What To Look For In A New Refrigerator: The Fridge Buying Checklist

What To Look For In A New Refrigerator: The Fridge Buying Checklist

September 28, 2022

Refrigerators are such an essential device in our kitchen. It has long been used to preserve perishable goods, but that’s not the only objective of a refrigerator. Nowadays, it can be used to keep your soft drinks and get you to ice instantly. There are even touch panels in modern-day refrigerators too.  Hence, it is clear that customers are not just looking for a machine to preserve perishable items – there’s a lot more to this machine. Customers get so many options for refrigerators that quality check has become the primary step before purchasing a fridge. In this article, we’ll discuss a checklist you can consider.

There are four types of models currently available in the market-

  1. Single Door: This is a good choice for 1-2 members. The capacity is generally 121-130 L. Some standard features are- it is compact, gives direct cooling, and has a separate freezer.
  2. Double Door: This fridge is suitable for 4 or 5 members. The capacity of this fridge is 231-500 L. Some common features are- frost free, direct access to the freezer, and most of the shelves are made from tough glass

  3. Triple Door: This model is suitable for 3-4 members. The capacity stands at 240-350 liters. Some common features are- frost-free, a freezer on top, spacious, and vegetable drawers.

  4. Side by Side Refrigerator: This is appropriate for large families. The capacity is 500 liters. Some basic features are- large capacity, toughened glass body, Multiple fridges, veggies space, and many others.

  5. French Door Refrigerator: French Door refrigerators have 3-4 doors for large families. It is for premium families and provides unique cooling features and other new technologies. Hence, it can be a costly investment.

You can select any type of fridge based on your requirements. Once you’re done with the type of fridge, it is essential to look at the factors you can look for before buying a refrigerator.

Decide your budget

Since we have so many models of refrigerators available in the market, it is evident that the price range of each one of the models increases as you go for the more modern or updated model. You need to primarily calculate how much you can spend on the refrigerator and which model suits the best under that budget. The double door fridge price would be around ₹25-40 thousand.  But you should always keep in mind that this is a one-time investment. So your budget should be set according to this need based on your family’s requirements as well.

The capacity of the fridge

The capacity of the fridge is measured in litres. With advanced technology and larger family size, this feature has become an important aspect, and larger capacity has come into vogue. Before selecting the refrigerator’s capacity, you must consider the size of your family. The size of your family will determine the storage capacity of your fridge. For instance, 40 to 100 litres of the refrigerator would suffice your requirements if you live all by yourself. It is always advisable to check the capacity available in the fridge before you buy it.

Defrosting system

There are two types of frosting systems available in the fridge, one is direct cool, and another is frost free. In natural cooling, the circulation is automatically carried out and doesn’t require any external assistance. But the cooling in this type of fridge is unevenly distributed, which could cause ice inside the refrigerator. You have to defrost the fridge after a few days manually. However, this type of fridge is less expensive and doesn’t require much electricity.

The fridge is free from frosts, and you don’t need to do the frosting. The cool air is circulated evenly and works better than direct cool. But, the usage of fans consumes more electricity.

Door style

There is an abundance of options available for indoor styles. You can choose from various options on what kind of style would be the best for you. For instance, the french door fridge provides a sleeker profile, wide drawers, and shelves; the side-by-side model gives a more extensive freezer section. 

Primarily there are six types of the latest refrigerators available– single door, double door, triple door, mini, side-by-side door, and french door. 


Compressors are built in to control the temperature inside a refrigerator. Small fridge generally has general compressors, whereas medium and large fridge has inverter compressor. The available compressor starts at high speed, runs at constant speed afterward, and wears off after reaching optimal temperature.

Inverter compressors are much more adaptable, and the temperature varies depending on the cooling requirements.


It’s quite important to get the best kind of refrigerator that can suit the needs of your family. While expensive refrigerators may have several features, it would not be worth it to spend a lot of money on the same if you can work with a double-door household refrigerator. Identify your needs and choose the best kind of refrigerator for yourself and your family.


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