GE GTE18G Series Refrigerator Review
That budget-friendly sweet spot of price, looks, and efficiency.
About the GE GTE18GMHES
The model with GE's proprietary slate finish model has an MSRP of $799, which is the same as the stainless steel version and $150 more than white, black, or bisque. Most retailers sell the slate model for about $720.
About the GE GTE18GTHWW
The white version has an MSRP of $649, which is the same as the black and bisque models. That's $150 less than stainless or GE's slate finish. Most retailers sell the white model for about $585.
About the GE GTE18GTHBB
The black version has an MSRP of $649, which is the same as the white and bisque models. That's $150 less than stainless or GE's slate finish. Most retailers sell the black model for about $585.
About the GE GTE18GTHCC
This fridge even comes in bisque, with an MSRP of $649. That's the same price as white and black, and $150 less than stainless or GE's slate finish. Most retailers sell the bisque model for about $585.
About the GE GTE18GSHSS
The stainless steel version has an MSRP of $799—which is the same as the model feature GE's proprietary slate finish—and is $150 more than the white, black, or bisque versions. It costs about $720 at most retailers.
The GE GTE18G (MSRP $649-$799) series refrigerator is more or less the definition of a basic fridge: Freezer on top, fridge on the bottom, and no extra features to speak of.
It's also proof that a great fridge doesn't have to have features or flash. The most expensive finishes on this GE will run you about $720; if you don't want stainless, that drops to about $580. That's almost unheard of for a 17.5-cu.-ft. fridge, let alone one that has an Energy Star certification.
The only other fridge we've tested that cuts as good a deal is the Frigidaire FFTR1821QS, but it lacks this GE's Energy Star rating. Plus, we think the GE looks and feels better—and we've spent a lot of time with a lot of fridges.
Conventional Layout, Colorful Options
This fridge is identical to the slightly more expensive GAS18P series, with two exceptions: The GAS18P comes with GE's new Autofill water pitcher, and has a glass shelf in the freezer as opposed to the wire one found in the GTE18G. (We conducted all performance testing on the GAS18P.)
Without those features, you're left with a basic fridge—and that's fine. The interior layout is spacious: we measured nearly 80 percent of the 17.5 cu. ft. interior is usable space. Loading up the fridge with milk, wine bottles, and pizza boxes, we found just enough shelf flexibility for easy storage. We're not huge fans of the incandescent bulb in the main section—or the complete lack of light in the freezer, for that matter—but that's not enough to deter us from recommending the product.
Choosey consumers may enjoy the color selection on this model, as well. The pricier versions feature stainless steel or GE's proprietary slate finishes; more affordable models come in white, black, and even bisque—good news for folks who want to match an existing suite of appliances.
GE offers an industry-standard one year limited parts and labor warranty on this Alabama-built fridge, which you can read more about in the user manual.
Efficient and Effective
One of this GE's biggest draws is its Energy Star certification. Of course, that wouldn't mean anything if it didn't effectively cool your food.
Like most budget top freezers, this GE runs a bit warm when the thermostat is at the manufacturer's recommended setting; if you turn the dial closer to the Coldest setting, it should lower the temperature to a more optimal setting. Just don't turn it all the way down—frozen yogurt is only a treat when it's deliberate.
Why We Like It
The GE GTE18G series won't win any awards for innovation, but that's okay. Sometimes you just want a fridge that cools food, and that's exactly what this GE is. The 17.5-cu.-ft. interior and Energy Star certification are added bonuses, and the low price makes the whole package extremely appealing. If you're looking to put together a matching set of GE appliances for the whole kitchen, or just want a good-all-around budget top freezer, this model is definitely one worth considering.
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