12 Best Refrigerators In India For 2020
Confused while choosing a refrigerator for your home? This in-depth review on best refrigerators in India will help you make the right decision.
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 lifespan of 12 years, how do you choose the one best suitable for you? We will get in to it shortly. Before that if you would like to know our top recommendations, here they are-
If you are looking for a single door refrigerator, we highly recommend the LG190L 3 Star Direct Cool Single Door Refrigerator. 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 3 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 360 L 3 star GL-C402RPZU.DPZZEBN offers more or less the same features and has 360 L capacity and LG 420 L 3 Star Frost-Free Double Door Refrigerator GL-I452TAWL has 420 L capacity, pull out tray and convertible box.
Out of side by side refrigerators, LG 687 L Inverter Frost-Free Side-by-Side Refrigerator(GC-B247SLUV) with efficient technology, advanced features and a fair price tag is worth considering.
Which are the Best Refrigerators In India?
*BEE doesn’t award energy rating for triple door and side by side refrigerators.
Now, let us get on to the detailed review.
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Best Refrigerators In India 2020
Suitable for bachelors and small families, Haier 195 L Single Door Refrigerator is basic, budget-friendly yet high performing. With four-star energy rating the refrigerator consumes just 130 units annually. It employs direct cool technology and has all basic features to keep your food fresh for long.
Inside, there are sufficient door racks for smaller bottles and jars and four main shelves made of toughened glass. But the drawback is that the shelf height cannot be adjusted. Also, you can keep just one 2 litre bottle in the side rack.
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 (19 litres) compared to a double door refrigerator. Also, it doesn’t have advanced features like open door alarm or a special box for beauty products or medicine too. But if you are looking for a budget friendly single door refrigerator, it could be the best option available.
The newer model of this refrigerator comes with 220 litre capacity, but just 3 star energy rating consuming 168 units of electricity annually.
Overall, it is quite basic and probably one of the most economical options available in the market.
Overall rating: 4/5 based on 389 customer reviews.
The first thing you notice about this refrigerator is its stylish colour and designs.
With four-star energy rating, 190 Litre capacity including 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 it 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. It can also be run on your home inverter consuming minimal energy to kickstart itself.
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 maintain 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.
Overall Rating: 4.3/5 based on 700 customer reviews
Compared to the LG and Haier models mentioned above, Samsung has larger capacity and is quite competitively priced too.
Just like LG, this refrigerator also has a fresh cool zone in addition to the super freeze zone for keeping milk, curd and desserts.
The refrigerator uses Digital Inverter Compressor which is among the best. The compressor runs at varying speed depending on ambient temperature and food load to optimize the energy consumption and minimize temperature variance inside the fridge. It can run stabilizer free and work properly even when voltage fluctuates between 100 to 270 Volts.
Further, the refrigerator can be powered with your home inverter as well as solar energy.
Other features include-
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 708 customer reviews.
If energy efficiency is a priority for you, please take a look at Samsung RR21T2H2WCU/HL with 198 litre capacity and 5 star energy rating that consumes just 104 units annually. It comes with a base drawer like the previous LG single door refrigerator, and is aesthetically quite pleasing.
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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 three star energy rating, LG GL-I292RPZL has pretty good energy efficiency.
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.
Consuming just 195 units of electricity, Samsung RT28T3483S8/HL with 3 star energy rating is one of the best selling double door refrigerators in India. Performance wise, this model from Samsung is absolutely perfect 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 fresh zone for dairy is also quite convenient.
A drawback however, 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.
Samsung has introduced the new 2020 model called Curd Maestro, which has a dedicated space for making and setting curd. All you have to do is pour lukewarm milk mixed with curd starter/ yoghurt culture in to the curd container, press the Curd Maestro button on the front and wait for 6 to 8 hours after which the curd will be ready. You can store curd in it for 3 days.
Overall rating: 4.3/5 based on 1251 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.
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 space has a gross capacity of 236 litre, while the freezer has a gross capacity of 88 litre.
Other features of this 3 star energy rated refrigerator consuming 209 units annually 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: 4.2/ 5 based on 735 customer reviews.
If you are looking for a smart convertible refrigerator with a lower capacity, you could take a look at Samsung RT30T3743SL/HL with 275 litre capacity or Samsung RT28T3953CR/HL with 253 litre capacity. Larger variant with 394 litre ( RT39M5538S8/TL), 523 litre ( RT54K6558SL/TL- with water dispenser) are also worth considering.
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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.
Now, let us have a quick look at the buyers guide to help you understand various aspects to consider.
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 200 litre;
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. Most of them have to be manually defrost periodically too.
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 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 3-5 members. It has larger freezer chamber, adjustable shelves and comes with frost free technology—meaning you won’t have to defrost the 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.
It is recommended that you thoroughly analyse your needs before you buy a side-by-side refrigerator because, it usually has a large freezer space ( around 1/3rd the total capacity). Many Indian families do not need such a large freezer capacity and would be better off with a large double door refrigerator.
Most of refrigerators have normal compressor that runs at a set speed throughout the functioning period. Fridges with inverter compressor runs on varying speed which increases cooling when a loss of cooling is detected by the system. Read more about compressors in our buying guide.
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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.
Read our in-depth refrigerator buying guide to know more about aspects to consider while choosing a refrigerator for your home.