Best Refrigerators in India

by | Sep 22, 2018

It’s summer and we are thirsty.

After a long tiring day, when you reach home you would be craving for a glass of cold water, aren’t you?

And you need a good fridge for exactly that.

In the hunt for the best refrigerators in India, we came across certain models that we honestly think is worth taking a look at and are best at what they do.

Here is the best five refrigerator that you can purchase in the Indian market at present:

Take a pause and start reading!

Best Refrigerators in India

1. Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S Best Budget Refrigerator
2. LG GL-D201ASPXBest Single Door Refrigerator
3. LG GL-I292RPZLBest Feature Rich Refrigerator
4. Haier HRB-3404BS-R/EBest Bottom Mounted Refrigerator
5. Whirlpool FP 313DTriple Door Refrigerator
6. Samsung RT30M3425S8/HLBest Power Efficient Refrigerator

1. Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S

Best Refrigerator in India - Best Budget Refrigerator
Best Budget Refrigerator
  • 6th sense Quick chill technology
  • Stabilizer free operation
  • Power efficient
Whirlpool, the leading American home appliances manufacturer is on a comeback trail in the Indian market with back to back popular products such as refrigerators and air conditioners.

The Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S is a single door budget refrigerator that is suitable for bachelors as well as a small family of four to serve their refrigeration requirements.

Design and build quality

The body of this refrigerator is made of fibre that feel tough and durable.

The glossy paint job gives this refrigerator a very pleasing look that suits to any kind of home decor that you might have.

Even though, this is a 190 L capacity refrigerator, the clever design and sectioning of compartments provides you the much needed flexible storage spaces without any wastage.

The Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S comes with a antibacterial gasket that prevents the bacterial growth inside the fridge that might render the food and other contents inside inedible.

6th sense Quick chill technology

This refrigerator features a powerful reciprocatory compressor that quickly cools the contents inside.

Not only this quick cooling, the refrigerator is very properly insulated in a way that even if the power goes out, the cooling is retained for up to 9 hours.

This is a great feature that will definitely help us during summers and especially during power outages.

Cleverly designed compartments

Whirlpool has included a chiller compartment to keep milk packets and juice cans chilled.

The sufficiently large vegetable crisper allows you to store more of perishable items like fruits.

Along with that there is a moisture lock that prevents the vegetables from getting stale over time.

Miscellaneous

The Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S comes with a 1-year warranty and an additional five year warranty on the compressor.

The 3-star BEE rating for this single door refrigerator means approximately 35% power savings from a non star rated appliance which is quite significant in terms of the current energy bill tariff.

Verdict

The Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S is a very capable budget single door refrigerator that favours the consumer with both the budget and feature list that if has.

If you want a reliable refrigerator for a small family, this product is worth considering.

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Affordable
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Low maintenance compressor
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Large vegetable crisper
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No toughened glass separators

 Specifications

Capacity190 litre
Star Rating3 star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeReciprocatory

2. LG GL-D201ASPX

Best Refrigerator - Haier-181-L-Direct-Cool-Single-Door-3-Star-Refrigerator-Moon-Silver-HRD-1813BMS-R-E
Best Single Door Refrigerator
  • Suited for homes with space crunch
  • Smart features
  • Efficient inverter compressor
LG is an established player in the home appliance industry for decades.

The LG GL-D201ASPX is a single door, 190L refrigerator that comes with a durable smart inverter compressor at a price of just Rs. 16,999.

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, the 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.

Miscellaneous

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.

If you are in search of a slightly larger refrigerator with the same features mentioned above, the LG GL-B221APZX might also be worth checking out.

Verdict

The LG GL-D201ASPX 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-D201ASPX 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 Diagnosis
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Smart connectivity with inverter/solar panel
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Slightly smaller egg tray

 Specifications

Capacity190 litre
Star Rating4 star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeSmart inverter

3. LG GL-I292RPZL

Best Refrigerator India - LG-260-L-Frost-Free-Double-Door-4-Star-Refrigerator
Best Feature-rich Refrigerator
  • Double door refrigerator
  • Loaded with smart features
  • Inverter compressor
LG is one of the key players in the Indian home appliance market.

The GL-I292RPZL refrigerator from LG is a double door unit that comes with a plethora of features with an asking price of Rs. 24,999.

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 liters 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.

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 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 very energy efficient than a rotary or reciprocal type compressor.

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

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

Hardware features

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

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

Smart features

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

Also, the Solar Smart Technology enables this fridge to runoff from a solar grid directly.

The fluctuating DC current 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 the customer care and pinpoint the problem.

Verdict

The LG GL-I292RPZL is a very capable double door refrigerator that is loaded with smart features that will make your life much easier.

With the 4-star BEE energy efficiency rating, this refrigerator from LG wont burn a hole in your pocket.

The smart inverter type compressor is silent in its operation.

With a few moving parts inside, there is very little maintenance for the motor which is the single most important component of the refrigerator.

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Smart inverter compressor
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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

 Specifications

Capacity260 L
Star Rating4 Star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeInverter

4. Haier HRB-3404BS-R/E

Best Refrigerator India - Haier-320-L-Frost-Free-Double-Door-3-Star-Refrigerator
 Best Bottom-Mounted Refrigerator
  • Best suited for homemakers
  • Reversible door
  • Large vegetable crisper
Haier is a Chinese white goods manufacturing giant with years of experience in the field.

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

The ample 320 liters 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-3404BS-R/E 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.

The unit measures 595 x 1600 x 641.5 mm.

Powerful reciprocatory compressor

This refrigerator has a reciprocatory type compressor running the show. Compared with a rotary compressor, this compressor cools the inside of the fridge very quickly.

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

The 3-star rating even though not as efficient as a four or five stars rated model, provides a decent cushion in terms of electricity consumption.

Hardware features

The vegetable storing crisper in this fridge is double the size of the conventional crispers found in other models.

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 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 the 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-3404BS-R/E is a 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.

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Suitable for homemakers as the need to bend to pick is reduced by 90%
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Reversible door
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Cooling pad to keep the temperature even if the power goes off
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Frost free operating
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1-hour icing technology
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Power consumption is on the higher side
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The reciprocatory compressor is expensive to maintain
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No built-in stabilizer

 Specifications

Capacity320 L
Star Rating3 Star
Built in StabilizerNo
Compressor TypeReciprocatory

5. Whirlpool FP 313D

Best Refrigerator - Whirlpool-300-L-Frost-Free-Triple-Door-Refrigerator
Triple Door Refrigerator
  • Suited for joint families
  • Best for storing non-veg items
  • 5 Star rating
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 liters with separate zones for keeping contents without being intermixed with each other.

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

Unique design

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 format 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

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 wont happen.

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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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Rotary compressor is less efficient compared to inverter compressor

 Specifications

Capacity300 litre
Star Rating5 star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeRotary

6. Samsung RT30M3425S8/HL

Best Samsung Refrigerator - Samsung-253-L-Frost-Free-Double-Door-2-Star-Refrigerator
Best Power Efficient Refrigerator
  • 5-star BEE rating
  • Durable digital inverter compressor
  • Effective coolpad
The Samsung RT30M3425S8 is a 5-star BEE rated double door refrigerator that comes with a shelf capacity of 275L.

This fridge comes equipped with so many innovative features that make it to the top of our list quite comfortably.

5-star BEE rating

The main USP of this refrigerator is its 5-star energy efficiency rating.

This rating ensures that this fridge saves up to 55% on your energy consumption bill when compared with conventional models.

Adding the cherry on cream is the silent and durable digital inverter compressor that runs actively in the background and adjusts the speed according to the load and the optimal temperature required to keep the contents inside fresh.

Hardware features

The recessed handle adds a premium feel to this refrigerator.

This double door fridge features an LED display as well as control buttons mapped for functions such as temperature adjustment and turning on/off the power cool/freeze mode.

The cool pack inside the cabinet keeps the perishable goods in the refrigerator fresh up to 12-hours in the case of a power outage.

The slide shelves aides in easy access to each and every corner of the refrigerator.

This double door refrigerator comes with a power cool/freeze mode that chills and cools the contents of the cabinet up to 31% faster at the touch of a button.

One of the nifty useful features of this fridge is its door alarm.

If the refrigerator door is left open or not closed properly, the alarm alerts the user.

This eliminates the accidental energy wastage and keeps the content inside odourless.

Warranty

This double door 5-star rated refrigerator from Samsung comes at an asking price of Rs.37,150 including the 1-year total cover warranty and the additional 10-year warranty on its digital inverter compressor.

If you think this budget is a bit over the top, another model from Samsung worth considering is the 253L Samsung RT28M3424S8 which has all the functions aforementioned minus a cool pad and comes with a 4-star BEE rating.

Verdict

The Samsung RT30M3425S8 although expensive is the only 5-star refrigerator on our list.

With the industry leading inverter compressor, this refrigerator is one of the best performing appliance in its class.

The power cool/freeze mode does allow you to quickly make ice cubes when in need and considering the Indian conditions having frequent power cuts, having a coolpad that will keep the perishables inside fresh for a long time.

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5-star BEE rating
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Informative LED display
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Efficient and durable Digital Inverter Compressor
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Power cool/freeze mode
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Expensive compared to other models with similar capacity

 Specifications

Capacity275 L
Star Rating5 star
Built in StabilizerYes
Compressor TypeDigital inverter
The list of the best refrigerators in India never ends here.

We hope this post has given you a slight idea about the categorization in the refrigerator markets as a whole.

The models we included here are what we found interesting from the bunch.

If your product is right in here, bingo!

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

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How To Choose A Refrigerator: The Complete Buying Guide

How to choose a refrigerator
Money can buy everything.

Or does it?

Buying the best product with the money in hand is the real challenge.

There are thousands of refrigerators in the market and you’re pampered with choices.

Refrigerators and air-conditioners are the two appliances which face huge demand during the dry months here in India.

In this section, we will detail the things you’ve to keep in mind while purchasing a refrigerator.

What?

Refrigerators are machines for cooling your consumables/fresh produce/beverages at a temperature lesser than the one you’ve in your room for a longer duration.

Why?

The hot and humid climate outside will make them stale very fast.

Perishables like vegetables have to kept at a lower temperature to keep fresh.

Also having cold water/beverage does quench your thirst in the hot climate.

How?

Interested in knowing how a refrigerator works?

Let’s break it down for you in simple words below :

  • The main component of a refrigerator apart from all the hardware stuff is the refrigerant. It’s what does the magic of cooling.
  • The compressor compresses the gaseous refrigerant to a high-pressure gas.
  • This high-pressure gas flows through the coils and when it comes in contact with the room temperature, converts to a cool high-pressure liquid state.
  • This high-pressure refrigerant flows inside the refrigerator absorbing the heat inside and cooling down the interiors.
  • The hot refrigerant then loses the pressure and cools down as it flows down to the evaporator where it is again converted into low-pressure gaseous form. This cycle repeats as in a loop.

Now that’s over let’s see what factors should you consider while selecting a refrigerator from the market.

1) Price

Having a budget in mind will definitely help you.

But having only a budget in mind will always hurt you.

Refrigerators come in a variety of sizes and prices. So having a rough idea of how much you can spend is beneficial.

As with every appliance out there, the price of refrigerators vary according to the capacity, features as well as the brand.

Single door refrigerators are the cheapest type of refrigerators available in the market.

For eg., the Haier HRD-1813BMS, a 181 L single door refrigerator costs only Rs.10,999 in India.

Double door and side by side refrigerators are the expensive ones in the lot.

There are refrigerators with prices tags upwards of a Lakh.

If you want, it is an entirely different story.

In general, the prices range from Rs.10,000 to Rs.90,000.

2) Dimensions

Buying a very large refrigerator to a house having a space crunch is not a very good idea.

Before zeroing in on the model, finalize a space for placing the fridge in your home.

This will save a lot of trouble afterwards.

Side-by-side refrigerators take up a lot of space.

So unless you have a very big kitchen or a hall with enough floor space, never think of owning one.

Double door refrigerators too take up space, but not as much.

Single door refrigerators are the most compact type of refrigerators in the market.

3) Features

Features play a large part in determining the price of a product.

It’s an obvious fact that pricier the product is, more will be the features too.

Double door and side by side refrigerators come feature packed which we will discuss a bit later.

Expensive refrigerators will give you choices like having a water/ice dispenser outside the fridge.

Is it necessary?

Well, it’s subjective.

But certain features like having toughened glass shelves, manual temperature control etc are very much desirable no matter what the budget is.

Let’s now see what are the options available in the market for a prospective buyer in case of a refrigerator.

Categorizing broadly on cooling type employed in these appliances, refrigerators are of two type :

1. Direct Cool Refrigerators

2. Frost Free Refrigerators

1) Direct cool refrigerators

Direct cool refrigerators make use of natural convection for defrosting the freezer compartment.

The main drawback of this system is that there will be ice accumulation inside the freezer.

This will require frequent manual defrosting.

Almost all single door refrigerators are the direct cool type.

A few of budget double door refrigerators also comes with direct cool technology.

Since there is no additional circuitry or hardware required, the direct cool refrigerators are cheaper and energy efficient than the frost free type.

2) Frost free refrigerators

Frost free technology is the latest trend in refrigerators.

It involves a heating element inside the freezer that will trigger once it detects an ice build up.

It automatically defrosts the freezer without any manual intervention.

However since the heating element draws power, these refrigerators consume more electricity and are expensive than the direct cool refrigerators.

4) Types 

Based on the form factor and the number of doors present, refrigerators are classified in to:

i) Single Door Refrigerator
ii) Double Door Refrigerator
iii) Side by Side Refrigerator

i) Single Door Refrigerators

These are the most affordable type of refrigerators available in the market.

If you are looking for a compact and affordable refrigerator, the chances are that these refrigerators will pique your interest.

This type of refrigerators comes with a single door with freezer placed at the top.

Almost all the single door refrigerators are of a direct cool type.

They consume less power as well. These refrigerators come with a capacity less than 300 L.

If you’re a bachelor or if your family consists of less than three members, a single door refrigerator is sufficient.

 ii) Double Door Refrigerators

Double door refrigerators as the name suggests has two doors.

One for the freezer compartment and other for the regular cooler section.

The capacity of a double door refrigerator varies from 250-700 L.

Compared to single door fridges, these devices will have more advanced features.

Double door refrigerators come with both direct cool as well as frost free technology.

So you must be careful while purchasing.

Unlike the single door refrigerators, you get a choice, and when you have one choose the better over the other.

iii) Side by Side Refrigerators

Side by side refrigerators is the most expensive type of refrigerators in the market.

The capacity of these refrigerators varies from 500 – 900 L.

These refrigerators have a shelf like a door with two open ends.

Some of the expensive side by side models may come with ice/water dispenser on the outside for easy access.

Based on the position of the freezer, refrigerators are classified into two as follows:

a) Top Mounted Freezer Refrigerators
b) Bottom Mounted Freezer Refrigerators

a) Top Mounted Freezer Refrigerators

Most of the refrigerators fall under this category.

The freezers in these refrigerators are placed on top.

On an energy efficiency standpoint, this is the best it can get.

If you prefer to have chilled beverages and ice cubes at a stretch, this would be the best bet.

b) Bottom Mounted Refrigerators

These are relatively new entrants to the market.

The freezer in these type of refrigerators is placed on the bottom and the normal cooling zone at the top.

If you consume a lot of fresh produce than frozen goods, this type of refrigerators may be the best.

5) Compressor

Compressors are one of the single most important components in a refrigeration system.

Mainly, there are two types of compressors in use among the refrigerators sold in the market. They are :

a) Rotary compressor
b) Reciprocating compressor

a) Rotary compressor

Rotary compressors have rotating rollers to compress the refrigerant inside the coils.

They are silent and produce less heat compared to the reciprocating compressors.

The main downside of a rotary compressor is that it consumes more energy.

b) Reciprocating compressor

Reciprocating compressors employ pistons instead of rollers.

These pistons are very efficient and have minimal maintenance.

The drawback of these compressors is that it’s noisy.

Other than the two above mentioned compressors, there is a new technology in the market – inverter compressors.

This technology lets the compressor run in the background without shutting down completely.

6) Advantages of an inverter compressor

– Less wear and tear

– Energy efficient

– High cooling efficiency

Summarizing, if there is a refrigerator with an inverter compressor is available within your budget, always go for it.

Apart from this, there are certainly other things that you must take into account while purchasing a refrigerator in India.

Let’s talk about them as well.

7) Star rating ( Energy efficiency )

Bureau of Energy Efficiency has a star rating for indicating the energy efficiency of the home appliances sold in India.

Having a 5-star means the maximum efficiency.

Although the initial cost for these 5-star products is high, on the long term they save you enough money to offset that.

We don’t force you to buy a 5-star product, but it is necessary to have a look at the energy efficiency and couple it with the features you require.

This will definitely have monetary benefits.

8) Built-in stabilizer

Power fluctuations are a normal scenario in India at present.

As these appliances are highly sensitive even to the minor variations in voltage, the chance of getting damaged during one is high.

Make sure you buy a refrigerator with built-in stabilizer. If not, buy a separate stabilizer.

Most of the double door and side by side refrigerators come with built-in stabilizer. But making sure it has is your duty.

9) Cool-pad

This feature is kind of an optional choice.

Usually found in expensive refrigerators, some of the double door refrigerators come with it.

What it does is that, during long power outages, these cool pads retain the cool temperature inside the fridge, keeping the contents inside fresh.