The refrigerator is one of the most imperative appliances in your home, and so it is important that you put a fair amount of thought into finding the right model for your needs.
There are hundreds of models to choose from therefore read our buying guide so you know what to look for when buying a fridge.
You need to first decide what kind of fridge you want. There are several different types of refrigerators in the market, when you are buying a fridge, you have to decide in terms of what you and your family need.
While you make a list of add-on features that you need, also make an assessment of your lifestyle before buying a fridge.
- If you are big on juice or milk drinking, there should be adequate space to hold multiple cartons.
- If you are a frozen food eater, you will likely need more freezer space so look for a fridge with a large freezer or a side-by-side fridge that has a half freezer and half fresh foods compartment.
When buying a fridge, there are a number of things that you can skip, but there are also some features that you most certainly want.
- Adjustable shelves to tweak the space inside to hold larger containers by adjusting the position of the shelves. Also look for shelves with a spill-proof feature so in case you drop something on them, it does not spill to the rest of the fridge.
- Deep door pockets and shelves help you store more and larger containers.
- A high energy rating will help you save electricity, and therefore, money, over time.
- A cool pad is a good feature to have too. This is a gel-filled pad which will retain the temperature inside the fridge even in the event of long power-cuts, thereby keeping your food fresh for longer.
- Buy a voltage stabiliser if the power situation in your area is not very stable. Most fridges today come with in-built surge protection, but they might also cost more. If you don’t want to spend extra on that, a stabiliser will be a huge help.
- A good Extended Warranty plan that will take care of any servicing/repairs later.
- Refrigerator Cleaning –
- The more the compartments in the fridge, the more cleaning time it would require.
- Also, check the shelf material. A wire shelf will require more maneuvering than a solid tempered glass shelf.
- And it is not just the interiors. The exterior should be easy to clean too.
- If you are particular about keeping your appliances spotless, avoid buying a stainless steel exterior because these tend to smudge easily. Opt for a coloured exterior or a smudge-free finish instead.
Any other feature, apart from these, can depend on your requirement.
Few Examples –
Direct Cool Single Door
The most traditional kind of fridges, direct cool fridges are usually single door, and they do not have a frost-free function. This means that the freezer will take up a part of the space inside the fridge, and you have to defrost it from time to time manually by pressing a Defrost button.
This kind of fridges are good for a single person or a family of two because they have adequate shelf space and door bins to hold just enough for two people, or at most three people.
The size of a direct cool fridge can vary from 50-litres to 270-litres, and they are priced the lowest among all fridge types, because they have few extra options and are also among the most basic models, making them an affordable solution. Some of these have a separate dry drawer for vegetables like onions and potatoes at the bottom.
Frost Free Double Door
Double door fridges have separate compartments for the freezer and fresh food. These are usually frost free models and circulate a constant flow of air to prevent any ice build-up.
The vegetable tray is contained inside the fridge, and since these are relatively bigger than Single door fridges, they are good for families of four or above. They have more shelf space than single door fridges, and it is also adjustable shelving, so you can tweak the space required to hold your containers.
The freezer can be at the top or at the bottom. Sizes of this kind of fridge vary from 200-litres to 500-litres, and prices are mid-range, but can be higher on bigger size.