LG and Samsung are two top refrigerator brands with an excellent selection of models. Both brands offer almost identical products in design and functionality, making them classic rivals. So, we understand why you may find it hard deciding which brand is best for your kitchen.
That’s precisely why we put together this detailed guide – to compare LG and Samsung refrigerators, highlight their strong points, weaknesses, and unique features.
Overview of Samsung and LG Refrigerators
Samsung and LG weren’t so popular ten years ago, but they are about the best home appliance brands in the market today. While they are both Korean brands, their influence, especially in the laundry and refrigeration segments, is fast spreading.
Samsung is about the most successful electronics company in the world. Thanks to their innovation, sleek product design, and product quality, they hold a significant share of the appliances market ahead of other big players like GE and Whirlpool.
With Samsung refrigerators, you get top-of-the-line construction and design style. They are also very reliable and pack extra features to boost user convenience.
LG is the only other refrigerator brand that can stand up to Samsung in terms of innovation. Besides offering top-quality products, they make good on their promise of improving user convenience.
What Door Configurations Are Available?
Refrigerator brands generally have four traditional door configurations.
- French door
- Bottom Freezer
- Top Freezer
Samsung and LG upended the refrigeration industry starting with their innovative door configurations.
Samsung Refrigerator Door Configurations
Samsung likes to categorize its fridges as follows:
- Side by Side
- French Door
- 4-Door French Door
- 4-Door Flex (technology that allows you to easily switch from freezer to fridge)
The company does make some top freezer models. In fact, the 18 cu. ft. RT18M6215WW is one of Samsung’s best selling top freezer models at an affordable price point.
LG Refrigerator Door Configurations
LG, on the other hand, has also a wide selection of refrigerator styles which includes popular bottom freezer and top freezer models. However, their most intesting lineup is reserved for french door and side by side models.
We like the 3-door concept on the side-by-side LG fridges:
Which is More Stylish?
As we mentioned earlier, LG and Samsung are very similar refrigerator brands in style and functionality. But while LG may have the upper hand in innovative features, Samsung does take a slight lead in design, and style due to their efforts in making handleless (some call it pocket handle) fridges. This makes them a perfect fit for any kitchen.
A quick side note on handles. When purchasing appliances, most people usually do not think about handle design. But when the appliance is in their kitchen mismatching handles will catch their eye. So, if you are simply replacing an old/broken fridge make sure the new fridge you have in mind matches the rest of the appliances and your kichen hardware. As an example, we like the universal appeal of Samsung RF28K9380SR.
Do LG and Samsung Have Both Counter-Depth vs. Standard Depth Fridges?
Yes, both brands have counter-depth and full-depth models. Counter-depth models fit into the cabinet space properly to give the kitchen a seamless finish. Full or Standard depth models stick out of the cabinet, making it hard for kitchen cabinet designers to achieve a custom and seamless finish. Here’s our detailed article on the counter-depth vs. standard depth design.
Do Either Have Any Unique Finishes
LG refrigerators come in either matte black stainless steel, black stainless steel, stainless steel, smooth white, platinum silver, or the LG Signature Textured Steel finish. Samsung refrigerator finishes include the white, black, stainless platinum, stainless steel, fingerprint resistant stainless steel, fingerprint resistant black stainless steel, and the fingerprint-resistant Tuscan stainless steel finish.
The Tuscan Stainless Steel Finish is unique to Samsung refrigerators and appears in high-end models like the 22 cu. ft. counter-depth RF22R7551DT. The rich color Tuscan palette blends into and complements any kitchen décor for that touch of luxury. The LG Signature Textured Steel Finish is unique to LG refrigerators and appears in models like the 31 cu. ft. Smart Wi-Fi LUPXS3186N.
What Unique Features Does Each Brand Have?
While most refrigerator brands offer similar features, they maintain certain features that are unique to them. This also applies to both Samsung and LG refrigerators.
Unique Features of Samsung Refrigerators
Samsung’s unique features list starts with the FlexZone technology, which temporarily converts your freezer to a fridge and vice versa at the push of a button. There’s the metal cooling feature that helps to maintain a uniform temperature inside the refrigerator.
The Autofill Water Pitcher feature is very remarkable and thoughtful. With the pitcher, you can blend your fruits or brew cold tea into your drinking water. What’s more? It automatically fills up once you take some water from it, ensuring you don’t run out of cold valuable drinking water.
The Family Hub series has some of the smartest refrigerator models in the market. Its unique properties include the touchscreen door, voice activation/control using Bixby’s Assistant, and steady notifications/alerts on the status of the items in the fridge. The Family Hub is limited to some specific high-end Samsung 3 door French door refrigerator models like the RF22NPEDB.
Unique Features of LG refrigerators
LG, being a little bit more innovative, maintains many unique features. These include the Smart Diagnosis, LoDecibel Operation, and the InstaView door in door design, among others. The InstaView door in door has a glass panel that lights up the inside of the fridge with two quick knocks. The feature allows you to see the inside of the refrigerator without opening it.
The LG Signature line is one of the best refrigerator series in the market. Besides the unique textured finish and the InstaView feature, the LG Signature LUPXC2386N has an auto door open feature that opens the door once you step in front of the refrigerator. It also has the SmartThinQ technology for remote refrigerator management.
High-end LG refrigerators also produce the spherical Craft Ice, unlike Samsung refrigerators, which are engineered to last longer than normal ice before melting. These 2-inch diameter spheres of crystal clear ice will take your cocktail game to a higher level.
We covered the Samsung and the LG refrigerator brands in our previous articles. The reviews and buying guide provides more detailed information regarding the unique features of each brand.
How Convenient Is the Shelving/Storage
Refrigerator brands have different models of different sizes and capacities. Similar LG and Samsung models offer similar storage and shelving options. But a deeper dive into the features of the models will show that storage capacity depends on the model and not the brand. Each of the brands has models that offer better and more convenient shelving options.
What Are the Connectivity Options?
Both LG and Samsung brands have refrigerators with Wi-Fi connectivity options. These refrigerators are usually high end and with premium prices.
Samsung’s connected refrigerators are limited to the Family Hub series. With a Family Hub refrigerator, you cannot only control the fridge using voice, but you can also do so much more thanks to Bixby’s Assistant.
More than half of LG refrigerators are connected. This means LG offers you better chances of owning a connected refrigerator than Samsung. With LG’s refrigerator app, ThinQ, you can activate features like the Smart Diagnosis, and control the fridge remotely for better convenience.
Are They Reliable?
Samsung and LG are some of the top and popular refrigerator brands across the globe. This gives them a reason to value their reputation above profit.
Collectively, their refrigerators are some of the most reliable in the market. Due to their popularity too, it is also easier to fix an LG or Samsung refrigerator. However, LG refrigerators are a little more reliable than Samsung refrigerators.
How Energy Efficient Are They?
Both brands are pretty similar in functionality, and so each is just as efficient as the other. Most of their refrigerators save you unnecessary energy costs and also protect the environment without sacrificing essential features.
That said, LG currently has about 69 refrigerators (out of a possible 91), which are Energy Star certified. Samsung has 55 devices (out of a possible 66) that are Energy Star certified. This apparently makes Samsung refrigerators more energy-efficient than LG refrigerators.
How Does the Cooling System Work?
Both refrigerator brands are great at cooling, with each having several cooling options and methods. Besides the standard multi airflow cooling system, LG’s cooling methods also include linear cooling, smart cooling, innovative cooling, door cooling, and the signature FRESHShield Cooling method.
The FRESHShield Cooling system releases cold air from ducts at the top of the refrigerator. These form a cold air barrier that keeps the inside of the box at a stable temperature. The door cooling helps to maintain even temperature in the box by reducing the temperature difference between the door part and the inner end of the fridge.
Samsung has the Twin Cooling, Twin Cooling Plus, Triple Cooling, and then the remarkable metal cooling, which is similar to LG’s door cooling. Samsung’s Twin Cooling Plus technology makes use of double compressors and triple evaporators to improve cooling. The Twin Cooling technology is present in almost all refrigerator models, while the Triple Cooling is reserved for the high-end refrigerators.
Our 3 Best Samsung Refrigerators to Consider
Before we end our comparison, let’s take a look at our top three Samsung refrigerators.
The 22 cu. ft. side-by-side RH22H9010SR is our most classic Samsung refrigerator and has one of the best visual appeals in the market. Besides the style and the fingerprint black stainless steel finish, the RH22H9010SR also comes loaded with some cool features.
The refrigerator has a food showcase feature that allows you to see what’s inside the fridge and access high-frequency items easily. Its metal cooling feature amplifies the regular cooling system and helps to maintain a uniform temperature.
The RH22H9010SR comes with an automatic in-door ice maker and a water and ice dispenser. It also has a counter-depth design, which gives your kitchen a custom and seamless look.
The 22 cu. ft. 4 door RF22K9381SR with FlexZone technology is another model that gives your kitchen a seamless look with a little feel of luxury. It also has a food showcase feature that grants you easy access to high-frequency items.
The RF22K9381SR’s FlexZone technology means you can easily and temporarily convert your freezer to a fridge for more space and cooling. The model uses Triple Cooling technology to get food items cool faster.
For a stylish finish, the RF22K9381SR has a fingerprint-resistant stainless steel exterior, which reduces smudges. Its counter-depth design makes it fit right into your cabinet space for a custom and smart look.
While we rate LG a bit higher than Samsung in innovation, we can’t deny that Samsung does stand tall. The 22 cu. ft. 4-door French door RF22R7551SR is one of the best refrigerator models in the market thanks to the Family Hub feature.
The Family Hub essentially makes the refrigerator smart, allowing you to control the refrigerator using the Samsung app remotely. It also has the FlexZone feature and uses the Twin Cooling Plus technology.
The RF22R7551SR has an extended-height water dispenser for easy filling of containers and pitchers. It has a high-efficiency interior LED lighting, and the stainless steel door has a metal cooling effect. The refrigerator also has a counter-depth design for a classic custom finish.
Please note that RF22R7551SR replaced the discontinued RF22NPEDBSR model in 2020.
Our 3 Best LG Refrigerators to Consider
Our top 3 LG refrigerator models are very remarkable cos of their innovative features and much bigger sizes (than the Samsung).
The LTCS24223S provides you with more than enough space for your groceries. It comes with two humidity-controlled crisper drawers that keep your food fresh and well organized. The model’s Multi Air Flow Freshness System keeps the interior of the refrigerator at superior humidity and temperature levels. These all combine to keep your food fresher and make them last longer.
Besides the functionality features, the LTCS24223S also stands pretty tall in design. It has well-contoured doors, hidden hinges, and comes in colors such as black stainless steel, white stainless steel, and smooth white.
Besides the extra space, this refrigerator provides more than its Samsung counterpart. It also packs the Multi-Air Flow Freshness feature for maintaining optimum humidity and temperature. It’s contoured door handles and hidden hinges also give it a sophisticated look.
One of LDCS24223S’s most striking feature is the Smart Diagnosis system. It uses some of the latest diagnosis and connectivity technology to help you instantly troubleshoot your refrigerator with ease. The model is also Energy Star certified and has a ten-year warranty.
The LMXC23796S is one of the most technologically advanced LG refrigerator models. This is thanks to its connectivity and smart features. The InstaView feature allows you to see your items without opening the refrigerator. Door-in-door helps keeping high velocity item in the front so you don't have the let the cool air out when opening the door. The SmartThinQ technology and app enables you to control your refrigerator remotely and operate it with voice.
Some of its other cool features include the Slim SpacePlus Ice system for more shelf space, Smart Cooling Plus for maintaining superior temperatures, and the ColdSaver panel. The refrigerator also has a counter-depth design for a custom and seamless look.
The key takeaway from this comparison is that both LG and Samsung refrigerators are similar and excellent. This means you are getting the same thing from similar models. But if you are looking for top-of-the-line design and a more seamless look, then Samsung models might work best for you. LG refrigerators are better at innovation and convenience.
Where Are LG and Samsung Refrigerators Made?
Samsung refrigerators are made in Germany, China, Hungary, South Korea, South Africa, Luxemburg, Sweden, and India. In 2018, Samsung Electronics America began commercial production of home appliances in Newberry County, South Carolina.
Most LG refrigerators are made in South Korea and some in China. But with the construction of their massive factory in Clarksville, Tennessee, the brand will have most of its appliances for the US market produced in North America.
What is the water filter I need for my Samsung refrigerator and how often do I need to change it?
We listed the compatible water filters for Samsung refrigerators on the follwowing page.
The carbon filters in refrigerators need to be replaced every six months.