The Samsung RF263BEAE[SR] is part of the refrigerator
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator
models like the RF263BEAE[SR] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
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.
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 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.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Claimed capacity is the manufacturer's estimate of the volume, in cubic feet, of interior space.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Cabinet-depth model Cabinet-depth models usually measure 27 to 28 inches deep, not quite flush with the cabinets, but at least three inches shallower than many standard 36-inch-wide models. You can get models with stainless exteriors or panel kits.
French-door style French door models are bottom-freezer refrigerators whose upper compartments have two narrow doors that open similarly to the doors of a side-by-side refrigerator. These narrower doors use less space in front of the refrigerator when opened, and allow access to either or both sides of the full-width fresh-food compartment. Typically more expensive, French-door models are usually 36 inches wide, though some newer models are 33 inches wide.
Water dispenser It is normally located in the fresh food compartment.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
We have had this refrigerator for 3 years and have already had 3 breakdowns, each costing about $300 to repair. Every time we repaired, we had to wait 2 weeks for the parts because nobody carries them, even in a big city like San Francisco. I don't have time to go into everything, but let's just say ditto on the last review; same things happened to mine. And the last straw is the circuit board of the refri blew out because of a power surge. We also are going to cut our losses and get another refri.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Food Scientist at Home
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I wish I could give this zero stars.
Space For Tall Items
Short life span
This refrigerator is just too fragile to survive a normal major appliance lifetime. I expect at least 5-10 years service from a refrigerator with minor repairs, if any.<br /><br />We bought the Samsung RF266 model (just like the RF263 without the door dispenser, same user manual) just over 2 years ago to be used as our primary kitchen refrigerator. For the past 2 months ice has accumulated in the two center vents of the refrigerator section air circulator, requiring defrosting by unplugging the unit and waiting 24 hours, or so. I have done this at least 4 times now. In fact, this is required before the repairman can even look at it.<br /><br />So far, I have had 2 repairs visits that I arranged through the store chain where I purchased this, and the problem has not been corrected at all. There are no independent Samsung repairmen in my metro-area. The first repair replaced a piece of metal used in defrosting that was pitifully underdesigned in the original equipment. The second visit replaced a pantry sensor that probably drowned during all the defrosting. My problem is probably due to low levels of refrigerant which means my sealed compressor/evporator system has a leak. While this is technically under warranty, proving it and getting it to work will likely cost me even more in repair diagnostics and labor. <br /><br />My cost for possessing this appliance is already well beyond any utility cost savings I might gain. My repair costs have at least equalled any savings I gained from sale shopping. Given that I'm likely to cut my losses and replace it, there are no environmental gains for using this refrigerator which will still be just as fragile even if I can get the compressor system repaired/replaced.<br /><br />Samsung has not replied to my email regarding this matter as of this posting.