It's fair to say our house has been in turmoil while our kitchen has been re-fitted, but the wait is finally over and I couldn't be more happy. Before I show you the shiny new room, I have to introduce you further to the pièce de résistance - our new Samsung Showcase Fridge Freezer. It really is the star of the show.
I introduced you briefly to him earlier, but now we've got to know each other a little better, I can tell you more about the fabulous features.
We are totally in love with the look of this appliance. It's sleek finish, stylish lines and led lighting on the ice and water dispenser make it look really modern and very special.
The showcase door is a very clever feature of an inner and outer door, meaning we can have easy access to our most used items such as milk, butter and drinks without having to open up the rest of the fridge. The full height shelving in the door gives so much space and it means I can organise things like jams, condiments, cooking sauces and purees separately and find them so much easier.
I'm sure the showcase feature is helping with energy consumption (and of course it's A+ energy rating), and the alarm which is activated if the doors are left open too long is a godsend to anyone with kids, and for frazzled cooks everywhere! I can't tell you how often I used to accidentally leave the fridge door open with our old model, but there's no danger of returning to a defrosted soggy mess with this new one.
The top to bottom shelving is great as children can access their own items from the lower levels, and our daughter is loving the independence of getting her own drinks. It's also great for getting the kids involved in meal preparation - they can easily reach items and help out in the kitchen.
The internal lighting is really bright meaning you can see everything so clearly. The transparent fronts on all the compartments mean give you a clear visual of everything you have in, which helps enormously at shopping list time, and it's definitely reducing our food waste. Nothing gets pushed to the back and forgotten about anymore.
There's lots of shelving and compartments making it simple to keep your cooked and your raw food separate.
It's very easy to keep clean and the clever wheels mean it's simple to glide out of the space should you need to. Ideally you should place this appliance with more clearing for the door opening - the guide suggests a minimum of 468 mm from the hinge, for clearance of the doors- but we have a galley style kitchen and our space is tight. However, even in the location we've chosen, we're still able to open the doors absolutely fine and access all the contents. The shelves can still be removed in this position too for cleaning etc. This position close to the wall was definitely a problem with our previous model (a Gorenje - Smeg type) which had a different hinge system and much thicker door.
The space is very adaptable meaning you can make it work exactly how you want to for storage. I love the slide and fold shelf (you can see a video of how it works here), it makes it so easy to adapt if you have taller items - no more clearing out and removing and reshuffling shelves just to make space for one tall item.
I also like the fact the ice bucket is removable, and in the winter for example when you might not want ice, you can change it for another storage compartment.
The chilled, filtered water is getting a lot of use, as is the crushed ice. The touch screen controls are clear and simple to use.
The lighting in the freezer section is really bright too (I don't think I've ever had a light in a freezer before) but it makes it really easy to see what's in store, and again, will definitely help reduce wastage. There's more shelving than baskets in the freezer, so you can see your products easier and keep a check on what you need to buy, but even the slide out drawer baskets are clear fronted meaning you can see what's inside easier.
There is so much room, you can easily fit a family weekly food shop in this fridge freezer, and again, the space allows you to sort your food into categories making housekeeping so much simpler.
I've had no problems at all with the freezer frosting up and it's been in use for over a month now.
My only small niggle would be that it does show finger marks, but they do clean off easily and I accept that you'd get this on any appliance with this type of finish.
Overall I'd thoroughly recommend the Samsung Showcase Fridge Freezer, and if you have the space and are in the market for a new fridge freezer, you should definitely take a look at this model.
Disclosure: We were provided with the appliance for the purposes of this review however all opinions are my own and are unbiased.