The Refrigerator Thread

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In the market for a brand new, decent, mid-sized refrigerator. Price range is Rs. 22-26k.

Which brand is the most reliable, long-lasting and recommended based on experience? Dawlance, Haier, LG, Pel, Orient, Waves or other?

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I would prefer a National No-frost type, be it used or new.

LG or Dawlance are good brands, they are in market for a long time.

On Mars, you would need a different kind of refrigerator :)

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Waves, Dawlance - BS. Give it a try if you still want to.

Quality can only be decided after using 3-4 years.

A new refrig. will obviously work fine for quite some time no matter who the vendor is.

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i want ice cube maker !!any help what brand makes those and where to get

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In the market for a brand new, decent, mid-sized refrigerator. Price range is Rs. 22-26k. Which brand is the most reliable, long-lasting and recommended based on experience? Dawlance, Haier, LG, Pel, Orient, Waves or other?

One of the fridge that we have is National no-frost. My father bought it like 22~25 years ago and it is still kicking. Whereas, Waves that was bought about about 15 years ago have problems and the "body" is not good enough while the compressor is still good. Whereas, one of my friend has Waves (bought about 10 years ago) and they have to replace the compressor. One of my cousin had bought Dawlance about 5 years ago and it is still going good. Hence, it is hard to say which will work or not.

By the way, no-frost and frost models are their own advantages and disadvantages too. Frost consumes slightly less electricity and give more cooling, plus less chances of producing problems, but frost is the problem. Whereas, in my experience no-frost is good as it doesn't have frost problem but because it is little bit more complicated then frost-model, that's why there are more chances that thermostat or any other thing may get out-of-order and create problems (excessive heating, not good cooling etc.). If frost is a problem for you then get no-frost, otherwise get frost fridge. Plus, always invest in a good brand. It gives you longer life for product. But always get warranty. Electronics without warranty is gambling.

By the way, when you are going to buy such an expensive machine, then please get a really good quality voltage stabilizer. People usually invest 25k to 30k on fridge but spend only 1000 on a third-class voltage stabilizer. Voltage stabilizer is very important in Pakistan. Otherwise, your fridge can go south any time, all thanks to WAPDA.

i want ice cube maker !!any help what brand makes those and where to get

Planning to start lemonade tycoon business? :P

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Anyone found any G.E. refrig... anywhere?

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I think I have seen used GE refrigerators at some used household markets in Islamabad. Usually diplomats bring them and then sell before they leave.

Are you interested in buying GE fridge ?

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Loadshedding will not allow you to use no-frost fridge.

Go for Dawlance or Orient. Both are good. Cousin bought these two they both working.

I am also using National no-frost fridge since 1990. Only changed its compressor to Denfos Compressor once.

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In my home we have no frost national since 1975(that's 37 year) without a single problem. Bought waves and Dawlance and had to sell them due to compressor, rubber seal at door issues. Bought Samsung, Electrolux and Siemens and they are very good specially Siemens because of energy class A+. Buy the best brand you can afford preferably non-desi brands. I think foriegn brands have years of R&D experience and legacy.

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This is typically my field :)

LG/Hitachi/Samsung/Siemens if you can buy/afford And all are imported.

But in Local brands Haier is at top :) Believe me, being dealer of Dawlance, Pel, Waves, Orient, Dawlance, I konw on bases of my sales and feed back.... Haier is best....

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And yes Thanks to WAPDA every fridge now a days is NO-FROST :D

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there are still original japanese imported fridges available in the market, but their sizes are too big and will cost you around 70k which is out of your budget. I would suggest to never buy second hand fridges because you never know how they have been used. Always buy new and in warranty.

I was in the market 2 months ago to buy a good fridge and looked at the brands, Dawlance, Pel, Waves, Orient. after comparing different brands I figured that haier is the best one I can get in my budget which was the same as yours...they have a lot of features including easily replaceable rubbers, solid construction, etc

you can check out some other features of their fridges here:

http://www.haier.com...1&cat=3&type=41

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I think I have seen used GE refrigerators at some used household markets in Islamabad. Usually diplomats bring them and then sell before they leave.

Are you interested in buying GE fridge ?

No not really, but thanks for the input. :)

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This is typically my field :)

LG/Hitachi/Samsung/Siemens if you can buy/afford And all are imported.

But in Local brands Haier is at top :) Believe me, being dealer of Dawlance, Pel, Waves, Orient, Dawlance, I konw on bases of my sales and feed back.... Haier is best....

Thanks mate. Valuable input. A couple of other guys have also recommended Haier so I guess I'll have to narrow down my search to Haier and Siemens. Now let's see if we can keep the Saddar electronics market open for a few days and if I can find one that fits my budget. :)

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Thank you all for sharing. Excellent info which will come in dandy while browsing the electronics market.

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One of the fridge that we have is National no-frost. My father bought it like 22~25 years ago and it is still kicking. Whereas, Waves that was bought about about 15 years ago have problems and the "body" is not good enough while the compressor is still good. Whereas, one of my friend has Waves (bought about 10 years ago) and they have to replace the compressor. One of my cousin had bought Dawlance about 5 years ago and it is still going good. Hence, it is hard to say which will work or not.

By the way, no-frost and frost models are their own advantages and disadvantages too. Frost consumes slightly less electricity and give more cooling, plus less chances of producing problems, but frost is the problem. Whereas, in my experience no-frost is good as it doesn't have frost problem but because it is little bit more complicated then frost-model, that's why there are more chances that thermostat or any other thing may get out-of-order and create problems (excessive heating, not good cooling etc.). If frost is a problem for you then get no-frost, otherwise get frost fridge. Plus, always invest in a good brand. It gives you longer life for product. But always get warranty. Electronics without warranty is gambling.

By the way, when you are going to buy such an expensive machine, then please get a really good quality voltage stabilizer. People usually invest 25k to 30k on fridge but spend only 1000 on a third-class voltage stabilizer. Voltage stabilizer is very important in Pakistan. Otherwise, your fridge can go south any time, all thanks to WAPDA.

Planning to start lemonade tycoon business? :P

But do you agree with @imran in this thread who said that no-frost is not a good option because of the frequent power outages? I suppose no-frost means the temperature will rise faster because there's no frost buildup inside the freezer... Thoughts? Suggestions?

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there is still original japanese imported fridges available in the market, but their sizes are too big and will cost you around 70k which is out of your budget. never buy second hand fridges because you never know how they have been used. Always buy new and in warranty.

I was in the market 2 months ago to buy a good fridge and looked at the brands, Dawlance, Pel, Waves, Orient. after comparing different brands I figured that haier is the best one I can get

in my bduget which was the same as yours...they have a lot of features including easily replaceable rubbers, solid construction, etc

you can check out some other features of their fridges here:

http://www.haier.com...1&cat=3&type=41

Many thanks, but 65k does not fit my budget. I suppose you mean to say that they have units available in the price range I mentioned above?

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Ijaz Ahmed

No i was only curious.

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But do you agree with @imran in this thread who said that no-frost is not a good option because of the frequent power outages? I suppose no-frost means the temperature will rise faster because there's no frost buildup inside the freezer... Thoughts? Suggestions?

Load-shedding is not good for any kind of electronics, including refrigerators. Whether frost or no-frost, it will lose cooling with long hours of load-shedding. Frost fridges do one thing, when compressor is on, it is freezing and when the desired temperature is reached the thermostat will turn off the compressor and the cycles goes on. Same thing happens with no-frost but an additional step is added to this cycle and that is, a heating phase is added, in which the temperature is raised (instead of cooling) to melt down the buildup ice. That's how you get "no-frost" because the "frost" is melted down with higher temperature. Does load-shedding can affect it, of course it can. Load-shedding is bad, really bad. All electronic appliances are created with Western technologies in mind, where the load-shedding is not expected. Load-shedding is the "quality" of this sh!t-hole (i.e., this country) and appliances are not created with load-shedding in mind. Enjoy living in hell-on-earth. :D

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Again Buy any model from them, it is better than all locally assembled brands......

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I've heard good things about LG. From what I've heard it's pretty reliable and durable. Will check it out.

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Hoover/Maytag and GE would last longer than the local stuff. They are likely more expensive too.

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Hoover/Maytag and GE would last longer than the local stuff. They are likely more expensive too.

Yes, quite "likely" indeed.

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I've heard good things about LG. From what I've heard it's pretty reliable and durable. Will check it out.

LG is good no doubt but it is not locally assembled, it is imported I guess and also in expensive range...

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