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Samsung RF260BEAESR Refrigerator Review

A fridge that looks expensive... but isn't.

November 03, 2015
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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.

Temperature Performance

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.

Samsung RF260BEAESR Controls
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It's unusual for a fridge at this price point to have a thermostat that uses actual degrees instead of an arbitrary scale. View Larger

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.

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Moisture Retention

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.

Samsung RF260BEAESR Crisper & Pantry Drawers
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The crispers were decidedly lackluster, but a pantry drawer with temperature adjust is certainly a nice touch. View Larger

Freezing

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

Samsung RF260BEAESR Interior
Credit: Reviewed.com / Matthew Zahnzinger
Spacious, effective, and affordable–this Samsung has it all... except, of course, for a through-the-door dispenser. View Larger

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.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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