Refrigerator

Before choosing a refrigerator, you could consider the following inputs that may help you to decide the product that suits your needs best.

Size

Capacity is important but before that consider the space available. Measure dimensions of the area where you plan to keep the fridge and then make sure the fridge is couple of inches less in size, so that it fits in properly. Also make sure there is space to move around it, since you will access it several times a day. Also consider the average height of people in your family before considering the height of the fridge.

Storage requirements

  • For a family of 2, fridge having capacity of 175/185 should be fine
  • A family of 4, fridge having 250 to 300 Litres capacity should be good
  • A family of 6 should consider a larger the size (300 to 350 Litres)
  • If the large family eats out a lot, a smaller unit could be sufficient

Dimensions:

Please measure the space available and size of the refrigerator that you plan to purchase. Also take the measurement of your doorways so that the delivery and installation go smoothly.

Refrigerator options

Refrigerator models comes with single door/2 doors/3 doors & Double doors that opens from the centre. Consider which type of door setting suits your requirements and space limits.

  • Standard models come with the freezer on the top (known as “top mount” refrigerators)
  • 2/3 Door models: In 2 door models, Freezer will have a separate door. 3 door models also may be available in case of larger size refrigerators.
  • Side-by-side models: With the freezer on one side and the refrigerator on the other side, you may get a fair amount of freezer space.

Types of Refrigerator

  • Conventional type: In conventional Models (may be up to 200L), the main issue is the need to manually de-frost or switch off the refrigerator and keep the door open to de-frost and the water collected on the tray may have to be removed manually.
  • Frost free models: In this type, de-frost cycle works in a periodical intervals & removes the frost. Generally, the drain water tray is placed on top of the Compressor and heat generated by the Compressor helps evaporation of the drain water. Excess water may have to be removed/cleaned manually.

Why energy efficient models & how to make out whether the model is energy efficient or not ?

Energy-efficient refrigerators will save you money on your electric bills in the long run because they cost less to operate.

  • Look for the Energy Star label on the product & user manual and catalogues of the model
  • 5 star sticker indicates highly energy efficient
  • No star indicates that the manufacturer doesn’t claim the model as energy efficient
  • Cost also will vary according to the energy star label

Accessibility:

Top freezer or bottom freezer?

The answer lies in your needs. In India we like to use fresh local produce more than frozen food. The latter is more for parties and for new couples who both work and don’t have time to cook. So for most households, it’s important to have the vegetables and daily items at accessible levels, without needing to stretch for them. That is why bottom freezers are getting popular here.

Features:

Once you have a fix on the dimensions and capacity, open the door and consider the features. The size of the vegetable tray is of course very important. Make sure it’s large.

Also consider that a lot of Indian households— especially joint families— have a mix of people who are vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Unless you can buy a separate fridge for both, make sure there are separated spaces for meats and veggies.

The shelving should be adjustable. Additional features like reversible door and in-door water and ice dispenser are bonus.

Aesthetics:

There is a whole range of colors and finishes available today to match your taste. Before choosing the product, you could consider the colour and style scheme of your kitchen to help you decide the product that suits your aesthetic tastes.

Why energy efficient models & how to make out whether the model is energy efficient or not ?

Energy-efficient refrigerators will save you money on your electric bills in the long run because they cost less to operate.

  • Look for the Energy Star label on the product & user manual and catalogues of the model
  • 5 star sticker indicates highly energy efficient
  • No star indicates that the manufacturer doesn’t claim the model as energy efficient
  • Cost also will vary according to the energy star label

Protection again voltage fluctuations:

Considering the voltage fluctuations in different parts of the country, it is important to ensure you have a well-protected fridge. External voltage stabilizer with low/high voltage cut off, refrigerators with built-in stabilizer and the new features like inverter technology, etc. will go a long way in extending the life of your fridge.