The GE GSS23GSKSS side-by-side refrigerator is an excellent option, but we do have some reservations. Though it is highly customizable, it lacks sufficient freezer space and is not Energy Star rated.
There is truly a lot to love about the GE GSS23GSKSS side-by-side. For instance, it boasts some of the largest refrigerator space available for a smaller side-by-side like this one. With only 23.2 cubic feet of storage space throughout the fridge and freezer sides combined, it manages to do a lot with that limited amount of space—particularly on the refrigerator compartment side. Not only does the fridge side have a lot of space, it is also laid out functionally, adding convenience and organization to that side.
The GE is also quite affordable compared to other side-by-side refrigerators of its ilk. That said, considering its lack of Energy Star certification and its limited and somewhat strange freezer side, there are certainly more economical options out there. The Samsung RS25J500DSR/AA, for instance, has all of the same features of the GE, but is also Energy Star compliant and has a more intuitive freezer design.
Of course, you’ll have to decide whether you prefer the side-by-side design of this refrigerator over your other option: French doors. A French door refrigerator has two refrigerator doors that both swing out away from each other, as well as a large freezer drawer. Conversely, a side-by-side has, as the name suggests, a fridge door side-by-side with a freezer door. Both have their pros and cons, but benefit of the side-by-side design is greater visibility with the freezer. On the other hand, a French door style refrigerator usually comes with much more freezer space. So, if you don’t have a stand-alone freezer and don’t intend to get one, a French door style fridge might be a better option for you.
The refrigerator side is where this GE fridge really shines. It boasts three drawers and four shelves, along with four door bins. This refrigerator side offers 16.2 cubic feet of interior space, which is somewhat less than other comparable models, though some may prefer a more compact design like this. While this overall storage space might be a little less than in some other models, the layout of the fridge side compartment is quite intuitive and boasts several great features.
For one, the interior fridge space is highly customizable. It features spill-proof shelves that are adjustable, humidity-controlled crisper drawers for all your fruits and vegetables, and even includes a dairy compartment as well as a deli and snack drawer. Even better, the shelves slide out, so you’ll be able to organize and access items in your fridge with greater ease than you would get with other models. In fact, we think that you’d be hard-pressed to find an organizational feature that this fridge doesn’t offer!
It’s on the freezer side that things get a little bit unfortunate. The freezer compartment on the GE is not only the smallest of any side-by-side we evaluated, but it is also strangely arranged. It includes a small top shelf and then much larger lower shelves. Strangest of all, the bottom bin underneath the shelves has almost too much space. While you can certainly fit a lot of frozen foods into this bin, organization will be quite a challenge. We simply feel that a more logical and intuitive layout would have done much to compensate for the overall lack of freezer space.
Of course, the GE also features the expected ice and water dispenser. And, like a lot of other similar side-by-side models, the dispenser includes a child lock to prevent the little ones from having too much fun with it when you’re not around. On top of this, the fridge features a door alarm that will alert you and your family when the door has been left open for longer than a designated span of time. This will do a lot to decrease your energy costs, as open fridge doors are one of the most common ways to waste energy.
As with most refrigerators, the GE offers the fairly standard warranties. That is, with the GE you’ll get the one-year parts and labor warranty, along with the five-year extended warranty on the sealed system. As we noted, this is a common warranty structure that you’d get with basically any comparable refrigerator.
While the GE is energy-efficient by industry standards, it does not meet Energy Star compliance. Though this isn’t a hugely significant difference, the amount of money you’ll save per year on your energy bills with this refrigerator is a bit less than you would save with other comparable models. You can expect to pay about $81 per year to keep this refrigerator running.
This GE refrigerator definitely has a lot of great features and comes at a fairly affordable price. With excellent refrigerator-side space and an intuitive layout of that side, it offers convenience and simple organization for a wide variety of food types. That said, the rather strange and small freezer side leaves much to be desired.
Also, while it is technically energy-efficient, it doesn’t quite meet Energy Star standards, another downside we think is important to highlight.
None of this, of course, is meant to suggest that this refrigerator is a bad choice. It isn’t. It is constructed well out of quality, durable materials and has an attractive design. However, we simply feel there are much better options, like the Samsung RS25J500DSR/AA, which offers more space, a better freezer layout, similar extra features, Energy Star compliance, all for roughly the same price you would pay for this GE.
If you are looking for a side-by-side with great features and lots of freezer space (and full Energy Star compliance), you’ll definitely want to look elsewhere for other options besides this otherwise great GE model.