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Samsung vs. LG Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Packages (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

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Like many clients, you have probably looked for an alternative to stainless steel. You have seen different colors come into the spotlight only to disappear a few years later. Those trendy yet discontinued colors are impossible to replace 8-12 years later, so be careful.

Black Stainless Steel and Stainless Steel Kitchen Packages - Boston Showroom

About 4 years ago, Black Steel became popular with LG and Samsung being early pioneers. In this article, you will learn what Black steel actually is as well as problems with the finish.

Then you will see a but about Samsung and LG including when to buy and potential problems. Then we will compare the products.

Black Stainless Overview and Problems

Black Stainless is an oxide coating over stainless steel. Its dark hue matches most cabinet styles just like regular stainless.

Every company has Black Steel. It now accounts for 20-30% of all package sales, so it will likely stay in the market longer than other trendy colors like silver, slate, and gray.

However, it is a coating and can scratch revealing the stainless underneath, so you will have a noticeable dark and shiny appliance.

They scratch to varying degrees. We scratched each with a fork to determine how easy it to scratch. Watch the video before you consider a black steel appliance.

The Scratch Test (Video)

 

Samsung and LG

Samsung and LG are rivals because they are similar in many ways. Both are into the heavy industry as well as consumer goods like TVs and phones.

They are also the fastest growing appliance names currently in the US with Samsung being the number 1 sold brand.

When to Buy Samsung and LG

Oddly enough, they also both promote the same way. You can buy their appliances cheaper around holidays by about 10-30% on average.

The best times to buy are Black Friday, Labor Day, President’s Day, and Labor Day. Memorial Day is good as well. July 4th is also a good time, but just not in Boston.

Tariffs

Last week, both Samsung and LG were slapped with a 20% tariff with a whopping 50% in 2019. However, it is unclear how much these companies will absorb. Also, both companies will have US production by 2019, so the tariffs may not apply for very long.

That said, they both have scheduled price increases for early April 2018 of 4-7%.

Samsung/LG Problems

Contrary to what you have read on the internet, LG and Samsung are not hard to repair. They are also statistically reliable based on 30,761 of our service calls logged in 2017.

In certain parts of the country, there are not enough technicians to fix problems in the field.

Explosive growth compounds the problem. Before you buy an LG or Samsung appliance, just know who will be fixing it. Same could be said for other brands as well.

Before we compare the products, let's talk about the finish. Samsung has the more durable but still not scratch proof coating.

If you have small children or are not careful around the appliances, you may want to consider regular stainless steel.

Packages

The following are packages of the most popular products from Samsung and LG. We then break down the packages by each product for a direct comparison. Samsung has more options than LG, especially in refrigeration and cooking.

LG is all Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled from an app. The actual functionality is not there yet, but Smart technology will improve over time.

Samsung Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Package 

Samsung Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Package

 

LG Black Stainless Steel Package 

LG Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Package-1

Ranges

Samsung NX58H9500WS - $1,979.99

Samsung Gas Range NX58K9500WG- Black

Features:

  • 5 Sealed Burners
  • 18,000 BTU power burner
  • 15,000 BTU high heat burner
  • 9,500 BTU medium
  • 9,500 BTU medium
  • 5,000 BTU simmer
  • Continuous grates and reversible griddle/grill accessory
  • Custom wok grate
  • Warming drawer under the range
  • 5.8 cubic ft. oven capacity
  • Temperature probe
  • True Convection
  • 3 oven racks
  • Self-cleaning
  • Sabbath mode
  • Convection fan in the oven for more even heating
  • Slide-in range overlaps your counters for easier cleanup

LG LSG4513BD - $1,699.99

LG Gas Slide-in Gas Range LSG4513BDSKU

Features:

  • 5 Sealed Burners
  • 18,500 BTU power burner
  • 12,000 BTU medium
  • 10,000 BTU medium
  • 9,100 BTU medium
  • 5,000 BTU simmer
  • Continuous grates and griddle accessory
  • Storage drawer under the range
  • 6.3 cubic ft. oven capacity
  • ProBake Convection for more even heating
  • 3 oven racks
  • Self-cleaning
  • Slide-in range overlaps your counters for easier cleanup

Direct Comparison:

Samsung has the second more powerful burner and a warmer instead of storage below the range.

LG has the pure convection fan, so they heat is blown from the rear rather than the bottom. It is more precise and even, so you will be able to cook more evenly.                     

Refrigerators

Samsung RF23J9011SG - $2,799.99

Samsung RF23J9011SG

Features:

  • Counter Depth - sleek 36-inch wide design adds style and allows for more space
  • 23 Cu. Ft. Capacity - Spacious Fridge provides food storage flexibility
  • Flexzone - Versatile, bottom-right door can be a fridge or freezer
  • Triple Cooling System - 3 Evaporators for ultimate freshness

 

LG LNXC23766D - $2,899.99

LG LNXC23766D

Features:

  • Slim SpacePlus Ice System
  • Tall Ice & Water Dispensing System
  • Sophisticated Style & Design
  • LED Lights

Direct Comparison:

LG has the Door-in-Door concept, so you can access the items on the door without opening the main door.

Samsung has the convertible freezer/refrigerator on the bottom right compartment for more refrigeration space on demand.

Microwaves

Samsung ME18H704SFB - $219.99       

Samsung ME18H704SFG

Features:

  • Ceramic Enamel Interior - Durable, Easy-to-Clean and Scratch Resistant Interior
  • Sensor Cooking- Automatically Adjusts Cooking Time with Vapor-Sensing Technology
  • Simple Clean Filter- Effectively Traps Impurities and Ejects with Just One-Touch
  • 1.8 cu. ft. Capacity- Larger Space Accommodates Large Platters so You Cook More

LG LMV1831BD - $289.99

LG LMV1831BD

Features:

  • 1.8 cu.ft. Oven Capacity
  • 1000 Watts
  • Sensor Cooking
  • EasyClean(R)

Direct Comparison:

You are looking at similar specs. There is no real difference between the two in terms of capacity or output, but Samsung has a bit more powerful fan.

Dishwashers

Samsung DW80K7050UG - $769.99

Samsung DW80K7050UG

Features:

  • 15 Place Setting Capacity
  • Adjustable Upper Rack
  • Cutlery Rack
  • StormWash System
  • FlexLoad Racking System
  • AutoRelease Door
  • Digital Leak Sensor
  • 44 dBA Sound Level
  • Energy Star Rated
  • Half Load
  • Express 60

LG LDT7797BD - $899.99

LG LDT7797BD-2

Features:

  • 15 Place Setting Capacity
  • 9 Wash Cycles
  • Quad Wash System
  • Dual Control Cycle
  • Easy Rack Plus System
  • NFC Tag-On System- Enables you to download new cycles
  • Never Rust Stainless Tub
  • 48 dBA Sound Level
  • Energy Star Rated

Direct Comparison:

Samsung is a great overall choice for a dishwasher. This unit is quiet has the third rack and their StormWash system, or concentrated jets to power out stubborn stains.

LG has the Quad Wash with four spray arms. Both have the third rack and the same.

Which Package is Better?

First, they both have similar products. You should look at rebates especially around promotional times. Prices can change and swing as much as 30%.

In terms of finish, as we said Samsung is more durable.

For products, LG has the best gas oven, but Samsung has the edge in the dishwasher and refrigerator along with a far better selection of Black Steel.

In terms of Korean brands, Samsung enjoys the advantage over its rival for the moment. Laundry, however, is a different story.

Additional Resources:

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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