Samsung RH25H5611SR Refrigerator Review
What's a Food Showcase? It's extra storage for condiments and drinks, and we like it.
The Cold Hard Facts
In nearly every category, the Samsung RH25H5611SR (MSRP $2,099) passed our tests with flying colors. While it isn't perfect, this door-in-door side-by-side was able to perform where it counts—unless you like salad.
The prime directive for a refrigerator is to keep food cold, and this Samsung does it well. We recorded average temperatures in the main fridge section of 37.74°F at the top, 37.62°F in the middle, and 42.33°F at the bottom. That much heat down by the crispers was a little worrisome, but a quick adjustment of the thermostat should be enough to keep bacteria from growing in food. Temperatures deviated by just ±0.21°F on average over time, strengthening our confidence even further.
Over in the freezer, things get even better. Temperatures averaged -0.58°F and -0.45°F at the top and bottom, respectively, and only shifted ±0.19°F on average over time. That makes this freezer one of the most consistent we’ve encountered in a side-by-side, and should keep freezer burn to a minimum.
Things fall apart a bit when it comes to the crispers... if you can even call them that. The Samsung’s three fridge drawers all lack any kind of adjustable humidity controls, but they could probably use some. Over the course of 72 hours, our test materials lost an average of 0.41 grams of moisture per hour—more than double what we'd consider an acceptable rate. That’s bad news for folks who like crisp lettuce and juicy peppers.
Freezing & Thawing
Freezing times were also a tad disappointing: Our room temperature test materials took 1 hour 45 minutes to reach 32°F. The best consumer freezers need less than 90 minutes, and slower freezing degrades the taste and texture of certain foods once thawed.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
This Samsung doesn't offer much layout customization, but at least it’s fairly roomy. The shelves, drawers, and door-in-door storage provide 11.93 usable cubic feet of fresh food storage.
In the freezer, the door-mounted ice maker allows for unobstructed shelf space, which—when combined with the lower drawers and bonus door storage—leads to a total of 6.88 usable cubic feet of space.
Ending on a high note, this side-by-side proved relatively efficient. Each usable cubic foot of storage requires just 0.09 kWh, which puts it near the top of the class. Assuming the national average electricity cost of $0.09 per kWh, it would cost you about $54.10 each year to power this machine if you intend to run the ice maker. No ice maker obviously means even lower utility rates.
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