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This fancy Samsung fridge costs less than you might think

A great-looking design, compelling features, and strong performance all for less than $3,000? We're cool with that.

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The Samsung RF28JBEDBSG is a French four-door fridge with a modern aesthetic and a lower price tag than you might expect. Click through to take a closer look.

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Food Showcase

The marquee feature here is the "Food Showcase" door. Pull a trigger on the right door handle, and you'll open the front panel of the door without opening the refrigerator itself. That gives you quick, easy access to drinks and condiments stored in those in-door shelves.

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FlexZone Drawer

The other big feature is the "FlexZone Drawer," which offers an extra 3.8 cubic feet of storage space for groceries as well as four distinct temperature presets.

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Temperature settings

Those presets run the gamut from a beverage-friendly 42 F to a very chilly 29 F.

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Open wide

As for the fridge, you'll find 15.7 cubic feet of storage space, along with two movable shelves that slide in and fold up out of the way to make room for tall items below.

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Ice Master

The ice maker (or, the "Ice Master," as Samsung calls it) sits up on the top shelf, then dispenses cubes down through a chute in the door.

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Shelf fail

That chute gets in the way of the door shelf just below it, making it largely unusable.

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Default setting

We tested this refrigerator's performance for nearly a month. Here's how it does at the default, 37-degree setting. The average temps all look great, save for that bottom shelf in the left door that creeps ever-so-slightly up above 40 degrees.

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Coldest setting

Performance was steady again at the fridge's coldest setting, 34 degrees F. Note the orange FlexZone drawer -- we cranked it up to its highest setting for this round of tests, and just like the coldest setting in the last one, it hit the bullseye.

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Drawer performance

In yet another round of tests, I stepped the FlexZone Drawer down from setting to setting over the course of four days. It errs a bit on the warm side in those middle two settings, but it nails it when you crank it all the way down to 29 F.

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Bottom line

This fridge originally retailed for $3,700 when it debuted last year, but this year, you can get it for well under $3,000 (as of writing this, it's down to $2,500 at several major retailers). At that price, it's a solid bargain -- check out our full review to learn more.

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