Are there times when your refrigerator is overflowing and your freezer half empty, maybe right before a big holiday meal? And other times when the opposite is true, like after a visit to Costco or Sam's Club yields a haul of frozen foods? If so, the uniquely configured Samsung T9000 RF32FMDBSR, $3,500, was designed for you. And based on Consumer Reports' latest refrigerator tests, its versatility is matched by stellar performance.
The first truly four-door refrigerator we've tested, the 36-inch-wide Samsung T9000 features a fresh-food upper section with traditional French-doors and two side-by-side bottom compartments that let you adjust the overall refrigerator-to-freezer ratio; the lower left is a permanent freezer, while the lower right converts from a freezer to refrigerator, with additional soft freeze (23° F) and chilled (30° F) settings in between. That versatility has potential benefits, but only if the refrigerator also maintains consistent temperatures and delivers ample, easy-to-use storage. Consumer Reports' latest refrigerator tests just wrapped up, with superb results for the T9000.
In our latest refrigerator Ratings, the Samsung T9000, is our top-rated four-door bottom-freezer (French-door models with an additional compartment). And it's No. 1 among all refrigerators in terms of usable capacity, with nearly 23 cubic feet among its three chambers. That's largely due to the fact that the T9000's bottom-door configuration eliminates the space-wasting hardware needed for freezer drawers, which all others French-door refrigerators have.
To determine whether the T9000 is right for you, consider your food-storage requirements. If your freezer needs are average to light, it might be nice to use the convertible bottom-right chamber often in fresh-food mode, essentially giving yourself a 3-to-1 refrigerator-to-freezer ratio. Or if someone in your home has special dietary requirements, you might dedicate that chamber to them.
On the other hand, if your freezer is often filled to the brim, you'll be paying a premium for a feature that you probably won't use a lot, since you'll have to keep the convertible compartment in freezer mode most of the time. That said, the T9000 does have other interesting attributes, including recessed handles that burnish its sleek, symmetrical look and an LCD display with assorted apps that allow you to share recipes, photos, and more with family and friends.