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Samsung RH57H90507F Food ShowCase review

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  • Samsung RH57H90507F
  • Samsung RH57H90507F

Summary

Our Score:

10

Pros

  • Stylish design, superb finish
  • Outstanding cooling performance
  • ShowCase door is excellent
  • Quiet and energy efficient

Cons

  • Slightly low power-fail result (but only on freezer’s top shelf!)

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Key Features

  • A+ energy efficient; frost-free side-by-side fridge freezer; stainless steel finish; ShowCase door on refrigerator; air-circulation and metal door cooling; LED display; plumbed ice and water dispenser
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £2,549.00

What is the Samsung RH57H90507F?

Samsung’s flagship American-style side-by-side fridge freezer has a host of innovative features and an exceptional premium finish in an attempt to justify its eye-watering £2,500 price tag. The headliner is the innovative Samsung ShowCase design on the refrigerator compartment, which offers a slim outer door to quickly view the contents and access items stored in the door pockets.

The ShowCase door is designed to make it easier to reach frequently used items such as milk and juices, and saves energy as cold air remains better trapped inside the fridge compartment when the door is opened. Grab the handle a little higher and the whole door opens to access to the full compartment. The plumbed-in ice and water dispenser has a water filter and offers crushed or cubed ice.

Being a premium model, this Samsung boasts incredible versatility in interior storage. It also has high-tech multi-flow air circulation cooling with a washable deodorising filter, an LED control panel, and top and side LED lighting inside both compartments. You get a raft of sensors that detect the temperature and humidity of your kitchen environment and best adjust the refrigerator for peak performance and energy efficiency.

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Samsung RH57H90507FSamsung RH57H90507F – How does it look?

Simply stunning... From the lush stainless steel finish with its very effective anti-fingerprint coating, to the smallest of details like the embossed ‘ShowCase’ logo on the brushed stainless handles, the RH57H90507F is an exercise in how to make a large domestic appliance become an attractive centre-piece of the kitchen.

The ice-blue LED control panel is clear and crisp, and matches the stainless and black panel nicely. The ice and water dispenser area is coolly minimalist. The drip tray under the dispenser is rather shallow in an effort not to create any visually disruptive lines, so you may find yourself wiping this area frequently. All three doors open with a solidly engineered feel and shut with the handles perfectly aligned.

Inside is no less breathtaking, with slim LED lights designed to illuminate every corner. Opening the outer ShowCase door shows off the enormous door packets with integrated clear plastic drawers, while opening the full door reveals yet more drawers and a range of adjustable tilt-and-slide glass shelves.

Whichever way you look at the RH57H90507F, it's very easy on the eye.

Samsung RH57H90507F – How much can you fit in?

The headline 570 litres of total chilling space would be of no use unless the interior was practically designed. The freezer gets the thin end of the capacity share with 176 litres, and a fair portion of this is eaten into by the rear of the ice and water dispenser. If you're happy to forgo the ice making, you can swap out the ice bucket for a small food storage container supplied.

Samsung includes two larger-capacity drawers for meat and fish at the bottom, one with a lid that flips up as you pull it out, four glass shelves and a further smaller drawer in the upper section. In addition there are there handy door pockets for smaller or frequently used items. Opinions on shelves in freezer compartments are divided, as they can hold less than a drawer – before stuff falls out, anyway – although they remain easier to search if not filled to capacity. The freezer compartment is well lit from the top and sides by crisp, white LED lighting.

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Samsung RH57H90507F

The hero here is the ShowCase refrigerator compartment, which is, by a good margin, the very best appointed refrigerator space we have yet to test. The fridge furniture has been designed to make use of every litre of space and ensure you have instant access to all areas. The six enormous door pockets alone hold as much as a small refrigerator and can be accessed from both sides thanks to the outer Showcase door.

This door is fitted with Samsung’s Metal Cooling feature to keep produce stored in the door pockets cool, even if the door is opened frequently. It opens to reveal all six pockets, two of which slide out as drawers for even easier access. A mid-door shelf has plenty of room above and comes with a divider for easy storage of wine and other tall bottles.

The ShowCase door might not be something you feel is a must-have feature – we certainly didn’t to start with – but it's something of a ‘grower’. The ease of access to everyday items and great pocket layout are inspired, and it didn’t take long before we loved the ShowCase design.

The main compartment offers three larger drawers – one with slide-and-tilt adjustment, allowing for the largest of bottles to be stored upright. The space is incredibly well thought out and should benefit from the forced air cooling to keep the temperature consistent throughout the entire compartment.

When we find something this well designed, we have to get really picky to find a fault – and we still couldn’t.

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Samsung RH57H90507F – How noisy is it?

Modern, high-tech fridge freezers such as this Samsung are getting quieter and becoming ever trickier to measure. The ambient noise level in the testing lab in the dead of night is around 40dB, from atmospheric and building noises, making Samsung’s claimed 39dB a bold claim indeed.

Sure enough, we could barely hear the RH57H90507F running and could not measure it even with the appliance standing in free space. Chances are, if it is fitted in a kitchen with its back to the wall and sided by other cabinets, it will produce even less noise. We conclude that this very quiet appliance produces 39dB or less, which is about the ambient noise in a very quiet library.

Samsung RH57H90507F – How well does it perform?

We set the Samsung RH57H90507F at -18 degrees C in the freezer and 4 degrees in the refrigerator compartment, with temperature sensors placed throughout each compartment. In the freezer we put one temperature sensor in the middle of 2 litres of room-temperature water to see how long this premium appliance would take to freeze bulky produce to the core. It also helps to establish how stable the temperature of frozen food would be in the event of a power failure. Analysing the results, this Samsung produced an exceptionally consistent, stable and accurate cooling performance throughout the test.

In the freezer compartment the water sample achieved -18 degrees C at the core in around 17 hours, with a very impressive initial chill-down time to zero degrees of just two hours, thanks to the forced air system. This would make the freezer ideal for those who freeze a lot of fresh produce such as picked fruits or leftovers.

The top shelf, middle drawer and bottom drawer stabilised very quickly at precisely -18 degrees C, with the drawers barely registering /-1 degree either way throughout the two-day test. The core temperature of the ice remained at a ruler-flat -18 degrees throughout.

Samsung RH57H90507F

The top shelf predictably showed a little more fluctuation at /-2 degrees and suffered a little in the three-hour fail test. Its air temperature rose to a rather high -4 degrees C, although both lower drawers barely rose by 5 degrees (to -13 degrees) through the same period. Taking a worst-case scenario of food on the top shelf, we'd estimate most food would be safe for around 10 hours of power outage, which ties in with Samsung’s claims.

The Samsung runs a relatively harsh defrost cycle every 11 hours or so, lasting about 20 minutes. This briefly raises the air temperature in the freezer compartment to eliminate frost build-up, and in this Samsung’s case causes the air around the top shelf in particular to rise to almost freezing point. Although more aggressive than many defrost cycles we've seen, the short duration has minimal effect on frozen foods, with our ice-water sample raising just 2 degrees to -16 degrees.

Over in the refrigerator compartment, the theme of consistency and accurate temperature continues. Thanks again to the air circulation cooling, the middle shelf, bottom shelf and bottom drawer measured 5 degrees, 4 degrees and 3 degrees respectively, with a fluctuation of barely /-0.5 degrees throughout the entire test. The top shelf averaged precisely 4 degrees, with a typical rise to 6 degrees and dip to 1 degree – above any frost danger – throughout the hour-long compressor cycle.

That's a truly outstanding set of technical test results, making this Samsung the current class leader in side-by-side refrigeration performance.

Samsung RH57H90507F

Samsung RH57H90507F – How much will it cost to run?

Considering the giant-sized cooling capacity of the RH57H90507F, we were pleasantly surprised that it was even more frugal with electricity than our previous favourite side-by-side model, Samsung’s own RF24.

We calculate that RH57H9050 will use around 406kWh of electricity per year, which equates to approximately 16p per day. That's slightly less than Samsung’s own quoted figures of 420kWh per year, although those with larger families and a hot kitchen environment will see higher running costs. For the sheer volume of cooling capacity and versatility of the ice and water dispenser, the RH57H90507F is really rather economical to run.

Should I buy the Samsung RH57H90507F?

This is a truly exceptional product, combining outstanding design with class-leading technical. We think the ShowCase door will be copied by a lot of other manufacturers next year – it really is that good. The best is rarely cheap and the Samsung RH57H90507F Food ShowCase is the very best side-by-side refrigerator on the market today.

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Overall Score

10

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Prem Desai

November 7, 2014, 10:17 am

Whilst it still a lot of money (to me, anyway), I don't think its that expensive compared to some of the more conventional appliances out there.

Absolutely brilliant - apart from the rather silly model number.

Nice one Samsung ....

Ripsnorter

November 7, 2014, 12:02 pm

Stunning! Way beyond my budget but fortunately the kitchen is too small anyway.

soldierboy001

November 26, 2014, 7:26 am

Lets hope it's a bit more reliable than other Samsung fridge/freezers.

kevin

November 28, 2014, 8:28 pm

Looks really nice, and all, and several of their features go some way to addressing SOME of the inherent problems of the side-by-side fridge-freezer design, but the wife and I are now looking to replace our 14-year-old side-by-side with a proper appliance that:

a) has ONLY the full-width fridge section behind the double doors
b) has the less-used freezer compartment at the bottom, as a drawer, and
c) has a mostly-solid drawer to hold freezer contents, rather than a big airy basket-style drawer.

Why? Well, the side-by-side fridge/freezer design makes the most-used section, the refrigerator section, too narrow for convenience.
You might think that if you compensate for narrowness by making it tall and deep, you've solved the issue, but you haven't. The issue is aggravation and waste of cooled air.

When the fridge compartment is tall and narrow and deep, front-to-back, then you might be able to fit as much stuff in there as you can in other designs, but you are guaranteed to be RE-moving stuff almost every time you open the fridge, in order to reach what you want farther back. A full-width refrigerator section of similar cubic capacity allows you some latitude to move front-placed food items to one side or the other, when trying to reach items behind the first row or two. It also gives you a wider choice of angles to search for items without needing to move other items.
But if the compartment is narrow and deep, and you want something closer to the back than the front, well you've got to start removing rows of bottles and Zip-Loc storage boxes and lettuce savers and 2-liter juice containers that won't fit in the doorshelves and..... Then you have to put it all back. If you are taller person, you tend to put at least some removed objects "temporarily" on top of the fridge... and then forget to replace them... ask me how I know this. The point is that the necessity to do this, often several times per day,

a) is annoying in itself, especially if one is clumsy or impatient... or both
b) keeps the door open a considerable amount of time, cooling the kitchen and warming the fridge contents.

The tall, narrow freezer section, while less bother due to its being opened and searched less frequently, is still the perfect design to dump ALL the freezer-chilled air onto the floor every time that door opens. Cold air is heavy, and it absolutely empties from a tall side-by-side freezer compartment in a couple of seconds. There's nothing in that freezer that you can find and liberate in less time than it takes for all the air that was minus-14 degrees Celsius to fall out and puddle around your ankles.
By contrast, a drawer - in particular one that has solid bottom and sides, rather than an open wire-frame basket - cups the cold when you open the freezer and keeps some of that expensively chilled air around your frozen veggies, meat, treats, and athletic-injury wraps, instead of spilling it all over your toes... and all over the nosy cat who appears whenever the fridge opens. Cats don't know from fridge-compartment versus freezer compartment. All cats know is "the place of SOME is opening - if I poke my nose in, I might get SOME".

Now, it's not a BIG deal that the freezer section unloads all its cold air onto the floor whenever it's opened, especially if you keep the freezer stuffed, leaving minimal air-space. But still, when you add up 15 or twenty years of chilled-air outflow, you are talking about some unnecessary energy wastage, there.

There's a reason that the most efficient stand-alone freezers are always chest-style freezers, rather than uprights. That's the same reason it makes sense for a fridge-freezer to have its freezer compartment as a drawer. It also makes sense that the fridge section be located high, since it is, by far, the section most frequently used by most people. The area of storage that needs a little bending can be the section that is opened much less frequently.

I think I'll make this a blog post. I make SO much sense. :-)

Cheers!

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