I’m often times asked by my clients if Sub Zero refrigerators are worth the money. My answer is always the same – maybe. Let me explain…
If you are talking with regards to longevity, overall quality, and feed preservation, my answer is always absolutely! And if the price tag fits in your budget, it is a no-brainer to me. I owned one a few years ago and may tell you my strawberries lasted up to two weeks (which was unbelievable taking into account my create section background!); cheese left on a plate (as an experiment) didn’t mold or crust over after a month; and an opened container of ice cream was still fresh after discovering it more than a month and a half later.
Sub Zero claims a family may save as much as $25 a week in feed spoilage because of the dual refrigeration system. I always thought that was an exaggerated assert until I owned one and approximated I was saving approximately $10 a week as a bachelor. If you are a Costco shopper and like to buy things like the multi pack of Romaine lettuce and find you can’t make it past two head before they spoil, the more humid compartment Sub Zero provides will give you more time to finish the package of lettuce.
A major vantage of having a dual refrigeration scheme as Sub Zero has is longevity. The intermediate life of a refrigerator today is approximately 10.5 years. Sub Zero’s intermediate lifecycle is 17 years. (Climate has a contributing factor. In the Pacific Northwest where it is cooler than in the southern U.S., refrigerators don’t have to work as hard because of a lower intermediate temperature. It is not not common to find Sub Zero refrigerators lasting beyond 20 years here.) The reason for a longer lifetime is largely due to having two compressors. One cools the refrigerator while the other cools the freezer. Most other refrigerators have a single compressor that is working most all the time. It doesn’t take much imagination to see the dual system lasts longer.
Overall quality is magnificent because these refrigerators are still built largely by hand and in the USA. They are a family owned company and take great pride in their product.
So I listen you saying, “Why does Consumer Reports show a higher rate of repair?” Consumer Reports show service history for productions beneath warranty. This is a bit of a disfavor for companies with a generous warranty such as Sub Zero. Most companies offer a 1 year elements and labor warranty with up to 5 years on parts. Sub Zero offers the industries firmest warranty – 2 full years constituents and labor and up to 12 years on the sealed system! The other thing C.R. doesn’t tell you is that a lot of the service calls have to do with improper installation (water / icemaker not working because the installer didn’t turn the water valve on, etc.) or even for something as simple as a broken icemaker. Icemakers are the Achilles Heal of the appliance world. For as good as Sub Zero is, they use icemakers made by Whirlpool. There aren’t a great deal of icemaker manufacturers to choose from in the industry.
If you have a big family and you are at the grocery store assorted times a week, don’t plan on being in your home for more than 7 years, or if you are like a costume of mine who while writing his check out for his Sub Zero proclaimed, “$8000.00 just to keep my beer cold”, you may do just as well with something under $2000 – depending on your kitchen design. However, if it fits the budget, I will highly commend buying a Sub Zero.
This built-in wall oven features authenti electronic touch controls and a VFD display to make sure you cook your feed precisely the way you want
- Amazon Sales Rank: #346522 in Major Appliances
- Color: Black
- Brand: Maytag
- Dimensions: 29.63″ h x 23.88″ w x 27.25″ l, 112.00 pounds
- 2.8 Cu. Ft. Capacity
- Precision Cooking System with Precise Preheat
- Standard-Cleaning Oven
- Dual-Control Bake/Broil Elements
- Oven Light
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