Hitachi R-SF42YMS (SF42YMS) R-SF55YMS (SF55YMS) R-Y6000S Good Inverter Refrigerator | Fridge Review | Consumer Products

Weather in Singapore is extremely hot in recent days. It does not help further when my 8 years old refrigerator broke down. This forced me to search frantically for a new refrigerator replacement. My major requirements for my new fridge are:


a) Eco, Energy saving

b) Space saving ( I have only a max 70x70x180 space to insert into)

c) Cost effective

d) Multi doors to access compartments without opening the whole section

f) Presentable (to match my wine cellar)

First, lets take a look at the new inverter technology vs traditional compressor technology for any refrigerator:

20110509 - Refridgerator Invertor Technology

After sourcing around various reliable brands (Samsung, Sharp, Fisher & Paykel, Mitsubishi, National) which have long history of manufacturing reliable fridges, Hitachi is the only one which provides multi door inverter refrigerator which is compact enough to fit into my required space in the kitchen. Yet, multi door fridges does not come cheap due to chip processing within the fridge to optimise temperature & inverter cooling. Plus, the back of the fridge is fully concealed.

Quick specifications of Hitachi R-SF42YMS:

Made in Japan
6-Door Inverter Refrigerator
Net Capacity 397 Litres
Quick Freezing & Cooling
Well Organised 3-tiered Cases Freezer Compartment
Automatic Ice Maker
Nano Titanium
Door-Opening Alarm
W600 x H1,798 x D659mm

For a small family with basic cooking & storage requirements, this Hitachi R-SF42YMS would be ideal.

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Hitachi fridges comes in few similar models – Hitachi R-SF42YMS, Hitachi R-SF55YMS and Hitachi R-Y6000S. The differences can be summarised in this table:

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A visual comparison between Hitachi R-SF42YMS and Hitachi R-SF55YMS:

i) Hitachi R-SF55YMS (first) has the top adjustable pocket and the air sealed compartment (good for durians etc)

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Hitachi R SF42YMS  Pic  1

ii) Hitachi R-SF55YMS and Hitachi R-SF42YMS have the same 2nd tier compartments – ice maker & for frozen foods

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iii) Hitachi R-SF55YMS (first) and Hitachi R-SF42YMS have the same bottom freezer compartment.

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In conclusion, for budget & size constrains, you can opt for the Hitachi R-SF42YMS. Else, you can head for Hitachi R-Y6000S which can give you a huge storage space with powered door mechanisms. Feels great in a high tech house.

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  11 comments for “Hitachi R-SF42YMS (SF42YMS) R-SF55YMS (SF55YMS) R-Y6000S Good Inverter Refrigerator | Fridge Review | Consumer Products

  1. Cath
    May 24, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Hi, came across your blog post while searching for reviews on a hitachi 5-door fridge for my new flat. Although the model number is different from yours, I believe the technology is similar. May I know if your fridge is still working well? I really the look and tech of their multi door fridges. Thanks!

    • May 25, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Though it has been years, the fridge is still functioning well & the compressor is still quiet! Worth the investment 😉

  2. Cath
    May 25, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Oh that’s great! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Wendy Ho
    April 17, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Just came across your post. I just want to know, for your fridge, does the top part have any additional metal cover (that is different from the main body but more like the cover behind the fridge), and does it feel warm/hot to touch?

    My 6-door Hitachi fridge just arrived. The thing is, I realised that the headroom space for my fridge is only 1-2cm. I frantically checked the manual and it said to leave 5cm headroom space. The sales manager who was serving us at a reputable electronics store had recommended this model to me after my giving him the measurements of fridge space in my cabinet. He said this is a good model and can fit in properly. When I called to question him about the insufficient headroom, he said the heat dissipates by the side, not the top and back and so, it’s ok. I’m not convinced. It was indeed silly of me not to double check on this before buying the fridge. Now, I’m figuring out what to do. Just want to know your actual experience of heat dissipation of your fridge. Though not same model, but maybe similar technology. Thanks.

    • April 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Personally, I observed that the overall heat dissipation of the Hitachi fridge is quite good. The sides are warm but not hot. I too have very narrow headroom space & back space. Nevetheless, the fridge has served me well for years now. Only complain is the metal door is prone to rust once the coating is scratched. So be careful on that.

      • Wendy Ho
        April 18, 2015 at 7:32 am

        Thanks for your reply. I feel slightly better about the fridge now. The Hitachi technical people assured me over the phone that it is alright that headroom is not sufficient since the sides and the back have lots of space but over the email, the reply is that it will reduce the cooling efficiency somewhat. Both are in response to the same email! Sometimes it’s hard to tell which is the truth…

        • April 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

          Enjoy your new fridge 🙂

  4. sukhmeet singh
    May 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    i’m looking for price and dealer in delhi of this modle.

    • May 21, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Try contacting Hitachi India directly. They may have even newer models.

  5. Yan
    September 4, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Maybe it’s made in Japan, my hitachi wb480 made in Thailand so hot at both sides and have annoying noise!
    No more hitachi for me again! Should choose Panansonic instead!

  6. LS
    January 13, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Noise is coming out from my fridge, R-SF42YMS ( think it’s the same model as recommended). Can I know if this is normal. Got this fridge in year 2011… And is this fridge really made in Japan?

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