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Old 05-03-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Any other fridges compare to Sub-Zero?

Hey all,
We are looking at a kitchen remodel. The refrigerator we are looking at is a Sub-Zero.
The reasons are pretty simple. Good seals, serviceable and a good warranty. The bad is obvious, it is around $8K.

SO, my question. Is there another refrigerator out there that compares?
I don't want to buy a new one in 5 years, or have it start falling apart (my current ones shelves are getting brittle after 5 years).

What say you?

Thanks.
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:58 PM   #2
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I bought a samsung for less than a thousand. After 5 years my shelves are fine. At 8 grand, your shelves better last 40 years.
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:39 PM   #3
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our sub-zero needed a new compressor in 3 years -- not worth the money

now I have a samsung - its better and cost $1500
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:54 PM   #4
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I bought a samsung for less than a thousand. After 5 years my shelves are fine. At 8 grand, your shelves better last 40 years.
That is what I am hoping for.
Our current fridge is a Maytag. It is a piece of shit after 5 years.
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our sub-zero needed a new compressor in 3 years -- not worth the money

now I have a samsung - its better and cost $1500
Interesting.... Did they give you any idea why? Do you know if it is common?

Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:49 PM   #6
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Look at Leibherr.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:06 PM   #7
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Look at Leibherr.
Will do. There is a dealer close.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:43 PM   #8
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Interesting.... Did they give you any idea why? Do you know if it is common?

Thanks for the info.
I dunno if it's common, and I don't know the details, but my sis did not have particularly stunning experiences w/ her subzero either, and I think had the service guys over several times during the first year of operation. Since then, however, it's been a bit more consistently reliable. But that first year annoyed the hell out of her.
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We have Sub-Zeroes at a few of our fire stations. There is no fucking way I would pay good money for one of these inefficient noiseboxes. They have very little insulation, so they run eight minutes out of ten, and they're so noisy we have to turn the TV volume up. The one at my station has already eaten a couple compressors over the past ten years (no wonder, since they're rarely not running).

We'd be better off with a middle-of-the road Kenmore.
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:14 PM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I really appreciate it.

Keep it coming.
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Seems the more you pay, the more headaches. My wife had her heart set on a DCS commercial style gas range. It's had some problems while my moms run of the mill gas range has been trouble free.

Sometimes the price is just bullshit. No better.
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Sometimes the price is just bullshit. No better.
It appeals to those who wish to purchase on a luxury price curve thus establishing their sophistication over we mere mortals.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:23 PM   #13
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Hey all,
We are looking at a kitchen remodel. The refrigerator we are looking at is a Sub-Zero.
The reasons are pretty simple. Good seals, serviceable and a good warranty. The bad is obvious, it is around $8K.

SO, my question. Is there another refrigerator out there that compares?
I don't want to buy a new one in 5 years, or have it start falling apart (my current ones shelves are getting brittle after 5 years).
i'm a firm believer in the idea that cheap appliances and electronics actually last longer, as they have fewer bells and whistles. my $350 best buy special that i bought in jan '99 finally died last summer, after never having any sort of service done whatsoever, including not removing any dust or sand from it. as for your criteria, good seals? really? as for serviceable and warranty, it's better to simply not need it, and i've not heard great things about sub-zero in that regard.
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:33 AM   #14
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Almost 12 years on our Sub-Zero and I have no complaints. Just recently had to put a compressor in it but that was the only issue we've had. Wasn't even that expensive of a repair. It's quiet and the separate cooling units for the refrigerator and freezer work great (as opposed to just passing cold air from the freezer to the frig). Yes it was expensive but if you don't want something that sticks out into the kitchen (ours is 24" deep, same as cabinets) and has large storage capacity then you have limited options.

Really comes down to what you want in your new kitchen. If you're looking at a built-in unit then you're choices and price range are going to be more limited. Since you're considering a Sub-Zero I'll assume this is a mid to high dollar remodel. If you're getting custom cabinets, high end counters and other top end appliances, do you really want to stick a $300 white box in the middle of it? You're not likely going to remodel your kitchen again for a long time to come. IMO it is worth it to spend a little more now to get what you want as long as it is within reason and your budget.

PS, those noisy fire station units are probably the commercial versions. While the manufacturer's like to tout their commercial heritage, there's lots of differences between the commercial lines and the consumer lines.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:31 AM   #15
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My experience with the subzero's was poor, as was my parents. I would go further and say I would never get another "built in" refrigerator of any brand. They don't perform any better and there are plenty of nice options in non-built in models. If you are remodeling a kitchen you can easily make an off the floor model look "built in".
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