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Overview

A refrigerator is a necessity in very household. Over time, the standard refrigerators have gone through drastic innovations making it difficult to choose one that best suits your requirements.

To help you select the perfect one from the large array, we have bought you some guidelines that will help you understand the different types of refrigerators available in the market and pick one that is perfect for your kitchen.

Types of Refrigerators

  • Single Door Refrigerators

Single door refrigerators are the traditional models that have only one door. They occupy small spaces and are relatively cheap. It is suitable for singles or small families as its capacity ranges from 50L to 200L, ample for a small crowd. It has vegetable and freezer box inside the refrigerator; it is a compact and affordable design.

  • Top Freezer Refrigerators

It has a separate freezer section at the top and refrigeration at the bottom, having more capacity compared to single door refrigerators. These unfrilly fridges have ample storage. As it has two doors for both section, it means that the cold temperature is maintained in particular sections irrespective of how many times you open and close the doors. This helps in conservation of energy and also, it uses about 20-25% less power compared to other types of refrigerators. They are easy on pockets and suitable for a larger family of 5-6 members.

  • Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

This is one of the recent designs that hit the market. It is convenient because the refrigerator part is at eye-level and less frequently used freezer is at the bottom. For users, it means they don’t have to bend down to get fruits, vegetables, and other fresh items. It is energy efficient as the cooler component is at the bottom and hotter one on the top.

A French door model has two doors side-by-side on the top and freezer door on the bottom as a drawer. Their design makes them look appealing, unique and style statement for a kitchen.

  • Side by Side Door Refrigerators

This is an ideal household design which sufficient for 8-9 with a lot more freezer space. They are available in larger capacities up to 800L. These resemble a cupboard with two doors side by side. The opening one door at a time prevents heat loss and saves energy. The bigger size offers more storage space in the freezer and fridge; other features like water-dispensing outlet doesn’t require you to open the door just to grab some cold water.

Things to Consider Before Making a Purchase

  • Energy Efficiency

When you are spending thousands of rupees on a new you should opt for a reliable product with necessary features. A perfect way to find one is to look for star rating for energy efficiency (EER). It has been standardized by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Basically, more the stars, more efficiency of your refrigerator. These labels on the product help you save money every day, every month and many years to come.

  • Capacity

The requirement for storage and capacity depends on the number of family members.

Capacity (liters) House Hold Size
50-100 1
100-200 2
200-290 3
290-320 4
320-350 5
350-400 6
400-450 7
450-500 8
500-550 9
550-600 10
  • Size

Most refrigerators come in a range of size and capacities. Always measure the area where you want to put the refrigerator. Measure the area and make sure it is spacious enough for the air ducts and allows you to open the doors swiftly.

  • Cooling Type

Direct CoolThis type of cooling is common in single door varieties where defrosting of the freezer is done manually or semi-automatically periodically. This has to be done because the cooling takes place without any circulation of air or fanning. They are energy efficient models.

Frost-Free – This refrigeration maintains consistent temperatures in all the compartments by circulation of cooling air. It prevents ice build-up and hence no periodic defrosting is required. This technology helps in keeping food fresh for a longer duration. However, these models take up more energy compared to direct cooling ones.

Other Features and Functions to Look Out for

  1. Storage features like gallon door bins, split shelves, adjustable shelves, and flexible bin dividers help you free up interior shelf space.
  2. Humidity-controlled chambers are of utmost importance, as leafy green vegetables require much high humidity level than fruits. This helps you to keep appropriate humidity levels so that they stay fresh for a longer duration.
  3. Always check for noise levels or any humming sound that may disturb.
  4. Child Lock has been introduced in new designs, it helps to keep a check on kids so that they do not open the refrigerator without supervision.

These are few pointers that you should check before zeroing down your new cool buddy.

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