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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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