Samsung Side by Side Refrigerator: Top Pick For My Kitchen!

By La Cuisinière | Kitchen Musings

Mar 03
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My new basement “ice box” is a Samsung side by side refrigerator.

Out of necessity, most of this past weekend was spent hunting for a new fridge. It was not an easy task with so many models, both new and discontinued, now available for sale.

Searching For The Best Samsung Side by Side Refrigerator

Many models are being discontinued for what seem like frivolous consumer driven reasons and replaced faster than you can do your homework.   Samsung was at the top of my list.
samsung-side-by-side-refridgeratorSamsung RS25H5111SR Energy Star 24.5 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezer with External Water/Ice Dispenser and In-Door Ice Maker, Stainless SteelSamsung RS25H5111SR Energy Star 24.5 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezer with External Water/Ice Dispenser and In-Door Ice Maker, Stainless Steel

My homework was complete when I set out appliance hunting with a particular brand in mind. The only variable in this equation was the price – the best price – on a limited selection of appliances. What I did not expect was to discover a discontinued model that checked off most of my must-have boxes.

Let me tell you why I selected this particular refrigerator model over another. I’ve checked out and compared entire series of refrigerators anticipating the need for a replacement appliance.

I had several critical “must-have” features as well as a list of those niceties I could do without – particularly when it came to an appliance that was more for cold storage than everyday use.

At the top of my list was the need for deep, adjustable shelves – shelves capable of supporting a platter, a large tray or a stoneware baking dish.

This eliminated counter depth appliances with shelves barely deep enough to support a dessert plate. I am positive they serve a purpose but not in my kitchen.

In turn, it attracted me to models with a “flex-zone”center drawer – what certain manufacturers refer to as 4 door models that are actually 2 doors and 2 drawers. I gave up the center drawer in favor of the model with a “showcase” door. Why? Because a certain someone is always perusing the contents of fridge with the door wide open.

Now, regularly used items like milk and orange juice, deli meats and salad dressings are quickly accessible through the showcase door,  in a small drawer and two large,  adjustable blue-tinted shelves.   The rest of the fridge contents are not exposed to room temperatures for an undetermined amount of time.

We’re trying to save energy and the keep the cold in the fridge…right?

Samsung RF34H9960S4 34.3 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator - Energy StarSamsung RF34H9960S4 34.3 Cu.Ft. 4 Door Refrigerator

Samsung does have a true four door model in both counter depth and full size.

Let’s say that I was spoiled a few years ago when our family cooks prepared a Thanksgiving meal for 15 (plus 3 meals a day for a week) in what had to be everyone’s dream kitchen.

The only problem is that this gigantic dream kitchen came with the rental!

The fridge became the main attraction thanks in great part to it’s ideal configuration. Even the men were in awe of its storage capabilities but none took note of it more than I did.

I regularly cook for large gatherings and my kitchen remains busy with meal preparations for family events and recipe testing for De’s Food Crafting blog.

The main purpose of this fridge is to store quantities of meats, vegetables and dairy products for recipe testing and allow me to refrigerate large containers. The freezer is mainly for Mom’s ready made meals, the odd container of ice cream, Marie Callender’s® frozen Razzleberry® pie and ice cubes of course.

The following list covers most of my requirements with some added tricks and some, such as the child lock, which is unnecessary, but comes with the package.

  • Full length, side by side French doors!
  • A massive 29 cubic feet of food storage
  • Flush front without any handles – makes for a clean look.
  • Fully functional space with twin cooling zones and metal cooling
  • Tempered glass shelves for an easy clean
  • Several adjustable drawers and shelves
  • Through the door water and a capacity for nearly 5 pounds of cubed or crushed ice
  • Quick freeze or quick cool features (ideal on any model)
  • Alarm in case you leave a door open (comes with the package)
  • A child lock.  A child lock? This feature bears investigating.  Does a big child count?

The showcase door of this side by side refrigerator is a dream come true!  What I really needed more than anything was instant access to regularly used foods, dairy products and condiments.  I also wanted to prevent the refrigerator door from being opened wide for any length time while these foods were recovered from the depths of the refrigerator.


After all, not everything can take its place in the front row of the fridge!  At some point, bottles of ketchup and barbeque sauce, jars of mayo and mustard and tubs of whipped butter ride the invisible conveyor belt that takes them to the back of the shelf – sometimes forever.

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 Samsung RF23J9011SR 23 Cu.Ft. Counter Depth French Door SAMSUNG RF28HMEDBSR French Door Refrigerator, 28 Cu.Ft, Stainless Steel Samsung RS25H5111SR Energy Star 24.5 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Samsung Chef Collection RF24J9960S4 36

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Another must on my list? Side by side.  My preference when it comes to the freezer section of a side by side refrigerator is simple.  I hate the way the freezer drawers are configured these days with wire mesh freeezer compartment baskets – even on a Viking!

I had the unpleasant experience of having ice cubes fall into the basket area and eventually thaw out, drip or simply fall out of the ice cube bin onto the floor.  You are faced with constant mini puddles of water.

Why bend over into a deep basket full of frozen items, wondering how deep you have to dig to retrieve that bag of Nathan’s french fries when you can stand there and view the entire contents of the freezer?  Nor am I interested in having my freezer compartment professionally designed to fit pizza boxes.   I have nothing against frozen pizza but that’s just my take on it.

All this in a smudge-proof stainless steel wrapper?  Bingo!  It’s a Samsung side by side refrigerator.

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