Samsung RS25H5121SR Refrigerator Review
Sleek and attractive, but there are better values out there.
The Samsung RS25H5121SR (MSRP $1,899) has quite a lot working in its favor: bright LED lighting, lots of accessible storage, and a large door-mounted icemaker.
Unfortunately, those luxuries don't make up for temperature issues in the fridge and a lack of an actual crisper drawer. Worse, sale prices are still high—the lowest we could find this for was $1,700. You can get more features and better performance for hundreds less, which makes this sleek Samsung a tough sell.
Design & Usability
Bright lights, big fridge
This Samsung wins points for style. For instance, the stainless finish—with its subtle grain and matching handles—looks elegant and modern.
The control panel, made of reflective black plastic, may be a touch too modern, and might look out of place in more traditional kitchens. Given the small number of features—Power Freeze and Power Cool settings, as well as an energy saver mode and control lock—it’s hard to understand why a less conspicuous design couldn’t have been used.
The interior of the fridge is much more appealing, with lots of bright LED lights in both compartments. Fridge shelves can slide forward for easy access to the rear.
A neat perk is a temperature adjustable drawer with three distinct settings: The Fresh option works for produce, Thaw can defrost food based on a five or 10 hour time frame, and Quick Cool can chill items… well, quickly.
Not all is well in the state of Samsung, however. The two drawers at the bottom of the fridge—designated as the produce bins in the product manual—don’t have adjustable moisture controls. What’s more, the shelf customization in both compartments is incredibly limited, especially for a fridge this expensive.
Performance & Features
A few too many fluctuations
We weren't thrilled by this pricey Samsung's performance. As far as the basics are concerned, we hoped for more from a fridge that costs this much.
In both freezer and fridge, temperature fluctuations were greater than we measured in competitive models. That can hurt delicate items in the fridge, and lead to freezer burn in the freezer.
As we mentioned, the crispers don’t have adjustable humidity controls—a pity, as the drawers didn’t do a very good job retaining moisture. Its innate design might be better for fruits, which typically prefer a less humid environment, but you might notice your vegetables going bad a little sooner than you might expect.
There’s no icing to put on this cake, unfortunately: Freezing times were somewhat slower than average, and energy efficiency wasn't anything special.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
It Left Us Cold
Not a bad fridge, but not a good value
When you consider that retail prices for this Samsung hover around $1,700, it’s hard not to imagine a middleweight boxer stepping into the ring with some of the best heavyweights in the league. It does a decent job, but it’s simply outclassed by the competition.
If you could track down the RS25H5121SR for about $300-$400 less, it’d be a good deal, especially given the (mostly) high-quality design. Otherwise, you’d do well to keep shopping around. For the same price, you could snag a Kenmore 72013 stainless French door, or save $700 and buy the Whirlpool WRS325SDAM—another stainless side-by-side with better performance, albeit fewer frills.
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