It comes to something when you have to knock down cupboards and take off doors in order to review a kitchen appliance – but the latest addition to our kitchen, the Samsung Food ShowCase Fridge Freezer was a very welcome, new arrival!
Choosing a new fridge freezer can be a daunting task; there are so many models on the market, promising different features, at varying cost. There’s no doubt, that in our house at least, the fridge freezer is the most used appliance in the kitchen. Earlier this year, our existing fridge freezer (of just over three years) stopped working, and unfortunately, it was just out of warranty. Aside from the fact that this was a hassle, with multiple engineers coming out to try and repair it to no avail, this has made me very wary of investing in large appliances that offer a limited or short warranty. Enter the hero of the story – the Samsung Food ShowCase Fridge Freezer – imagine my relief when this new baby arrived at the same time as our actual new baby!
ShowCase and InnerCase
The Samsung Food ShowCase has tons of new and improved features on existing Samsung American-style fridge freezer models. The main feature, and the explanation behind the ‘showcase’ name, is a dual-door system on the fridge side. The inside of the fridge, is called the ‘innercase’ and this part, too, is designed to make food organisation more convenient whilst maintaining optimum freshness inside. Basically, what you have is a ‘fridge within a fridge.’
Digital Inverter Technology + Warranty
This model also uses Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology, which means that the compressor automatically adjusts to temperature changes (for example, when the door is opened to fill the fridge with a weekly shop or to open the fridge for a pint of milk) to offer optimum cooling and an A+ energy efficiency rating. The really excellent thing is that the Digital Inverter Technology comes with a 10-year warranty and a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty.
I’m particularly impressed by the way that Samsung have addressed the issue of food freshness and food waste by improving the technology within their latest model the Food Showcase. Firstly, the fridge freezer has a metal cooling feature – stainless steel panelling inside helps to maintain a more consistent temperature within. It also locks in the cold and seals in freshness. The high-efficiency LED lights emit less heat than conventional lighting, whilst keeping the inside of the fridge freezer nice and bright once the door is opened. The separate vegetable drawers keep your food fresh, too and it’s great to be able to organise all your food into categories for ease of access.
The Food ShowCase model also offers ‘All Round Cooling’ – Samsung say:
Samsung’s All Round Cooling evenly cools every inch of the fridge as well as the freezer. Cold air is blown out through multiple outlets at every level. As a result, the refrigerator area keeps fruit and vegetables fresher for longer and the freezer reduces freezer burn, and as a result better maintains the quality of frozen food.
The really clever feature of this fridge freezer is the dual-door system on the fridge size, to the right. The door itself is made of two parts. A thinner part at the front opens to give quick and speedy access to the most-used items in your fridge. This is described as the ‘exterior showcase’ in which you can store items such as milk, drinks, condiments and snacks that you’ll want to grab quickly. Then there is a second part to the door, which, when opened, let’s you access the innercase, which stores all your main items of food, such as fruit and vegetables in the drawers, meat, and other general food items.
We particularly like the showcase as two of the shelves (the blue ones) in the showcase part slide out – so I put all the kids’ snacks in these trays, so that they have easy and instant access to the things they like, rather than them having to go rummaging within the main fridge itself.
Fridge Freezer Features & Capacity
The left hand side – housing the freezer part, is a little bit smaller than the fridge side, but it offers an automatic in-door ice maker to maximise the freezer space, leaving more room for frozen foods. When I say smaller, I mean that the Samsung Food ShowCase offers a 70/30 fridge freezer split, with net storage in the freezer section of 174L and net storage on the fridge side of 396L. Needless to say, there is ample storage for the needs of a large family.
You can access the ice either from the inside, or via the front panel, where you can also get filtered, cooled water. The LED display can be switched on or off, and the dispenser itself offers a tall opening, so that even large glasses can be filled up with ice cubes, crushed ice or water.
The ShowCase door initially took a little getting used to, but not that we have it, we wouldn’t be without it. I love that the inner door has 6 separate compartments – it’s very flexible in the way that it allows you to store and easily access your most-used cold food items. It’s great to be able to grab condiments, which are visible either from through the showcase door or from the innercase.
Inside, the ‘innercase’ also offers great flexibility – deep drawers and shelves that fold away, depending on what you need to store.
The wine rack is useful and yet compact, it doesn’t take over the fridge, but it allows you to store wine and other bottles neatly. The all-around cooling system seems to really keep all the items within the fridge at precisely the right temperature – we’ve definitely noticed that food is staying fresher and that therefore, we are throwing less away.
The freezer offers a fast-freeze option, a removable ice draw – handy if you want to serve ice away from the main freezer itself.
Despite its size (H177.4 x W91.2 x D72.1cm) the sleek finished and the brushed stainless steel exterior is elegant and unimposing.
We’re upgrading our very old kitchen next year and so I can’t wait for my Samsung Food Showcase to take pride of place in our redesigned kitchen.
You can read other reviews online here –
Gizzi Eskerne reviews the Samsung Food ShowCase in her test kitchen for The Times
Janie at The Hedgcombers also welcomes a Samsung Food ShowCase into her kitchen.
With many thanks to Samsung for sending me the Samsung American Style Food Showcase Fridge Freezer for review. All opinions are my own.