Refrigerator is a machine which is used to keep eatables fresh and helps to keep food fresh for few days. It became a very essential necessity in today’s life especially for the people living in hot and humid regions. Whether you are bachelor or a family you definitely need a refrigerator or fridge. But it is the question of your hard earned money so you have to be very careful while purchasing a refrigerator. By keeping this in my mind here is a buying guide for you which help you to chose a best product.
Steps to keep in mind while purchasing a refrigerator:-
1. Evaluate your need
The very first step is to evaluate your need because there are a lot of option available in the market. If you are a bachelor and living alone then it will be a right decision that you will go will a refrigerator with low capacity. But on the other hand if you are living in a family it can be a small family or a joint family then you should select your refrigerator as per your need. By doing this not only you can avoid unnecessary expenditure but also you will be satisfied your need.
2. Consider the cost
There are a broad range of refrigerators available in the market. Now you have decided your need. The second step is to consider the price of the refrigerator available in the market. It is very important so that any seller cannot cheat you. A basic single door refrigerator is available from a introductory price of 8000 and so on. Refrigerators are available from 8000 to lacs rupees also. So decide very carefully.
3. Select type of refrigerator
Refrigerators are available in various configurations so you have to decide from these. There are refrigerators available with single door, double door , side by side doors etc. In the modern era there are also some models available with a freezer in the lower segment while initially freezers were available only in upper segment. Both of them has their own pros and cons. Main benefit of a refrigerator having freezer in the bottom is this that usually we use freezer very less. If normal fridge compartment will be in upper segment then we do not have to look in the bottom. All the things that we use commonly will be available on the top. It is advisable to buy a refrigerator having freezer in the bottom.
4. Consider the warranty provided
Next step is to consider the warranty provided by the manufacturer. It is a very important point that has to be keep in mind. Most of the reputed brands provide a comprehensive warranty for one year. Apart from this they provide a 10 years warranty on the refrigerator motor. It can be vary brand to brand. If you skip this step and in future there will a problem in your refrigerator then it could be a heavy expenditure for you. But if got a good warranty then sit and relax , rest of the work will be done by company. I advise you to go for a reputed brand only. If you went for a local brand then it could be more expensive than a fridge from a reputed brand. This will be like “महंगा रोये एक बार, सस्ता रोये बार बार“. So go for a reputed brand only.
5. Check electricity efficiency
Electricity is the medium by which through we run many appliances and devices that’s why electricity is very precious. We should save electricity. Electricity is getting costly day by day. Initially all the electronic appliances used to consume more electricity than today. Now the technology is getting advance day by day. By which the appliances now consumes less electric energy.
In India Bureau of Energy Efficiency is the organization who issues star ratings to the new appliances. These star rates from 1 to 5 in which 1 star for least efficiency and 5 for maximum efficiency. By these star ratings we can easily identify the efficiency of electric appliances. We would like to recommend you that you should go for the appliances who got 4 or 5 star ratings. In this you can a lot of electricity and can minimize your electricity bill.
6. Capacity of the refrigerator
This is a very important point that should be kept in mind while purchasing a refrigerator. The SI unit to measure the capacities of refrigerator is liter. Refrigerator starts with a minimum capacity of 100 liters. It is advisable that you should go for a lower capacity if you are bachelor or a small family and vice versa.
If you have a modular kitchen then please consider the size as per the requirement. Select the refrigerator according to the space available in your kitchen. On the basis of our research we are providing the following table :-
|One person||50-80 liters|
|Family of 3||150-250 liters|
|Family of 5||250-350 liters|
|Family of 6 or more||350-490 liters|
Select door type
As i told earlier refrigerators are available with different kinds of doors. I tried my best to explain them as below :-
1. Single door
This is most common refrigerators available in the market. It is for a bachelor or a family of two persons only and usually has a capacity of 160 to 240 liters. It offers very less features like only manual defrosting freezer where you have to press defrost button manually and also costs very less hence it is very economical.
2. Double door refrigerator
These types of refrigerators comes with two compartment mainly one is freezer and the another is for commonly used food items. In these types of fridges offers freezer installed on the top or bottom. Double door refrigerators offer a lot of space and ideal for a family of 4 and more. Unlike from single door refrigerators these offers automatic defrost system in which you do not have to worry about defrosting. This technology spread air in the refrigerator with the help of a fan.
3. Side by side door refrigerator
These types of refrigerators are latest offers a lot of features. In this there are two doors installed side by side like an almirah. Usually these types of refrigerators are very spacious and have various cabinets and bins. Apart from this these are very costly but offers a lot of features. It comes with a capacity of more than 500 liters. These refrigerators have built in ice trays and water dispenser or can have a built in water purifier.
4. Smart refrigerator
As the name suggests that these refrigerators are the latest ones and shows a best sample of modern technology. If i talk about the features then these refrigerators comes with built in wifi connectivity, radio, touch screen display etc. It can recognize the type of food kept inside and control temperature according to that. Usually these are very costly and only require a lot of amount to be spend. The high end models also offer voice control feature. In short these are the best refrigerators available in the market and costs in lacs.
5. Mini refrigerator
As the name suggests itself that this kind of refrigerators are very small and suitable for a room only. Usually these type of refrigerators are used in hotel room. These can store very less amount of articles in it. Usually they lacks freezer as freezer does not provided in them.
We have discussed all the necessary steps that has to be kept in my while buying a refrigerator as per our knowledge. We have tried our best to provide you the correct information, if something missed then plz comment down below. If you are looking for mixer grinders , air purifier , washing machines etc then you can also check that out.