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Best Samsung Regular and Counter Depth Refrigerators (Review / Ratings)

August 25th, 2017 | 3 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Samsung is the number one brand in the U.S. It's pretty amazing because they have not been selling in the U.S. that long. Their best products by far are laundry and refrigeration.

They do have some pretty cool features in refrigeration

As a side note, we do not jump on the newest brands or products without considerable amounts of communication. Service - not sales - is our biggest department with 27 techs in the field, so reliability numbers are always inspected for every brand.

Samsung is the second most reliable refrigerator in counter depth after KitchenAid. However, they have ice and water through the door and other features like 4 doors.  KitchenAid is more basic

In this article, we will talk about Samsung's best refrigeration products and their features.

Before we dive into the products, you should know when the best time to buy a Samsung appliance is.

When Do You Buy a Samsung Refrigerator?

Samsung is a hugely promotional company, especially around the holidays like President's Day, Memorial Day, and July 4th. However, their two best times to buy their products are Labor Day (coming up) and Black Friday. The prices could be as much as 20-35% lower during these two U.S. holidays on specific models.

For example, there are rebates and another 6.25% off those prices.

Now that we shared  when to buy Samsung appliances, let's check out their best refrigeration products.

We will split them between regular and counter depth refrigerators.

Full Depth Models (Protrudes from the cabinet)

First, these models share similar features. Most importantly, most of Samsung's regular depth refrigerators have a twin cooling system, meaning the air between the refrigerator and freezer is separate eliminating freezer burn and taste crossovers. They also have adjustable shelving and bright LED lights to illuminate the interior of your refrigerator.

Top Mounts (Two different compartments)

RT18M6215SR - $699 / RT21M6215SR - $849



  • FlexZone™
  • Twin Cooling Plus™
  • Slide and Reach Pantry Drawer
  • Dual Vegetable Bins
  • Adjustable Glass Shelving
  • Ice Maker
  • Energry Star
  • Star-K Certified

Samsung has the most unique top mount refrigerators in the industry because they can be convereted to a refrigerator or freezer. These two top mounts (pictured above) can have two refrigerator compartments (no freezer) or refrigerator and freezer compartments.

The RT18M6215SR is 18 cu. Ft. and fits a 30-inch cabinet space

The RT21M6215SR is 21 cu. Ft. and fits a 33-inch cabinet space.

Side-by-Side Refrigerator

RS25J500DSR - $999


  • Ice and Water Dispenser with Filter
  • Power Cool/Power Freeze
  • Adjustable Spill Proof Shelves
  • 2 Humidity Controlled Drawers
  • Gallon Door Bins
  • LED Display
  • 25 cu. ft. Capacity
  • Energy Star

If you like more freezer space, then look at a side-by-side. This style is not as popular as a French door refrigerator but offers good size and a water and ice dispenser for far less money than a French Door.

French Door Refrigerators (A refrigerator top with a pull-out freezer)

RF220NCTASR - $999


  • Ice Maker
  • LED Lighting
  • Energy Star Rated
  • 21.8 cu. ft.
  • 4 Split Tempered Spill Proof Shelves
  • 2 Humidity Controlled Crispers
  • Internal Digital Display

This refrigerator is unique, because it is one of the only French doors to fit a 30 inch cabinet.  If you have a smaller kitchen, then this is a good consideration

RF261BEAESR - $1,149


  • 25.5 cu. ft. Capacity
  • Spill Proof Glass Shelves
  • Twin Cooling Plus
  • CoolSelect Pantry
  • Power Freeze/Cool
  • Internal Filtered Water Dispenser
  • LED Lighting
  • Ice Maker
  • Energy Star

The RF261 is your basic 26 cubic foot French door with a filtered ice maker. It is roughly $400 cheaper during Labor Day.


Counter Depth Refrigerators

RF18HFENBSR - $1,099


  • Twin Cooling
  • Filtered Icemaker
  • Power Freeze
  • Power Cool
  • 17.5 cu. ft. Capacity
  • Tempered Glass Shelving
  • Gallon Door Storage
  • Surround Air Flow
  • LED Lighting

The RF18HFENBSR is the 5th most searched refrigerator on our website because there is almost no competition for a 33-inch counter depth. Typically, 33-inch counter depth refrigerators are for a specific space requirement.

RF23HCEDBSR - $1,749 after $150 rebates


  • Twin Cooling Plus™ System
  • CoolSelect Pantry™
  • EZ-Open™ Handle
  • Adjustable Three-Way Shelf
  • LED Lighting
  • Ice Maker
  • External Filtered Ice/Water Dispenser
  • 22.5 cu. ft. Capacity
  • Energy Star 

This 23 cubic foot counter depth unit has a filtered water and ice dispenser.

4-Door Refrigerator

RF23J9011SR - $2,249 after $150 rebates


  • FlexZone Drawer
  • Triple Cooling System
  • Power Cool
  • Power Freeze
  • External Ice and Water Dispenser
  • 22.5 cu. ft. Capacity
  • Spillproof Shelving
  • LED Lighting
  • Energy Star

Samsung pioneered a 4-door refrigerator with triple cooling. The refrigerator and freezer have their own air. The bottom right compartment can be freezer or refrigerator as well and has its own temperature.

Final Words:

In terms of technology and style, Samsung may be the best refrigerator to consider for separate temperatures in multiple compartments. If you have a smaller cabinet at 30 or 33 inches wide, Samsung also has the best selection of models to consider, as well.

Lastly, just remember to buy it at specific times of the year to save money. Wait until Labor Day or Black Friday if possible.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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