Bottom freezer refrigerators flip the script on the top freezer fridge most of us grew up with. Like the name suggests, bottom freezers move the frozen food compartment down below the fridge, making it easier to access your fresh ingredients.
At $1,650, the GE GDE21EMKES is a slightly expensive example of such a fridge, and all in all, it's a decent option. The slate finish is a classy change of pace from stainless steel (and one that's a lot better at repelling fingerprints), and the fridge's performance leaves little to complain about. That said, there are other bottom freezers like the Whirlpool WRB322DMBB that we like as much as this one, if not more -- and most of them cost a little less. The GDE21EMKES is a good choice, but shop around a bit before you pull the trigger.
Design and features
Bottom freezers don't differ much from model to model. You get your fridge up top, your freezer down below, and, in most cases, not a whole lot of features to speak of. The GDE21EMKES is no different.
Still, it's an attractive fridge, thanks to the stylish slate finish -- it looks good and repels fingerprints to boot. You also get a built-in icemaker in the freezer and a deli drawer in the fridge that slides left and right beneath a shelf to help make it easier to fit large items below.