expert advice on making the right choice

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Buy­ing new house­hold appli­ances always caus­es dif­fi­cul­ties for the aver­age buy­er, as there is too much vari­ety of brands on the con­sumer mar­ket.

And it is espe­cial­ly dif­fi­cult to choose a refrig­er­a­tor, since it is not always pos­si­ble to under­stand which char­ac­ter­is­tics should be paid atten­tion to in the first place.

Prac­tice shows that most buy­ers focus only on the appear­ance, as well as on the size. But these are far from the most impor­tant cri­te­ria.

What to pay attention to

When choos­ing a refrig­er­a­tor, experts rec­om­mend focus­ing on the fol­low­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics:

  1. Vol­ume. Choose based on the avail­able space in the kitchen, as well as the num­ber of fam­i­ly mem­bers.
  2. Defrost type.
  3. Ener­gy effi­cien­cy.
  4. Noise lev­el.
  5. Com­plete set of refrig­er­at­ing, freez­ing cham­bers (spec­i­fied num­ber of shelves and draw­ers).
  6. Con­trol type.
  7. Avail­abil­i­ty of addi­tion­al fea­tures.
  8. Design.
  9. Brand.

Volume

Every­thing is very clear here: the more fam­i­ly mem­bers, the more dimen­sion­al refrig­er­a­tor will be required.

But you need to take into account that both its per­for­mance and the amount of elec­tric­i­ty con­sumed direct­ly depend on the size. And in the largest refrig­er­a­tors, sev­er­al com­pres­sors are pro­vid­ed at all.

Experts rec­om­mend focus­ing on the fol­low­ing indi­ca­tors:

  1. For a fam­i­ly up to 2 peo­ple. You can choose the small­est refrig­er­a­tors, with a vol­ume of about 200 — 250 liters. Their only draw­back is the small vol­ume of the freez­er (on aver­age, 2/3 of the space is allo­cat­ed specif­i­cal­ly to the refrig­er­a­tion depart­ment).
  2. For a fam­i­ly of 3 peo­ple. Fits most stan­dard mod­els up to 350 liters.
  3. For a fam­i­ly of 4 — 5 peo­ple. It is rec­om­mend­ed to give pref­er­ence to mod­els of 350+ liters.
  4. For a fam­i­ly of 5 or more. Refrig­er­a­tors with ver­ti­cal place­ment of 2 doors are suit­able. As a rule, their vol­ume is of the order of 500 liters or more.

It is rec­om­mend­ed to mea­sure in advance the place in the kitchen where you plan to install a built-in or free­stand­ing refrig­er­a­tor. You can use the most com­mon roulette wheel.

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Defrost type

There is also noth­ing com­pli­cat­ed here.

Today, there are 3 defrost­ing options found in refrig­er­a­tors:

  1. Man­u­al. The old­est and most prim­i­tive ver­sion. These are those refrig­er­a­tors that peri­od­i­cal­ly have to be defrost­ed, drained of water, and removed ice frozen in the freez­er. How often should this be done? It depends on how much food is stored, in what con­di­tion (open or in sealed box­es). There is only one advan­tage in such refrig­er­a­tors — they are cheap. As a rule, they are bought only at the dacha, where they are used only peri­od­i­cal­ly, for a small amount of prod­ucts.
  2. drip. The most com­mon option today. They also have to be defrost­ed man­u­al­ly, but no water is drained. And that same defrost­ing will be required only 1 — 2 times a year, not more often. Also, such refrig­er­a­tors are one of the most reli­able and durable. For exam­ple, Sam­sung pro­vides a 3‑year war­ran­ty for a num­ber of mod­els with a drip defrost sys­tem. For the rest, includ­ing more “advanced” ones — no more than 12 months.
  3. nofrost. In fact, this is the same drip defrost sys­tem. But it is sup­ple­ment­ed with a spe­cial sys­tem for blow­ing the con­tents of the refrig­er­at­ing cham­ber with cold air. What is it for? To pre­vent mois­ture con­den­sa­tion. That is, it is not going to the walls. There is no need to defrost the refrig­er­a­tor at all. The only draw­back of such a sys­tem is the “chap­ping” of stored food. Some of them lose their taste because of this, the aro­ma can mix. And many man­u­fac­tur­ers have already intro­duced an upgrad­ed NoFrost sys­tem. For exam­ple, LG has Door Cool­ing (cold air is blown from sev­er­al angles at once).

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In total, if the buy­er wants to save on the pur­chase of a high-qual­i­ty refrig­er­a­tor, then he should def­i­nite­ly give pref­er­ence to those mod­els that have a drip defrost­ing sys­tem. NoFrost — for those who have no lim­it­ed bud­get.

But equip­ment with man­u­al defrost­ing is not worth buy­ing at all. Only for giv­ing, but not for every­day use. Painful­ly in such refrig­er­a­tors there are many short­com­ings, and reli­a­bil­i­ty leaves much to be desired.

energy efficiency

Giv­en the fact that elec­tric­i­ty prices are reg­u­lar­ly ris­ing, it is stu­pid not to pay atten­tion to this char­ac­ter­is­tic.

Old refrig­er­a­tors, on aver­age, con­sumed about 800 — 900 kWh of elec­tric­i­ty per year. That is, now it is about 3–4 thou­sand rubles. More mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy is much more ener­gy effi­cient.

The sim­plest mod­els with a drip defrost sys­tem use only 300 — 350 kW / h. That is, annu­al­ly the buy­er of such equip­ment will save about 2–3 thou­sand rubles.

Does the amount of elec­tric­i­ty con­sumed affect the inter­nal vol­ume of the refrig­er­a­tor? Nat­u­ral­ly, but this is not a geo­met­ric pro­gres­sion. That is, a 300-liter refrig­er­a­tor con­sumes about 300 kW / h per year. A refrig­er­a­tor for 600 liters — only 400 — 450 kW / h.

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Noise level

Here, too, every­thing is clear: the low­er the noise, the bet­ter. Spec­i­fied in deci­bels.

The aver­age val­ue is 45 dB. Any­thing below this read­ing is a very qui­et refrig­er­a­tor. Any­thing above is “noisy” (as a rule, due to a bulky freez­er, which requires a mas­sive drip sys­tem filled with fre­on to remove heat from).

The man­u­fac­tur­er in the tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions indi­cates the noise lev­el of the com­pres­sor! But from time to time, any refrig­er­a­tor also makes third-par­ty sounds (for exam­ple, when fre­on con­dens­es and flows through the drip sys­tem). How do you know which is real­ly noisy and which is qui­et? Experts rec­om­mend focus­ing on cus­tomer reviews and advice on the­mat­ic forums.

Complete set of refrigerating and freezing chambers

The more shelves in the refrig­er­a­tor, the bet­ter.

Indeed, in each refrig­er­a­tor it is pos­si­ble to remove them, dis­trib­ute them in a dif­fer­ent way (there are ledges on the side walls for this). Even if it is not planned to use all of them at the same time, they will be used as spares.

Since the shelves are dam­aged quite eas­i­ly, and get­ting a replace­ment for them is not always easy. To do this, as a rule, you either have to con­tact the man­u­fac­tur­er direct­ly, or cut them your­self from fiber­glass or sim­i­lar mate­r­i­al.

But the num­ber of box­es in the freez­er is a sec­ondary cri­te­ri­on. Many do not pre­fer them at all, but sim­ply clos­ing shelves. In this case, the vol­ume is a lit­tle larg­er, and it’s eas­i­er to remove dirt and stains inside.

But what real­ly should be paid atten­tion to is the pres­ence of a “fresh­ness zone”. This is a small depart­ment (usu­al­ly a cou­ple of draw­ers in a cold store) where the tem­per­a­ture is always kept at 0 degrees. And such con­di­tions are ide­al for stor­ing veg­eta­bles, fruits, as they do not with­er, their fresh­ness is pre­served for more than 10 days.

The aver­age vol­ume of the “fresh­ness zone” in those refrig­er­a­tors where it is pro­vid­ed is 20 liters.

For those who lead a healthy lifestyle and the main diet con­sists of fruits and veg­eta­bles, it is bet­ter to give pref­er­ence to the tech­nique where its vol­ume is 30 liters or more (in some mod­els, the “fresh­ness zone” is gen­er­al­ly a sep­a­rate cham­ber).

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Control type

Accord­ing to the type of con­trol, refrig­er­a­tors are con­di­tion­al­ly clas­si­fied into:

  1. Mechan­i­cal. That is, there is a spe­cial mechan­i­cal reg­u­la­tor with which the tem­per­a­ture sen­sor is reg­u­lat­ed.
  2. Elec­tron­ic. In this case, but­tons are used.
  3. Touch. Instead of but­tons, there is a touch­pad.

Which con­trol option is con­ve­nient? Most pre­fer elec­tron­ic. But­tons are con­ve­nient and reli­able.

But in addi­tion, you need to pay atten­tion to the pres­ence of indi­ca­tion. It can be light (LED indi­ca­tors), as well as with infor­ma­tion out­put to the dis­play.

In mechan­i­cal ones, as a rule, there is only mark­ings on the reg­u­la­tor itself. And it will not work to accu­rate­ly set the tem­per­a­ture.

That is, the main thing is how con­ve­nient the indi­ca­tion is. But the type of con­trol can be cho­sen based on per­son­al pref­er­ences. Some peo­ple like the but­tons more, oth­ers like the touch­pad.

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Availability of additional functions

Of the addi­tion­al func­tions, you should pay atten­tion to the pres­ence of the fol­low­ing func­tion­al­i­ty:

  1. Vaca­tion mode. In this case, the tem­per­a­ture inside the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment ris­es to about 10 — 15 degrees. Nat­u­ral­ly, for the stor­age of ordi­nary prod­ucts — this is not an option. But for non-per­ish­ables — just right. And at the same time, the refrig­er­a­tor con­sumes almost 70 — 80% less elec­tric­i­ty.
  2. Super chill and super freeze. They allow you to quick­ly cool food or freeze meat prod­ucts, veg­eta­bles, and then auto­mat­i­cal­ly switch to stan­dard mode. A use­ful fea­ture for those sit­u­a­tions, if the house is often cut off elec­tric­i­ty for 5 — 10 hours. With Super Cool­ing, you can quick­ly reach the desired tem­per­a­ture, which will pre­vent food spoilage.
  3. Child pro­tec­tion. This is impor­tant to con­sid­er when buy­ing a refrig­er­a­tor in which the con­trols are not locat­ed on top, but direct­ly on the door. And at the same time there are chil­dren at home. After all, they can inad­ver­tent­ly turn on, for exam­ple, the “Vaca­tion” mode. And most of the food will go bad in the next cou­ple of days if the par­ents don’t notice.
  4. Sound or light indi­ca­tion of an open door, tem­per­a­ture increase in the refrig­er­at­ing cham­ber. A very use­ful fea­ture for for­get­ful peo­ple. As prac­tice shows, it is in great demand.
  5. Smooth tem­per­a­ture con­trol. In stan­dard free­stand­ing or built-in refrig­er­a­tors, it is usu­al­ly not pos­si­ble to spec­i­fy an exact val­ue. Instead, you can only spec­i­fy the mode (from 3–4 pre­set set­tings). But there are those mod­els where you can spec­i­fy the tem­per­a­ture exact­ly in degrees. It will be use­ful for those who pre­fer, for exam­ple, seafood. For stor­age of some of them, the opti­mal tem­per­a­ture regime is from 2 to 4 degrees. By default, the tem­per­a­ture in the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment of most man­u­fac­tur­ers is 5 degrees.
  6. Ice mak­er and drink­ing water sup­ply sys­tem. It is found only in over­all refrig­er­a­tors. Allows you to always have a small amount of ice on hand for mak­ing cold drinks. And the drink­ing water sup­ply sys­tem will allow you to replace the cool­er, there­by sav­ing free space in the kitchen.

Design

It should be the last thing to pay atten­tion to. Choose, of course, based on what col­or in the inte­ri­or of the kitchen is the main one.

And buy­ers rec­om­mend giv­ing pref­er­ence to those mod­els in which the sur­face is “mat­te” rather than glossy. First­ly, there are no prints left, and sec­ond­ly, visu­al­ly the tech­nique looks “not flashy”. It’s not worth focus­ing on the refrig­er­a­tor in the inte­ri­or.

As for col­or, now many peo­ple like “non-stan­dard” shades: beige, green, yel­low.

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Which company is better to choose a refrigerator

But here the opin­ions of experts dif­fer sig­nif­i­cant­ly.

Well, if you believe user reviews, as well as sales sta­tis­tics pub­lished by online stores, then the best-sell­ing refrig­er­a­tors in 2022–2023 are the fol­low­ing brands:

  • LG;
  • haier;
  • can­dy;
  • beco;
  • Bosch.

They are the best com­bi­na­tion of price/functionality/reliability. What mod­els are rec­om­mend­ed to buy most often?

The fol­low­ing can be dis­tin­guished:

  • Bosch KGN39UW22R;
  • LG GA-B419SDJL;
  • Haier C2F636CWRG;
  • Can­dy CCRN 6200W;
  • Beko RCNK 270K20W.

Bosch KGN39UW22R

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One of the most afford­able two-cham­ber refrig­er­a­tors from this man­u­fac­tur­er with a NoFrost defrost sys­tem.

One of the key advan­tages of Bosch equip­ment is the use of some of the most reli­able com­pres­sors.

Most often — invert­er, but in this mod­el — sim­ple. In Europe they are guar­an­teed for 36 months.

Addi­tion­al func­tion­al­i­ty pro­vid­ed:

  • ded­i­cat­ed “fresh­ness” zone VitaFresh, her­met­ic, which guar­an­tees the obser­vance of opti­mal humid­i­ty;
  • ener­gy class — A +, con­sumes up to 345 kW / h per year on aver­age (with the select­ed aver­age tem­per­a­ture mode, which is used by default);
  • freez­er capac­i­ty — up to 15 kg per day;
  • even has thick­ened ther­mal insu­la­tion, so even after a pow­er out­age it keeps cold inside the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment for up to 17 hours, since the kit also includes a cold accu­mu­la­tor;
  • vol­ume — 388 liters;
  • noise — only up to 38 dB (all refrig­er­a­tors from Bosch are con­sid­ered the qui­etest).

Key advan­tages of the mod­el:

  • low cost;
  • reli­a­bil­i­ty;
  • ded­i­cat­ed VitaFresh cham­ber;
  • long-term preser­va­tion of cold in the absence of pow­er sup­ply.

Among the short­com­ings, the buy­ers them­selves note only the eas­i­ly soiled case (you often have to wipe it), as well as the inabil­i­ty to accu­rate­ly set the tem­per­a­ture (only 5 pre­set modes).

LG GA-B419SDJL

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LG GA-B419SDJL is one of the best-sell­ing refrig­er­a­tors of this man­u­fac­tur­er in Europe. Its key fea­ture is its minia­ture size.

Capac­i­ty — only 224 liters, but due to the con­ve­nient lay­out, this is enough for a fam­i­ly of even 3 peo­ple.

Main char­ac­ter­is­tics:

  1. There is super­cool­ing and super­freez­ing.
  2. Defrost­ing is NoFrost, but cold air is sup­plied to sev­er­al streams at once, so icing of the walls nev­er occurs, opti­mal humid­i­ty is main­tained inside.
  3. The vol­ume is only 302 liters.
  4. Elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion — up to 293 kW / h per year (one of the most eco­nom­i­cal mod­els from LG).
  5. There is a fresh­ness zone, con­trol is elec­tron­ic.
  6. Num­ber of shelves — 3.

Key Ben­e­fits:

  1. Ener­gy effi­cien­cy class.
  2. Small size (fits even in the small­est kitchen).
  3. Quick­ly reach­es oper­at­ing tem­per­a­ture after switch­ing on.
  4. The fresh­ness zone is her­met­i­cal­ly sealed (box­ing), so opti­mal humid­i­ty is main­tained there.
  5. No noise (noise lev­el dur­ing oper­a­tion — up to 39 dB).

Of the short­com­ings, they only men­tion that the refrig­er­a­tor is pro­duced exclu­sive­ly in one col­or vari­ant — metal­lic. And many pre­fer clas­sic white or black.

Haier C2F636CWRG

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Haier is also famous for its reli­able refrig­er­a­tors.

No won­der, because he pro­vides a guar­an­tee for the com­pres­sor as much as 12 years! And this is regard­less of the mode in which the equip­ment will be oper­at­ed (even if installed in a restau­rant). The rest is basic func­tion­al­i­ty.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions declared by the man­u­fac­tur­er:

  1. Vol­ume — 364 liters, opti­mal for a fam­i­ly of 3 — 4 peo­ple.
  2. Elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion — up to 342 kW / h per year.
  3. The num­ber of shelves in the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment is 5 (one of them is ini­tial­ly sup­plied as a spare).
  4. Defrost sys­tem — NoFrost.
  5. There is a fresh­ness zone (locat­ed direct­ly in the refrig­er­a­tor).
  6. There is a vaca­tion mode.
  7. Super-freez­ing and super-cool­ing are pro­vid­ed, which are auto­mat­i­cal­ly acti­vat­ed by default if there was an emer­gency pow­er out­age for more than 10 hours.
  8. Impact-resis­tant freez­er shelves and draw­ers (real­ly won’t break even when hit hard).

Advan­tages:

  • very reli­able tech­nol­o­gy;
  • good freez­er per­for­mance (about 12 kilo­grams per day, accord­ing to reviews);
  • con­ve­nient dis­play (dis­plays not only data about the cur­rent tem­per­a­ture, but also the select­ed mode, as well as addi­tion­al func­tions includ­ed, you can also set the clock).

And of the short­com­ings, buy­ers men­tion only the over­priced, if you com­pare the refrig­er­a­tor with oth­er mod­els, but with the same func­tion­al­i­ty.

Candy CCRN 6200W

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One of the most pop­u­lar mod­els of this man­u­fac­tur­er.

It has sim­ple func­tion­al­i­ty, only one com­pres­sor, but the refrig­er­a­tor is reli­able and pro­duc­tive.

And it also uses a motor that is resis­tant to volt­age drops. And for the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion, this is a weighty argu­ment in favor of the pur­chase, since in many regions there are dif­fi­cul­ties with this.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions declared by the man­u­fac­tur­er:

  1. Elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion — up to 395 kW / h per year.
  2. Vol­ume — 370 liters (of which 100 is a freez­er).
  3. Elec­tron­ic con­trol.
  4. There is a fresh­ness zone (reduced, only box­es in the refrig­er­a­tor).
  5. There is a sound indi­ca­tion of the open door (can be turned off if there is no need for it).
  6. The num­ber of shelves — 4, draw­ers in the freez­er — 3 (pull out, remov­able).

Based on cus­tomer reviews, the fol­low­ing advan­tages of the mod­el can be dis­tin­guished:

  1. Low cost.
  2. Reli­a­bil­i­ty.
  3. Low noise dur­ing oper­a­tion (up to 40 dB in total).
  4. It is pos­si­ble to rehang the door (this can be done with­out nec­es­sar­i­ly con­tact­ing a ser­vice cen­ter, like oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers, the kit also includes detailed instruc­tions).

Of the short­com­ings — this is a fair­ly quick wear of the sealed gum (door seal). But it is easy to replace it, you can also do it your­self.

Beko RCNK 270K20W

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Beko was pre­vi­ous­ly con­sid­ered as a man­u­fac­tur­er of not the most reli­able equip­ment. And the Beko RCNK 270K20 W refrig­er­a­tor, appar­ent­ly, was released in order to con­vince a poten­tial con­sumer of the oppo­site.

For exam­ple, this mod­el has an offi­cial inter­na­tion­al war­ran­ty of 24 months. And for the com­pres­sor — 5 years.

The refrig­er­a­tor is not the most pro­duc­tive, but it has a thick­er lay­er of ther­mal insu­la­tion, so that even when the pow­er is off, it is able to main­tain the tem­per­a­ture in the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment up to 18 hours.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions:

  1. The total vol­ume is 239 liters, which is the best option for a fam­i­ly of 2 — 3 peo­ple.
  2. Elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion — up to 267 kW / h per year.
  3. Num­ber of shelves in the refrig­er­a­tor -
  4. The num­ber of draw­ers in the freez­er is 3.
  5. Defrost sys­tem — NoFrost (at the same time, you can adjust the pow­er of blow­ing the refrig­er­at­ing cham­ber).
  6. There is a vaca­tion mode.
  7. The inside of the refrig­er­a­tor and freez­er are cov­ered with a spe­cial antibac­te­r­i­al lay­er that pre­vents the spread of bac­te­ria, and there­fore guar­an­tees the longest pos­si­ble stor­age of food.
  8. It is pos­si­ble to rehang the door (you can do it your­self, with­out hav­ing to con­tact a ser­vice cen­ter).
  9. Noise dur­ing oper­a­tion — up to 40 dB.

Advan­tages of the Beko RCNK 270K20 W refrig­er­a­tor:

  1. Inex­pen­sive.
  2. Light­weight (a lit­tle over 50 kilo­grams, which is about 20% lighter than oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers).
  3. Not noisy.
  4. Keeps cold for a long time dur­ing a pow­er out­age.
  5. Offi­cial guar­an­tee in 24 months.

Flaws:

  • low pro­duc­tiv­i­ty of the freez­er — up to 5 kilo­grams per day.

Conclusion

In total, when choos­ing a refrig­er­a­tor, you should not focus only on cost or dimen­sions, design.

You need to com­pre­hen­sive­ly eval­u­ate the tech­nique, as well as focus on your needs. For some, the pres­ence of a fresh­ness zone is impor­tant, for oth­ers — the per­for­mance of the freez­er, oth­ers want to save elec­tric­i­ty, and so on.

But you can find a real­ly good, durable and con­ve­nient refrig­er­a­tor in any price cat­e­go­ry.

Useful video

Tips on how to choose a good refrig­er­a­tor for your home are giv­en in the video:

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