RF221NCTAWW Review

Samsung RF221NCTAWW

Samsung RF221NCTAWW Samsung
RF221NCTAWW

Refrigerator
Capacity: 21.6 cu ft
Width: 29-3/4"
MSRP: $1899
Price Level

$88

Per Cu Ft
Features

10

Key Items
Energy Use

433

kWh Annual
Water & Ice

3

Key Items
Warranty

5 / 5

Yrs P/L SRS

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



Key Strengths & Weaknesses
Price
Level
The price for each cubic foot of refrigerator capacity is about average when compared to all other new refrigerators. (It's within about $20 of the $68 average price per cu ft.)  
Features The Samsung RF221NCTAWW has an average number of features that represents a standard new refrigerator. It has more features than a basic refrigerator, but doesn't offer premium features found on higher-cost models.  
Energy
Use
According to EnergyGuide estimates this model will use 14% less electricity than the average new refrigerator and ranks in the top 25% for less energy usage. Annual electricty use is about 70 kWh lower than average.
Water
& Ice
Designed with an internal water dispenser that provides a sleek, clean look to the refrigerator exterior. Includes an icemaker and water filter, but ice is not available through the dispenser. Looks great, less convenient.
Warranty
SRS
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 RF221NCTAWW Refrigerator


General Ratings
MSRP $1899 MSRP - The Manufacture Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 19% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of new refrigerators for affordability. It is priced about $300 more than average.  
ENERGY
STAR
ENERGY STAR Qualified - The RF221NCTAWW 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.
Sabbath
Mode
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 21.6 cu ft - The cubic foot capacity of this refrigerator is 5% 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.  
Space
Allocation
14.8 cu ft (69%) Fresh, 6.8 cu ft (31%) Freeze - The average percent capacity for new refrigerators is about 69% fresh food, 31% freezer. This model allocates it's space about average.
Color White - Refrigerator colors are a personal choice that should reflect your taste and complement your kitchen. While this refrigerator is not stainless steel, it's protective paint and coating is still very durable.  
Depth Standard-Depth 33-7/8" - 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 RF221NCTAWW are equipped with a factory installed icemaker and ice bin. Most consumers feel it's an indispensable feature for drinks.
Dispenser Internal Water - Internal dispensers usually provide water but not ice. They are less convenient and use more electricity opening and closing the door, but are hidden and provide a clean, external view.
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 - This Samsung refrigerator is not equipped with a convenient capability to automatically fill your water container with a preselected amount of water. Feature found mainly on high-end refrigerators.  


Fresh Food Ratings
Evaporator Single Evaporator System - Fresh food and freezer sections use the same evaporator, which is standard on most refrigerators. Humidity levels are maintained at the same level in both compartments.  
Temp
Drawer
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 &
Freeze
No Fast Chill / Freeze - The RF221NCTAWW cannot rapidly chill drinks and beverages, or quickly freeze items such as softened ice cream. This feature is usually found on some higher-priced models.  
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
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.
Temp
Alarm
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
Gallon
Door Bins
Gallon Door Bins - The Samsung RF221NCTAWW 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.
Door
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
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.
Auto
Defrost
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.
Double
Drawers
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.  
Can
Rack
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.  
Wine
Holder
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
Temp
Control
Electronic Temperature Control - Like most new refrigerators, the RF221NCTAWW temperature controls are digital. Modern electronic controls are more accurate than mechanical and easier to use.
Temp
Display
No Temperature Display - Internal refrigerator temperature levels are not visually displayed for monitoring and adjustment. While less convenient, you can purchase a separate thermometer to be placed inside.  
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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