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Samsung RF261BEAE[SR]
 
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$1,600.20 - $2,099.99
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Summary: This 25.5 cu.-ft. three-door french-door bottom-freezer Samsung RF261BEAE[SR] refrigerator has
  • an internal water dispenser
  • dual evaporators
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • digital controls that show actual temperature
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Community icon10 people have reviewed this model.
Type: Three-door French-door bottom-freezers
About - Samsung RF261BEAE[SR]

The Samsung RF261BEAE[SR] is part of the refrigerator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator models like the RF261BEAE[SR] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Temperature performance:
This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.

Energy efficiency:
This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.

Noise:
Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
About This Brand

Samsung's new bottom-freezer French-door refrigerators will come with new easy-open door systems, foldaway shelves, LED lighting, and dual evaporators. It's expected to be debuting the largest French-door model in the U.S. market with its 29-cubic-foot refrigerator.

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Features & Specs - Samsung RF261BEAE[SR]
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 25.5
info Cabinet-depth model No
info French-door style Yes
info Water dispenser Internal
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Samsung RF261BEAE[SR]
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1.0
7 days and it has to go
7/12/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Energy Efficient
Cons
Noisy
Sounds Like Ac Compressor
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
Loud,loud and loud. Appliance Tech said no insulation on compressor line to coil which allowed line to vibrate inside. Use caution when buying any appliance if you sit near it.Tried 2 Samsung's and I am moving to another brand. Good for the garage maybe.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
don't buy this
3/6/2014
Pros
Cons
Noisy
Not Energy Efficient
Unreliable
Best Uses
2nd Refrigerator
Large Kitchens
Comment:
LOUD POPPING NOISE FROM THE FIRST TIME I PLUGGED IT IN. COMPANY SAYS IT NORN]MAL? I HAD MY 30YEAR OLD AMANA PLUGGED INTO A GROUND FAULT. THIS PIECE OF WORK KEPT TRIPPING IT. tHEY SAID DON't plugged it into the ground fault. SOUND KINDDA FISHY TO ME THAT I FOUND HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINS OF THE SAME ELECTRICAL PROBLEM ON THE INTERNET. IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD SENT THE FRIDGE BACK TO SANSUNG IN PIECES. EVERYTHING I EVER PURCHASED FROM THEM ENDED UP BEING JUNK. OH, BY THE WAY BOTH CRISPER DRAWERS AND THE UPPER RIGHT DOOR HAD TO BE REPLACED WITH MUCH TO DO!!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Lemon
2/28/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cons
Drainage Failures
Limited Shelving Options
Noisy
Unreliable
Best Uses
Hard Pressed To Find One
Comment:
I have had the refrigerator serviced 3 times beginning at the five-month mark. I am now at month 13 and the same problem is back, even after the replacement of what appeared to be a full subassembly behind the back panel inside the refrigerator. My phone calls to the retailer are a totally frustrating Catch 22 situation. They want to service it a fourth time for the same problem, even though their service guy and customer solutions guy admit there are many problems with this model. In my opinion, it's irrepairable. I'd like to buy a new frige at this point, but my research indicates there aren't any worth buying. As much as I am disgusted with the retailer, it doesn't matter where you buy. It's the product.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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