This article will give you information on the most cost and energy efficient refrigerators and freezers that will reduce your electricity bills while effectively preserving your food and drink items.
Factors to consider when selecting a refrigerator
The first thing to consider when buying a fridge is the size. It is usually measured in cubic feet, while some brands might list it in liters. If you have a large kitchen, then a big size refrigerator like 27 cubic feet is suitable. These fridges are wide and may even have two doors. If your kitchen is small, then a smaller sized fridge like 14 cubic feet is perfect. Selecting the right size also depends upon how many items will be stored. If few items are going to be stored daily, then a 2-3 compartment shelves and a single drawer small sized fridge is suitable. If many items are going to be stored, than a 5 compartment shelves and 2-3 drawers’ large sized fridge is necessary.
After the size, you should consider the style. There are many different styles of refrigerators available like top freezer, bottom freezer, side by side, and French door. Selecting one depends on many things. The Top freezer is the traditional fridge, with the freezer at top and shelves below. It is the most commonly one available, and the preferred choice of consumers.
The bottom freezer is a new style of fridge; it has the freezer at the bottom, and the regular fridge above it. Bottom freezer style fridges cost more than top freezer refrigerators, but they have a better cooling system. The items in the lower freezer remain cooler for a longer time as compared to the top freezer. The drawbacks of the bottom freezer fridge are that the freezer items can be easily accessed by children, and that you will have to bend regularly to place and remove items.
Side by side refrigerator has two doors. On the left side is the freezer; while on the right side is the regular fridge. This type of freezer has more space to store items than the top freezer or bottom freezer, and it also has a water dispenser in the door. The only disadvantage is that its compartments are narrow, and you’ll have to bend to access items placed in lower shelves.
The French door style fridge is very popular and it combines the bottom freezer style with the side by side fridge. French door refrigerators are new to the market and have a stylish design. They make the kitchen look big and stylish. They offer more storage options than the rest of the styles, and also consume less energy. They have a good lighting system that covers all the areas of the refrigerator.
Features of Refrigerators
Buying a refrigerator ultimately comes down to its feature set apart from its basic function of keeping food and beverages cool. The refrigerator and freezer market is host to many competing brands and can result in a lot of confusion for prospective buyers. Here’s we’ve listed common functions and features that prospective buyers ought to be looking for in a refrigeration product.
A common issue with electricity in Pakistan is voltage fluctuation which is very frequent and if a voltage stabilizer isn’t connected to the fridge, the compressor will malfunction. Some new models feature variable voltage technology which enables them to function in variable voltages; thereby eliminating the need to buy a voltage stabilizer. This ensures the items remain cool whatever the voltage level is.
Another feature to consider is the fridge’s energy efficiency that can determine how much electricity the fridge will save. However few models specify their energy rating. Some models feature an inverter compressor technology. This technology switches off the compressor once the temperature exceeds the set temperature, and switches the compressor on again when the temperature goes below the set temperature. This technology helps to save electricity costs and also extends the compressor life.
Some refrigerators come with a LED light instead of the regular bulb. This is beneficial since LED lights last longer than the regular bulbs; thereby reducing maintenance costs. LED lights also consume less electricity and reduce electricity costs.
Temperature Control Knob
Another feature to consider is the temperature control knob. Some offer the traditional manual knob while others come with the electronic knob where the setting can be adjusted through a keypad.
Some fridges offer automatic defrosting. This feature has its advantages and disadvantages. The benefit is that the fridge automatically cleans the coils which help save time since manual cleaning requires a number of coils to be cleaned, resulting in water spilled on the floor. The disadvantage is that the automatic cleaning process heats the coils in order to clean it; thereby increasing electricity costs.
Spill proof shelves are a great feature. These shelves are made of glass, and they ensure that whatever has been spilled remains in that shelf, and doesn’t flow to the shelf below. This saves time as only one shelf would need cleaning compared to multiple shelves.
Antibacterial coating is offered in some of the models. A silver nano coating is applied inside the fridge to prevent the growth of bacteria and other germs. This helps to keep food safe and hygienic as bacteria won’t feed on the stored food.
Some fridges have a door open alarm which buzzes if the door is left open. This is a handy feature as most people are in a hurry and forget to shut the door properly. Even kids often leave the door open which could result in things becoming warm. The alarm buzzes for a few minutes to make people aware that the door isn’t closed.
Features of different fridge brands and models
Table 1 gives details of the specifications of different fridge brands and models.
|Brand and Model||Category||Capacity (Cu ft)||Design Style||Variable Voltage Technology||Energy Efficient||Internal Light Type||Temperature Knob Type||Frost Free||Spill Proof Shelves||Anti-bacterial Coating||Door Alarm|
|Changhong Ruba CHR-SD60||Personal||2.11||Single Door||Yes||Yes||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Changhong Ruba CHR-DD350||Medium||12||Top Freezer||Yes||Yes||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Changhong Ruba CHR-FF425W||Medium||15||Top Freezer||Yes||Yes||Bulb||Manual||Yes||_||_||_|
|Changhong Ruba CHR-4D480||Medium||17||FrenchDoor||Yes||Yes||LED||Digital||_||Yes||_||_|
|Changhong Ruba CHR-4FF430||Medium||17||FrenchDoor||Yes||Yes||LED||Digital||Yes||Yes||_||_|
|Dawlance LVS 9170WB||Small||11.3||Top Freezer||Yes||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Dawlance H-Zone Series 9188WB||Medium||15||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||Yes||_|
|Dawlance Energy Saver 9188WB||Medium||15||Top Freezer||_||Yes||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Dawlance Top Mount||Large||24.8||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Dawlance French Door||Large||24.8||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Haier Top Freezer Direct Cooling HRF 380M||Medium||13.5||Top Freezer||Yes||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Haier Top Freezer No Frost HRF 843||Medium||15.1||Top Freezer||_||_||LED||Manual||Yes||_||_||_|
|Haier Bottom Door HRF 420||Small||10.9||Bottom Freezer||_||_||LED||Manual||Yes||Yes||_||_|
|Haier Side by Side HR-663ITA2||Medium||18.4||Side by Side||_||_||LED||Digital||Yes||Yes||_||_|
|Haier French Door HRB-701FF/SS||Large||20.6||FrenchDoor||_||_||Bulb||Digital||_||Yes||_||Yes|
|Hitachi R-VZ540PG3||Medium||16||Top Freezer||_||_||LED||Manual||Yes||Yes||_||_|
|Hitachi R- VZ660PG3||Medium||14||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Digital||_||Yes||Yes||_|
|Hitachi R-W720FPG1||Large||20||Top Freezer||_||_||LED||Manual||Yes||Yes||_||_|
|Kenwood KRF-420F||Medium||16||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Kenwood KRF-590SBS1||Large||22||Side by Side||_||_||LED||Digital||Yes||Yes||_||_|
|LG GN-B392CLC||Medium||12.2||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|LG GN-M522GPHC||Large||20.6||Top Freezer||_||_||LED||Digital||_||Yes||_||_|
|Orient OR 5535 IP||Small||10||Top Freezer||_||Yes||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Orient OR 6047 GD||Medium||13||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Orient OR 68635 GD||Medium||13||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|PEL Arctic PRA-150||Medium||13.4||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||Yes||_|
|PEL Desire Infinite PRDI-155||Small||11.4||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||Yes||_|
|PEL Desire Glass Door PRGD-160||Medium||14.8||Top Freezer||Yes||_||LED||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|PEL Built-in Stabilizer PRA-BIS 150||Medium||13.4||Top Freezer||Yes||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||Yes||_|
|Samsung RS20NRSV||Large||21.2||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Semi-digital||Yes||_||_||_|
|Samsung RSH1NTSW1||Large||19.6||Side by Side||_||_||Bulb||Manual||Yes||_||Yes||_|
|Samsung RF858QALAXW||Large||27||French Door||_||_||LED||Digital||_||_||Yes||_|
|Samsung RM25KGSH||Large||21.8||French Door||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||Yes||_|
|Sharp SJ-PT73-HS3||Large||19.6||Top Freezer||_||_||LED||Manual||Yes||_||Yes||_|
|Sharp SJ-K380TNSL||Small||10.2||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Digital||Yes||_||_||_|
|Sharp SJ-FS85SP-BK||Large||23.9||French Door||_||_||LED||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Sharp SJ-F80SP-SL||Large||21.4||French Door||_||_||Bulb||Manual||Yes||_||_||_|
|Singer ALD-122L CM||Medium||14||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Singer SR3002 WB||Medium||12||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Waves WR-314 XL||Medium||14||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Waves WR-322||Large||22||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Waves WR-320||Large||20||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
|Waves WR-317||Medium||17||Top Freezer||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_||_||_|
Freezers and Deep Freezers
There are quite a variety of deep freezers available in the market, and when selecting one, you should consider the following factors:
Size of the Deep Freezer
First thing you should consider is the size. Freezers are available in various sizes; which makes it easy to place one in the kitchen. If you have less space, than you can buy a less capacity freezer or consider an upright freezer. If you have big space in the kitchen, then a large capacity size freezer is perfect.
Style of Deep Freezer
Next, you have to consider its style. Deep freezers are available in 2 configurations – chest and upright configuration. Chest is the popular configuration, and the widely available one in the market. Upright freezers have the same design as a fridge, and include drawers and shelves. Chest freezers take up more space than upright freezers, but are able to hold more items. They consume less energy and are more bacteria resistant since the doors seal is better than upright freezers. The only advantage upright freezers have is that they take up less space, and can easily fit in small sized kitchens.
Features of Freezers
Like the fridge, features are an important aspect of a freezer. Different brands offer different features; the efficiency of a freezer is primarily determined by its features. Some common features include the following:-
Automatic defrosting has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that the freezer automatically cleans the coils, saving you time and effort to manually clean the coils. The disadvantage is that in order to clean the coils, it heats up the coils so that the ice can melt. This process consumes more electricity, and also warms up the stored items. During manual cleaning, the deep freezer will be powered off but the food items will remain cool since heat isn’t passed through the coils.
The temperature knob is an essential element of the deep freezer, but unfortunately some brands have it in lower part of the body which makes it a little bit hard to adjust the settings.
The door lock is handy since it’ll prevent unnecessary opening of the freezer. Regularly opening the deep freezer door will slow the cooling process, and in some cases might even start to melt food items like ice cream. Locking the door will ensure that the items remain cool.
Some deep freezers have an LED light, while some have a normal bulb. LED lights last longer and consume less electricity thus saving maintenance and electricity costs.
Some deep freezers have an antibacterial coating to prevent the growth of bacteria and other germs. This keeps the food safe since bacteria won’t be able to feed on the stored food.
Features of Best Freezer Brands and Models
Table 2 gives details of the specifications of different freezer brands and models
|Brand and Model||Capacity (Cu ft)||Design Style||Variable Voltage Technology||Energy Efficient||Internal Light Type||Temperature Knob Type||Door Lock||Wheels|
|Changhong Ruba CHR-VF220||7.8||Upright||Yes||Yes||Bulb||Manual||Yes||_|
|Dawlance Vertical Freezer||11||Upright||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_|
|PEL Arctic Deep Freezer PDF-135||13.1||Chest||Yes||Yes||Bulb||Manual||Yes||Yes|
|PEL Arctic Deep Freezer PDF-150||14.5||Chest||Yes||Yes||Bulb||Manual||Yes||Yes|
|Waves WFC-215 GSD||15||Chest||_||_||Bulb||Manual||_||_|
|Waves WFU-113||13||Upright||_||_||Tube light||Manual||_||_|
Top Five Best Refrigerators
We have compiled a list of the most energy efficient and popular models currently available in the market which are as follows:-
- Dawlance Energy Saver Series
Saves at least 23% on electricity bills
This is the most popular and bestselling Dawlance fridge line. The series consists of six different models with the 9188WB model being very popular. Since load shedding in Pakistan runs for extended hours during summer, the Energy Saver Series includes a Eutactic plate in the freezer to tackle power outages. The plate lets the items remain cool for up to 15 hours without electricity. In some areas, where load shedding is continuous for 3-5 hours, food items won’t melt as the plate will ensure that the frozen items remain cool. Another feature of this fridge is energy saving technology. The technology utilizes less energy which helps to save at least 23% on electricity bills. This series is also able to hold 10% more items than other brand models. The 9188WB costs between PKR 40,000 to 44,000.
- Dawlance LVS Series
This is also a popular series. The Low Voltage Start-up series offers three models with the 9170WB model being very popular. A common issue in Pakistan is voltage fluctuation, which results in appliances being burned. In this situation, a voltage stabilizer is important to connect to a freezer to safeguard the compressor. The LVS series’ low voltage technology enables it to function properly even at low voltages like 135V. This ensures the compressor remains safe and doesn’t burn out, and also eliminates the need to buy a voltage stabilizer. This series is also able to hold 10% more items than other brand models. The 9170WB costs between PKR 39,000 to 41,000.
- Haier Top Freezer Direct Cooling HRF-380M
This is a popular refrigerator. Its main feature is variable voltage functionality which enables it to function properly when the voltage level is from 187V to 252V. This protects the compressor and ensures that it doesn’t burn out. Its big condenser speeds up the cooling process, thus ensuring a super-fast cooling system. The HRF-380M incorporates an oil cooling technology to clean the compressor. This method ensures steady performance of the compressor. The price of the HRF-380M varies from PKR 42,000 to 44,000.
- PEL Arctic Built-in Stabilizer
Saves at least 10% on electricity bills
This series offers five models with the PRA-BIS-150 model being popular. The main feature of this model is the built-in voltage stabilizer. Voltage fluctuation is a major issue in Pakistan which results in burn outs of major home appliances. The built-in stabilizer tackles this issue, and ensures the compressor remains safe. It also eliminates the need to buy a voltage stabilizer. Another feature of this model is its energy efficiency. It operates at an economical level which helps to reduce electricity costs by 10%. The PRA-BIS-150 is also coated with silver nano which reduces the growth of bacteria. This helps to keep the food fresh and safe from bacteria. Another feature is the thicker door insulation. The thick insulation ensures cool air circulates within the refrigerator and doesn’t escape; thereby ensuring good cooling. The PRA-BIS-150’s price is between PKR 43,000 to 45,000.
- Samsung RF858QALAXW model
This is a high end model. It has a French door which makes the kitchen look stylish. It features a water dispenser for conveniently pouring water. The Samsung fridge has a huge capacity with many shelves and drawers in both the fridge and freezer. This enables it to store many items. It includes two compressors and three evaporators as part of its cooling technology to ensure all corners of the fridge get cold air. Its interior includes three LED lights placed at strategic points to enable lighting at all areas. The RF858QALAXW features a Bacteria Safe Ionizer that blows air to kill bacteria. The Samsung fridge also incorporates a door alarm which buzzes whenever the door is left open and helps to reduce air loss. The Samsung RF858QALAXW is price ranges from PKR 370,000 to 380,500.
Top Five Recommended Refrigerators
We have compiled a list of the most energy efficient and popular models currently available in the market which are as follows:-
- Haier Refrigerator HDF-285SD
This is a popular single door chest freezer. It features dual condensers which enable fast cooling. A 10 liter water freezes to ice within four hours. The technology incorporated ensures food will remain cold during extended load shedding. Food items will remain cold for up to 30 hours; you don’t have to worry about power outages. The chest freezer comes with wheels which makes it easy during defrosting when the freezer needs to be moved to a drain. The price of the HDF-285SD is between PKR 31,000 to 33,000.
- Dawlance DF-400
Its main feature is quick cooling after load shedding. It also features a tight insulation to keep the food cold for a few hours; which helps during extended load shedding. The DF-400 includes a front drain which makes cleaning easier. The price of the DF-400 is between PKR 35,000 to 39,000.
- Haier Refrigerator HDF-325H
This is a double door chest freezer. It is a popular deep freezer in its class mainly because of its superfast cooling ability. The technique used ensures food remains cold for up to 30 hours; which is beneficial during extended load shedding. A 10 liter water placed inside the deep freezer becomes ice within four hours. The freezer also comes with wheels which makes it easy to move it near a drain when cleaning. The HDF-325H costs between PKR 33,000 to 36,000.
- Dawlance Refrigerator 91998H
This is also a double door chest deep freezer. The popular feature of this model is that it has two separate compartments, one of which can be converted into a regular refrigerator. This helps to save electricity as the refrigerator will be consuming less electricity than the freezer compartment. Another feature it offers is fast cooling which helps during load shedding. When there is no electricity for few hours, the food items will remain cold, and when electricity returns, the freezer will quickly cool them. The double door deep freezer has a front drain which enables cleaning process easy. The 91998H costs between PKR 37,000 to 40,000.
- Waves Refrigerator WT-2180
Similar to the two above. It has a big storage space which makes it popular among shoppers. The space along with a good cooling system ensures good value for customers. People are able to store large quantities of food without worrying about cold air only reaching certain areas. The price of the WT-2180 is between PKR 36,000 to 39,000.