Okay, so you have decided that you want to buy a single door refrigerator. And while doing that, you have narrowed down your options significantly.
However, the task of choosing the best single door refrigerator in India may still not be easy, given the tens of different markets on ecommerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart.
And if you think you need a little help with choosing the best option based on your needs and preferences, then read on as we review the 12 best single door refrigerators in India.
Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S 190 L
Whirlpool offers a huge range of single door refrigerators that are both versatile and innovative. And there’s no wonder you see a Whirlpool single door refrigerator as our top pick, as it offers an amazing value for money.
While it only has a 3-star energy rating, it manages to be the best option as far as the cooling efficiency is concerned, which is actually one of the most important factors to consider when buying a refrigerator.
The high cooling efficiency not only helps in keeping the food fresh but also maintains a stable temperature in all the compartments.
One of the highlights of this refrigerator is that makes it comes with a 6th sense power cooling technology. This technology helps in bringing down the temperature of the refrigerator in the case of power cuts or whenever its door is left open.
Nowadays, many areas in India encounter power variations for which a stabiliser is needed. However, the Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S does not require a stabiliser like other refrigerators in the segment, as it has an inbuilt stabiliser.
Something you might notice about this fridge is that it doesn’t look as appealing as some of the other options on this list. However, that’s because Whirlpool has probably focused more on the functionality aspect of this fridge than the looks, which actually makes it a great choice as a single door refrigerator.
The interior design features a spacious freezer and a veggies department beneath the freezer. The door racks are spacious and can easily accommodate three 2L or six 1L water bottles.
There are two adjustable toughened glass shelves that are easy to clean and maintain the freshness of fruits and vegetables for a longer time. Similarly, they are also designed in a way as to prevent any bad odour, even when something stored in the fridge gets spoilt.
Another major highlight of the fridge is its removable gasket which prevents the escape of cold air from refrigerator.
Though many refrigerators come with automatic defrosting functionality, some still use manual defrosting mechanism. This whirlpool refrigerator uses manual defrosting mechanism, but it’s not much trouble to handle.
Furthermore, however, a good news for working women is that they can now invest their time in other productive activities as you have the option of using a Frost Fizz Plastic Auto Defroster.
It’s a small, compact device that prevents the excess formation of frost in the fridge. Apart from being time and effort saving, the product requires no maintenance. However, it is essential to keep in mind that for first time it is required to manually defrost and remove the water.
If you’re looking to own a refrigerator that’s not too heavy on your pocket but very functional and practical, then you likely wouldn’t be disappointed with the Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S.
- Available with quick ice technology
- Inbuilt stabiliser
- Advanced moisture slider that helps maintain optimum moisture for fruits and vegetables
- Reciprocatory compressor for efficient cooling
- Manual defrosting, but you could easily make it a hands-free operation by getting the auto defrosting device costing around 500 rupees
- It doesn’t look very appealing
Haier HED-20FDS 195 L
If you were disappointed with the Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S’s (the product we reviewed above) modest energy efficiency and lacklustre exterior, then the Haier HED-20FDS may not fail to please you.
It’s one of the most energy efficient single door refrigerators you will find on the market – without compromising on the functionality – consuming only 153 units of electricity.
An in-built stabilizer also protects the refrigerator from voltage fluctuations varying between 135-290 volts.
Coming to the design of the fridge, it has a brushed silver look that provides it a classic finish. The well-finished body of the fridge can be cleaned just by a swipe of cloth. While the spacious main storage area, the freezer too can accommodate quite a bit despite being pretty small.
One of the most common issues associated with refrigerators is that their shelves may develop a crack when a heavy utensil is kept on them. But Haier addresses this problem with its toughened glass shelves in the HED-20FDS, allowing it to easily support 120 kg of weight.
The door is also incorporated with a special rack which can accommodate large bottles and cans easily, as well as a lower shelf that can fit smaller bottles and sauces.
Sometimes, there may arise a situation where guests arrive and you don’t have enough ice cubes in your freezer. This problem is solved by the one-hour icing technology of the HED-20FDS which allows for super-fast formation of ice cubes within an hour.
Another important feature of this fridge that needs to be taken into consideration is the anti-fungal gasket. The anti-bacterial material of the gasket helps in keeping the food disinfected and free from awful bacteria. The best part of the gasket is that it is removable and allows for easy cleaning.
Just like our top Whirlpool refrigerator, however, the Haier HED-20FDS requires manual defrosting as well. But again, as we explained above, you can easily make it switch to automatic defrosting by simply getting our recommended auto defrosting device for just around 500 bucks.
- Child lock functionality in the fridge ensures that your children can’t mess around with the settings
- Noiseless operation
- A great level of functionality at a fairly affordable price
- Super-fast ice making
- Does not offer an option to change the location of the trays
- Regular manual defrosting is required unless you get the auto defrosting device we recommend
LG 190 L GL-D201ASPX.ASPZEBN
Well, there are few people in India that aren’t aware of LG; it’s one of the most reliable brands when it comes to consumer electronics.
This LG refrigerator is in our opinion the best offering from the brand in this space. It comes in an excellent design, but its advanced features and superior functionality are its main highlights.
The exterior is not only beautiful but also resistant to scratches. This will help with the long-term durability of the product.
It has a door lock and a 12-litre drawer on the bottom that can be used to store all the foodstuff and edibles that do not require any refrigeration.
The interiors don’t come with any surprises. The freezer is almost the same size as that of Haier 195 Litre refrigerator. Beneath the freezer, there is a chill tray for dairy products.
The comparatively expensive price tag justifies itself further with the fridge coming with toughened glass shelves and moist balance crisper. The crisper helps in maintaining the moisture in order to make the items remain fresh. On the other hand, the hardened glass shelves allow you to store heavy utensils without worrying about the cracks that may develop on he glass due to the load.
The refrigerator consists of a smart inverter compressor which is useful in minimizing power consumption to just 0.5 units per day.
The main advantage of the refrigerator is its stabilizer-free operation when power fluctuations occur between 100-290 Volts. It can also be connected to an inverter to preserve the food for longer duration in case of power cuts.
Unfortunately, it too requires manual defrosting just like the other models we reviewed above. However, just like what we suggested for them, you can get around this by getting the auto defrosting device we talked about above.
Summing it up, if you don’t have much of a problem spending a bit more, then you would appreciate the amazing look and a much better level of functionality and cooling this particular refrigerator offers.
- The solar smart feature of the refrigerator allows it to work on AC instead of DC thereby saving both time and money
- Great aesthetics
- Good after-sale service
- Manual Defrosting
- A bit expensive as compared to other refrigerators
Overall,the refrigerator is surely a decent option to buy with all the high-tech features and innovation in a single model.
Haier 220 L HED-22FSS
The Haier HED-22FSS has the highest capacity of all the refrigerators we have reviewed so far, making it the best refrigerator in India for big families.
It’s also a 4 star refrigerator, so you can expect to save quite a bit of money in electricity costs.
Just like all the other refrigerators we have reviewed so far, the Haier HED-22FSS, too, doesn’t require getting a stabilizer separately, as it supports a stabilizer-free operation as well.
This refrigerator also boasts longer condenser coils and a very high-quality PUF insulation, which ensures a great level of cooling. This not only helps the stored food items stay fresher for a long time, but also paves the way for very fast ice-making.
Talking about the design of refrigerator, its design would complement the interiors of your house extremely well, thanks to its modern looks and smooth, shiny exterior. It is a perfect addition to a modish kitchen.
Some of the other important features of this fridge include:
1.Toughened glass shelves– They can withstand extra load without any damage. The shelves have a firm boundary which ensure that the liquid does not percolate from the sides.
2.Door Lock- Now you can keep a check on your kids’ eating habits and ensure that there is no changes in the settings.
3.Anti-bacterial gasket- The fridge has a removable anti-bacterial gasket that protects your food stuff from bacteria and maintains its nutritional value
4.One-hour icing technology- As explained above, the Haier HED-22FSS is designed in a way that it produces the ice very quickly, while also creating a very cool environment for all the food stuff you store in it.
The 360-degree air flow inside the refrigerator helps in maintaining uniform cooling through all the sections, hence preserving the food for longer duration.
- Lots of useful features
- Very spacious and large capacity
- Strong cooling
- Very durable
- 10-year warranty on compressor
- Manual defrosting, but it wouldn’t be a problem if you use our recommended auto defrosting device
Samsung 255 L RR26N389YUT/HL
Modern and elegant, this Samsung refrigerator is a single door refrigerator that’s a complete pack of advanced features, extravagant design and stupendous performance offering 10 years warranty on compressor.
The exterior design of the fridge is deluxe and stands on a base drawer that provides it a premium look. The body has a pebble blue shiny look that further adds to the aesthetics of the refrigerator. The fridge has a smooth silver back design that covers all the wires and coils and aid in easy cleaning of the refrigerator.
While LG and Whirlpool offer two toughened glass shelves, Samsung offers three removable glass shelves to its customers that can bear a load of at least 150 kgs. The pull-out vegie box is also large enough to contain vegetables for a family of five to six members.
The door has two spacious racks for holding both large and small bottles, one pocket for storing other small stuff and additional pocket for holding other food items. The best part is that you also have a divider to hang plastic bags.
The inverter compressor technology offers long-lasting noiseless performance and uniform cooling to ensure that there is no spoilage of the food. The cool wave feature also protects the food in case power outages.
Like most refrigerators in India, even the Samsung RR26N389YUT/HL requires manual defrosting. But thanks to the Frost Fizz Plastic Auto Defroster that prevents the excess formation of frost by automatically switching off your refrigerator for two hours, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.
- Great performance with many advanced features
- Stabilizer-free operation
- Huge capacity makes it ideal for large families
- Base stand drawer allows to store the veggies and fruits that do not require refrigeration
- 4-star energy rating for great energy savings
- Need of manual defrosting
Whirlpool 215 L 4 Star 230 IM
While most refrigerators under 15000 come with a capacity of up to 190 L, this one bucks the trend and offers 215 L capacity.
The visual appeal of the refrigerator is hard to beat. The design would certainly add to the overall feel of the place wherever it’s placed.
The sixth sense PowerCool Technology coupled with the Insulated Capillary Technology keeps the cooling for up to 12 hours, meaning that your fruits and vegetables will stay fresh for a longer duration.
The unique tri-zone crisper enables you to keep leafy vegetables and fruits in different compartments so that they maintain their colour and freshness for a longer time.
The extra-large freezer box makes it an apt refrigerator for storing foods that can get spoiled faster. The removable anti-bacterial gasket is a pretty convenient, useful feature too.
This is an environment-friendly fridge as the in-built stabiliser eliminates the need of external stabiliser, allowing it to easily adjust to fluctuating voltage.
To be precise, there would be absolutely no issues with the functioning of this refrigerator as long as the voltage range fluctuates between 130V to 300V, which is pretty large. Regardless of the region you live in, you should have no problem here given how large this range is.
It has managed to get a 4-star energy rating as well, meaning that despite the large capacity, it will be lighter on your pocket.
LG 190 L 4 Star GL-B201APZX
Despite the fact that it is a bit expensive, this model has been included in this list because of its superior design, quality and features such as inverter compressor technology, smart connect and low power consumption.
LG GL-D201APOX comes with a brilliant inverter compressor that guarantees uniform cooling across each compartment. To add to it, the vegetable box maintains optimal moisture levels for the vegetables so as to maintain the right level of humidity inside the crisper.
Similarly, to retain the cooling inside the icebox during power outages, LG comes with a unique feature which keeps the cooling going if you have a home inverter.
Apart from maintaining the cooling at an optimum level in the fridge, the inverter compressor technology consumes only as much power as is required to maintain the coolness. This helps in minimising the electricity consumption.
The refrigerator boasts of a stabilizer-free performance even when the voltage varies between 100-290 Volts. The smart connect feature makes the fridge immediately connect to the inverter in order to sustain the cooling in case of power cuts.
Let’s talk about the design now. The major plus point in LG refrigerators is design. Available in various colours and modern designs, the exterior looks of this refrigerator gives it a shiny steel visual appeal.
The interiors don’t surprise much. The freezer is small as compared to other refrigerators in this price range. The fridge also offers a tray for daily and other small food items. To ensure that the glass shelves can withstand load as heavy as 175 kg, they are made of toughened glass.
The three smaller holders on the door are used for holding canister, while the middle rack can be used for storing liquid stuff and small tins, with the bottom-most section being designed for large bottles.
Whirlpool 190 L 3 Star WDE 205 3S CLS Plus
This is a classy and magnificent fridge by Whirlpool which is known for its innovation and service. The design is clean but modern and classy.
This refrigerator is suitable for a family of three to four members with a capacity of 190 L. The cooling is sufficient, and it comes with an insulated capillary cooling technology.
Of course, like pretty much all the single door refrigerators we have reviewed here, this refrigerator too comes with an in-built stabilizer. Please note though that the delivery man may tell you otherwise, and ask you to buy a stabilizer for 2000 to 3000 rupees.
Be absolutely sure that you don’t need to buy it, and the delivery man is likely just trying to make money for himself.
Coming to the toughened glass shelves, they allow you to store large, heavy utensils with ease. The size of the freezer is the same when compared to Whirlpool WDE 205 CLS 3S model.
The freezer has two ice trays that make ice very quickly thanks to the powerful compressor. Also, the transparent veggie box at the bottom controls the level of moisture to keep the legumes and fruits fresh for a longer duration.
To ensure that there is no spoiling of milk, the company has placed the milk tray just below the freezer.
The removable gasket is made from anti-bacterial material to prevent the entry of bacteria and fungi.
Although this refrigerator has only received a 3-star rating, the other features you get more than make up for it.
The refrigerator also has a provision of easy manual defrosting mechanism for its users so that they can enjoy maximum cooling without frost formation.
- Very popular product with thousands of satisfied customers
- The in-built stabilizer can handle a voltage range of 150 to 280 volts
- The compressor is powerful and ensures a sufficiently high level of cooling
- Has a plain but classy look
- The compartments of this fridge are very well-designed
- Zero noise – completely quiet functioning
- Requires manual defrosting – you can use an automatic defrosting device for this though
Whirlpool 190 L 3 Star WDE 205 CLS
Despite the fact that Whirlpool 205 Genius CLS Plus has only 3-star energy rating, this refrigerator finds a place in this list because of its high cooling proficiency and budget-friendly cost.
The insulated capillary technology along with the 6th sense power cooling helps in retaining uniform cooling inside the refrigerator until 9 hours in case of power cuts.
Further, in order to preserve the freshness and nutritional value of the fruits and vegetables, the crisper has a moisture latch that can be opened to allow the moisture to escape and maintain an optimum moisture level.
However, energy efficiency is not a strength of this fridge as it consumes 203 units of electricity.
Similar to other refrigerators in the segment, it also doesn’t require a stabilizer and can withstand fluctuations between 130-300 Volts.
Available in various hues, the fridge has a door with recessed handle and a door lock.
The interior is well-designed with a spacious cooler and a dairy section right below the freezer. The door holders are quite wide and provide an ample space for keeping water bottles of various sizes.
The main disadvantage is that the LED light is quite dim thus hampering the visibility in the lower compartments of the refrigerator.
Overall, the refrigerator is a good buying option for people who frequently arrange party at their house.
Haier 170 L 3 Star HRD-1703SR-R
Haier is one of the leading electronics company enjoys good reputation among its users owing to its great quality and service. Its refrigerators are not only pocket-friendly but also impressive in performance.
This refrigerator is no different. It is packed with all advanced features. Though it is not equipped with the 1-hour icing technology as some of the other options on this list, it still manages to offer super-fast ice formation with its diamond edge freezer technology.
Coming to the design of the fridge, it’s not the best you could get. It’s not bad, but it’s pretty simple and not very attractive. The interior, too, isn’t the most well-organized among all the options we reviewed here. However, they are adjustable which means that you may not have to compromise much on the functionality.
Furthermore, though, you may also notice that the door racks are not wide enough to hold large bottles but are appropriate for one-litre bottles.
While other Haier refrigerators have a freezer which can stock fresh foods that need a lot of cooling to stay fresh, this refrigerator does not turn out to be the best bet on that front.
The vegetable tray just below the freezer does provide ample amount of space though and is suitable even for a family of four members.
On the whole, the fridge has been built for families that don’t need to store a large amount of fresh food that needs a lot of cooling but need more space to store vegetables and other food items.
- Large vegetable tray
- Pocket-friendly fridge for small families
- Efficient cooling through diamond edge freezer technology
- Option of door lock is available
- Inbuilt stabiliser which can withstand fluctuations
- Basic look and design
- There is a possibility that condensed water may seep from the sides
Haier 190 L 3 Star HED-19TBR
This refrigerator is among one of the best single door refrigerators in India thanks to its affordable price and low power consumption.
With a 3-star energy rating and stabilizer-free operation, it stands right there with some of the best models as far as the basic primary features are concerned.
In other words, you would save a lot of bucks that you would have otherwise spent in buying a stabiliser. Apart from that, the refrigerator also employs an anti-bacterial gasket to prevent the entry of fungi on the food stuff.
While many refrigerators of this price range use cooling pads to maintain cooling in case of power cuts, this model uses diamond edge freezer technology to provide enhanced cooling. In simpler terms, you would have a more efficient cooling system during power cuts.
Unlike some of our best picks however, this model doesn’t come with the 1-hour ice-making technology. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t make ice fast enough, as it doesn’t take much longer at just 1 and a half to 2 hours.
Let’s talk about the design. The refrigerator boasts of a brushed burgandy finish that gives it a premium look. Though the interiors are spacious, the ice zone is petite and is capable of storing only 1.5 kg of food. The door has three glass racks installed which provide ample space to hold bottles of various sizes.
The refrigerator requires manual defrosting. But again, we have already discussed in detail about the auto defrosting device that you can buy for around 500 bucks to get around this issue.
Finally, the fridge has pretty much the same pros and cons offered by Haier 170 L refrigerator. Despite the few disadvantages, this model can be a good buy if you’re looking for something priced at the lower end of the range without compromising much on the features.
Samsung 212 L 3 Star RR22M272ZS8
Our last refrigerator on this list may very well turn out to be the best for some buyers. Being priced fairly affordably, the Samsung 212 L 3 star direct cool refrigerator is classy yet functional with its digital inverter compressor technology and an array of features that will surely give a run to some of the much more expensive models on the market a run for their money.
With a modish shiny silver handle and steel luster, this Samsung refrigerator is a perfect addition to a modern kitchen.
The interiors are super spacious with a large 25 L freezer and a glass tray below it to store dairy products.
However, the trade-off is that an ordinary bulb has been used instead of LED which does not provide uniform lighting in all the segments of the fridge.
The smart inverter compressor technology helps in maintaining adequate cooling inside the fridge. The anti-bacterial gasket, too, is useful as it prevents annoying bacteria to enter.
Even though the fridge offers great cooling and hi-tech features, it isn’t one of the best when it comes to the electricity consumption.
Similar to the LG single door refrigerator, this refrigerator is also solar smart and automatically turns off to prevent any serious electrical damage in case of rapid fluctuations.
Nonetheless, it requires manual defrosting. But now you can avoid this task and can perform automatic defrosting by Frost Fizz Plastic Auto Defroster that prevents excess frost formation while consuming less power.