Samsung RF263BEAESG French Door Refrigerator Review
A tall, dark, handsome fridge may be the star of your kitchen
If your kitchen is demanding something cool and sleek, the handsome 25 cu.-ft. Samsung RF263BEAESG French door refrigerator (available at Home Depot for $1,698.30) is ready to take the job. After we spent a week testing it in our labs, we find that it performs well in nearly every category—keeps food chilly, holds humidity in the crispers, lets you adjust the temp in the cold drawer, can produce 10 pounds of ice a day, and has room for multiple gallons of milk and juice in the door bins.
Make sure you measure your space before ordering this refrigerator. It’s tall—70 inches—and 36 inches wide.
Design and Features
The black stainless steel model we tested could be the highlight of a contemporary kitchen with gray or white cabinetry. Conventional stainless, black, and white are also available, so go with the one that makes sense for your home.
Of course, there’s more to design than color.
• You lose some storage space due to the shelf configuration, but we’re impressed by two shelves that retract or fold up to make room for tall items.
• The lighting scheme is bright, and LED lights in the crisper drawers are a nice-to-have.
• Crispers open smoothly, and you don’t need to open both French doors to reach into one crisper. That’s a plus.
• This model’s pantry drawer allows three different temperature adjustments, so you can change it depending on whether you're storing cold cuts or cold drinks.
• Gallon-size bins on the right are nice, but the door on the left has narrow bins, because the icemaker takes up a lot of space.
• Features like a freezer handle that tilts upward when you pull on it show that Samsung put extra care into the design. And the top freezer drawer that pulls out automatically when the big drawer open seems like a convenience.
• The control panel is easy to use, and doesn’t detract from the exterior design.
On the whole, the performance is this refrigerator’s strong suit. The dual evaporators maintain the temperatures in each compartment, helping to keep food fresh.
• This fridge runs cold and steady. Yes, a fridge is supposed to run cold, but not at 33°, almost at the freezing point, when factory settings should bring it to around 37°. Use the control panel to turn up the temperature a little bit. Consult your own refrigerator thermometer before you do, though.
• Also cold and consistent, the freezer temperature averages at 0°, just where it should be. It took only 57 minutes for the freezer to hit the freezing point.
• The crispers do a great job holding in humidity, so your fruit and vegetables stay fresh and crispy there.
• Efficiency for this refrigerator is close to average, and we project that it will cost you $37 a year for the energy to run it.
What the users say
With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, 92% of the owners who posted reviews are happy with this refrigerator, citing its beauty. However, some reviewers say they’ve had had issues with the freezer, water dispenser, or icemaker. We didn’t see those problems during our tests, though, relatively speaking, the icemaker is noisy. If you decide to buy this fridge, be aware that there’s a small chance you may encounter troubles related to ice and water.
The bottom line
This tall Samsung refrigerator looks great and performed well in our tests, and the price point is moderate. If you’re worried about ice and water issues, realize that those problems are always possible with refrigerators that dispense ice and water from the door.
As an alternative, consider the Haier HRF15N3AGS or HRQ16N3BGS. We awarded both of them Editors’ Choice badges. Their designs are quite different from typical French door models, so they offer some additional style.
The GE GNE25JMKES, which also performed well in our tests, offers an attractive slate finish, and dispenses water and ice on the inside.
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