The decision to buy a refrigerator is a big one in India because it’s an expensive home appliance for most people. If you are also planning to buy a refrigerator anytime soon or upgrade the existing one, you should know that there are two key types of refrigerators, frost-free and direct cool. Frost-free ones, as the name, suggests automatically remove the frost from the freezer to allow you to keep it clean easily. Direct cool ones, on the other hand, will require you to clean the ice manually.
Now that you know the basic differences, it’s time to know about the differences in detail so that you can choose the one most suitable for you.
What is Direct Cool Technology?
In this technology, the cool air circulates naturally without any help, and you can’t control the temperature distribution. So, the ice can form anytime, and you have to clean it manually or by pushing a button. Most refrigerators with this technology are single door ones.
What is Frost-Free Technology?
In this technology, there is an equal distribution of cool air inside the refrigerator thanks to electric fans. The ice is not formed. So, there is no need to put the defrost button frequently or worse, clean the ice manually.
Frost-Free Refrigerators vs. Direct Cool Refrigerators
- Frost-Free refrigerators are expensive, and they consume more energy than direct cool refrigerators.
- Frost-Free refrigerators can be single, double, triple door or even side-by-side door refrigerators while direct cool refrigerators usually have one door.
- Frost-Free refrigerators have a high capacity than direct cool ones which are limited to 250 liters capacity only.
- As direct cool refrigerators make use of natural convection, they provide instant cooling capabilities but fail to maintain consistent temperatures over time, which is an asset of frost-free refrigerators.
- Frost-Free refrigerators are better at keeping food fresh as compared to direct cool refrigerators.
- Frost-Free refrigerators can become overheated (the exteriors turn hot), but direct cool refrigerators don’t have such a problem.
- Frost-Free refrigerators have fully covered coils while in direct cool refrigerators, these are exposed and vulnerable to dust.
- Frost-free refrigerators are perfect for residential use and large families while direct cool refrigerators are mostly suitable for industrial use or small families.
- Frost-free refrigerators are considered advanced and latest while direct cool refrigerators are considered obsolete.
We hope that all this information will help you to choose a suitable refrigerator for you. We suggest frost-free options as they are a long-term investment and seem worthy of every penny when you don’t have to break the ice every few days. But, as we always say at Consumer Voice, the choice is yours!