Things to consider before buying a refrigerator aka fridge in India

When buying a Refrigerator or Fridge we expect it to long 10-15 years with aptness for current n future needs. Hence to consider all factor before making this decision.

Let’s talk one by one on all the important and necessary aspects to consider before buying a refrigerator:

1.) Size: This depends on your lifestyle , no of household members and of-course budget. The right size is must. Too big would consume more space , electricity + higher price. Too small for current n future members (if any) then cooling would be affected + you would need to upgrade sooner making it more costlier in long term. Rule is 50-100litres per member depending on your lifestyle, members n their age and current fridge size.

2.) Freezer to Fridge ratio: for small single door refrigerator freezer to fridge ratio is around 80:20 which in double door it’s around 70:30 while in side by refrigerator it’s around 60:40. For most working couples a bigger freezer is required than a single working house. Also most affluent/elite customers need further big freezer due to more consumption frozen/meat products. No hard and fast rule.

3.) Inverter or Reciprocatory Compressor: Inverter compressor concept is similar to inverter ac concept as instead of turning compressor on/off it slows down to a variable stable speed thus saving electricity, less noisy, can run on inverter and don’t need voltage stabliser also. LG/Samsung/Hitachi/Bosch offer complete inverter range. Haier/Godrej offers both inverter n reciprocatory models. While all desi brands mostly offer reciprocatory models only. Inverter models will always be costlier than normal one.

4.) Star Ratings: Electricity consumption is must in today’s world where per unit cost is touching Rs.10-12. 1-5star rating refrigerator are made. higher the star bigger the energy saving. 5star fridge are rare for now so 4star is best. But considering price of model even 3 star can be considered but avoid 1 & 2 star. You’ll notice most 1-2 star refrigerators are cheaper than 3-4star models with similar features. A Good 4 star refrigerator of 400liter+ capacity can save you approx Rs.100 per month than 2 star model of similar capacity. This saving will increase as electricity prices would increase as always.

5.) Convertible Models: Convertible range is a new concept where freezer can be converted to fridge or fridge n freezer can be selectively be switched off. This is good people who more than 1 refrigerator where they can change according to season also for holiday homes etc. LG only has 2in1 range while Samsung n Haier give 5 in 1 convertible on selected models. 2 in 1 got limited as you can’t turn off the freezer n fridge selectively only can convert freezer to fridge n back.

6.) Cost: Bigger the fridge higher it cost but it in todays market bigger refrigerator cost twice or thrice on per litre of capacity cost.  For example a 160 liter single fridge cost 10,000 = 62.5/liter while a 250liter double door cost 25k = 100/liter and a 500 liter side by side cost 60,000 = 120/liter. Making it cheaper to buy two refrigerator than one :). Obviously features like mentioned in pt 3 & 4 comes in mid n higher range mostly.

7.) Other features: stabilizer free operation is normal in most models, digital temperature display which is more of fancy feature as from past experience it tends to go kaput frequently. So better to avoid digital display.

Brands to consider are : LG – Godrej – Samsung -Whirlpool – Haier – Hitachi – Bosch
  • For 1-2 members = 165-250 liters is enough.
  • For 2-3 members = 200-300 liters is satisfactory.
  • For 2-4 members = Get a 200-400 liters two door model as per budget.
  • For 3-5 members = Around 300-500 liters is appropriate mostly.
  • For 4-6 members = 350-600 liters is enough.
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  • Direct-cool refrigerator : economical and Cooling without fluctuation
  • Capacity 192 liters: suitable for families with 2 to 3 members
  • Energy Rating: 2 Star
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor
  • Shelf type: spill proof toughened glass
  • Inside box: 1 unit Refrigerator & 1 unit user manual with warranty card
  • Spl. Features: Stablizer free operation (Voltage range 130V - 290V), Stylish crown design, Big Bottle Guard
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  • Direct-cool refrigerator : Economical and Cooling without fluctuation
  • Capacity 198 liters: Suitable for families with 2 to 3 members and bachelors
  • Energy rating 4 Star : high efficiency model
  • Manufacturer warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor
  • Digital Inverter Compressor
  • Shelf type: Spill proof toughened glass; base stand drawer
  • Inside box: 1 unit Refrigerator & 1 Unit user manual
  • Spl. Features: Fresh Room | clear lamp view | runs on home inverter | safe clean back | Base stand drawer| deep door guard | Voltage range : 100V - 300V
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  • Frost Free Refrigerator : Auto defrost function to prevent ice-build up
  • Capacity 253 ltrs : Suitable for small families and bachelors | Freezer capacity: 69 ltrs | Fresh food capacity: 184 ltrs
  • Energy efficient 3 Star Rating
  • Manufacturer Warranty : 1 Year on Product, 10 Years warranty on compressor
  • Digital Inverter Compressor – Enjoy greater energy efficiency, less noise and a long-lasting performance. It automatically adjusts its speed in response to cooling demand
  • Shelf Type: Spill proof Toughened glass shelves with easy slide
  • Included in the box: 1 Refrigerator Unit, User Manual, Warranty Card
  • Special Features: Easy Slide Shelf, Door Alarm, Inverter, Temperature control, Cool pack, Stabilizer free operation (100 ~ 300 V)
  • Key Feature : All round cooling for even cooling corner to corner | Power Cool - Enjoy rapid cooling performance | MoistFresh Zone - Preserve the freshness and flavor of fruit and vegetables for longer | Interior LED Light | Moveable Ice maker | Tall Bottle Guards | Recess Door Handle | Fresh Room | Deodorizer | R600A refrigerant
  • Number of Fridge Shelf - 2 | Number of Freezer Shelf - 1 | Number of Freezer door pocket - 2 | Number of Vegetable & Fruit Drawer - 1 | Number of Fridge Door Pocket - 4
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  • Frost Free, Double Door: auto defrost to stop ice-build up
  • Capacity 253 liters: suitable for families with 2 to 3 members and bachelors.Material of Shelf : Plastic
  • Energy rating 3 Star : high Energy Efficiency
  • Manufacturer warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor
  • Digital Inverter Compressor : automatic adjustment of speed in response to cooling demand, quieter operation and uses less power
  • Shelf type: spill proof toughened glass
  • Inside box: 1 unit Refrigerator & 1 unit user manual
  • Spl. Features: convertible 3in1 up to 88L extra storgare, convert freezer to fridge | voltage range : 100V - 300V | stabilizer free operation | digital display | freshroom | deodorizer
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  • Direct-cool refrigerator : economical and Cooling without fluctuation
  • Capacity 192 liters: suitable for families with 2 to 3 members and bachelors
  • Energy rating 3 Star : high Energy Efficiency
  • Manufacturer warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor
  • Digital Inverter Compressor : automatic adjustment of speed in response to cooling demand, quieter operation and uses less power
  • Shelf type: spill proof toughened glass
  • Inside box: 1 unit Refrigerator & 1 unit user manual
  • Spl. Features: voltage range : 100V - 300V | stabilizer free operation | clear view lamp | stylish grande door design
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  • Frost free refrigerator with modern contemporary design: 245 L with 3 Star Energy rating
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  • FRESH FLOW AIR TOWER WITH FLEXI VENTS: This scientifically designed air tower and strategically placed vents let out cool and fresh air into different sections of the refrigerator providing uniform cooling and giving up to 40% Faster Bottle Cooling.
  • MICROBLOCK : Prevents upto 99% bacterial growth, keeping fruits and vegetables fresh for longer.
  • 1 Year Warranty on Product, 10 Years Warranty on Compressor
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  • Frost-free multi-door refrigerator; 240 litres capacity
  • Warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor, Cosmetic Organizer: Yes
  • 3 door advantage: better cooling retention, no odour mixing and up to 32l large storage space
  • Upto 2x freshness with 6th sense active fresh technology, India's first exclusive bottom drawer for fruits and vegetables
  • Zeolite technology: prevents excessive ripening of fruits and vegetables, thereby keeping them fresher for longer
  • Special features: moisture retention technology, air boosters, ice twister and collector, stabilizer free operation
  • Micro block prevents up to 99 percent bacterial growth, keeping fruits and vegetables fresh for longer
  • Customised cooling technology-advanced temperature control knob for adjusting temperature of different delicacies stored in the chiller
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  • Frost free refrigerator: Auto defrost function to prevent ice-build up
  • Capacity 260 L: Suitable for small families and bachelors I freezer capacity: 75L, fresh food capacity: 185L
  • Energy Rating: 3 Star
  • Warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor
  • Smart inverter compressor – energy efficient, less noise & more durable
  • Shelf Type: Trimless tempered Glass - no. of Shelves: 03 - TOP LED: Energy Efficient & Longer Life Span
  • Also included in the box: 1 Unit of Refrigerator and 1 Unit user manual
  • Special Features: Door Cooling+, Temp. Control: Display I Micom, Express Freeze, Works without Stabilizer (100-310V), Smart Diagnosis, Smart Connect, Jet Ice, Chiller Zone
  • Deodorizer: Catechin, Multi Air Flow, Anti-Bacterial gasket, Moist ‘N’ Fresh, Humidity Controller, Vegetable box with 29.1L capacity
  • 2 F Door Baskets (Full), 1+2 R Door Baskets (Full + Half), 2L bottle Storage, Egg cum Ice tray, Double Twist (12 Ice cubes /tray), Anti Rat Bite Sleeve, Door Alarm, Lock
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  • Double Door, Frost Free: auto defrost to stop ice-build up
  • Capacity 345 liters: suitable for families with 3 to 4 members and bachelors
  • Energy Star Rating : 3 Star
  • Manufacturer warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor. Get Free Additional 1 Year Warranty valid on invoices from 1st Aug'22 - 31st OCT'22
  • Digital Inverter Compressor – Energy efficient, less noise & more durable
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  • Direct cool refrigerator: Economical and requires manual defrosting
  • Capacity 225L: Suitable for family of 2 to 3 members
  • Energy Rating: 4 Star High energy efficiency
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year on product, 10 years on compressor
  • Shelf type: spill proof toughened glass
  • Inside box: 1 unit Refrigerator & 1 unit user manual with warranty card
  • Digital Inverter Technology – energy efficient, less noise & more durable
  • Spl. Features: Digi-Touch Cool, Base stand with drawer, Runs on home inverter, Stabilizer Free Operation (Voltage range 100V - 300V),

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