Counterdepth Refrigerator: Frigidaire Gallery or Samsung?

rahullMay 6, 2014

I'm trying to decide between the only two counter-depth refrigerators that are within budget:

Frigidaire Gallery 22.6 cu.ft. side-by-side FGHC2331PF

Samsung 18 cu.ft. French door RF197ACRS.

Both are around $1200-1300. I've already ordered the Frigidaire from Sears, but I'm thinking of changing my order to the Samsung because it's 3 inches narrower than the 36" Frigidaire. I think it would look better in my small kitchen. I also think that having a smaller fridge will encourage me to keep it tidier with fewer forgotten items rotting in the back. And I also like how the Samsung does not have a water/ice dispenser on the door.

The problem is that I've never owned any Korean appliances before. I've read a lot of horror stories online about Samsung and LG refrigerators requiring frequent repair. Negative reviews for the Frigidaire seem to be mostly about the noise and the water/ice dispenser.

Have any of you had any experience with either of these refrigerators?

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carolmka

I have a Frigidaire basic fridge that works great. its 3 years old. Its not counter depth. On the flip side I have a counter depth Kitchenaid that I love but thats over your budget. I would say get the biggest fridge that fits the space. We aren't horders but the fridge side is always stuffed.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 11:11PM
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hvtech42

Samsung and Frigidaire refrigerators are both known for some wacky designs that are a pain to service. I myself had a Samsung where the defrost heater was part of the evaporator coil. Nearly impossible to replace. I would never buy Samsung anything again. I was looking at a Frgidaire but I read that at the time, they were making the ice maker PART of the sealed refrigeration system! That scared me off. I think GE (the new, made in USA french door series) and Whirlpool are better, for fridges at least. I'm not sure whether they are still using those designs, but that's what I found through research in the past.

They all break. The key is to buy one that's as easy and cheap to repair as possible,

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 9:30AM
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dodge59

Good point, hvtech42.

While looking up a Frigidaire problem for a poster here, I found that some of the evaporator coils were not replaceable as they were built into the foam.

As much as I like my 8 year old Jenn-air, (albeit a much larger fridge, 48 inches, Were I to buy a smaller fridge, I would certainly check out the new GE's, they do, (unlike the expensive competitor), have the latest technology.

As far as Samsung, alto I do prefer their dual evaporator design as opposed to 2 compressors, 2 condensors, 2 evaporators etc etc, (for those that "Must have" separation of air between fridge/freezer), but I keep seeing too many post of parts being hard to find and taking a long time to procure~~~~~not something one wants to run into with a "busticated fridge", ya thinks?

Gary

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 3:03PM
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pheasantfarmer

We have the Frigidaire model in our cottage. It has been problem free except for the freezer shelves which kept falling. My husband braced them in with little plastic clips and they are fine. It was a very affordable counter-depth which we needed, and we have been pleased.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 5:54PM
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