Best Refrigerators Above 400 litres for Large Joint Families in India
Bigger the family—larger the refrigerator you will need. But merely a large refrigerator might result in a lot of food wastage. What a joint family really needs is a refrigerator with sophisticated food preservation functions so that cooked food as well as fresh produces last longer.
For a family with more than 6 members, ideally, you would need a refrigerator with at least 400 litres capacity. You can choose either a double door refrigerator or a side by side refrigerator depending on your needs. Let us see how to choose the one best apt for you.
A double door refrigerator has more of fridge space and less of freezer space. Many Indian families don’t stock extensively on frozen food and hence, it is better option for them. However, if you are a non-vegetarian joint family and stock on fish and meat on weekly basis, then you might find a double door refrigerator lacking enough freezer space. For such families, a side-by-side refrigerator is better.
Fortunately, some of the side-by-side refrigerators these days are being designed especially keeping in mind Indian families and have higher fridge capacity compared to freezer. Most of the side-by-side refrigerators mentioned here fall in to that category.
Now, let us take a look at the top picks.
Best Refrigerators Above 400 Litres For Indian Joint Families
Samsung 478 L 3 Star Frost Free Double Door Refrigerator(RT49K6338BS/TL, Black inox, Convertible, Inverter Compressor)
Suitable for: Vegetarian families with 5-8 members.
The refrigerator has a total net capacity of 453 litres, with freezer making up 111 litre and refrigerator 342 litre space. Being a convertible refrigerator gives Samsung RT49K6338BS/TL an added advantage as families can make use of the flexibility of space and use it as per your requirement. You can convert the freezer to fridge, switch off the freezer, keep just freezer on or switch off the fridge to convert it to a mini-fridge.
The refrigerator uses digital inverter compressor that self-adjusts the speed to 7 different levels as per the ambient temperature and load. This reduces wear and tear, minimizes noise and energy consumption for higher durability. Owing to this innovative compressor and use of LED lighting inside the fridge, the refrigerator has 3 star energy rating.
Now, let us take a look at features that help retain food freshness.
In order to prolong life of cooked food as well as fresh produces, the refrigerator employs twin plus technology which essentially means there are two different fans for freezer and fridge. This not only prevents odour mixing, but also helps maintain 70% humidity in the fridge ( compared to 30% in conventional fridges) which helps keep fresh produces retain longer life. The cool air from the compressor is passed through an activated carbon filter to sterilize and deodorize the air and the anti-bacterial mesh eliminates the bacteria too. Thereby, food is not contaminated and the air inside is sterile enough to inhibit growth of mold, fungus, bacteria. Moreover, the cool pack maintains the cooling inside the freezer for up to 12 hours in case of power failure.
Talking about the interiors, the freezer has a movable ice tray; while the fridge has an enclosed dairy space, an easy slide shelf, a large vegetable box in addition to 3 door shelves.
Other noteworthy feature of Samsung RT49K6338BS/TL is the power cool and power freeze function which can be controlled from the external LED panel. Power cool quickly chills food and drinks while Power freeze helps you make ice faster. It also has a door alarm and solar connect feature that helps you connect the refrigerator directly to power source from solar panel.
LG 420 L 4 Star Frost Free Double Door Refrigerator(GL-I472QPZX.DPZZEBN, Shiny Steel, Inverter Compressor)
Suitable for: Vegetarian families with 5-7 members.
The LG GL-I472QPZX.DPZZEBN is suitable mainly for vegetarian families with 5-7 members. The refrigerator has a net capacity of 388 L and consumes around 230 units of electricity annually, thus earning for itself 4-star energy rating. The refrigerator works stabilizer free from 100-290 Volts and is solar smart too.
As with most LG refrigerators, this model also uses smart inverter compressor that adjusts the fan speed according to load and ambient temperature, thereby enhancing the efficiency in terms of energy consumption, noise and overall durability.
LG employs some really innovative technology to maintain food at perfect temperature and humidity. The ice beam door cooling system circulates air from the rear side of the refrigerator to ensure even cooling throughout all nook and corner. In order to extend life of fresh produces, the vegetable box has moist balance feature which is essentially a cover with lattice grid that lets extra humidity condense on it thereby preventing puddling of moisture on the vegetables. This maintains vegetables at perfect humidity and inhibits mould and fungus growth. In addition, the convertible box on top of the moisture balance crisper comes with a slider using which you can adjust the humidity to suit fruits and vegetables separately. The deodourizer additionally helps sterilize the air inside the refrigerator.
Talking about the interiors, a noteworthy aspect is the presence of top LED light in the freezer—not something you find in most double door refrigerators. Inside the fridge, there are two tower LED lights on the rear side that provides uniform lighting throughout all compartments. The interiors also feature a pull out tray and a dairy corner on the door shelf.
Other than these, the refrigerator has door alarm that beeps when door is opened for more than 2 minutes, and also feature smart diagnosis function—that expedites the repair process by facilitating direct communication between the refrigerator and the customer care department.
You can also check our article of best refrigerators in India and opt for higher capacity versions of the models.
LG 687 L Frost Free Side-by-Side Refrigerator(GC-B247SLUV.APZQEBN, Platinum Silver, Inverter Compressor)
Suitable for: Non- Veg families with 6 to 12 members
LG GC-B247SLUV.APZQEBN is yet another high performing option that features in our list of best side by side refrigerator. With features like inverter linear compressor, smart diagnosis, connectivity with SmartThiq app, express cooling and freezing, the refrigerator has features that you typically see in higher end models in this segment, albeit, the cold water dispenser is missing.
The refrigerator uses an intelligent system to reduce temperature variance and thereby ensure consistent cooling within the fridge and freezer. The multiple digital sensors work round the clock to detect any rise in temperature or load. Once detected, it sends message to the inverter linear compressor to adjust its speed and bring the temperature down. Once brought down, the compressor slows down and runs at the optimal speed just for maintaining the right temperature. This not only optimizes cooling, but also reduces noise, power consumption and wear and tear.
Using the external LED panel, you can adjust the temperature of freezer and fridge, deploy express cooling and express freezing and choose from different modes like Away, Home, Vacation, Pleasant and Sleep. Using the SmartThinq app, you can do all these functions remotely, provided your refrigerator is connected to the home wi-fi.
Other features include door alarm, smart diagnosis, child lock, presence of deodourizer, dairy corner, moisture control crisper boxes and separate enclosed space for keeping fish and meat.
Read more detailed review here.
LG 668 L Frost Free Side-by-Side Refrigerator(GC-X247CSAV.ANSQEBN, Noble Steel, Inverter Compressor)
Suitable for: Non- Veg families with 6 to 12 members
Out of the options listed here, LG GC-X247CSAV.ANSQEBN is the most sophisticated and luxurious in terms of design, features and performance. Of course, it comes with a matching price tag.
The most distinguishing feature of this refrigerator is the door-in-door which gives easy access to your favourite food and beverages. Upon knocking twice on the door, the LED light illuminates giving you view in to what is inside the refrigerator. In addition to providing easy access, this innovative feature reduces loss of cold air by up to 41%— increasing the operational efficiency of the refrigerator as a whole.
In addition to the door-in-door feature, the refrigerator has an in-built water and ice ( cubed and crushed) dispenser on the door. The best part is that the dispenser doesn’t have any plumbing requirement—so the sytem doesn’t require constant maintenance. All you have to do is clean the tank on a regular basis.
Above the dispenser, you can find the touch panel with which you can adjust the temperature of fridge, freezer, express freeze, lock/unlock and change the mode of the refrigerator. You can do all these functions remotely using the Smart ThinQ app too, if your refrigerator is connected to the home Wi-Fi.
Now, let us talk about the functioning. As with all LG side by side refrigerators, this model too uses a combination of 8 digital sensors, Linear Inverter Compressor and Multi-air flow system to ensure consistent cooling throughout all the refrigerator. The sensor detects when there is a variation in temperature due to extra load of change in ambient temperature. Then, the compressor adjusts the speed to bring back the temperature back to the lower level. The cold air is circulated through multiple vents to ensure that all compartments are cooled uniformly. As per LG, this system reduces temperature variance by 0.5 degree Celsius, saves energy by 32% and reduces noise by 25%.
Talking about the interiors, the refrigerator has a 4 bottle wine rack, utility box, BPA free zone, fresh balancer vegetable box with humidity control slider and an enclosed freezing zone that prevents odour mixing and cross-contamination. The Hygiene Fresh+ air filter eliminates bad odor and bacteria too.
Overall, it is one of the best highly rated side by side refrigerators available in India.
Suitable for: Veg and Non- Veg families with 6 to 10 members
Haier HRF 618 SS is one of the best options for veg and non-veg joint families because it has got the best in class fridge to freezer ratio. While the fridge has gross capacity of 347L , the freezer has 218L gross capacity.
Consuming less than 1 unit electricity per day, it is highly power-efficient too, thanks to the usage of reciprocatory compressor.
Using the external LED panel, you can adjust the temperature of fridge and freezer separately. In addition, you can employ super cool and super freeze function and holiday mode to maintain the complete unit at 17 degree Celsius—just enough consuming low power, yet not generating any bad odour.
The design of Haier HRF 618 SS is perfect for modular kitchen as the vegetable boxes can be pulled out completely by opening the doors at 90 degrees. The interiors are also fairly organized with enclosed meat and vegetable boxes that prevent odour mixing and cross-contamination. A drawback you may notice is that it doesn’t have a twist ice tray.
You can read our detailed review of Haier HRF 618 Side by Side Refrigerator here.