Samsung RF23 and RF22 four-door flex French door refrigerator review
Stylish four-door design and a convertible fridge/freezer, now in a counter depth package.
About the Samsung RF22K9381SR
This stainless steel fridge with Family Hub has an MSRP of $5,799. Sale prices drop it down to as little as $3,425 on sale, which means you can actually get this for roughly the same price as the black stainless model.
About the Samsung RF22K9381SG
This black stainless fridge with Family Hub is the most expensive four-door in the series, with an MSRP of $5,999. Sale prices drop it down to as little as $3,498 on sale, which means you can actually get this for the same price as the conventional stainless model.
About the Samsung RF22K9581SG
The black stainless fridge with Food Showcase door-in-door storage. It has an MSRP of $4,199, and retails for about $3,195—about $100 more than its conventional stainless counterpart.
About the Samsung RF22K9581SR
The stainless steel fridge with Food Showcase door-in-door storage. It has an MSRP of $3,999, and retails for about $3,095—about $100 less than its black stainless counterpart.
About the Samsung RF23J9011SG
This is the black stainless version of the base model. It has an MSRP of $4,199, and retails for about $2,895—roughly $100 more than the basic stainless model.
About the Samsung RF23J9011SR
This is the basic stainless steel entry in the series, and the cheapest option available. It has an MSRP of $3,999, and retails for about $2,795—roughly $100 less its the black stainless counterpart.
Samsung is squeezing a great thing into a small package. Their four door refrigerator platform, which features a compartment that's convertible from fridge to freezer, is now available in a counter depth design. That means it will blend in with your cabinets for a more upscale look.
The new RF23J/22K series (MSRP $3,999-$5,999) includes six fridges that are just 24 inches deep, minus doors and handles. They're just under 36 inches wide, and a hair under 72 inches tall. Despite their smaller size, each takes the same high-end design, top notch performance, and adjustable FlexZone compartment from the full-sized counterparts.
Whether you want one with Samsung's new Family Hub, one with Food Showcase door-in-door storage, or just a really good straightforward fridge, there's an option for you. And they're all available in both conventional stainless or Samsung's new black stainless finish. Retail prices range from $2,795 to just over $3,500, meaning they're not cheap any way you slice it. But that's true for almost all counter depth models—and most don't offer the same level of cooling or specialty feature set that you'd find here.
Design & Usability
A sleek addition to your kitchen
The exterior of these fridges are right on track with Samsung’s original four door model: Recessed handles give it a trim look, while the smudge-proof finish—whether you want regular or black stainless—will class up any kitchen.
A tall and deep through-the-door dispenser can more than accommodate a standard drinking glass, as well as pitchers and other large containers. We’d have preferred it if the dispenser’s light were brighter, as even when it’s on there’s not much illumination.
The control panel itself uses blue lighting that fades away when not in use, as well as black text that doesn’t. We found that the text actually didn’t distract from the overall design, but rather complemented the straight lines formed by breaks between doors.
Inside, you’re met with bright LED lighting that casts a glow over every nook and cranny, while silver highlights add some pizzazz to the white plastic shelves.
The crispers were a bit loose in their moorings, and it’s still a bit disappointing to find an internal ice maker as opposed to a door-mounted model, but those are small quibbles.
Down on the bottom, you’ve got two matching zones filled primarily with sliding drawers. The counter depth design means drawers are shallower than in the full-sized models, which means they don’t slide out very far. If you like to overstock the freezer, be prepared to stoop and reach.
Performance & Features
On point and efficient
There’s very little this Samsung doesn’t do well.
We’ve noticed that many counter depth models struggle keeping even temperatures, but mot so here. The main fridge section averaged just a hair over the 37°F we set it to, with a little extra warmth around the crispers. That’s the exact temperature profile we like to see for optimal food preservation. Temperatures did fluctuate a tiny bit over time, but not enough to cause any concern.
On the other hand, the freezer's temperature was far below the 0ºF we set it to—but that's not a bad thing. The lower the freezer goes, the less chance of freezer burn. The average temperature was noticeably below the 0°F mark, which should keep your frozen veggies in decent shape.
Crispers did an excellent job retaining moisture, and the fridge overall was incredibly energy efficient. In short, with this fridge, you just can’t lose.
The feature set is pretty standard: an energy saver setting, control lock, and power freeze are all pretty standard for high-end models. What really sets this unit apart, though, is its Cool Select Plus zone.
Like all of Samsung’s four door models, the lower right compartment can be adjusted to one of four different settings: Freezer (pretty self-explanatory), Soft Freezing (23°F), Chill (30°F), and Cool (41°F). You can use it to expand your frozen food storage, turn it into a wine cooler, or keep hors d’oeuvres fresh before a party without having to shift everything around in the main fridge section.
The only drawback is that the divided freezer's individual compartments are only 15 inches wide. If you frequently freeze massive pizzas, you may have issues.
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Befitting such a fancy fridge, Samsung has an equally fancy warranty. For the first year from date of purchase, the manufacturer will cover all defective or failed parts that stop working through no fault of consumer misuse. That's pretty standard.
For five years, Samsung also covers parts and labor relating to the sealed refrigeration system. That includes compressor, evaporator, condenser, drier, and connecting tube.
On top of that, the Digital Inverter Compressor gets its own coverage: All parts and labor relating to this part of the fridge is covered for five years, with five more years of parts-only coverage.
A Fantastic Four Door
King of the counter depths
If you’re looking for a high-end counter depth fridge and like models that think outside the box, look no further than one of Samsung's four-door counter depth models. The convertible compartment is an impressive feature on its own, but strong overall cooling and low energy consumption make it even more attractive. Plus, there's that gorgeous fit and finish, as well as Family Hub and Food Showcase options for consumers who are attracted to those features and don't mind spending a bit more.
High-end fridges like these can sometimes feel prohibitively expensive, but they're actually pretty good buys—especially the basic one, which retails for about $2,795. Higher end iterations can get up to just over $3,500, though, so make sure you really want those extra features before you shell out the cash.
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