Best Side by Side Refrigerator in India
Buying a side-by-side refrigerator is a symbol of luxury in India. The sleek look, stainless steel finish, plethora of features and amenities make it a preferred choice among the higher-class folks, while the spaciousness of side-by-side refrigerator makes it a favourite amongst Indian joint families.
So, let us take a look at the best side by side refrigerator in India, its features, design, energy efficiency, pros and cons in this article.
Best Side by Side Refrigerator In India
LG GC-B247SLUV has a classy appearance and superior features like Wi-Fi connectivity, express freezing and smart diagnosis system that makes it one of the best side by side refrigerators in India.
The refrigerator is equipped with multi-digital sensors that detects ambient temperature and adjusts the internal temperature accordingly.
The multi-flow vent and linear inverter compressor works together to ensure uniform cooling throughout all compartments and reduces temperature variation by less than 0.5 degree. The innovative compressor takes care of this without inflating the power consumption and causing minimal noise and wear and tear. Along with it, the moisture control vegetable box and Hygiene fresh plus prolongs life of fresh produces, minimises growth of bacteria and bad odour.
Just like other refrigerators in segment, it also has express freeze, express cool function. Upon detecting that the temperature has fallen to a pre-determined level, the refrigerator switches off the express functions.
Another feature worth mentioning is the ability to control the temperature and modes through Smart Thinq app using its Wi-fi connectivity. You can set the refrigerator to different modes namely, Away, Home, Vacation, Pleasant and Sleep.
Other features include smart diagnosis system, door alarm that buzzes when kept open for more than 1 minute, deodorizer and child lock.
Design-wise, the refrigerator is pretty stylish and elegant. The external LED panel is conveniently located to control the temperature and settings. Inside, there are two bright LED lights along the interior side panels that ensures all compartments are well-lit.
The refrigerator section is wide enough to keep platters and other wide utensils. The shelves are made of toughened glasses and there are separate enclosures for keeping fish and meat in freezer and fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator section to prevent cross contamination and odour mixing. The door shelves are positioned in such a way that you can pull out the vegetable boxes with 90 degree opening.
There is also a dairy corner which is an enclosed section attached to the door that remains closed at all times, and hence unaffected by temperature variance due to frequent opening of the doors.
The drawbacks are that the shelves are not height adjustable and it doesn’t have a cold water/ice dispenser.
LG 668 L Frost Free Side-by-Side Refrigerator(GC-L247CLAV.APZQEBN, Shiny Steel, Inverter Compressor)
The compressor and cooling system of LG GC-L247CLAV is more or less similar to that of the former entry- LG GC-B247SLUV. However, the remarkable difference lies in the design—mainly it has a cold water, cubed and crushed ice dispenser and the interior space organization is also better.
As with all latest model refrigerators from LG, the GC L247CLAV also uses inverter linear compressor along with multi-air flow system to ensure optimal level of uniform cooling throughout the compartments. While the multiple air flow vents located all over refrigerator ensures cooling at every nook and corner, the inverter linear compressor minimizes temperature variance by sensing the ambient temperature, load and pumping in cold air accordingly. According to LG, this results in 32% energy savings, reduces noise by 25% and overall minimises wear and tear of the compressor.
The external LED display panel can be used to change temperature settings, deploy express freezing and cooling as well as change modes. The same can be achieved using the Smart Thinq app even when you are not home.
When you take a look at the interiors, as usual, you will find separate enclosed space for meat, vegetables and fruits that helps prevent cross-contamination. The moist balance crisper used for storing vegetables and fruits uses special lattice design on which the excess moisture from food evaporates and condenses on instead of puddling around the food, thereby maintaining right balance of moisture by up to 20%. In addition, the unique fresh balancer system has two separate settings for vegetables and fruits for maintaining optimal level of humidity for each.
Now, talking about the main differences, this LG refrigerator has water and ice dispenser with a 4L tank—so no plumbing work to take care of. Inside the refrigerator, you have a special wine rack where you can store up to 4 bottles at around 4 degree Celsius. It also has a utility box, an enclosed dairy corner with egg bank and a BPA free zone.
Overall, the refrigerator has some pretty user-friendly features and better helps in better interior organization making it worth the price tag.
The efficient German Engineering is the backbone of the performance of Bosch appliances. The price of Bosch side by side refrigerators is a bit on the higher side. But when you consider the advanced features, performance and durability of Bosch appliances, it is well worth the money.
The Bosch 655 L KAN92LB35I refrigerator has fairly large capacity with flexible spaces. In addition to the shelves being height adjustable, three of them have extension rail systems that makes it easy to pull out the tray. The fridge has a gross capacity of 404L, while the freezer has 251 L capacity. The refrigerator consumes about 640 units of electricity annually—which is a tad on the higher end in this segment.
Using the external LED touch panel, you can adjust the temperature of the fridge and freezer, opt for super cool and super freezing for quick chilling of drinks and quick ice making respectively. In addition, you can also set the mode of the refrigerator to eco, fresh and holiday. There is also option to switch off the alarm and disarm the child lock.
Talking about the heart of the refrigerator, its compressor, Bosch uses digital inverter compressor that adjusts the cooling depending on external temperature and load. In addition to saving electricity and minimizing noise, this compressor along with the multi-air flow system helps maintain a constant temperature in all compartments. The temperature variance is never more than 0.5 degree celsius at any point of time.
The presence of airfresh filter and separate temperature controls for fridge and freezer ensures that you don’t have to worry about odour mix-up or inability to maintain right temperature for specific produces. The meat box and vegetable box comes with Vitafresh plus feature, which essentially comprises a slider mechanism to adjust the humidity and the temperature is set quite low to preserve the freshness and nutrients and thus extend the life of the fresh produces up to two times longer.
Now, talking about the interiors, the fridge and freezer has LED lighting that ensures every nook and corner is uniformly lit. The fridge has a wine rack for keeping up to 4 bottles, an enclosed dairy section, 3 height adjustable shelves, two vitafresh boxes and an additional vegetable box for extra storage. There are also ample side shelves for keeping water bottles, juice and other condiments. The freezer comprises twist ice box and two enclosed boxes for keeping meat and fish without having to worry about odour mixing or cross-contamination.
The cooling system of the freezer is designed in such a way to minimize humidity and thus prevent frost formation.
Additionally, the refrigerator has an alarm system to alert in case of prolonged opening of doors which might affect the performance. It also has adjustable front feet for better stability and to reduce chances of rocking due to uneven floor surface. It also has 4 wheels to help with easy positioning and handling.
Overall, the appliance is quite a delight with pretty excellent features. However, considering the price tag, you can’t but notice the lack of an in-built water/ice dispenser.
Samsung 674 L Frost Free Side-by-Side Refrigerator(RS62K6007S8/TL, Elegant Inox, Inverter Compressor)
Falling in the price range similar to that of LG GC-B247SLUV 687 L refrigerator, the Samsung 674 L RS62K6007S8/TL side by side refrigerator is almost at par in features and performance.
The refrigerator uses smart sensor system with 7 internal and external sensor to monitor the ambient temperature and adjust the settings using fuzzy logic. The digital inverter compressor works to follow the sensor’s input and adjust the flow of cool air with high energy efficiency causing minimal noise and wear and tear to thereby increase durability of the compressor and the overall life of the refrigerator.
The refrigerator also has multi-air flow system with vents at the level of each shelf to ensure even cooling throughout the temperature. In addition, the twin cooling system with separate air flow system helps to control the temperature in freezer and fridge precisely and maintain optimal level of humidity too. Together, these systems not only ensures minimal temperature variance, but also keeps fruits, vegetables and other food at optimal temperature and humidity and prevents ice cream and other frozen food from getting freezer burn. It also prevents odor spreading and cross-contamination.
Using the external LED panel, you can adjust the temperature, switch to vacation mode and also deploy power cool and power freeze function which chills food and makes ice 31% faster than conventional refrigerators.
Design wise, the Samsung RS62K6007S8/TL is designed to have a fairly good net capacity of 620 L, with freezer having 214L and fridge having 406 L capacity. It has separate enclosed sections for meat and vegetables to help prevent cross-contamination. The easy slide shelf helps keep and take out large items like pizza and cakes conveniently. The twin twist ice racks also dispense ice easily.
In order to minimize power and cooling loss, the refrigerator is equipped with a door alarm that buzzes when opened for more than a minute.
Overall, the refrigerator has all basic features and excellent performance that makes it a perfect option for joint families.
Haier HRF 618SS is one of the best budget friendly side by side refrigerators available in the market today at a price of about Rs. 50,000/- With 90 degree contoured doors, best in class fridge to freezer ratio, slim body and high power efficiency, it has necessary features that makes it a great choice for a large family with 6+ members.
Now, let us take a look at the performance, design and features.
The refrigerator uses reciprocatory compressor that makes minimal noise and helps save energy by around 20%— hence, it uses less that 1 unit of electricity daily. Using the LED display, you can adjust the internal temperature of the fridge and freezer as well as per your wish or leave it to the fuzzy logic according to the ambient temperature and load. The super cool and super freeze allows you to quickly chill the fridge and freezer for quick drinks or ice. Other functions like the holiday mode helps set the temperature of the complete appliance to 17 degree Celsius—just enough not to generate any bad odour without consuming too much power.
Design wise, the refrigerator is just apt for a modular kitchen. Its depth is about 65cm and the elegant brushed metallic finish gives it a modern look. As there are no door shelves at the height of vegetable box, you can pull them out completely by opening the doors at 90 degrees.
As mentioned earlier, the refrigerator has best in class fridge to freezer ratio with fridge having a gross capacity of 347L and freezer 218L. This makes it apt for vegetarian joint families and those who do not use freezer space extensively.
The fridge has two large vegetable box and the freezer has two enclosed space for keeping fish and meat without fear of cross-contamination. The height adjustable hardened glass shelves make the storage space extra flexible, giving you enough space even to keep tall utensils.
A drawback however is that it doesn’t have twist ice tray.
Note- take care to inspect the appliance thoroughly at the time of delivery as cases of dents and minor scratches are reported by many buyers.
BPL BRS564H is yet another budget-friendly side-by-side refrigerator that comes with a price tag of about Rs. 50k. Its features are basic, performance are fairly satisfactory—however, don’t expect it to be at the same level as a higher end LG or Samsung side by side refrigerator, as you would be disappointed.
The refrigerator has a gross capacity of 564L and a a net capacity of 514 L, with the fridge having 337L capacity and freezer having 177L capacity. The multi-air flow system helps ensure fairly good cooling throughout the compartments. Using the LED touch panel, you can individually control the temperature of fridge and freezer as well as deploy the quick cool and quick freeze function. The fridge temperature can be adjusted from 0 to4 degree Celsius, while the freezer temperature can be adjusted up to -18 degree Celsius.
An advantage of BPL BRS564H that you don’t see in other models of similar price range is in-built cold water dispenser. The dispenser comes with a storage compartment of 3 L capacity.
Design wise, the refrigerator space is fairly well organized with major part being devoted to the fridge—making it apt for typical Indian family that do not utilize a lot of freezer space. As there are no door shelves towards the bottom, you can pull out the vegetable and meat boxes by opening the doors just 90 degree. That the fridge doesn’t have a door alarm is a negative though.
A major drawback with this model is that while all refrigerators in this segment come with 10-year warranty on compressor, BPL BRS564H has only 5-year warranty on compressor—making you doubt on its durability. Also, the after-sale service and installation promptness is also not up-to expectation.