If you’re shopping for a new Samsung refrigerator, you might find yourself asking this question —why spend hundreds more on a certain model when all fridges are designed to do essentially the same thing? That is, keep your food cold.
We prepared this review so you can easily select a great Samsung refrigerator that is suitable for your needs and your budget. Considering that Samsung manufactures over 100 different fridge models, following the guide below will make you confident about your selection on style, configuration and feature set.
The truth is, a great refrigerator has the potential to do so much more than just preserve your milk, cheese and veggies. If you stop for a moment to consider how often you get things in and out of your fridge every day, you’ll realize that minor features and improvements to convenience can have a huge impact on your experience in the kitchen. And when it comes to highly-respected brand names and their flagship refrigerator products, even more dramatic features can make an enormous difference.
With that in mind, we’re proud to highlight the Samsung refrigerator. Offering top-of-the-line style and construction, plus a long list of powerful features that are guaranteed to amaze, you’ll find yourself understanding how a refrigerator can be more than a refrigerator.
How to choose the best Samsung refrigerator for your needs?
Door type and style
We categorize modern refrigerators by their door types:
- Specialty products such as 4-door fridges
- Bottom freezer (Samsung does not make this type)
- Top freezer (Not included in this review)
- Undercounter refrigerators (Samsung does not make this type)
- Built-in, integrated or panel ready (Samsung does not make this type)
Samsung is the most innovative brand when it comes to refrigeration technology. As a late comer to the US market, Samsung challenged every aspect of residential fridges from food preservation to user-friendly features, from connectivity to alternate design styles.
Seamless Counter-Depth vs Spacious Full Depth Design Style
Almost all Samsung refrigerators come in two styles, counter-depth and full depth. Samsung gives you the option to select a fridge that works for your kitchen. As an example, if you have a large family and able to sacrifice on the seamless, built-in look go for a full-depth version. On the other hand, counter-depth design definitely adds to the looks and gives your kitchen an immediate uplift.
On an average, a typical 36-inch wide, 70-inch high family size refrigerator has about 21-23 cu. ft. capacity as counter depth and 27-29 cu. ft. as full depth.
Stunning Looks of Samsung Refrigerators
Before we dive into specific features, it’s important to understand what differentiates Samsung refrigerators within the lineup.
Samsung likes to classify its fridges under four major categories:
- Side by Side
- French Door
- 4-Door French Door
- 4-Door Flex
Each category combines style and function with visible features such as "food-showcase door" (a.k.a. door-in-door) design, FlexZone technology which is revealed on 4-door refrigerator.
|Side by Side||36-inch width, Counter Depth or Full Depth Options, With or Without Water/Ice on the Door, Door-in-door design available, Stainless Steel and other colors - from $1,045|
|3-Door French Door||33 or 36-inch width, Counter Depth or Full Depth Options, With or Without Water/Ice on the Door, Door-in-door design available, 1 model with Family Hub touch screen, Stainless Steel and other colors - from $1,145|
|4-Door French Door||33 or 36-inch width, Counter Depth or Full Depth Options, With or Without Water/Ice on the Door, Family Hub, Stainless Steel and other colors - from $2,094|
|4-Door Flex||36-inch width, Counter Depth or Full Depth Options, With or Without Water/Ice on the Door, Family Hub, Stainless Steel and other colors - from $2,994|
Don't worry if this jargon spins your head. In this article, we'll explain all the pertinent features.
While Samsung Side by Side and French Door refrigerators are rich with features, the 4-door models pack most of the innovation.
Among the four style choices you will notice that there are great deal of configurations. Models with "Food ShowCase" doors or "Family Hub" touch-screens built-in to the doors are the most prominent configurations among all styles.
Food ShowCase Door with Metal Cooling (a.k.a. Door-in-Door Design)
Food ShowCase or as it is better labeled in the industry, the "Door-in-Door" design, is an example of an innovation that is super useful in a family setting.
A refrigerator works the hardest after its doors closed in order to make up for the lost cold air. In addition, temperature fluctuations are not helpful when it comes to long lasting food preservation.
Food ShowCase doors help a great deal if you organize your high frequency items towards the front shelves for easy access. Easily place your Gallon of Milk, OJ etc. to in the front row.
In addition, "Metal Cooling" i.e. the stainless steel interior finish helps keep the traditionally warmer spot in your refrigerator, namely the front section up to par with the back. Some of the Samsung refrigerators even have a stainless steel panel on the back to enhance cooling.
Samsung designs are perfect for all kitchens, including homes that have a more traditional layout. Below we will explain the feature sets in detail to help you get your arms around the whole catalog.
How well does it cool? Will it keep your food fresh?
Twin Cooling Plus and Triple Cooling
Regulating the temperature is the key for long lasting food preservation in any refrigerator. Samsung takes this job seriously and developed technology to use a single compressor with two evaporators and named it Twin Cooling Plus. To top this, the 4-Door Flex fridges boast double compressors with triple evaporators. Enough with the tech talk, here is the benefit in human language: food will last longer in these fridges. Freezer humidity and odors will not mix with that of the fridge section.
Triple Cooling is reserved for the higher-end 4-door flex Samsung refrigerators. TwinCooling is featured on most models across all styles.
Bonus Feature - Twin Cooling Plus and Triple Cooling brings you a side benefit via humidity controlled crispers and "CoolSelect Pantry". This allows you to separate your fruits, vegetables and deli meat for longer lasting, fresh results.
Flex Zone - Customize to Interchange Between Refrigerator and Freezer
Convert the bottom right section of the 4-Door Flex refrigerator or the top drawer of the dual drawer models to Flex Zone (i.e. as a fridge, freezer or at a custom temperature most suitable for your food/beverage)
FlexZone section in "4-Door Flex" refrigerators with 2 freezer door in the bottom can switch to refrigerator mode when needed.
As for the double drawer 4-Door models the FlexZone can act as "fresco" zone where you can adjust temperature based on the food type (meats vs vegetables etc.)
Water Dispenser and Ice Maker
Almost all Samsung refrigerators come with ice makers and an external dispenser. You can store up to 3 lb's of fresh ice in counter-depth refrigerators and 4.2 lb's in full size fridges.
Samsung thinks about everyday conveniences. As an example, external dispensers come with an ambient LED light to help prevent unwanted spills.
Samsung uses high quality filters to keep you water taste good while eliminating contaminants
AutoFill Water Pitcher is the best hidden feature of Samsung refrigerators. Tucked in on the refrigerator door, the built-in water pitcher fills up automatically. It is always cold and ready to go. You can even infuse your water with your favorite fruits.
All Samsung fridges have well thought-out interiors. Gallon door storage and easy to clean glass shelves are standard across the lines. You can even notice smart conveniences such as shelves that can fold as a whole or in part to make room for tall items.
Adjustable Shelves: Go up, down or fold partially to make room for many sizes and shapes.
Crisper drawers have removable partitions to keep things organized while giving you the flexibility.
You will also appreciate the high quality LED interior lights as part of Samsungs' interior design.
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Samsung Family Hub, Smart Features
Samsung's Family Hub refrigerator with the touch screen door (you can also activate with your voice using Bixby assistant) is an important differentiator. This innovative feature combines all aspects of Samsung's superior product design across all of their products.
Family Hub is a capable assistant and a computer combined. Here are some nifty features:
Wondering what's inside your Samsung refrigerator? Look no further... With a touch of a button you can activate the interior camera.
Need a shopping list? Scan your food in, let the Family Hub tell you when to replenish and prepare your shopping list. You can even set expiration dates for your milk and other perishables so you will get a reminder in your next shopping trip.
The Bixby Voice Assistant is here to help. You can interact with Family Hub simply by talking. At the same time, you can get step by step voice instructions of your favorite receipe from Family Hub.
There is so much to Samsung Family Hub refrigerator that we can easily write a small book about it in fact we covered it in a stand-alone article. It is designed to share your content with your entire family. Pictures, calendars, reminders to name a few. You want to good off and draw funny pictures? Go for it... Hand written notes, food management apps, music, TV list will go on. It is best to experience Family Hub in person to appreciate it.
Family Hub along with various Wi-Fi capabilities are introduced with 3-Door French Door models. Currently, the side-by-side fridges do not carry this feature.
The 3 Best Samsung Refrigerators
Samsung RH22H9010SR 36-inch Counter Depth Side by Side Refrigerator
Width: 36-inch | Volume: 21.5 cu. ft. | Ice Maker: 4.4 lb/day | Interior Lights: High Efficiency LED | Cooling System: Multi-Air Flow System | Colors: Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel
One of the most visually striking refrigerators on the market, this Samsung masterpiece features an exterior food showcase opening that allows you to see your fridge interior from the outside. Not only does this make it easy to quickly scan for which groceries you need to refresh, but it also gives you instant access to drinks, condiments and other items. Side-by-Side design makes organizing your freezer incredibly easy.
This Samsung fridge offers a truly futuristic Power Freeze and Power Cool option. This allows you to drop the temperature in an isolated compartment with just the push of a button, allowing you to quickly chill a drink or solidify ice cream in a matter of minutes.
RH22H9010SG features counter-depth design which optimizes your workspace and is designed to blend seamlessly with your kitchen décor for a custom, high-end look that you’ll absolutely love.
Samsung RF22K9381SR 22 cu. ft. Counter Depth 4-Door Flex™ Food Showcase Refrigerator with FlexZone
Width: 36-inch | Volume: 22 cu. ft. | Ice Maker: 5 lb/day | Interior Lights: High Efficiency LED | Cooling System: Triple and Metal Cooling | Colors: Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel
This is an example of how Samsung refrigerators are designed to truly make your fridge a centerpiece of your kitchen. By maximizing your workspace, increasing storage capabilities and offering innovative features your fridge becomes a seamless element of your kitchen experience.
This 4-Door Flex fridge features 2 zones in the freezer where you can convert one to a fridge when needed. Samsung supports this with a promium cooling system that comes with precise temperature control. Two compressors and three evaporators will keep your food fresh over years to come.
Samsung RF22NPEDBSR Family Hub 36-inch 22 cu. ft. Counter Depth Refrigerator with Bixby Voice Assistant
Width: 36-inch | Volume: 22 cu. ft. | Ice Maker: 4.8 lb/day | Interior Lights: High Efficiency LED | Cooling System: Twin Cooling Plus | Colors: Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel
RF22NPEDBSR brings a truly dazzling list of features. The most striking of these is the external digital display (Family Hub) paired with an extended-height water dispenser that allows you to easily fill pitchers and large containers. The counter-depth design of this fridge is also a wonderful feature that allows more kitchen workspace and a sleek, built-in visual style all its own.
The metal cooling design of this fridge is a marvel. It uses stainless-steel paneling to help maintain a consistent temperature throughout the refrigerator, from the center shelves to the far corners.
All in all, Samsung refrigerators are worth the incredible list of features that come packed into every model. During promotional periods (usually once a quarter) you can even get them at a discounted price. Samsung rewards customers with additional savings when the fridges are purchased as part of a kitchen package. If you want to stay in front of the technology curve and want to experience home automation features, Samsung might be the fridge you are looking for.
Expect longevity of +/- seven to ten years as is customary with every major refrigerator brand these days. Visit us, your authorized retailer Designer Appliances, and find out how a truly great, modern and innovative refrigerator can do so much more than just keep your food cold.
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Do you recommend Samsung washer and dryers?
We review popular Samsung products extensively. See our in depth post on front-load stackable samsung washer and dryer.
How about Samsung dishwashers? I hear they are ultra quiet.
Correct, Samsung incorporates cutting edge technology in its dishwashers. See our in depth dishwasher review for Samsung.
What is the warranty on Samsung refrigerators?
Samsung refrigerators come with 1 year warranty in the US. If you googled warranty on Samsung fridges and saw the result that states 2 year warranty please check the URL it likely refers to New Zealand.
As it is customary with most manufacturers, Samsung offers a 5-year coverage on sealed system (i.e. stuff that you cannot touch like compressor, evaporator, condenser etc.). There is also a 10-year warranty coverage on digital inverter compressors. Please visit Samsung's US website to check out the exact warranty term for your product.