GE GDE21EMKES Bottom Freezer Refrigerator review: Style meets substance with this GE fridge
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
It’s a simple interior, and not quite as big as the competition.
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.
That sort of storage-minded feature was definitely appreciated, because, at 20.9 cubic feet of total storage space, this bottom freezer is a little bit smaller than the competition. It wasn’t small enough to give me any headaches, though. The in-door drawers are well-sized, offering plenty of room for drinks and condiments, enough so that I had no problem whatsoever fitting our entire load of test groceries inside. I even had room to cram in a couple of our large-size stress test items, as well.
GE vs. the bottom freezer competition
|Kenmore Elite 79023
|14.9 cubic feet
|15.6 cubic feet
|16.4 cubic feet
|14.8 cubic feet
|6.0 cubic feet
|6.5 cubic feet
|7.7 cubic feet
|7.3 cubic feet
|20.9 cubic feet
|22.1 cubic feet
|24.1 cubic feet
|22.1 cubic feet
|Yearly energy consumption
|Yearly energy cost (@ $0.12 per kWh)
|Efficiency (yearly cost per cubic foot)
|Energy Star Certified
|Best price (as of 9/9/16)
The GDE21EMKES offers accurate, consistent temperatures.
The GDE21EMKES was a performance standout, with accurate, consistent temperatures throughout the entirety of the fridge. The one exception was the bottom in-door shelf, which, at the default 37-degree setting, yielded an average temperature up above 40 degrees F, an FDA food safety benchmark.
The bottom of the door is a pretty common hot spot, though, and not an egregious one given that you’re typically only going to store non-perishable or preservative-heavy ingredients there. And, if you need things a little colder, rest assured that the orange disappeared as soon as we dialed the fridge down to its minimum 34-degree setting.
One other performance consideration worth mentioning: efficiency. The Energy Star-certified GDE21EMKES draws 572 kilowatt hours per year, which will add about $69 to your yearly energy bill, on average.
That’s less than the competition, but keep in mind that this fridge is smaller than those, too. To account for that, take the yearly energy cost and divide it by the size of the fridge to see how much it costs to cool each cubic foot. By that metric, the GDE21EMKES is actually the least efficient of all of the bottom freezers we’ve tested, despite the fact that it uses less energy. To put it another way, it’s getting less out of the energy it uses than the competition does.
The GD21EMKES isn’t the biggest bottom freezer you can buy, nor is it the most feature-rich, but it’s good at the important stuff: performance and design. That makes it a recommendable model, but at a retail price of $1,650, you might want to shop around a bit, or wait for a good sale. Well-reviewed competitors like the LG LDCS24223S and the Whirlpool WRB322DMBB were both recommendable, too — and each one costs less.
GE – GDE21EMKES – GE® ENERGY STAR® 21.0 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator-GDE21EMKES
- 30″ wide
- Find exactly what you’ve been looking for under crisp, clear lighting
Sliding snack drawer
- Make more space, exactly where you need it, with a drawer that moves across the entire width of the fresh-food section
- Refrigerator comes ready to automatically create ice
Advanced water filtration
- Reduces trace pharmaceuticals from water and ice* (* Removes 98% of ibuprofen, atenolol, fluoxetine, progesterone and trimethoprim. These pharmaceuticals are not necessarily in all users’ water)
Upfront temperature controls with actual temperature display
- Easy-to-reach controls display accurate temperatures
Turbo Cool setting
- Drops interior temperature to maintain freshness after frequent openings
Enhanced Shabbos Mode
- The Shabbos Keeper connects to your refrigerator to automatically enable Shabbos compatible modes each week and before every holiday (Shabbos Keeper sold separately, visit www.zmantechnologies.com for details)
|Textured Steel Case
|Case Only – Dark Gray
|Contoured High-Gloss, Hidden Door Hinges
|Hinges on Right, Reversible No Kit Required
|Fingerprint Resistant Slate
|Fresh Food Capacity
|14. 92 cu ft
|Total Capacity (cubic feet)
|21 cu ft
|6.05 cu ft
|ECONOMICAL / QUIET
|Temperature Management Features
|Multiflow Air System with Electronic Sensors, Turbo Cool setting
|Fresh Food Features
|Interior Lighting – LED
|Digital Temperature Display, Upfront Electronic Temperature Controls
|Freezer Storage Baskets
|1 Full-Width, Full-Extension Plastic, 2 Total
|Full Door with Pull-Out Drawer
|Easily Removable Door Gaskets
|Optional (Requires part no. PBX23W00Y0)
|Fresh Food Cabinet Shelves
|2 Adjustable, 2 Full-Width, 3 Total – Glass
|Enhanced Shabbos Mode (when used with Shabbos Keeper, sold separately, visit www.zmantechnologies.com for details)
|Upper right corner
|Freezer Cabinet Drawer Features
|Fresh Food Cabinet Drawers
|1 Clear Snack Drawer, 2 Humidity Controlled Drawers
|GE Water Filtration (XWFE Filter), Water Filter Indicator Light
|2 Point Front Adjustable
|Fresh Food Door Bins
|2 Adjustable, 2 Full-Width, 4 Total – Clear
|Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
|Ice Bucket, Interior Lighting – LED
|App Filter – Icemaker
|App Filter – Autofill
|App Filter – Product Type
|Refer Bottom Freezer
|App Filter – Capacity
|Refer Large (20-24 cu. ft.)
|App Filter – Dispenser
|App Filter – Hot Water
|POWER / RATINGS
|120v; 60Hz; 15A
|Limited 1-year entire appliance
|See written warranty for full details
|Limited 1-year entire appliance
|WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
|Side Air Clearances
|0. 125 in
|Approximate Shipping Weight
|Depth Without Handle
|Height to Top of Case
|Back Air Clearances
|Top Air Clearances
|Depth with Door Open 90°
|61. 25 in
|Width w/Door Open 90 Degrees Incl. Handle
|Case Depth Without Door
- Quick Specs
- Use and Care Manual
- Energy Guide
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Auto parts. “Emex” – up to 3% – Discount program
Information from «Emex»:
Emex, since 1999, specializes in the supply of spare parts from almost all over the world.
Today Emex is a trading platform where you can order and receive spare parts for cars and any equipment!
We offer more than 1500 brands and 73 million items of spare parts with delivery from one day.
We sell 50 thousand parts per day, 40 thousand site visitors daily.
Deliveries of spare parts from all over the world, including from manufacturing plants.
Logistics of orders to all regions of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus is organized at the highest level!
Delivery of products is carried out only to the central warehouse of the wholesale partner through which you are registered;
You can find the address of the nearest partner wholesaler on the map, at the link: http://www. emex.ru/dealers
which you are registered.
Attention! The club card discount is valid only for residents of those car clubs that are registered on the EMEX website and are partner clubs of the company. For members of the «Brand Club» The discount is valid only for products of a specific brand.
Discount does not apply to direct registration on the EMEX website!
How to add a club card to receive a discount :
1. Follow the link http://www.emex.ru/dealers and find the nearest wholesale partner;
2. In the settings (http://www.emex.ru/cabinet), join the car club:
3. To attach a card, you need to indicate your card number in the Card number field, email indicate [email protected]
4. In the search, you will see two prices:
Possible problems when joining the car club on the website www.emex.ru:
1. The card number does not join the car club:
90 044 Information about your card and e-mail has not been added.
- The information was added with an error or the e-mail sent along with the card number does not match the address specified during registration on Emex.ru
- The card number is entered without zeros (instead of «0043», fill in & #171;43» or vice versa. i.e. when registering, most consumers automatically receive a certain discount!0010 Accordingly, all customers have a certain price (without discount, with a discount of 5%, 7%, 10%, 20 and even 25% (i.e. more than the car club price).
Therefore, a 21% discount is indicated (i.e. a client who does not have a discount – will receive a 21% discount, who already has a discount – the difference will be different)
The goal of the program is for all participants of the «Auto Clubs» program to have a guaranteed, inviolable discount! see the price that will appear after joining the club:
At the link: http://www.emex.ru/optovikam
You can see the difference between the base price (it is displayed when you set the following parameters):
Region and 0r. – 0%
Upon request, the base price and the partner’s base price are given:
Base – «Price of Emex»
By the end of the month, a convenient price comparison option will appear on the site. When estimating the catalog number, the base price, the club price and the partner price will appear. You will be able to see the difference.
Emeks Military highway, 21 in Vladivostok opening hours, phone, reviews
Military Highway 21
Emex at 21, Military Highway, is one of 3 branches in Vladivostok.
You can get to the point Emex Vladivostok by car using the coordinates above or even on foot on the map.
The missing information is available on the official website: www.emex.ru.
Emex Military highway, 21 on the map of Vladivostok
Emex Military highway, 21 on the map of Vladivostok
- Khutorskaya street
- Volgogradskaya street, 7а
Other branches of Emex in Vladivostok
(written on 2023-01-03)
When a car arrives with spare parts, they stupidly unload the boxes without putting them on the door. As a result, on the day of the delivery date, the status of the order does not change. Knowing this, he often came and took the order at random.
(written on 2022-11-17)
Pipes do not take from the word at all !!! When a car arrives with spare parts, they stupidly unload the boxes without putting them on the arrival. As a result, on the day of the delivery date, the status of the order does not change. Knowing this, he often came and took the order at random. But today I came for an order, but there was no one in the office, and there were 2 shipped boxes, one of which contained my order. The car mechanic said that he would give me my order with the permission of the phone managers. Called both 50 times, but no one answered. As a result, I came in vain, and even in the office I wasted 45 minutes of my time. I don’t understand this attitude to delivery time and to customers. When I ordered for Rokossovsky, this never happened. If you decide to order there, then be prepared for such situations.
Employees at the issuance of goods are very poorly served, no hello, no goodbye, like owls, as if I owe them something, they got sick. They should unload the potatoes.
The service is good, but the issuance of goods on the first floor is something, the boors still do not know how to communicate at all, like in the market in one word, hamlo. Why do you need such workers, you need to say goodbye to such workers.
EMEX store on st. Marshal Rokossovsky, 93.
This organization is not an official representative of EMEX, and has no right to Position itself as EMEX, a dealer network. The official representative of EMEX is located at the address: Russia, Moscow region, Solnechnogorsk, Krasnaya street, 66, Entrance from the end of the house, opposite the Dixy store.
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