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HolidayBuyer's Guide

GE Profile Series French door refrigerator

Capacity claims

Sturdy stainless steel

LCD touchscreen

Precise Fill

Auto Fill

Drop Down Tray

TempSelectZone Drawer

Cooling performance

Minute-by-minute

Fridge capacity

Stress test items

Price point

Th GE Profile Series French door fridge is a top-of-the-line model from GE. Click through to see what makes it so fancy.

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The Profile Series fridge offers just under 28 cubic feet of total storage space, with 18.5 cubic feet allocated to the fridge compartment

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Like most high-end appliances these days, the Profile Series fridge has a brushed stainless steel finish.

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You'll control the icemaker, the water dispenser, and general refrigerator settings using the LCD touchscreen on the refrigerator door. You can also upload photos via USB port and set a slideshow to run when the fridge isn't in use.

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The Precise Fill feature lets you select exactly how much water you need in cups, quarts, mL or ounces.

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Auto Fill takes complete control and uses sensors to dispense the right amount of water for your glass, pitcher, or pot automatically.

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You'll find cool features inside of the fridge, too, including this nifty "Drop Down Tray" that nestles beneath the butter bin, Just pull it down when you need an extra shelf.

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The "TempSelectZone Drawer" at the bottom of the fridge has its own temperature controls. You can pick between three different presets for delicate items like meat and fish, or just set it to run at the same temperature as the rest of the fridge. Colored LED lights will change from setting to setting.

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Set at 37 degrees for 72 hours, the Profile Series fridge produced some pretty steady averages, without a whole lot of wiggle from region to region. Only the butter bin ran warm -- but then again, that's what butter bins are designed to do.

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Here's the minute-by-minute graph of that same test. Though generally steady, refrigerator temperatures varied from region to region a bit more than the averages might suggest, with sharp defrost cycles in the body of the fridge (the dark blue spikes) lasting up to 3 hours.

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The top shelf in the freezer saw significant defrost spikes, too. The temperature almost reaches 20 degrees -- that's not an unusual result at all, but a stronger performer won't let temperatures rise above 10 degrees.

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We didn't see a whole lot of difference between the temperature-controlled drawer's different settings, although it did manage to keep delicate items sufficiently cold without freezing anything.

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The 18.5 cubic-foot fridge capacity allows ample room for groceries, though the in-door shelves err on the small side. We also had an annoyingly tough time rearranging the shelves.

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We pushed the capacity by stuffing large, bulky stress test items in with the groceries. With shelves rearranged to optimize space, we were able to get five out of six of them in all at once (an extra-large pizza box didn't quite make it in with the rest of the stress test items, although it fit just fine on its own).

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The GE Profile Series fridge sells for $3,100, with a counter-depth model available at the same price. Is it worth upgrading? Check out our full review for the verdict.

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