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The new GE Monogram standard depth French Door Refrigerator, the ZFGB21HZSS, is a Free-Standing unit, completely wrapped in stainless steel from side to side. Making it perfect for open applications where its sides may be exposed. It’s double freezer drawers are visually appealing, although the top drawer is a good deal smaller than the bottom.

The Monogram French Door features their new “Advanced Temperature-Management System”, giving you precise electronic controls to maintain ideal storage conditions for your food. One feature that stands out is the Internal Water Dispenser. It delivers cold, filtered water from inside the unit, saving the space that would be lost if they had implemented the standard door mounted ice/water dispenser.

One thing GE touts is it’s “Reveal” interior lighting system, but as far as we can tell there is nothing special about the lighting of this unit. In fact, we’ve seen better from Samsung at a much lower price range. The unit has humidity-controlled drawers to help preserve your fruits and vegetables and a full size deli drawer, making easy storage for things like party trays and larger item storage. The larger than life door bins are a welcome addition, but the wire rack at the bottom meant for soda can storage is a bit odd and seems like a waste of space in our opinion.

There is a retractable shelf above that can slide out of the way, should you need to store a tall item that would not fit otherwise. The fridge comes with a standard water-filtration system that filters both the dispensed water and the ice and the freezer comes with a automatic defrost system.

The price tag on this unit is over $3,000, and for that kind of money we found some disappointments. For instance, the controls on the top of the unit look and feel like they were designed and built back in the 90’s. And while the spill-guard shelves are par for the course, we would have liked to have seen sturdier door racks. For the price, this may be a pass – this fridge is not much different than the Profile, and at a much higher price. It is, however, the only way you can get a GE French door with true stainless sides for Free-Standing applications.

Pros: Free-standing application, Internal Water Dispenser, versatile interior.

Cons: Price is a bit steep, lighting is nothing to write home about.


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3 Responses

  1. pattycake725

    Do not buy this refrigerator. Even for empty-nesters, the amount of interior storage in both the refrigerator and freezer is insufficient. The door open alarm went out within the first couple of months. The shelves are so closely spaced that few items can stand upright. When you use the sliding glass shelf to make additional room for upright containers, you lose half of a shelf to store other items. On the plus side, it looks good. Don’t be tempted by looks alone.

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  2. Antoinetta DiMeo

    I bought a GE Monogram all refrigerator unit in August 2011.
    We have had problems with condensation. The first repair man said it was not his issue. The second repairman adjusted something inside to keep it drier. We are still having problems with mold growing on the refrigerator seams.
    I have called 3 times to their preferred customer line and am not getting a call back. Since mold is a health issue we are very unhappy.
    Also, iI was unable to find a store that showcased this model.
    The things that are design wise wrong are:the door is not well designed at the hinge there fore the door does not stay open all the way when trying to get at the inside vegetable drawers.
    The door also does not close unless you make sure to close it 3/4 of the way.
    We had a sub zero all refrigerator before and had none of these issues with their door.
    The shelving is supported by the old fashion brace in the middle instead of side holders thus limiting the amount of usable space that you actually have.
    Would highly not recommend this model.

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  3. Antoinetta DiMeo

    I bought a GE Monogram all refrigerator unit in August 2011.
    We have had problems with condensation. The first repair man said it was not his issue. The second repairman adjusted something inside to keep it drier. We are still having problems with mold growing on the refrigerator seams.
    I have called 3 times to their preferred customer line and am not getting a call back. Since mold is a health issue we are very unhappy.
    Also, iI was unable to find a store that showcased this model.
    The things that are design wise wrong are:the door is not well designed at the hinge there fore the door does not stay open all the way when trying to get at the inside vegetable drawers.
    The door also does not close unless you make sure to close it 3/4 of the way.
    We had a sub zero all refrigerator before and had none of these issues with their door.
    The shelving is supported by the old fashion brace in the middle instead of side holders thus limiting the amount of usable space that you actually have.
    Would highly not recommend this model.

    Reply

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