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Samsung's cheapest fridge is actually kinda niceIt's nothing fancy, but this Samsung top freezer has a lot to offer at just $850.
[MUSIC] Top freezers are typically just cheap, boring fridges with few features to speak of. But here's an outliner, the Samsung RT21M6213SR, catchy name, right? Currently selling for $850, the RT21 offers a couple of interesting extras that you don't normally get unless you're spending thousands on a fancy french door model. For starters, you get these nice, sturdy recessed handles that lend a modern, minimalist aesthetic to your kitchen. Inside, you've got a slide [UNKNOWN] drawer up top that runs the width of the fridge, which is another nice touch for a top freezer. There's also a feature called flexzone and that lets you switch the freezer into fridge mode. All of that helps set this top freezer apart from the competition, but how does it perform? Well, take a look for yourself. At the default setting, it manages to keep the main shelves down below 40 degrees Farenheit, which is what you want. But those orange areas are less ideal. You can forgive the hotspots and the butter bin and the bottom door shelf, but the crispers really ought to be colder than 40 degrees in order to inhibit the growth of things like Listeria, you don't want that. On a positive note, that flex zone feature works like a charm, raising the average temperature in the freezer up to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit without affecting performance in the fridge itself. That bottom section of the freezer stayed below freezing though, so be careful if you're flexing it into a makeshift beverage cooler at your next party. This is one of the first top freezers that Samsung has ever sold in the US. And all in all, I think it's a pretty good pick. Performance wasn't perfect but it was possible. And the design has enough going forth to feel more luxurious than it actually is. If you're on a tight budget and want something simple yet stylish, give it some consideration.