GE Café CFE28TSHSS Refrigerator Review
GE's newest French door flagship is still the best standalone refrigerator you can buy.
The Cold Hard Facts
Without exception, the new GE Café CFE28TSHSS (MSRP $3,100) passed our tests with flying colors. There simply aren’t any major flaws in this fridge.
Fridge temperatures were ideal throughout the entire compartment. From top to bottom, they averaged 37.2°F, 36.18°F, and 38.28°F. The little extra boost at the bottom is great for crispers and produce. Temperature deviations over time were limited to just ±0.15°F, making this a very stable compartment.
The freezer was almost as good, with temperatures averaging -2°F and 0.9°F at the top and bottom respectively. That’s fantastic, though items stored near the bottom got above 0°F. That means they might develop freezer burn over long periods of time. Fortunately, stable temperatures with deviations of just ±0.3°F should help minimize that risk. If you turn down the thermostat, you shouldn't have any problems.
The crispers did a great job retaining moisture. Over the course of three days, our test materials lost a mere 0.08 grams of moisture each hour, making this one of the most effective fridges we’ve ever tested when it comes to produce storage. If they held any more moisture, food would be at risk of growing moldy. If they held any less, carrots may dry out prematurely.
Our freezing test produced what was arguably the CFE28TSHSS's most average—and therefore, the least exciting—result of all. Room-temperature test materials reached 32°F in the GE’s freezer after one hour and 32 minutes. That’s acceptable, but nothing special.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
This GE has plenty of space in both compartments. In the fridge, you’ve got five shelves—four of which are adjustable—as well as two crispers and the temperature adjust drawer. Two of the buckets on the right door offer enough space to accommodate at least two gallon-sized jugs each, while shallow door storage on the left is ideal for keeping smaller items organized. In total, you get 12.75 usable cubic feet.
Pull-out drawers in the freezer, while not fancy, are plenty large. Taking into account space taken up by the sliding dividers, the freezer offers up 6.54 usable cubic feet of space. That includes the small shelf just inside the door.
Despite its large size, the GE turned out to be exceptionally efficient. Based on average American electricity rates of $0.09 per kWh, we estimate this fridge will cost you a mere $46.98 per year to run. It all averages out to just 0.07 kWh needed to cool each usable cubic foot of space. Keep in mind that our figures take into account an active icemaker. If you don’t use one often, or just keep it turned off, those numbers will go down even further.
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