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Door in Door

Rotating shelf

Inside

Freezer

Ice maker

Drawers

Touch controls

Default setting

Coldest setting

Door in Door openings

The verdict

LG and Samsung made door-in-door refrigerators popular, and now GE's jumping in with its own spin on the feature. Click through to learn more.

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"Door in Door" just means that you can pull a trigger on the right door handle to open the front panel of the door instead of the door itself. That lets you access the in-door shelves without actually opening the fridge (technically speaking, at least).

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In GE's door-in-door fridges, like the GFD28GELDS shown here, you'll also get a special shelf that rotates out of the fridge on a thick, sturdy steel plate.

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You'll find a total of 27.8 cubic feet of storage space in this fridge, 18.6 of which are allocated to the fridge.

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That leaves you with a fairly sizable 9.2-cubic-foot freezer.

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The ice maker is packed entirely into the door with a flat design that doesn't block off any of the door shelves.

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You'll also find the standard crisper bins and a deli drawer. That drawer doesn't offer multiple temperature settings like in other GE fridges, though, which is disappointing.

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You can adjust the refrigerator's settings by tapping on a touch panel just above the ice maker.

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Speaking of those settings, we spent weeks testing them out in our climate-controlled test chamber. At the refrigerator's default setting of 37 degrees, the entire Door in Door compartment ran warm.

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Dialing down to the coldest setting got rid of the hot spots, but only just barely.

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We ran the coldest-setting test a second time and replaced the regular door openings with Door in Door compartment openings. There was virtually no impact on performance.

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Is that Door in Door compartment enough of a reason to buy this fridge? Read our full review to find out.

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