crisper which is used to store fresh vegetables come with a lattice-type cover.

This balances the moisture content inside and keeps the vegetables fresh for a longer duration.

Smart Features

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

Also, solar smart technology enables this fridge to operate from the electricity generated from a solar grid.

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-D241 single door refrigerator wins the best in the list title quite convincingly, thanks to its powerful and efficient inverter compressor.

The smart features that accompany this single door refrigerator is a bonus that you won’t find in any of the other models in this category.

If you’re looking for a well built single door refrigerator, the LG GL-D241 should be definitely on your consideration.

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Toughened glass shelves

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Stabilizer free operation

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Smart connect technology

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Slightly smaller egg tray

 Specifications

Capacity235 Litre
Star Rating4 star 2020
Built-in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeSmart Inverter
Defrost SystemDirect cool
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

3. Godrej RD 1904

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Feature-Rich Refrigerator
  • 4-star BEE 2020 rating
  • Powerful reciprocating compressor
  • Large vegetable crisper

Godrej is an Indian company headquartered in Mumbai known for a wide range of popular home appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators.

The Godrej RD 1904 is a 190L budget single door refrigerator from the Godrej stable with a durable chassis and excellent performance backing the solid build quality.

Design and Build Quality

The Godrej RD 1904 has the same look and feel of many earlier Godrej refrigerator models we’ve seen in the past. The hard plastic polycarbonate chassis is tough and feels durable.

One of the advantages of the design of this single door refrigerator is that it has a physical door handle unlike the recessed handle design in some of the older generation Whirlpool refrigerators.

This refrigerator is available in different colour shades and the minimal single colour design makes this refrigerator suitable to be placed in any type of home decors.

The rear side of this fridge is open and the coils are not covered with any special covering plates. So you have to be careful with the placement of the fridge near the walls.

Performance and Energy Efficiency Rating

The Godrej RD 1904 comes equipped with a reciprocatory compressor inside for power-efficient cooling performance.

Whatever the temperature outside, you won’t notice the sound of this device cooling down the interiors in a jiffy.

This 190-litre single door refrigerator is enough for a small family of 2-3 members.

The BEE ( Bureau of Energy Efficiency) has given a 2020 4-star rating for the energy efficiency of this refrigerator which will reduce the burden on your electricity bills significantly.

Miscellaneous

Even though the Godrej RD 1904 is a small-sized refrigerator, the inside of the fridge is very efficiently compartmentalized for storing possibly every kind of stuff for a family of 3.

The double-layered freezer section aids in separating ice cubes with things such as pastries for avoiding any kind of mix up between the two.

The toughened glass shelves separating the compartments can be used for storing vegetables for quick access.

There is a separate lower sliding section in this refrigerator which can be used for storing vegetables such as onions and potatoes.

Verdict

The Godrej RD 1904 is a very capable 190L single door refrigerator for a small family of 2-3 members.

The three-star energy efficiency rating and the inverter compressor makes this a very good deal within the Rs.15,000 budget.

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Excellent cooling retention
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Built-in multiple air vents

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Back section is not covered

 Specifications

Capacity190 Litre
Star Rating4 star 2020
Built-in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeInverter
Defrost SystemDirect cool
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

4. Haier HED – 20CFDS

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Energy Efficient Refrigerator
  • 4-star BEE 2020 certified
  • 1-hour icing technology
  • Fully covered back section

Haier refrigerators are some of the most sought after home appliances in the Indian market, thanks to the affordable pricing strategy.

The Haier HED 20CFDS is one of the latest products from Haier which is a 195L single door refrigerator with direct cool technology, priced at just Rs.12,790.

Design and Build Quality

The Haier HED 20CFDS has a minimal yet attractive industrial design, which looks pleasing to the eyes.

The outer chassis of this refrigerator is made from high-quality polycarbonate plastic material with an overlay of brushed metal finish.

The prominent vertical door handle makes it easier to open and close the refrigerator effortlessly.

The rear section of this fridge is covered with a metal plate for safety purposes.

The Haier HED 20CFDS comes with an option to manually lock the refrigerator door to prevent kids from playing with it unnecessarily.

Performance and Energy Efficiency

The Haier HED 20CFDS is powered by a reciprocatory compressor which does a great job in keeping the food, beverages and vegetables inside fresh and healthy.

Even though this is not an inverter compressor, the performance isn’t compromised in any manner.

Being a direct cool refrigerator fitted with an efficient reciprocatory compressor, the Haier HED 20CFDS comes with 4-star BEE 2020 rating, which means you will save a lot when it comes to the monthly electricity consumption.

Miscellaneous features

Haier’s popular 1-hour icing technology is present and accounted for with this budget refrigerator as well.

The toughened glass shelves not only separate compartments but also serves as a holder to keep heavy utensils and other kitchen vessels inside the refrigerator without any issues.

There is an ample amount of bottle storage space inside this refrigerator.

The PUF insulation that runs around the refrigerator compartment keeps the refrigerator efficient.

Verdict

The Haier HED 20CDFS is a capable single door refrigerator priced affordably for well under Rs.15,000.

The power efficiency, quick cooling performance and the overall decent build quality make this fridge a definite product to check out.

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Elegant brushed metal chassis

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Ample bottle storage space

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Toughened glass shelves

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No inverter compressor

 Specifications

Capacity195 Litre
Star Rating3 star 2020
Built-in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeReciprocatory
Defrost SystemDirect cool
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

5. Haier HED 22TDS

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Value for Money Refrigerator
  • Diamond edge freezing technology
  • Low maintenance compressor
  • 3-star BEE 2020 rating

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

The HED 22TDS is a 220L single door refrigerator that comes with a plethora of features and excellent power efficiency.

Design and Build Quality

The Haier HED 22TDS has an ultra-minimal design of this 220-litre refrigerator that 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-22TDS tops the list among the best single door refrigerators in India.

Energy Efficiency and Performance

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has assigned a 3-star BEE 2020 rating for this fridge which saves up energy bills to 55% when compared with a conventional refrigerator.

One of the main USPs 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 220L 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 HED 22TDS has got you covered.

If you don’t mind the absence of an inverter type compressor, this 3-star rated refrigerator performs on par with its competitor models in terms of cooling the contents inside.

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The minimal, eye-pleasing design

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Stabilizer free operation

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One-hour icing technology

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Heavy door

 Specifications

Capacity220 Litre
Star Rating3 star 2020
Built-in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeReciprocatory
Defrost SystemDirect cool
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

6. Whirlpool WDE205 CLS 2S

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Honourable Mention
  • 2-star BEE 2020 rating
  • Easy manual defrosting
  • Toughened glass shelves

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

The WDE 205 CLS 2S is an entry-level refrigerator from Whirlpool with a 190-litre capacity which suits a family consisting of 3-4 members conveniently.

Design and Build Quality

This refrigerator measure comes with a 190-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 recessed pocket handle on this budget single door refrigerator 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 2-star 2020 BEE rating

This fridge has been given the 2-star 2020 energy efficiency rating by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Standards.

The rotary type inverter compressor employed in this refrigerator has very low maintenance costs throughout 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 9 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 of a single door refrigerator that won’t burn a hole in your pocket when it comes to power consumption? You’ve hit the jackpot.

With the chrome-plated handle and the overall pleasing design and the powerful inverter compressor inside, this refrigerator will be an asset to your kitchen for sure.

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Easy home inverter integration

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Nine hours of cooling retention

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Jumbo bottle rack

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Noisy at times

 Specifications

Capacity190 Litre
Star Rating2 star 2020
Built-in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeReciprocatory
Defrost SystemDirect cool
Warranty1 year + 10 year on compressor

This concludes our list of the best six single door refrigerators in India under various price brackets.

We have done our best to find and review the best in class products that might pique interest in you.

If you are OK with extending your budget with a couple of thousands, do check out our article on the best double door refrigerators for more choices.

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How To Choose A Refrigerator: Buying Guide For Single Door Refrigerators

Confused about buying a single door refrigerator?

Let’s walk you through the various aspects that you should be in touch with.

Trust us, this won’t be long and tedious.

So let’s get started right away! Here are the few primary concerns you should try addressing:

1) Price

Single door refrigerators are the cheapest among all types of refrigerators in the market. They are compact as well as light on features.

As almost all the single door refrigerators in the market are of the direct cool type, the starting prices of these products are really low.

A 181L Haier HRD-1813BMS-R/E single door refrigerator with a 3-star BEE rating costs only about Rs. 11,790.

If you are low on budget and space, a single door refrigerator is your best bet.

If you are looking for something under a budget of Rs. 10,000 the 99L Godrej RD Champ 114 is a good choice priced at just Rs. 9,990.

Remember, lower the price, fewer will be the features as well.

If you are okay skipping some features, a single door refrigerator is not at all a bad choice.

2) Capacity

Capacity is directly related to the number of people in the household.

Single door refrigerators generally come in various capacities ranging from 99L – 250L.

This is sufficient in case you are a bachelor or for a small family of 2-3 members.

Blindly following the budget with no respect for anything else is a blunder.

For. eg buying a 99L refrigerator for a family of 5 isn’t going to work out so well.

Similarly, a 250L fridge for a bachelor too is a wastage of money as well as energy.

For a family of 4-5 members, the 245L Whirlpool 260 IMFRESH PRM 4S single door refrigerator priced at Rs. 20,990 is a suitable model.

Coming to the lower end of the price spectrum, the 195L Haier HRD-1954BS-E comes with a price tag of just Rs. 12,690.

Everyone loves to have extra features that come handy.

Unfortunately, the rock-bottom prices of single door refrigerators make it hard for the manufacturers to include features.

Not that these products are completely feature-less, we’ll discuss some useful additions that might help in the long run.

3) Frost free refrigeration

We had mentioned above that almost all the single door refrigerators come with a direct cool type technology.

Still itching to find that one square peg in a round hole?

Here it is for you – the 245L Whirlpool 260 IMFRESH PRM 4S 4-star single door refrigerator comes with a frost-free operation at a price of just Rs. 20,990.

Is frost free necessary? Honestly yes. This technology will defrost the freezer automatically.

Unless you want to manually remove ice formation inside the freezer, this technology is a welcome addition.

4) Anti-microbial protection

Make sure the refrigerator you are about to purchase offers some form of protection from microbial growth instead.

A removable gasket or a special coating on the crispers may be sufficient enough.

The 190L LG GL-D201ASPX single door refrigerator priced at Rs. 16,999 comes with an airtight anti-bacterial casket that prevents mold growth inside the refrigerator.

5) Inverter compressor

Inverter compressors are most energy efficient and maintenance free type of compressors on the market.

Due to the fact that these compressors don’t shut down and turn on a regular basis, the wear and tear are minimal.

If there’s an inverter compressor within your budget reach, don’t think twice. Go for it.

The Samsung RR20M1Y2XUT is a 5-star 192L single door fridge with a digital inverter compressor on board at a price of just Rs. 17,550.

Also, the 190L LG GL-D201ASPX comes with a similar inverter compressor at a slightly less price tag of Rs. 16,999.

6) Toughened glass shelves

Glass shelves are the pieces of glass that partition the interior of the refrigerators.

Single door refrigerators as a whole come with limited capacity compared to other types of refrigerators.

Having a toughened glass shelf means you can keep certain fruits as well as heavy vegetables on it without the fear of breaking.

Although it doesn’t make much difference having one is quite useful.

The 190L Haier HRD-1954BS priced at Rs. 12,690 comes loaded with this feature.

7) Built-in stabilizer

This is a very important feature to have in a refrigerator, especially in our Indian conditions.

Almost all the refrigerators, no matter the price comes with one.

You should make sure that your choice has one or be sure to purchase an additional stabilizer.

The entry-level 181L Haier HRD-1813BMS priced at Rs. 11,970 comes with an inbuilt stabilizer to protect it from unexpected power surges.

8) Warranty

Most of the brands provide warranty on the complete unit along with some additional warranty on the compressor alone.

For some brands, the compressor warranty may be of 10 years, and for some others, it may be 4.

Brands like LG and Samsung usually provides a 10-year warranty on their compressors.

Featured Image: SAMSUNG