“The best refrigerator brands in India are LG, Samsung, Whirlpool, Haier, Panasonic, and Godrej“
If you are planning to purchase a refrigerator or fridge, it means that you are ready to spend ₹10,000-75,000 to keep your food items fresh. Since you are spending such an amount, it is necessary to pick from India’s best refrigerator brands.
If you are on a tight budget, then check our latest article on the best refrigerators under ₹25,000 in India.
Best brands deliver top-quality performance to all their models, so it will be easy for you to make the selection. Here we have listed the 06 best refrigerator brands in India based on performance, distribution of cooling, energy efficiency, cooling technology.
The main advantage of selecting a refrigerator from a top brand is that they are long-lasting and all their features are reliable.
Top 6 Best Refrigerator Brands in India in 2021
First, let us have a quick look at the top 6 best refrigerator brands in India,
- LG: Champion
- Samsung: Best Overall Performance
- Whirlpool: Best Energy Efficiency
- Panasonic: Best Refrigeration Technology
- Godrej: Budget Friendly
- Haier: Best Design
Now in detail,
- Energy efficient
- Most reliable refrigerator brand in India
- Noise Free Operation
- LG Smart ThinQ for mobile controlling
LG Electronics Inc is a South Korean electronics company giant established in 1958 as GoldStar and later renamed to LG in 1995. They are predominant in the house appliances section, including fridges and washing machines.
From our experiment from various budget and size ranges, LG refrigerators topped in cooling performance, energy efficiency, and cooling distribution. Altogether, they were the best refrigerator brand in India in 2021.
Their products are ranging from single door to door-in-door, side-by-side refrigerator. So, whether you are a budget or luxury buyer, LG has a suitable refrigerator for you, ranging from 10,000 to 1,60,000.
All their latest models are 04 plus star BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) rating irrespective of the budget. But their base models are based on direct cool technology and do not have any automatic defrosting. So you have to do the defrosting by yourself once a week or ten days.
It is easy to connect LG direct cool refrigerator to an inverter, thanks to the advanced smart connect technology. They do not need any stabilizer; they are designed to withstand power fluctuations from 90 to 310 volts.
Note: Still, our personal suggestion is to use a stabilizer with your refrigerator for additional safety. Compared to other models, even the base models of LG refrigerators have minimum moisture on the box cover due to the advanced “moist n fresh” lattice.
The Smart Inverter Compressor technology delivers unparalleled performance without any noise. They are quick in making ice cubes. Their toughened glass shelves for keeping vegetables and other food items are super strong enough to carry loads of approximately 175-180 kilograms.
The main feature we found with LG refrigerators is they are easy to clean. They can also keep the food items for more extended periods healthy, fresh, and hygienic way.
LG’s high-end refrigerators are frost-free and eye-catchy finish and sophisticated features. The latest linear compressor technology makes it an energy-efficient and silent kitchen companion. The “door-in-door” cabin of the high-end refrigerator delivers easy access to the user and provides a luxury appearance.
The transparent door is in sleep mode when not in use and turn on when you double touch the glass door. The intelligent multi-layer air filter removes foul smells and bacteria from inside the refrigerator and keeps the fridge’s items safe and fresh.
They also have quick water and ice dispenser for convenience. LG refrigerators are equipped with multiple vents for the excellent distribution of cold air all around the fridge. The digital sensors can identify changes in temperature and work to maintain the programmed inside temperature.
The UV LED is also capable of destroying dangerous bacteria. By using LG Smart ThinQ, you can control the refrigerator through a mobile phone. It can also suggest you solve any malfunctions.
Altogether, it saves a lot of money.
For most of its products, the company offers a one-year warranty for the product and a ten-year warranty for the compressor.
2. Samsung Refrigerator: Best Overall Performance
- Best design
- Top models are enabled with smart TV and other advanced features.
- Easy to clean
The runner up in our list of best refrigerator brands in India is Samsung. Like LG, Samsung is also a South Korean company that entered into the electronics business in the late 1960s. They can be seen everywhere in the form of house appliances, mobiles, and TV.
In the budget section, it provides the best features than any other brand. It made a tight competition with the LG for the number one spot. Indisputably, Samsung is the best refrigerator brand in the world.
The Samsung refrigerators are starting from a single door to side-by-side. Samsung delivers you products ranging from ₹10,000 to 2,00,000. The BEE star rating of the fridges is two and above. If you are a budget buyer, it will be difficult for you to find an energy-efficient refrigerator. You have to raise your budget by around 14000 rupees to find a fridge with four-star energy efficiency.
The budget models are work on direct-cool technology with frosting. A separate switch is provided for manual defrosting, which should be done once a week, as we said in the previous section. If you don’t want to waste your time on defrosting, frost-free models are available for ₹19,500.
Refrigerator Samsung designed all their refrigerators to utilize the volume effectively and ensure a stylish and modern look. The unique recess handle gives an eye-catchy look and manages the inside space adequately.
The fridge’s shelf is made with high-quality toughened glass, which is spill-proof and holds a large mass up to 175 kg. There is a safety layer at the back of the refrigerator called safe, clean back, which protects the internal components from physical impacts, and they are easy to clean too. The drainage bottle of the direct cool refrigerator to collect defrost water is relatively large and effectively avoid leakage.
Samsung has an inbuilt technology to deal with voltage fluctuations, and you do not need any separate stabilizer. If the voltage goes beyond a particular limit, it automatically cut off power and protects the components from getting damaged. The “clear view lamb” is really bright, and each corner of the fridge is clearly visible. Separate buttons are provided in entry-level models for faster chilling and making ice.
An anti-bacterial gasket is provided around the door, which prevents bacteria and fungi formation and prevents external particles from entering the refrigerator.
Some models also run on solar energy and home inverter in case of power failure. The digital inverter technology automatically adjusts the cooling process based on the requirement, thus saving a lot of power, works without noise, and durable.
High-end fridges have an auto defrost sensor to melts ice formed. They also have a screen that shows online content, videos, social media, etc.
For most of the products, the company offers one year warranty for their product, and the compressor warranty is ten years, like LG.
3.Whirlpool: Best Energy Efficiency
- Highly energy saving
- Minimum noise during working
- Can be easily connected to home inverter
Whirlpool is one of the most celebrated and oldest brands manufacturing refrigerators. The American company was established in 1911, and it has manufacturing and research centers all over the world. They entered into the refrigerator business in India by acquiring Kelvinator India Ltd in 1995.
Whirlpool has a lot of designs ranging from direct-cool single door to frost-free multi-door refrigerators. Most of the company’s latest models are energy-saving and have a high BEE rating, three-star and above.
The base models of Whirlpool start from ₹10,000 with limited features like two star and manual frosting. Here you have to remove the accumulated ice periodically by pressing the defrost button. You can find energy-saving fridges with three-star and above rating from rupees 11,000 itself. The frost-free models are a bit expensive, starting from ₹18,500.
The high-end variants have four-door side-by-side refrigerators with advanced features that cost around ₹1,00,000 rupees. They have AI(Artificial Intelligence) and sensors to automatically adjust the fridge’s temperature to deliver the best protection to the food items and vegetables.
They also have a convertible freezer section with three temperatures set up for the different types of food. The 3D airflow with a twin air throw mechanism ensures uniform distribution of cold air inside the fridge and gives maximum and extended preservation.
Whirlpool refrigerators come in three designs, WDE Classic, WDE Classic Plus, and WDE Roy. The WDE Roy has an additional stand at the bottom where you can store vegetables like onion and potatoes.
The WDE models’ shelves are made of wire, whereas toughened glass shelves can be found in WDE Classic Plus and WDE Roy variants. Obviously, toughened glass can carry more weight than wired shelves.
The latest “insulated capillary technology” can keep items cool for 08 hours even after power failure. The vegetable cabin’s moisture content can be controlled by using the honeycomb locking technology provided just above it, which can keep the vegetables in the cabin fresh and clean for extended periods.
You can also connect your Whirlpool fridge to an inverter so that it can link automatically when there is a power failure. Most Whirlpool refrigerators are designed to work between a wide range of voltage range, from 95 to 300 Volts. So, you need not use any stabilizer.
They are effectively arranged the side spaces to accommodate utensils of various sizes. You can conveniently place a two-liter water bottle in the door side section. Like the previous brands, Whirlpool also has an anti-bacterial gasket to prevent bacteria and fungi’ growth inside the fridge and provide air-tight packing.
For most of the items, the company offers one year warranty for the fridge and ten years for the compressor.
4.Panasonic: Best Refrigeration Technology
- The company claims it kills 99.9% of bacteria
- Effective utilization inside volume
Panasonic is a Japanese company established in 1918 as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., later renamed to Panasonic in 2008. They are undisputable in the home appliance manufacturing sector especially, refrigerators.
Panasonic has a wide variety of models with lots of advanced features. The attraction is less power consuming and less noisy refrigeration technology. You can find entry models from 14,000 rupees to premium models around 90,000 rupees. According to BEE, the energy-conscious company produced most of its products with three-star or above rating irrespective of budget.
Like previous brands, they also produce budget segments with direct-cool technology, whereas high-end models have frost-free technology with Artificial Intelligence (AI). For the direct-cool models, even though they are economical, you have to do the defrosting manually. Frost-free models of Panasonic starts from around ₹ 26,000.
Premium variants have a unique -3 degree Celcius “soft freezing,” which ensures extended freshness for cooked and fresh food items. The AI-enabled ECONAVI technology tracks the usage routine and minimizes power consumption. They also have several sensors (12 for Panasonic ECONAVI 551) for smooth and efficient working. The touch control with a LED display helps you the accurate setting of temperature and freshness.
In the design aspect, Panasonic refrigerators are available in the single door to three-door varieties. The three doors are arranged as two side-by-side and one at the bottom. All the products come with toughened glass shelves, which are strong and can carry heavy loads. The bottom box for the storage of vegetables has a honeycomb cover which can be adjusted for moisture and humidity.
They are also equipped with an air-tight gasket around the door that prevents bacteria and fungal growth and keeps food safe and fresh for extended periods. The latest Ag (Silver) Clean Filter deactivates bacteria. For budget items, the two shelves at the door side are adjustable based on the requirement, and it can even accommodate water bottles of 2-3 liters.
The company claims that their fridges can save 49% of electricity than others, thanks to the latest refrigeration technology. Another exciting feature is the “Intelligent Inverter Compressor,” which, according to the company, saves 49% of power and also they are highly efficient, less noisy, and more durable.
The company offers a one-year warranty for the fridge and another ten years of warranty for the compressor.
5.Godrej: Budget Friendly
- Made in India
- 100% environmental friendly
Godrej, an Indian conglomerate company, established in 1897, have a respectable presence in every type of business from soaps and refrigerator to space industry. They started producing home appliances, including refrigerators, under Godrej and Boyce in 1958. They have a lot of models in the entry and mid-range, but high-ends are not satisfactory. You can find four-star or five-star items in the entry-range itself. So they are highly-highly budget-friendly.
Godrej manufactures a wide variety of products ranging from two-star rated direct-cool to five-star rated frost-free models. You can select from a wide variety of products ranging from INR 11,000 to 52,000. If you are looking for an energy-efficient item, refrigerators with four and five-star ratings are available for around ₹13,500 and above.
In the direct-cool technology, you have to remove the ice formed (Defrosting) manually once a week. But, automatic defrosting models are available from 16,500 itself.
From the design point of view, Godrej has single door to double door models. The side-by-side models are very rare and not at all successful as others. The double-door refrigerators are two types, one with a freezer at the top, the traditional design, and another with a freezer at the bottom. Models with a freezer at the bottom are more convenient because they are rarely used, and frequently used fridges can access easily without bending.
The entry models are equipped with strong adjustable wire shelves and not toughened glass. The unique air vents ensure proper distribution of cold air inside the fridge at every corner and keep the food and vegetables fresh for longer periods. The gasket at the door is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial and prevents the entry as well as the growth of germs and bacteria inside. This gasket is easily removable and washable.
The fridge also has a thick PUF insulation for moisture and corrosion resistance. At the door side, water bottles of 2-3 liters can be stored. The entry models have an economical reciprocatory compressor but a bit noisy. Like the brands mentioned above, most f the refrigerators manufactured by Godrej can operate without a stabilizer.
The premium models have a digital touch display where you see the status and adjust the fridge’s temperature without opening. They come with a toughened glass door for an aesthetic and classic look. The “turbo chill” mode quickly cools the items than anything else.
The hi-end Godrej fridges have long, energy-efficient LED bulbs for better visibility, reaching every corner. The advanced “Air-Lock” technology keeps the coolness against the frequent opening of the door. They also have auto defrost technology and toughened glass shelves.
The company offers, as usual, one year warranty for the refrigerator and ten years for the compressor.
6.Haier: Best Design
- Toughened glass shelves for all models
- The backside is free from wire mesh.
- Latest DEFT for cooling
Haier is a Chinese company established in 1984 as Qingdao Refrigerator Co and later renamed to Haier in 1992 and started producing home appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, etc., under the group Haier Smart Home.
Haier has the best space design at a given volume from our experience and tests carried out on various brands’ models. So it can accommodate more fruits and vegetables at a given volume compared to others.
Haier has a wide variety of models from single door to side-by-side four-door refrigerators. Single door desktop type variants are available for around 7500 rupees. You can select their products with standard features from ₹10,000 to 80,000 with sophisticated features.
The entry-level uses direct-cool technology that demands manual defrosting and has a two-star rating on ISEER. If you have a busy schedule and looking for a frost-free model, you have to raise your budget slightly to 20,000.
The base models use a Diamond Edge Freezing Technology (DEFT) for uniform temperature distribution and fast freezing. The LED inbuilt bulb is bright enough to reach every corner. It has toughened glass shelves, which can carry more weight than wired shelves and spill-proof also.
The vegetable storage box at the bottom is reasonably large and also has a humidity controller to manage the moisture content to keep the belongings fresh and hygienic for a long time. The heavy-duty reciprocating compressor can offer the best cooling at minimum energy consumption. They are designed to work with varying voltage levels from 130to 290 Volts without a stabilizer.
They are also equipped with an anti-fungal gasket around the door, which prevents the entry and growth of fungus and keep the food safe.
The high-end refrigerators from Haier have side-by-side doors with anti-frosting technology. The twin-inverter compressor ensures smooth working, energy-efficient, and better cooling. Digital Control Panel helps you to adjust the temperature from outside without opening the fridge. The dual-fan delivers cool air circulation in all directions inside the refrigerator. The premium models are scratch and rustproof.
The company offers one year warranty for the product and ten years for the compressor.
Here we have listed all the best refrigerator brands in India. We hope this article helps you to choose the best refrigerator for 2021. In addition to various brands, we have also provided the factors to be considered, such as energy rating, frosting technology, home inverter compatibility, etc., while selecting your fridge. There is no refrigerator brand to avoid; it all about making the perfect selection for your requirement.
We also welcome all healthy comments and your doubts about this.
I’m Saneesh VS. I’m a Registered Nurse by Profession, but my passion lies in Gadgets like smartwatches, fitness trackers and fitness. Nothing makes me happier than being able to share my knowledge to help people make informed decisions on what they need to buy or use in their everyday lives.