RF217ACRS Review

Samsung RF217ACRS

Samsung RF217ACRS Samsung

Capacity: 19.7 cu ft
Width: 32-1/4"
MSRP: $1599
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Water & Ice


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5 / 5


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Key Strengths & Weaknesses
The price for each cubic foot of refrigerator capacity is about average when compared to all other new refrigerators. (It's within about $15 of the $68 average price per cu ft.)  
Features The Samsung RF217ACRS has a higher than average number of features. Some features are for functionality and convenience, others are style and appearance. It's important to weigh your needs and desires vs price.
According to EnergyGuide estimates this model will use 10% less electricity than the average new refrigerator and ranks in the top 50% for less energy usage. Annual electricty use is about 50 kWh lower than average.
& Ice
Produces filtered ice with an icemaker and water-line filter. Does not include an internal or external water and ice dispenser. Dispensers are a convenient feature found on about 60% of new refrigerators but are a personal choice.  
One of the best available manufacturer's limited warranty on the sealed refrigeration system (SRS). The SRS typically includes expensive components such as the compressor, evaporator, and condensor. Subject to change.

Samsung RF217ACRS Refrigerator


General Ratings
MSRP $1599 MSRP - The Manufacture Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is about average when compared to all other new refrigerators. The MSRP is within about $0 of the average priced new refrigerator.
ENERGY STAR Qualified - The RF217ACRS is ENERGY STAR qualified and meets or exceeds the federal standards for energy efficiency. About 85% of new refrigerators are ENERGY STAR qualified.
Availability Available - This model should still be available for purchase from Samsung or their associated retailers. Refrigerator designs are not changed as often, but may become abruptly discontinued.
No Sabbath Mode - Does not include a mode that helps individuals abide by Jewish law prohibiting work on the Sabbath. This mode is not common and is only available on about 10% of new refrigerators.  

Size & Style Ratings
Capacity 19.7 cu ft - The cubic foot capacity of this refrigerator is 13% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of new refrigerators for smaller capacity. Smaller capacity is a personal choice to fit your needs and budget.  
13.3 cu ft (68%) Fresh, 6.4 cu ft (32%) Freeze - The average percent capacity for new refrigerators is about 69% fresh food, 31% freezer. This model allocates it's space about average.  
Color Stainless Steel - Stainless steel is currently the most popular color and material for appliances. It's durable, resists bacteria and germs, and provides your kitchen with a clean, sleek, modern look that doesn't fade or discolor.
Depth Standard-Depth 33-1/8" - Most refrigerators are between 30" - 36" in depth and extend out a few inches beyond your base kitchen cabinets. Shallower refrigerators termed counter-depth are also available.  
Lighting LED - LED lights are more compact, brighter, and longer lasting than incandescent or CFLs bulbs. They also do not radiate heat into the fresh food compartment, helping perishables stay fresh longer.

Water & Ice Ratings
Icemaker Icemaker Included - About 80% of new refrigerators like the RF217ACRS are equipped with a factory installed icemaker and ice bin. Most consumers feel it's an indispensable feature for drinks.
Dispenser No Dispenser - This model is not equipped with a water or ice dispenser. This saves on electricity usage, but about 60% of new refrigerators come equipped with one as most consumers find them useful.  
Filter Water Filter Included - Helps purify and improve the taste of water and ice. If you don't already have a whole-house water filter, this is an important feature. Some models have a filter change indicator light.
Auto-Fill No Auto-Fill - Not applicable as this refrigerator is not fitted with a water and ice dispensing system. Auto-fill allows you to preselect a specific amount of water and fill-up the container hands-free.  

Fresh Food Ratings
Evaporator Dual Evaporator System - Fresh food and freezer sections have independent evaporators so that ideal temperature and humidity can be maintained in each section. Allows food to stay fresher and reduce odors.
No Temperature-Controlled Drawer - Does not have a drawer with an independent temperature control. This feature is convenient for keeping meats, beverages, or other foods at a colder temperature.  
Chill &
Fast Chill / Freeze - Can't wait for that drink or beverage to get cold, or for that melted ice cream to harden? The RF217ACRS quick chill and/or freeze feature rapidly prepares your favorite cold items for consumption.
Crispers Humidity Control - Includes crisper humidity controls for flexibility in preserving freshness. You can select higher humidity levels for most vegetables, or lower levels that are appropriate for many fruits.
Door Alarm Included - If the door is not completely closed an audible alert is sounded after a certain period of time. Great feature, especially for children, to prevent wasted energy or food spoilage.
No Temperature Alarm - Does not have the capability to alert you if the interior refrigerator temperature rises above an unsafe limit. No audible warning of power outages or internal system failures.  

Convenience Ratings
Door Bins
Gallon Door Bins - The Samsung RF217ACRS has door bins that will hold gallon milk or juice jugs. Gallon jugs are heavy, cumbersome, and frequently accessed - large door bins make the job much easier.
In Door
No Door-In-Door - Standard refrigerator doors without an additional storage compartment. Door-in-door is normally only found on some high-end refrigerators and allows you to easily access your favorite items.  
Glass Shelves - Fitted with glass shelves that can contain spilled liquids to one shelf level. Shelf height can be adjusted up and down to accommodate tall food items and are easily removed for cleaning.
Automatic Defrost - Interior coils are automatically heated at regular intervals to remove frost that builds-up due to moisture in the air. Most new refrigerators on the market have auto-defrost capability.
Single Compartments - Designed with the standard single fresh food and freezer compartments. Some refrigerators have dual fresh food drawers or dual freezer drawers for added convenience.  
No Can Rack - Does not include a special rack or compartment that stores canned drinks. While this feature is helpful to some consumers, you can still keep your space organized and store your cans without it.  
No Wine Holder - While this refrigerator does not have a separately designed compartment for storing or chilling bottles of wine, it offers several multi-use areas that can be used for wine bottle placement.  

Control Ratings
Electronic Temperature Control - Like most new refrigerators, the RF217ACRS temperature controls are digital. Modern electronic controls are more accurate than mechanical and easier to use.
Digital Temperature Display - Internal refrigerator temperature is digitally displayed so you can monitor levels for safety and correctness. Desired temperatures can be adjusted as required.
LCD No LCD Touch-Screen - Like most refrigerators, this model does not have a Liquid Crystal Display for monitoring operations and selecting options. LCD's are sometimes included on higher-end refrigerators.  
Wi-Fi No Wi-Fi - Does not include the latest technology that allows you to use special software applications designed for the kitchen area, and to interface with the Internet. Only available on a few models.  

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