Should you’re fascinated about upgrading your kitchen home equipment for the vacations, Samsung hopes you may take into account the RF23M8090SG, certainly one of its latest and fanciest French door fashions. Priced at $four,200, the fridge options an up to date design with metallic accents, an autofilling water pitcher and a slick-looking exterior with a devoted “FlexZone” drawer and recessed handles.

All of that provides as much as a fridge that appears and looks like a contemporary luxurious, and to Samsung’s credit score, the RF23M8090SG carried out brilliantly in our cooling exams, too. 

Sure, the recommended retail value is a staggering $four,200, however recommended retail costs do not truly imply very a lot on the planet of home equipment. The truth is, the RF23M8090 is presently on sale for $2,600 at various main retailers, together with Greatest Purchase and House Depot. That is a fairly respectable worth for a fridge as good as this one.

A brand new design, sans salsa moat

Yep, you learn that header proper — the salsa moat is gone.

You will discover an autofilling water pitcher and a butter bin-style compartment the place the notorious “salsa moat” as soon as sat.

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Let me again up a bit in case you are (rightfully) considerably confused. Earlier generations of Samsung’s high-end French door fashions have all shared an annoying design quirk — a slim little shelf within the door that sits immediately beneath the bulging ice maker. We could not work out what you have been probably supposed to slot in such a clumsy shelf, so I took recommendations from Twitter. The winner: unfastened salsa for simple dipping. The salsa moat was born.

Nicely, now it is lifeless. Samsung stripped it out and changed it with a butter bin-style compartment and a dock for the brand new autofilling water pitcher. The brand new compartment remains to be a bit of cramped, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly an enchancment — I might even match a complete, unopened jar of salsa inside (form of).

As for the pitcher, it is a fairly nifty new characteristic (or new-ish, anyway — GE began promoting fridges with autofill pitchers over a 12 months in the past). Simply dock the factor into place contained in the door, and the fridge will mechanically fill it again up with contemporary, filtered water. When it is full, the circulation of water will mechanically cease.

After a number of take a look at fill-ups, I by no means noticed it spill a single drop. I additionally appreciated that Samsung discovered a spot for it that does not take up an excessive amount of room that you just’d in any other case use to retailer your groceries. By comparability, the pitcher in GE’s fridge is bigger, and it eats up worthwhile shelf house within the physique of the fridge.

Different design enhancements are extra refined. New, recessed handles line the tops of the freezer and the FlexZone drawer, giving the fridge extra of a contemporary aesthetic. For the fridge, you get what Samsung phrases “polygon handles,” which accurately simply means handles that are not tube-shaped (they’re extra like rounded triangles). They feel and appear effective, and so they do not detract from the general design, however they’re nonetheless a hole gimmick, and I award Samsung precisely zero fridge factors for together with them.

The FlexZone drawer provides an additional three.1 cubic toes of cupboard space together with its personal, devoted temperature presets and a sliding divider to part issues off.

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Inside, you may discover metallic trim across the edges of the cabinets and lining the partitions, the within of the FlexZone drawer, and the entrance of the ice maker. It is a bit of factor, nevertheless it undoubtedly helps this fridge really feel much less peculiar.


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