Jumbo large appliances
Refrigerators. The Samsung T9000 four-door refrigerator, $3,500, had been the biggest model ever tested at Consumer Reports, with nearly 23 cubic feet of usable capacity, until it was knocked off its perch by its brand mate, the Samsung Chef Collection RF34H9960S4, which has an additional .4 cubic feet of usable space, based on our initial measurements.
Samsung's new four-door, French-door refrigerator won't appear in our Ratings until full testing has been completed. But the Samsung T9000 has one of the highest overall scores in our Ratings, on the strength of its superb temperature control and energy efficiency, so we have high hopes for the larger one. The big capacity and innovation of the Samsung Chef Collection refrigerator is matched by its price tag, with a suggested retail price of $6,000.
Washing machines. The Samsung WF56H9100AG, $1,520, had the largest capacity of the front-loaders in our tests and can wash up to 28 pounds of laundry. That’s 12 to 15 pairs of men’s jeans. It did an impressive job and made our list of top washer picks. Even better was the top-rated LG WM8500HVA. This front-loader delivered excellent washing and was gentler on fabrics, and yes, the capacity is mega-sized and so is the price—$1,600.
Among HE top-loaders, the Samsung WA56H9000AP had the largest capacity and also holds about 28 pounds of laundry. And at $1,500, it’s the most expensive top-loader in our tests. It too was impressive at washing, but wasn’t so gentle on fabrics, which is true of most HE top-loaders we’ve tested. The top-rated LG WT5680HVA was better at washing and has a jumbo capacity too. It’s a recommended model and costs $1,200.