15 May, 2007, 20:24 pm IST
Refrigerator types are simple – direct cool and frost-free refrigerator. Direct cooling ones are mostly single door refrigerators and frost-free refrigerators are mostly double and multiple doors. The abundant variety comes in the form of capacity. You can choose from mini, small, medium and large refrigerators.
- Mini (50 to 100 litres) : perfect for your studio apartment or bachelor pad; just enough for one person to store the occasional can of beer and juices along with bare food items. These are really small, single door refrigerators.
- Small (170 to 200 litres) : just right for a couple or even a small kitchen. This one is small and wont take too much space while giving you just enough to store your weekly groceries. You would go for this if you were on a tight budget. These are single door refrigerators.
- Medium (200 to 450 litres) : This is for the nuclear household. Not too small yet not too big. Reasonably priced these provide ample storage with enough features that are value for money. These could be single as well as double refrigerators.
- Large (450 to 800 litres) : For the big home and big budget. These refrigerators are right out of the lifestyles of the rich and famous catalogue. You would go for this if you have a large household and are really fond of throwing elaborate dos. The large sized could be double door, three door, bottom mounted, side-by-side.
There are plenty of features for you to choose from. However, knowing the cash you'd like to spend will narrow the range making it easier for you to select. The price range is very extensive starting from Rs 5,500 going up to Rs 2,25,000. Frost-free refrigerators starting from Rs 10,000 have made defrosting a fading memory. There are also models that have an automatic defrosting option which defrost the fresh-food compartment automatically, but the freezer still has to be defrosted manually. Models such as these are priced at Rs 7,490 onwards.
Type of shelves
There are types of shelves like – wired, acrylic and tempered glass. The sturdiest ones are the tempered glass as they can hold up to 100 kgs.
Most refrigerators come with clean backs these days. The clean back (or coil-free) refrigerators have condenser coils that are mounted at the bottom of the refrigerator and not at the back (as in most old refrigerators). Clean backs make cleaning easier and provide a safety cover for the compressor. If your refrigerator is placed in your living room, a clean back looks better since the black coils at the back are absent.
A quick-freezing component in a fridge may be available as a small colder compartment within the freezer or as a knob that allows you to adjust the temperature of the freezer. If you are a party person or need ice regularly at a short notice, this feature would be particularly useful for you.
This eliminates the odour from your refrigerator and keeps the food fresh and tasty for a longer period of time.
The door lock option prevents children or other people from opening the refrigerator without supervision. You would definitely want to have this feature if there are kids, in the house.
Look for separators since they help organize your refrigerator better. A separator also helps you store more fruits and vegetables and prevents the softer ones from being crushed under heavier ones.
Moisture and humidity controls in a refrigerator help to retain the freshness of fruits and vegetables. This feature is particularly useful if you shop in advance for the whole week or require storing food for long periods of time.
Another cool option is a reversible door swing option, which allows you to change or adapt the door swing of the refrigerator from left to right or from right to left to suit your requirement. This facility is useful if you are undecided about the placement of your refrigerator or need to change residence frequently. If your work requires you to change homes regularly, this feature allows you to easily fit into any kitchen.
This is not an absolute must have. This feature is in fact available only in the high-end refrigerator models. It lets you drink chilled water and gives crushed or cubed ice without opening the door.