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.
Ease of Access
Fridge shelves and drawers slide out for easy access to items located at the back, but they don't move all that smoothly. Luckily, there's plenty of vertical space between shelves, so getting at items regardless of where they are shouldn't be a problem. You're really only dealing with the problems inherent in every side-by-side here: since the fridge and freezer run the full height of the appliance, items at the very top or bottom may be difficult for certain consumers to reach, but no more or less than any other fridge of its kind.
Temperature controls are located inside the fridge compartment. Two dials control the fridge and freezer separately using an arbitrary scale of one to five, going from Cold to Colder.
Controls are easy to use, if somewhat vague. The dial doesn't correspond to any degree scale, so you'll want to invest in an external thermometer if you want to double check what temperature you're actually storing your food at. Also, the external controls for the water and ice dispenser is just a glorified switch with a plastic cover over it. It feels cheap, but at least it gets the job done.
The water dispenser itself is fine. The real problem here is the water filter. It's located at the absolute lowest point on the fridge, just underneath the freezer door. It's a pain to get in and out, and will prove to be especially difficult for consumers with bad backs or knees. Make sure you sweep before you change it, because it's likely that you'll be down on the floor every time you need to tackle it.
The ice maker is quite bulky, and a bit of a pain to remove. Luckily, the manufacturers included a small flap which can be lifted and pushed back to allow for unobstructed access to bulk ice.
Stainless steel fridges will need regular wipe downs, especially if you have a household with small children. The inside is a bit of a mixed bag. Slide-out shelves with minor spill protection in the fridge, as well as enclosed bucket shelves on the fridge door, are very easy to clean. The wire shelves in the freezer, however, won't hold anything much smaller than a cherry tomato. Make sure bags of veggies don't have any tears, and that room-temperature meats won't drip before they freeze, otherwise you'll be stuck with a pretty substantial mess.
This fridge produced just about as much noise as we usually hear. You'll be dealing with the ambient hum that comes out of any large appliance, but nothing overly obtrusive.
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