Samsung changed the way we look at refrigerators by launching its 5 in 1 convertible refrigerator. With advanced features, employing innovative technology and by focusing on efficiency and energy savings, Samsung has hit the bulls eye satisfying every unique need of an Indian consumer.
In this review of Samsung 5 in 1 convertible refrigerator, we will discuss at how the refrigerator works, its features, energy savings, efficiency, design and other capabilities that make it a great choice for Indian families.
What is Samsung’s 5 in 1 Convertible Refrigerator?
As the name suggests, Samsung 5 in 1 Convertible refrigerator has the flexibility that helps to convert refrigerator and freezer as per your requirement. It comes in 5 modes namely-
Normal mode- where fridge and freezer operates as normal;
Extra fridge mode- Also known as shopping mode, where fridge and freezer operates as a fridge;
Seasonal mode- Where freezer can be switched off and fridge works as normal. This helps save up to 64% energy;
Vacation mode- Where refrigerator is switched off and freezer is switched on to preserve any fish/meat, thereby saving 55% energy;
Home alone mode- Also known as mini-fridge, where the freezer works like a fridge, thereby saving 75% energy.
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How Does Samsung 5 in 1 Convertible Refrigerator Work?
The freezer door of Samsung’s convertible refrigerator has a touch display panel with which you can adjust the temperature of freezer and fridge compartment from -23 degree Celsius to up to 7 degree Celsius. ( Temperature ranges: -23, -21, -19, -17, -15, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 degree Celsius).
The panel also has options for power freezing and power cooling.
In order to adjust the temperature of each compartment, the refrigerator uses twin cooling plus technology, which employs two separate fans to blow the cold air in to each compartment. This not only helps adjust the temperature, but also prevents mixing up of odours and helps retain up to 70% moisture of food.
Samsung claims that this technology maintains humidity at 70% while conventional refrigerators are able to maintain humidity of just 30%. Thus Samsung’s technology helps retain freshness of vegetables and fruits much longer than conventional refrigerators.
Energy rating of Samsung 5 in 1 Convertible refrigerator varies from 2 star to 4-star rating depending on the models. However, note that this rating is when the refrigerator functions in normal mode. But when you convert the refrigerator in to different modes as per your requirement, you will be able to save up to 75% of regular energy consumption.
In addition to that, the refrigerator uses digital inverter compressor technology that has 7 different rpm to adjust the cooling of the fridge and freezer sensing the external temperature, food temperature and amount of food kept inside. As the compressor runs at an optimal speed, energy wastage is reduced without negatively affecting the refrigerator’s performance.
Another useful feature is all convertible refrigerators belong to Samsung’s Connect inverter range. Usually, in Indian homes, due to voltage problems, the inverters generally have just enough capacity to power a few light bulbs and fans in case of power failure. But as Samsung Convertible refrigerator comes with smart connect inverter technology, it has the capacity to connect to the backup power source ( inverter) without being affected by the voltage problems.
Convertible refrigerators also come with necessary features that allows it to run on solar power.
Samsung Convertible refrigerators come with sufficient capacity for a medium to large family. But serving a large family is not just about capacity, it is also about keeping vegetables, fruits and other food items fresher for longer. These refrigerators come with sufficient technology to meet the requirement.
First of all, depending on your need, you can convert the freezer to fridge, thus giving you maximum up to 185 litres of extra space depending on the model you buy.
Thanks to the dual fan technology, humidity level of up to 70% is maintained. In addition, the vegetable box comes with a tight seal that prevents moisture from escaping in case of low humidity and a vent facilitates release of excess moisture when the humidity level inside the vegetable box is too high.
Some of the models have a fresh room compartment to keep salads and dairy products like milk and cheese fresher for longer. As it is a closed compartment, a cooler temperature is maintained even when the fridge door is opened.
In case of power failure and you do not have an inverter, you don’t have to worry, as the cool pack in the freezer helps maintain the temperature for up to 12 hours.
Another noteworthy feature is the anti-bacterial protector mesh which has an activated charcoal mesh to sterilize the air inside the fridge and keep it odour free and prevent bacteria formation inside.
Keeping in mind the functionality, Samsung has taken care of the design to maximise the performance of the refrigerator.
All the convertible refrigerators have an easy slide out shelf where you can keep food that needs easy access.
Rectifying the flaws in older models, the newer models have top LED light in both the fridge and freezer compartment.
Some of the models with large capacity have twin vegetable boxes, while others with medium level storage capacity has a smaller vegetable box to keep softer vegetables and fruits that could get easily crushed, and a larger box for keeper firmer vegetables.
All of Samsung's convertible refrigerators have bigger bottle guards in order to facilitate easy storage of large water bottles.
Other Useful Features-
Power freeze function that helps make ice cubes 31% faster than regular refrigerators at the press of a button;
Power cool function that blows in cold air to reduce temperature of fridge to 1 degree at the press of a button;
Icemax that makes 2.5 times more ice and stores twice more ice compared to conventional refrigerators of similar size.
Anti-fungal gasket and toughened glass that can hold up to 150 kg weight;
Door alarm that beeps when not closed for more than 2 minutes;
Smart dongle that makes the refrigerator wi-fi enabled and operable through mobile app ( in selected new models)
Stabilizer free operations from 100-300 Volt
Flaws, but not Deal Breakers
Even though Samsung Convertible refrigerator comes with a number of energy saving features, it still doesn’t have the energy efficiency of an LG refrigerator which has mostly 5 star rating. Most of Samsung Convertible refrigerator comes with a 3 star energy rating and a few with 4 star rating.
If you check the reviews in e-commerce portals, you can see that most of the complaints aren’t about the product, but about delivery and installation delays. If you plan to buy the refrigerator during festival sales, be prepared to spend 5-7 days at least for installation. Also, check the product thoroughly for dents, scratches at the time of installation so that you can initiate returns within the timeframe if you find any faults.
Considering the premium features of convertible refrigerators, you can definitely say that they are competitively priced. Of course, they are expensive than conventional refrigerators, but yet it isn’t unaffordable, and is definitely worth the money spent.
Below you can find some of the best-selling models of Samsung Convertible refrigerators, its capacity and energy rating.