Refrigerators

Samsung RF28R6201SR Refrigerator Review

A fridge with high-end looks and performance to match

Samsung RF28R6201SR Refrigerator Review Credit: Samsung

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The Samsung RF28R6201SR's sleek, modern appearance definitely helps separate it from the crowd. Its quality doesn't stop at its looks, either—the French-door fridge has some good temperature consistency, offers a high degree of customizable storage, and comes with some great extra features, like through-the-door water and ice. The only performance test where we had an issue was with its capacity—that through-the-door dispenser unfortunately takes up a lot of storage space inside. If you like this fridge but want a few more features, check out the Samsung RF28R6301SR, which is the same as this fridge, but with a door-in-door design and some other extras, or the Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF, which costs more but is currently our top-rated fridge.

The Samsung RF28R6201SR offers a sleek, minimalist look that’s sure to fit in any kitchen. Everything from how its doors open to how its drawers slide indicate a lot of time was put into its overall design, resulting in a fridge that’s a joy to use. While not quite as fully-featured as its older sibling, the Samsung RF28R6301SR, the RF28R6201SR handles the basics a bit better and still has some of the extras you’d expect from a fridge in this price range. We really liked the through-the-door water and ice dispenser, which was easy to use and fit well with the understated exterior of the fridge. We also liked the deli drawer with customizable temperature.

The main downside: capacity. The through-the-door ice and water dispenser takes up a lot of real estate that can’t be used for food storage. That being said, it does use the space it has well, with lots of movable and flexible storage options. Unless capacity is one of your chief concerns, this is just a really solid fridge.

About the Samsung RF28R6201SR French-door refrigerator

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The RF28R6201SR features a good amount of flexible shelves and moveable storage bins.

Dimensions: 70" x 35.75" x 36" (H x W x D)
Usable space: We measured 10.28 cu. ft. of usable storage space in the refrigerator and 5.18 cu. ft. in the freezer.
Dispensers: Ice (cubed and crushed) and water
Finishes: Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel

What we like

Through-the-door dispenser for both ice and water

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The RF28R6201SR features through-the-door water and ice (both cubed and crushed).

As one of the only features on the outside of the RF28R6201SR, the ice and water dispenser has a minimalist design that compliments the overall aesthetic of the fridge. But it's also just great functionality to have. We liked how it felt to use, requiring a firm push to activate. Another point in its favor: providing both cubed and crushed ice.

Alerts you if something goes wrong

Thanks to Bixby, Samsung's smart platform for managing appliances, you can set up alerts in case of malfunction, or if you accidentally didn't close the door fully. You can also use Bixby to calibrate your fridge's temperature to your liking. While you aren't likely to actively use these features much, they do offer some good functionality and peace of mind. No more going to the fridge in the morning, only to see a sliver of light coming from a not-quite-closed door.

Storage options are flexible to suit your needs

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The RF28R6201SR has a lot of flexible shelves, which can be slotted under each other or folded up and out of the way.

The RF28R6201SR has a lot of options for customization. For starters, many of the shelves and storage bins can be repositioned or folded up and out of the way to allow for taller items. Whether it's accommodating frequently-purchased oversized items or simply adapting to Thanksgiving leftovers, we liked the flexibility afforded by the RF28R6201SR's storage options. There's also the deli drawer, which allows you to set its temperature separately from the rest of the fridge. You can opt for a range between 34°F to 41°F, which is versatile enough to allow for quickly chilling beverages to gently chilling wine.

Maintains consistent temperatures

While it wasn’t setting any high scores, the RF28R6201SR did well on just about every test we threw at it. It maintains consistently cool or cold temperatures, the crisper drawers weren’t too harsh on produce, and its drawers felt incredibly solid and were able to slide very smoothly. This Samsung doesn’t disappoint, from either a food preservation perspective or in terms of overall user experience.

What we don't like

The ice maker takes up a lot of space

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The through-the-door ice reservoir takes up a lot of space on the left door.

Unfortunately, there's a downside to all those through-the-door features—they eat up a ton of fridge capacity. We measured 17 total storage locations, with 10.28 cu. ft. of usable storage space in the refrigerator and 5.18 cu. ft. in the freezer. The manufacturer-claimed capacity of the fridge is 19.1 cu. ft. and the freezer at 8.9 cu. ft., both of which are significantly higher than what you're actually getting. Overall, the storage is a bit on the low side, but should still be enough for the average family.

Controls can be a bit cumbersome

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We didn't like how the buttons only let you scroll through options in one direction.

It’s a minor issue, but we weren’t a huge fan of the RF28R6201SR’s on-board controls. You have to cycle through options to find the ones you want, which means you’ll spend a lot of time scrolling. Since correctly calibrating your fridge can help prevent food spoilage, we’d prefer if they were a little easier to use. Fortunately, this issue is partially resolved by the inclusion of Bixby, Samsung's smart device platform, which allows you to calibrate the fridge.

Warranty

Samsung's warranty covers parts and labor for one year. The sealed refrigeration system (compressor, evaporator, condenser, drier, and connecting tubing) is covered for up to five years, for both parts and labor. The digital inverter compressor is covered 10 years for parts and five years for labor. Typically, a lot of warranties that stop after one year, so we're happy to see Samsung covers selected parts further into the refrigerator’s lifespan.

What owners say

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The freezer has multiple shelves to help keep things organized.

Reviews are generally positive for the RF28R6201SR, which averages a rating of 4.4 stars across major retailers. Users are sold on the aesthetic and features, with the majority gushing over how great it looks in their kitchen. There are also plenty of accolades for the customizability of the storage areas. Through-the-door ice and water are also popular call-outs, as is the Bixby functionality.

Should you buy the Samsung RF28R6201SR?

Yes, assuming capacity isn’t the main thing you’re shopping for. We liked the Samsung RF28R6301SR and we like this scaled-down version as well—although it lacks some of the features, it has the same solid performance with a smaller price tag. We think the RF28R6201SR is a good compromise between aesthetic, features, performance, and price. If you do want a bit more space and even better performance, look into the the Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF.

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