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Dec 1, 2020

Best Refrigerator Brands in the Philippines 2021

Which fridge brands are the most sought-after in the country? We name ten of these in terms of quality and reliability so you can choose well.

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Selecting a new refrigerator for your home nowadays is one that requires the utmost attention. There are now many brands, with tons of models and distinctive features in tow, making this task even more overwhelming.

In 2020, filtering such a choice is even more demanding. A slew of newcomers in the business has now invaded the local market, with more of them slated to arrive months from now.

The surge in the sales of refrigerators today is no surprise either. With the pandemic still ongoing and the vaccine not in sight, consumers have now grown more critical when choosing the right brand that fits their lifestyle. Well, the brand that should refrigerate and freeze their food to perfection, anyway.

Today, we're naming only the best brands in the Philippines that everyone's talking about, relative to their quality and reliability and everything in between.

But before we reveal them, we first come up with the different types of refrigerators now that should very well benefit those who are still uninitiated.

Types of Refrigerators

One of the reasons why choosing the right refrigerator in this era can be incredibly daunting is because of how many types, brands, styles, and price ranges there are. Which one do you need? Which features are you willing to leave out? Will you be able to find one that fits in your kitchen and is also within your budget?

This can all be quite intimidating, right? But settle down, we got this covered for you. First, let's see what the most common types of refrigerators are.

1. Top-freezer refrigerators

One of the most enduring types in the local market is the top-freezer refrigerator.

Top-freezer refrigerators are generally ideal for a lot of storage in a spot that is both tight and limited. Thanks to their size, these refrigerators also offer the most space, varying from 28-inch to 33-inch. Most brands in this segment also claim up to 23-cubic-foot capacities.

When going for top-freezer refrigerators, allow for a wide swing of their doors. Meanwhile, get used to crouching down to reach for the lower shelves and drawers.

2. French-door refrigerators

French-door refrigerators sport two narrow doors on top, while its freezer is located below. In other variants, manufacturers place the drawer or more in between.

The widths of French-door refrigerators range from 28 to 36 inches; their claimed capacities, on the other hand, go up to 34 cubic feet, though their average usable space is much less – right at 17 cubic feet.

French-door refrigerators with space-saving small-swing doors come with the added value of opening only half the fridge. This is especially ideal for consumers who like stashing smaller items.

3. Bottom-freezer refrigerators

Bottom-freezer fridges' width ranges from 24 to 36 inches and features an estimated 30 cubic feet of claimed capacities; their average usable space is also less than that of top-freezer refrigerators. Also, the latter costs less.

Still, as the freezer is placed below, your refrigerator shelves are easily seen and scannable. You need to be used to bending when rummaging through frozen foods, though.

4. Side-by-side refrigerators

Side-by-side refrigerators have their fridge on one side, while the freezer is on the other. Furthermore, they usually feature through-the-door ice and water dispensers.

Side-by-side refrigerators also feature widths from 33 to 36 inches and are claimed to have approximately up to 28 cubic feet capacity. With their narrow doors, side-by-side refrigerators are ideal for small kitchens.

Side-by-side refrigerators come with tall and narrow compartments. As it is, these make items stuck at the back a bit of a challenge to find. Also, as the fridge doesn't open wide enough, this type isn't one for those who tend to use its space for pizza box storage.

5. Built-in refrigerators

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Think of a refrigerator that features the qualities you'd find in French-door, side-by-side, and bottom-freezer varieties. Put them together and you've got yourself a built-in refrigerator.

Sleek by default, built-in refrigerators are usually 30 to 48 inches wide, with capacities of 27 cubic feet.

Built-in refrigerators are also customizable, in which you can look for optional front panels to complement your kitchen cabinets. You can also get the look for a little less with freestanding counter-depth variants.

Built-in refrigerators also feature a column fridge, which is as narrow as 18 inches.

6. Compact refrigerators

Perfect for users who live in a dorm room or are looking for a refrigerator in their office or kitchenette, the compact variety is easily the most space-saving type in the bunch.

Note, however, that while some compact refrigerators only feature a quarter of a regular fridge's capacity, they cost just as much to operate.

The temperature performance of compact refrigerators can also be unpredictable in some models. As it is, it is suggested that you get this type if you're the kind who harbors sodas and other beverages. The same can be said if you're looking for temporary storage for snacks instead of milk, mayo, and other perishables.

Here now are the best refrigerator brands in the country.

Best Refrigerator Brands in the Philippines 2020

11. Hanabishi

Hanabishi is one of those brands that doesn't need an introduction. The Japanese tech manufacturer's presence in the country is most felt, especially in stores where most consumers with a little budget in mind go to decide.

Hanabishi is likewise noted for its durable refrigerators, which is already a feat in itself considering its penchant for accessibility relative to pricing.

Probably the only drawback that can be gleaned when on the lookout for this brand is its versatility. While Hanabishi flourishes in the budget segment, its presence isn't felt in upper mid-range to top-tier markets.

10. GE

GE (General Electric) features an array of household appliances that includes refrigerators, which also come at varying styles and prices.

GE is noted for being one of the highest-rated brands in durability, an essential feature when one chooses to invest a significant amount of money for this appliance. The same goes for repairability, as you won't need one any time soon.

GE is also commended for its flexibility, from those with French doors, side-by-side vertical doors, top, and bottom freezers.

Probably the very best hallmark of GE is in its top-of-the-line offerings. Its refrigerators in this segment are some of the most inexpensive in the market.

9. American Home

There's a potent reason why American Home trumps Hanabishi in this competition: flexibility.

Armed with some of the most affordable price tags in the local market, American Home is easily one of the best brands to consider if you're considering a whole lot more in terms of refrigerator types.

American Home is also in the league of those that feature durable appliances, which stand the test of time.

Ultimately, American Home crushes its rivals in its class when it comes to affordability. For instance, the American Home AHR-SBS20INV, a side-by-side refrigerator, features some of the lowest prices in the market.

8. Haier

Now considered one of the largest home appliance companies worldwide, Haier began manufacturing appliances in 1984 in Qingdao, China.

Haier refrigerators, like Hanabishi and American Home, are also well-reputed for their affordability. Its high-quality standards are likewise one of its strongest suits.

Haier also offers a wide selection of smaller refrigerators that are, without a doubt, convenient for consumers who have small space but still want a bigger selection of fridges to opt from.

Another quality that is endearing about Haier's refrigerators is its eco-friendliness. The company features products with Energy Star ratings, indicating that these fridges use less energy than a traditional refrigerator. Also, they are better for the environment.

Haier refrigerators are also accessible. Apart from the Philippines, they can also be availed in more than 100 countries.

Finally, Haier is also one of the few companies that gives back. For instance, it recently launched a program with the Food Bank for New York City.

7. Whirlpool

When it comes to durability and quality, Whirlpool is the one to beat.

Many homeowners are understandably enamored with Whirlpool's refrigerators as they tend to last longer than other manufacturers. Apart from this, it also offers a slew of choices in the market, from top-freezer to French door configurations.

Whirlpool refrigerators are also priced relative to competition in the market. Though some of their products are pricey by default, their quality, on the other hand, cannot be debated.

Other vital qualities of Whirlpool refrigerators are their accessories, extended service plans, and eco-friendliness. Its refrigerators are also one of the few that complement the design of its appliances such as stoves, microwaves, and dishwashers.

6. Fujidenzo

Another refrigerator brand that is sought-after in the budget-friendly market is Fujidenzo. Equip its known affordability with eco-conscious features, and you get a product that is very much a good investment.

Fujidenzo is also among those that feature spacious freezers in its refrigerators. Its fridges are also known in the compact segment; these mini-fridges are a perfect addition to users looking to replace their bedroom refrigerators.

5. Sharp

Sharp is easily one of those refrigerator brands that doesn't escape consumers who only want the best ones out of their limited budget.

Sure, Sharp has top-of-the-line offerings in its portfolio, but its aggressive pricing coupled with robust quality makes it a standout in the crowd.

If you're on all fours and still couldn't find the right brand that features affordability and quality, Sharp should be on top of your list now.

The only thing needed is just a little nudge, which can be helped if one has to finally check Sharp's refrigerators, whether you're gunning for a traditional fridge or a side-by-side one.

4. Condura

The Philippines' best AC manufacturer is also a powerhouse in its highly-sought key features and specifications in its refrigerators.

The Condura brand may be a little over 30 years old now, but that doesn't stop Concepcion Industries from going further and beyond.

The most recognizable brand in the local market, Condura, is noted for its "Filipinized" refrigerators. One of the cool features we've seen is their sturdy wire organizers that can be configured in many ways relative to users' needs.

3. LG

While most homeowners in the country are already familiar with LG televisions and mobile devices, the Korean tech giant is also a well-established authority when it comes to refrigerators.

LG refrigerators are noted for their impressively high-tech features, such as Wi-Fi-enabled InstaView screens, which allow users to see the content of their fridge sans opening them. They also come with nifty ice makers that can dish out ice spheres for cocktails, and of course, the built-in Keurig coffee makers.

Apart from these, refrigerators from LG are also reasonably priced, making them quite a commodity in the local market.

2. Samsung

Like LG, Samsung is also an authority in refrigerators. If you've got an eye for anything that is sleek and high-performing, there's no doubt that you've already chanced upon its refrigerators.

One of Samsung's most celebrated refrigerators is under its Samsung Family Hub series. Essentially laden with high-end features, these products can finally be incorporated in its now-expansive smart home hubs.

As it stands, consumers can manage their calendars, shop for food, and even see who's at the front door with the aid of the refrigerator's built-in screen.

1. Panasonic

Here's why Panasonic refrigerators are getting lots of love in the Philippines; they're an absolute all-rounder!

Panasonic refrigerators are generally commended for their ability to preserve food quite well, thanks to their advanced cooling technology. These same refrigerators also make ice fast.

Panasonic fridges are also one of the top choices for consumers looking for products with an excellent antibacterial feature. The brand's technologies, such as Ag Clean, Nano e, and Hygiene Active, come to mind.

Couple all of these with Panasonic's energy-saving features and sophisticated, minimalist, and modern design, and you'd get its placement at the top.

Conclusion

There's so much to be thankful for if you happen to be situated within the local market for refrigerators.

Apart from its flexibility of offerings across all types, the market is also laden with accessibility like no other, from compact fridges down to French door types.

Spec Comparison

Model Kelvinator KTD230MN Kelvinator KTD230MN Whirlpool 6WS21NIHGG Whirlpool 6WS21NIHGG Panasonic NR-BV328XSPH Panasonic NR-BV328XSPH Samsung RS542NCAESL/TC Samsung RS542NCAESL/TC Hanabishi HAMDDREF 48 Hanabishi HAMDDREF 48 Hanabishi HASREF 18 Hanabishi HASREF 18 Hanabishi HAMDDREF 28 Hanabishi HAMDDREF 28 GE GMV070BAYRAG GE GMV070BAYRAG GE GAV055BAYRA GE GAV055BAYRA American Home ABR-88S2D American Home ABR-88S2D American Home AHR-SBS20INV American Home AHR-SBS20INV American Home ARSD-151 American Home ARSD-151 Haier HRF-D200H Haier HRF-D200H Haier HR-S158SBP Haier HR-S158SBP Haier HRF-D340H Haier HRF-D340H Whirlpool 6WBN 858 SV Whirlpool 6WBN 858 SV Whirlpool WSV 10 PSS/PSSB Whirlpool WSV 10 PSS/PSSB Whirlpool 6WBI85 USS Whirlpool 6WBI85 USS Fujidenzo SUD-220 A Fujidenzo SUD-220 A Fujidenzo RDD 85 GD Fujidenzo RDD 85 GD Fujidenzo RDD 60 S Fujidenzo RDD 60 S Sharp SJ-ML70AS-SL Sharp SJ-ML70AS-SL Sharp SJ-DTH55BS-SL Sharp SJ-DTH55BS-SL Sharp SJ-FTS07AVS-SL Sharp SJ-FTS07AVS-SL Condura CUF270MN-G1 Condura CUF270MN-G1 Condura CNF-200i Condura CNF-200i Condura CSD211SA-R Condura CSD211SA-R LG GR-B222SQBB LG GR-B222SQBB LG GR-B202SQBB LG GR-B202SQBB LG GR-X247CSAV LG GR-X247CSAV Samsung RT25FARBDUT/TC Samsung RT25FARBDUT/TC Samsung RT43K6251BS/TC Samsung RT43K6251BS/TC Panasonic NR-BQ211VS Panasonic NR-BQ211VS Panasonic NR-B7413ES Panasonic NR-B7413ES
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Type Top Freezer French Door Bottom Freezer Side By Side Top Freezer Single Door Top Freezer Top Freezer Single Door Top Freezer Side By Side Single Door Top Freezer Single Door Top Freezer Top Freezer Top Freezer Top Freezer Side By Side Top Freezer Top Freezer Top Freezer Single Door Top Freezer Single Door Top Freezer Single Door Top Freezer Top Freezer Side By Side Top Freezer Top Freezer Top Freezer Top Freezer
Dimensions 1484 x 522 x 560mm 71 x 36 x 28.15 Inches (HxWxD) 601 x 656 x 1645 mm (WxDxH) 912 x 1789 x 734 mm (Net) 18 x 22 x 50.5 inches 19 x 18 x 19.5 inches 18 x 19.5 x 33 inches
83.5 x 50.5 x 44.5 cm (HxWxL)
525 x 564 x 1355 mm - - - - 50 x 58 x 123 cm (WxHxD) - 575 x 605 x 1715 (WxDxH) 58.75 x 22.4 x 26.06 inches (HxWxD) 63 x 21.5 x 26.35 inches 58.77 x 22.40 x 26.06 inches (HxWxD) 78 x 46.5 x 23 inch (hwd) - 136.5 x 47 x 48 cm (HxWxD) - 535 x 1050 x 560 mm (whd) 545 x 1390 x 625 mm (whd) 58.5 x 21.3 x 25 inch (HxWxD) 53.1 x 21.3 x 21.7 inches (HxWxD) 50.4 x 20.4 x 21.1 inches (HxWxD) 555 x 1520 x 585 mm (whd) 555 x 1400 x 585 mm (WxHxD) 912 x 1790 x 738 (WxHxD) 555 x 1635 x 637 mm (WxHxD) Net: 700 x 1785 x 726 mm (WxHxD) 540 x 620 x 1315 mm (WxDxH) 545 x 687 x 1309 (mm)
Weight - - 57 kg (Net) 102 kg (Net) - - - - - - - - 35 kg - 50 kg (packed) - - - - - - - - - 55 kg 35 kg 34 kg (Net) 42 kg 40 kg - 50 kg 76.5 kg 38 kg 39 kg
Capacity (Total) - 595 L (21 cu.ft.) 290 L (Gross) 540 L 135 L 50 L 79 L 187 L 141 L - 566 L (20 cu.ft.) 151 L (5.3 cu.ft.) 155 L (Net) 132 L (5.0 cu.ft.) - 241 L (8.5 cu. ft.) 283 L (10 cu. ft) 241 L 622.97 L 241 L (8.5 cu.ft) 169.90 L (6 cu.ft) 165 L (Net) 144 L 182 L - 188 L (7.1 cu. ft.) 176 L 209 L 187 L (7.2 cu.ft) 675 L 258 L 440 L (Net) 211 L (7.5 cu. ft.) 208 L
Freezer - - 84.6 L (Gross) 180 L - - - - - - - - 40 L - - - - - - - - 48 L 31 L 41 L 220 L 49 L 21 L - - - 54 L 111 L (Net) 79 L 78 L
Refrigerator - - 205 L (Gross) 360 L - - - - - - - - 115 L - - - - - - - - 117 L 113 L 141 L - 139 L 155 L - - - 204 L 329 L (Net) 132 L 130 L
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