Having a high-quality, energy-efficient fridge is a necessity today. Not only to save you from a minor schock when your EB bill arrives, but also to make sure that your butter chicken remains perfectly cooled and healthy for tomorrow.
Here at Hometop, we had tested 3 of the most popular fridges in India today by checking everything from their actual power consumption to the quality of cooling.
Here are a few highlights of our research:
- We tested the power consumption of each refrigerator using a wattmeter.
- We analysed the storage capacity of individual compartments.
- We ran experiments on the cooling capacity of each refrigerator
- We even went through the quality of the after-sales service
From that, we had found the LG 190 L GL-B201APOX refrigerator to be the most power efficient with its smart inverter technology. But with it being almost a year and newer models taking their place in the market it was only time to revisit the article to find some new picks.
To do just that we started out by visiting two large multi-brand dealers to get into the mind of a refrigerator buying customer. We also needed to understand what price range is most optimum for a new buyer and what are the must-have features. Having spent over 24 hours in the past year researching on refrigerators we have found two of the best refrigerators for you.
Best Single Door Refrigerator
Samsung 192 L Direct Cool Single Door 5 Star Refrigerator (RR20M2Z2XU7/NL,RR20M1Z2XU7/HL)
Samsung’s 192 L Direct Cool Single Door 5 Star refrigerator offers not just class leading performance but also looks good while doing so. Be rest assured that the Samsung fridge will only improve the look of your kitchen with its classy exterior and cool and frankly thoughtfully designed interiors. Add in the quiet operations and fast cooling due to the inverter technology and you don't ever have to worry about your refigrator needs.
Best Single Door Refrigerator (Budget)
Godrej 190 L Direct Cool Single Door 5 Star Refrigerator (R D Edgepro 190 PDS INV 5.2 MBL / MGC)
Despite a much simpler design aesthetic, the Godrej 190L fridge holds its ground well with the 5-star energy saving rating, the inverter technology and spacious interiors. Its also price a wee bit lower than the Samsung and comes with some unique features in its class.
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Why trust Us?
We spent over 15 days testing out the 3 of the most famous refrigerator brands to find the best one for you. We analysed the refrigerator on various parameters like cooling ability, power consumption, build quality, inner storage space.we found the LG 190 L 4 star Single Door Refrigerator GL-B201APOX offered the best performance, had the most features and was priced very well.
But with it been almost a year since our article we felt it would be right to update it with new picks that promise even more features and better electricity savings.
To do just that we visited two of India's most popular multi-brand dealers, Croma and Girias to understand the needs of the customers and what to look for before buying a new refrigerator. We also read analyzed the best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart to help find the best refrigerator for you.
How we selected?
We started with a list of 150 models available on Flipkart and Amazon. We cut that list down to 25 based on the popularity of the models. This allows for us to test only the models that in India have already bought and liked.
We made sure to remove any product that had less than 4 stars in BEE rating as this would not have been an energy efficient option. Next we removed any fridge that didn’t use toughened glass as this gives you a much sturdier platform for your vessels. We also removed any fridge that didn’t have adjustable racks or required a stabilizer. We also made sure that every fridge had at least 190 litres of capacity. After sifting through the models available we found these 3 to be the top candidates.
- Whirlpool 200 L 5 star Single Door Refrigerator 215 Vitamagic Roy 5S
- Haier 195L 4 Star Single Door Refrigerator (HRD-1954BS-R/HRD-1954BS-E).
- LG 190 L 4 star Single Door Refrigerator GL-B201APOX.
From these we found the LG 190L to be our best pick due to its superior build quality, high power savings and great cooling performance. But with a year goes by we revisited the article and sought the help of multi-brand dealers to suggest even better products for you. At the dealers, we understood that most peoples budget lies between Rs.14-15,000 and 190 Litres is the most common size of refrigerator sold. So we tailored out picks around this budget and size. We also made sure to include the highest star rated products also so you don't have to deal with high power bills.
How we tested?
When we last tested refrigerators our testing methodology included analysing the quality of cooling, power consumption and quality of storage and build quality. During our tests, we tried to keep the testing conditions as standard as possible. However, even though the fridges were fully loaded there were variations in what was placed inside the fridge. Our results still gave us an indicator as to which fridge will perform better for you.
Quality of cooling
How well a fridge maintains and cools your food is a very important consideration when buying a fridge. To test the quality of cooling on each fridge we measured how well and long it took to make ice. We then tested how long each fridge retains cooling during power cuts. We did this by turning off the power and intermittently checking to see if the cooling lasted. Next we wanted to make sure that the cooling inside the vegetable tray was adequate as this is the furthest point from the freezer where the cold air is generated. We tested this by loading each vegetable tray with similar veggies and then letting it cool for a week. During the week, we checked to see if any of the veggies were stale. This helped us judge the quality of cooling and freshness maintained in the veggies tray. Finally, we wanted to measure how long and well each fridge cools the contents inside it. To do this we powered on each fridge and noted how long it took for each fridge to be uniformly cooled and we noted any zones in the fridge that weren’t being cooled.
Power consumption is something you can’t overlook. Doing so could cost you a lot in the long run. We wanted to make sure that the fridge you get is the most energy-efficient one. So, using a wattmeter, we fully loaded each fridge and used them at each cooling setting - from level 1 - level 6. The wattmeter gave us the exact unit consumption for each cooling setting. We found the LG to be the most energy efficient fridge of the lot we tested.
Storage and Usage
Apart from cooling and power consumption there are other important factors as well. We checked the space offered by each fridge and the quality and thickness of the glass racks. We verified the space available by measuring the inner dimensions of the fridge. Apart from that we inspected the gasket quality, the quality of the plastic lining and the build quality.
After sales service
We analyzed each brand’s warranty and service policy by calling up their customer care reps and seeing how fast and cheap their service is. We raised fake issues and had the technician to visit our place.
How to choose the best refrigerator- inputs from the dealers
Having met with popular home appliances dealers; Girias and Croma dealers in our quest to find the best single door refrigerator, we got some valuable advice from them regarding what features to look for before buying a new refrigerator.
The very first advice the dealers gave was to understand the basic difference between single and double door refrigerators and that difference is not the size but frost-free operation in double doors. This they say is a common complaint amongst people who buy a single door fridge as you have to manually defrost them every couple of days. So if you do not want that have a look at our “Best Double Door refrigerator” article where our best picks have not just high power savings and more space but also hassle-free with their frost free function.
Now coming to the more common points to look for before making that important purchase. The dealers strongly suggested to look for two main things in your next refrigerator; BEE 4 or 5-star rating and Digital inverter technology. These will help to improve not just your experience due to low noise, but also save you quite some cash with savings in electricity usage and their ability to run without a stabilizer.
Flaws in BEE star ratings
BEE star ratings are provided by the government to help the public understand which machine is more energy-efficient. These star ratings are done every 2 years for single door refrigerators. As each ratings are handed out the older rated models are downgraded. The assumption being that there will be advances in technology that should make the newer machines more efficient thereby saving you power. The labels of the BEE star ratings can be seen below. However, in our testing we found the LG model to perform much better than the Whirlpool which had a higher BEE rating. You can see the chart below. At both the minimum cooling level as well as the maximum cooling levels the LG was always more energy-efficient despite being rated only a 4 star product. This was due to LG’s smart inverter technology.
- BEE star label
- Minimum cooling
- maximum cooling
Best Single Door Refrigerator in detail
Gorgeous, minimalistic design
Has a 5-star energy efficiency rating
No stabilizer is required that can save you up to Rs.1,000 to Rs. 1,500. plus this refrigerator can withstand voltages from 100-300V
It has an anti-removable gasket that prevents bacteria formation
It comes with door lock so we can avoid children’s mishandling the refrigerators.
It takes very less space and is small and compact
The digital inverter technology ensures quiet operation
Thoughtful storage spaces
Cooling retention for up to 9 hours
The most major fault in this direct cooling is defrosting should be done manually, this should be done for every 3-4 days.
Refrigerators are a functional piece of equipment and there are very few refrigerators that look good, especially in the budget segments it's pretty rare. But the Samsung 192L fridge has a fantastic modern design. You have a clean facia with a floral pattern, the lock is neatly placed on a slab of what looks like polished metal and a floating door handle that looks like it was taken of a concept car. The bottom vegetable drawer too is colour matched, only a slightly darker shade of purple which really adds character and takes away some of the visual bulk of a tall refrigerator.
But the aesthetic design of the fridge isn't a top priority for you isn't it? What you want to know is how much space is inside the fridge? Well, it is a spacious fridge at 192 Litres but what's important is how Samsung has managed to improve the cavities and spaces to make it easier to you. You have a feature called FreshMax which has a multi-utility door bin that can tilt forward to allow you to load stuff into it easily and also comes with a divider to separate your bottles and bags. The shelves are made of toughened glass and can to hold a weight of up to 150 Kg safely. One thing we appreciated about the shelves is that you have around 9 positions where you can place them which lets you put just about any type of utensil into your fridge without having to worry about space considerations. You also get storage space under the fridge courtesy of the vegetable drawer where you can place items like potatoes and onions- vegetables that do not need cooling.
Now coming to cooling, we found no complaints from verified customers who were very happy with the performance of the fridge. Most claimed it took just 1 hour to make ice and consumed very little electricity. The lack of sound and heating was another boon according to customers. Overall in terms of performance, the fridge had 94% positive feedback on Flipkart.
With the digital inverter technology, you not only get 5-star energy savings but also quieter operation, stabilizer free working and ability to run on DC power sources like inverters and solar energy. The Cool Wave feature further helps keep the refrigerator cool for up to 9 hours after a power cut.
Samsung offers a 1 Year on the Refrigerator and 10 Years on Compressor and doorstep service is also provided.
For the price of around Rs.16,000, you the Samsung 192L power-efficient refrigerator doesn’t snatch money from your pocket every month. It also comes with a great design, thoughtful spaces, a vegetable tray and the ability to work with inverters and solar panels also.
Best Single Door Refrigerator (Budget) in detail
Has a 5-star energy efficiency rating
Class-leading cooling retention for up to 24 hours
No stabilizer is required that can save you up to Rs.1,000 to Rs. 1,500. plus this refrigerator can withstand voltages from 140 to 260 V
It has an anti-removable gasket that prevents bacteria formation.
It takes very less space and is small and compact
The digital inverter technology ensures quiet operation
The most major fault in this direct cooling is defrosting should be done manually, this should be done for every 3-4 days
Doesn't look as modern as the Samsung
Fewer shelving positions than the Samsung
The Godrej 190 L Direct Cool Single Door 5 Star Refrigerator is the latest in the lineup of refrigerators from the 121-year Indian conglomerate. While it isn’t as modern looking as the Samsung, it still has a splash of colour thrown at it which surprisingly is similar to the purple of the Samsung, they've even managed a floral print to brighten it up a bit.
Coming to the storage, the Godrej fridge too offers a lot of storage spaces with a particularly cool chiller tray (pun intended!) that can hold up to five 1-litre bottles horizontally. The shelves are made of toughened glass just like on the Samsung just have fewer space adjustments than our best pick. But you do get a very useful vegetable drawer to place vegetables that do not need any cooling. The door bins on the Godrej are very well designed with dedicated space for chocolates, medicines, bottles and more. This separation really helps to keep the medicines and candies safe and not be dumped into a single pocket.
In terms of cooling the inverter technology and Stay cool Technology means that not only the fridge cools efficiently, but it also does so quiet while sipping as little power as possible. Even better is the fact that if at all you experience a power cut, the food inside stays cool for up to 24 hours! This is almost three times longer than the Samsung.
The digital inverter technology also lends it a BEE 5-star energy savings rating and lets it work stabilizer free and function even with inverters.
Godrej offers a 1 Year on the Refrigerator and 10 Years on Compressor and doorstep service is also provided.
By undercutting the Samsung by around a thousand rupees Godrej manages to add a bit of value to their product. While Samsung should be your best pick if you want a stylish, durable and well-performing machine. The Godrej makes sense if you live in an area with frequent power cuts.
Who are our best picks for?
Both the fridges are equally specced and have almost similar capacities (192 Litres and 190 litres) which should be more than sufficient for a family of three. To know about what size fridge to buy for your family look at the guide below:
A single person: 50-80 litres fridge
A family of 2-3 members: 150 Liters - 250 Liters
A family of 4-5 members: 250 Liters - 330 Liters
A family of more than 6 members: 350 Liters - 490 Liters
While both are also very similar in their specifications as well there is one difference between them. The Samsung can retain it coolness for up to 9 hours after a power cut, while the Godrej can stay cool for up to a whopping 24 hours. This makes this a superb option to use in areas with frequent power cuts.
A note on Installation and After-sales service
As far as installation goes, No brands provide installation service for single door fridges as they are basically plug and play type. However, when we last tested refrigerators we found that only Whirlpool sends someone over to install the fridge for you. This is a service that is nice to have but ultimately not necessary. Setting up a fridge is not as complicated as setting up a microwave or LED TV.
For any other after sales service, doorstep service is offered by both Samsung and Godrej with 1-year warranty on the fridge and 10 years on the compressor.
Space taken up by our best picks
Even though our best picks are smaller than double door refrigerators we have shown the space taken up by them.
Why others were not selected?
Whirlpool Single door
Though Whirlpool had some extra features like extra racks for storing vegetables at the bottom and humidity controller feature at vegetable box we didn’t pick it. The main reason being, despite a 5-star rating in power consumption, it consumed more units than our best Pick LG.
Haier Single door
Again here, the power consumption was more than the LG. Another problem was the bad complaints it received for its thermostat which was sub-par in quality. Even though it had 4 racks there wasn’t enough spacing between racks. It also tends to heat up and produce a lot of noise during operation.
Whirlpool 215L single door
This particular model wasn't selected as it had a lower star rating (4 stars) and used the much older reciprocating compressor technology. Apart from that, the fridge was similarly specced as our best picks but the higher power consumption and noise hurt it.
If you are in the market for a new single door refrigerator and are simply confused with the sheer number of brands and models on display, don't worry as we have found two of the best fridges in India just for you.
The Samsung 192 L Direct Cool Single Door refrigerator offers a spacious capacity backed by the useful Direct Cool inverter technology and a 5-star rating for power savings. Its all wrapped up into a gorgeous design that wouldn't look out of place in a modern, minimalistic space.
Also, a worthy pick is the Godrej 190 L Direct Cool Single Door fridge which too boasts of a 5-star BEE rating, a capacious design and the wonderful inverter technology for quieter operation. It's also a little cheaper than the Samsung and can cool for a day even after a power cut.