As with buying a television, buying a refrigerator or fridge in Singapore can feel equally as daunting. As refrigerators are big purchase items, you will want to buy a good fridge that will last. The average life expectancy of a fridge is a decade or more, and you will want your investment to be worth it. When it came to buying my fridge for the new home, I initially thought I could figure it out just by visiting a consumer electronics store. But the rows of options made it an even bigger challenge. There are so many fridge brands, configurations, sizes, and features… it felt impossible to figure it out on the spot (especially with a salesperson hovering around). I figured I needed to do more research before stepping into another store. So here is all the useful information, compiled into our Fridge/Refrigerator Singapore Buying Guide that will help you buy the right fridge for your new home. If you don’t have time to read through the entire guide, make sure you cover Sections 1 (quick tips) and 2 (8 best refrigerators in Singapore).
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8 Best Fridges in Singapore to Keep Your Food Fresh (2022)
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Quick Tips on buying a fridge in Singapore
If you don’t have time to read through this entire guide, this section serves as a quick summary for you. Do check out the next section where we share a summary of the best fridges in Singapore.
- A quick summary of how to choose your fridge is to first figure out what size will fit in your kitchen, followed by the storage size that fits with the needs of your household. Then decide on your door style, the features you want, and the budget you have for the refrigerator.
- Make sure to buy your fridge from a reputable brand like Samsung and LG (I name the best refrigerator brands below). There is no point in skimping on your refrigerator as it is a worthy investment. Your fridge is expected to last a decade or more. If you are on a tight budget, opt for a traditional top-mount freezer model that can go below $1,000 for a good size.
- The cost of a refrigerator in Singapore can sit anywhere from $500 to $5,000 onwards. I would suggest budgeting about $1,000 – $2,000 for your refrigerator. That budget will allow you to browse through pretty good options of good sizes.
- Buy fridges that are energy efficient. Look out for the energy label and buy a refrigerator in Singapore with at least 2-3 ticks.
Make sure to apply for a credit card that will give you rebates so you have extra savings.
8 Best Fridges in Singapore (Our Recommendations)
- Top Freezer: Beko RDNT401E50VZK Top Freezer Fridge with Harvest Fresh
- Use promo code TWV20 on CASA’s website for a 20% discount on all Beko products storewide
- Bottom Mount Freezer: Electrolux Singapore NutriFresh Inverter Refrigerator
- A great alternative: Samsung Fridge RL4354RBABS/SS
- Side-By-Side Door Fridge Singapore: Samsung SpaceMax ™ Side by Side Refrigerator
- French Door Fridge Singapore: Mitsubishi MR-WX70C Refrigerator
- Compact Fridge Singapore: Beko Tabe Top Bar Fridge
- Single Door Fridge Singapore: SMEG FAB10 Retro Refrigerator
- Wine Cooler: Europace EWC 1331S Wine Cooler with Clear Glass Door (33 Bottles)
FAQs about Buying a Fridge in Singapore
How much does a fridge cost?
Refrigerators can cost anywhere between $500 to more than $5,000. While you may be tempted to get a cheap refrigerator, I strongly discourage you to do so. It pays to get a good one from a reputable brand so that your refrigerator will last long (at least a decade). The last thing you want is to have it break down with all your food going bad inside it. The inconveniences you face down the road to repair or replace your refrigerator are not worth saving tens more dollars upon purchase. That being said, my goal here is for you to be able to buy a fridge that suits your needs and budget as well. I am not asking you to burn a hole in your wallet just on a refrigerator alone and not have money for anything else.
What are the things I need to consider when buying a fridge in Singapore?
The usual considerations when buying a fridge are as follows. I will also go through them in detail below under the section How do I choose which fridge to buy?.
Which is the best fridge brand?
The well-known brands for fridges in Singapore are:
- Popular fridge brands: Samsung, LG
- Other good refrigerator brands: Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Sharp, Electrolux
- If you are on a budget, cheaper brands include Europace, PowerPac, Midea
- If budget is not a consideration, Bosch is a premium brand
My personal favourite brands are Samsung and LG. We got a Samsung SpaceMax 647L Side-by-Side fridge for our home. Bosch is also a good brand, but it is slightly pricer.
Which is the best place to buy a fridge in Singapore?
You used to only be able to buy fridges in Singapore from stores, but now you can purchase them online for the ultimate convenience and enjoy discounted prices! Lazada and Shopee are my go-to for shopping electronics. If you prefer to see the refrigerator in person, you can always pop by any of these consumer electronic stores near you to check it out before purchasing online.
How do I choose which fridge to buy?
1. Measuring Space
The first step is to measure the space in your kitchen that is dedicated to your fridge. This is even more important if you are buying a condominium or apartment that already comes with a pre-allocated space. While it is okay to buy something smaller (though it might look a bit awkward with too much space around the edges), buying something too big will result in it not being able to fit. Make sure to leave 50mm of space around the back and sides for the heat to dissipate.
Another thing to note is to measure your doorway. Do make sure that your refrigerator can fit through the door into your kitchen. That being said, the delivery people usually can dismantle the door of the refrigerator to fit through the door and reassemble it back when in the kitchen.
2. Storage Size / Capacity
The next point to consider is storage size. For storage size, look out for the litre capacity the fridge has.
Depending on the size of your household, you want to ensure that there is enough space to serve your family. Do also consider your lifestyle i.e. how often you grocery shop and cook. If you prefer to eat out, a smaller refrigerator will work. If you often host dinners like Matt and I do, opt for a bigger fridge.
For a household with two people, a capacity of 300 litres will work. For an average family of four, get a model that is above 400 litres.
3. Door configuration
Next up on the list is door configuration. The modern fridges in Singapore come in many different shapes and sizes. Each style has its own strengths and weaknesses, of which I will go through below. You will want to get one that suits your lifestyle and needs.
Top Mount Freezer
This is the classic fridge design that has been around for decades. Also, the top freezer has the main chiller section at the bottom and a smaller freezer compartment at the top. It is the most common design, and therefore the cheapest.
Buy: If you are on a budget, don’t need fancy extras, and have a small kitchen, get the top freezer. It is the most compact model and usually the most affordable.
Don’t buy: If you want high style, lots of features, and lots of storage (especially a freezer).
Best Top Mount Freezer:
Latest HarvestFresh™ technology
Inspired by nature and powered by light, the Beko RDNT401E50VZK Top Freezer Fridge with Harvest Fresh introduces a whole new way to keep our fruits and veggies fresh all the time. As we all know, plants need both sunlight and darkness for their optimal growth. Moreover, the latest HarvestFresh™ technology provides a natural living environment for your plant-based food by mimicking the natural daylight cycle. This also means that the usual colours from sunlight (red, blue, and green) are applied periodically inside the fridge crisper. So, it ensures that your fruits and veggies have their Vitamin A and C levels naturally preserved.
3x longer shelf life for fresh produce
In addition to the vitamin levels being preserved, you can also count on this fridge to lengthen the shelf life of your fruits and veggies. It also promises up to 3x longer shelf life, so your fresh produce can last for up to 30 days. And thanks to the Everfresh+ and Neofrost™ Dual Cooling Technology, there will be less temperature variation in the fridge crisper, and the ideal humidity level on the fridge is precisely achieved. Hence, you can have fewer grocery trips without compromising the health benefits of the food you serve.
Powerful inverter compressor
Even though the Beko RDNT401E50VZK is capable of cooling your food two times faster, rest assured that it will not double your usual electric bill. Its ProSmart™ Inverter Compressor is also extremely powerful despite the lower energy consumption. It also works intelligently, adjusting the operating levels based on the cooling requirement of the fridge. There is also a vacation mode that reduces energy consumption even further when you are away on a holiday.
What we especially like about this Beko fridge is that its compressor is 4x quieter than the average noise level in other refrigerators. So you do not have to worry about a buzzing background sound in your kitchen while you cook.
Why buy this:
- Latest HarvestFresh™ technology to naturally preserve Vitamin A and C levels
- Three times longer shelf life for fresh produce
- Powerful inverter compressor for lower electricity bills
- Active odour filter
- 300 to 400-litre refrigerator volume
- Also comes with a 12-year compressor warranty
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|Use promo code TWV20 on CASA’s website for a 20% discount on all Beko products storewide|
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Why buy this:
- Samsung’s Twin Cooling Plus™ technology cools the fridge and freezer compartments separately with two independent cooling systems. This creates an optimal environment that keeps your food fresh longer with 70% humidity, as compared to 30% in a conventional model. It also prevents unpleasant odours from mixing between the refrigerator and the freezer.
- This fridge also comes with a Deodorising filter to eliminate any unpleasant odours. If you need more refrigerator space, and you can easily convert the top mount freezer into a fridge.
- There is also a power freeze and power cool option for you to quickly chill your items in time for a party.
- Lastly, this refrigerator comes with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology, which automatically adjusts the compressor speed in response to cooling demand. This will help to minimise noise and reduce wear and tear, resulting in longer-lasting performance. The compressor is backed with a 10-year warranty.
- I especially like this model because it looks sleek and comes at an affordable price. This is the refrigerator I bought for my mother’s place.
|Check price on Lazada >|
If you want a smaller capacity, check out, Samsung RT38K503ADX 384L Twin Cooling Plus™ Top Mount Freezer, 3 Ticks Energy Rating
Bottom Mount Freezer
This is the opposite of the top-mount freezer. The chiller section is at the top, while the freezer compartment is at the bottom. On average, this configuration will be slightly larger than top-mount freezers. The benefit of a bottom mount freezer is that it provides easier access to fresh items, which will be at eye level. But on the other hand, frozen food will then be tougher to reach, so getting that pack of frozen nuggets might take some effort. Also, this design is said to use up more energy because the freezer is located nearer to the compressors.
Buy: If you want more room for frozen food and easier access to fresh items.
Don’t Buy: If you cannot stand bending down to get your frozen food.
Best Bottom Mount Freezer:
Standing tall and elegant with a gorgeous high-gloss rose gold finish, the Electrolux 421L NutriFresh Inverter Bottom Mount Refrigerator is designed for both aesthetics and the ultimate functionality. With its TasteLock Crispers and NutriPlus™ filter features, this fridge helps create a sealed, humid environment to lock in nutrients for longer, allowing your fruits and vegetables to stay fresh for seven days. Moreover, its 360 Cooling function also effectively maintains a cool, stable temperature on each shelf, keeping your food fresher and tastier for longer.
When it comes to storage, the Electrolux fridge provides 125L of freezer space with three separate drawers, which allows you to organize all your food items neatly. It also has a flexible door bin space that you can slide out to store either large or small bottles and jars. Best yet, this fridge is designed with TasteGuard technology which eliminates 99.8% of bacteria. For those concerned with specifications, the fridge measures 1725 mm (H) x 699 mm (W) x 723 mm (D).
Why buy this:
- TasteLock Crisper and NutriPlus ™ filter to keep fruits and vegetables fresh up to 7 days
- TasteGuard technology eliminates 99.8% of bacteria
- High-gloss rose gold finish for the perfect centrepiece of a modern kitchen
- Also has a flexible door bin space to store large bottles to small jars
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Why buy this:
- This model comes with Samsung’s digital inverter compressor that automatically adjusts the compressor speed in response to cooling demand. It uses less energy, minimises noise, and reduces wear and tears for longer-lasting performance. The compressor comes with a 10-year warranty.
- Uniquely, this model comes with a foldable shelf that gives you the flexibility to fit taller items (a problem I always face when trying to fit bottles into the main compartment as they are too tall to stand).
- The door guards have been made deeper for more storage (can hold two rows of sofa cans).
- Also has a deodorising filter and an activated carbon filter, ensuring your food stays preserved and fresh for longer
|Check price on Shopee and Lazada >|
If you want to buy a refrigerator with a smaller capacity, check out Panasonic NR-BV329XSSG 322Litre 2-Door Fridge, 2 Ticks.
Side-By-Side Door Fridge
For this design, the fridge and freezer are located side by side. This design is gaining popularity due to its greater range of features (i.e. water and ice dispenser, touch controls) and elegant design. For our new home, I initially planned to buy a top-mounted fridge but ended up buying a side-by-side fridge due to our narrow kitchen (the doors are narrower than the top or bottom mounts). It ended up being the best decision I made because the large freezer space is so useful.
Buy: If you want ample storage and modern features, or if you have a narrow kitchen
Don’t buy: I can’t really think of a downside of this refrigerator other than it might be slightly pricer than the first two types. That being said, you can get some pretty good discounts on older models.
Best Side-By-Side Door Fridge in Singapore:
Why buy this:
- This model uses SpaceMax Technology™ to increase the storage space without increasing the dimensions
- Twin Cooling Plus™ ensures optimal humidity, so food stays fresher
- This refrigerator comes with Precise Chef Cooling Technology. The independent coolers in every compartment cool every corner evenly while advanced insulation reduces any temperature fluctuation.
- Digital Inverter Technology senses and controls temperature precisely to ensure ultimate freshness
- Also comes with an ice and water dispenser for ultimate convenience.
- The sleek and stylish design elevates your kitchen aesthetic
|Check price on Shopee >|
If you want cheaper side-by-side fridges in Singapore without the ice/water dispenser, you can check out Samsung RS62K61A17P 620 Litre Side-by-Side Fridge with Twin Cooling Plus, 3 Ticks.
French Door Fridge
This is a combination of side-by-side and bottom-freezer models. The french door fridge is a culmination of trying to offer it all. Because of that, these are usually the priciest options, packed with advanced features and smart compartments. But the benefit of french door refrigerators with multiple doors is that you do not end up opening the entire compartment just to grab a drink, so your refrigerator gets to save energy regulating only that unit you have just opened.
Buy: If you have a big budget and want the nicest refrigerator money can buy
Don’t buy: If you are hunting for a bargain
Best French Door Fridge in Singapore:
Why buy this:
This Mitsubishi 6-door fridge is the ultimate refrigerator for a luxury home. The tempered glass doors make for a classy finish. Made in Japan, this fridge is a combination of functional and fancy. It comprises of Mitsubishi Electric Neuro Inverter compressor which gradually slows or speeds up to maintain optimum temperatures, so it does not matter whether you open your refrigerator doors often, or leave them closed on a vacation. This compressor is more efficient compared to a traditional fixed-speed compressor. It also adopts a technology that memorises your household usage patterns, meaning it runs on minimal energy overnight to save more energy.
|Check price on Lazada >|
If you prefer another brand, check out LG GF-Q6018MT 601 Litre French Door Fridge, 2 Ticks.
Compact Door Fridge
Also known as a mini-fridge or bar fridge, these compact door refrigerators are usually seen in hotel rooms. Its smaller size and reduced capacity make it perfect for keeping smaller stuff such as beverages, juices, and fruits. It is a refrigerator for the lounge or bar.
Best Compact Fridge in Singapore:
Why buy this:
This fridge though tiny comes with a freezer compartment. There is also lighting inside, and a reversible door for flexibility.
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If you want an option that separates the freezer and chiller, check out Powerpac PPF85 71Litre Bar Fridge, 2 Ticks
Single Door Fridge
Keeping to its namesake, single-door refrigerators have yes you guessed it, only 1 door. Due to the space constraints of this design, the freezer compartment tends to be very small. Most people purchase this not for their kitchens, but for their entertainment room. You will be able to find some very interesting and retro designs for single-door fridges in Singapore.
Best Single Door Fridge in Singapore:
Why buy this:
SMEG has introduced a retro series to relive the era when we keep soda bottles in these fridges. Plus, the vintage retro design and vibrant colour are attractive and will make for a conversation starter!
|Check price on Lazada >|
Another option to check out would be the Tecno TFR1288 1 Door Retro Fridge that comes in Mint Blue, Lime Green, and Cream.
For those of you who love to drink wine, you probably know that wine tastes best when stored at its optimum temperature. A wine cooler creates the most ideal condition to store your wine compared to household fridges in Singapore, which is an environment too cold for the wine. A white wine that is too cold can taste too tart, whereas reds that are too warm can taste fruitless and unstructured. And at the wrong temperature, wines can also lose all the aromas that you may enjoy. Household refrigerators are also designed to remove the humidity from the air in your fridges, whereas a wine cooler maintains the humidity, to keep your corks wet and slow down the aging process.
Storing your wine at the right temperature will allow it to age successfully, and a wine cooler will keep your wine drinkable for a much longer period of time, even improving the taste of many wines. If you are a wine lover, be sure to get your own cooler. It is much cheaper than a cellar and will ensure your good wines don’t go to waste!
Best Wine Cooler to Buy:
This Europace wine cooler features a 3 layered clear glass door that gives better thermal insulation and energy efficiency. This model comes with a 5 years compressor warranty and 1-year parts warranty.
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For an even bigger storage capacity, check out Bosch 368L KSW38940 Dual-Zone Wine Cooler (197 bottles).
4. Energy Efficiency
Make sure to buy fridges in Singapore that are energy efficient. The last thing you want is for your refrigerator to bump up your electrical bill and you get a whopping sum to pay off each month. Also, it’s easy to find energy-efficient fridges in Singapore: just look for the energy label like the one above!
Get a fridge with at least 2 to 3 ticks. It can pay off to spend more for a refrigerator with one more tick, as the bill savings can offset the higher cost you pay for the fridge at the start. For example, if an extra tick allows you to save $10 per month on electricity, that will work up to $120 per year, and $1,200 for 10 years or more, which is the life expectancy of a good refrigerator in Singapore.
The modern refrigerators of today have plenty of new features. Some brands also have their own patented technology that can improve your refrigerator performance i.e. Samsung’s Twin Cooling Plus. Whether practical or fancy, it is key to figure out which features are essential to you. Here are some of the add-on features that we’ve seen:
- Ice/water dispenser: this one can also be particularly useful, especially if you fancy that ice-cold drink after a long day at work. Check out Samsung RS64R5304B4/SS for this function.
- Quick chill: Need something to chill quickly? This function allows you to prep for a party just hours in advance by quickly chilling your drinks, or if you are making that delicious no-bake tiramisu of yours. Check out Samsung RT46K237DX for this function.
- Convertible compartments: This allows you to make your fridge more flexible by converting your freezer to a chiller if needed. Check out Samsung RT46K237DX for this function.
- Touch screens with digital smarts: Smart TVs are now the norm, and soon our refrigerators will all turn smart too.
Cheap Fridges in Singapore
If you have a tight budget, here are some fridges/refrigerators in Singapore that is affordable. If you are on a budget, I suggest going for the top-mounted design and doing away with any fancy or high-tech features. That said, I would only choose to buy a refrigerator with at least 2 ticks, as I think the higher bill charges that you get from 1 tick are not worth the cheaper price upon purchase. I also only shortlist well-known brands as they have proven reliability. The last thing I want for you is to buy a cheap fridge thinking you saved a lot of money, only to have it spoil quickly and have to replace it with another, resulting in inconvenience and more money spent.
Cheapest Top Mounted Freezer Refrigerators in Singapore:
Under 300 Litre Capacity: Electrolux ETB2802H-A 256 Litre NutriFresh 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) $685 or Samsung RT25FARAD 255 Litre 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) $599
Exactly 300 – 400 Litre Capacity: Samsung RT38K503ADX 384L Twin Cooling Plus™ Top Mount Freezer, (3 Ticks) $1,108
Above 400 Litre Capacity: LG GT-B4387PZ 438 Litre 2 Door Fridge + Wifi (3 Ticks) $1,239 or Sharp SJ-PG55P 556Litre 2 Door Fridge (3 Ticks) $1,499
For other configurations, below are the cheapest refrigerators to buy in Singapore:
Bottom Mount Freezer: Samsung RB30N4050S8 290 Litre 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) $829, Hitachi R-BG415P6MSX 330 Litre Inverter 2 Door Fridge (3 Ticks) $933 – this model comes in 2 colours, or Electrolux EBE4500B 421 Litre Inverter 2 Door Fridge $1,246
Side by Side Refrigerators: Samsung RS62R5004M9 647 Litre Spacemax Side by Side Fridge (2 Ticks) $1,729
French Door Refrigerators: Hitachi R-W635P4MS 509 Litre 4 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) + Free Gift $1,438
*Please note that prices above are accurate as of posting. I also marked down the discounted prices and not the full retail price.
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