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GE's Cafe Series fridge wants to make you a cup of coffeeThe CFE28USHSS, a Wi-Fi-enabled French-door model, comes loaded with barista smarts.
[MUSIC] Brace yourselves. I'm about to make coffee using a $3300 refrigerator. That fridge, the GE Cafe Series French Door Refrigerator, model CFE28USHSS Now the Cafe Series fridges have always been good at dispensing out hot water for coffee or for soup. But now, this model has a built in Keurig K Cup Coffee Maker. So you actually take this little attachment out and then put a K Cup in. Pop it back in, tell it to heat the water and boom, you've got coffee dispensing in a couple of minutes. I'd say a couple of minutes because that hot water needs to heat up and that takes a little while. But this fridge has another trick up it's sleeve to help with that. It's got Wi-Fi. So you can pull out your phone when you're waking up in the morning and say, start heating the fridge's water tank up. And by the time you get out to the kitchen to make your cup of coffee, it should be ready to go. It will keep that water hot for 15 minutes. Now, design wise, this is basically the same build as exciting cafe series models just with the addition of that K-Cup maker. You've got the same controls here in the front, including this precise fill feature. If you hit that button, you will be able to dial into the specific amount of water to dispense out and then dispense exactly that much into your pot, I like that a lot, but I don't like that you have to hold down the paddle there for entire fill. You can't just leave your pot and go do something else like you can with autofill, another feature in other GE fridges that'll automatically fill your pot. So the bells and whistles are pretty good with this fridge, but how's the fridge itself? Also pretty good. If you take a look at these Performance results. You can see the body of the fridge stays well below 40 degrees on average. And the doors aren't that bad either. So all in all, very good results. $3,300 is a lot to pay for a fridge, but for a 27.8 cubit foot model that performs well and has cool features like those hot water smart Precise fill actually not that bad of deal at all, especially if you want your fridge to make you coffee.