This Samsung fridge didn't quite stand outDespite strong performance scores, the Samsung RF263BEAES, a midrange French-door refrigerator, doesn't do much to set itself apart from the competition.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm CNET's Ry Crist, and I'm standing next to the, here we go, Samsung RF263BEAESR. And this is a midrange French door fridge, so it's in that first class of French door models with an ice maker in the door and a digital display. Open the fridge up and you'll find 16.6 cubic feet of fresh food storage space. Not a bad number, but not a great one, either. It gets beat out by a couple of its close competitors. You'll also find a number of features that help set this fridge apart from the lower tier French door models. Every one of these 4 shelves move in some way. This one on the bottom slides in. These 2 slide out. And this one up here, folds up to make room for a taller idea. Those are all nice for flexibility but I wish they were more flexible. They don't really move that well. They're kind of stiff and sticky, and when you try and slide them out or push them out of the way, you have to use a little extra force. I don't like that. I have similar problems with the build of the drawers down below, you've got two crisper drawers, both of them rattle as you pull them and kind of shake. The cool select pantry down here though is the worst, you pull it out and really have to work to get it back in I didn't like that at all. The nice feature with its own thermostat so you can adjust from temperature presets, but I still think I would never use it just because I hate opening and closing it. This fridge earns a little bit of redemption, though when you look at the performance scores. Take a look at our heat map here, it's got the usual blue and orange sections, but if you look in the middle of the fridge, the body of the fridge there, those are very accurate, nice cold numbers. We see other refrigerator models that soar up above the 39, 40 degree mark. You don't wanna see that. This fridge didn't have any problems like that in the body of the fridge. All in all, this fridge gets enough right to merit consideration, but, it is a bit pricy, and I don't think it's quite the stand out that it needs to be. For more, check out my full review at cnet.com. For CNET appliances, I'm Ry Crist. [SOUND]