A double door refrigerator is an ideal choice for mid-sized families with 3-6 members. Its benefits mainly are-
On the negative side, it is a lot more expensive than single door refrigerators and also consumes more electricity. But overall, the positives far outweigh the negatives.
Now, let us take a look at the best double door refrigerators in India.
Overall Best Double Door Refrigerator
With almost 90% of user reviews rating the refrigerator as good to excellent, LG 260 L GL-I292RPZL 4-star refrigerator is definitely the best double door refrigerator in India.
The refrigerator has 260 litre gross capacity and 237 litre net capacity, making it apt for a 3-5 member family.
Now, let us discuss about its cooling efficiency, energy efficiency, design, features, performance and durability.
Cooling & Freshness
The main factors that affect the performance of a refrigerator in terms of its ability to preserve the food is proper cooling and humidity maintenance.
We found that LG GL-I292RPZL has superior temperature consistency as it uses multi-flow cooling system.
Cool air flows through the vent located on the door as well as the vents located behind the compartment. We could see that this helps in maintaining a consistently cool temperature throughout the compartments and door shelves.
In order to maintain the moisture of fruits and vegetables, the vegetable box has a lattice shaped cover and a vent that can be opened to let out the excess moisture and closed to keep the moisture intact. So, if you are someone who stocks up on fresh fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis, LG GL-I292RPZL would be the best choice for you.
As for the freezer, you can adjust temperature in four levels to maintain level apt for your requirement. Those who stock plenty of fish and meat will be better off setting to the lowest temperature.
Consuming just 194 units of electricity per year, LG GL-I292RPZL has 4-star energy rating.
The refrigerator employs smart inverter compressor that adjusts the internal temperature according to the amount of food kept and external climate condition, thus saving energy up to 48%.
We could observe that the fridge is fairly silent most of the time. However there is a noticeable increase in the noise level if you frequently open the door as the compressor runs at higher speed to make up for the cooling loss.
Now, in case of power failure, the Smart Connect Technology used by LG refrigerator helps switch to inverter easily during power cuts. As the shift is immediate and seamless, there is no fluctuation in temperature, hence maintaining consistent temperature. Moreover, as the refrigerator uses power equivalent to just 2 CFLs, it doesn’t become a burden to the inverter too.
Yet another important feature is that the refrigerator is solar smart. If your home has solar panel, you can power your refrigerator with it.
Tall and deep with stainless steel finish doors, lock and glossy handles, LG GL-I292RPZL has the look and finish that makes it a perfect fit for a modern kitchen. The sides of the refrigerator are of matte finish and a visible unpleasantness is the opening in the rear side that exposes the wires. Comparatively Haier refrigerators cover up the wires better.
In order to ensure that the refrigerator does not rock to and fro, the two front legs can be levelled. Ideally the level difference between the front and back surface shouldn’t be more than 2 degrees.
Now, coming to the interiors, the top freezer is divided by a shelf and the double twist ice tray can be moved from side-to-side. Towards the backside, there is also a knob to adjust the temperature.
The refrigerator has three shelves and a large and transparent vegetable crisper. A major drawback is that the height of the shelf cannot be adjusted. So, you will have to utilize your spatial skills when you have a lot of stuffs to store. The door shelves are fairly spacious and the middle rack has a tall bottle guard that is perfectly suitable for 2 litre bottles.
The top LED light is pretty bright and illuminates the compartments well. Just like every other refrigerator in this segment, LG GL-I292RPZL too doesn’t have any light in the freezer.
Superior performance of LG GL-I292RPZL is evident from the fact that 90% of user reviews shine a positive light on it. The refrigerator has superior cooling technology and maintains a consistent temperature throughout the compartments. Its crisper box has a moisture control system that keeps humidity in check. This helps keep the produces fresh for up to 14 days, provided you keep an eye on the vegetable box and adjust the vent to maintain optimal moisture level.
Other useful features include-
Note that LG levies extra installation charges of approx. Rs. 500/-
LG generally is known for selling durable appliances and its 260 L refrigerators doesn’t fall behind expectations. Various user reviews of people who have been using the refrigerator for 1-3 years opine they never faced any complaints.
The below mentioned models have identical features and performance and vary only in terms of capacity.
The below models have an ultra-cool pad that maintains freezer temperature for 10 hours, a pull out tray, convertible box with humidity controller and an enclosed beauty box.
Haier 320 L 3 Star Frost-Free Double Door Refrigerator (HRB-3404BS-R/HRB-3404BS-E, Silver Brush Line)
We included this model in the list because for a price comparable with LG 260 L GL-I292RPZL, you get a more spacious 320 L bottom mounted refrigerator, albeit with a lower energy efficiency rating.
The bottom mounted design is especially useful for the older folks who don’t want to frequently bend to take out vegetables from the crisper box. The refrigerator is equipped with latest technology that maintains uniform cooling and humidity.
In addition, the freezer comes with separate enclosures to prevent odour mixing and contamination.
Black colour variant of the model is also available Haier 320 L 3 Star Frost-Free Double-Door Refrigerator (HRB-3404PKG, Black). But, it is expensive by about Rs. 5000/-