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GE's Autofill Pitcher fridge says, 'Fill 'er up!'The $1,000 GE GAS18PSJSS top freezer fridge will automatically fill a pitcher with fresh, filtered water whenever you dock it on the top shelf.
[MUSIC] Most top freezer fridges are safe, simple, and boring. But I think GE found an opportunity to stand out. It's the GE GAS18PSJSS And on the outside it looks like just another one of those top freezers, but inside it's got a cool feature that you won't find anywhere else. That feature is right up here. It's a special dock where GE has rewired the water line to come out and when I put this water pitcher in place. You can see it automatically starts to fill up. The pitcher has a special built-in floating sensor there so when the water level rises high enough up to the top, it automatically shuts off. It works really well and it's a useful thing if you already keep a pitcher of filtered water in your fridge. Like I said, you won't find that Special autofill pitcher with any other brand of fridges. It's just in this fridge and one other GE model. So if you like it, that's a pretty compelling reason to buy-in. However, there are some shortcomings with this fridge that might make you want to think twice. The design looks nice with the sturdy stainless steel build, and you get a couple of nice touches like spill-proof shelves inside, but all in all it's a pretty plain looking fridge, not unexpected in the top fridge class. The bigger concern is performance. It's really pretty mediocre. If you look at this heat map, it keeps the body of the fridge just barely below that forty degree orange danger zone, but the rest of fridge is all running pretty warm. I think if I had this fridge in my kitchen, I would want to dial it a little closer to that coldness setting. To help keep things nice and cold, but that would make it less efficient, so, not ideal performance wise. The other concern for me is storage space. This is only a 17 and a half cubic foot fridge, and 4 of those cubic feet go to the freezer, so that's 13.5 cubic feet in the actual fridge compartment. That is very low for a top-freezer model that cost's around $1000. Also, keep in mind that that pitcher on the top shelf is It's taking up space and space is a pretty valuable commodity in this fridge. If you have a lot of mouths to feed, if you have to buy a lot of groceries, it might not be the best one for you.