Shopping for a new refrigerator can cause a whirlwind of emotions. You're excited about enhancing your kitchen space but are anxious about the hours of research it takes to find the right product. You're thrilled to upgrade your out-of-date fridge, but you’re confused about the many brands and style options. On the surface, all refrigerators appear to do the same thing: Keep your food chilled. However, modern-day refrigerators offer much more than just a place to store your groceries.
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Are you ready to find your new refrigerator? This buying guide explores key features to consider when shopping for a new fridge, and it takes an in-depth look at three top-selling models from leading appliance brands: Samsung, LG, and Bosch.
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Brand Comparison: Samsung, LG, and Bosch
These brands are no stranger to high-tech kitchen appliances, but when it comes to refrigeration appliances, you can count on Samsung, LG, and Bosch to lead the charge.
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Samsung has always set out to defy conventional appliances. A Samsung refrigerator with the exterior showcase door provides instant access to drinks and condiments, while the InnerCase lets you store large, fresh food items. A 28 cubic feet interior capacity allows you to keep 10 percent more groceries at a time for fewer trips to the store.
A refrigerator with Family Hub smart screen features edge-to-edge doors with modern handles, available in fingerprint-resistant Tuscan stainless steel, black stainless steel, or a traditional stainless-steel finish. You can select one of four optimal temperatures for your favorite snacks thanks to the FlexZone Drawer, and you can save plastic, ditching bottled water for a fresh, filtered, pitcher with the AutoFill Water Pitcher.
A Samsung refrigerator can connect with smart devices so you're always in charge of your appliance and in sync with the moments that matter. And on top of their smart capabilities, Samsung is ranked by J.D. Power #1 in Customer Satisfaction for French door refrigerators. Samsung refrigerators were also awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award.
When you need an appliance with striking good looks, cool innovations, space-saving features, and energy efficiency—meet LG refrigeration.
With plenty of room, smart features, and eye-catching style, LG refrigerators are packed with the latest features and come in a variety of styles. The InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator includes a sleek, tinted glass panel that illuminates with just two quick knocks—letting you see what’s inside without opening the door or letting out the cold. This helps to reduce cold air loss up to 47 percent.
Side-by-side refrigerators feature LG's latest cooling technology, convenient storage options, and a style to enhance any kitchen space. Top-freezer refrigerators boast advanced freshness features and stylish flair from top to bottom. Bottom-freezer refrigerators keep your appliance at eye level, so everything you need is exactly where you want it.
An LG fridge is like having a personal assistant in the kitchen. You choose from several innovative refrigerator types, and you’ll benefit from the latest features like the exclusive Linear Compressor technology, which offers reliable operation and delivers optimum cooling.
From size and color to capacity and freshness, there’s a lot that goes into the makeup of a quality refrigerator. It can be difficult to narrow it down, but Bosch is here to help you find a fridge that fits your needs so you can share and savor all of life’s most precious moments.
Grocery shopping is a breeze when you can rely on your fridge to keep your food chilled. The new FarmFresh System with four innovative freshness technologies is designed to work together to keep your ingredients fresh so you waste less food.
Bosch built-in refrigerators are available in French door, side-by-side, bottom freezer, and custom panel options—each offering LED lighting, dual evaporators, and the Energy Star certification. For the ultimate convenience, the Home Connect app allows you to remotely monitor your fridge’s temperature, lighting, and more, from a smartphone or tablet wherever you are.
There are plenty of full-size refrigerators available, but if you’re a city dweller living in a less-than-spacious apartment or recent empty-nesters looking to downsize, shop for smaller, 24-inch-wide refrigeration appliances that provide a premium feel without sacrificing on quality.
Samsung will get our fridge comparison off and running with the Stainless Steel Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator (RF24R7201SR). Wi-Fi and Bixby enabled, this fridge lets you use your smartphone to control the temperature and monitor your refrigerator remotely. Take advantage of flexible storage options and store tall items with ease with adjustable shelves that go from standard to slide-in or flip-up. LED lighting will leave a pleasant glow inside your fridge so you can spot what you want at a moment's notice.
The FlexZone Drawer features multiple temperature settings and an adjustable Smart Divider to stay organized. Twin Cooling Plus helps prevent spoiling and freezer burn, and Ice Max features a large-capacity ice maker, storing up to 2.7 pounds of ice.
The counter-depth design offers a premium, built-in look to match a multitude of kitchen layouts and designs, and the fingerprint-resistant finish reduces smudges and minimizes cleaning so you can focus on your meal prep.
When it comes to LG, it’s easy to access more space for your groceries in a feature-packed appliance. The LG PrintProof Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator (LFXC22526S) provides greater convenience with a generous 22 cubic feet of space. Whether you're stocking up for holiday meals, children’s lunches, or game day celebrations, you can store more food when you need it.
Dual ice makers allow for maximum ice production and storage. Ice makers are great, but they don’t do much good if there’s no room left for any food. The Slim SpacePlus Ice System provides more shelf space and allows even more space for door bins. The ice is dispensed from the door and located in the freezer compartment, producing large amounts of ice so you never run out during hot summer days or family get-togethers.
You may be asking, “What is counter-depth"? To put it simply, LG counter-depth refrigerators align with countertops and cabinetry for a uniform profile, creating a sophisticated built-in look without the high-end price tag. This allows you to get creative with your kitchen design and develop a culinary space worthy of a magazine cover.
Similar to the Samsung fridge model, you can reap the benefits of stainless steel without constant cleaning and attention. LG’s PrintProof fingerprint and smudge-resistant finish easily wipes clean with a soft, dry cloth for a distinctive look that handles real-life use.
Whether you need recipe inspiration or notifications when the fridge door is left open, the LG SmartThinQ app controls key features and provides important fridge updates and maintenance tips from anywhere. It even works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa so you can operate smart features with the power of your voice.
Opening the fridge allows warm air to enter, which can spoil the food inside. If you have the Bosch 800 Series French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (B36CL80ENS), you can activate the SuperCool function to rapidly drop the temperature of the fridge and insulate the food inside. It also makes sure that any new purchases that were recently placed in the fridge will be cooled more quickly. To prevent unnecessary power consumption, the function automatically switches off after approximately six hours.
It's a convenient feature to drop your fridge to 36 degrees at the touch of a button, but what about the freezer? Adding new food to the freezer raises the internal temperature, which can result in defrosting and a loss of flavor. The SuperFreezing function ensures that new food is frozen quickly, preventing other contents inside the freezer from defrosting. Once the required temperature is reached, the appliance will return to its normal operation so you don’t waste energy.
The BigBox frozen food drawer provides additional storage space for XXL frozen goods. The extra-deep drawer allows you to easily stack large items like food containers, frozen pizzas, or a birthday cake. If you’re catering an event or hosting holiday meals and the leftovers are in abundance, the BigBox drawer will be your best friend.
LED lighting shines a spotlight on your food and brings a completely new lighting concept to fridges, guaranteeing glare-free interior illumination. LED lights use less electricity than conventional fridge lights and last the lifetime of your appliance. And if you’re worried about losing the items in the back of the fridge you can’t always see, the MultiAirFlow system circulates cool, fresh air to maintain consistent temperatures throughout the entire fridge cavity, from the door bins to back corners.
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Our Expert Recommendations
Whether you decide upon a refrigerator from Samsung, LG, or Bosch, you’re making a fine investment. After comparing the different features of each product, it comes down to which fridge model will better adapt to your needs.
If you’re new to cooking and need high-end smart features to help assist in your meal prep, we suggest the Samsung counter-depth fridge. If you’re buying groceries in bulk to feed your house of growing kids, the LG French door refrigerator will allow you to maximize your storage space. If energy efficiency and high-end cooling properties are at the top of your list, look no further than the Bosch bottom-freezer refrigerator. Whichever model you choose, you’re sure to experience reliable performance from a quality household appliance.
For any refrigeration need big or small, be sure to contact our appliance experts here at Albert Lee. We’re here to answer your questions and help in any way we can. Give us a call, shop online, or visit one of our stores today!