I compared many refrigerators before buying this one. I have a refrigerator in the kitchen, and a smaller one in my garage for cold drinks and such. When the garage refrigerator started making unusual popping noises, we decided to move the kitchen refrigerator into the garage and get a French door refrigerator for the house.
Since I already had a 25.9 cu ft refrigerator, I did not look at any that were smaller than that. We recently had our son, his wife, and their 2 children move in with us for 8 months while their new home is being built, so having the Flex Zone drawer was a great feature for us. Right now, I am using it as a deli and meat drawer, as well as a central zone for the grandkids’ lunchbox items. Since the drawer can be divided up into 4 compartments which can be arranged according to the sizes you need them to be, we made the front left compartment as a “lunch box” area. This keeps all of their lunch box food in one place that is short enough that they can reach everything. I use the front right compartment for deli meats and cheese, and the back 2 compartments are for meat that will be cooked within a couple of days. I keep this drawer at 37 degrees to match my refrigerator since at this point in time, I need more refrigerator room. There are 4 different temperatures that I could set the flex zone drawer to. One is the 37 degrees which is the same temp as the refrigerator section, but the other 3 choices are: 42 degrees for wine and party foods, 33 degrees for cold drinks, and 29 degrees for meat and fish. You can change the temperature of this drawer at any time.
Another feature that I really love is the flexible shelf size of the right middle shelf in the main refrigerator section. This is a shelf that can be slid back allowing space to put tall items on the shelf below it. You can still use the back half of the shelf that you slide back.. This is a great benefit for us right now because my husband and I use 2% milk, but my son's family uses whole milk - which means we usually have at least 2 tall containers of milk in the refrigerator and when they get low, we can have 3 or 4 containers. Normally, I would be able to fit all of my taller items in the gallon-sized bin in the door, but while we have more people living here, we need more space for taller things. When our household returns to just the two of us, I will be able to slide this shelf back in place and use it as a full shelf. I like having the flexibility to use it either way.
I love the lighting in the refrigerator and freezer. I can see everything in the refrigerator and food in the back doesn’t get forgotten and later thrown out. I’ve noticed that we have much less waste because we can see everything and it gets eaten before it goes bad. I was more than pleased with the amount of light in the freezer section too. Also due the sliding drawer in the freezer, I can easily see all of the contents. In addition, because of its generous size, I was able to fit everything from my old freezer with room to spare. The bottom section has a divider that can be adjusted. I put frozen vegetables on one side, and frozen meats on the other. In the top section, I put bread, bagels, ice cream, and was also able to fit 10 of my daughter-in-laws frozen dinners. I wish I could upload more than 2 photos so that I could show the freezer, but I want to use my 2 photos for the main refrigerator and the flex zone drawer.
There is no butter bin, but the top shelf in the door actually holds a LOT more space than any of my older butter bins did, so now it holds all of my butter, cream cheese, horse radish, and small squeeze bottle of lemon and lime. I actually like this one much more.
Another feature that I really love is the 2 crisper drawers. I have fruit in one and veggies in the other. The humidity level can be set separately for each drawer. In every other refrigerator I’ve ever owned, I had 2 drawers but one was for fruits/veggies and the other was for meat. I’ve always had a practically empty meat drawer and the fruit/veggie drawer was overflowing and had to put some items on the bottom shelf since one drawer was not large enough. This is the first time I’ve had room for everything!
As with anything you buy, there are bound to be a couple of things you would change. First of all, I would like the front to be magnetic and it isn’t. I had a magnetic dry-erase weekly calendar on the front of my refrigerator that was highly used and I had to put it on the side of the refrigerator, where it is slowly being neglected and abandoned. This is a minor concern, however. The other thing I would change would be to put the ice maker in the door like some of the newer French door refrigerators made by other companies have done. The ice maker itself takes up room which shortens the top shelf of the refrigerator. Also, the ice chute takes up room in the door causing one of the shelves below it to be so tiny it is almost unusable. The Flex Zone drawer more than makes up for it though and at this time, Samsung is the only brand that offers it. Lastly, the shelves really aren’t adjustable in such a way that is useful for me. The upper left shelf is bolted onto the ice maker so it can’t be moved. The upper right shelf is supported on the left by the upper left shelf, so it can’t be moved. The middle left and right shelves also support each other, so if you want to move one, you really need to move the other for stability. The lower left and right shelves are the top of the crisper drawers, so they can’t be moved. I ended up keeping the arrangement the way it arrived. As you can see from the photo I attached, moving the middle shelf up or down would make either one of the other shelves too short, so I like it better the way it is now.
I did have trouble getting the ice maker turned on. The manual was slightly helpful, but every time I pushed the Ice Maker Off icon, nothing happened. I ended up going onto YouTube and quickly found a video. It turns out that I was doing the right thing in the wrong place because I was pushing on the icon instead of the words next to the icon. So if you use the panel on the front to do anything, make sure you push on the words and not on the picture.