As with buying a television, buying a fridge in Singapore can feel equally as daunting. As a fridge is a big purchase item, 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, 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 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 (best fridges to buy in Singapore).
This article was updated on 5 February 2020.
2020 Fridge Singapore Buying Guide + Best Fridge to Buy in Singapore
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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 to buy.
- 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 fridge.
- Make sure to buy your fridge from a reputable brand like Samsung and LG (I name the best fridge brands below). There is no point in skimping on your fridge 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 fridge in Singapore can sit anywhere between $500 to $5,000 onwards. I would suggest budgeting about $1,000 – $2,000 for your fridge. That budget will allow you to browse through pretty good options of good sizes.
- Buy a fridge that is energy efficient. Look out for the energy label and buy a fridge 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.
Best Fridges to Buy in Singapore (Our Recommendations)
- Top Freezer: Samsung Twin Cooling Plus™ Top Mount Freezer, 453L, Energy Rating 3 Ticks (RT46K237DX)
- Bottom Mount Freezer: Samsung RL4354RBABS 436L 2-Door Fridge, 3 Ticks
- Side-By-Side Door Fridge Singapore: Samsung RS68N8322S9 617Litre Side-by-Side Fridge with Twin Cooling Plus, 3 Ticks
- French Door Fridge Singapore: Mitsubishi MR-WX61Z 484 Litre Folio Series 6-Door Fridge, 3 Ticks
- Compact Fridge Singapore: Electrolux EUM0900SA 85Litre Bar Fridge, 2 Ticks
- Single Door Fridge Singapore: EuropAce 396 Retro Fridge 85 Litre Red
- Wine Cooler: Europace EWV 1331S Wine Cooler with Clear Glass Door (33 Bottles)
- For many colours: Bosch KGC36IJ3AG 2-door fridge
- If I’m on a budget: Samsung RT38K503ADX 384L Twin Cooling Plus™ Top Mount Freezer, 3 Ticks
- Value buy: Bosch KDN56VI35N 507 Litre 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks)
FAQ about Buying a Fridge in Singapore
Q: 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 fridge 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 fridge is 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 fridge alone and not have money for anything else.
Q: 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 go through them in detail below under the section How do I choose which fridge to buy?.
Q: Which is the best fridge brand?
The well-known brands for fridges are:
- Popular fridge brands: Samsung, LG
- Other good fridge 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
Q: Which is the best place to buy a fridge in Singapore?
You used to only be able to buy a fridge from stores, but now you can purchase them online for the ultimate convenience and enjoy discounted prices! Lazada is my go-to for shopping electronics. If you prefer to see the fridge in-person, you can always pop by to 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 fridge can fit through the door into your kitchen. That being said, the delivery people usually can dismantle the door of the fridge 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. We bought a Samsung 620 liter fridge with Twin Cooling Plus (RS62K60A7SL).
For a household with two people, a capacity of 300 litre will work. For an average family of four, get a model that is above 400 litre.
3. Door configuration
Next up on the list is door configuration. The modern fridges of today 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. The top freezer has the main chiller section at the bottom and a smaller freezer compartment on 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 freezer).
Best Top Mount Freezer:
Why buy this fridge:
- 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 fridge and the freezer.
- This fridge also comes with a Deodorising filter to eliminate any unpleasant odours. If you need more fridge 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 fridge 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 fridge I bought for my mother’s place.
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:
Why buy this fridge:
- 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).
- This model also has the deodorising filter and an activated carbon filter, ensuring your food stays preserved and fresh for longer
If you want to buy a fridge 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. We bought the Samsung RS62K60A7SL 620 liter fridge with Twin Cooling Plus.
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 fridge 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 Fridge:
- 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 fridge 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
- It comes with an ice and water dispenser for ultimate convenience.
- The sleek and stylish design elevates your kitchen aesthetic
If you want a cheaper side-by-side fridge without the ice/water dispenser, you can check out Samsung RS62K61A17P 620 Litre Side-by-Side Fridge with Twin Cooling Plus, 3 Ticks or LG GS-B6267GV 626 Litre Side-by-Side Door Fridge, 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. These are usually the priciest options, packed with advanced features and smart compartments. The benefit of a french door fridge with multiple doors is that you do not end up opening the entire compartment just to grab a drink, so your fridge gets to save energy regulating only that unit you have just opened.
Buy: If you have a big budget and want the nicest fridge money can buy
Don’t buy: If you are hunting for a bargain
Best French Door Fridge in Singapore:
Why buy this fridge:
This Mitsubishi 6-door fridge is the ultimate fridge 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 fridge doors often, or leave it 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. For a slightly smaller option, there is a 415-Litre model here.
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 fridges 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 fridge for the lounge or bar.
Best Compact Fridge in Singapore:
Why buy this fridge:
This fridge though tiny comes with a freezer compartment. There is also lighting inside, and a reversible door for flexibility.
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 space constraint 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.
Best Single Door Fridge in Singapore:
Why buy this fridge:
EuropAce has introduced a retro series to relive the era where we keep soda bottles in these fridges. The vintage retro design and vibrant colour is attractive and will make for a conversation starter! It comes with a built-in freezer and uses an R600 compressor. It is also available in White.
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 a household fridge, 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. At the wrong temperature, wines can lose all the aromas that you may enjoy. Household fridges are also designed to remove the humidity from the air in your fridge, whereas a wine cooler maintains the humidity, to keep your corks wet and slow down the ageing 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.
For a dual-zone wine cooler, check out EuropAce EQC 6910 Dual-Zone Wine Cooler 91 Bottles). It has two separate compartments with independent temperature controls, allowing you to keep your reds and whites separately. It can hold up to 91 bottles! For even bigger storage capacity, check out Bosch 368 Litre KSW38940 Dual-Zone Wine Cooler (97 bottles). If you are a serious wine lover and want something more upmarket, check out Bodega.
Make sure to buy a fridge that is energy efficient. The last thing you want is for your fridge to bump up your electrical bill and you get a whopping sum to pay off each month. It is easy to find an energy-efficient fridge 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 fridge 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 be $120 per year, and $1,200 for 10 years or more, which is the life expectancy of a good fridge in Singapore.
The modern fridges 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 be particularly useful, especially if you fancy that ice-cold drink after a long day at work. Check out Samsung RS68N8322S9 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.
- Instaview: This InstaView Door-in-Door function allows you to see the contents in the fridge without opening the door = no cold air loss. Check out this LG 601 Litre Side-by-Side Fridge. or the French Door model (they also have it in matt black). You can also check out Samsung’s Family Hub Multi Door Fridge with the Instaview function.
- Touch screens with digital smarts: Smart TVs are now the norm, and soon our fridges will all turn smart too.
Colour & Finish
While the plain ol’ refrigerators used to come in only white or silver, now you will find many colours and finishings available to complement your kitchen aesthetic. Check out this Bosch KGC36IJ3AG 2-door fridge that comes in 10 colors! You can choose red, green, even yellow! If you are going for an eclectic look, this fridge is perfect for you. Or if you are going for a monochrome theme, the stylish black will be a perfect fit.
For a more artistic design, check out this Hitachi R-W635P4MS 509 Litre 4-Door Fridge.
Cheap Fridges to Buy in Singapore
If you have a tight budget, here are some cheap fridges that are affordable. If you are on a budget, I suggest going for the top-mounted design and do away with any fancy or high-tech features. That said, I would only choose to buy a fridge with at least 2 ticks, as I think the higher bill charges that you get from 1 tick is not worth the cheaper price upon purchase. I also only shortlist from 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 Fridges in Singapore:
Under 300 Litre Capacity:
- Electrolux ETB2802H-A 256 Litre NutriFresh 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) $508 (Electrolux also has a 320 Litre model here for $659)
- Samsung RT25FARAD 255 Litre 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) $549
- LG GR-B2757PZ 253 Litre 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) + 2 year warranty $625
300 – 400 Litre Capacity:
- Hitachi R-V410P8MS 339 Litre Inverter 2-Door Fridge (3 Ticks) $699
- Samsung RT38K503ADX 384L Twin Cooling Plus™ Top Mount Freezer, (3 Ticks) $899
- Electrolux ETB4600BA 431 Litre Inverter 2-Door Fridge (3 Ticks) $859
Above 400 Litre Capacity:
- LG GT-B4387PZ 438 Litre 2 Door Fridge + Wifi (3 Ticks) $1,069
- Bosch KDN56VI35N 507 Litre 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) $1,079
- Sharp SJ-PG55P 556Litre 2 Door Fridge (3 Ticks) $1,128
For the other configurations, below are the cheapest fridges to buy in Singapore:
Bottom Mount Freezer
- Samsung RB30N4050S8 290 Litre 2 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) $799
- Hitachi R-BG415P6MSX 330 Litre Inverter 2 Door Fridge (3 Ticks) $868 – this model comes in 3 colours
- Electrolux EBE4500B 421 Litre Inverter 2 Door Fridge $1,068 (Here is a 450 Litre option)
Side by Side Fridge
- Midea MRM584S 515 Litre Side by Side Fridge (2 Ticks) $999
- Hitachi R-S705P2MS 605 Litre Side-by-Side Fridge (2 Ticks) $1,388
- Samsung RS62R5004M9 647 Litre Spacemax Side by Side Fridge (2 Ticks) $1,599
French Door Fridge
- Hitachi R-W635P4MS 509 Litre 4 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) + Free Gift $1,398
- Panasonic NR-CY558 547 Litre 3 Door Fridge (2 Ticks) $1,399
*Please note that prices above are accurate as of posting. I marked down the discounted prices and not the full retail price.
Financing your home purchase
If you would like to take up a loan for your home purchases, consider a personal loan, as renovation loans do not give you the cash upfront. You can find the best personal loan suitable for you on Singsaver.
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