Samsung RSG257AARS Review
The RSG257AARS is one of Samsung’s high-end side-by-side models. There are some great features included here.
The RSG257AARS (MSRP $2,399) is one of Samsung’s high-end side-by-side models. Like many upscale fridges, it's chock full of features: a digital display with access to fridge/freezer controls, LED interior lighting, plus a "Twin Cooling Plus" dual evaporator and fan system that Samsung says keeps foods fresher.
All these extras don't justify spending $2,399— or even the RSG257AARS's $1,999 sale price. It's this fridge's iceberg-solid performance that makes it worth the money, however. Superb food preservation and temperature control are the hallmarks of a good fridge, and this Samsung has both. If you're in the market for a side-by-side, it's unlikely you could find a better refrigerator at any price.
Design & Usability
A handsome, well-built refrigerator that is easy to use
The RSG257AARS features a brushed stainless steel facade. This is a handsome appliance, but it tends to collect fingerprints—and the glossy surface puts them on display.
Open the doors and you'll find a well-designed, if simple, interior. On the refrigerator side, there are a number of shelves and drawers, some of which can be moved around—although the available combinations for rearrangement are few. A raised lip around the edge of the shelves should help contain small spills, door shelves can each accommodate a two-gallon jug of milk, and fresh produce will have plenty of space in two vegetable drawers and one fresh drawer.
On the freezer's side, there's ample room for long-term food storage, a fair portion of adjustable shelves, a removable ice tray, and a couple of drawers.
The RSG257AARS offers easy access to all of its features and drawers.
The Samsung RSG257AARS' control panel is located above the water/ice dispenser. It consists of a series of buttons and a display that shows the current settings for features such as lighting, fridge/freezer temperature, and an energy saving mode. Happily, the digital on-screen icons are quite sizable, so it is easy to see how the refrigerator is running at a glance.
The water dispenser doles out cool water—it's chilled in a reservoir inside the fridge—and it stays cold for a long time. The flow rate is pretty high, taking about 20 seconds to dispense a pint of water. This Samsung doesn’t make much noise overall—a gentle humming is usually the worst of it—but the ice maker is rather disruptive when in use. It emits a very audible clunking sound as it makes ice, and a very loud grinding noise as it dispenses. The ice crusher further adds to the noise. If you want a cold drink late at night, stay away from the ice maker, or risk waking the neighbors.
Moving along to other senses, your nose will appreciate the dual evaporator and fan system Samsung calls "Twin Cooling Plus." Unlike some refrigerators, which share air between the fridge and freezer compartment, this one has a separate evaporator and fan for each. That means your ice cubes will never taste garlicky when you put leftover pizza in the fridge, and that ripe soft cheese you're storing in the fridge won't stink up the freezer.
The Samsung RSG257AARS produces consistent temperatures in both fridge and freezer.
A proper refrigerator should bring your food to an ideal temperature and hold it there without much variation to prevent premature spoilage. This Samsung's fridge compartment does just that, barely fluctuating throughout our testing procedures. It also does a great job retaining moisture in the crisper drawer, which is good news for fans of fresh produce.
As well as keeping the food in the fridge compartment cool, your refrigerator needs to keep the frozen food at a constant temperature: variations here can cause freezer burn and ruin your food. The RSG257AARS had the same strong performance for the freezer compartment as it did for the fridge. We found that, once our test foods had frozen, the temperature inside remained quite constant.
Lastly, the Samsung RSG257AARS costs about $54 a year to run in the Energy Saving mode, which is pretty typical for a refrigerator of this size.
A top-notch fridge worthy of recommendation to your friends and family
The Samsung RSG257AARS (MSRP $2,399) is an attractive, well built fridge. Both the freezer and the refrigerator temperatures were pretty constant, so food should keep well. We also found that produce in either of the vegetable drawers did not lose much water. The noisy ice maker is a little small, though, and does not keep as much ice on deck as some competing appliances.
The RSG257AARS offers a good amount of fridge space, with several shelves that can be removed or relocated as required. There are also three drawers (two vegetable and one fresh drawer) and a spacious fridge door. The freezer is a little more cramped, though, because the ice maker takes up plenty of interior space and the shelves are not particularly wide. The ice maker can be removed and the freezer should be large enough for most users, but big families and bulk buyers will quickly fill it up.
With its mix of solid performance results and above-average storage space, not to mention a decent annual running cost, the Samsung RSG257AARS is an easy recommendation.
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