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Samsung RS261MDWP/XAA 25.6 Cubic Foot Side-by-Side Refrigerator Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Samsung RS261MDWP/XAA is a large side-by-side refrigerator with a relatively roomy interior that will hold groceries for an average family. Be sure to check its exterior dimensions against the space available, as this wide and tall unit will stick out about 5" past standard kitchen cabinets. It comes with an ice maker and a through-the-door dispenser for filtered water and crushed or cubed ice. Other features include LED lighting; power freeze and power cool controls to quickly lower food temperatures; two crisper drawers with one humidity control; and four glass shelves with sealed rims to prevent spills from spreading.

Models: RS261MDWP/XAA (White), RS261MDBP/XAA (Black), RS261MDPN/XAA (Stainless Platinum), RS251MDRS/XAA (Stainless Steel)


(Prices as of 06/18/2012)
White      Black      Platinum   Stainless  Source
$900$900$900Best Buy (Typically $0-$70 shipping/delivery)
$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,000Sears (Delivery starts at $70; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$939$939$949$959Abt Electronics (shipping up to $400+ based on distance)
$888$888$888$922AJ Madison (Delivery typically $99-$198)

Additional Costs:

$5-$50+Water hose or other installation parts
$30-$50Water filter replacement (typically twice a year)
$0-$700+Shipping/delivery, depending on the store and distance
$0-$100+Haul away old refrigerator, hook up new one to existing electric/water lines
$50-$400+Extended warranty, depending on retailer, length and terms


DimensionsHeight: 69.88"
Width: 35.75"
Depth: 36.5"
Weight295 lbs.
Capacity25.6 cu. ft. (total)
16.2 cu. ft. in refrigerator
9.4 cu. ft. in freezer
ColorsWhite, Black, Stainless Platinum, Stainless Steel
Ice MakerFactory-installed ice maker with through-the-door dispenser for crushed or cubed ice
Water DispenserThrough-the-door dispenser for filtered water
Other FeaturesEnergy Star Compliant
Power freeze and power cool options to quickly lower food temperatures
External digital controls/display (on water/ice dispenser)
glass shelves
2 crisper drawers with 1 humidity control
1 deli/snack drawer
4 door bins
4 wire freezer shelves
1 plastic freezer drawer
4 white freezer door racks
2-Minute door-open alarm
LED lighting
Warranty1 year, parts and labor; 5 years sealed system, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed information on this product is available at

What People Are Saying:

Listed as one of Best Buy's top selling side-by-side refrigerators, the Samsung RS261MDWP/XAA was reviewed by Consumer Reports, which rated it excellent for energy efficiency, very good for noise levels and ease of use, fair for temperatures and poor for crisper performance. User reviews of this refrigerator are somewhat mixed, with slightly more owners satisfied than dissatisfied with this model. In Best Buy user reviews of the black model, 59 out of 87 reviewers (68%) recommend it, with dissatisfied reviewers' complaints focusing primarily on the in-door water and ice dispenser, calling it slow and messy; a few positive reviews did mention that the front control panel is hard to read at night.