Side-by-side refrigerators came to us from North America. They are adherents of the so-called “American way of life.” A typical American family from somewhere in Oklahoma: husband, wife, couple of kids. They live in their own house with a large kitchen. Two or three times a month the family leaves for the nearest shopping mall, stuffs on food, puts it in their family car, and drives back. At home, all grocery purchases are placed in the side-by-side refrigerator. Because it is roomy and comfortable. So, if the space in your kitchen allows, and if you have enough money – take side-by-side refrigerator. Perhaps one of these collections below.
BOSCH KAN 58A55 RU
It attracts the eye. It attracts with a classic, magnificent combination of colors: the color of freshly laid asphalt combined with the color of stainless steel. This one-compressor BOSCH KAN 58A55 RU is the black knight among other refrigerators.
The volume of the refrigerating compartment of BOSCH KAN 58A55 RU is 356 L. The Multi-Airflow multi-threaded cooling system is implemented here: cool air is supplied to each shelf, that way products are evenly and quickly cooled. It also provides high-quality air circulation, which prevents the formation of unpleasant odors inside the refrigerator. This compartment has three glass (tempered glass) shelves with plastic edging. Two shelves can be rearranged in height. Under the shelves, there are three retractable plastic containers for various products (vegetables, fruits, and others).
The containers have transparent front walls – the user sees the contents easily. On the compartment door, there are five shelves-balconies. It is possible to change the installation height for these shelves. The top shelf comes with a lid. A water filter is also placed in the upper part of the compartment. Of course, you will not have to defrost the refrigerator compartment manually – everything will happen in automatic mode (No Frost system). There is a Super Cool mode for quick cooling of new products without a noticeable increase in temperature for products already in the refrigerator. When Super Cool is activated, the temperature in the compartment drops to 2 ° C / 35 F. After six hours, the refrigerator goes into normal operation. In general, the refrigerator compartment is quite simple, without global “bells and whistles”. No complaints.
Operating temperature adjustment for BOSCH KAN 58A55 RU is possible separately for the refrigerator and freezer compartment. The display and dedicated buttons are located on the freezer door, above the dispenser. The volume of the freezer is 175 liters. Inside we see three shelves. Everything is made of tempered glass. Two shelves can be rearranged in height. Below are food boxes, two retractable ones, with transparent front walls. On the door of the freezer, there are shelves for different little things. The power of freezing is up to 10 kg / 22 lbs of products per day.
There is a Super Freeze mode with automatic shutdown – an analog of Super Cooling, but with a different temperature regime. In the event of a power outage in the freezer (for about five hours), a temperature of not higher than -9 ° C / 15.8 F will be maintained. Automatic defrosting is carried out with the help of the No Frost system.
The control system of the BOSCH KAN 58A55 RU refrigerator, of course, is electronic. As already noted, the control unit is located on the door of the freezer, above the dispenser for the supply of water and ice. The dispenser area has a backlight for the user’s convenience. There is a lock on the control panel (“Child Protection”). This modern refrigerator from a well-known manufacturer with a long-standing excellent reputation is very nice looking and easy to use.
Bauknecht KSN 540 A + IL
The next one is the Bauknecht KSN 540 A + IL. German brand Bauknecht. It is already more than 90 years old and is well known in Europe (now the brand belongs to the Whirlpool corporation). The model of the side-by-side form Bauknecht KSN 540 A + IL is quite suitable for our review. Externally, the model looks very cool and entertaining.
The refrigerator is made of stainless steel, there are dispensers for supplying water and ice (separate) on the freezer door and a control panel. These elements are black. The door handle of the refrigerator compartment is designed to look like a continuation of this unit.
The volume of the refrigerating compartment is 335 l. Here we see four tempered glass shelves, of which three are height-adjustable. There are three containers under the shelves for various products, like fruits and vegetables. Two of them are plastic. The top container is a Fresh box or a Freshness zone. Mechanical humidity control is possible here. On the door, there are spacious, rearranged in height shelves.
The Multi-Flow multi-threaded cooling system has been implemented – the products are evenly cooled, the likelihood of unpleasant odors and condensation on the walls is low. There is a quick cooling function with an automatic shutdown (similar to Super Cool in the previous refrigerator). Defrosting is carried out with the help of the No Frost system. Thoughtful halogen lighting is installed in this fridge – all the “corners” of the compartment are clearly visible.
The freezer of the Bauknecht KSN 540 A + IL refrigerator with a volume of 180 liters has four glass shelves. Three of them can be rearranged in height. Below there are two retractable food boxes. The door has stationary shelves. Part of the donor area is occupied by an ice-making and water-cooling system. Removable ice container has a volume of 8 liters. The freezing capacity is up to 12 kg / 26.5 lbs of products per day. Standalone cold preservation – up to 5 hours. Naturally, the No Frost system is provided. There is a quick freeze (Super Freeze) with auto power off.
The Vacation mode is also present in the Bauknecht KSN 540 A + IL refrigerator. When activated, for example, at the time of departure, the freezer works, as usual, products from it can not be removed. But it is better to remove them from the refrigerator compartment. This mode helps to save electricity. Green Intelligence technology is also designed to increase the energy efficiency of the refrigerator. The point is the presence of special temperature sensors in the compartments that are clearly maintaining the temperatures set by the user.
If the temperature in the refrigerator compartment rises when you have loaded a lot of products into it or opened the door, the sensors will fix this and quickly restore the optimum temperature level. Thanks to this, the temperature is restored five times faster than in a conventional refrigerator, freezing also occurs 30% faster, and the energy consumption is reduced by 30%.
Samsung RSH7ZN Hermes
The Samsung RSH7ZN refrigerator compartment (332 l) has four shelves for products. All of them are high strength glass. Three shelves with variable installation height. A Z-shaped shelf is available (although as an option) – it is easy to optimize the interior space of the compartment with it: good for storing bottles, large cans, and tall containers. A wine shelf is also available optionally, as well as a tray for storing snacks, side dishes, cheeses, etc. At the bottom of the compartment are three plastic containers for vegetables and fruits. The top container is a freshness zone.
The users can select the mode of operation they need at a particular moment in time: create conditions for quick cooling of drinks, slow defrosting (while maintaining the beneficial properties of the product), activate the zero zone (for long-term high-quality storage of various products), enable the “Keep Freshness” mode (for storage of vegetables and fruits). On the door of the Samsung RSH7ZN refrigerator compartment, in addition to the shelves, there is a special compartment-bar. It is convenient to store drinks in it.
On the outside of the door, a “hatch” opening with a light touch is provided. The user can always quickly get any drink without fully opening the refrigerator and letting warm air into it. Automatic defrosting is carried out with the help of the No Frost system.
In the freezer of the Samsung RSH7ZN refrigerator (183 L), everything is as usual – glass rearranging shelves, plastic containers. Power freezing – up to 10 kg / 22 lbs per day, No Frost.
Note the presence of an ice machine. It has a transparent plastic cover so that you can see how much ice is in it. On the door of the freezer (on the outside) is a dispenser for supplying ice cubes and chilled water (a system for filtering is provided, too). The size of the dispenser illuminated by LEDs is increased to 24 cm / 9.5 inches – even very big glasses can be filled.
Samsung RSH7ZN has a separate ventilation system for the refrigerator and freezer compartments, and separate evaporators – Twin Cooling technology. That way it is easier to maintain the best humidity in the departments, and it is easier to more accurately control the temperature regime. Plus, odors do not mix – it is important for the safety of products. Multi-channel distribution of air flows (Multi Flow) helps equalize the temperature anywhere in the refrigerator – each level of the shelves is blown onto separately.
In this review, we presented the top three quality side-by-side refrigerators. Of course, they are not everything that is on the market. When choosing these models, we were guided by technical specifications, energy efficiency, appearance, safety and ease of use, and an adequate correlation of cost and functionality.
Choose, buy, use.