Samsung RSA1UTMG review
|Review: December 2015|
In a nutshell: The Samsung RSA1UTMG American-style fridge-freezer offers very generous fridge and freezer space for a family. With a beautiful brushed steel finish and LED display panel, it has a clean, very contemporary look. The built-in icemaker and water dispenser are also nice features to have. At S21, we think this model offers excellent value for money.
Design & features
The Samsung RSA1UTMG, or RSA1UTMG1/XSG, is an American-style fridge-freezer. Its side-by-side design enables easy access to both fridge and freezer sections, as well as the chilled water and ice dispenser embedded in the freezer door.
The RSA1UTMG is beautifully designed and built, with a smooth easy-clean brushed steel finish. At just over 90cm wide, and nearly 70cm deep, it's a large appliance and will need a good amount of space to install. It also requires plumbing for the water and ice maker. The dispenser is well-designed and can accommodate tall glasses with ease, and the water can be filtered using a BRITA water filter.
The design is both practical and elegant, with simple handles making the doors easy to open. It feels very solid too, both inside and outside. An LED display and control panel makes the appliance simple to operate, and adds to its high-tech and contemporary look.
Inside, the storage capacity is generous, although not quite as big as the Samsung RH56J6917SL fridge-freezer with its ShowCase door. The freezer section has a net capacity of 144 litres, which is far more than most fridge-freezers. The ice maker is surprisingly compact, and the freezer space is well utilised, with storage in the door as well as the main compartment.
The fridge section is also large, with a simple, generous layout, although the door storage isn't as useful as it might have been. That's because there are only three door shelves, plus a small dairy shelf. The door shelves are too tall, so space is wasted. But that's our only complaint - really, there's a lot of capacity on offer here, both for refrigeration and freezing.
The RSA1UTMG is very easy to keep clean, thanks to its simple and elegant design, and it remains frost-free in use. LED lighting provides bright, white, low-energy light inside.
Efficiency, noise & reliability
Wide American-style fridge-freezers tend to use more energy than standard 60cm models, due to their large capacity. So although the RSA1UTMG is rated A+ for energy efficiency, it has relatively high electricity consumption. This shouldn't be a surprise - the RSA1UTMG has the storage capacity of two normal fridge-freezers.
It's noisier than many models too. Again, remember that this is like two appliances in one. Also, the ice maker can make occasional loud noises, even when not in use.
As for reliability, Samsung appliances enjoy a strong reputation in this regard, and you can tell that this machine has been engineered to the highest standards.
Conclusion - an excellent appliance
If you have a large family, you'll definitely appreciate the enormous storage that the Samsung RSA1UTMG offers. Both fridge and freezer compartments are big, and the fridge door allows tall bottles to be stored with ease. The ice maker and chilled water dispenser are convenient features too.
Aesthetically, the appliance is quite beautiful and will be a real asset to your home. It's well-designed and superbly built, and should last many years. So despite the high purchase price and relatively high running costs, it's an excellent purchase, and very highly recommended. Just remember to measure up carefully and arrange for it to be plumbed into the cold water supply.
Samsung RSA1UTMG features include:
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- Annual energy consumption: 429 kWh
- Net fridge capacity: 357 litres
- Net freezer capacity: 144 litres
- 4 star freezer rating
- Water dispenser with filter
- Automatic ice maker
- Noise level: 43dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 178.9 cm x 91.2 cm x 67.2 cm (without door handle)
- Colour: Metal Graphite
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