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Replacing old or buying new, why a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator always makes sense

By on April 22, 2016

Since last few weeks we have started auditing some homes in Mumbai to get a feeling of different kind of appliances available in various homes and their consumption pattern. And one interesting fact that has come to our notice is that the refrigerators are the second biggest consumers of electricity in any home after air conditioners, that too if there is a significant use of air conditioners in that home. Else refrigerators are truly the biggest consumers. The observations also show that old refrigerators consume a lot more than the new energy efficient ones and because refrigerators are kept on 24 hours a day all 365 days, it always makes sense to buy a 5 star rated refrigerator.

Observation No 1: Refrigerators consumer more units than they are rated for.

These days most refrigerators come with annual units consumption value written on them. These values are derived under test conditions and should be taken as the minimum number of units that the refrigerator can consume. The actual units depend on how the refrigerator is used, how it is kept and how frequently it is opened. In short the usage of the refrigerator drives the actual number. Based on our observation for a few refrigerators it was 50-100% more than the rated value. Here are some sample observations:


Units Consumption per day (as per BEE rating)

Units Consumption per day (actual)

% Increase

A 4 Star rated refrigerator of 310 lts volume purchased in 2008.

1.34 units per day

2 units per day


A 4 star rated refrigerator of 560 lts volume purchased in 2010

1.5 units per day

3.3 units per day


A Un-starred 310 lts refrigerator purchased in 2007

1.5 units per day

2.5 units per day


As per our analysis of BEE data, the difference between yearly units consumption in refrigerators for each additional star in star rating is about 60-100 units. But if we factor in the above observation the difference comes out to be 100-150 units per year. Which means a 3 star rated refrigerator will consume about 100-150 units more than a 4 star and similarly a 4 star rated refrigerator will consume 100-150 units more than a 5 star per year. It we take average tariff of Rs 5 per unit then it converts to Rs 500 – Rs 750 difference in operational cost. It can be more or less depending on your using cost of electricity, which can be fond out by using our calculator: Online Electricity Bill Calculator – For all states in India.

While buying a new refrigerator always buy a 5 star rated one.

We also did some analysis on the pricing of refrigerators that are available on various websites online, and found that the price difference between a 4 star rated and 5 star rated refrigerators with similar technology and same brand, is so much so that the extra price for 5 star rated refrigerators can be recovered in about a year or year and half in form of savings in electricity bills. A refrigerator will go on well at least for next 8 years, so after the recovery period it will be savings in electricity bills.

While buying a new refrigerator one should just keep a note of the year of rating as BEE star rating changes every year. It’s always good to buy a refrigerator with the latest year rating.

Observation 2: Old refrigerators consume significantly higher units as compared to new ones.

With improvement in technology, the efficiencies of refrigerators have been increasing regularly. And we saw live examples of the same when we did some recordings:


Units Consumption per day actual


A 15+ years old 260 lts volume refrigerator – un-starred

3 units per day

Old refrigerator consuming a lot of electricity and not giving enough cooling

A 12 years old 260 lts volume refrigerator – un-starred

3.5 units per day

The freezer was stuffed with food and temperature was extremely low.

On checking the units consumption of BEE 5 star rated 300 lts refrigerator we found that they are rated to consume 0.9 unit a day. Even if we add 50% on it, it should consume about 1.35 units. But the old refrigerators were consuming 3 & 3.5 units per day. Which means that replacing them with new BEE 5 star rated refrigerator will save about 1.7-2.2 units a day, which is about 620-803 units a year! Which is saving of about Rs 3000 – Rs 4000 per year if we take an average tariff of Rs 5 per unit. It can be more or less depending on the unit rate of electricity, which can be derived using our calculator: Online Electricity Bill Calculator – For all states in India.

Replace old refrigerators (12+ years old) with new energy efficient refrigerators

Buying a new refrigerator will not only save electricity but also give better cooling and more/latest features in the same sized refrigerator. Thus replacing very old refrigerators with BEE 5 star rated refrigerators make a lot of sense.

Here is a short video for tips to buy the best refrigerator in India

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Dear Abhishekji
,I would like to know any company manufacturing refrigerators combined with hot water chamber ,I mean converting heat radiator as a water heating source.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

There are many brands that have "heat pump" based water heaters. AO Smith has something called as Air2Heat. Venus also has heat pump based water heater. Search for heat pump water heaters and you will get many options.


i think Rajagopalan was asking for a fridge that uses the heat of the fridge to heat water insted of dissipating it into the air. where as you have answered the water heaters that heat water based on Condenser coil(The principal used in AC and Fridges)
I dont think any one manufectures sucha a fridge which uses the waste heat of the chamber to heat water
it is a very good idea and improve the efficiency of fridge also
only perceived problem is that the water heater of this fridge will at high efficiency in summers when hot water is not much needed

VU2RDL Rajagopalan

Dear Abhishek J i,I need one more information, while going through the refrigerator compressor models I understand that ,inverter type digital and linear type compressor models are incorporated few models, hence a clear study can u give me a link for the above.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Rajagopalan,

All inverter compressors are "Digital" as they have inbuilt PCB to control the frequency. So even linear is "Digital". The difference between linear and non linear is that the movement of the piston (that compresses the gas) is linear as compared to circular. Linear movement reduces friction and thus is more energy efficient and it is also less noisy. So there are two benefits: 1) Less energy consumption 2) less noise. We have not put up a study on it yet, but we will surely try to put one soon.


Dear Abhishek jain,
Today a I approached a shop to buy a double door 240 or near liter capacityBEE 5 star inverter fridge, but they are telling that for double door, only BEE3 star is available ,not manufacturing bee 5 star fridges.Is it correct.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Rajagopalan,

BEE has made star rating stricter and as per new levels BEE 5 star rating in double door does not work out very cost effective for most people in the country. However, there are BEE 4 star rated double door models in the market. You can also get BEE 5 star in single door (which is still very cost effective). You can get Single Door models with inverter technology as well.

Rajagopalan vu2rdl

Ok Abhishek, nice information. Thanks.


hello ,
i want to buy a refrigerator for 5 member family .it should be inverter technology and frost free or 5 in 1 convertible refrigerator. and 4 to 5 star rating . Should be latest model fridge. . plz suggest a good one dear .

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

What is your budget for the fridge and what is the size (in lts) that you are looking at?


My max budget 40 k.. if any good fridge available above this price also pls let me know. We 5 members family. So i think 300-350 litre fridge ok for us.

Pls suggest 5 star rating fridge with 5 in 1 convertible type ..

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Sundar,

5 in 1 is a feature in Samsung refrigerators where a freezer can be converted into a fridge and also a section (fridge or freezer) can be kept off when needed. It starts with 345 lts and above and the models in 345 lts are only BEE 3 star. They have 4 star model in bigger sizes but no 5 stars.

They have another range which is 3 in 1 in which a freezer can be converted into a fridge but you cannot turn off individual sections. This feature is also available in LG which is called Dual Fridge in LG. Here again getting a BEE 5 star rated model is not possible.

At present only 5 models are listed in BEE 5 star rated list and none of them is dual fridge or convertible model.

Let me know if you are fine with 3 in 1 or dual fridge model then I can suggest BEE 4 star rated models. But if you want 5 in 1 then you will have to go for BEE 3 star rated model.


hello ,
i want to buy a refrigerator for 4 member family .it should be inverter technology and frost free and 4 to 5 star rating .my budget is up to 20 to 30k. plz suggest a good one dear .

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at any of these:

BrandModelAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
WHIRLPOOLNEO DF305 ROY PLUS 4S http://fkrt.it/hAi5CTuuuN
LGGL-F282RPZX http://fkrt.it/Rir4k!NNNN
LGGL-T302RPZX http://fkrt.it/hDKsvTuuuN

Hi. I want to buy a 5 star refrigerator. We are two in the family. I have seen one in showroom having around 190 ltrs capacity Godrej Edge Pro. The electricity consumption mentioned is 122 units per year. But that refrigerator is not mentioned on your website for low electricity consumption refrigerators. So could you help me whether to buy or not to buy the fridge.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Kiran,

Godrej does have inverter based model listed as BEE 5 star rated in BEE database: https://www.beestarlabel.com/SearchCompare/Searchandcompare which has annual electricity consumption of 122 units. But that model is not listed on Godrej website: http://shop.godrejappliances.com/godrej-refrigerators/direct-cool-refrigerators.html ... and that is why it does not appear on our website. We use manufacturer data (from their website) to compare models listed with BEE. But if you are getting it, then I think it is certainly an energy efficient choice.


Dear sir
I’m planning to buy ‘Whirlpool 330 L Frost-Free Multi-Door Refrigerator’
What is the Power consumption for this Refrigerator

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Chacko,

Multi Door refrigerators are not rated by BEE currently and as it is not mandatory for manufacturers to declare the power consumption, most manufacturers do not declare the power consumption of multi door refrigerators. So I am sorry, we do not have data for this refrigerator.


Kindly 5 star fridge suitable for couple from reputed manufactures. I need only small one which has 5 star rating.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these. They are quite good:

LG GL-D201AHAI (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2xSjjAN , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/dugbhTuuuN )
Samsung RR20M1Z2XBS/HL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2xccf4N , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/CVj63!NNNN )
Samsung RR20M2Z2XR7/NL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2sHv6yU , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/9BlzwTuuuN ).


Thank u for ur prompt response. Would like some suggestions for LG refrigerators too.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

LG just has two double door models in 500-600 lts range and both of them are BEE 2 star rated. I would not suggest to go for them.


Hi Bijli Bachao team, my sister wants to replace her old Samsung side by side refrigerator 549 ltrs. Since ur website was very useful for helping me buy my other appliances , am looking forward to ur knowledgable & helpful suggestions once again.
It's a family of 5 including 2 kids. Non- veg , kindly suggest double doors only with top mounted freezers . The earlier fridge consumed more energy so, would want an inverter tech one and do we need to operate it with or without stabilisers. Req 500 - 600 litres.


Hi Mehr,

You can look at these:

SAMSUNG RT56K6378SL/TL (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/u53te!NNNN , Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2fzL2iJ )
HITACHI R-V610PND3KX-(INX) (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/Nu9wMTuuuN )
HITACHI R-VG610PND3-(GGR) (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/u5J!l!NNNN )
SAMSUNG RT54K6558SL/TL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2jK0IVd , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/NRfSMTuuuN )

You can operate these without any stabilizer. For more detailed list you can check this link on our website: http://bgli.in/IZgnG


Hello Abhishek,
Excellent site for Newbie like myself. Many thanks for your support in way of replying to queries.
Please suggest an 5 Star-Invertor Technology refrigerator (around 300+ ltrs).
Budget around 30k.

thanks, Sridhar

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Sridhar,

It will be difficult to get 5 star rated inverter technology refrigerator around 30K. It will go beyond 40K. However, you can get BEE 3 star rated model in your budget. BEE 3 star rated is most ideal value for money in most cases. In case the tariff is high (about 8-10 Rs per unit like in cities like Mumbai), then BEE 4 star rated ones become more value for money. BEE 5 star rated is certainly most energy efficient, but for them to have ROI, tariffs will have to increase. Brands also have very limited models in BEE 5 star and they are expensive. You can look at these:

BrandModelGross VolumeStar RatingAmazon LinkFlipkart Link

The way you are answering is very informative.need help from you.mine is whirlpool ,genius of [email protected] yrs, model of 200 ltrs,working in good condition but gas leaked while cleaning deep freezer.we are 4 membered family.pl.suggest a 5 star model in 200 ltrs range.or shall i go for compartment change&gas refill costs me about 2500-3000 in my area.pl.suggest me.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Vinay,

It will be better if you buy a new model because the refrigerator you buy now will be highly energy efficient as compared to your old refrigerator. And you can easily save on costs. You can check these:

LG GL-D201AHAI (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2xSjjAN , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/dugbhTuuuN )
Samsung RR20M1Z2XBS/HL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2xccf4N , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/CVj63!NNNN )
Samsung RR20M2Z2XR7/NL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2sHv6yU , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/9BlzwTuuuN ).


Hello Abhishek,

I’m planning to replace my 220 Ltrs. Double door refrigerator (No Star)

Listed below are my check points :
1. Capacity – 500 Ltrs. +
2. Door – Double or Side by Side
3. Star Rating : Maximum
4. Inverter or Non-Invertor – Need your expert advice
5. Shelves – Unbreakable or Toughed (“Coz this is the first thing that breaks in the refrigerator).
6. Budget : Upto 85K
7. Also need suggestion on selling, buy-back or retaining my old refrigerator. The condition is very good expect couple of broken shelves. Looking for new one as the storage needs have increased.

I need your expert opinion on buying a refrigerator with above specifications.

Also please guide me on other options that you think are close to my check points.

You are doing a great job. Please keep it up !!


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Here are a few points:

1) Side by Side refrigerators are currently not rated by BEE. So they do not have a star rating. If you want to go for an efficient one then it is likely that one with inverter technology would be efficient.

2) Maximum star rating in refrigerators above 500 lts is BEE 3 star. So you cannot get 4 or 5 star model.

3) Most big brands use Tempered Glass for shelves these days. It is 4 times stronger. But then it does not mean that it cannot break. I am not aware of any brand that is giving unbreakable glasses. But yes tempered glass are quite strong.

4) It is always better to go for a refrigerator with inverter compressor.

Here are a few models (double door) that you can look at:

BrandModelAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
HITACHIR-V610PND3KX-(INX) http://fkrt.it/Xsjae!NNNN
HITACHIR-VG610PND3-(GGR) http://fkrt.it/F2owwTuuuN

As for old refrigerator, I think you can try selling it on olx or quickr. You can get better rate on that. Usually buy backs are easy but then they do not fetch as much as you can get by trying to sell it yourself. But buy backs are hassle free. Many offline stores may give you options to buy back.


hi Bijili team
i would like to buy refrigerator less than 200L with 5 star BEE rating, which one is the best

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these:

LG GL-D201AHAI (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2xSjjAN , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/dugbhTuuuN )
Samsung RR20M1Z2XBS/HL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2xccf4N , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/CVj63!NNNN )
Samsung RR20M2Z2XR7/NL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2sHv6yU , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/9BlzwTuuuN ).


Hello Abhishek
I am planning to buy side by side or multidoor refridgerator depending on your review. I saw some models of LG Samsung hitachi Whirpool in the mall which fits within my budget Rs.50,000-90,000 capacity varing between 450 l to 650 liter without water dispenser. I prefer to buy without the water dispenser as you suggested. The problem is I read in some site called consumer reports that most of these modern refridgerators are not durable as long for 10-15 years as such. Our old single door Godrej fridge lasted for 13 years we are planning to replace it. Considering from durable and with least maintanence which would you suggest me to buy in the side by side or multidoor fridge. I live in the area of less corrosive environment.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Srikanth,

With advancing technology, durability of most appliances is decreasing. This is because people are looking to buy newer appliances with newer technology as quickly as possible. I would assume 10 years to be ideal life of a refrigerator. Anything above that is bonus. But minimum any refrigerator should last about 7-10 years. 15 years is highly optimistic and it is difficult for refrigerators to last that long without major repairs.

Side by Side refrigerators usually start at 550 lts and beyond. Also in case of LG the models are more than 650 lts. Also I would suggest going for a refrigerator with inverter technology compressor as it is highly likely that such refrigerator would be energy efficient. So that rules out Whirlpool as it does not have inverter technology compressor. Samsung and Hitachi both have models with Dualr Fan Technology (Twin Cooling) which gives them lot of flexibility to set the temperature of the fridge and freezer separately. Technology wise both these brands are good. Hitachi is great brand, but just make sure that their service is good in your area (we usually hear some complaints about Hitachi service in various places). But then I am not making a generalization that their service is bad, you just need to check about it in your area. Otherwise Samsung would be a safe choice. It is a good brand (quite durable) and has good technology in general.


In my city all major service centers are available like Hitachi Whirpool LG Samsung Bosch no idea of sharp


Hi 200 to 350 Litres of refrigerator and cost less than 25000 I have saw many LG, Samsung and whirlpool refrigerator of my budget so suggest me a nice refrigerator

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at any of these:

BrandModelVolumeStar RatingAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
LGGL-F282RPZX2554 http://fkrt.it/wHzOE!NNNN
WHIRLPOOLNEO FR258 ROY 3S REGALIA2453http://amzn.to/2onqCvyhttp://fkrt.it/wKy~J!NNNN
WHIRLPOOLNEO IF258 ELT 3S2453 http://fkrt.it/wlmZi!NNNN
WHIRLPOOLNEO DF258 ROY 3S2453http://amzn.to/2gnOwoahttp://fkrt.it/wlK~i!NNNN

These are sorted by energy efficiency.


Hi, This is great website. I am looking to buy a 200 lit or smaller refrigerator. My budget is around 12000. I see quite only Samsung and Whirlpool three star rated in my budget. What would you suggest? Increase my budget and buy a four start?

Thank you.


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Nomad,

If you can increase your budget to 15000 you can get a BEE 4 star rated model, and that would be better. You can check these models:

BrandModelAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
HAIERHRD-1954BR-R http://fkrt.it/W2bFp!NNNN
HAIERHRD-1954CGD-R http://fkrt.it/WYbhX!NNNN
HAIERHRD-1954CRD-R http://fkrt.it/lJzF6TuuuN

Both LG and Haier are good brands. Samsung models will go up to 17-18K.


I am having Samsung refrigerator about ten years old want to replace it suggest me 5 star refrigerator

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

What is the size that you are looking at and what is your budget?


600 litres to 800litres cost betn 10 k to 20k and size upto 3 inches to 5 inches

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

600 lts to 800 lts usually cost between 70k to 1 lakh. In 10-20K at best you can get is up to 200 lts.


I'm confused whether to buy LG or Whirlpool double door refrigerator. I need at least 335 litres in capacity. Please suggest

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

LG has inverter technology compressor which is energy efficient and better in terms of performance. But LG models will be expensive (about 35K and above). Whirlpool PRO 355 ELT 3S would cost much less (about 28-30K). But I think Inverter technology is better.


I have samsung 190 lt direct cool, 10 yrs old fridgerator. However, i want to go for a 5 star FF with large vegatable tray and inverter option. Can you please suggest some good ones to consider bearing the least cost in mind. thank you

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

By the way in FF, there are just 2 models in 5 star. Here are those:

BrandModelAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
Abhishek Jain (Mod)

What is your budget for the refrigerator? And what size are you looking at?


Budget is upto 25K and anything between 200-300 ltrs. But it must be 5star and preferable digital inverter option though not essential

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these:

BrandModel NoAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
Suneetha R Shetty

Is two star refregerator is not preferable to purchase?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Suneetha,

I would not recommend going for two star refrigerator. At least BEE 3 star would be better.


Dear Sir,
I am planning to buy refrigerator (double door, more than 300 litres) and 5 in 1 Samsung convertible inverter type refrigerator attracts me. I have some clarifications that it is only 3-star rating and if there is any power failure is it necessary to reset the operation modes upon power supply resumed. If it will goes to factory setting then it will affect the stored item in freezer compartment by changed in refrigerator mode.
LG also having convertible type, but there is no switching off option and it is very strong construction and it has 4 star rating.
So please advise me based on the performance, energy saving, service and life expectancy.

Thanks & Regards,

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Sankar,

Samsung convertible also has BEE 4 star rated models. E.g. Samsung RT34K37547E/HL or Samsung RT37K37647E/HL ... I am not sure though how they will behave in case of power failure. LG is also a good brand. If you find LG to be better you can certainly go for LG as well. Samsung and LG are quite comparable as brands. And energy efficiency will be similar for 4 star rated models.


Hello sir,
I was looking to buy a side by side refrigerator, in a search we seen Hier HRF618SS and there team said it claim to consume less than 1 unit per day...
Request you to please the trueness of this claim. If it's not true what would be actual power consumed?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Bhavik,

90-95% of refrigerators in the market consume less than 1 unit per day. In 500+ lts range any refrigerator which is BEE 3 star rated and above will consume less than 1 unit per day. BEE 2 star would consume about 1 unit per day. So the claim is true (but it is comparable to most refrigerators in the market).


I am planning to buy a refrigerator between 500 lts to less than 600 lts approx vol. Please suggest model for inverter, non inverter with 5or 4 star rating. I dont mind buying side by side as well if it is worth considering.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

As per BEE data there are no 4 or 5 star rated models in that size range. Best you can get is BEE 3 star. You can look at these:

BrandModelAmazon LinkFlipkart Link
HITACHIR-V610PND3KX-(INX) http://fkrt.it/KnG9bTuuuN
HITACHIR-VG610PND3-(GGR) http://fkrt.it/nKwJr!NNNN

I am planning to buy a refrigerator of 300 lit vol. However I find no manufacturer mention about the temperature the refrigerator achieve in the freezer compartment and other areas. Can you give any idea? Also, whether whirlpool 3 door model FP313D royal protton is worth considering?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Anirban,

Samsung and LG models with inverter technology compressor provide exact temperature setting on their panels. What is your budget like?


Hello Abhishek Sir,
I would like to purchase refrigerator between 200-220 ltr.
I have selected haier HRD 2204PRL-R Red- Liana.
As per quality & efficient point of view is it worth for me? Is it long life?
Please tell advantage & disadvantage of this model? please tell me today.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

In that price range, it would be a great model. It is a BEE 4 star rated model and I think BEE 5 star rated model which would be more energy efficient would have been a better choice. You may get Whirlpool BEE 5 star rated models of 200 lts at about the same price. You can check these links: http://amzn.to/2twjoZp or http://amzn.to/2twCyyq .... Also this refrigerator does not have inverter technology which is in general a better technology.


Hello Sir,
Thank you for your valued feedback.
But you suggested whirlpool models are not delivered to my place by flipkart. I would like buy haier model which is also stock finished on flipkart.
Now, one more model of LG, I would like buy on amazon -
LG 190 L 4 Star Direct-Cool Single Door Refrigerator (GL-D201APOX.APOZEBN, Purple Orchid)
Please tell me how it is? it's performance?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If you can go for any of these models then that would be good:

Samsung RR20M1Z2XBS (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2s2h5eR )
or LG GL-D201AHAI (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2sI40Jn )

These are better models. But then if you have budget constraint then the LG model that you have selected is also good. It also has inverter technology compressor.


Hi Abhishek,
I am looking for single door refrigerator.
Range between 190 ltr to 230 Ltr
Inverter with power saving , 5 Star rating.
Which one is best
1.Whirlpool DC 215 G/2017 200Ltr 133 units
2. Godrej inverter fridge (Edge pro) 122 unit
3. Lg Inverter comp 4 star 164 unit
4. Samsung dig inverter 5 Star 189 units
Please advice me....
Waiting for your reply by mail.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Whirlpool will not have Inverter technology and I think in Direct Cool (Single Door) Samsung Digital Inverter model with 5 star rating would be the best.


Hi Abhishek,

I am planning to buy a direct cool(single door) refrigerator within 200 to 215 ltr gross volume range. My preference is to go with one of the LG inverter refrigerator due to 3 reasons. a) More space than Samsung refrigerators, b) already using Whirlpool so just wanted to change if there is no major difference in unit consumption and c) already getting cost benefit of inverter technology in AC. In this respect I have few questions on which I need your opinion.

1) Is inverter refrigerator really beneficial over 5 star rated refrigerators in terms of power consumption when I am not buying a big refrigerator? In which cases 5 star rated refrigerators are having advantage over inverter technology? Assumptions to this question is a) only 30 days in a year my refrigerator will be over loaded. For rest of the days it will be below average.

2) How we can compare a 3 star inverter refrigerator vs a 5 star refrigerator in terms of power consumption? Most of the refrigerators using inverter technology I found are 3 star. Let me know if 5 star inverter is available in market.


four star inverter techonology benefit

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Shubhadip,

Inverter technology is certainly beneficial as compared to normal compressor. But then I would not say that a 3 star inverter refrigerator would be better than 5 star non inverter in terms of electricity consumption. But if the comparison is between 5 star inverter and 5 star non inverter then I would say 5 star inverter would be better.

There is a difference in star ratings in ACs, but in refrigerators there is no difference in star ratings of inverter and non inverter. So I would say go for BEE 5 star rated (or at least 4 star rated) inverter refrigerator from LG. That would be a better choice.


Thank you!


HI Abhishek
Appreciate your great work and promptness in responding to queries and for offering your suggestions
Need your suggestion on picking a refrigerator
Vegetarian Family of 5 (with occasional storing of eggs)
looking for 350 - 450 Litres .
please suggest a good power efficient model. inclined for companies like Bosch/Panasonic/HItachi .. But are they worth the extra premium in cost ..
do not mind LG /Samsung .
love to have bottom freezer models .

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Kalyan,

Bottom Freezer Model are not rated by BEE on star ratings, so we do not have data to make objective comparisons. But in general I can assume that models with inverter technology compressor should be efficient (but then it is not the case with 100% models). But without the data one has to make a best guess. Bosch does not use inverter technology compressor, but Panasonic and Hitachi do. You can check these models:

Panasonic NR-BX418VSX1
Panasonic NR-BX468VSX1
Hitachi R-WB480PND2 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2rTDwns , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/20vyl!NNNN )
Hitachi R-SG37BPND (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2qnkrIe , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/L5L4ETuuuN )

You should go for a brand that you are comfortable with. Premium brands do offer some premium value.


Thank you Abhishek ..
Pls help me with your suggested Samsung / LG Models as well

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Kalyan,

Samsung does not have bottom freezer refrigerator and LG also has only 1 model: LG GC-B519ESQZ (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/MlLcC!NNNN )


Thanks Abhishek gone for 415 L Samsung model http://www.samsung.com/in/refrigerators/top-mount-freezer-rt42m553es8tl/
I hope it is a good choice ,
I failed to get the Ampere rating of this , since I have an existing stabilizer (V-guard using for my current 190L Kelvinator refrigerator) I want to continue using the same for new one also ..
what would be the wattage of the Refrigerator ..

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Kalyan,

Firstly this is an inverter technology refrigerator. It would not require a stabilizer. But still if you want to use one, then your existing stabilizer should easily be able to handle this new one because inverter technology refrigerators do not need high current to start (which the old ones did). And because old ones needed high current to start (4-5 times standard), the stabilizers were designed to handle high current. So your bigger refigerator should also work on this old stabilizer.


Its an old Godrej refrigerator which consumes lot of energy ( hell of a lot! compressor never goes off ) thus unfit for my solar powered home. Due to this the refrigerator is connected on grid power supply and all other on solar. The refrigerator is 15+ years old. I'm planning to buy an energy efficient one which fits for my solar supply.
Which one should I buy ? [ ~200Ltr , ~17 hrs use/ day ]

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Abhimanyu,

Inverter technology refrigerators are best to work with solar. You can check these:

Samsung RR20M1Z2XR7/HL
LG GL-D201AHAI (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2qsBLPR )
Samsung RR20M172YU7/HL
LG GL-D201AHDX (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2qS9zXT )
LG GL-D201ASDX (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2rr3qy7 )

Any of these would be good.


Any details about newly launched LG T292RHDX dual fridge 4 star rating model ?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

The model does not exist in BEE database currently, so cannot say anything about the electricity consumption part. Even LG website does not have the details about this model.


Hi Abhishek. Are there any convertible (Freezer to fritz or optional freezer on/off) models available in LG in 250-300 lt capacity.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

The filters on LG website are quite difficult to manage. And technically their website is also a bit challenging. So we do not have a lot of details around features of their products. But you can check this model: LG GL-T292RPZM ... it is a Dual Fridge model with BEE 3 star rating.


I want to purchase a 5 star 310 liter refrigerator.Which is the best model recommended by Bijli team

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at any of these:

LG GL-U322JSOL (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2ojR8G2 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/Ng6DOTuuuN )
LG GL-I322RTNL (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/NAo!BTuuuN )
Godrej RT EON 311 SD 4.4

These are BEE 4 star rated. There are no BEE 5 star rated refrigerators in this size range.


Do inverter fridge have star ratings like how AC has? Which inverter frost free fridge do you recommend in any brands except Samsung and LG?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Inverter Refrigerator fridges do have star rating. And they started getting rated before Inverter ACs started getting rated. Also there is no differentiation in star rating of inverter and non inverter refrigerator. Both are done on same standards. Also LG and Samsung have the most number of inverter refrigerator models. Godrej recently started making a few. But then other than these two I would recommend Whirlpool. They may not have inverter technology, but their other sensors help them achieve high efficiency. Some models of Bosch (BEE 3 star rated) are also very good. If you are looking for bigger sized refrigerators then Panasonic and Hitachi also have inverter technology refrigerators that are quite good. But then Hitachi and Panasonic do not have many models in smaller size (250-350 lts).


I notice that inverter based air conditioners are not given Energy Star rating. Instead they are reportedly more efficient than 5* rating. Now when it comes to refrigerators, I found some models such as Samsung RT39K5538S9 which are inverter based but have 3* rating, while some non inverter based have 5* rating. Could you please help understand this?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Mayur,

BEE star rating is mandatory for all single and double door refrigerator models being sold in India. So you will find inverter technology refrigerators having BEE star rating.

BEE star rating is still optional for inverter ACs. But then there are a lot of brands that have started getting BEE star ratings for their models. And you will find many inverter ACs having BEE star rating now. Starting 2018, it will be mandatory for Inverter ACs as well.


Thanks, but the myth that "inverter is better than 5*" seems to have busted due to ratings coming out. I ended up buying inverter ac under that assumption. I have to buy a refrigerator now and wondering inverter vs 5*.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Not all inverter are better than 5* non inverter (in AC), but most of them are (there are hardly few that are as good as BEE 5* non inverter).

In refrigerators most 5 and 4 star are inverter (whirlpool is only brand that does have non inverter 4*).


How do I know if the BEE rating and the power consumption number given by manufacturer for a fridge is for the low, medium or strongest setting? Because I imagine that the power consumption will be significantly less if the cooling is at the least.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

All manufacturers have to report their data for standard test conditions (temperature etc is specified for testing). This is to help you compare apples to apples.


Hello Sir
I'm planning to buy the samsung RT28JARPDSA but I cannot find any reviews on it. Could you kindly shed in some insight? I will really appreciate it


Hi Sir,

We are family of 5 Members.We have a 2008 model 3 star Videocon Refrigerator(275 ltr Double door).This is consuming heavy power(2.5-3 units per day).Hence I am planning to buy 250-300 ltr Double door refrigerator.We live at Hyderabad.Pls give some models along with power consumption per day.My budget is 20k to 40k on the basis of power saving.Hope my choice is right(changing Refrigerator)

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Srinivas,

You can look at these models:

Samsung RT30K37547E/HL
Godrej RT EON 290 SD 4.4

These are 275lts+ models and have a BEE 4 star rating.


Sir,Is there is any 5 star you recomend

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

There are no BEE 5 star rated models as per BEE's latest star rating specification.


Hi BijliBachao,
i plan to buy a single door , 5star, inverter compressor fridge. presently LG with 235lts and samsung with 210lts are available. Please let me know which one to buy. lg or samsung as i feel both are equally good companies. I require your specific observation on the new gen inverter compressors of Samsung Vs LG which makes the better compressor, reliable , economical and trouble free. Which has MORE reliable after sales service.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Both LG and Samsung are leaders as far as refrigerators are concerned. It is extremely difficult to say one is better than other. People have varied experiences and some will like Lg and some will like Samsung. Answer to your question would have been easy if there were glaring differences. As far as service is concerned, your local dealers will be able to tell you better as to which one has better service in your area.


Thanks Abhishek for the quick reply.
Just want to know , as inverter compressors in refrigerators are a new concept (ac segment started this earlier),
and there isn't much public feed back in this aspect.
So the question would be who makes the better inverter compressor, lg or samsung, all other things remaining equal.
That would decide my choice.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Anand,

Both LG and Samsung are selling double door models with inverter compressor since quite some time now. As far as I remember Inverter compressor started coming in refrigerators (double door) around the same time as that in Air Conditioners. It is new as far as single door refrigerators are concerned. And the theory and technology behind ACs and refrigerators is exactly the same. The way an AC works, the refrigerators work in same way (just the volume of space to be cooled varies and thus the size varies).


Thanks Abhishek for the clarity.
I've decided to go for LG single door 5star, 235L, GL-D241AHAI
I presently have a 165L whirlpool 15yr old gem working flawlessly without a single service call till date. As 165L is becoming cramped and so have to go for a larger one, even though i dont want to give away my whirlpool gem,
I was waiting for whirlpool to come out with inverter comps., but they seem to be in no hurry. so have to settle for the next best brand.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Great! Do let us know your feedback on the same once you have used it.


Hello Bijli Bachao Team,
I am having a 17 year old Godrej Frost free double door refrigerator.We are the family of 3.2 Adults and one 6 year old kid.We are vegetarian.After going through your article we would like to change of refrigerator.Could you please suggest a best suitable one with the best possible price.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Any model from Samsung Smart Convertible would be good for you. You can look at these models:

Samsung RT30K37547E/HL
Samsung RT30K3983BZ/HL
Samsung RT30K3983SL/HL
Samsung RT30K3983UZ/HL


Thank you


Hi Bijli Bachao Team ,

Need suggestion for Videocon Refrigirators for category between 300-400 ltrs.
Please help me. I have been an avid follower of your site & bought super fans 3 years ago. Only after your detailed blog post. That was the best decision i ever made for fans.
Please help me now.
I have shortlisted this https://videoconworld.com/titanium-frost-free/330-l-titanium-ultra-refrigerator

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Tarun,

Videocon Refrigerators do not rate high on energy efficiency. I would not suggest to go for them. You can look at top most efficient refrigerators on this link: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/what-are-best-refrigerator-fridge-lg-samsung-whirlpool-india-buying-guide.html


Thanks @abhishek for the reply. I went through your list & seems like what i finalized is on the 3 slot of your list. Wanted to know what is the difference between the two models.




Can you please provide a review for this.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Both the models are similar. The only difference is in number of shelves. RT39K5518S8/TL has 4 shelves whereas RT39K5538S9/TL has something called Freshroom. It truly depends on what you need. Otherwise everything else is the same.


hi, compressor of 8yrs old 4star-180lts-refrigerator is gone.. plz suggest will i have to buy new refrigerator or new compressor.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

better to buy a new refrigerator as the technologies now are much better than what they were 8 years back.


thank you sir..


Can you please tell me what is the annual electricity consumption of Samsung RT28K3043S8 ? Is it a good buy ??

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It would be 243 units a year as per BEE star label.


Whirlpool 260 L Frost Free Triple Door Refrigerator(FP 283D PROTTON ROY, Alpha Steel (N)).... Is it good model to purchase it ? how much electricity it will consumes? We saw this model but we did not see any star rating instead they mentioned in sticker that(uses less energy than a CFC) what does it mean?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Narendra,

At the bottom of the image they have mentioned *Terms and Conditions: As compared to a 60 Watt CFL :).

Now if a 60 W CFL is used for 24 hours (continuously), it would consume 60 x 24 = 1440 Wh or 1.44 kWH or 1.44 units of electricity per day. That makes it about 525 units of electricity per year.

If that is the right number, then it is not energy efficient at all, because most BEE 5 star rated 2 door models (of about 250 lts) consume as less as 190 units of electricity per year.

I do not have the exact electricity consumption of this model as the manufacturer has not published it and nor does BEE rate multi door models (which makes it mandatory for manufacturers to publish energy consumption data).

But I think it is better if you go for 2 door model of similar size with BEE star rating and inverter technology compressor. They have better energy efficiency.


I will buy my first refrigerator and I have only solar power so the fridge has to be powered by inverter only. So far I just switch it on in the evening and switch it off before I go to bed. Now with my new setup (upgrade to be able to add a refrigerator (and washing machine) I have to adjust this habit. First I was considering an LG 190L Evercool but I just discovered an LG 190 liter with 'inverter technology' (GL-D201AHAI) within my budget (below Rs 20000). Can you please give information on how many hours an Evercool needs to 'recover' from a 9 hour power-cut. And what are the consequences of long power-cuts for the inverter technology fridge.
Naturally I would choose for LG but why not Samsung with similar features?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Both LG and Samsung have their strong points. Samsung has great double door models for vegetarians. LG has super technology in refrigerators in general. And yes they are the first to bring inverter tech in single door models (something that should have been done long back).

As for evercool technology, actually they are cooling pads (Ice packs with cooling gel) that can retain cold for a long time. So when the refrigerator is on, these cooling pads store cooling. And when the refrigerator is off, they release the cooling. They can last max for 9 hours. Frankly I don't know as to how long they need to be cooled to get back in state.

As for consequences of power cut, I don;t think power cuts should be bad for inverter tech.


I didn't realize the Evercool technology wast that simple! Just put some cooling-elements (chillers) in the fridge and done. In Europe etc. almost every family used to have a cool-box with cooling-elements based on this principle but here in India I can find only small 'chillers' for lunchboxes, not the gel cooling elements as in this image (very common in Europe etc.).

Does Samsung also have inverter technology of around 200 liters? If not, I'm sure I will go for LG 190 liter with 'inverter technology' (GL-D201AHAI), power-cuts and switching off the power is so common in India, that don't think it will hurt fridges, I just never heard of it outside India.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Samsung does not have inverter tech in sub 200 lts models yet. I think LG model would be better choice.


Hi There. Very informative site regarding electricity savings. Regarding refrigerators, we used to shutdown our refrigerator during peak hours to save on electricity (6pm-10pm) following the advice of a family friend. He suggested that this has the added benefit of reducing the wear and tear on the compressor. The refrigerator is still working after 20 years of purchase. However is the point regarding electricity savings valid or is it just a myth?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Thomas,

If you do not use an appliance for 4 hours in a day, you would certainly save electricity. There is no doubt about that. 4 hours is a long time for a refrigerator and it will certainly save if it does not work that long.


Is turning off the fridge at night save electricity since it doesnt get open during night time? At the same time, i dont think fridge consumes lot of electricity at night since the door stays shut most of the night.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It can certainly save electricity if you switch it off for 8-9 hrs.


Did you mean for old fridges? What about new 4 star inverter
fridges? If you turn them off for 8-9 hours every night, do you still save a lot of electricity? Isn’t daily on/off cycles bad for the fridge? I assume the compressor has to work twice as hard to every morning to bring the temperature up.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Even for new 4 star inverter fridges. Stabilization of temperature in morning won't take more than 20-30 mins. Keeping it off for 9 hrs would certainly save more electricity. And if on/off was bad for compressor, then old compressor (which used to have daily on/off cycles) would have failed in just a couple of years.

Frequent on/off is bad only when the on/off cycle is less than 2-3 mins.

Harish chandran, kodambakkam

Dear Bijlibachao,
Kindly Suggest me a 5 star Refrigerator having a capacity of 320-360 litres....


Dear Abhishek
I am looking at either buying a 100 liter chest freezer -around 14000 Rs in Pune & an 350 Litre fridge OR a 600 Litre side by side from Samsung or Videocon or even Haier. We eat lots of meat and hence a good qulity freezer is important. We currently own a LG DIOS side by side, but totally fed up with LG service in Pune, hence not considering that brand any more.
Which do you think would be more economical to use - A small independent chest freezer and a small Fridge (4 or 5 Star) OR a 5 star side by side, keeping purchase cost in mind along with consumption. A 5 star, side by side Fridge, is costing around 75-80000 Rs.
Thank you for your efforts, woould be delighted with a detailed perspective.

My best wishes. This website is a WONDERFUL resource.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)


Having a single machine would be better from an energy efficiency perspective. A bigger refrigerator would be better. I would suggest going for a Samsung 600 lts side by side refrigerator with inverter technology compressor. Videocon and Haier do not have inverter technology. I would strongly recommend you to go for an inverter technology model.

Chest Freezer + 350 lts refrigerator (a good one) would also cost you about 50-55K. But the chest freezer will consume more electricity. If it consumes 1.5-2 units more per day you would be using about 50-60 units electricity extra in a month. At Rs 8-9 it would be about Rs 450-500 more per month. I think a bigger refrigerator from Samsung with inverter technology would be better.


Much Appreciate your response. I have read you reply in detail. I was asking you from the perspective that these days the chest freezers in the market have a 5 star rating. How much would a five star freezer and a five star 350 litre fridge consume.
Also, could you tell me how much would a 600 litre side by side fridge with inverter tech consume Vs normal 600 litre side by side.
If I get a 4star side by side, for 10000 Rs less, how does that work over let's say 15 years, which I take as life of the fridge.
Thank you for making my decision easier with your inputs. This website is really very helpful, literally saving money for me:-) Cheers to you and your team

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Prasar,

Chest Freezers are not rated by BEE yet, so if anyone is claiming BEE 5 star rating for it, then they are wrong. In fact even side-by-side, multidoor refrigerators are not yet rated by BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India a Govt body). Ideally freezing takes much more energy as compared to regular refrigeration (which is at much higher temperature as compared to freezing). And thus my assumption of 1.5-2 units of electricity was assuming that a chest freezer of 100 lts would consume much more than a refrigerator of 100-120 lts. In fact most small refrigerators/freezers do not have energy efficient technologies as there is no mandate for them to become efficient (as BEE is not rating them) and consumers are not demanding the same.

Now in general inverter tech is 30% (or more) energy efficient than regular technology. As side-by-side refrigerators are not rated by BEE, their energy consumption data is not available in public domain (manufacturers do not publish information till it is made mandatory by the government). Still a 600 lts refrigerator with inverter technology would consume about 1.5 units of electricity in a day. A non inverter would consume about 3 units (or more). You will not get a 4 star rated side-by-side refrigerator because they are not yet rated on energy efficiency. My guess is that inverter tech should save at least Rs 400 per month for you. Which makes it Rs 4800 per year (at Rs 8 a unit). But I cannot give you an exact answer as there is no data for side-by-side refrigerator energy consumption in public domain (I am just using data for a top freezer model which should be close enough).

My assumption is that inverter tech should have a payback in max 3 years (may be less). And beyond that it should be savings (15 years is a highly optimistic usage of a modern refrigerator, 10 years would be more real).


Thank you so much.
Some websites are claiming that the 100 liter blue star chest freezer is 5 star rated. This is contrary to your understanding....wonder what's making them claim this.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Thanks for reply; kindly inform their brand and model?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Dureja,

My father has a Hitachi Inverter Refrigerator at his place which is bottom freezer. My Sister in Law also has a LG bottom freezer refrigerator. I am not sure of the exact model numbers though.

Jasminder Singh Dureja

Are Bottom freezer refrigerators successful in Indian hot and humid conditions?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Dureja,

Bottom Freezer models work perfectly well in Indian conditions. I have personally seen two of them working perfectly fine in my family for last 2-3 years.

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