Samsung RF260BEAESR Refrigerator Review
A fridge that looks expensive... but isn't.
The Cold Hard Facts
Despite its affordable price tag, the Samsung RF260BEAESR (MSRP $1,999) aced almost every test we threw at it. With some of the most consistent temperatures we’ve seen, this energy-efficient French door model is a sure-fire win.
Normally, we find fridges actually run a hair warmer than the temperature displayed on the thermostat. With this Samsung, the opposite was true, and that’s okay. In the main fridge compartment, our temperature sensors recorded averages of 35.3°F at the top, 36.23°F in the middle, and 36.94°F at the bottom down by the crispers. With an average shift over time of just ±0.2°F, you’ve got yourself some consistent fresh food storage. If items begin to freeze unexpectedly, you've got plenty of room to turn up the thermostat.
The freezer was even steadier, with shifts over time of a mere ±0.11°F. That’s great news if you’re worried about freezer burn, but to really reduce the risk of icy buildup, you’ll want to turn the thermostat down just one degree. Average temperatures were 0.22°F and -1.41°F at the top and bottom respectively, and that little section hovering over 0°F means some freezer burn may occur.
The crispers were easily the worst aspects of this Samsung’s performance. Over the course of three days, our test materials lost an average of 0.19 grams of moisture each hour. While not the worst we’ve seen, it is noticeably worse than average, and could lead to a shortened lifespan for produce.
Our sensors reached 32°F in about 1 hour and 24 minutes, starting at room temperature. That's about average, but more sensitive cuts of meat or fish may exhibit a slight change in taste and texture once thawed.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
When you consider how much storage space you’re getting with this Samsung, the price looks even more appealing. Without any ice makers or dispensers blocking shelf space, the main fridge compartment—including door storage—can hold an impressive 13.15 cu. ft. of groceries.
Down in the freezer, things aren’t quite as roomy due to the presence of an ice maker. Taking that into account, we determined this model provides 4.8 cu. ft. of usable space for frozen food.
Not only is this fridge spacious, it’s efficient as well. The appliance requires just 0.07 kWh for each usable cubic foot, which works out to about $41.87 per year with the ice maker running. If you decide to turn off that feature, expect to see even more energy savings.
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