Samsung produces a wide variety of refrigerators. Whether you just moved into a new house or your ancient fridge is no longer keeping your milk cold, a Samsung refrigerator may be the right solution for your kitchen problems. When considering a Samsung refrigerator, it is important to think about the size, features and price.
Since a refrigerator is a daily use item, selecting the right one is critical. Thanks to technological advances, Samsung has several models with cutting-edge offerings. One feature of note is that some of the three-door French-door, four-door French-door and four-door Flex models come with Family Hub.
With so many options and models in the Samsung line, deciding which ones are the best can be confusing. That’s where this guide comes in. Knowing which features best suit your needs might make the refrigerator selection and buying process easier.
What is a Samsung refrigerator?
When people think of Samsung, they often think of electronics. However, Samsung offers more than 50 refrigerator models. Many of their models have significant technological innovations. Even the lowest-priced models have ice makers.
How does Family Hub work?
Family Hub is a trademark that describes Samsung’s built-in, 21.5-inch touch screen that provides food management tools and entertainment. The purpose of this feature is to help you meal plan, organize family schedules, play music and mirror a Samsung television on the screen. Additionally, models with Family Hub can share photos and send messages from the refrigerator to the family’s phones. In some areas, food ordering and delivery can be available.
Where can you buy a Samsung refrigerator?
Samsung fridges are available online and in store from several retailers, such as Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot and Sears. Many appliance-specific stores carry the Samsung brand. These refrigerators also can be purchased directly from Samsung online.
How much do Samsung refrigerators cost?
Refrigerators from Samsung have a suggested retail cost between $749 and $4,599. The more accessories and features that come with the refrigerator, the higher the price. Also, smaller capacity usually results in a lower cost to the consumer.
How We Reviewed
We explored all the choices, read all the reviews and opened a few fridges to find out which Samsung models were worth your money. We love the innovations and technology, especially the Bixby-enabled voice assistant. When the advanced features work, people often provide very positive reviews of their refrigerators. However, several customers complained of issues with panels and error codes.
If you are selecting a higher-end model with more features, such as Family Hub, we strongly recommend purchasing an extended warranty. Furthermore, several reviewers noted that Samsung’s technical repair and assistance were not as helpful compared to the services provided by major retailers. For that reason, we encourage you to consider buying an extended warranty from a retailer rather than from Samsung.
Overall Price Range of Samsung Refrigerators
The suggested retail price range of a Samsung refrigerator varies between $749 and $4,599. Lower-priced models tend to have top freezers. As the prices increase, so too do the features. The lower-end models offer ice dispensers. The mid-range ones offer water and ice in the door. The high-end models include a touch screen with Family Hub that integrates the voice assistant Bixby and family calendars.
The Family Hub 24.2-cubic-foot, three-door French door wins the top spot because of its size, mid-range price point and features. A freestanding unit, its French-door features are wonderful for grabbing a few items at a time. Only opening one side of the fridge can help reduce energy costs and keep food fresher and cooler for longer periods of time.
With the freezer on the bottom and four doors, this fridge keeps everyday goods at a comfortable eye level. The ice and water dispenser goes through the door. A door-open alarm keeps your food from going bad just because someone forgot to shut the door all the way. The doors provide gallon storage. The shelves are spill safe.
Of note is the Bixby voice assistant that recognizes your voice and provides personalized content. Additionally, the smart fridge feature integrates three internal built-in cameras. There are LED lights.
The fridge is 70 inches high by 35.75 inches wide with a total capacity of 24.2 cubic inches. There is dual evaporation, but the freezer is not frost-free. This refrigerator is ENERGY STAR certified.
Pros and Cons
Family Hub is a favorite feature. However, many users noted failures in the display and ice maker after short periods of time. Others said they had trouble getting Family Hub to connect to their phones to sync with calendars. For this reason, we recommend buying an extended warranty with any Samsung refrigerator.
Where To Buy
Most major retailers offer this model online and in stores. It also is available on the Samsung website.
The warranty is one year for parts and labor on the refrigerator, five years for parts and labor on the sealed refrigeration system and 10 years for parts and five years for labor on the digital inverter compressor.
Many stores run sales around major holidays. This model can often be found for as much as $500 less than the retail price. The Samsung website also runs sales regularly.
The Showcase 27.8-cubic-foot, four-door, French-door refrigerator has showcase doors where everyone can have his or her own section in the fridge. There is an inner case for larger items and an exterior showcase door for easy access to soda, water and condiments. The stainless-steel paneling helps maintain a consistent interior temperature.
The freestanding Showcase 27.8-cubic-foot, four-door, French-door refrigerator is not panel ready. The side-by-side doors are fingerprint resistant. Ice and cold water are dispensed through the door. There is a door-open alarm. The temperature is controlled digitally. Unlike the previous fridge on our list, the Showcase offers a frost-free freezer, and defrosting is manual.
There is a quick-access door and spill-safe shelves. The unit is ENERGY STAR certified.
Pros and Cons
The pros are that the unit looks great and is spacious. Users loved the showcase doors and how easy it was to get to everything inside the fridge. Overall, the majority of buyers said they would recommend this Samsung refrigerator to a friend.
The cons were that several users found the ice maker to be of poor quality with crushed cubes coming out when whole cubes were selected. Additionally, many users complained that the refrigerator sounded very noisy. Others disliked how the shelves were fixed. Several users noted that if the water from the condenser froze it would clog the drain and cause water to drip through the rear wall into the refrigerator until the water pooled underneath the crisper drawer and caused major damage.
Where To Buy
Many retailers carry this product, including Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot and other major appliance stores. The Samsung website also carries all models.
The manufacturer warranty for parts and labor is one year for the fridge and five years for the sealed refrigeration system. The parts for digital inverter compressor are covered for 10 years, and the labor for this compressor is covered for five years.
There are regular sales on this model. Additionally, many stores offer open-box specials or discounts on floor models, which can save you between $400 and $600.
At 70 inches tall and 35.75 inches wide, the 25.5-cubic-foot, French-door refrigerator with internal water dispenser from Samsung has an ice maker and a sleek design that can fit up to 26 bags of groceries. The inside lighting is highly efficient and sleek, saving space and providing a well-lit interior. The spill-proof shelves are made with tempered glass. The freezer has an EZ-Open Handle on the door. Inside the freezer is an automatic pull-out upper drawer.
Significantly simpler than the other previous models in this review, the 25.5-cubic-foot, French-door refrigerator with internal water dispenser is a good mid-range option. With filtered water inside, this fridge makes sure cool water is always available. Furthermore, the power freeze and power cool options help chill drinks quickly or firm up melting ice cream in a hurry. The CoolSelect Pantry cools room-temperature drinks and can defrost foods safely. Similar to other Samsung refrigerators, it has a door that holds gallon-sized containers.
Pros and Cons
Users enjoyed the capacity and design. The price was very reasonable for the features. Some users enjoyed the water being inside the door while others disliked having to open the door to access chilled water.
The main complaint was that the fridge made a lot of noise, particularly when users opened the sliding freezer drawer. Other complaints were that ice cubes fell out of the tray when the freezer door opened and that the unit dented easily.
Where To Buy
The 25.5-cubic-foot, French-door refrigerator with internal water dispenser is available at most major retailers, such as Best Buy and Sears, in addition to being available on the Samsung website.
The warranty is limited to the original purchaser and covers one year parts and labor on the refrigerator and five years parts and labor on the sealed refrigeration system. The digital inverter compressor is covered for 10 years for parts and five years for labor.
Coupons and deals are most often offered around major holidays, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Several stores will offer open-box or floor model specials that can bring the price down by several hundred dollars.
Featuring a Twin Cooling Plus system, the 28.15-cubic-foot, four-door, French-door refrigerator with counter-height FlexZone Drawer is another great Samsung option. This model can fit up to 28 bags of groceries. Its unique FlexZone drawer has a divider and four temperature-control settings. The ice maker is capable of producing 10 pounds of ice per day and can store 4.2 pounds of ice. Inside, a high-efficiency LED emits less heat and is more energy-efficient than incandescent lighting.
This model keeps near commercial-grade humidity levels and provides drier freezer air, resulting in less freezer burn and better-tasting foods. The shelves are adjustable and can be slid in for more space or flipped up for more storage.
Pros and Cons
The pros are that there is a lot of space in the unit and that it made a significant amount of ice. The design was well executed, and most buyers loved the refrigerated FlexZone drawer.
Major cons were that the unit was noisy and slow when dispensing ice. Another complaint about the ice maker was that the actuating lever was prone to breaking. Others noted the finish looked streaked and marred within a year of use.
Where To Buy
Most major appliance retailers, such as Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot and Sears, carry this model. It also is available on Samsung’s website.
There is a one-year warranty on parts and labor for the refrigerator and a five-year warranty on parts and labor for the sealed refrigeration system. The digital inverter compressor has a 10-year warranty for parts and a five-year warranty for labor.
There are often sales throughout the year, especially around major holidays. Open-box and floor models can offer additional savings.
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Our verdict on the best Samsung refrigerator depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a smart refrigerator with voice assistance and integration with your digital life, then go for the Family Hub 24.2- cubic-foot, three-door, French-door refrigerator. While some users had trouble with the touch screen panel, selecting an extended warranty from a retailer will mitigate most of these concerns.
For a simpler model with basic features, we recommend the 25.5-cubic-foot, French-door refrigerator with internal water dispenser. Not everyone loved the water being inside the door, but the space and design coupled with a mid-level price point make this fridge an all-around win.
Whichever fridge you pick, don’t forget that the size of the models should be checked against the space available. Several of these models come in smaller cubic feet options, as well. Remember, it’s best to measure twice so you only have to have the refrigerator delivered once.