Price $2,280.00

This 30.5 cu.-ft. four-door French-door b Samsung RF31FMESBSR refrigerator has

  • an external water dispenser equipped with a built-in sparkling water maker from Sodastream
  • dual evaporators
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • ice storage in its refrigerator
  • digital controls on its front door that show actual temperature

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The Samsung RF31FMESBSR is part of the Refrigerator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, French-door refrigerator models like the RF31FMESBSR 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.


French-door style 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.
Total usable capacity (cu. ft.) Total usable capacity Usable capacity is the volume, in cubic feet, of usable interior space, based on our measurements. We included ice-makers in the storage measurements for top-freezer and bottom-freezer models, but not for side-by-sides.
Fridge usable capacity (cu. ft.) Fridge usable capacity Our measurement of usable volume.
Freezer usable capacity (cu. ft.) Freezer usable capacity Our measurement of usable volume.
Energy cost/yr. ($) Energy cost/yr. Estimated cost in dollars, based on the current year's average national electricity rate. Your cost will vary depending on the rate for electricity in your area.
Energy Star Energy Star Refrigerators manufactured after April 28, 2008, earning this designation must be at least 20 percent more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard.
Door style Door style While most fridges have a flat, textured "skin," some have a smooth, curved surface that can't accept custom panels.
Curved smooth
CR's suggested refrigerator setting (°F) CR's suggested refrigerator setting This is the setting used for our 70 degree ambient temperature test to get the refrigerator center to be between 36 and 38 degrees.
CR's suggested freezer setting (°F) CR's suggested freezer setting This is the freezer section controller setting, typically in degrees but sometimes a numeric value, used during our 70 degree ambient temperature tests to achieve a center temperature between -1 and 1 degrees. NA indicates that there is no separate freezer control.
Ice/water dispenser Ice/water dispenser Through-the-door ice and water dispensers usually offer cubed or crushed ice and filtered water, but are only available on French-door models, with a special compartment in the fresh food section. They add significantly to the purchase price--and according to our repair data, may also add reliability problems.


Water dispenser Water dispenser It is normally located on the front of the unit, or in the fresh food compartment if it has an internal dispenser.
Stainless/SS-look option 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.
Uniquely adjustable shelves Uniquely adjustable shelves Shelves that can be moved up and down without removing food. An example is a shelf that adjusts by rotating a crank handle.
Pullout shelves/bins Pullout shelves/bins These let you reach items in the back more easily. Some refrigerators have these features in both the freezer and main compartment.
Half shelf Half shelf Half shelves, typically found on top-freezer or bottom-freezer models, can be set at the same height to provide a full-width shelf or can be set to different heights to improve storing flexibility. Split shelves, found on some side-by-sides, allow one side either to fold under the back half, fold up and out of the way, or move right to left. This leaves extra headroom for tall items.
Gallon storage on door Gallon storage on door Door shelf can accommodate a standard one-gallon plastic milk container and makes for easier access to beverages.
Temperature-controlled meat/deli bin Temperature-controlled meat/deli bin Keeps meat, fish, and cold cuts at around 32 degrees--several degrees colder than the rest of the fridge with a separate control. This feature generally does what it's supposed to, unless the thermostat in the main compartment is set too high.
Icemaker Icemaker Typically makes 3 to 4 pounds of ice a day--but according to our repair data, an icemaker may also add reliability problems. Some higher-end models have a feature to speed ice-making, which produces as much as twice the amount in the same time. Some Frech-door models have ice-making compartments in the fresh food section, if they also have through-the-door dispensers.
Built-in water filter Built-in water filter A water filter, included with many icemakers, is intended to reduce levels of lead, chlorine, and other impurities. A filter usually adds to the cost of the refrigerator, so have your tap water tested to see if you really need one. Change about every six months; filter-cartridge-replacement costs range from $30 to $40, plus shipping.
Touchpad Touchpad In some models, you can use an electronic touchpad to adjust the temperature settings. In some higher-end models, the display will show the actual temperature.
Spillproof shelves Spillproof shelves Shelf is designed to contain spills.
Freezer light Freezer light Available on most models.
Child lock-out for dispenser Child lock-out for dispenser This feature, usually a button or switch, allows you to disable the ice and water dispensers. The icemaker continues to work while the dispensers are disabled.

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