Best Fridge Under 15000 In India: Whirlpool Or Samsung?

Best Fridge Under 15000 In India 2023: Whirlpool Or Samsung?

So, it’s time to upgrade your old fridge to a new budget one and you are probably looking for the best fridge under 15000 in India? Well, I will say that you are smart and you are making the right decision.

Because only an idiot or a super rich buys a refrigerator which costs above Rs. 25,000. May be they have a lot of money to burn and that’s not the case with us.

So, like me you are looking for a budget refrigerator which should serve all the purposes at a reasonable price.

A fridge should keep any food, vegetables, and fruits fresh. It should provide a chilled beverage or water to quench your thirst or an ice cube whenever you need.

Your fridge which costs under Rs. 15,000 will take care of all these needs, in the same way those expensive ones do.

After 3 days of research and analyzing more than 10 products at multiple dealers shops, I decided to pick these seven fridges as the best ones under 15000/20000 INR.

I will start the list from the one that I have picked for my personal use. Here you go –

(Disclaimer: The details of the refrigerators mentioned below were taken at the time of review; including the prices. Updated with latest products & models on Jan 05, 2023)

7 best fridges under 15000 & 20000

1. Whirlpool 190 L Direct Cool Single Door 3 Star

Product features and specifications at a glance:

  • Size: 190 L
  • 3 Star Energy Rating
  • Single door
  • Manual defrosting
  • Stabilizer free
  • Compressor type: Reciprocatory Compressor

Here’s what the product looks like:

Whirlpool 190 L Direct Cool Single Door 3 Star: Best Refrigerator Under 15000 In India

A quick video of the product:

Why this Whirlpool refrigerator is my first choice?

The Size: I had been using an 80 Liter Videocon refrigerator and I wanted to upgrade to a little bigger one, which should be sufficient for a small family but at the same time should not look bulky and occupy your whole kitchen.

So, this 190 L looks perfect when it comes to size and dimensions (net height – 1182 mm; net width – 535 mm).

The Color: All the other refrigerators I researched do have similar features and there wasn’t a huge difference when it comes to price. Some of the fridges even have better features than this one. But I somehow didn’t like the color. It’s not just my taste. (may be that’s because I am a boring, lazy person :-) )

So, I went ahead with this solid blue color.

Energy Star Rating: A refrigerator is something that you use 24×7 for whole year. It means you should look for a refrigerator, which is 3 Star or above. The more the better. But, a fridge at a price below 15000, 3 Star is just fine.

This Whirlpool refrigerator has energy saving up to 35%.

The Price: I’m that one person who is quiet stingy when it comes to buying electronics or gadgets. I don’t want to spend my hard earned money on buying expensive electronics, be it mobile phones or anything. When I buy I always go for an economical and reasonable priced electronics, which should also last long.

In my opinion, all expensive refrigerators or any items don’t mean they are the best. A good product is the one that offers good value for your money, at a reasonable price.

This Whirlpool refrigerator is priced quiet reasonable comparing to its competitors.

Fast cooling – the freezer can turn the water into ice pretty quicklyLittle hard to balance because of the stand
Less power consumptionDoor not tight when closed
No heating outside the wall bodyThe inside freezer door is not up to the quality. I broke it accidentally while opening. The ice got stuck and I could not just pull it off. I was too lazy to do defrost. (lesson learnt – always defrost periodically.)
Good cooling retention
Less noise
Personal experience after 29 months of use
Whirlpool Freezer Broke
It has fragile Freezer Door

2. Godrej 190 L 2 Star Direct-Cool Single Door Refrigerator

Godrej 190 L 2 Star Single Door Refrigerator

Godrej is one Indian company which manufactures high quality and reasonable refrigerators. You won’t believe but my parents have been using a Godrej refrigerator for the last 9 years and it worked simply amazing. I had to fill gas only once. Yes, one time.

Coming to this model, it’s a 2 Star direct cool single door fridge which has annual power consumption of 208 kWh and uses Reciprocatory Compressor. This budget product is probably one of the best selling models from Godrej recently. I really like the size of the ‘Chiller Tray’. It’s large enough to fit your water bottles. The ‘Aqua Space’ on the door is designed perfectly to store all your your cold drinks.

Product features and specification at a glance:

  • Inbuilt voltage stabilizer
  • Capacity: 190 Litres
  • Energy Efficiency: 2 Star
  • Defrosting: manual

The reason why I didn’t buy a Godrej refrigerator was because I wanted to try and experience a new product, from a different brand. Most of the electronics in our house are from Godrej. Be it a ceiling fan or iron. So, why don’t I try a different one?

Anyway, this particular model compromises a bit on Energy Efficiency but overall a decent choice considering the price and the capacity.

3. Haier 195 L 4 Star Direct Cool Single Door Refrigerator

Haier 195 L 4 Star Single-Door Refrigerator review

Haier India is among the top 5 of home appliances brands in India. When it comes to smart refrigerators, they lead from its competitors. Recently, they have launched single door Inverter Refrigerators too. Their products are little expensive when compared to other brands but they are worth it.

This model stands out from its competitors mainly for its energy efficiency. It consumes as low as 130 kWh of power per year, which means you will be spending less than Rs. 60 per month on electricity bill. Surprised?

Another awesome feature is its ability to produce ice cubes in just one hour with its ‘Icing Technology’. So, you will not wait too long to get chilled drinks at home anytime in summers.

Product features and specification at a glance:

  • Capacity: 195 Litre
  • Energy Rating: 4 Star
  • Stabilizer free operation
  • Defrosting: Manual
  • Has PUF insulation for retaining low temperatures
  • Comes with toughened glass shelves

Haier 195 L 4 Star Direct Cool Single Door Refrigerator is little expensive when compared to the one I got but if you want to spend less on power bills yearly, I would suggest you to go for this one.

4. Samsung 212 L 3 Star Inverter Direct-Cool Single Door Refrigerator

Samsung 212 L - One of the best refrigerators under Rs 15,000 in India

The salesman at the dealer’s store insisted me to buy a Samsung fridge but my budget did not allow. South Korean tech giant Samsung is a leader player in home appliances market in many countries. It tops the US market for straight 4 years, with French-door refrigerator segment topping the sales.

And there’s a reason. Samsung Electronics produces world class premium products and this 212 L 3 Star Inverter doesn’t compromise in technologies and its features.

I really like the Digital Inverter Technology of this model. It’s so energy efficient that you can even run using your home inverter. The design looks absolutely stylish, especially the bar chrome handle.

Product features and specification of Samsung 212 L 3 Star Inverter Direct-Cool Single Door Refrigerator at a glance:

  • Capacity: 212 Litres
  • Digital inverter compressor: which means it is more energy efficient
  • Manual defrosting
  • Energy Rating: 3 Star
  • Less noise
  • Stylish premium design
  • Works on solar energy/home inverter

If you have a budget to shell out, grab this one right away. This is indeed one the best refrigerators under 15000/20000 in India right now (updated on 05/01/2023).

5. LG 190 L 4 Star Inverter Direct-Cool Single Door Refrigerator

Best LG refrigerator under Rs 15,000

The list of ‘the best fridges under 15000 & 20000 INR’ will be incomplete if I don’t include this product. There is one negative thing though. (read below)

LG is no. 1 when it comes to sales of direct cool refrigerators in India. That means, most of the young consumers are preferring LG refrigerators over refrigerators from other brands.

This refrigerator meets all the requirements. Also, it’s much more energy efficient than my Whirlpool 190 L one. But, what really turns me off is its colour and design. Too feminine with floral prints.

C’mon LG, who wants a home appliance with huge flower prints? :-) Big nope for me.

But when it comes to its technologies, this is indeed a top-notch product with fast ice making and it can be powered using home inverter.

Product features and specifications of LG 190 L 4 Star Inverter Direct-Cool Single Door Refrigerator at a glance:

  • Energy Rating: 4 Star in 2020 and 5 Star in 2019 (according to BEE)
  • Smart Inverter compressor
  • Electricity consumption: 131 units per year
  • No stabilizer required
  • You can easily connect to your home inverter during power cuts.

This is a perfect choice if you are looking for the best refrigerator under 15000 & 20000 as a special gift for your daughter, wife, mother, or your sister.

6. Whirlpool 200 L 4 Star Inverter Single Door Refrigerator

Whirlpool 200 L 4 Star Inverter Fridge

Out of all the refrigerators listed above, the product that equally matches the one I got is this one – except the size and a little bit of price difference. It’s from the same brand with different model.

For people who are looking for the best 200 Litres refrigerator priced below 20000 INR, this should be a good choice. If you like cool designed fridge with flower prints, then you will like this even better.

Flowers are symbol of love and hope, and I hope this refrigerator will brighten up your home.

Product feature and specifications of Whirlpool 200 L 4 Star Inverter Single Door Refrigerator at a glance:

  • Capacity: 200 Liters
  • Energy Rating: 4 Star Inverter
  • Manual defrosting
  • Auto connect to home inverter
  • Moisture control feature

7. Haier 52 L 3 Star Direct Cool Single Door Refrigerator (for students or bachelors)

Best small fridge

In case you are a student living in a hostel or a bachelor and looking for a small, cheap, and reliable fridge, then this should be a perfect choice. It will last until you finish your studies, or get married after 8 or 10 years. It is good deal in your budget. Obviously, you don’t want to ask money from your parents.

I will confidently say this is the best refrigerator in India under Rs. 10,000.

This small cute fridge will serve all your requirements if you are living alone, far from home. You can keep your milk, curd, water bottle, beverages anything that you need everyday in your daily life.

The best part is you can carry it easily everywhere, whenever you shift your accommodation or when your landlord throws you out suddenly. No hassles!

Product feature and specifications of the product at a glance:

  • Energy Label: 3 Star
  • Capacity: 52 Litres
  • Number of shelves: 1

3 basic things you need to know before buying a fridge under 15000

I’m not writing a Phd thesis in refrigerator, so I will only list down the three basic things everyone needs to know before choosing the right refrigerator for your family. With 15k budget, you will get a decent fridge with all the essential features.

Trust me, you only need to know these three things while finalizing the product.

  1. Types of refrigerators
  2. Capacity
  3. Power consumption

Types of refrigerators:

All refrigerators function in same way. A refrigerant passes around the food you keep inside the fridge. The refrigerant then absorbs the heat from those food items and transfers this heat to the surrounding outside. As simple as that.

Here are the four common types of refrigerators:

  1. Single door (all the refrigerators listed above have single doors)
  2. Double door
  3. Side-by-side door
  4. Triple door
Types of refrigerators

Single Door Fridges, also called Direct Cooling Refrigerators have a single door. They are more common and cheaper. They usually have a capacity upto 300 Litres.

Most of these fridges require manual defrosting. It is ideal for a couple or a small family.

Double Door Fridges or Frost-Free Refrigerators have two separate doors with different compartments – a separate freezer and refrigeration space. This type of fridge is frost-free because of its mechanism. It means that those annoying ice will not be built up on the freezer making your life much easier.

These types of fridge are ideal for large families. So, if you have more than 6 members in your family, double door fridges are the right option.

But, be aware that they consume more energy.

Side-by-side door refrigerators have two separate components vertically, side by side – a refrigerator and a freezer. They look stylish, premium, and occupy less space.

The greatest advantage of this type of fridge is that you can get ice or cold water on demand without opening the door.

Triple Door or French Door refrigerators are quiet popular in the US with Samsung dominating the market. This triple door fridge has side-by-side doors at top and a drawer styled freezer at the bottom.

Some new French Door refrigerators even have 4 doors.

Capacity: which size do you need?

Capacity played an important factor when deciding for the best refrigerator under 15000 in India. The more the capacity, the more the price is.

Every refrigerator has different size and capacity. So, to pick the right refrigerator, you need to first know your requirements.

Fridge size and capacity

If you live alone and use the fridge only for chilled water, cold drinks, or ice cubes, then go for 40 – 99 Liters.

If you are a couple or a small family with 4-6 members, then get a refrigerator with the capacity of 90 – 240 Liters.

For larger families, a refrigerator with a capacity above 240 Litres will be an ideal choice.

These are some basic knowledge that will help you decide what capacity of fridge you should choose.

Actually, you can buy any fridge with whatever capacity you want. It’s your money.

If you are a bachelor and you need a huge refrigerator, go ahead and buy it. It’s your wish. Who am I to decide which refrigerator you should be buying? You are an adult.

Power consumption: know the Energy Star Rating

Be it air conditioner, dish washer, or a refrigerator, energy efficiency is something you should always check.

Energy Star Rating is given by Bureau of Energy Efficiency or BEE, especially for home appliances. As technology changes with each passing year, the BEE also updates their energy rating every year for every models and brands.

The Whirlpool refrigerator I am using has 3 Star. If you are looking for a refrigerator that consumes very much less electricity, you should buy a fridge with 4 or 5 Star label.

But remember, the more the Energy Stars, the more the price of the product is.

If you have a budget, you should choose a refrigerator with 4 or above 4 Star Rating. This will save you a lot annually on electricity.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an extra voltage stabilizer?

Most of the modern refrigerators come with an in-built stabilizer that protects from malfunctions or damages during power fluctuations. But, if you live in a place where power-cuts are frequent, then you should use a voltage stabilizer for extra protection.

Can I use a refrigerator with home inverter?

Yes, you can. Most of these modern fridges come with Auto Connect feature, which runs with inverter technology. However, an inverter with good battery will help you run your refrigerator for longer duration during power-cuts.

What are the best refrigerator brands in India?

Every brand claims to the best but according to users’ reviews and reliability, I would say these are the top brands that dominate the refrigerator market in India:

  • Godrej
  • Whirlpool
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Haier

Check out the detailed guide of – Samsung vs Whirlpool vs LG Refrigerator.

Can I get a double-door fridge under 15000 INR budget?

Sorry to break your heart but I don’t think you will get a branded double-door refrigerator priced below 15000 in India. Godrej has some 2 Star lower-end double door models which start from 18k/19k.

My final words

So which is the best refrigerator under 15000 in India? Obviously, the one that I am currently using, which is ‘Whirlpool 190 L Direct Cool Single Door 3 Star’. But, this is totally according to my choice, requirements, and most importantly the budget (which was priced much below 15000 at the time I bought).

All the items listed here are best of the best with amazing positive reviews.

If you can shell out Rs. 3,000 – 4,000 extra, I would recommend you to buy the one with 4 or 5 Energy Star Rating from the list.

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