When R and I first started checking the prices of refrigerators in Malaysia, we saw that stainless steel models were well over 3,000myr (this is for a stand-alone not built in models which are incredibly expensive here). At the time, seeing that stainless steel was not in our budget, I reluctantly decided I would give in and go for a refrigerator with a gray color surface. It really was a let down, because all of the accents in this kitchen are supposed to be stainless steel.
But wait, from the time we arrived to now, the prices on stainless steel refrigerators have dropped considerably and there are new models flooding the market! I’m happy about this... at least the budget kitchen will have stainless steel accents.
So the next question was what model makes the most sense for us? We looked at models from LG, Sharp, Samsung, Hitachi and Panasonic. And have decided to go with Panasonic’s Eco Fresh model with ‘Intelligent Inverter’ the largest model Panasonic NR-BY601XS. The model has a capacity of 602 Litres; the refrigerator space seems fine for two people, but the pull out freezer at the bottom of the unit seems a bit small to us. Nevertheless, we are going for this model because Panasonic claims that Intelligent Inverter can save up to 40% energy usage with its fancy Intelligent Microprocessor. I’m hoping that it does because electricity isn’t that cheap here, and since we will be running the air conditioners maybe more than others, we need to try to cut the cost of electricity in the home any way. I have my doubts about Panasonic as a product too, any appliance I’ve ever owned in the US hasn’t been special or high performance in any way and those were products made for the US consumer. Here we have a Panasonic refrigerator built in Malaysia made for Malaysian consumers (like my Honda car built here, it’s just not at the level of my Hondas I had back in the US). Well, I hope Panasonic will be a pleasant surprise, because we may be buying their Eco washing machine and Eco inverter air conditioners too.