Who remembers the old days of refrigerators with a maximum of two doors, no stainless steel, and bereft of any fancy technology? Seeing how modern refrigerators look— a fridge with water and ice dispenser, LED lights, and digital controls—one would think that contemporary refrigerators are super pricey.
However, this may not really be the case.
One of the first electric refrigerators manufactured is the DOMELRE, or the Domestic Electric Refrigerator. Fred W. Wolf Jr. is the American engineer that sparked the revolution of the home fridge.
Back then, he sold his first few units at 900 US Dollars. While the price eventually dropped to 500 US Dollars, it was actually considered inexpensive.
Fast forward to today, where mostly likely, you own a fridge with water and ice dispenser, refrigerators are a kitchen staple and commonplace at every household. Nowadays, the cheapest refrigerator you can find costs around 15,000 PH Pesos (roughly 272 US Dollars).
This is nowhere near the 900 US Dollars that one unit DOMELRE cost. Nonetheless, refrigerators are still a conscious and expensive purchase, particularly the fancy ones that can rise all the way to six-digit PH Pesos.
When looking for the perfect refrigerator of your house and lot, most homeowners always consider all monetary considerations (e.g. cost of unit, maintenance cost, depreciation rate), overall reliability (e.g. durability, temperature control efficiency), and ease of use.
Obviously, to each their own, and every Filipino has a preference or a priority when buying. Regardless, this article will focus on peak refrigerator technology.
When looking for a fridge with water and ice dispenser, here is a list of the best ones to find in the Philippines.
- LG GR-X247CSAV Side by Side Refrigerator
Perhaps, LG has been on top of the Refrigerator game in-terms of pioneering technology. When it comes to a fridge with water and ice dispenser, LG might be the first to come to mind. Their innovative refrigerators are able to blend ease of use with state-of-the-art technology.
The LG GR-X247CSAV Side by Side Refrigerator is one of LG’s most popular models. This fridge comes with LG’s InstaView Door-in-Door technology that allows you to look through your refrigerator without opening it to save electricity.
As with any LG refrigerator, they come with smart technology that lets you control features of the fridge by using the LG ThinQ app on your smartphone. You can even link your refrigerator with Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.
The only drawback of this refrigerator is the price. This model can be bought at 150,000 PH Pesos. But, a fridge with water and ice dispenser, utilizes an inverter motor for less electricity consumption, and is Wi-Fi connected? This fridge will give make every cent of your 150,000 PH Pesos worth it.
- LG RVS-X238MC Side by Side Refrigerator
This article hyped up LG’s legitimacy as a refrigerator manufacturer so here is another fridge by LG.
If this refrigerator model has that same features as the LG refrigerator mentioned above, with only minor drawbacks, then this LG fridge model promises to be an excellent candidate for you house and lot’s kitchen.
Just like the LG GR-X247CSAV, it is a fridge with water and ice dispenser, Smart ThinQ app, InstaView Door-In-Door, and an inverter motor.
You probably will ask, what are the drawbacks? Well, it is a bit smaller and possess no smart self-diagnosis.
But, if you can overlook these drawbacks for a cheaper price, then purchasing this fridge should be a no brainer.
- Samsung RS64T5F01B4
Samsung has garnered the equity of being the world’s most reputable brand for anything electrical, be it electronics or appliances. Therefore, when Samsung began to penetrate the refrigerator market, they were immediately a force to be reckoned with.
Samsung refrigerators are praised for its eye-catching designs and ease of use. However, what separates Samsung from the rest of its competitors is its long lifespan and 10-year warranty.
The Family Hub Series of side-by-side refrigerators established itself as one of the top smart refrigerators available because of its variety of specifications, which included voice command and a reliable auto-refilling water dispenser.
Moving on to the next great feature, this is important for those who own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
If you do own one, meet Bixby, your Samsung refrigerator A.I.Bixby is your personal fridge assistant, from setting alarms to suggesting recipes. Overtime, it will eventually learn your habits and routines and be more useful to you.
Unfortunately, it does cost 124,000 PH Pesos. Regardless, there is one feature that is so cool, who cares about the price?
Remember the old refrigerators that was way more magnetic that current refrigerators that households would stick a lot of paraphernalia on the fridge, from family pictures to recipes? Well, on this Samsung fridge, you can do it digitally using Samsung’s Family Board technology.
Through your smartphone app, you can post recipes, photos and videos, and digital stickers that will be displayed on your Samsung refrigerator. Is that not entertaining?
- Toshiba RS682WE
For the three aforementioned models of a fridge with water and ice dispenser, their respective brands have been from South Korea. But, surely the general public is aware of the competency of Japanese brands when it comes to appliances. Toshiba is one company that comes to mind.
Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation in Tokyo, Japan. Among its diversifying products and services is home appliances. This specific home appliance is a sleek refrigerator from Toshiba.
The Toshiba RS682WE is a dual inverter and double-door refrigerator that is easily one of Toshiba’s best refrigerator models in terms of value for money.
The refrigerator model’s value proposition is quick cooling air—the ability to cool and freeze your food and beverages fast. It is also lovely to look at with its black titanium finish and stainless steel design that elevates is luxurious touch.
As this article mentioned value for money, this refrigerator can be yours for only 58,000 PH Pesos—the first entry into this article where the price is lower than six digits.
- CHiQ 20 CU.FT. CSS20NII Side-by-Side Refrigerator
Among LG, Samsung, Toshiba, and now, CHiQ, the latter is the least prominent.
Sichuan Changhong Electric Co., Ltd., is a Chinese consumer electronics company known more famously for Television manufacturing.
They are known more popularly as Changhong in China but are branded as CHiQ everywhere else.
CHiQ is attempting to compete in a new product line, refrigerators. With the CHiQ 20 CU.FT. CSS20NII Side-by-Side Refrigerator as one of their pioneer models, CHiQ promises to make the refrigerator competition more fierce.
This model is a side-by-side refrigerator that utilizes a no frost inverter with an integrated Water Dispenser. For more features, it comes with adjustable shelves, a built-in filter, a floor temperature of -32°C for its freezers , an electronic control display, and LED display.
Perhaps, to get more CHiQ refrigerators in people’s house and lot and to increase their market share, this CHiQ refrigerator can be bought for 49,000 PH Pesos.
According to their reviews, customers are happy with the product so expect more CHiQ refrigerators to become the norm in Philippine households. Furthermore, while the price is down, now is the best time to buy this fridge.
In the end, everyone has their own preferences and will prioritize certain specifications over others. Regardless, the new standard of a refrigerator must at least come with a water and ice dispenser. If your fridge is living in the past, this article is a sign to come into the new age.
By: Cholo Hermoso