refrigerators
Expert Score
9.0
Expert Score
9.0

We give Samsung's counter depth four-door fridges four thumbs up

Stylish four-door design and a convertible fridge/freezer, now in a counter depth package.

Credit: Reviewed.com / Matthew Zahnzinger
July 02, 2015

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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 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 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 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.

The Cold Hard Facts

The Samsung RF23J/22K series (MSRP $3,999-$5,999) contains some excellent counter depth fridges. Accurate temperature output is bolstered by top-notch crispers and low energy consumption.

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Temperature Performance

The upper fresh food area isn’t as consistent over the long term as we might like, displaying average shifts of ±0.37°F. However, the temperature spread from one shelf to another was fairly tight. We recorded average temps of 37.53°F at the top, 36.75°F in the middle, and 38.97°F at the bottom near the crispers. A little warmth near the crispers is good, as produce tends to prefer milder temperatures.

Samsung RF23J9011SR Controls
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The responsive control panel blends in well with the stainless finish. View Larger

The freezer was decidedly more inaccurate, but—oddly enough—in a positive way. Average temps clocked in at about -1.06°F and -1.98°F at the top and bottom, respectively. The use of drawers as opposed to shelves means temperature shifts are pretty wide over time—about ±2.62°F—which means that excess chilliness will help in keeping temperatures down and minimize freezer burn.

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Moisture Retention

While the crispers themselves weren’t as snug in their moorings as we’d like for such an expensive fridge, they nonetheless did a great job retaining moisture. Over the course of three days, we determined that test materials placed inside each drawer lost about 0.1 grams of moisture each hour. That’s as good as it gets—any more moisture and mold might grow.

Samsung RF23J9011SR Crisper Drawers
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The two adjustable crispers are more than up to task of preserving fresh produce. The fridge's water filter is located between them. View Larger

Freezing

We put room-temperature test materials in a fully chilled freezer and left them to cool. It took about 1 hour and 35 minutes for our sensors to hit 32°F, which is somewhat on the slow end of average.

Storage Space & Energy Efficiency

Samsung RF23J9011SR Fridge Interior
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Despite being a counter depth model, this fridge still has plenty of well-lit storage space. View Larger

Like all counter depth models, storage is somewhat shallower than folks who own full-sized fridges might be used to. That said, this Samsung makes excellent use of what it’s got. Some adjustable fridge shelves have retractable fronts to help store tall items, while door storage is plenty deep enough to accommodate gallon-sized containers. All told, the main fresh food section can hold about 10.15 cubic feet worth of groceries.

For the sake of our measurements, we considered the adjustable zone as part of the freezer. Both sections mirror each other, with a sliding shelf on top, large drawer in the middle, and shallower drawer on the bottom. They also feature three shallow door shelves that are great for loose or small items. In total, this Samsung can accommodate about 6.34 cubic feet of frozen food.

Most modern fridges released after the latest EPA update have been highly efficient, and this Samsung is no exception. It only needs about 0.07 kWh to cool each usable cubic foot, which means it’s using energy very effectively. It also means that, based on our estimates, you’ll only have to pay about $36.18 each year to power it. That’s based on a fixed rate of $0.09 per kWh; adjust accordingly based on local rates.

Samsung RF23J9011SR Icemaker
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The slim icemaker doesn't take up as much storage space as other, bulkier internal units. View Larger

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