Classic style helps GE's Artistry refrigerator stand outThe GE Artistry refrigerator forgoes a lot of modern features for some old-fashioned charm at a reasonable price.
This is the GE ABE20EGHBS. What we're looking at here is a bottom freezer unit. It's got 20.3 cubic feet of total space, and it's in GE's Aristry line. All the appliances in that line are designed with this sort of retro feel designed to Harken back to the days of yore. So, it's old fashioned, both in it's appearance and in the fact that it doesn't have thrills or features. If you spill something on this top shelf, you better expect to spend the rest of your day cleaning water off of everything. I mean, it's gonna drip everywhere, on every item of food, on the shelves beneath, beneath the drawers on the bottom But you'll know not to do that next time, won't you? By keeping things simple, the price stays down. $1,200 for something that looks like a designer appliance is really, really good. Now I do have a small wish list for it. I really do like spill proof shelves, and I wish these were spill proof I also much prefer on any bottom freezer unit that the freezer pulls out as a drawer, as opposed to a hinged door. And the basket in there even feels cheap. And you have to have the door opened all the way just to pull it out. As a default arrangement, you also don't have a lot of vertical space for tall items, so you're gonna need to move those shelves around a little bit. Pulling them out of place is easy, but putting them back you might think they're secure but you walk away and they'll come tumbling down because the back side of the hooks aren't properly in place. But you probably won't end up moving the shelves all that often and this frig actually fits a surprising amount of food. We pack in both our normal items, like milk jugs, and our larger pizza boxes and casserole dishes, into this fridge compartment all at the same time. And to top it all off, this fridge performed really well. The FDA recommends keeping easily spoilable foods below 40 degrees and almost every compartment, but the lower bin on the door Stays below that 40 degree mark. And at the coldest setting, everything stayed above 32 degrees where food's gonna start to freeze, and again below that 40 degree mark. It was really good fridge performance with a wide range of usable settings. It's old-fashioned, simple, none of these frills, but it backs up that style with nice performance and a surprising amount of space. For more, be sure to check out my full review on cnet.com. For cnet appliances, I'm Andrew Gebhart. [MUSIC]