Best Single Door Refrigerator in India 2020
A single door refrigerator is the best choice for a bachelor or a small family with 2-3 members. Not only is it budget-friendly, but it is also best in terms of energy efficiency. However, on the flip side, it needs to be frequently defrosted and lacks the cooling efficiency of a double door refrigerator.
The market today is inundated with most modern refrigerators that are rich in features and with eye-catchy designs making it difficult for a customer to round up to a single choice. That is why we have gone through various models of refrigerators and shortlisted a few of the best single door refrigerators in India that you could consider.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, then we would highly recommend the Haier HED- 20CFDS. It uses a conventional rotary compressor. But is fairly energy-efficient and good at cooling too.
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Which are the Best Single Door Refrigerator in India
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Best Single Door Refrigerator in India
With 80% of buyers rating as highly satisfactory, Haier 195 L HED- 20CFDS is one of the best single door refrigerators in India. Not only is it affordable, but it also rates highly in terms of energy efficiency and cooling technology.
Haier has a fairly good brand value. Their after-sales service is decent in most cities. The interiors are well designed and the cooling efficiency is also good.
- Cooling pad that retains freezer temperature for up to 10 hours
- High energy efficiency consuming least units of electricity in the segment.
- Uses conventional reciprocatory compressor.
Haier HED- 20CFDS doesn’t boast of a moist control crisper like LG D201APOX, but makes up for it by using Vitamin C Fresh filter which acts as a natural anti-oxidant and sterilizer to keep vegetables and fruits fresh for up to 7 days retaining the nutritional value and freshness. It also employs an anti-bacterial system for extending the life of produces kept inside it.
In case of power failure, the cooling pad in freezer retains the cooling for up to 10 hours. In addition, the 1-hour icing technology helps bring down the temperature in the freezer to -5 degree Celsius in one hour.
A drawback, however, is that it uses a conventional reciprocatory compressor, which doesn’t maintain the internal temperature as consistently as a smart inverter compressor.
Consuming just 130 units of electricity a year, Haier Haier HED- 20CFDS ranks high in terms of energy efficiency. The refrigerator employs direct cooling technology and has 6.5-inch-thick insulation in its body to retain the cooling.
The refrigerator also runs stabilizer free protecting itself against fluctuations ranging from 135-290 Volts.
Haier HRD 1954 BS-R features a brushed silver finish that gives it an elegant appearance. Though the interiors are spacious, the freezer is found to be small and will fit only about 1-1.5 kg of fish or meat. The hardened glass shelves are height adjustable. The middle door rack fits 2-litre bottles comfortably, while the lower rack can fit smaller half-litre bottles and sauces. The top LED light ensures that all racks get uniform lighting.
Overcoming the drawbacks of the previous model, they have incorporated a chiller tray for keeping dairy and ice cream too.
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Though expensive, LG GL-D201APOX features in this list of best single door refrigerators as it has superior features like smart inverter compressor, moisture-balancing crisper and ranks high in terms of energy efficiency. For this reason, the refrigerator also features in our list of best refrigerators in India.
- Smart Inverter compressor that ensures optimal cooling and energy savings
- Moisture balancing crisper that maintains the right level of humidity for fresher vegetables
- Comparatively expensive in the segment
LG GL-D201APOX uses smart inverter compressor that ensures an optimal level of cooling is maintained all time. To add to it, the vegetable box comes with a lattice-shaped lid that retains the moisture that is evaporated from the vegetables to maintain a right level of humidity inside the crisper. Though it doesn’t have the efficacy of the Vitamin C Fresh filter, the lattice-shaped lid still does a good job of preserving the vegetables for a sufficient period.
In order to maintain the cooling inside the refrigerator during power failures, LG uses Powercut Evercool, which is a unique material that maintains the cooling for up to 7 hours.
The smart inverter compressor is found to be very useful in saving energy as the refrigerator uses just enough power to maintain optimal cooling in the refrigerator. This helps in minimizing power consumption to just 131 units per year.
The refrigerator also enjoys stabilizer free operation when power fluctuates between 100-290 Volts and can also be directly connected to the inverter so that the food is preserved even in case of an extended power outage.
Just like other newer model LG refrigerators, GL-D201APOX is also solar smart—meaning it can be powered directly from solar energy provided you have a DC to AC converter.
The design perhaps is the major plus point of LG GL-D201APOX. The refrigerator is available in numerous colours and stylish designs. It has a lock on the door and a 12-litre drawer on the bottom that can be used to store potato, onion and other vegetables that don’t need refrigeration. The drawer also conceals the legs of the refrigerator, overall improving its aesthetic appeal.
The interiors don’t come with any surprises. The freezer is almost the same size as that of Haier 195 Litre refrigerator. Beneath the freezer, there is a chill tray for dairy and deli products. The hardened glass shelves are height adjustable and capable of holding up to 175 Kg weight. There are three smaller racks on the door that can be used for keeping jars and canister, while the longer middle rack can be used for sauces and smaller bottles and the bottom-most rack for keeping 2-litre bottles. Overall, space is efficiently managed to increase storage capacity.
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Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S is yet another budget friendly single door refrigerator that is quick to cool and with decent energy efficiency.
- Fast cooling and best in class cooling retention of 12 hours in case of power failure
- Moisture control vent in the crisper to adjust the humidity level
- Not best in terms of power efficiency
WhirlpoolWDE 205 CLS 3S has one of the best-in-class cooling efficiency. We found that the refrigerator brought down the temperature of food and beverages rapidly and maintained a consistent temperature throughout all the compartments.
The refrigerator uses 6th sense power cool technology and insulated capillary technology for improving its cooling efficiency.
So, what is 6th sense power cooling technology? Whenever the temperature inside the fridge increases due to fridge door being left open for long or during power failures or due to increase in fridge load, the advanced sensor in it activates a special compressor mode that works quickly to bring down the temperature inside the refrigerator. The manufacturers claim that this system is five times faster than conventional refrigerators which in turn helps in preserving the nutritional value of the food.
The insulated capillary technology is yet another technology that helps with faster cooling and longer cooling retention. In most refrigerators, the capillary through which the refrigerant passes is not insulated, whereas, in Whirlpool, the capillary is surrounded by super cool gas that retains its cooling and thus helps improve cooling efficiency. This not only maintains the cooling throughout the compartment but also brings down the freezer temperature to -26 degree Celsius—which is best-in-class.
The combination of insulated capillary technology and 6th sense power cooling helps maintain the cooling inside the entire refrigerator for up to 9 hours in case of power outages.
Next, in order to maintain the freshness of the fruits and vegetables, the crisper has an adjustable vent that can be opened to let out the moisture and closed to maintain the moisture level as it is. This retains an optimal level of humidity that helps preserve the nutritional value and freshness of the produces.
Energy efficiency perhaps is not a forte of Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S. Consuming 168 units of electricity, the refrigerator has a 3-star energy rating.
Just like other refrigerators in the segment, Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S too don’t need a stabilizer and is capable of withstanding fluctuations between 130-300 Volts.
Available in different colours, Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S features a door with recessed handle and has a door lock too.
The interiors are designed efficiently with a sufficiently spacious freezer and a dairy zone beneath the freezer. The two hardened glass shelves are height adjustable and the crisper lid too acts as a shelf to keep food. The door racks are wide and spaced evenly to provide ample space for storing water bottles. As many as three 2 Litre bottles and five 1 litre bottles can be kept at a time in the two racks together.
The only drawback is that it doesn’t have a top LED light, thus hampering the visibility in bottom shelves.
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Moderately priced, Samsung 212 L 3 star direct cool refrigerator is stylish yet functional with its digital inverter compressor, cool wave technology and a host of features that you would love. If used moderately, needs of even families with 4 members can be met with this refrigerator.
- Digital inverter technology adjusts compressor speed in seven different levels to maintain optimal cooling and enhance life of compressor
- Stylish design
- Not best in terms of energy efficiency
The refrigerator, unfortunately, doesn’t have any feature to adjust the humidity level or retain moisture inside the vegetable crisper. So, fruits and vegetables stored inside for extended duration may lose its moisture and suppleness.
However, a perfect level of cooling is maintained inside to keep the food fresh, thanks to the digital inverter compressor. The anti-bacterial gasket is also helpful as it keeps away bacteria, fungi and other microbes from entering the refrigerator.
Even though the refrigerator uses digital inverter compressor that adjusts the speed to 7 levels depending on the ambient temperature and food load, the energy efficiency is not quite best in class. It consumes 166 units of electricity annually, which is higher than the former options from LG and Haier. However, digital inverter compressors are found to have a longer life and minimal complaints during its life span.
Just like the LG single door refrigerator, Samsung too makes Solar smart refrigerator that works with electricity from the solar panel and also works stabilizer free when voltage fluctuates between 100-300 V. If the voltage fluctuates further, the refrigerator switches off itself in order to prevent any electrical damage.
With an elegant bar chrome handle, crown design and stainless steel finish, the Samsung 212 L refrigerator is a beautiful addition to a stylish kitchen.
The interiors are pretty spacious with a roomy 25 L freezer and a chill tray to keep dairy as well as 1-litre bottles. The hardened glass shelves are height adjustable and the door baskets are wide and spacious enough to fit 2-litre bottles comfortably.
The catch, however, is that the lid of the crisper doesn’t close snuggly leading to loss of moisture in the vegetables. Also, a conventional bulb is used instead of LED which compromises on even lighting throughout the compartments.
- Excellent energy efficiency.
- Intelligent space design.
- Comparatively expensive.
SamsungRR21T2H2WCU/HL uses a digital inverter compressor. Not only does it result in high energy efficiency, but also reduces temperature variation inside the refrigerator, thus food is preserved better.
But that it doesn’t have a humidity controller vegetable box is a drawback.
As it uses direct cool technology, you will have to manually defrost the freezer almost on a weekly basis.
Energy efficiency is this refrigerators’ USP. It comes with 5-star energy rating consuming just 104 units of electricity annually.
The refrigerator is capable of running without stabilizer when voltage fluctuates between 100 to 300 Volts. Additionally, you can connect it to a home inverter or if you harness solar energy at your home, you can power the refrigerator that way too.
Overall, it is an excellent option for those who are looking for a refrigerator with low energy consumption.
The refrigerator has a gross capacity of 198 litres. The NET capacity for fresh food is 170 litres and the freezer is 18 litres.
Available in two colours, the design is aesthetically quite pleasing. The rear side is covered and just the lower portion is exposed. So, cleaning it up is fairly easy. It is also one of the few refrigerators in the segment with a lock.
Inside the refrigerator, underneath the freezer section, you have a dairy corner which offers an enclosed place where you can keep milk, cheese, butter and other deli and dairy products.
You have 3 hardened glass shelves and a large vegetable box which will suffice the needs of a 2-3 member family. On the doors, there are 4 shelves which is sufficient for keeping 2-litre bottles, jars and eggs.
For space-constrained kitchens, the refrigerator is a boon as it has a bottom shelf where you can keep ginger, garlic, onion, potato and other food that doesn’t need refrigeration.
- Excellent Energy Efficiency
- Large dry storage space
- Godrej sometimes have durability issues.
Older models of Godrej refriegrators use conventional reciprocatory compressors. To match the competition, Godrej has started equipping newer refrigerators with inverter compressors.
This results in lower energy consumption and moreover, the cooling efficiency is better too. As the compressor is always running, it keeps the temperature at an almost constant level and thus food retains freshness for longer.
Yet another advantage is that the vegetable box has a humidity controller. So, you can adjust the humidity levels as required and thus maintain the optimal level of moisture for the fresh produces to last longer.
On the other hand, the drawback is that being a direct cool refrigerator, the cool air is not evenly circulated. The freezer needs defrosting at regular intervals too. But this is common to all single door refrigerators.
Just like the previous Samsung refrigerator, the energy efficiency of Godrej RD 1905 PTDI 53 JW BL is also excellent. It consumes just 104 units of electricity annually.
Just like other refrigerators in the segment, it runs on the home inverter and doesn’t need a stabilizer either. But, it can’t run on solar energy.
The refrigerator comes with 190-litre capacity. The NET fresh food space is 160 litres and the freezer space is 19 litres.
The exteriors are rather pleasing with bright floral design available in various colours.
Inside, you have the freezer, a dairy zone, 3 hardened glass shelves and a vegetable basket. There are sufficient door shelves too. But you can keep only one 2 litre bottles inside.
Underneath the fridge, there is a dry storage area too, which nowadays is pretty much a standard with newer single door refrigerators.
Overall, it gives close competition to other brands.
Overall, the best all-rounded choice is Haier 4 Star 195 L Single door refrigerator. It is optimal in terms of energy efficiency, cooling and design.
If you are flexible on budget and appearance is a priority and you would love to have some extra space, without much compromise on energy efficiency and other features, then LG single door 190 L refrigerator is the best bet.
Frequent party hosts who need ample supply of chilled beverages would be happier with Whirlpool 190 L refrigerator. Moreover, it is the least expensive refrigerator on the list.
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How Did We Pick?
The best refrigerator brands in terms of durability, trustworthiness, customer service and affordability are LG, Samsung, Haier and Whirlpool.
The single door refrigerator sold by Samsung and Whirlpool are feature-rich, but they lack energy efficiency. Most of the refrigerators have 3-star BEE rating. So, they rank third and fourth in our list.
Samsung’s new model has high energy efficiency. But, it doesn’t have a humidity controller in the vegetable basket. So, that is a negative. Godrej has both, but of late, you find a lot of complaints about its durability.
Haier and LG, on the other hand, are rich in features, budget-friendly and highly energy efficient with a 4-star energy rating. We recommend Haier over LG because it is more economical, has higher power efficiency and comes with 1-hour cooling technology. Moreover, LG appliances are generally quite durable too.