Best Single Door Refrigerators In India (April 2019)

by | Mar 28, 2019

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 the 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 RR20R Overall Best Pick
2. Godrej EPro 205 Runner-Up Pick
3. Haier HRD-2204BS Refrigerator with the Best Design
4. LG GL-B201APBX Feature Rich Double Door Refrigerator
5. Whirlpool 260 IMFRESH PRM 4S Honorable Mention

1. Samsung RR20R

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Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent inverter compressor
  • Suited for stylish kitchen interiors
  • 5-star energy efficiency rating

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

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

5-star BEE Energy Efficiency Rating

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

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

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

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

Hardware Features

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

The cooling retention capability of this refrigerator is commendable.

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

Miscellaneous

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

Verdict

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

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

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Excellent cooling retention

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Efficient digital inverter

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Closed backside

 Specifications

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

2. Godrej E Pro 205

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • 5-Star BEE rating
  • Inverter compressor
  • Durable build quality

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

The E Pro 205 is a 192L 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 E Pro 205 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 really durable.

The vertically placed long door handle is very much comfortable to hold and aids in easy opening and closing of the refrigerator door.

This refrigerator is available in different colour shades and the exciting graphics labelling on the front makes this 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 a ny 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 E 205 Pro comes equipped with an inverter compressor inside for power efficient cooling performance.

The inverter compressor is very silent in its operation compared to the traditional compressors.

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

This 192-litre single door refrigerator is enough for a small family of 2-3 members.

The BEE ( Bureau of Energy Efficiency) has given a 5-star rating for the energy efficiency of this refrigerator which will reduce the burden on your electricity bills significantly.

Miscellaneous

Even though the Godrej E Pro 205 is a small sized refrigerator, the inside of this fridge is very efficiently compartmentalized for storing possibly every kind of stuff for a family of 3.

The double layered freezer section aides 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 E Pro 205 is a very capable 192L single door refrigerator for a small family of 3.

The five-star energy efficiency rating and the inverter compressor makes this a very good deal within the Rs.20,000 budget.

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Durable build quality

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A double layered freezer compartment

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Separate drawer for vegetable storage

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The rear section is left uncovered

 Specifications

Capacity 190 litre
Star Rating 5 star
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Inverter

3. Haier HRD-2204BS

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Refrigerator With the Best Design
  • 4-star BEE rating
  • Powerful reciprocatory compressor
  • Minimal yet elegant design

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

The HRD-2204BS is a 195L single door refrigerator that comes with a plethora of features and excellent power efficiency.

Design and Build Quality

The Haier HRD-2204BS 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-2204BS tops the list among the best single door refrigerators in India.

Energy Efficiency and Performance

Bureau of Energy Efficiency has assigned a 4-star rating for this fridge which saves up energy bills up to 40% 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 motor 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 198L 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-2204BS has got you covered.

If you don’t mind the absence of an inverter type compressor, this 4-star rated refrigerators performs on par with its competitor models in terms of cooling the contents inside.

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Brushed metal finish

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1-hour icing technology

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Built-in stabilizer

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No child lock

 Specifications

Capacity 220 L
Star Rating 4 Star
Built in Stabilizer No
Compressor Type Reciprocatory

 

4. LG GL-B201APBX

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Feature Rich Single Door Refrigerator
  • Suited for houses with space crunch
  • Smart features
  • Efficient inverter compressor

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

The LG GL-B201APBX is a single door, a 190L refrigerator which comes with a durable smart inverter compressor at a price of just Rs. 15,990.

4-star BEE Energy Efficiency Rating

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

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

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

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

Verdict

The LG GL-B201APBX 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 an added 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-B201APBX should be definitely on your consideration.

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Smart inverter compressor
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Moisture controlling crisper
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Smart connectivity

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Slightly smaller egg tray

 Specifications

Capacity 190 Litres
Star Rating 4 Star
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Smart Inverter

 

5. Whirlpool 260 IMFRESH PRM 4S

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Honorable Mention
  • Suited medium to large families
  • Inverter compressor
  • Large vegetable crisper

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

The IMFRESH PRM 4S is an entry-level refrigerator from Whirlpool with a large 245-litre capacity which suits a family consisting of 4-6 members conveniently.

Design and build quality

This refrigerator measure comes with a 245-litre capacity in a single door configuration.

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

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

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

Hardware features

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

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

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

Rotary compressor and 5 star BEE rating

This fridge has been given the 4-star energy efficiency rating by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Standards.

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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4-star BEE rating

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245-litre capacity

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Quick icing technology

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No cool pad

 Specifications

Capacity 245 Litre
Star Rating 4 Star
Built in Stabilizer Yes
Compressor Type Rotary

 

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.