Samsung RF23HTEDBSR Counter-Depth Refrigerator Review
High-end performance—and easy-access in-door storage—that won't stick out in your kitchen.
With an MSRP of $3,499 and sale prices that dip just below $2,799, the Samsung RF23HTEDBSR isn't cheap. That said, it's a great value if you're looking for an upscale, counter-depth French door fridge.
With one exception, it's actually the best counter-depth model we’ve reviewed so far, and the best counter-depth French door we've seen in 2014.
In addition to its attractive stainless finish and sleek design, the RF23HTEDBSR comes with Samsung's door-in-door storage for improved accessibility. Our tests also show that when it comes to performance, this fridge is hard to beat.
Design & Usability
Good looking and shallow (but not in bad way)
This counter-depth fridge is essentially a shallower version of the Samsung RF28HDEDBSR. Bright LED lights, smooth slide-out drawers, and door-in-door storage are all shared between both models.
Since this is the counter-depth version, there isn't much depth in the fridge cavity where you can lose leftovers. The pull-out freezer, on the other hand, might feel a bit cramped, since the drawers can’t extend out very far.
The door-in-door feature on this model lets you open up a separate compartment inside of the right-hand door by pulling a subtle trigger in the middle of the door handle. You can store frequently-used items there for easier admittance, but the layout limits customization: None of the right-hand door's shelves can be moved, though the two large buckets do slide forward for improved access.
The primary shelves in the main compartment snap into each other for stability. If you need to take them out for cleaning or adjustment, those snaps turn out to be a bit of a nuisance. Undoing them can be quite hard on the hands if you're not careful. However, if you’re just trying to accommodate some tall items, one of the shelves comes with a conveniently retractable front half.
The slim icemaker doesn’t take up much room in the main cavity, but it’s a pain in the neck to remove for bulk ice access. Not only does it take up internal space, but left-hand door shelves are shaped awkwardly to accommodate the bulky dispenser. We prefer the door-mounted ice that tend to be found on LG, Kenmore, and GE models.
Performance & Features
Everything you need, though the crisper could be better
Across the board, the temperatures we recorded in our tests of this Samsung were right on the money. Cool in the fridge and brisk in the freezer, this refrigerator is ideal for preserving any kind of food. Throw in excellent long-term temperature stability, and you can kiss freezer burn goodbye.
This model's most glaring flaws are the crisper drawers. They lost about the twice as much moisture as the best crispers we've tested.
In terms of extra features, this counter-depth fridge keeps it pretty basic. Along with the standard interior icemaker, you have a control lock and an energy saver mode. Additionally, the adjustable-temperature drawer underneath the crispers has three settings: Deli, Fresh, and Chilled. Be sure to check the manual for helpful storage tips.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
When one door opens, another stays shut
If you're looking for a French door counter-depth refrigerator, it's hard to do much better than the Samsung RF23HTEDBSR.
In addition to a clever door-in-door compartment and sleek good looks, this Samsung aced nearly every one of our performance tests.
Even though it's a brand new product, we’ve already seen deep discounts online: Major retailers are selling it for as low as $2,699. Among counter-depth fridges—which tend to be pricier than their standard-depth counterparts—this is a great value.
If you prefer the side-by-side layout, consider the LG LSC22991ST, which is available for about $270 less than the Samsung.
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