GE Unveils New Fridge from New U.S. Plant

deeageauxMarch 22, 2012

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Mar 21, 2012

GE officially opened its new refrigerator plant yesterday, and also unveiled the first appliance models to come out of the new plant. The new bottom-mount, French-door refrigerators offer a number of features making them environmentally friendly as well as offering some user-convenience innovations.

As ApplianceMagazine.com reported, GE yesterday held events to officially open a new refrigerator manufacturing facility at its Appliance Park manufacturing campus in Louisville, KY. It was the second plant opened at Appliance Park in two months; prior to this year, there had not been a new plant in the park in more than 50 years.

Starting in 2009, GE began making significant investments (more than $1 billion) in its appliance plants in the United States, intent on bringing manufacturing of high-tech, highly energy efficient appliances back into the United States. All the new plants are scheduled to be online in 2014, resulting in about 1300 new U.S. jobs.

One of the steps GE took to make refrigerators more environmentally friendly was to design new models to use cyclopentane as the blowing agent in foam insulation. The new refrigerators announced on March 20 will be the first bottom-mount appliances in the U.S. to use this type of insulation, although cyclopentane has long been used successfully in appliances outside the United States. Using this type of insulation reduces greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing and at the end of the product's life cycle, when it is disassembled and recycled.

The new models also exceed U.S. Energy Star standards.

Some models will also include GE's Brillion connected home technology. When coupled with a GE Nucleus controller, the fridge's intelligence enables a consumer to receive maintenance and service alerts, monitor energy consumption, and adjust some appliance settings remotely.

The fridge also offers a second icemaker in the freezer and a space-saving icemaker in the door.

A hand-free autofill feature on GE Profile models means that users don't have to stand and wait while a container is filled. Ultrasonic sensors and proximity detectors - designed to work similar to those used to fill up fuel tanks in locomotives - control the filling of containers by the fridge.

A PreciseFill feature can also be used to dispense filtered water in accurate measurements for food and drink preparation.

29-cubic-foot GE Cafe models will also dispense hot water - a U.S. refrigerator first - giving users a quick way to make oatmeal, tea, or baby formula. Users can chose the desired temperature; the unit heats 12 ounces of water in two minutes.

The model also offers an advanced filtration system that is designed to be the first to remove harmful pharmaceuticals from water and ice. Specifically, the filter was shown to remove 98% of five trace pharmaceuticals, if they are present in the water supply: ibuprofen, atenolol, fluoxetine, progesterone, and trimethoprim.

The new GE Profile refrigerators will be offered at retail starting in June 2012; GE Cafe models will be available in the fourth quarter of 2012. Retail prices will range from $1,699 to $2,999.

Here is a link that might be useful: LINK

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fauguy

I have a Kitchen Aid counter-depth side-by-side that I purchased in the end of 2006 after our kitchen remodel was compleated. The freezer section (on the left) is very narrow and difficult to get large boxes to fit. Because of this, we'd like to replace it with a french door, but would still need to be counter depth. So far, the LG LFX25991ST seems to be the best out of the bunch that I've seen.

Will the new GE models have a counter depth unit? Are there any additional pictures?

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/LFX25991ST.html

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 3:51AM
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fauguy

Here's a pic of the GE Profile, but no info.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.geappliances.com/email/newsletter/bottom-freezer-signup/

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 4:00AM
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fauguy

The GE Cafe model will have a hot water dispenser that can heat water in 2 minutes.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 4:02AM
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fauguy

Here's a link that shows some specs. Says there will be a 27 and 29 cu/ft model, so I doubt the 27 will be counter-depth.

" GE�s new French door refrigerators will be available in 27 and 29 cubic feet models in GE and GE Profile brands, and a 29-cubic-foot model will be available in the GE Caf� brand.

The GE Profile refrigerators will be available in June, and the GE Caf� models will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. The range of estimated retail prices is from $1,699 to $2,999."

Here is a link that might be useful: http://pressroom.geconsumerproducts.com/pr/ge/ge-s-new-line-of-french-door-refrigerators-230468.aspx

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 4:07AM
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theultimatebikerchic

It looks like the got rid of the frowning handles!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 2:40PM
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fauguy

Video showing the auto-fill on the right side of this page:

Here is a link that might be useful: http://pressroom.geconsumerproducts.com/pr/ge/ge-s-new-line-of-french-door-refrigerators-230468.aspx

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 11:40PM
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fauguy

In the full PDF press release, it does mention a counter-depth model...

"Size: GEs new French door refrigerators will be available in counter-depth, 27- and 29-cubic foot
models in GE and GE Profile brands, and a 29 cubic foot model will be available in the GE Cafe brand.
Where to Buy: The GE Profile French door refrigerator will be available this summer, and the GE Cafe
French door refrigerator will be available this fall at retailers nationwide.
Price: MSRP $1,699 to $2,999."

Here is a link that might be useful: http://pressroom.geconsumerproducts.com/pr/ge/pagedoc/3/0/4/6/8/230468/GEAppliances_RefrigerationPress_AllTogether.pdf

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 11:46PM
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fauguy

They now have some more pictures and videos of the new GE french door on the right side of this page...

Here is a link that might be useful: http://pressroom.geconsumerproducts.com/pr/ge/ge-s-new-line-of-french-door-refrigerators-230468.aspx

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 3:52AM
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fauguy

It looks like the GE Profile Counter Depth model (which they don't list the cu/ft size of) and the standard-depth 29 cu/ft model will both have the water auto fill. Only the GE Cafe model will have the hot water dispenser.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://pressroom.geconsumerproducts.com/pr/ge/ge-french-door-refrigerator-fact-230772.aspx

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 4:05AM
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mojavean

You will have to excuse me for a minute ...

I'm a little choked up right now.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 5:15PM
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fauguy

I sent GE an email asking if they new the capacity of the counter depth model, and they replied back saying it will be 23 cu/ft, but they didn't have the rest of the dimensions listed yet. Still is expected to be released in the summer.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 11:40AM
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deeageaux

Wow,

Fauguy is on top of this story!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 12:24PM
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fauguy

The first appliance I want to replace is the range with the GE Profile Induction Slide-in hopefully later this year.
After that the only non-stainless appliance is the fridge. Right now its a Kitchen Aid 24 cu/ft side-by-side in bisque that I got in 2006. If I were to replace it now, my best option is counter depth french door from LG, but don't care for its water dispenser. That's why in interested in this new GE Profile counter depth french door. My issue is that the cabinet height space for my current fridge is 72", but all the current french doors are about 68" height, which would leave a 4" gap at the top. Have to wait until the specs for the GE to see what it's height is.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 4:32PM
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chac_mool

Fauguy, if I understand this right, you may be able to put in a ~4" high louvered wooden grate, matching your cabinets, to fill the gap while allowing air to circulate over the new FD fridge.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 8:27PM
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fauguy

Look like AJMadison is showing up with some of the new GE french door models. First is the 27cu/ft Profile PFE27KSDSS standard depth. But not sure if any of these have the auto-water fill feature that is listed on the GE site that would be on their top-of-the-line Profile standard depth and counter depth units.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/PFE27KSDSS.html

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:13AM
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fauguy

Similar to the above model, but just standard GE, not Profile. Not sure of any differences.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/GFE27GSDSS.html

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:16AM
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fauguy

Last one is also not a Profile, but has 28.6 cu/ft capacity.

Would like to see them list the Profile Counter-depth model!

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/GFE29HSDSS.html

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:21AM
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polie

Good to see production being brought back to the USA.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 7:49AM
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fauguy

AJMadison now has the top-tier 29cu/ft on their site, as this one has the water auto-fill feature. The counter-depth will had the auto-fill, but still not on the site.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/PFE29PSDSS.html

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 5:17PM
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fauguy

Here's a link to the User Guide.
On page 7 it shows that the counter-depth model will be PYE23.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ajmadison.com/ajmadison/itemdocs/PFE29PSDSS_usecare.pdf

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 5:22PM
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fauguy

Looks like GE has a micro site about the new fridge.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.freshpedition.com/

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 4:22AM
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fauguy

I've seen the PFE29 model at HomeDepot. I really like the ice and water dispenser on it compared to the LG models. But one thing I like on the LG is the easy pull freezer handle, as it requires less pull to open the bottom freezer than the GE. Still waiting to see when the PYE23 counter depth model will be out.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 6:32AM
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tabbyco

Home Depot will have the counter-depth autofill available for order in May!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 3:57PM
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fauguy

As you may know, last year GE had a new french door unit come out, PFE29PSDSS that one of its features is hands-free auto fill for the water dispenser. I've seen it at H.D. a couple times, and it's a nice unit, but was waiting for the counter depth model.

Last night I was looking at AJ Madison, and they have a few new models listed:

The counter-depth PYE23PSDSS has the exact same features as the standard depth PFE29PSDSS, including the hands free auto fill.

Another counter-depth PYE23KSDSS is the same size, though lacks the hands free auto fill, but does come in black and stainless.

GE Cafe standard size CFE29TSDSS, and counter depth CYE23TSDSS, both have a separate hot water dispenser but lacks the hands free auto fill.

Since I have a KitchenAid side-by-side counter depth, the one I'd be most interested in replacing it with is the PYE23PSDSS, since it has the same features of the larger PFE29PSDSS.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ajmadison.com/b.php/Stainless+Steel%3BGE%3BFrench+Door%3BRefrigerators/Ns~family_age_in_days:0%3BN~26+4294960710+4294967291+1423

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 4:45AM
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fauguy

While at Home Depot yesterday, I had the lady in the appliance dept check the new GE model numbers. The Cafe CYE23TSDSS counter-depth was in the system with a price of $2999 and a date of May 31 with 10 units on order. The Profile PYE23PSDSS counter-depth was not listed in the system,.

After looking on-line, I found the site Goedekers has the Cafe one for $2638 and the Profile one for $2298, but lower than AJMadison.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.goedekers.com/product/GE-PYE23PSDSS/GE-23-1-Cu--Ft--Stainless-Steel-French-Door-Refrigerator---PYE23PSDSS.html

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 7:32PM
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cookingbuff

Does anyone know if the counter depth refrig will not have an external water dispenser? Everything I see shows the external water.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 10:11AM
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fauguy

This version doesn't have an external dispenser.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/PWE23KSDSS.html

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 2:27AM
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cookingbuff

Fauguy--thanks so much! Now I just wish they would have reviews on them so we could see if they function and last as good as they look!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 10:31AM
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fauguy

There are a few new models that are in the process of coming out, so no reviews yet. But the original model that came out last year has pretty good reviews on the GE site.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://products.geappliances.com/ApplProducts/Dispatcher?REQUEST=SpecPage&Sku=PFE29PSDSS

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 1:07PM
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fauguy

It also looks like the standard-depth Cafe model is now on the GE site, but no new info, since it has been listed on AJ Madison for a few weeks now.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://products.geappliances.com/ApplProducts/Dispatcher?REQUEST=SpecPage&Sku=CFE29TSDSS

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 1:16PM
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SparklingWater

Has anyone heard these newer GE models plugged in? On a spec guide to the GE Profile PYE23PSDSS (CD), GE mentions the high pitch hum as normal due to twin compressors which ramp up and down with door opening and temperature changes.

Has any one heard the hum? Was it annoyingly high pitch?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 10:11PM
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fauguy

There are a few new videos that GE posted on their YouTube channel about the Cafe fridge:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_16hKg8y7ZE&list=PLD537DB8C29E60603&index=44

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mdq4nXLJgA&list=PLD537DB8C29E60603&index=43

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXYyJKBu40E&list=PLD537DB8C29E60603&index=42

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8qrErTDB7U&list=PLD537DB8C29E60603&index=41

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUu_xrvEpS8&list=PLD537DB8C29E60603&index=40

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD537DB8C29E60603

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 5:02PM
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fauguy

While I was at Home Depot today, I took a look, and they now have the new GE Cafe CFE29TSDSS on display right next to the Profile PFE29PSDSS that has been there since last year.

Since I was able to see both next to each other, it's a toss-up as to which one looks better - or has the better features.

The Profile has the curved doors & handles, and the hands-free auto fill for water.

The Cafe instead is more square (no curves) and the handles look more "industrial". Instead of the hands-free auto fill, the Cafe has a hot water dispenser. While I find this interesting, the knob that you have to turn and push in felt a bit flimsy.. also, I'm wondering how "repairable" the heating coils are and if there is a way to descale them, since it is sealed within the door. When you look up inside the water dispenser, you can see two water hoses, for cold and hot water. Inside of the unit has a new odor remover that has a replaceable carterage and a LED lights that change color in the temp controlled deli drawer. Also, the bins on the sides of the doors are styled a bit different.

So it seem that the Cafe has some newer features that are missing on the Profile (odor removal, colored LED in deli drawer, different styled door bins), thought the Cafe has the hot water maker, while the Profile has hands-free auto fill.

I'm not sure how much use I'd get from the Cafe's hot water maker, since it only takes 3 min in the microwave to heat water for tea. And how long will the hot water maker last in the fridge before needing service.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 6:42PM
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SparklingWater

GE packs 24 cu feet into it's 69" tall FD CD new GE Cafe Series CYE23TSDSS. Not much fits on the water dispensor side as far as I can see.

I understand GE is making a big effort to both be creative and functional. I'm not sure what to make about the hot water dispenser either, but I like most of the other. Wish the Cafe refrigerator got better reviews.

For me, it's between this and a Jenn Air CD-same as last years model, unless new models are released soon. I like the water dispenser in the fridge. I did see this model at Sears, and the FD door seal was broken as was the ventilation piece on the bottom.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 8:40PM
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bookworm4321

I saw the CD Profile, and liked it as much as the JA. Now that my kitchen is being gutted, I can get full size. I saw the Cafe, and it had nicer features than Kenmore Elite and KA (like rubber mats on shelves on door, smaller water dispensor (I don't like those huge ones), and the hot water. The handles on the Profile match other appliances better than the Cafe ones.

decisions, decisions.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 9:07AM
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hokie98

Anyone have a review on any of these new fridges? Looking at the Profile PFE29PSDSS. I've also looked at the KA equivalent, and I just keep coming back to GE. I like the look of the Cafe version better I think, but much rather have hands-free fill than hot water. I understand GE had a bad rep previously for refrigerators....think the US plant will change that?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 2:08PM
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