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Samsung Comes Into Your Life With a Stainless Steel Punch

  • Sep 7, 2010
Rating:
+5
Just about everyone that I have talked to has seen this refrigerator by Samsung, but most of them don't really know what this has to offer. I was willing to pay $2700.00 for this one. But, when my son said that he knew where I could get it for less than $2000.00 I had to bite on the hook. He found this at ABT appliance center in Illinois for $1879.00 out the door. This included shipping, installation, and hauling away the old unit. In my book that is a deal, to be able to get a top of the line unit for less than two grand and have them take it up one flight of stairs and fit it into the exact spot where we wanted it to fit was a deal. They also took the old 40 year old piece of a monster side-by-side fridge away and set it where ever I wanted it. The customer service was excellent and they delivered it early enough in the day, so that they could take this apart and reassemble it in the kitchen and they did not leave until we were satisfied with the ways things were going with the fridge.

Description
This is a 28.5 cubic foot total capacity refrigerator, it has 19.7 cubic feet in the fridge area and 8.8 cubic feet in the freezer area. It has a twin cooling system, and air tight doors to keep the surrounding air flow inside. There 5 total shelves with tempered glass built into them. There also is 4 shelves that are spill proof and 1 extending half shelf and slide in shelf. The one dairy compartment is located on the right side door. The two upper doors are French refrigerator doors and the bottom drawer is a full width freezer.

All of the storage bins on the door are 3 gallon capacity. This also comes equipped with one egg container. There is a wine rack for one bottle of wine but since we do not drink we use this for a two liter bottle of soda. All of the interior lighting is the new LED lighting and there are 2 humidity controlled crispers and a cool pantry drawer. This comes with a external ice dispenser and a water filter located inside on the top shelf and has an indicator light on the outside of the door to let you know if the filter needs changing.

One of the options that are offered on the front control panel is the ability to power freeze and cool by a simple touch. Along with fresh water you can select from cubed or crushed ice. Inside of the freezer you have 2 drawers and 1 in the door pizza pocket. The lights inside of the freezer are 60 watt and the large bin has two dividers and to make it easier to open this large freezer door the handle is hinged so that when you try and open the drawer you just pull up to open, instead of a solid bar to gain access in the freezer drawer. The hinges are concealed inside of the freezer drawer for a better looking fridge. The outside of the front is made of stainless steel and is contoured and has a smooth horizontal finish.

On the left door front you will also have an open door alarm that will go off after two minutes, if the door is left open for any length of time. You will hear a slight ding, when this happens. The LCD screen is 4-3/4" across x 3" top to bottom, it will light up with a blue LED light when you choose any option. This will tell you the temperature inside the fridge, and the temperature inside of the freezer. You can also set both of these to your desired temperature. This fridge uses the new R134a refrigerant instead of the old refrigerant that we are used to hearing about.

It is very important that you know the outside dimensions of this fridge, the width is 35-3/4" x 35-3/4" deep x 70" high, without the handle this is 33" deep, 29-1/8" deep without the door, without the hinge this is 68-5/8" high, and if you are wondering what the weight of this unit is, well it weighs 328 pounds.

Experience
There are eight basic functions that you will be able to do when standing in front of this fridge. We love the fact that we do not have to open the freezer door and make ice cubes anymore. By just taking a cup and inserting it into the hole made for a large 24 ounce cup, all you have to do is select whether you want crushed or cubed ice or water. With just a push of a button you will hear a slight delay before you hear the ice drop into your cup. That delay is how they fixed it from the older models which used to leak because the ice would be held inside of the door compartment instead of inside of the ice cube compartment.

One of the other features that we enjoy very much is the energy saver button, this is to help prevent any condensation that may accumulate on the doors. It is very easy to change the temperature in the freezer or fridge. All you have to do is hold the selected button for three seconds and push the button until you hit your desired temperature. The lowest that the fridge will go as low as 34° and as high 46°, and the lowest that the freezer will go is -8° and up to +8°. I keep these settings because I like cold water when I want a drink and this seems to be the perfect temperature for ice cream not to be too hard.

When using the digital display you will notice several icons, the first one that comes in very handy for those times that you need extra ice. This is called the power freeze and looks like a hexagon with a fan in the middle, you will also see a power cool option which will give a boost of cooling when you first turn this unit on. There is a lighting button that will go on if you push it to be able to help you when it starts getting a little on the dark side in the kitchen in order for you to see what you are doing. When this is turned in a little blue light bulb will come up on the LCD display.

Depending on what type of ice that you want, a blue picture of a cup of crushed or cubed ice will appear when you push the selected button. The other indicator that will stay lit at all times, is the water filter icon. As the filter is used and becomes clogged, you will see it become more full. When it needs changing, in about six months it will start to turn pink and then red, simply change it, and it will guarantee that you will get fresh water in every cup. We do not use the child lock option to often but when the grandkids come over this is when it comes in handy. They usually like to make a revolving door out our fridge, and this device helps in this department.

When you open the freezer drawer you will pull up on the towel bar and the inside drawer will come out with the outer door. When you close the freezer door, it will automatically start to close when it gets within a few inches of being closed. When you open the drawers inside the fridge, they are a little different than what you are used to. When you open these up, they will come toward you and in the slanted upward position and when you shove them closed, they slide back in on a downward slope.

Warranty
This comes with a one year warranty on parts and labor and another five year warranty on selected parts. If you have a home owners warranty then it would be a lot cheaper if you would just keep that one going instead of purchasing an extended warranty on this separately.

Conclusion
We are extremely happy with our new fridge, and it is very quiet with the exception of the ice maker. This does do a good job but makes a little bit of noise when dispensing ice. The only problem that we have had so far is that if you get any finger prints on the front, it is hard to keep this free of them. You can try warm soapy water and a clean cloth to dry it. If this does not work you can try 409 or something like a multi-purpose cleaner. Yet, this still may not be enough to get the fingerprints off of the front. If this is the case you will need to purchase some stainless steel polish and cleaner.

All of our food has stayed fresher longer in the new fridge by Samsung. The lighting and power saving techniques are a definite plus. They have come a long way since we purchased our last fridge. With this in your kitchen, it will be like being with the Jetsons. This is very futuristic and worth every penny that you have to pay for this, five stars for the energy star and stylish looks.

Recommended:
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Amount Paid (US$): 1979.50
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This is a 28.5 cubic foot total capacity refrigerator, it has 19.7 cubic feet in the fridge area and 8.8 cubic feet in the freezer area. It has a twin cooling system, and air tight doors to keep the surrounding air flow inside. There 5 total shelves with tempered glass built into them. There also is 4 shelves that are spill proof and 1 extending half shelf and slide in shelf. The one dairy compartment is located on the right side door. The two upper doors are French refrigerator doors and the bottom drawer is a full width freezer.

All of the storage bins on the door are 3 gallon capacity. This also comes equipped with one egg container. There is a wine rack for one bottle of wine but since we do not drink we use this for a two liter bottle of soda. All of the interior lighting is the new LED lighting and there are 2 humidity controlled crispers and a cool pantry drawer. This comes with a external ice dispenser and a water filter located inside on the top shelf and has an indicator light on the outside of the door to let you know if the filter needs changing.

One of the options that are offered on the front control panel is the ability to power freeze and cool by a simple touch. Along with fresh water you can select from cubed or crushed ice. Inside of the freezer you have 2 drawers and 1 in the door pizza pocket. The lights inside of the freezer are 60 watt and the large bin has two dividers and to make it easier to open this large freezer door the handle is hinged so that ...
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