Samsung RSG257AARS 24.5 cu. ft. Side-By-Side Counter Depth Refrigerator Review$2,399.00
Ease of Access
All of the features and spaces in the Samsung RSG257AARS are fairly easy to access. The water and ice dispenser at the door is placed at a good height to maximize usability. All of the drawers and shelves are removable and can be repositioned. The drawers slide open easily, even when they carry a lot of weight. Even the typically hard to reach areas, like the ice maker, are easy to access. You shouldn't have any accessibility issues with this fridge.
The controls for this refrigerator are a series of buttons around a display which shows the current settings. The buttons control features such as switching from ice to water (and the type of ice dispensed). The on-screen icons are large enough to be visible, so it is easy to see how the refrigerator is running at a glance.
It is also simple to switch from ice to water: just press the appropriate button above the dispenser. The ice button also changes the type of ice dispensed.
The water dispenser outputs cool water (it is chilled in a reservoir inside the fridge), and it stays cold for a good long time. The flow rate is pretty high: it took only about 20 seconds to dispense a pint of water.
The ice maker takes up the majority of the freezer door and can be removed. Below it are its instructions, which is handy should you need some quick help.
Cleaning up spills in this fridge will either be painless or slightly annoying. The shelves have a raised lip around the edge which helps contain spills, but this will only work with relatively small amounts. The bottom shelf seems to be pretty tight against the sides, which should help prevent bigger spills from leaking down into the nooks and crannies around the drawers. If something does seep down there, however, that bottom shelf is a bit of a pain to remove—and you'll have to take out all three drawers.
The fridge doesn't make much noise when it's running. You'd need a pretty quiet home to notice its gentle humming. The ice maker is pretty noisy, though, producing a very audible clunking noise when it is creating ice, and a very loud grinding noise when it is dispensing. The ice crusher further adds to the noise: we wouldn't recommend having ice with your drink if you are a late night drinker and don't want to wake the neighbors.