The GE Profile PSB42YSX[SS] is part of the refrigerator
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, built in refrigerator
models like the Profile PSB42YSX[SS] 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 refrigerators 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.
Features & Specs - GE Profile PSB42YSX[SS]
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Claimed capacity is the manufacturer's estimate of the volume, in cubic feet, of interior space.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Bottom-freezer These put frequently used items at eye level. Fairly wide refrigerator shelves provide easy access. Though you must bend to locate items in the freezer, even with models featuring a pull-out basket, you will probably do less bending overall because the refrigeration compartment is at eye level.
Side-by-side Part of both the main compartment and the freezer are at eye level, where it's easy to reach. Side-by-sides are the most fully featured with through-the-door ice and water dispensers, temperature-controlled bins, and rapid ice-making cycles among the most requested. Narrow doors are handy in tight spaces. High, narrow compartments make finding stray items easy in front (harder in the back), but they may not hold items such as a sheet cake or a large turkey. Compared with top- and bottom-freezer models, a higher proportion of capacity goes to freezer space. They're much more expensive than similar-sized top-freezer models and are less space- and energy-efficient.
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 On side-by-side models, the water dispenser is normally accessible from the outside as part of the ice and water dispenser. On bottom-freezer models, the water dispenser 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.
Immediately noticed that the doors require a lot of pull to open, and cannot be adjusted. Problems started within months: A cracked water filter leaked unnoticed until floorboards started to warp. Around the four-year mark, the refrigerator side gave out. (With two evaporators, the freezer kept going.) To fix the refrigerator took countless repairman visits: The temperature sensor was replaced, then the control board (twice),then the defrost heater and sensor. Six months later the freezer would go up to 20 F for days, and never below 10 F. After countless more repairman visits, even the GE Tech Line had no clue as to what the problem was. The refrigerator side kept going. Not well, though. With the refrigerator temperature set at 34 F (the lowest setting) and the display registering 33 - 35 F, a calibrated laboratory thermometer revealed that the actual temperature was 40 - 42 F. Fortunately I had bought an extended warranty from Lowes, and one day after I filed a claim they sent me a full refund.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Chantilly, VA
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Small interior space
I purchased this model because my kitchen designer limited my options for a built-in by assuming I was going with a high-end Viking or Sub-Zero. Not wanting to spend $10K or more, I opted for this GE Profile, which got better reviews than the GE Monogram. I have been very displeased with this purchase. The doors are VERY difficult to open on both the refrigerator and the freezer. GE told me that once the doors had food in them, they would be fine....? They're not fine. Then, after not quite six months of use, both the refrigerator and freezer just stopped working. Finally, for a 42, it's got a very small interior. I understand that counter depth refrigerators have less room, but this is small. I suggest that anyone considering this refrigerator really consider the cost, reliability and size before purchasing this model. It's just not worth the money.