RFG238AARS Review

Samsung RFG238AARS

Samsung RFG238AARS Samsung

Counter Depth
Capacity: 23.9 cu ft
Width: 35-3/4"
MSRP: $3099
Price Level


Per Cu Ft


Key Items
Energy Use


kWh Annual
Water & Ice


Key Items

5 / 5


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Key Strengths & Weaknesses
The price per cubic foot of refrigerator capacity is 91% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 10% of new refrigerators for lower price efficiency. Each cubic foot costs about $60 more than the average new refrigerator.  
Features The Samsung RFG238AARS 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.
The estimated DOE EnergyGuide annual electricity usage is about average compared to other new refrigerators. Energy usage is within about 35 kWh or 7% of the average new refrigerator.  
& Ice
The ice and water system is significantly above average and includes an icemaker, through-the-door ice and water dispenser, and water filter. Through-the-door dispeners will encourage your family to drink more water.
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 RFG238AARS Refrigerator


General Ratings
MSRP $3099 MSRP - The Manufacture Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 94% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of new refrigerators for affordability. It is priced about $1500 more than average.  
ENERGY STAR Qualified - The RFG238AARS 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 23.9 cu ft - The cubic foot capacity of this refrigerator is about average when compared to all other new refrigerators. The volume is within about 1.3 cu ft of the average-size new refrigerator.
15.8 cu ft (66%) Fresh, 8.1 cu ft (34%) Freeze - The average percent capacity for new refrigerators is about 69% fresh food, 31% freezer. The fresh food allocation of this model is 3% lower than 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 Counter-Depth 28-1/2" - Provides a built-in look with a thinly designed refrigerator that fits nearly flush with your kitchen cabinets. Counter-depth appliances provide a more visually appealing kitchen design.
Lighting Standard - Incandescent or CFL bulb lighting is common, but they take up more space than LEDs and are not as bright. They also radiate heat that can potentially shorten the shelf-life of meat and perishables.  

Water & Ice Ratings
Icemaker Icemaker Included - About 80% of new refrigerators like the RFG238AARS are equipped with a factory installed icemaker and ice bin. Most consumers feel it's an indispensable feature for drinks.
Dispenser External Water & Ice - External dispensers are common and provide both water and ice. They're more convenient than internal dispensers and promote better drinking habits for your family and children.
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 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.
Temperature-Controlled Drawer - Equipped with a drawer where the temperature can be independently maintained and adjusted. Ideal for meats, cheeses, or beverages that you need to keep colder.
Chill &
Fast Chill / Freeze - Can't wait for that drink or beverage to get cold, or for that melted ice cream to harden? The RFG238AARS 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 RFG238AARS 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.  
Wine Holder Included - A special compartment or holder is available to store one or more bottles of wine. Keeps your wine bottles secure and sometimes offers temperature adjustment chilling.

Control Ratings
Electronic Temperature Control - Like most new refrigerators, the RFG238AARS 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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