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GE GFSS2HCYSS Review

The GFSS2HCYSS offers high-end performance.

September 30, 2011
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Introduction

The GFSS2HCYSS, a French door refrigerator from GE, offers no water/ice dispenser, no external control panel, and no fancy options for rapid cooling. What it does offer is high-end performance results for most of our tests.

Temperatures in both the freezer and the fridge were consistent, the vegetable drawers retained plenty of moisture, and energy consumption was reasonable as well. With an MSRP of $1,699, we were hoping to get some extra features, though.

Design & Usability

Stately and staid, the GE GFSS2HCYSS is a classic French door design.

The GE GFSS2HCYSS is a French door refrigerator with a bit of curvature toward the top of the doors and a stainless steel finish with a horizontal grain. As with most stainless steel models, fingerprints show up quite easily—keep this in mind if you have children. Open the french doors and you will find a rather basic interior. Some shelves are adjustable, allowing for a bit of customization, but there is nothing revolutionary going on. An ice maker takes up about a third of the top freezer drawer, limiting that space considerably.

As with most stainless steel models, fingerprints show up quite easily—keep this in mind if you have children. Tweet It

As for controls, these are located on a panel at the top of the refrigerator compartment. Annoyingly, these touch controls do not list actual temperatures, but rather ambiguous numbers on a scale that make conditions cooler or warmer. Users can select the number 4, but if they want to know the actual temperature, they'll have to buy a thermometer.

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Features

Shelves hard to adjust, drawers flimsy, features scarce.

Drawers slide with marked hesitation and heavy glass shelves are rather difficult to reposition since they must hook into slats mounted on the back of the fridge. Gaps between the glass shelves and their frames mean that interior spills can dribble down to food stored below. Additionally, some users may experience difficulty bending down to use the freezer, especially since items must be piled on top of each other.

Some users may experience difficulty bending down to use the freezer... Tweet It

The fridge and freezer have separate temperature controls mounted on the interior light fixture at the top of the fridge, and as we mentioned before, they do not display actual temperatures. Instead, these thermostats offer single digit numerical displays.

Performance

From temperature to humidity testing, the GE GFSS2HCYSS did well through all of our trials.

The top shelves of the refrigerator compartment in the GE GFSS2HCYSS were warmer than the bottom shelves. That points to inadequate airflow and the descent of cold air to the bottom of the fridge cavity. That gallon of milk may spoil more quickly on the top shelf. Despite differing shelf readings, temperatures didn't vary much over time. Consistency like this is good for preserving food.

The internal temperatures of each food package stayed consistent, which indicates that the GE GFSS2HCYSS does a fine job preventing freezer burn. Tweet It

As for the freezer, since the ice maker and the vents are at the top, food packages in the top drawer were slightly cooler than those on the bottom drawer. Still, the internal temperatures of each food package stayed consistent, which indicates that the GE GFSS2HCYSS does a fine job protecting against the slight thawing and refreezing that leads to freezer burn.

On a final note, assuming that electricity sells for $0.09 per kW-h, the GE GFSS2HCYSS would cost you $43.52 a year to run. That’s low, especially comparatively speaking.

Conclusion

It's light on features, but this French door is an adept machine.

The GE GFSS2HCYSS is a solid fridge with solid temperature performance, great moisture retention, and excellent energy efficiency. On the other hand, it was definitely difficult to move the heavy shelves around inside this fridge, and spill protection was lacking too. For the asking price of $1,699, we would have liked to see some more features, like a water/ice dispenser.

Overall, though, since the GE GFSS2HCYSS is readily available online for at least a couple hundred dollars less than the MSRP, it's a solid recommendation to those who absolutely must have a French door fridge.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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