While upgrading refrigerator for their homes people in India nowadays are considering side by side by models too if budget is not a factor. Most get attracted to bigger size side by side fridge mostly shown in TV ads. Double door models are hardly shown.

Lets discuss if for a typical Indian home is it a wise decision to buy a side by side refrigerator. Biggest factor against side by side refrigerator is freezer to fridge ratio(space of freezer out of total available space). In side by side refrigerators this is approx 40:60% of total space while in normal double door fridge it is 20:80%. Infact in single door refrigerators its even lower at 10:90%.

This is good mostly for working couple who like to cook and freeze there food on weekends so as to use it on working days. I doubt we have that kind of culture in India as we are strictly against frozen foods as our parents love to cook due to easily available fresh veggies from cart/vendor nearby.

Plus there is extra power consumption too due to this higher freezer space ratio. You’ll mostly notice that these side by side refrigerators are low on star rating due to this and become a major cost in electricity bills.

Better alternative for Indian home is to instead buy a refrigerator with following features:

  • Bottom Freezer – So that fridge part is easily accessible as Women mostly tend to have back problems.
  • Inverter compressor – Not only these are latest and power saving. These also tend to operate on wide range on voltage thus saving transformer cost and are super silent too.
  • Convertible fridge – Are the future where you can change freezer to fridge mode or even put it off for holidays. Tend to save power and increase life of compressor too.
  • Spend more on 5star or 4star power saving models as refrigerator is kept on 24/7 365 days.

Have a look at few good Bottom Freezer Refrigerators:

Haier 445 L 2 Star Frost Free Double Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator Appliance (2023 Model, HRB-4952CKG-P, Black Glass,Convertible)
  • Frost Free Refrigerator: Auto defrost function to prevent ice build-up
  • Capacity 445 Litres: Suitable for families with 5 or more members| Freezer Capacity: 109 Ltr , Fresh Food Capacity: 336 Ltr
  • Energy Rating: 2 Stars - Energy Efficiency
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor.
  • Inverter Compressor with Cooling technology – Energy efficient, silent operation & more durable with Expert cooling technology
Bosch 559 L 2 Star Inverter Frost Free Double Door Refrigerator (Series 4 KGN56XI40I, Inox-easyclean, Bottom Freezer, 2022 Model)
  • The star rating changes are as per BEE guidelines on or before 1st Jan 2023
  • Warranty: 10 Year Warranty on Compressor, 1 year Warranty on product
  • Provides much more space for your food.
  • LED interior light: Illuminates the refrigerator evenly and glare-free, and lasts for its entire life.
  • Multiairflow system: Minimises fluctuating temperatures by ensuring optimal and uniform air circulation in the fridge.
Haier 320 L 2 Star Inverter Frost-Free Double Door Refrigerator (HRB-3404BMS-E, Moon Silver,Bottom Freezer)
  • Frost-free Double door refrigerator with Auto defrost to stop ice-build up
  • Capacity: 320 litres suitable for a medium sized family
  • Energy rating: 2 star, Annual energy consumption: 265 W
  • (Please refer energy label on product page or contact brand for more details)
  • Warranty: 10 Year Warranty on Compressor, 1 year Warranty on product
Haier 445 L 2 Star Frost Free Double Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator Appliance (2023 Model, HRB-4952BIS-P, Inox Steel,Convertible)
  • Frost Free Refrigerator: Auto defrost function to prevent ice build-up
  • Capacity 445 Litres: Suitable for families with 5 or more members| Freezer Capacity: 109 Ltr , Fresh Food Capacity: 336 Ltr
  • Energy Rating: 2 Stars - Energy Efficiency
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor.
  • Inverter Compressor with Cooling technology – Energy efficient, silent operation & more durable with Expert cooling technology
Haier 237 L 3 Star Frost Free Inverter Double Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator Appliance (2023 Model, HEB-243GS-P, Moon Silver, Convertible)
  • Frost Free Refrigerator: Auto defrost function to prevent ice build-up
  • Capacity 237 Litres: Suitable for families with 2 to 3 members or bachelors | Freezer Capacity: 66 Ltr , Fresh Food Capacity: 171 Ltr
  • Energy Rating: 3 Stars - Energy Efficiency
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor.
  • Inverter Compressor with Cooling technology – Energy efficient, silent operation & more durable with Expert cooling technology
Haier 237 Litres, Frost Free Bottom Mount Refrigerator HRB-2872BMS-P
  • Direct-cool Refrigerator: Economical and Stylish
  • Capacity 237 Litres: Suitable for families with 2 to 3 members or bachelors.
  • Energy Rating: 2 Stars - High Energy Efficiency
  • Special Features: 1 Hour Icing Technology, Stabilizer free operation, Vegetable Box, 3 Toughened Glass Shelves, Connect Home Inverter, Anti-bacterial gasket, Base Drawer
  • 1 Hour Icing Technology: Get ice within just an hour with 1 Hour Icing Technology (HIT) in this direct cool refrigerator.
VENIQE ziplock Pouch Bags with Expandable Bottom, Zipper Bag Cover Storage Seal Freezer Food Storage Bags (5 Bags in 1 Box) Microwave Safe, Re-usable, Washable, Fridge,Transparent & BPA Free(p-9658)
  • 【ECO FRIENDLY AND REUSABLE】:- zip lock plastic bags Use these ziplock pouches multiple time just wash it with clean water and you are good to go for next use and Saves your money.
  • 【EASY TO CLEAN & USE】:- We recommend hand wash only in cold or room temperature water, pouch bag with zipper don’t wash them in hot water or dishwasher as they will damage the zipper.
  • 【Microwave Safe】- This Zip lock bag is safe for use in microwaves (use as directed). storage bag airtight when defrosting and reheating food, open the storage bag zipper one inch to vent.
  • 【LEAK-PROOF & FREEZER-SAFE】:- Upgraded dual zipper closure ensures airtight & 100% leak proof seal, grocery zip lock bag waterproof, hygienic and freezer safe.
  • 【EXTRA WIDE SEAL & TRANSPARENT】:- Food Storage Zipper Bags for the freezer are complete with an extra wide zip seal allowing you to lock tight, and open with ease, Ziplock Bags For Fridge Storage every time.

Hope this helps in your refrigerator buying process.