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Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 French door refrigerator review

The Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 is the most stylish French door refrigerator around, but it comes at a seriously high price.

Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 French door refrigerator review: image of white French door refrigerator with gold accents on the handles
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Our Verdict

If you have the money to splash out, you're sure to be mesmerized by the finish and features of the Cafe CVE28DP4NW2. It will make an instant impact on your kitchen, and offers bags of storage space for fresh and frozen foods.

For

  • Gorgeous choices of finishes and accents
  • Customized temperature settings

Against

  • Costs a pretty penny

The Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 is the showiest refrigerator out there and though it might set you back a fair amount, it has plenty of excellent and practical features packed in to prove its worth. Sleek, glossy and brimming with elegant touches, this fridge is sure to win you compliments time and time again. 

Besides its glossy exterior, this model has many of the fanciest features found in the best French door refrigerators, including an LED light wall, a hands-free water dispenser, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The 27.8 cubic feet capacity is also extremely impressive, making it one of the largest refrigerators of its type around. If you’re looking for a fridge you'll be proud to show off, and one that's fit for family use, the Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 is sure to tick all your boxes.

In our Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 review, we look at the fridge in terms of spec, design and features, and what you can expect from it if you make space for one in your kitchen. If you aren't fully committed to the style of fridge you want just yet, we'd also recommend our guide to the best side by side refrigerators

Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 French door refrigerator review: Design  

The Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 is available in four different finishes: Matte Black, Platinum Glass, Stainless Steel, and Matte White. The Matte White is the most stand-out you could opt for and has rose gold accenting on the handle and shelves inside. It’s also the most expensive finish you can buy, but it will certainly make a fashionable impact on the interior design of your kitchen. It’s part of Cafe’s Mirror Glass collection, which has some seriously enviable kitchen aesthetics going on and does look like it would sit nicely in an upmarket restaurant. 

As previously mentioned, this refrigerator is also impressive in terms of size, with a hefty 27.8 cubic feet of space for you to fill. If you don't need a model quite so large, check out our Electrolux EI23BC82SS review, which also has custom temperature controls.

Another design plus, which enables you to use that capacity fully, is the fact that the fridge's water dispenser lives within the door itself. This gives you more shelf space for groceries, not to mention a more polished look overall. The water dispenser itself is also hands-free, so you can simply place your glass and await your refreshing drink. 

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Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 French door refrigerator review: Features

Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 review: Key Specs

Measurements (HxWxD): 69.8 x 35.36 x 36.75 

Overall capacity: 27.8 cu. ft

Freezer capacity: 8.57 cu.ft

Freezer baskets: 2

Refrigerator shelves: 5

Dispensers: Ice and water 

There is plenty to admire about the Cafe CVE28DP4NW2, even moving past its lovely design. The first standout feature of note is the LED light tower covering the back of the refrigerator. The glass is patterned, adding to the overall look of the fridge, and it provides bright light to help you see your groceries more clearly.

Much of the convenience of French door refrigerators come from their compartmentalized design - simply organize different sections for different needs. This model takes it one step further thanks to a temperature adjustable drawer to hold whatever you want, with temperatures ranging from 23-42 degrees. That means you can chill a cake or a bottle of wine to exactly the temperature you need. Plus, you can sort this drawer with sliding glass dividers, and section it all out exactly how you’d like. 

Fans of an organized fridge will also love the varied environments for different foodstuffs, controlled overall by the Cafe CVE28DP4NW2's Humidity Control system. That includes two Wet Zone bins, where you can keep foods in a high humidity setting, alongside a vented Dry Zone for fruits and similar foods. Even the freezer is hyper-organized, with a slim, full-width tray, which the manufacturer says you can store ‘gourmet pizzas’ in, though we’re sure any type of pizza will suffice. 

Wi-Fi connection is the final feature that makes the Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 such a high-end, luxury affair. Wi-Fi connectivity means you can receive alerts on the status of your fridge, and get a quick alert if there are any problems. Never again will you forget to properly shut the door without getting a nudge from your phone. If you'd like to take a look at an alternative smart-enabled model, check out our Samsung RF23M8750SG review.

Seeing as this Cafe refrigerator prides itself on looking good, it’s no surprise that the exterior is fingerprint-resistant, to prevent mucky hands from ruining the overall effect. There’s another handy cleaning feature too: the gray liners in the refrigerator section can be removed and easily cleaned to prevent messes. 

Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 review: image shows drawer of refrigerator filled with fruits and desserts

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Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 French door refrigerator review: User reviews 

The Cafe CVE28DP4NW is a highly-rated refrigerator, with a 4.7-star rating on Home Depot, gathered from 803 user reviews. 95% of reviewers would recommend it, with many users commenting on the huge aesthetic value of this beauty in their kitchens.

One impressed reviewer said that their favorite feature of this “absolutely stunning refrigerator” was the temperature-controlled drawer, which was perfect for snacks and “saves energy” since they put their most reached-for items in it. Another commented on how the amount of space within the refrigerator was “unbelievable” and that it was the “roomiest” they have ever owned. They added: “Did I mention it's also beautiful? Transformed our drab kitchen to stylin'!”

The Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with many saying they were looking to buy other Cafe products in the future. However, some gripes did surface. A few user reviews mentioned that the water from the dispenser was not cold enough, and that the ice dispenser wasn’t efficient enough to make all the ice the owners required. 

Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 review: image of modern, stylish kitchen complete with French door refrigerator

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Should you buy the Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 French door refrigerator?

If you have the money to splurge on a French door refrigerator, and you’re impressed by the style of the Cafe CVE28DP4NW2, it’s worth taking the plunge for the excellent features on offer. The high user reviews are a testament to just how popular this model is, and there’s no doubt it will bring a touch of elegance to your kitchen. 

The temperature control settings are well thought out, and the handy drawers to store whatever you need are sure to be a hit at parties, or whenever you’re entertaining. The Cafe CVE28DP4NW2 may cost a pretty penny, but to us, its aesthetic value and overall usefulness seems worth the cash. If you need something a little more affordable, take a look at our Kenmore 73025 review.