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The best Refrigerator Buying Guide






Refrigerator
Refrigerator is a basic necessity in every home.
The choice of refrigerator brand, capacity and model depends on various factors like number of people in your house, food habits, whether you do shopping on weekends only, storing beverages and beer. A two member family can need a small or mini refrigerator anywhere between 50 to 200 litres. You can also check the price list, review website links at the bottom

TYPE OF REFRIGERATOR

The types of refrigerator include - direct cool, cyclical and frost-free refrigerator.

Direct Cool refrigerators

Direct cool fridges only come with single door and the maximum capacity is 350 litres. They are not as effective as frost free refrigerators in keeping fruits and vegetables fresh. The direct cool refrigerator needs lesser eletricity and hence is cheaper in running. The service costs are also cheaper.
> They also need to be defrosted, the options are manual or automatic or semi automatic.

Frost Free refrigerators

Frost free refrigerators do not need defrosting as cool air is continuously circulated and there is no ice build-up. Their longevity is more and technically also they are superior to direct cool fridges.
They consume more power than direct cool refrigerators as ice is not formed and hence running costs are more.
Frost free refrigerators are easier to maintain, maintain food fresh for longer duration and have less odor. Frost free fridges have two or more doors as the chiller unit needs to be separate.

Cyclic cooling

These fridges have a unique cyclic defrost system with auto evaporation and hence save around 30% electricity as compared to frost free models. However these are not very common and not suitable for home use as they are mostly in capacity above 350 litres..

REFRIGERATOR CAPACITY

These are typical recommended fridge capacities based on your family size:

Size of Family
Refrigerator Capacity in litres
1
200-230
2
260
3
290
4
300
5
350
6
400
7
450
8
500
9
550
10
600
11
650
12
700

Single Door Refrigerators

Single Door Refrigerator

These are conventional refrigerators which come with a single door. The upper portion is a freezer, the middle portion is a refrigerator and the bottom portion has a vegetable bin. Single-door refrigerators are entry-level refrigerators.

Pros Cons

Double-door refrigerator

Double Door Refrigerator

Out of two doors, one door is for the freezer section and the other is for the refrigerator and vegetable sections. They either have a freezer section on top and refrigerator and vegetable sections at the bottom or vice versa. They start from 200 ltrs and go up to 660 ltrs. These are the highest-selling refrigerators and are in mid-price range.

Pros Cons

Three-door refrigerator

Three Door Refrigerator
A three-door refrigerator has one door for the refrigerator section, one for the vegetable section and another for the freezer section. In this type of refrigerator, the refrigerator section is on top, the vegetable section is in the middle and the freezer section is at the bottom. These refrigerators start at 300 ltrs and go up to 450 ltrs. This type of refrigerator is preferred by vegetarian families as the vegetable section is quite convenient to open. It is in the mid-price range.
Three Door French Refrigerator

Pros

Cons

Four-door side-by-side refrigerator

Four Door Refrigerator

A four-door side-by-side refrigerator is similar to a two-door side-by-side refrigerator, more like a cupboard with left and right halves, except that both these halves also have two doors. The entire top half is the refrigerator and vegetable section and the entire bottom half is the freezer section. It comes only in 660 ltrs. Like the two-door side-by-side refrigerators, these also are high-end models. Since these are high-end refrigerators, the price range also is quite high.

Pros

Cons

REFRIGERATOR FEATURES

Type of shelves

There are three types of shelves - wired, acrylic and tempered glass. Wired shelves are mostly used in entry level fridges. The tempered glass shelves can hold maximum weight and are break resistant - they are used in higher end refrigerators.

Clean back

Clean back refrigerators have condenser coils at the bottom of the fridge. These look better than the coils at the back of the refrigerator. These also makes cleaning the refrigerator easy.

Noise

Check the noise level of the fridge, good ones will not make too much noise.

Ice maker

The freezer typically comes with a specific ice maker section. You will get ice cubes here.
There are ice and water dispensers also which let you have ice or cold water without opening the fridge door.

Quick-freeze compartment

A quick-freeze comparment in a fridge is available as a small colder compartment within the freezer or as a knob that allows you to adjust the temperature of the freezer. This is very useful to have ice available in a very short notice.

Separators

A separator helps to store more fruits and vegetables and prevents the softer ones from being crushed under heavier ones. This essentially helps to organize the refrigerator better.

Moisture and humidity control

Moisture and humidity controls in a refrigerator will help fruits and vegetables to remain fresh for longer periods of time.

COMPARISON OF REFRIGERATORS

Feature
Single Door
Double Door
3 Door
2 door side by side
4 door side by side
Capacity
50-300l
200-660l
300-450l
550-810l
660l
Defrosting
Manual
Automatic
Automatic
Automatic
Automatic
Ice / Water Dispener
No
No
No
Yes
Water dispenser only
Permanent Plumbing
No
No
No
Yes
No
Deodorizer
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shelves
Wired / Acrylic
Wired / Acrylic / Toughened Glass
Wired / Acrylic / Toughened Glass
Toughened Glass
Toughened Glass
Freezer
Small
Medium
Medium
Big
Very big

INVERTER TECHNOLOGY FOR SAVING ENERGY

Energy efficient refrigerators are made with inverter compressors. These compressors are energy saving and environment friendly. These also reduce size of refrigerator and reduce noise. The technology allows system to detect subtle temperature changes and adjust automatically.

By using as much power as needed, the inverter technology cuts power usage by almost 20%.

The advantage of inverter controlled refrigerators is that once when hot food is placed in the fridge, the compressor starts to works to bring the temperature down in order to keep the food fresh. Once the temperature goes down the inverter acts smoothly to maintain the temperature in lower frequency, thus the compressor stays quieter and food remains fresh.

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REFRIGERATOR PRICE LISTS

Frost free fridge price

LG Frost free Refrigerator Price

Samsung Frost free Refrigerator Price

Godrej Frost free Refrigerator Price

Direct cool fridge price

Electrolux Direct Cool Refrigerator Price

Videocon Direct Cool Refrigerator Price

LG Direct Cool Refrigerator Price

Godrej Direct Cool Refrigerator Price

Panasonic Direct Cool Refrigerator Price

Haier Direct Cool Refrigerator Price

Single door fridge price

Whirlpool Single Door Refrigerator Price

Double door fridge price

Whirlpool Double Door Refrigerator Price

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- By Saurabh Srivastava

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