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Samsung RH57H90507F Food ShowCase Review

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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