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Here's a svelte, slate bottom freezer from GE

Look for an alternative to stainless steel in your kitchen? Consider slate.

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Sick of stainless steel? Consider the lineup of slate-finished refrigerators from GE. Sort of a matte finish, slate isn't nearly as shiny as stainless steel, and it makes for subtle, stylish designs that blend in well with most decor.

Click through to take a look at the GE GDE21EMKES, a bottom freezer fridge that takes full advantage of what slate has to offer.

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Slate style

Apart from looking a bit classier than white or black, slate appliances are great for repelling fingerprints.

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Stainless steel accents

You'll still find stainless steel accents, though, like the fridge and freezer handles.

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Open up

Inside, the fridge offers more than 20 cubic feet of total storage space.

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Controls

You'll find your controls up on the top of the inner frame, which means that you need to open the doors to access them.

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In-door shelves

There's a good amount of room in those in-door shelves, and you get plenty of spots to move them around.

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Sliding drawer

This deli drawer slides left and right beneath the shelf to help make room for tall items below.

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Crisper bins

You also get a pair of crisper bins down at the bottom of the fridge. If you typically use these a lot, then a bottom freezer might be right up your alley, since they're up at waist level as opposed to sitting down at your ankles.

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In the freezer

The freezer hosts a built-in icemaker that dishes out plenty of ice.

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Performance

The GDE21EMKES offers accurate, consistent temperatures at the default 37-degree setting.

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Coldest setting

Things look good when you dial all the way down to the minimum 34-degree setting, too.

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Price

The GE GDE21EMKES costs $1,650, which is slightly expensive for a bottom freezer fridge. Is it worth the cash? Check out our full review for the verdict.

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