10 most economical refrigerators — Rating 2022

Energy efficiency class

When choos­ing a refrig­er­a­tor that would save ener­gy, you need to pay atten­tion to the ener­gy effi­cien­cy class. It is indi­cat­ed in Eng­lish let­ters A, B, C, etc. The high­er the let­ter to the begin­ning of the alpha­bet, the bet­ter. The most eco­nom­i­cal mod­els are des­ig­nat­ed A +, A ++, and A +++. For exam­ple, a unit with an A + rat­ing can con­sume 270 kW per year, and a refrig­er­a­tor with an A ++ rat­ing 200 kW.

But here there is a direct con­nec­tion with the vol­ume of the cham­bers. After all, the larg­er the refrig­er­a­tor and freez­er com­part­ment, the longer the com­pres­sor will have to pump fre­on to cool them. This means it will use more elec­tric­i­ty. There­fore, some­times you may encounter this pic­ture: a refrig­er­a­tor with ener­gy effi­cien­cy class A and a vol­ume of 100 liters con­sumes 100 kW per year, and a mod­el with class A ++ and a vol­ume of 400 liters con­sumes 300 kW per year. It is pro­por­tion­al and nor­mal.

Compressor type

The type of com­pres­sor that pumps refrig­er­ant through the sys­tem also affects ener­gy sav­ings. It can be a clas­sic (reg­u­lar) unit or an invert­er one. The first works inter­mit­tent­ly (pumped up pres­sure and turned off). It can turn on dozens of times a day. In each case, the com­pres­sor of a two-cham­ber refrig­er­a­tor con­sumes about 1.8 kW at the start, although then the pow­er con­sump­tion drops to 25–40 W / h. Invert­er com­pres­sors do not stop, but only change their fre­quen­cy of oper­a­tion, so there are no high start­ing cur­rents, which means that the con­sump­tion of “light” is more eco­nom­i­cal. But mod­els with an invert­er com­pres­sor are more expen­sive.

Rating of the most economical refrigerators

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Here we have col­lect­ed refrig­er­a­tors from the bud­get cat­e­go­ry with an ener­gy effi­cien­cy class of A + and high­er, which makes them eco­nom­i­cal not only in terms of kilo­watt con­sump­tion, but also in terms of cost. Experts have select­ed dif­fer­ent vol­umes of cam­eras so that every­one can find here a prod­uct that suits their needs. This is the best choice for a young fam­i­ly start­ing to live sep­a­rate­ly from their par­ents. It will help to save when there is still so much to buy your equip­ment and fur­ni­ture.

Also Read: 9 Best Invert­er Refrig­er­a­tors

Kraft KR-115W

Rat­ing: 4.5

Kraft KR-115W

The eco­nom­i­cal mod­el from the Kraft brand is made with dimen­sions of 87x49x46 cm and is endowed with a use­ful vol­ume of 98 liters. Of these, 88 are allo­cat­ed for the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment and 10 for the freez­er. The unit func­tions per­fect­ly at an ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture of + 18 … + 38º C. With the help of one con­ven­tion­al com­pres­sor, the refrig­er­a­tor freezes up to 5 kg per day, and if the elec­tric­i­ty is turned off, the device will keep the cold up to 17 hours. The eco­nom­i­cal mod­el weighs only 20 kg, so it will not be dif­fi­cult to rearrange it to anoth­er cor­ner of the room. In the reviews, buy­ers are sat­is­fied with the afford­able price of the refrig­er­a­tor and the abil­i­ty to rehang the doors at their dis­cre­tion. At a bud­get cost, the man­u­fac­tur­er has imple­ment­ed No Frost in the freez­er and issues a 2‑year war­ran­ty on the prod­uct.

The ener­gy sav­ing advan­tage of the refrig­er­a­tor is imme­di­ate­ly indi­cat­ed on the door. The stick­er with the ver­ti­cal scale of the ener­gy effi­cien­cy class­es con­tains the A+ rat­ing. For a year, a 100 liter unit con­sumes only 110 kW. If this val­ue is divid­ed by the num­ber of hours in a year, then 12 W / h will be obtained. This is less than most LED lamps. We rec­om­mend the prod­uct for a small dorm room or for mini-hotels.


  • afford­able cost;
  • 2 year war­ran­ty;
  • No Frost in the freez­er;
  • doors can be re-hung.


  • very small freez­er
  • to get frozen meat, you have to open two doors.

Pozis RS-405

Rat­ing: 4.4


The sec­ond place in the cat­e­go­ry of eco­nom­i­cal bud­get refrig­er­a­tors is occu­pied by Pozis RS-405. This is a sin­gle-cham­ber mod­el with dimen­sions of 130x54x55 cm and an inter­nal vol­ume of 195 liters. It is divid­ed in the ratio of 166/29 liters. Access to the freez­er com­part­ment is obtained through the refrig­er­a­tor, which caus­es some incon­ve­nience. But with large sizes, the instal­la­tion con­sumes only 182 kW per year. You can reg­u­late the tem­per­a­ture inside by means of a relay from 0 to 10 degrees. Drip defrost­ing sys­tem removes excess mois­ture. Shelves can be moved to the desired lev­el thanks to the numer­ous slots in the side walls. The con­tents of the refrig­er­a­tor are clear­ly vis­i­ble with a 15 watt light bulb. Meat and fish can be frozen down to ‑12º C. A con­ven­tion­al type com­pres­sor hums at a vol­ume lev­el of 40 dB, so it will hard­ly be heard from the kitchen in the hall or bed­room.

Accord­ing to reviews, buy­ers like the eco­nom­i­cal unit with a spa­cious veg­etable box. This was achieved by mov­ing the side shelf on the doors high­er. Due to this, all the space below is allo­cat­ed for the veg­etable com­part­ment.


  • three shelves are height adjustable;
  • trans­par­ent capa­cious box for veg­eta­bles;
  • bot­tles are held by an addi­tion­al rim;
  • door hinges can be placed on the right or left.


  • access to the freez­er through the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment;
  • the freez­er is defrost­ed man­u­al­ly.

NordFrost NRT 143 332

Rat­ing: 4.3

NordFrost NRT 143 332

This is already an eco­nom­i­cal two-cham­ber mod­el, so access to frozen and fresh prod­ucts is more con­ve­nient here. At the same time, the dimen­sions of the goods remain quite com­pact — 125x57x62 cm, which is suit­able for a kitchen in a small-fam­i­ly house. The vol­ume of the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment is 139 liters, and the freez­er — 51 liters. The eco­nom­i­cal unit does an excel­lent job with its tasks even at an ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture of +38 degrees. Elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion per year reach­es 234 kW, and the ener­gy effi­cien­cy class of house­hold appli­ances is A +. Mas­ters praise such a refrig­er­a­tor in reviews for the cop­per wind­ing of the com­pres­sor, which extends the life of the unit. Users like that if the pow­er goes out, the small refrig­er­a­tor will keep the freez­er at ‑9º C for 16 hours.

We sin­gled out the eco­nom­i­cal mod­el as the best for the antibac­te­r­i­al lam­i­nate coat­ing that increas­es the lev­el of hygiene inside the refrig­er­a­tor. Spilled juice and oth­er traces of food are eas­i­ly removed and emit less unpleas­ant odors.


  • afford­able cost;
  • two doors;
  • the com­pres­sor has a cop­per wind­ing;
  • good back­light.


  • low freez­ing pow­er 2.5 kg/day.

Also Read: 10 Best Cheap Refrig­er­a­tors

Zarget ZRB 210LW

Rat­ing: 4.2


House­hold appli­ances with dimen­sions of 143x50x54 cm and a use­ful vol­ume of 185 liters belong to class A +, con­sum­ing 206 kW per year. The refrig­er­a­tor gives out the declared char­ac­ter­is­tics at an ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture of +16 … +38 degrees. If the room is hot­ter, elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion will increase The man­u­fac­tur­er placed the freez­er com­part­ment at the bot­tom, which increased ease of use and is liked by the own­ers in the reviews.

We have sin­gled out the prod­uct as the best because of the LowFrost tech­nol­o­gy. Although the eco­nom­i­cal mod­el has a drip defrost sys­tem, the evap­o­ra­tor is not locat­ed in the upper part of the case, but along the entire length of the rear wall. This inno­v­a­tive solu­tion ensures an even tem­per­a­ture dis­tri­b­u­tion and a thin­ner lay­er of ice dur­ing the active phase of the com­pres­sor. With it, your prod­ucts will be bet­ter pre­served on any shelf (for oth­er bud­get mod­els, the high­er the lev­el of food place­ment, the cold­er and vice ver­sa, so milk often turns sour at the bot­tom).


  • freez­er com­part­ment below;
  • low frost tech­nol­o­gy;
  • ice forms much more slow­ly;
  • reli­able and easy con­trol.


  • 1 year war­ran­ty;
  • mur­murs loud­ly.

Shaige FR240-1RR1AAA-C3LTJ1A

Rat­ing: 4.1

Shaige FR240-1RR1AAA-C3LTJ1A

Final­ly, in the bud­get cat­e­go­ry, a refrig­er­a­tor from the Shaige brand. The eco­nom­i­cal mod­el is avail­able in sev­er­al col­ors, which helps to match the appli­ances to the design of the kitchen. Dual cham­ber design sim­pli­fies prod­uct access. With the dimen­sions of the out­door unit 147x56x63 cm, it was pos­si­ble to allo­cate a usable vol­ume of 220 liters inside. Of these, the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment is quite roomy — 166 liters, and 46 liters are reserved for freez­ing food at ‑18 degrees. The annu­al elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion is 211 kW, and the ener­gy effi­cien­cy class of the refrig­er­a­tor is A++. Inside, tem­pered glass shelves are used, which are not scratched and can with­stand the weight of pots up to 10–12 kg.

The edi­tors of the mag­a­zine liked the eco­nom­i­cal unit for its antique design. To do this, the side cor­ners and edges of the lid are round­ed, like in old mod­els, and the han­dles for open­ing the cham­bers are chrome-plat­ed and are mor­tise. In addi­tion to the styl­ish look, house­hold appli­ances are char­ac­ter­ized by increased safe­ty, since it is impos­si­ble to get hurt on such a case if you acci­den­tal­ly hook it.


  • high-qual­i­ty inte­ri­or light­ing;
  • com­fort­able han­dles;
  • increased secu­ri­ty;
  • nice design.


  • low freez­ing pow­er 2 kg/day.

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Prod­ucts in this cat­e­go­ry are endowed with numer­ous fea­tures that increase the capa­bil­i­ties of the refrig­er­a­tor and the com­fort of use. At the same time, eco­nom­i­cal ener­gy con­sump­tion will be a nice bonus and save mon­ey on oth­er pur­chas­es. We rec­om­mend this tech­nique to accom­plished peo­ple in order to use the best.

Also Read: Best Invert­er Com­pres­sor Refrig­er­a­tors

Liebherr CTel 2931–20

Rat­ing: 4.9


Kitchen appli­ances have dimen­sions of 157x55x63 cm and a use­ful vol­ume of 279 liters. Inside, the man­u­fac­tur­er man­aged to cre­ate a 226-liter refrig­er­a­tor and a 53-liter freez­er. The lat­ter imple­ments Smart­Frost tech­nol­o­gy. This gives uni­form cold through­out the com­part­ment and is liked by the own­ers in the reviews. Here you will not encounter a sit­u­a­tion when the top shelf is ‑18 degrees and the bot­tom shelf is ‑12º C. The annu­al con­sump­tion of elec­tri­cal ener­gy is 183 kW. Giv­en the size, this makes the refrig­er­a­tor class A++. In terms of func­tion­al­i­ty, the eco­nom­i­cal mod­el is dis­tin­guished by the abil­i­ty to change the height of three of the four shelves, LED light­ing, which is much brighter and more com­fort­able than incan­des­cent lamps. The unit also works reli­ably even at an ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture of +43 degrees, which means it can be used in the kitchen of a cafe, bar­be­cue or oth­er cater­ing estab­lish­ments.

Experts liked the refrig­er­a­tor with its mat­te sil­ver fin­ish, which does not show fin­ger­prints. This increas­es the visu­al clean­li­ness of kitchen appli­ances and does not require fre­quent wip­ing of the sur­face.


  • three shelves are height adjustable;
  • can work at a tem­per­a­ture of +43º С;
  • prints are not vis­i­ble on the sur­face;
  • LED light­en­ing.


  • no audi­ble door open alarm.

Gorenie NRK 6192 CRD4

Rat­ing: 4.8

Gorenie NRK 6192 CRD4

The refrig­er­a­tor is made with dimen­sions of 185x60x64 cm. The refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment holds 230 liters, and the freez­er 95. With such indi­ca­tors, the elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion does not exceed 234 kW (class A ++). Dur­ing the day, an eco­nom­i­cal unit is able to freeze up to 5 kg of food. Elec­tron­ic con­trol ensures accu­rate main­te­nance of the set cli­mat­ic para­me­ters. If the lights are turned off, the refrig­er­a­tor will be able to save food for anoth­er 21 hours, which is much more than the capa­bil­i­ties of oth­er mod­els. The fiery red col­or is quite unusu­al for kitchen appli­ances, so it looks extrav­a­gant and attrac­tive. The goods are assem­bled in Ser­bia and serve for a long time, although the guar­an­tee for it is only 1 year.

The ener­gy effi­cient refrig­er­a­tor is high­light­ed as the best thanks to Ion­Air Mul­ti­Flow 360º tech­nol­o­gy. The unit ion­izes the air, cre­at­ing an opti­mal micro­cli­mate for pre­serv­ing the fresh­ness of prod­ucts. The chan­nel sys­tem even­ly dis­trib­utes the flow to ensure the same tem­per­a­ture in all com­part­ments.


  • high-pre­ci­sion elec­tron­ic con­trol;
  • LED light­en­ing;
  • autonomous­ly keeps the cold up to 21 h;
  • air ion­iza­tion pro­longs the preser­va­tion of food fresh­ness.


  • noise lev­el 42 dB;
  • not suit­able for rooms where the volt­age “jumps” (or you need to buy a sta­bi­liz­er).

Bosch KGE 39 AL 3 OR

Rat­ing: 4.8


The huge eco­nom­i­cal two-cham­ber refrig­er­a­tor from Bosch has dimen­sions of 203x60x63 cm and holds 351 liters. Of these, 257 is the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment, and 94 liters remain under the freez­er. For a year, a large unit con­sumes only 219 kW. The man­u­fac­tur­er has imple­ment­ed Vario XL tech­nol­o­gy in the refrig­er­a­tor, thanks to which there are many lev­els for rehang­ing glass shelves. You can mod­el the inte­ri­or space your­self to adjust it to the size of dish­es and cooked dish­es (you can even place a whole roast­ed boar). The Nature­Cool func­tion is also imple­ment­ed here, pro­vid­ing the desired lev­el of humid­i­ty. This will bet­ter pre­serve the taste and aro­ma of the prod­ucts. Despite the eco­nom­i­cal ener­gy con­sump­tion of A ++, the refrig­er­a­tor is able to freeze up to 9 kg of meat per day. If there is no light, the cold will last anoth­er 22 hours.

The refrig­er­a­tor is notable for one com­pres­sor work­ing on two cir­cuits. Thanks to this, it is pos­si­ble to more accu­rate­ly main­tain the tem­per­a­ture in both cham­bers, which means that the prod­ucts can be stored more cor­rect­ly.


  • humid­i­ty con­trol inside;
  • autonomous preser­va­tion of cold 22 hours;
  • many options for orga­niz­ing the inter­nal space;
  • very qui­et oper­a­tion — 35 dB.


  • han­dles pro­trude far beyond the dimen­sions and you can catch on them.

See also: 7 best drip refrig­er­a­tors

Samsung RS 54 N 3003 WW

Rat­ing: 4.8

Samsung RS 54 N 3003 WW

This is an eco­nom­i­cal two-door side-by-side refrig­er­a­tor. Its use­ful vol­ume is 566 liters, of which 359 are the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment and 207 are the freez­er com­part­ment. The ener­gy class here is A +, but tak­ing into account the size, house­hold appli­ances wind up up to 444 kW per year. The freez­ing capac­i­ty is 10 kg per day, which is quite good. The No Frost defrost­ing sys­tem is imple­ment­ed every­where, so there is no mois­ture and frost inside, but you still have to emp­ty it peri­od­i­cal­ly for wash­ing. LED light­ing on the ceil­ing well “fin­ish­es” to the low­er shelves. An aban­doned open door will remind you of itself in 30 sec­onds. All para­me­ters are dis­played on the dis­play from the out­side, and con­trol is car­ried out by touch but­tons.

To increase the effi­cien­cy of a huge refrig­er­a­tor, the man­u­fac­tur­er has pro­vid­ed cyclopen­tane ther­mal insu­la­tion, which delays the return of cold to the out­side. The dig­i­tal invert­er com­pres­sor runs con­tin­u­ous­ly, fur­ther reduc­ing ener­gy con­sump­tion.


  • 4 side shelves on each door;
  • four draw­ers;
  • LED lights;
  • touch con­trol on the left door.


  • pro­trud­ing han­dles;
  • mur­murs loud­ly — 43 dB;
  • with­out elec­tric­i­ty will last 8 hours.

Haier HRF521DM6RU

Rat­ing: 4.7


This is anoth­er full-size two-door refrig­er­a­tor with a vol­ume of 518 liters, which winds up 435 kW per year. It can even work in a hot kitchen next to the hob at an ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture of +43 degrees. Each com­part­ment has 4 tem­pered glass shelves that can hold up to 10–12 kg. The No Frost sys­tem with fans is imple­ment­ed every­where, so the tem­per­a­ture is main­tained the same both from the bot­tom and from the top of the refrig­er­a­tor. Many peo­ple like the eco­nom­i­cal vaca­tion func­tion, which saves left­over food (for exam­ple, if you did not have time to eat every­thing before your trip), but reduces ener­gy con­sump­tion.

The experts sin­gled out the eco­nom­i­cal unit for its super pow­er­ful freez­ing. Dur­ing the day, the refrig­er­a­tor is able to turn into a “stone” up to 12 kg of meat. This is true if you like to shop for the whole week at once for a large fam­i­ly.


  • no need to defrost;
  • increased capac­i­ty of box­es;
  • there is a super freeze mode;
  • sig­nal for a long door open­ing.


  • loud work 43 dB;
  • with­out elec­tric­i­ty, it will only be able to keep the cold for 5 hours.

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