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IKEA Nutid S25 S ID5HHEXWS03 25.4 Cu. Ft. / Side-By-Side / Stainless Steel Review

The IKEA Nutid S25 S ID5HHEXWS03—say that five times fast—proved to be a decent fridge that felt unusually familiar. Turns out, this product is nearly identical to the Amana ASD2522WRD.

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Fridge Temperature

Almost every side-by-side we test suffers from an increase in temperature from top to bottom. The Nutid was no exception, though the temperature shift was a bit more pronounced than what we usually see. From top to bottom, we saw an increase in average temperature of five degrees. It's never ideal, but as long as you keep more perishable items like soft cheese or other dairy products near the top, you should be fine.

Fridge Temperature Image
Fridge Temperature Graph
Temperatures remained fairly even over time, with an average fluctuation of less than a full degree.

Freezer Temperature

The temperature dial for this model's freezer was set to the "three" marking, and proved to be just a bit too warm. The top of the freezer compartment averaged about 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit, while the lowest portions got up to about 3.35 degrees. Turning the dial to a colder setting will lower the overall temperature, but you'll still be stuck with the discrepancy from top to bottom. Thankfully, it's not as large of a variance as what we saw in the fridge, and fluctuated less than a quarter of a degree over time. This means frozen food should be fairly well preserved here, and have only a low chance of developing freezer burn.

Freezer Temperature Image

Vegetable Drawer

The Nutid's designated vegetable did an adequate job retaining moisture. Losing an average of 0.18 grams of water per hour over time, this rate is neither mind-blowingly awful nor drool-inducingly excellent. It's adequate, and vegetables placed in here should remain fresh and moist for about a week.

Vegetable Drawer Photo
Only one crisper drawer in this fridge. The drawer at the very bottom is a chilled temperature control drawer.

Power Loss

Like the Amana, this fridge also failed our power loss test. After unplugging the Nutid to simulate a power outage, our frozen items had defrosted in just under 20 hours. A decent freezer should at least remain frozen for 36 hours, and really good ones can remain chilled for more than two days. If you do have a problem with your power supply, though, hopefully your electric company will respond quickly, otherwise you'll be throwing out a lot of food.

Power Loss Graph
Defrosting after just 20 hours is really quite poor. Out of all the fridges we've examined to date, only a few fridges have failed this test.

Freezing Performance

Taking one hour and 46 minutes to freeze a room-temperature item isn't great...but it isn't bad, either. Like the Nutid's moisture retention rates, it's freezing rates are about average. There are some freezers that take over two hours, while some of the best can freeze food in half that time, placing this model on the poor side of adequate.

Freezing Graph
An hour and 46 minutes is longer than really quality freezers, but it's still acceptable.
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Performance
  5. Storage Space
  6. Usability
  7. Conclusion
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