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.
This has never been a quiet refrigerator, but it never bothered me, until about 3 weeks ago when it seemed like it was running all the time and was quite a bit louder. I've been trying to ignore it--thinking that I've been in the house more often so I'm more aware of it, but no. I can hear the normal noises it used to only make in the background when the LOUD motor sound starts and continues for at least a half hour. I just downloaded a decibel reader app and the decibels were between 58 and 60. I'm going to call GE on Monday.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
from Washington, DC
(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Do Not Buy This Refigerator
I have had nothing but problems with this refrigerator. To begin, it makes a number of very loud noises. Most of them are limited in duration, so not a big deal. But the compressor runs constantly and is VERY loud. It measures at 63 decibels up close and 55 decibels from 15 feet away. That's loud! A GE technician came to service it and installed a noise damper, which GE apparently created for this refrigerator due to noise complaints (shows you had bad this problem is). After installing the damper, the noise actually got worse -- its now a constant really high pitched whistling sound. But even worse, the cooling system has now stopped working. When I opened the door it was almost 60 degrees inside. Most of my food has spoiled in the refrigerator and the food in the freezer is not far behind. Not only can I not reach customer support by phone, but I cannot get a tech out to my house until Tuesday if I book online. Either way, GE won't reimburse for food spoilage, so I'm out of luck in that regard (probably around $500 worth of food). Stick with a Kitchen Aid!!!!!!!!!!! This is really a giant, expensive, piece of junk.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from los angeles, ca
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Holds Temperature Well
Space For Tall Items
Quiet and roomy refrigerator. Well built and assembled in USA. Stylish design, great lighting, many useful features including hot water dispenser. Only flaw is both refrigerator doors do not open wide enough to completely remove the fruit, vegetable and/or deli drawers/bins for cleaning (you have to wipe them clean without taking them out which I am OK with since the pros far outnumber this small con).