The GE Cafe CFE29TSDSS is part of the refrigerator
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator
models like the Cafe CFE29TSDSS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.
This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.
Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
About This Brand
The GE lines include GE, GE Profile, GE Café, and GE Monogram. GE will be offering an interactive LCD screen on some of its models, and on one Profile model there will be a refreshment center and fold-away shelves.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Claimed capacity is the manufacturer's estimate of the volume, in cubic feet, of interior space.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Cabinet-depth model Cabinet-depth models usually measure 27 to 28 inches deep, not quite flush with the cabinets, but at least three inches shallower than many standard 36-inch-wide models. You can get models with stainless exteriors or panel kits.
French-door style French door models are bottom-freezer refrigerators whose upper compartments have two narrow doors that open similarly to the doors of a side-by-side refrigerator. These narrower doors use less space in front of the refrigerator when opened, and allow access to either or both sides of the full-width fresh-food compartment. Typically more expensive, French-door models are usually 36 inches wide, though some newer models are 33 inches wide.
Water dispenser It is normally located in the fresh food compartment.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
I have had my GE Cafe refrigerator for over a year and am about to have it repaired for the third time. I'm hoping GE will give me credit. I purchased it at Pacific Sales and the customer service has been terrible. Buyer beware!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Atlanta, GA
Does not keep food cold
Not Cold Enough
We purchased this refrigerator for our new home. Within a few months of owning it the ice-maker door latch failed and the door would swing open into the refrigerator compartment when the refrigerator door was closed. We had to duct tape it closed and wait through the 4 hour scheduled appointment time only to have the tech tell us that the latch failed and they would have to ship us parts. We then had to wait for another 4 hour appointment to have the new ice-maker door installed. <br /><br />Now, the refrigerator is five months old and one of the two fans in the refrigerator section is extremely loud. It registered at 75 decibels. Again we called GE and again we waited the 4 hours for a tech to come out and ask what was wrong. After we explained that the fan was loud (which is exactly what we told the rep on the phone) the tech said there were two fans and he would order both. He did not even need to look at our refrigerator. We booked another appointment for installation the next week. We then received a call rescheduling us because the fan is on back order. Our new appointment is one month later. <br /><br />In the mean time the refrigerator is no longer cooling and the interior temperature registers 60 degrees F. We have called GE again and are now waiting to see if they can locate the parts sooner.<br /><br />The one thing that a refrigerator must do is keep food at the proper temperature and our new, expensive GE Cafe has failed to provide this most basic function. Our food has spoiled and we had to purchase a small portable refrigerator while we wait for GE to locate parts. Needless to say, we will not be purchasing another GE refrigerator.