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We love our Sub Zero. Very few issues over the decades but we are redoing our kitchen and are unsure about keeping this one or purchasing a new one. It’s a huge gamble! We clean the motor periodically and apply petroleum jelly when needed to increase the vacuum seals on the doors. Too bad we do not have a crystal ball!
I chose a built-in all refrigerator for it's energy efficiency, and have a separate undercounter freezer. The Sub Zero is very roomy and well lit. Have had some issues with dark staining of the white etching on the glass shelves, (which removes mostly with cleaning). Bought in 2001, still going strong in 2019 with only one repair. Very easy to access/clean coils. Fits a huge pizza box on bottom shelf! Stainless steel face looks great. Can set exact temperature desired. No ice/water on door, too many things to break, and I prefer to make my own ice. Ice makers are notorious for problems, so I kept it simple.
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Expensive, but worth it. Had to spend about $1500 to repair and switch to new refrigerant, but should be good for another 30 years. When you buy a Sub-Zero, you should never have to buy another refrigerator in your lifetime.
Quality built throughout, steady cold or frozen temperature in respective compartments. It looks impressive, more like a part of the house than just an appliance. It is a bit expensive to buy however.
Have had the refrigerator for 20 years, very few repairs, functions very well, still looks like new. Side by side refrigerator, freezer on the bottom with ice maker, costly but would recommend this fridge.
Doors don’t shut well including freezer drawer! If you leave it open all lights inside won’t activate! Worst investment ever! Don’t bother to buy! Angry at such awful user function! I’d actually say save your money.
The ice and water dispenser on outside of fridge will shoot out at people across the room, when no one is touching the fridge. It’s 9 month old. The repairman told us that this is a common problem, and Sub-Zero has no solution. They don’t know why these new, very expensive models are malfunctioning, but it’s not just us. Others are experiencing. Whole motherboard has to be replaced for the 3rd time.
We wanted an integrated fridge when we remodeled. Sub-Zero was the only brand that had a truly integrated model. The fridge works great but the freezer is a nightmare. I have had factory service done repeatedly on the freezer. The defrost cycle makes the ice defrost and then refreeze in a big glob. Food defrosts and refreezes over and over. Unless you want to use everything in your freezer within a week or less, you are left with unusable globs. The company says the fridge is working normally. Really? Our new Asko dishwasher starts almost every time you close the door when you are just loading it. They have replaced two sensors and it still does the same thing. It has leaked twice on our wood floor. It has been a terrible purchase.
We were hesitant to buy second Sub Zero refridg/freezer combination because of the loud compressor noises from their 2 compressor systems. However, the appliance dealer convinced us that the new ones had corrected that problem -- and in fairness-- they have. However, when I realize that the Sub Zero French door 42" model we did purchase cost more than twice what I paid for my first new car (a '64 GTO, by the way), I now feel I should have bought a new car instead! Nothing but problems, including a total replacement of the unit 3 months after it was first installed.
First, the magnets embedded in the freezer door, used to keep the door snugly closed, were installed backwards -- causing the door to be pushed away from the front of the freezer. This caused the freezer to continually ice over and render the freezer inoperable. Next, the freezer door iced over on its skids -- causing a larger and larger ice build-up and, ultimately prevent the door from closing completely. Next, the gasket on the freezer door tore and had to be replaced. Most recently, the ice maker stopped working. A call to Customer Service indicated that we needed a replacement water filter. Unfortunately, their user manual CLEARLY states at least three times that the light on the display panel should be blinking -- and it wasn't. Customer Service representative said she was sorry, but the manual was wrong. Give me back my GTO!
RIDICULOUS. A big company like Sub Zero can't even manufacture a decent water spout on the inside of the refrigerator door? Every time you go to fill up anything…better take a towel. When you fill your cup and pull it away, water continues to flow, so you now have to clean up water inside the refrigerator, inside the cabinets, as well as on you floors…EVERY SINGLE TIME. Horrible design. It's a decent refrigerator,,,,,nothing better than any other model, KitchenAid, Sears, Whirlpool. Sub Zero's are just overpriced. They used to have a lifetime warranty on them…then they were worth the dollar but not anymore.
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Sub-Zero has long been one of the leading lines of refrigeration products. The company was founded in 1945 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Innovative: The company has always been forward-thinking, they have created the free-standing freezer and the built-in refrigerator.
Ultimate luxury: Sub-Zero has a reputation for making the most luxurious refrigerators possible, so it's a good choice for anyone who wants to outfit their home with luxury appointments.
Built-in and customizable: Sub-Zero provides built-in refrigerators that blend in smoothly with a homeowner's aesthetic.
Test drive: The company allows customers to make appointments and check out Sub-Zero refrigerators in the showroom to ensure they pick the appliance that is right for them.
Curated collections: Sub-Zero offers customers curated collections of kitchen appliances and products, making it easy to design a kitchen seamlessly.
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