We bought this Samsung fridge 2 years ago when we moved to the new house. It has replaced the old one which was much smaller. We were looking for a spacious fridge and bare minimum freezer. We are family of four with 2 small boys and prefer to have enough fresh items and some frozen food but not too much. We are trying to cook fresh food as much as possible although both of us work.
This fridge is really spacious inside. Shelves are made of glass and are durable and easy to clean. Very important feature is that it is a frost free model which really makes life easier. Fruits and vegetables really last longer in the special drawer due to some temperature adjustments. Apparently shelves and walls are anti - bacterial although we clean it often as it is really easy to do. Energy wise quite efficent fridge, too. There are 3 drawers in the freezer. It is very quite.
We are very happy with the proportion between the fridge and the freezer as many models on the market have bigger freezer than fridge which was a bit of nonsense really.
We would recommend the product as it is not pricey, too.
My husband and I moved house last year and my parents decided to buy us a fridge freezer as a house warming present as our old fridge was looking a bit bashed and tired and the freezer kept making a funny clunking noise. Hurray for parents, eh?
What We Wanted
Off we trotted to Curry's with our copy of the Which report (it's my dad's Bible!) and had a good old nose at what was on offer. The space we had in our kitchen was only 600mm wide, so we had to be quite careful about which one we chose as they come in all different widths. Other than that, we had no fixed ideas about what we were after.
Why We Chose This Model
There was a huge selection in the shop, so much so that they all seemed to blend into one after a while. Nearly all the models we saw were rated 'A' for energy consumption (that's a good thing - it means it doesn't use much electricity), with the top half as the fridge and the bottom half as the freezer compartment and were of a fairly similar size. The Samsung fridge freezer appealed to us because it has adjustable solid glass shelves (our old fridge had wire shelves, which was a nightmare if you were trying to stand anything narrow up), plenty of space in the fridge door for bottles, clear freezer trays (handy for when you're trying to locate missing pizzas) and it was a funky silver colour.
Ease Of Use
Instructions for using your new fridge freezer:
1) Open the door and let the nice man from Curry's bring it into the kitchen.
2) Insert plug into plug socket.
3) Load with food.
And that's pretty much it. There is a fairly easy-to-understand instruction booklet that comes with it though in case you need to troubleshoot.
Once it's up and running, it needs a quick wipe over when it gets grubby, although the silver casing seems to hide the dirt on appliances a lot better than white casing does. This model is frost-free so, in theory, it doesn't need defrosting. It's also nice and quiet, allowing us to hear the TV (something we couldn't do with our old freezer). The temperature seems to keep nice and constant and we haven't noticed our electricity meter going through the roof!
Height - 1768mm
Width - 595mm
Depth - 646mm
Energy Rating - A
Fridge capacity - 230 litres
Freezer capacity - 100 litres
Fridge shelves - 4 (adjustable) plus a salad bin
Freezer drawers - 3
Cost - £269.99 (from Currys)
I would definitely recommend this model - it's dead easy to use, nice and quiet and reasonably priced. Just make sure you measure up before you buy it - I jokingly asked the delivery man what would happen if the fridge freezer didn't fit into the space in the kitchen - he laughed and said 'Tough.'
We got this Samsung Fridge Freezer out of Curry's in Ireland for 379.00 Euro (special offer) and we have had it for around a month and on the whole we are very happy with it.
It replaces an old Hotpoint Ice Diamond Fridge Freezer in the kitchen that we have had for over 10 years (I broke it by defrosting the freezer part with a knife!!)
Not surprisingly my wife wanted her next freezer to be a frost free one after that so she was interested in this Samsung one when she saw it on display in Currys.
This Samsung fridge freezer ticked all her boxes, price very reasonable, easy wipe down glass shelves in the fridge part, deep and wide drawers in the freezer part which had a see-thru front on them making it easier to see what was actually in the drawers without pulling them out, frost free and auto defrost, A class rating for economy and it was in a plush silver aluminium colour that made the fridge freezer look more expensive than the white ones that were around the same price in the shop.
we got the freezer home and in situ and the next day (after letting it settle) we plugged it in and it all got to its right temperatures very quickly in the fridge part and freezer part. So there it is sitting there in the kitchen. It spends a lot of time without the motor/compressor on which must be better on the electric side of things because on our old Hotpoint fridge freezer the motor always seemed to be humming away.
There are some very strange noises though emitting from this Samsung RL33SB though we have been assured by Samsung customer care that this is a fan noise inside the appliance and the compressor motor and the refrigerant that are making these strange noises in its operating and it is quite normal. They are not very loud noises really just strange clicks and creaks and one comical noise of like a cow 'mooing' sometimes especially if you open and close the fridge door! - but as I say these are not loud noticeable sounds most of the time and we can live with it now we know it is normal.
The build of the appliance is not too bad,in places we see where improvements on the quality of the parts could have been made better.
The doors, especially the fridge door, is very hard to open sometimes however thats got to be due to the door seals working effectively and keeping the door shut tight. However the handles are not placed in a user friendly way we find and if they had some handles on the outer part of the fridge door this would have made the doors easier to open. I pity anyone with weak or arthritic hands trying to open up these doors.
The appliance has some nice touches with a built in fridge freshener and deodoriser at the back of the fridge part to keep it smelling fresh in there and the fridge light is placed in a very good place at the top of the fridge, so much better than at the side - the light goes off after about a minute for some strange reason when the door is open until the fridge door is closed and re-opened again I dint know why.
The Model of Samsung we got has round green LED lights at the top of the fridge and buttons for controlling the temperature, it all seems electronic which has got to be better at maintaining the correct and proper temperatures for the fridge and freezer parts (until if the electronics play up I suppose!) - if you can then it would be good to get the next RL33 model up because it has LED Readouts of what temperature the fridge and freezer parts are so you can instantly see if its the right temperature.
The Instruction book that came with the appliance is a bit in 'pigeon English' with some words and phrases a bit unusual but the fridge freezer is so easy to use you wont have to be reading the manual too much anyway.
So, on the whole a very good buy, looks good, sounds weird, looks like its going to be reliable, easy to use in some places and awkward in a few other places.
Energy Efficiency / Short name: Samsung RL33SBSW