So, with two GE fridges on deck for reviews here at CNET Appliances -- a midrange side-by-side and a midrange French door model -- I thought the time might be right to step back and take a look at how the two refrigerator styles stack up, and to offer some tips on how to decide which one is right for your kitchen.

The extra money you'll spend on the GSE25HEMDS will net you improved efficiency and a classy "black slate finish," but that's really about it as far as the actual upgrade is concerned.

That's pretty much par for the course with side-by-sides.

Aside from the occasional model with a door-in-door compartment, they don't typically come with a whole lot of bells and whistles.

Those last two can be tricky to evaluate as you comparison shop -- but hey, that's where fridge testers like me come in.

On the French door side of things, the $2,400 model I tested is also a step or two above entry level.

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