Is No Frost Refrigerator Worth the Investment?
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Is No Frost Refrigerator Worth the Investment?

Published on December 01, 2021 • 6 minutes read
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Aside from celebrating with the family, the holiday means bonuses and 13th-month pay. However, that doesn’t mean you can spend on whatever you want. It is always wise to put the extra money you will receive this season into good use. Appliances are what you could spend them on, as there is a high likelihood that you will use them frequently. Refrigerators, for example, are always present in every household. They work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When was the last time you replaced your fridge? If your answer is "never," then it may be time to get a new one. There are many available fridge options in the market, such as direct cool, light commercial, and no frost refrigerator. Before you buy, it’s always best to check the functions, features, and refrigerator prices in the Philippines.

What is the Difference Between a No Frost and Direct Cool Refrigerator?

When shopping for a new ref, remember that not all of them are the same. A distinction would be whether it’s direct cool, also called “manual or semi-automatic defrost,” or no frost. A direct cool refrigerator uses a traditional cooling system that relies on natural convection to make its inside cold. On the other hand, a no frost fridge uses fans that prevent ice from building up, hence the name. Which one to choose depends on your needs, as they both offer advantages. One is not better than the other. For example, direct cool refrigerators are affordable, so they are recommended for businesses. No frost refrigerators also have many benefits, which we will discuss below.

How does a No Frost Refrigerator Work?

To fully appreciate a no frost fridge, we have to understand how it works. To prevent ice from building up inside the unit, it utilizes three important parts: a timer, a heating coil, and a temperature sensor. With the timer, the unit turns on the heating coils at regular intervals, usually every six (6) hours depending on the brand or model. The heating coils, which are within the freezer coils, melt the ice. Then, the temperature sensor goes to work. When the temperature goes beyond 0 degrees Celsius, it turns off the heater. Then, the cycle goes on.

Pros & Cons of No Frost Refrigerators

A no frost ref offers a lot of advantages, but it also has some downsides. Consider them carefully before deciding to buy one.


  • Never do manual defrosting ever again.

Defrosting can be a tedious task, as it requires you to schedule time to unplug the unit and wait for the ice to melt. You can make this process faster by using a fan to melt the ice, while some get creative and use a blow dryer. With a no frost refrigerator, you don’t have to worry about ice build-ups ever.

  • Keep your fruits and vegetables fresh!

Ice build-ups may affect the quality and taste of fruits and vegetables, especially if it’s not arranged properly. With a no frost refrigerator, you can ensure that you have fresh and tasty ingredients for your salad.

  • Maximize storage.

Ice build-ups take the space meant for your food items. With a no frost refrigerator, you can maximize your unit’s space, which keeps your fridge more organized.


  • No frost fridge is usually more expensive.

You may need to save up more as a no frost fridge costs more than a direct cool ref. Good thing though that many no frost refs are energy efficient, so you still save on electricity costs.

  • Some no frost fridges produce low-level noise.

If you’re particular about the appliance’s noise, then a no frost refrigerator may not be for you. Compared to other refrigerator types, some no frost fridges create a hissing or buzzing sound due to their compressor. However, this may not be a big deal, since the noise level is usually minimal.

Best No Frost Refrigerator Features

If you’re now convinced that a no frost refrigerator is the right one for you, here are our recommended Condura units.

No Frost Fridge for Individuals and Small Families

Condura Prima No Frost Inverter Refrigerator 7NF is a two-door, 7.9 cu. ft. no frost fridge with a large storage capacity. It has a 53-liter freezer and three tempered glass shelves, a chiller, and a crisper, so you can store a lot of food items. If you want something a bit bigger, try the Condura Prima 8NF, which is 8.8 cu. ft. Despite the size difference, both have an energy efficiency factor (EEF) of 344, which means it doesn’t consume too much electricity. When you get this, your electricity cost per day will only be at P7.56 (based on Meralco's average daily rate from October to December 2020). If you want more storage, then Condura has its Prima 9NF model. At 9.6 cu. ft., it has a 53-liter freezer with two (2) freezer racks, a chiller, a crisper, two (2) tempered glass fridge shelves, 4 full-width door racks. With a higher EEF of 409, the daily electricity cost is only P7.06.

No Frost Fridge for Home and Small Business

For homes, the Condura Ultima No Frost Inverter Multi Door Refrigerator is a stylish and functional addition to your kitchen. Its Low Temperature Catalyst (LTC) sterilization protects food from bacteria by filtering air pollutants such as molds and dust mites, ensuring that food for your family is safe. It's one smart machine, with its Power Off Memory that saves settings in case of a power failure and resumes when the power is returned. It also has an alarm that sets off when the fridge and freezer door are left open after more than 90 seconds. For a touch of luxury inside your home without burning a hole in your pocket, the Condura Ultima No Frost Side-by-Side Refrigerator is the one for you. Choose between the Gloss Black or Lustrous Silver design. Whichever you choose, experience sheer convenience at your fingertips. With just one touch, you can conveniently change the temperature setting according to your liking. If you’re a big fan of cooking and require a big freezer, then the Condura No Frost Ultima Bottom Freezer is recommended for you. It has the biggest freezer space (among 9 cu. ft bottom freezers of selected brands in the local market) that can house up to 97L (12 cu.ft) and 84L (9 cu.ft) food items. But don’t worry about having high electricity bill because with its high EEF, electricity consumption is only as low as P6* per day (based on Meralco Average Daily Rate from October-December, CBF-254i Model).

No Frost Fridge for Business

If you have a food business, be it a small one or already established, then you’re in for a treat, as Condura has a line of no freeze refs just for you. The Condura Negosyo No frost Inverter Pro Refrigerator 7NF, 8NF, and 9NF models were designed with negosyantes in mind. All models mentioned use Double Cooling Technology, a feature important for those in the food business, as it prevents food odor and taste from mixing. If for example, you sell meat products and also offer fruits, you don’t want your fruits tasting or smelling like meat, right? Another cool feature of Condura Negosyo No Frost Inverter Pro Refrigerator is its Vacation Mode. Suppose your store is closed on some days, so you don’t need the ref to work to full blast. With the vacation mode, the no frost freezer feature sets its minimum default temperature at -16 degrees Celsius, while its room temperature will be at +17 degrees Celsius. This will let you save electricity while ensuring that the meats in your freezer remain fresh.

Where to Buy No Frost Refrigerator

Being a Filipino brand, Condura knows the Filipinos’ unique needs as well. That’s why it provides better home solutions for the Filipino family toward a richer and more successful home life. And with its products especially made for businesses, Condura is also the Filipino's Ka-Asenso Partner. Now, owning a Condura refrigerator is easy. Aside from being known for its low refrigerator price in the Philippines, Condura products are also now available online. You may buy directly from our online stores (Concept Store, Lazada Flagship Store, and Shopee Mall) or buy from our dealer partners’ online stores.