Buying a refrigerator is a fairly daunting task. Amazon alone has about 1000 refrigerators of various size, capacity and brands listed. With average refrigerator having life of 12 years, how do you choose the one best suitable for you? We will get in to it shortly.
But, if you are short on time and would like a quick look at which one to choose, then, by all means choose LG. It utilizes the best-in-class technology and has best energy ratings.
If you are looking for a single door refrigerator, LG190L 4 Star Direct Cool Single Door Refrigerator would be the best option. Not only is it stylish, it also has four star energy rating, separate vegetable basket, fast freezing zone and cool zone dedicated for dairy.
When it comes to double door refrigerator, LG 260 L 4 Star Frost-Free Double Door Refrigerator is the best in segment with 260 L capacity, multi airflow using multiple air vents with deodorizing catalyst, ice beam cooling technology, open door alarm to name a few.
If you need higher capacity, then the LG 335 L 4 Star Frost-Free Double Door Refrigerator GL-U372JHSL offers more or less the same features and has 335 L capacity and LG 407 L 4 Star Frost-Free Double Door Refrigerator GL-I452TAWL has 407 L capacity.
Here is a table with the models we have shortlisted.
Whirlpool FP 263D Protton Roy
Haier HRF 618 SS-1
Now, let us get on to the buying guide.
How To Choose A Refrigerator?
The first step when it comes to choosing a refrigerator is deciding what should be its capacity. It depends on a large extend to the family size and your eating habits. The general guideline is that-
A bachelor or family with 1-2 members will need a fridge with capacity less than 200litre;
Small families with 3-4 members will need a fridge of size 200-350 L;
Larger families with more than 5 members will need a fridge of size 400L and above.
Dimension definitely is a very important factor that has to be taken care of while buying a refrigerator, especially for modular kitchen. After all, the last thing you want is lack of space in the kitchen to fit in a refrigerator.
Type Of Refrigerators
There are different types of refrigerators available in the market—namely single door, double door, side-by-side door and French door refrigerators.
Generally, needs of bachelors and families with 1-2 members will suffice with a Single Door Refrigerator;
Small families with 3-4 members will need Double Door Refrigerator;
Large families with more than 5 members will need Side-by-Side Refrigerator or French Door Refrigerators.
Single Door Refrigerators usually have capacity less than 250 L and mostly runs on direct cool technology.
Suitable mainly for small families with 1-3 members, it is comparatively budget friendly, compact and consumes 30-40% less energy compared to double door refrigerator of similar capacity.
On the negative side, its freezer space is quite less and if you are a pure non-vegetarian who usually stocks up fish and meat for a week, then you may not be quite happy with its freezer capacity.
Double Door Refrigerators as the name suggests has separate doors for freezer and refrigerator.
It usually has a capacity between 200-700L and is suitable for families with 3-4 members. It has larger freezer chamber, adjustable shelves and comes with frost free technology—meaning you won’t have to clean ice manually from the freezer.
Compared to single door refrigerators that operate with direct cool technology, double door refrigerators use automatic fans to circulate cool air, hence consuming 30-40% more electricity.
Price wise, it costs more than and also has a lot more features than single door refrigerators.
Side-By-Side Door Refrigerators are larger in size with capacity between 500L and 900L, making it suitable for large families. These type of refrigerators have advanced features and may even have in-built water dispenser.
Most of refrigerators have normal compressor that runs at a set speed throughout the functioning period. Fridges with invertor compressor runs on varying speed which increases cooling when a loss of cooling is detected by the system.
You would have seen the energy ratings of various refrigerators. It implies how good the refrigerator is when it comes to energy efficiency. Higher the rating, lower the power consumption. In India, the BEE rating is awarded only for single and double door refrigerators. Side-by-side refrigerators, triple door refrigerators and French door refrigerators do not have BEE rating.
Now, let us get on to the list of best refrigerators in India.
Suitable for bachelors and small families, Haier 195 L Single Door Refrigerator is basic, budget-friendly yet high performing. With four-star energy rating, and employing direct cool technology, the refrigerator has all basic features to keep your food fresh for long.
The refrigerator has five door racks and three shelves made of toughened glass. The height of the shelves can be adjusted as per your requirement.
Other important features include-
1 Hour Icing Technology that reduces the temperature of freezer to -5 degree Celsius in just 60 minutes;
Vitamin C Fresh block that keeps the fruits and vegetables placed in the vegetable rack fresh for up to 7 days;
Cooler Pad in freezer that helps maintain the cooling in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours in case of a power failure;
Anti-fungal gasket to prevent bacteria and fungal growth on the fridge;
and Child Lock.
Now, if you are a non-vegetarian who usually has a stash of fish and meat in freezer, then, you might not be quite happy with this refrigerator as the freezer space is less (18 litres) compared to a double door refrigerator. Being a basic budget friendly refrigerator, it doesn’t have advanced features like open door alarm or a special box for beauty products or medicine.
The online reviews are fairly positive and there aren’t any common complaints observed so far.
Overall rating: 4.1/5 based on 163 customer reviews.
With four-star energy rating, 190 Litre capacity and 12.2 litre vegetable basket, this refrigerator has all basic features that an Indian family would need. In addition to fast freezing zone, it also has cool and fresh zone for keeping milk and desserts.
A notable feature of this refrigerator is that it has a bottom shelf, which not only gives the refrigerator an attractive look by hiding its legs, but also proves to be a utilitarian space for keeping vegetables like onion and potato, which doesn’t require refrigeration. Yet another feature is that this is one of the few refrigerators in India that can work on solar energy. The solar charge controller converts the intermittent DC generated in to fixed DC voltage and converts in to AC, thus running itself directly on solar energy.
Other features include-
Toughened glass shelves capable of holding up to 175 kg weight;
Anti-bacterial gasket that keeps away bacteria, mold and fungal formation inside the refrigerator;
Lattice type vegetable tray cover that helps maintain right moisture to enhance vegetable’s life.
Patented ice tray mixed with Aluminium to speed up ice making process;
Powercut Evercool Lite, which is a unique material inside the refrigerator ceiling that helps maintains temperature inside the refrigerator for up to 9 hours in case of a power failure.
Other than occasional complaints about delivery, you can hardly find any negative review of the refrigerator.
Note- You might have seen LG 190 L 5 star Direct Cool Technology Refrigerator that sells for almost same price. Don’t think that it consumes lesser energy than LG 190L 4 star Refrigerator. The 5 star rating of the former model is based on 2016 rating which is at par with the 4 star rating this year(2017). Also, the former model doesn’t have the storage drawer at the base for keeping vegetables that doesn’t require refrigeration.
Overall Rating: 4.3/5 based on 54 customer reviews,
Compared to the LG and Haier models mentioned above, Samsung has larger capacity. But the downside is that it consumes more energy and has only 3 star rating compared to 4 star rating of Haier and LG.
Just like LG, this refrigerator also has a fresh cool zone in addition to the super freeze zone for keeping milk, curd and desserts.
Other features include-
Stabilizer free operation;
Big bottle guard that ensures enough space for keeping larger bottles;
Toughened glass Shelves capable of holding up to 150 kg weight;
Keyhole on the Chromium Handle;
Anti-bacterial gasket that prevents fungal and bacterial build-up inside the refrigerator.
Overall rating: 4.1/5 based on 39 customer reviews.
With 200litre capacity, this refrigerator from Whirlpool also has just 3 star energy rating like Samsung, while Haier and LG has four star rating which implies lower energy consumption. It is available in different colours, namely Grey Titanium, Steel Regalia, Wine Exotica, Wine Titanium and Wine Exotica.
On the positive side, Whirlpool 200 L Direct Cool Refrigerator has some unique features that none other brands offer. Thanks to the insulated capillary technology which surrounds the refrigerant from compressor with super cool gas, the refrigerator is able to maintain its cooling for up to 12 hours (Haier retains cooling for 10 hours while LG retains cooling for just 9 hours). This technology also makes Whirlpool refrigerators fastest in ice making and chills water two times faster than other refrigerators in this segment.
The freezer is comparatively larger and the temperature can be set as low as -26 degree Celsius.It also has a special masala bin and medicine utility box that prevents medicine from getting contaminated.
Like other refrigerators in the segment, it also has anti-bacterial gasket, door lock and offers stabilizer-free operation.
Overall Rating: 4/5 based on 4 customer reviews.
With four star energy rating, LG offers best in class energy efficiency with this refrigerator model.
Featuring multi air-flow using multiple air vents throughout the refrigerator and ice beam cooling technology that circulates air from the vent along the back, the refrigerator is pretty quick at cooling not just the main shelves, but also door shelves. The air vent also has a deodorizing catalyst that removes unpleasant odors inside the refrigerator without any side-effects.
The Power Cut Ever Cool feature helps maintain the temperature inside the refrigerator even in case of extended power failures.
It also has a manual humidity controller in the vegetable box which helps reduce the moisture inside the box and thus extending the life of fruits and vegetables.
In addition to these, the refrigerator has a door alarm that sounds when the door is open for a minute or more, and child lock facility.
As with every latest model LG refrigerators, this model is also Solar smart—meaning it can be run on solar energy by converting intermittent DC to fixed DC and converting it to AC. It also has the Smart Diagnosis feature that diagnoses on its own the problem with refrigerator by directly communicating with the service center.
On the downside, it doesn’t have light in freezer. The option to adjust the main shelf height is also minimal. Neither does it have an easy slide shelf like Samsung.
Yet another problem is that LG charges Rs. 450 plus taxes for installation. Basically, there isn’t really any installation work, it is just plug and play. However, do check with the customer care if there will be any problem with the warranty if self-installed.
Other than these minor complaints, it is one of the best double door refrigerators for a small family.
Overall rating: 4.4/5 based on 157 customer reviews.
The first thing you might want to know is that even though it has Direct Invertor technology, the power consumption is comparatively higher ( 2 Star Energy rating) than other major brands in this segment. However, performance wise, this model from Samsung is absolutely perfect for a moderate use for a family with 3-4 members. With movable ice-shelf, deeper bottle holder, easy slide shelf, glass shelves capable of holding up to 150 kg weight and LED light, it has all basic features that makes it apt for an Indian family.
The refrigerator is capable of cooling pretty fast and a bottle of water can be chilled in about 30-45 minutes. One of the highlights definitely is the easy slide shelf that makes it easy to take food items outside.
The temperature of both freezer and refrigerator can be adjusted with separate knobs. However, one thing personally observed is that sometimes ice is formed on the control knob on cooler settings, making it a bit difficult to adjust the temperature. Also, the freezer doesn’t have any light.
As the temperature adjustment knob of refrigerator is behind the middle shelf, sometimes you might find it difficult to adjust temperature when the fridge is full.
Yet another drawback is that the refrigerator doesn’t have a lock.
Overall, the refrigerator is pretty apt for nuclear families and has a very high rating on all major e-commerce portals.
Overall rating: 4.3/5 based on 122 customer reviews.
With 240 litre capacity and featuring three door format separating freezer, refrigerator and vegetable box, this refrigerator from Whirlpool features new 6th sense ActiFresh Technology whereby the cold air flows around the compartment which is made out of Microblock—an anti-microbial additive. This technology helps retain moisture, prevents microbial formation and thus increases life of vegetables and fruits significantly.
The refrigerator section also has air boosters to ensure uniform cooling.
BEE doesn’t give energy rating for refrigerators with multiple-door. Hence, this refrigerator doesn’t have any energy rating. Even so, it is pretty energy efficient compared to other refrigerators in the segment.
On the downside, just like every other refrigerators in this segment, Whirlpool too doesn’t have light in the freezer or vegetable section. It doesn’t have open door alarm like LG either. Yet another point to be noted is to never over stuff the vegetable tray as it could lead to moisture build up and fungal formation in 4-5 days. Also, the vegetable tray cannot be pulled outside for cleaning. Other than these, the refrigerator has fairly good reviews online.
The refrigerator is available in three colours namely Alpha Steel, Mirror Black and Steel Knight.
Overall rating: 4.1/5 based on 192 customer reviews.
The same model with 300 L capacity is being sold as the model Whirlpool FP 313DProtton Roy( available in colours Alpha Steel and Black).
The first thing you might want to know about this refrigerator is that it is smart convertible—meaning its freezer can be converted in to refrigerator as well. The temperature of the fridge as well as the freezer can be adjusted through the external digital LED display on the freezer door. The refrigerator has a gross capacity of 206 litre, while the freezer has a gross capacity of 69 litre.
Other features of this 3 star energy rated refrigerator include-
Easy slide shelf, toughened glass shelf and bigger bottle guard;
Power freeze technology that makes ice 31% faster than usual freezers ( tested internally), power cool technology that chills food 31% faster;
Door alarm that sets in case door is not closed for over 1 minute;
Dual fan technology that allows separate temperature control of freezer and fridge;
All round cooling and moist fresh zone that keeps humidity in check to prolong life and freshness of fruits and vegetables.
Other than that it doesn’t have lock, you cant really find any fault with this refrigerator.
Overall rating: 3.8/5 based on 12 customer reviews.
If you are looking for a smart convertible refrigerator with larger capacity, then the models Samsung RT34K3753S9/HL offers 321 L capacity, while Samsung RT37M5538S8/TL has 345 L capacity.
Now, if you have a larger family with 4-5 members, then you might need a refrigerator with more than 300 L capacity. Whirlpool’s IF 355 ELT is one of the best in this segment.
The first thing you would notice about this refrigerator is its display panel, which has the fast ice making (quick chill) button and temperature adjustment settings. It also has a door alarm that sets on if the door is open for more than 2 minutes.
Other features include-
6th Sense Intellifresh Technology that assesses the external temperature and adjusts internal temperature accordingly;
Freshflow vents with deodourizer to eliminate unwanted smell and presence of microblock ( an anti-microbial additive) in vegetable box, fruit box and ice twister to prevent growth of bacteria up to 99.9%;
Deep freeze technology that chills water bottle up to 40% faster, makes ice up to 50% faster and retains cooling 3 times better;
Freshonizer that reduces oxidation of fruits and vegetables, keeping it fresher with longer life
On the downside, it has just 3 star energy rating and doesn’t have lock or light for freezer—something that most models in this segment lack. There are a few complaints about delivery and installation too. Otherwise, it has fairly positive reviews online.
Overall rating: 4.3/5 based on 67 customer reviews.
When you compare the refrigerators apple-to-apple, this refrigerator from Haier definitely is one of the most affordable option available. A noteworthy feature that makes it different from the other refrigerators is the easy access it offers as the freezer is at the bottom—making it one of the best options for vegetarians and families with elder members, who do not use freezer extensively.
As the manufacturers are mainly targeting vegetarian families with this refrigerator, they have made the vegetable tray twice the size compared to regular refrigerators—which actually is a double edged sword as improper storage could lead to excess humidity and thus result in quick spoilage of fruits and vegetables. However, in order to minimize such events, the refrigerator is equipped with a bigger cool pad, which helps retain cooling for up to 10 hours in case of power failure.
It is also one of the few fridges in this segment with child lock.
Other features include-
1 hour ice technology that brings temperature of the freezer to -5 degree in one hour;
360-degree air flow that gives uninterrupted cooling;
However, one thing lacking is that it doesn’t have a light in the freezer. Being situated at the bottom, lack of light might make things difficult if the kitchen doesn’t have sufficient lighting. There are occasional complaints about delivery and installation delays too.
Overall rating: 4.2/5 based on 54 customer reviews.
With 565 L gross capacity, Haier 618 SS Refrigerator is pretty spacious yet one of the most affordable refrigerator in the segment. The refrigerator has a capacity of 347 L, while freezer has a capacity of 218 L, making it apt for moderately large joint families. Being just 65 cm deep, it fits most modular kitchen too.
Its pretty energy efficient too, consuming just 0.98 unit of electricity per day.
Featuring reciprocatory compressor, the temperature of the fridge can be adjusted using the one-touch LED panel located on the outside of the fridge door. It also features Holiday Function whereby the freezer functions as usual, but the refrigerator maintains just 17 degree Celsius in order to consume less energy without generating any bad smell. You can also activate its fuzzy logic whereby the refrigerator and freezer adjusts the internal temperature as per the external climate.
Other features include-
Super freeze and super cool function for quick cooling;
5 hardened glass shelves per door, 7 door shelves, separate fruit and vegetable box;
Open door alarm that rings when the door is kept open for more than 1 minute;
90-degree contour door that makes it easy to pull out fruit and vegetable basket.
Overall, there are hardly any complaints about the product except occasional complaints about dents in the product while delivery.
Overall rating: 3.9/5 based on 36 customer reviews.
Featuring inverter linear compressor with multi-air flow from multiple vents, the refrigerator keeps food fresher for long and saves up to 32% energy and makes 25% less noise. The five multi-digital sensors monitors external temperature and adjust the internal temperature accordingly.
It also features express freezer that starts at the touch of a button and like all latest LG appliances features Smart Diagnosis System whereby the device directly communicates with the service agent through the customer care number, thus detecting problem on its own, saving time and making repairs faster.
Other features include
Door alarm, child lock, LED Lamp
4 tempered glass shelf, 3-door basket, 1 dairy corner, 1 fresh zone, 2 vegetable box with moist balance crisper, deodorizer and egg bank.
The Freezer also has an LED lamp and has 4-door basket, 4-tempered glass shelf and two drawers.