Viking Refrigerators Review

A lot of imagery comes to mind when people hear the word Viking, the foremost being those historical warriors who sailed from glacial climates to find food and resources in distant lands. With such a strong brand name, do Viking refrigerators live up to the hype? We’ve grabbed some of the most popular refrigerators from the company and have reviewed them below, so you can have an idea of the quality this brand guarantees.

Viking Refrigerators Review

OUR TOP PICK

Viking 3 Series 36 inch Sabbath Mode Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator RVRF336SS

Summary

The most popular of Viking’s affordable 3 Series of refrigerators, the RVRF3361SS model features Viking’s signature and timeless stainless-steel finish, but that’s a given with this brand. What’s more important is its specs. This model offers 22.1 cubic feet of interior space and is designed to slot right in besides your cabinets and other appliances you have in your kitchen.

You open it with industrial-style handles that are durable whilst looking attractive enough, and once opened you’re met with a refrigerating section for its top half and a freezer section for its lower half, which pulls out to reveal several storage areas. In the refrigerator, there are spill-proof shelves that make cleanup simple and minimal. 

The doors themselves are auto-closing so you shouldn’t have to worry about leaving them open, and when they are open, you’re met with a theatre-style LED light that’s not only more energy-efficient to run than other refrigerator lights, but also meshes well with the simple but clean-cut aesthetic of the refrigerator.

All of the shelves and drawers inside the appliance are totally adjustable, so you can customize how you want to better maximize or organize the space available to you. Being part of their Series 3 range, it’s one of the cheaper options that Viking has whilst still having many great features that other brands wouldn’t give you for this price point.

Whilst not featuring a water dispenser, these refrigerators do have ice makers for those who are a fan of refrigerators with dispensary functions. Like many of Viking’s range, this model is also Sabbath compatible, so observers of the Sabbath can operate the refrigerator guilt-free.

EDITORS CHOICE

Viking VCRB5303RSS 5 series All Refrigerator Right Hinge (RH), 30''

Summary

If you’re on the hunt for a larger refrigerator unit, then you should consider the Viking 5 Series VCSB5483SS. It’s a 48-inch wide model, which translates into a larger refrigerator and freezer combo with nearly 20 cubic feet in its refrigerator section and about 10 cubic feet in the freezer. Whether you have a large family or just a large appetite, it’s perfect for those who require their appliances with more storage space.

If the added storage space wasn’t enough of a draw, the VCSB5483SS also includes some advanced technological features, such as the Plasmacluster Air Purification and ProChill temperature management. What’s more, all the shelves inside are designed to be spill-proof and the door uses DuraHinge technology that guarantees the door should be working as intended for a very long time.

Opening that door reveals the LED lighting inside, which is bright enough for clear, sharp visibility of the interior of the refrigerator whilst not being too overwhelming to the eyes. The entire refrigerator unit itself runs quietly, as Viking’s professional appliances tend to do. It uses a DC overdrive compressor to keep the noise coming from it to an absolute minimum.

It should be said that this model lacks some of the added features that many, including the above refrigerators, have, and that’s an ice maker/water dispenser. It does, however, come in eight separate colors instead of the standard Viking stainless steel finish, making it a great option for those who have certain color schemes in their kitchen and want their refrigerator to match them.

BEST VALUE

Viking Professional 5 Series 42' Built-In Side By Side Refrigerator

Summary

If you instead wanted a refrigerator that sits between the standard 36-inch wide refrigerators and those thicker 48-inch models, then you should maybe look into the 42-inch wide Viking 5 Series VCSB5423SS. Being 42-inches wide and 84 inches tall, it packs a total of 25.3 cubic feet of capacity, though it’s all well proportioned and designed to avoid having too much depth, since that can lead to items getting stacked where they’d be harder to reach.
The freezer has 10 cubic feet of that storage space, and both sections have flexible storage options where you can adjust the aluminum door bins or the glass Spillproof Plus shelves to fit your preferred spacing arrangements. The spill-proof shelves are also much easier to clean. You even have several options on how to set the humidity inside the refrigerator, which is handy when working with a lot of fresh ingredients since you can set different humidity for different fruit or vegetable types.
Viking’s own Odor Eliminator Evaporator then gets rid of any excess humidity to regulate the environment inside the refrigerator, as well as limiting air transfer to effectively deodorize the unit. Other that goes into this model includes a fast but quiet Variable Speed DC Overdrive Compressor, making sure your refrigerator stays within acceptable noise ranges and Viking’s exclusive Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier which removes bacteria from the air without the use of a filter.
The handles on the door are low-profile and don’t jut out too much from the refrigerator at large, too, making it look like a professional and space-efficient addition to your kitchen. This refrigerator also has an ice maker, is compliant with the Sabbath, and, like the above model, comes in a variety of strong colors that should have every kitchen color scheme covered.

RUNNER UP

Viking VCFB5363LSS Professional 5 Series Freezer

Summary

The Viking 5 Series VCBB5363ELSS is one of the more standard 36-inch wide refrigerators that’s sure to fit right in in most kitchen spaces. Despite having the standard refrigerator footprint, it delivers more than 20 cubic feet of interior space, no doubt due to its almost 83-inches in height. This unit is one of their more popular models and it’s not difficult to see why, seeing as it’s packed with many of Viking’s greatest features.
Let’s start with what you find inside that storage space we mentioned. The first thing you’re sure to notice is the glass shelves, which aren’t only built to professional standards but they're 3/8-inch thick, making them among the thickest you’ll find. If that didn’t guarantee their durability, they feature no vulnerable seams and are coated with nanotechnology that prevents spills from settling on them, making them easy to clean.
The LED lights on the inside were also planned with care, designed with ramped, theatre-style illumination to enhance interior visibility and minimizes dark corners so everything you have in there is visible to you.
In the background, Viking’s usual tech is running to make the refrigerator as pleasant and unobtrusive to use as possible. These include its virtually silent DC Overdrive Compressor and its ProChill Temperature Management System, which allows you to set the temperature of the refrigerator’s storage space within one-degree Fahrenheit of accuracy. The Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier is also back with this mode keeping the interior air clean without having to use filters.
This model is also one of those ones that comes in eight colors, from Viking’s default stainless steel to variants of red, burgundy, grey, blue, and white. What’s more, they have the option for either a right-hinged door or a left-hinged one, so you have full control over which way the door will open when it gets installed, affording you some more flexibility in how this refrigerator will fit into your kitchen design.

RUNNER UP

Viking VCRB5303RSS 5 series All Refrigerator Right Hinge (RH), 30''

Summary

The Viking 5 Series VCBB5363ERSS is another of those refrigerator models that combines a 36-inch wide base with many of Viking’s handy customization options. Starting from the exterior, this refrigerator also comes in many different colors that are sure to fit in with both neutral and more eye-catching kitchen color schemes. Speaking of the design of your kitchen, you have the option of a door that opens to the left or right, too, so you can choose which one is most convenient for its planned space.
When that door is closed, a leak-free seal ensures that the temperature stays where it should be and there’s no airways inside and outside the refrigerator, keeping the food isolated and fresh, or frozen if in the smaller 5 cubic foot freezer section. If you forget to close the refrigerator outright, a self-closing system will kick in and swing and the door closed, too.
On the inside you’ll find 20 cubic feet of storage space, 15 of it for the refrigerator and, as mentioned, 5 for the freezer, and all with a depth of around 26-inches. Three thick, durable glass shelves greet you when you open it. They’re not only spill-proof to make for easier cleaning in the event of a spillage, but they’re also adjustable so you can move or remove them at your leisure to change the storage space. On the reverse side of the door, there are also four patented aluminum door bins for the heavier items, and three of them are adjustable.
The interior is kept fresh by the usual tech that we’ve seen in Viking refrigerators by now, such as the Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier which uses ion tech to destroy bacteria and mold that might end up floating around, effectively eliminating odors and enhancing this refrigerators’ food preservation capabilities.