Why did GE Stop Making the Drop Down Shelf Feature for Refrigerators?

by Judy
(USA)

Just wondering if you know why GE stopped making refrigerators with the drop-down shelf on the door.

This is a great feature for families. Juice, milk, etc., can be stored in space on door, glasses can be placed on shelf, and beverages can be poured, all without opening the fridge door itself.

I have one that is now 20 years old, and the only problem we have ever had was with the icemaker, which, a dealer told us two years ago, cannot be repaired.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Sep 27, 2016
Bring it back NEW
by: Anonymous

I had one of these with the drop down door also. It was the best frig I ever had and if GE came out with one again, I would but it in a heartbeat!!!

Jul 20, 2016
samsung make one NEW
by: christine harris

we have had a Samsung, American style fridge freezer for many years, which has a drop down shelf. it is excellent. I think LG also make one.

Jul 10, 2016
Drop down door NEW
by: Rhonda

Omg yes! That's what I'm searching for now.

Apr 11, 2016
Plz Bring Back Drop Down Door Refrigerator NEW
by: Val

We too wish someone would sell a refrigerator with the drop down door. My GE is still working but need to buy new frig but cannot find anything with the drop down door. It's such a convenient feature. I can't for the life of me figure out why some brand doesn't have this available! I did find one online but it's too small (18cu ft). Brand is: Summit Ingenious Series FF1935PLIM.

Feb 16, 2016
Bring Back the fold down beverage shelf
by: ET

Great to see there is a list for this and just had to add my thoughts in case anyone is listening (hint GE!)... we've had our 'beverage center' refrigerator for over 20 years. The compressor clunks around whenever it shuts off so not long for this world but can't imagine buying a new one without this feature. I literally might cut this door out of the old one when it dies and find a way to install it in a new one. Hard to imagine why they would discontinue it. New Door in door features just miss the point.

Jun 28, 2015
Drop Down Shelf Refrigerator
by: Anonymous

I love that feature. We bought one in 1972, yes 1972. I read somewhere in my search that the drop down shelf was not energy efficient; but I have never had a problem with it. To me the drop down feature is very energy efficient because you don't have to open the big door. I need to replace it due to an issue in the freezer; however, I cannot find another one I like. Sure wish I could find one.

Jul 15, 2014
Drop down shelf
by: Susan Dykstra

I want a french door refrigerator with a drop down shelf.
I have now had two and they are perfect for families with children,teenagers, guests, anyone!
So convenient to put a bowl of cereal on the shelf and pour mild on it.
Whey did GE discontinue it????

Aug 27, 2013
Drop-Down-Shelf is most admired feature
by: Ron

Add me to the list of those mystified about why such an obviously useful and convenient feature was discontinued. Is there a manufacturer anywhere who actually listens to consumers? My guess is that it was sacrificed during the Holy Grail search for energy efficiency (18 mpg on a big SUV is still o.k. tho!). Saw a Samsung model marketed in Australia, and may have to look seriously if our 1988 model isn't repairable.

Jun 28, 2013
Drink Hatch in the Samsung model
by: Cindy Loo Who

702L Samsung Side By Side Fridge SRS702GDHSS

I found this high end fridge with drink hatch.

Jun 28, 2013
I have seen new ones!
by: Cindy Loo Who

Still trying to google but I have recently started watching Korean Dramas (bear with me there is a point) and watch have I seen!!???? New fridges with the juice drop down door!!! so far the only thing I can google is the french door with an extra door inside but it does give me hope that since I have seen them they are possible out there!

May 16, 2013
I too am looking for the drop down door
by: Phil

When you get use to a convenience and its no longer available, life goes on but I have to be retrained. When our last ge died I searched to no avail. I ended up with a lg, its OK but just OK.
I sure miss that door and shelf. Do you hear us GE?

May 16, 2013
I too am looking for the drop down door
by: Phil

When you get use to a convenience and its no longer available, life goes on but I have to be retrained. When our last ge died I searched to no avail. I ended up with a lg, its OK but just OK.
I sure miss that door and shelf. Do you hear us GE?

Jan 18, 2013
Dedperately want drop down door!!!
by: DK

Any chance drop down door returns? It is the most important feature on our old fridge. Repairing water line will cost almost $500, but worth it to keep drop down door, unless there's a newer model with drop down door.

Jan 18, 2013
Dedperately want drop down door!!!
by: DK

Any chance drop down door returns? It is the most important feature on our old fridge. Repairing water line will cost almost $500, but worth it to keep drop down door, unless there's a newer model with drop down door.

Nov 26, 2012
Ge fridge with handy door 1987 model
by: Anonymous

I love my refrigerator had it since 1987. The handy door feature was the best feature on this fridge. Please ge think about making the side by side with this feature.

My fridge is getting old . I don't have much time Please Put on the market again

Oct 24, 2012
Ice maker
by: Anonymous

I love ours too.
My ice maker went up a few months ago.
It looks like there are several newer replacement that just plug right in and hang on screws.
Look on eBay
I found the exact replacement on eBay for like $16.00
A week later.....fixed.

Jun 04, 2012
DROP DOWN DOOR REFRITERATOR
by: MELODY

I too am holding out on a new fridge b/c I LOVE my drop down door. My refrigerator is about 27 years old and has had only minor issues. Now my door is not closing properly and it takes extra effort to make sure its shut. My husband wantS me to get a new one but I keep holding out in the event there is another drop down door. Why don't somebody make one?????

Jan 09, 2012
Totally Agree
by: Anonymous

I am also in the market for a new refrigerator but am holding off to see if they hopefully bring the drop down shelf feature or door in door feature back.

Nov 14, 2011
Drop Down Shelf
by: Anonymous

I am in total agreement with the drop down shelf. I have absolutely loved it, all the years that I have had my fridge. It is so handy. Why do away with a wonderful feature?

I keep hoping that I can find a refrigerator with that feature. Nothing comes close.

RefrigeratorPro Tip: LG has just created a Door In Door fridge that comes close but doesn't have the shelf to pour drinks on. Take a look to learn more. Click here - LG Door in Door model

Jun 15, 2011
I'd like to find a drop down shelf too!
by: Pat

I totally agree!!!! I love the drop down shelf.

I'd buy a new fridge today if I could find one with that drop down door. Our fridge is dying, and leaks... but I don't like any of the new fancy fridges that aren't practical enough to have that drop-down door.

Sure wish some appliance maker would smarten up and make them again. The 3-door system leaves me.. cold.

I repeat... I'd buy a new fridge in a heartbeat if someone would make one with that dropdown door! I can't believe a lot of other people wouldn't like it, and that they couldn't sell it as more energy efficient because you don't have to open the entire door to get to the drinks!

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Jan 27, 2011
We love that GE with Drop Down Door in front
by: Larry

I agree with Judy. We want to remodel our kitchen, but are reluctant to give up this wonderful, convenient feature. We also love the storage bins that slid out. This was an outstanding refrigerator!

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