Review: Samsung 192-Litres Direct-cool Single-door Refrigerator
Stylish and elegant, the Samsung RR19H1104SE/TL/2015 is a direct-cool, single-door refrigerator that packs in good features, sumptuous looks, excellent build quality and great performance with a 5-year guarantee on its motor.
It is ultra-quiet, efficient and appears more spacious than most refrigerators in its class.
In terms of exterior design, the arched crown of the fridge is definitely a class above the regular boxy, sharp-edged designs of its competitors. The body has a flawless metal finish in Electric Silver that adds to the visual aesthetics of this budget fridge.
The Samsung RR19H1104SE/TL/2015 has a plush back design, which means that there are no ugly coils at the back and the fridge can fit in snugly into whatever space you have earmarked for your fridge. Inside, the fridge is beautifully spacious, even deceptively so – and it even has a cooling rack, a feature absent in a number of its competitors.
The Samsung RR19H1104SE/TL/2015 has 3 removable shelves made of toughened glass, where both the Whirlpool and the LG are offering two removable glass shelves. Therefore, there is the option of tweaking the space inside if you have tall containers to put in. Toughened glass shelves in refrigerators make it possible to store up to 150 kg loads, so even if you have to stack pots, the Samsung can take the weight.
The pull-out vegetable drawer is covered by the third shelf, and it is big enough to hold supplies for a family of two or three for a week or more. The veggie tray has Samsung’s trademarked BioFresh capabilities, which reduces moisture in the drawer that could otherwise make your lettuces go floppy.
The fridge has 2 door pockets that can hold up to 5 standard 1-liter bottles comfortably. In addition, there is a smaller pocket for condiments etc, and one more pocket for miscellaneous items, plus an egg tray, allowing for ample space to store items. The cool tray is adequately spacious too, and while you may think it compromises the interior space, it really does not.
However, the same cannot be said for the freezer compartment. At barely 18-liters net space, the freezer will not hold much if you are the kind that shops in bulk for fish or meat. The other problem with the freezer is the flimsy-looking door. Unlike the main door of the fridge, the freezer unit has a rudimentary click-shut mechanism, and if you do not force shut it, chances are it will remain marginally open. The good thing though, is that the freezer does not usually clog shut with ice even if you haven’t manually defrosted it in two weeks or so.
How it Works
The fridge cools fast on its optimal temperature setting and has a stabilizer-free operation. This means that it is able to withstand a wide range of fluctuation in electrical voltage, and you need not spend extra on getting an extra stabilizer.
There are three modes of cooling inside the fridge. The optimal temperature setting is the best, as we mentioned, and it is achieved when you set the fridge temperature dial to the Monsoon mode. The Summer mode drops the interior temperature and is very handy when you are storing large quantities of food or need fast ice. The Winter mode raises the internal temperature, and is, therefore, best for when you are storing small quantities of food. If you wish to override these settings, you can turn the knob to the desired temperature.
A small button by the temperature control knob assists in defrosting. This, like all others in the class, is not a frost-free refrigerator, and therefore you need to defrost every so often to keep the freezer area free of ice build-up. It is recommended that you do it once a week, but as we mentioned, the freezer does not clog up with ice even if you do not defrost in two weeks. The fridge restarts automatically after defrosting and the melted water is collected in a tray at the back, which you can remove easily for draining.
Having lived with it for a while ourselves, we can safely say that it is a good, solid fridge for a small family. It is not loud, and when used at its optimal temperature, gives you consistent, fast cooling, preserving food and vegetables for longer. In the past year, it has not required any after-sales service or even frantic calls to customer care, and even in the event of power cuts, has kept food preserved without any spoilage. In addition, there is no chipping or rusting on the exterior, and regular cleaning is all it takes to keep the fridge in great condition.
The fridge’s solid performance and excellent exterior design make it a top-buy in its class.
What We Like
- Design and visual aesthetics
- Stabilizer-free Operation
- A 4-star Energy Rating (it uses 255 units a year)
- The Interior is spacious and well-thought-out
- Cool pad with a 6-hour cool retention
What We Don’t Like
- Small freezer compartment
- Build quality of freezer door
Who is it for?
If it is a budget fridge you are looking for, the Samsung RR19H1104SE/TL/2015 Direct-cool Single-door Refrigerator is top-of-the-line. Whether you are single or a family of two, the fridge is spacious enough to hold all your food and has well-designed door pockets for your drinks.
- Features: 9/10
- Design: 10/10
- Performance: 9/10
- Usability: 8/10
The warranty on this is standard: 1 year on the fridge itself and 5 years on the compressor.
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- Gross Total(Liter): 192
- Gross for Freezer(Liter): 25
- Gross for Fridge(Liter): 167
- Net Total(Liter): 182
- Net for Freezer(Liter): 18
- Net for Fridge(Liter): 164
- Net Dimension (WxHxD)(mm): 532 x 1,192 x 619
- Net Width(mm): 532
- Net Case Height with Hinge(mm): 1,192
- Net Case Height without Hinge(mm): 1,192
- Net Depth with Door Handle(mm): 619
- Net Depth without Door Handle(mm): 619
- Net Depth without Door(mm): 529
- Net Depth with Refrigerator Door Open 90°(mm): 1,082
- Net Weight(kg): 32
- No Frost: No
- Multi-Flow: No
- Cooling Type: Direct Cool
- Cooling Retention (Cool Pack): 6 hours
- Number of Shelf (Total): 3 EA
- Shelf Material: Toughened Glass
- Fresh room: Yes
- Number of Vegetable&Fruit Drawer: 1 EA
- Material of Vegetable&Fruit Drawer: Translucent (PP)
- Number of Door Pocket: 4 EA
- Door Pocket Type: Transparent GPPS
- Big Guards: Yes
- Multi Storage Box: No
- Egg Container(Egg Tray): Yes
- Interior Light: Bulb
- Icemaker: Yes
- Ice Tray: Yes
- Cyclopentane Insulation: Yes
- Lock & Key: Yes
- Compressor: A/C
- Refrigerant: R134-a
- Door Handle: Recess
- Color: Elective Silver
- Door Open Type: Swing Type
Energy Star Rating: 4 Star
Free Standing: Yes