Pros / The LCD touchscreen allows you to digitally control your settings, dispense water and ice, and use Wi-Fi apps such as Google Calendar, Epicurious and WeatherBug.
Cons / This refrigerator uses an average amount of energy and has an average warranty.
Verdict / The Samsung RSG's capacity, features and LCD touchscreen make it the best side-by-side refrigerator, standing out among the competition.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Samsung RSG series is an impressive group of side-by-side refrigerators. With 30 cubic feet of interior space, the large side-by-side refrigerator and freezer combo provides more room in both sections than the majority of products on the market do, while maintaining an average exterior size. Adjustable shelves, crisper drawers and gallon-sized door bins allow you to store odd-sized and large food items and containers without cramming. Samsung also opens up precious freezer space by mounting the icemaker in the door, rather than it taking up potential shelf space.
In addition to all of the standard and impressive features, the Samsung RSG309AARS has an LCD touchscreen, which adds a completely new element to the side-by-side refrigerator and freezer. With all of the space, features and impressive technology this refrigerator employs, it tops our lineup for side-by-side refrigerators.
These refrigerators are extremely spacious with 30 cubic feet of interior space – more than any other product on our lineup – while maintaining reasonable exterior dimensions. Of that interior space, 18.1 cubic feet are dedicated to the refrigerated portion of the side-by-side, 1.5 cubic feet more than the average on our lineup. The freezer has 11.5 cubic feet of interior space. While this is slightly less than some freezers, it is still above average, and the mounted icemaker leaves more room for storage than one mounted above the shelving would.
Energy Use & Efficiency
The refrigerator includes all of the features we considered for our reviews, along with some impressive features and accessories many products do not offer. Within the interior space, you have the option of arranging and organizing the five spill-proof shelves. A wine or bottle rack hangs from the top shelf, keeping your drinks at the perfect temperature and easily accessible at eye level. The humidity-controlled crispers ensure your fruits and veggies stay fresh, and the temperature-controlled drawers keep your snacks and meats at the ideal temperature. Within the door, there are three gallon-sized bins, one regular bin and a dairy compartment to store butter and eggs.
This refrigerator offers a number of convenient features along with the plentiful storage space. The power cool and power freeze options allow you to quickly lower the temperature in the fridge or freezer respectively if the temperature rises, such as when you leave the door open when unloading groceries. Once the temperature returns to normal, you simply turn off the option. If you unintentionally leave the door open for too long, a door-ajar signal sounds, indicating the door should be shut.
Shelving & Storage
The Samsung's freezer options are just as complete as its refrigerator options. The twin-cooling system keeps the air at the ideal temperature in the fridge and freezer independently rather than cycling the same air through both. Keeping the humid air out of the freezer guards against freezer-burned food, and the automatic defroster eliminates buildup on the compressor, also fighting freezer burn. The power freeze option quickly restores the freezer to the proper temperature.
The 11.5 cubic feet of freezer space provides a great deal of room for storing your frozen food. It includes five glass shelves, two clear drawers and three clear door bins. As mentioned above, the icemaker is mounted in the door rather than above the shelves, which saves space within the freezer. The water dispenser uses a Samsung HAF-CIN filter to purify your water, and it can create crushed or cubed ice.
To dispense ice and water, you use one of the most impressive features of the Samsung RSG309AARS: the built-in LCD screen. Not only can you easily control all of your settings, but you also can use specialized apps for the kitchen. Some of the apps include memos, so you can leave notes for your family. You can use the grocery manager to keep track of food purchases and expiration dates. Google Calendar syncs using Wi-Fi, so you can keep track of all of your family's appointments. You can use AP News to keep up on current events, WeatherBug to check the weather or Pandora to fill your kitchen with music. Epicurious lets you search for recipes by season, occasion, category or ingredient, so you can use up those random ingredients taking up space on your shelves. If you don't have the right ingredient for a dish you want to prepare, Epicurious allows you to create a shopping list so you can pick it up the next time you're out.
This Energy Star-compliant refrigerator uses an estimated 621 kWh per year. While this is not the lowest energy use on our lineup, it is about average. Samsung offers an average warranty as well. Parts and labor are covered for one year, and the sealed system, including the compressor, is covered for a full five years.
Warranty & Support
Samsung offers solid support options should you ever need help with your refrigerator. You can find the complete installation and user manual online, search the plentiful FAQs and knowledgebase, or follow step-by-step tutorials. If you need to contact customer service, you can call on the phone, complete an email form, use the online live chat or take advantage of the live video chat, something few other manufacturers offer.
The Samsung RSG309AARS is impressive in every aspect and feature. Its size is unmatched by any other product on our lineup, giving you ample storage space in both the refrigerator and the freezer. Adjustable shelving and door bins allow you to customize the interior space to fit even large and odd-shaped dishes and food items. Power freeze and cool allow you to adjust the interior temperature with a push of a button on the LCD screen. The LCD screen itself is impressive, providing Wi-Fi access to apps that simplify cooking, shopping and organizing. Its energy use and warranty are about on par with its competitors, but the help and support Samsung offers is top of the line. This is the best side-by-side refrigerator, earning its place at the top of our lineup.