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IKEA Dåtid ISC23CDEXY01 Review

The IKEA Dåtid ISC23CDEXY01 is like an attractive dance partner who steps all over your feet. Built by Whirlpool, the Dåtid is a counter-depth fridge that looks and feels great, but has some of the most uniformly poor performance we’ve seen.

September 27, 2012
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Introduction

The IKEA Dåtid ISC23CDEXY01 is like an attractive dance partner who steps all over your feet. IKEA’s Dåtid (built by Whirlpool) is a counter-depth fridge that looks and feels great, but has some of the most uniformly poor performance we’ve seen. Usually there’s at least one test that does really well to make up for a fridge’s other failings, but not here. Shoddy temperature consistency, inadequate moisture retention, and lengthy freezing times all add up to make a fridge that is in no way worth the $1,899 price tag. For that much money, there are other counter depth fridges out there that will sweep you across the dance—sorry, kitchen floor—with the quality and elegance that such a high price tag should represent.

Design & Usability

Sharing design elements found on KitchenAid fridges, this machine is sleek and attractive.

Despite IKEA's reputation for modern design, the Dåtid's stainless steel front is nothing special. Still, it looks elegant, even with the prominent vertical grain that can be seen in certain light. The controls and water/ice dispenser are located on the freezer door and fit aesthetically with the whole fridge.

Inside, thin glass shelves and clear plastic with grey highlighting give the Dåtid a pristine look. Blue LED lighting adds a very nice modern touch and generally makes food look more appetizing than it would under traditional yellow lights. Upon opening the door, the interior gradually illuminates, which is easier on the eyes during a midnight snack run.

Upon opening the door, the interior gradually illuminates, which is easier on the eyes during a midnight snack run. Tweet It

The interior layout allows for lots of options. Two adjustable shelves are located at the top, with a third shelf below that. The third shelf serves as a top to a deli drawer, which is set above a fourth fixed shelf. At the very bottom of the fridge, you’ll find a crisper drawer with adjustable humidity controls and a convertible drawer complete with a switch that adjusts the internal temperature, making it suitable for either meat or vegetables. The fridge door has quite a lot of storage options, utilizing a dairy tray at the top, two deep bucket shelves below that, and two shallower shelves at the very bottom.

The freezer appears rather thin, but having the ice maker on the door means it’s actually more spacious than many other side-by-sides. You have four shelves here, the top three of which are adjustable, and two drawers located at the very bottom. It’s a traditional design, but still more visually appealing than usual due to the slim shelves and LED lighting. The top two-thirds of the freezer door are taken up by the ice maker and its connection to the through-the-door water/ice dispenser. The very bottom contains three small plastic shelves that offer some additional storage.

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Features

A highly accessible ice maker and easy cleaning make this fridge an appliance that will take care of its owner.

A counter depth fridge is, by nature, shallower than a full-sized model, which means getting to items stored at the back of shelves is quite easy. Drawers slide in and out without a problem, though they don’t feel quite as smooth as their high-end appearance may suggest.

The door storage consists entirely of enclosed buckets—anything that spills in there will be completely contained. Tweet It

The controls are found on the outside of the freezer door, and use a series of small buttons to control internal temperature, the ice and water dispensers, and a number of other fridge functions. Control symbols are lit with blue lights that turn off if you leave the fridge alone. The wording on the labels may be a bit small for some consumers, but accompanying large blue icons should make up for that.

The water dispenser cavity is spacious enough for your average drinking glass, plus the paddles are set far enough apart that you shouldn’t have any problems accidentally hitting the wrong one. The downside is that the paddles don’t depress all that far, so actually getting them to dispense their respective liquids may take some getting used to.

Inside, the glass shelves are easy to wipe down, but the lack of spill protection on the edges may mean larger spills can start to drip unless caught quickly. The shelves themselves are lightweight without feeling too fragile, so removing them for cleaning should be a cinch. The door storage consists entirely of enclosed buckets—anything that spills in there will be completely contained.

Performance

The quality of the freezer performance leaves much to be desired in every way.

In both the fridge and freezer compartments, this fridge disappointed with temperatures that varied across shelves and over time, which means foods weren't optimally preserved. In the fridge, the crisper drawer did a lousy job keeping moisture in our simulated vegetables. Next door, we discovered a couple warning signs that freezer burn might be a problem for this fridge: It took nearly two hours to for test foods' internal temperature to fall below 32 degrees, and over a 72-hour period temperatures rose and fell upwards of three degrees.

Such temperature variation is somewhat common on a side-by-side, as it's hard to circulate air around a tall, narrow compartment. Still, when it comes to temperature uniformity over time, the Dåtid did a far worse job than most other similarly priced side-by-sides we've tested.

The Dåtid also isn't very energy efficient. We estimated it would cost about $68.55 per year to operate if your power costs are close to the national average. Overall, there's nothing about this fridge's performance that would lead us to recommend it.

Conclusion

With subpar performances in every test, we can't recommend the IKEA Dåtid.

It looks fantastic, but the Whirlpool-made IKEA Dåtid ISC23CDEXY01 is, at its core, a poor fridge. For $1,899, consumers can easily find a higher quality product, and we’re including other pricy counter-depth fridges in that assessment. While the interior was spacious and user-friendly, performance and energy efficiency proved uniformly poor. The fact that the Dåtid is an IKEA exclusive means sale prices won’t be that easy to find, either. You’re better off cross-shopping different stores and looking for another fridge than waiting around for the price to drop.

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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