Refrigerator Review Considerations

When it comes time to buy a new fridge freezer for your home, it is important to thoroughly review refrigerators you are contemplating for purchase.  You cannot simply go out and buy the first refrigeration option you see in stores, there are many factors to be considered first. Something as simple as buying too large a fridge could mean it doesn’t fit in your kitchen!  Here I list a brief checklist of some the more important items to consider.

Refrigerator Size

How large is the refrigerator you are looking at?  The first factor to consider is if you will be able to fit it into your home and your kitchen.  A full set of measurements of the desired install space should be collected before going refrigerator shopping.

Also, take note of any access restrictions that might cause issues during delivery.  Is your hallway narrow? Are there tight stairwells between the street and your apartment?  While have a large fridge freezer is great, they are of no use if they cannot fit into your home.

Ratio of Fridge to Freezer Space

Analyze your current refrigeration solution.  Where do you currently find yourself space constrained?  Is your freezer always full, but your refrigerator half empty?  This suggests you need to purchase a replacement model that has a larger proportion of freezer versus refrigerator space than your current model.

If you purchase – or hunt for – bulk meat then a large freezer is going to be critical for you.  If your diet consists largely of fresh produce, then the freezer may not be important to you. You will instead be interested in generously sized vegetable crispers.

Refrigerator Configuration

Stylistic preferences also come into play.  Some people are happy with the traditional top freezer mounted devices, while others will accept nothing than the latest trend of French Door Style fridge freezers.

Do you prefer the freezer at the top or the bottom of the fridge?  Do you prefer them to be side-by-side?  What about color and finish?  There are options available in white, black, stainless steel and more.

Refrigerator Freezer Functionality

All fridges work a little differently.  Before buying a new appliance, take some time to check out the controls.  Is the thermostat easily accessible and easy to adjust? If not, consider if that matters to you.

Many modern – and more expensive – refrigerators have multiple temperature zones that claim to help preserve foods better.  Do useful sounding features like this sound beneficial to you? If so, they may be worth looking for.

Refrigerator Energy Usage

Often overlooked is the energy usage of a modern refrigerator. While a not more efficient than fridge freezers of old, they still do consume quite a bit of electricity.  Investing in an Energy Star rated model can help reduce the operating cost of your unit over the years that you will own it.

Refrigerator Pricing

Of course, no refrigerator review would be complete without factoring in the units cost.  Sometimes a particular model may seem great for you, but it is just too expensive to be a rational purchase.

However, do not be tempted to compromise on must have functionality simply to save a few dollars on a cheap refrigerator.  It is important to take the price of the unit into account with the other factors discussed above, and not focus solely on the dollar number.

 

Originally posted. July 26, 2011

Freezers

Purchasing new freezers for the home or business can require a substantial capital investment.  For this reason it is important when shopping for a freezer that you know which model is right for you.

If your needs are modest, a compact freezer may give you that few extra cubic feet of storage capacity you need.  Available at very modest prices, these small freezers are a great solution for anyone needing a little extra freezer space with a minimal outlay of cash.

While compact freezers offer limited capacity, they are highly portable freezers and are very popular amongst budget buyers.

The second types of freezer units that are commonly purchased are upright freezers.  An upright freezer offers a substantial amount of frozen good storage in a slimline freezer form factor.

These units look similar to the traditional refrigerator as they stand upright with a limited use of floor space.  This makes them the ideal freezing appliance for homes that have limited space but need a lot of freezer storage.

The third choice for a new freezer is to purchase a deep chest freezer unit.  Chest freezers take up a lot of floor area, but are very short.  They offer a larger amount of freezer storage for the dollar than other types of freezer appliances.

When you want a freezer large enough to store all your bulk foods without trouble – and if you have place in your home large enough for their significant footprint – then energy efficient deep chest freezers are the way to go.

One factor to consider when purchasing a deep chest freezer is that they will need to be properly organized if you are to gain the maximum benefit from one of these very large freezers.

Without any kind of storage system inside a chest freezer is basically a big cold box.

This setup will quickly lead to serious chaos in the unit, and you will have a lot of difficulty finding a particular item once you have placed it inside.

This means it is almost an imperative to invest in quality wire freezer baskets for your deep chest freezer.

Through the use of a good set of stackable freezer baskets it is possible to convert your huge frozen chest into what approximate a collection of mini-freezers.

Each stacking freezer basket is used for storage of particular kind or type of food, which means that when it comes time fetch something from the freezer the task will be much simpler than it would otherwise.

Purchasing a new freezer requires careful consideration of your storage needs and your available space.  I hope this article has provided some insights that will help you decide between compact freezers, upright freezers or deep chest freezers.

Originally posted. February 19, 2011

LG Fridge Freezers

Established in 1958, LG is one of the best brands when it comes to fridge freezers, side by side refrigerators and fridges in general. LG fridge freezers are the ultimate American fridge freezer produced with true American standards in mind.

The LG refrigerator freezer is famous for its being energy efficient. Aside from that with the 606 liters of gross capacity of its side by side refrigerators, an owner of an LG does not have to worry about space. Thoughtfully designed for the needs of the individual and of families, side by side LG refrigerators and freezers have their own water and ice dispensers. There are 2 drawers for the freezer and a crisper drawer for items that do not need to be frozen.

Many of the fridge freezers LG manufactures come with the bioshield, which means that the gasket has anti microbial agents that prevent mold from growing on the outside or on the seal. Mold can destroy the seal of the fridge that is why LG had to find ways to prevent distortion on the gasket and to make the said appliance last for generations. Apart from that, the bioshield keeps the food inside your LG fridge safe from contamination.

The icemaker in LGs’ American style fridge freezers is built in and can be used from the outside, saving energy and space at the same time. Another great feature of this LG product is its moisture balance crisper. Unlike storage drawers or bins from other brands that destroy food because of moisture, LG fridges have a unique sheet that stops accumulation of water and maintains its temperature to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh. This also enables the fresh fruits and vegetables to stay as fresh as possible for a longer period of time.

When it comes to space, this LG freezer has added 10% more capacity, which means there is more space for your frozen goods. To be able to increase the space, LG thought that they should relocate the freezer to the door to increase the space in the icebox. Products like these include the GRP247JHMV, the GWL207FBQA, and the GWL207FLQA.

The GRP247JHMV is a side-by-side fridge that has a gross capacity of 673 liters, more than the regular LG side-by-side. This uber chic fridge is environmentally friendly and boasts a bar area where you can get your favorite beverages without having to open the door. The homebar as LG calls it also has can holders to hold those soda cans.  Like the regular LG, it also has 10% more space for the freezer and a moisture balance crisper. Along with these features, this model also has a filtered water dispenser and an ice dispenser to boot.  Like the other models, it has digital sensors that make it easier for owners to select the temperature within the fridge.

With a wide selection of quality fridges to choose from, LG is sure to have a model to suit your needs.

Originally posted. April 22, 2010

Compact Freezer Uses And Options

A compact freezer or a compact refrigerator with freezer is great to have when your larger size fridge or freezer is not enough. Sometimes you buy too many cases of hamburgers or chicken to fit and you need another place to put them.

Since these items need to be frozen in order to stay fresh, the only place you can put them in is a freezer. If you have a separate compact upright freezer, you can just throw the surplus frozen goods in there either until you need them or else have room in your larger fridge freezer.

Compact fridge freezers are also great for your children’s room or in the living room. The kitchen can seem pretty far away when you are watching your favorite show and you are dying for a drink. Maybe you are playing an intense game of Monopoly and no one wants to grab the cold sandwiches out of the fridge because they do not want to risk someone cheating. For these situations, having a mini refrigerator freezer in the living room will make it really easy to grab these items quickly when you need them.

Another convenient place to put a small freezer or fridge is in your college dormitory. In most cases, colleges do not provide this item for you, so if you want one, you have to bring one on your own. Many colleges have restrictions on how large or small these appliances can be. To solve this problem, there are many different sizes that you can choose from to meet the limitations that your college has.

The best option for a college dorm fridge would probably be a compact freezer fridge combination appliance.  One of these will allow you to bring frozen items from the supermarket back to your dorm, and also other non-frozen items like drinks and sandwiches.

If you go out to eat at the college cafeteria and do not finish your food, you can just take it back to your dorm and keep it cold in your fridge. It will be there for you to warm up in the microwave whenever you want it.

Some of the most popular brands of compact freezers and refrigerators are Haier, GE, Sunpentown, Danby, Magic Chef, Kitchen Aid, and Sanyo. The sizes range from about 1.4 cubic feet to 5 cubic feet.  Some of them can even be powered by a simple USB cable if you are short of power outlets. The price for compact freezers ranges from about fifty dollars to well into the hundreds.

The most common two colors this type of fridge or freezer comes in are black and white.  Also available are more stylish options like Sunpentowns stainless steel fronted compact freezer.

If you do not have a use for a large freezer or have too little space in your current freezer, then a compact fridge freezer might be a great option for you.   Compact freezers can also be a great option for not just a college dorm, but for small apartment living also.

Some people just do not have the space, money, or necessity for a large fridge. If this sounds like you, investing in a compact refrigerator or compact  freezer might be the right choice for you.

Originally posted. August 26, 2010

Display Fridge Types And Uses

A display fridge is a refrigerator created in such a way that the contents of the fridge can be seen from the outside without needing to open a door.  Display refrigerators are most commonly used by businesses, rather than households.  A well-lit, thoughtfully stocked retail display fridge or freezer can provide great several benefits for merchants.

By having the contents of deli fridges visible, a retailer can in effect advertise the product they are selling.  There are several common uses and types of display fridges used by businesses today.

Supermarket Deli Section – Display Cases

Visit any supermarket and you will see display fridges galore.  Usually near the produce section you will see long refrigerated display cases containing freshly made sandwiches, precooked foods, birthday cakes and other similar products.  By placing these items in a display fridge, the store keeps the items safely chilled while still allowing the potential customers to view – and possibly be enticed – by them.

Supermarket Frozen Section – Glass Door Freezer

In the frozen aisles of the supermarket you will see another form of display fridge, the glass door freezer.  These units are very tall, and can be lined up next to each other to fill an entire aisle.  When the customer walks down the aisle they see frozen vegetables, frozen pizzas, microwave dinners, ice-cream and much more – every grocery item that comes frozen is cleverly displayed to encourage purchase.

Convenience Store – Glass Door Fridge

This type of convenience store aims for a different type of sale than a supermarket.  For example, you will find glass door refrigerators in a gas station with an overwhelming choice of beverages chilled and ready for consumption.  When a potential buyer walks in the door from their car, there is a good chance they will select a cold soda or juice from the broad selection of merchandise.  A glass door refrigerator is similar to a glass door freezer, but simply chills instead of freezing.

Convenience Store – Chest Display Freezer

Another form of display fridge commonly found in a convenience store is the deep chest freezer with a sliding glass door on top, as opposed to the normal door that lifts.  These are commonly placed near the door of a store, so when customers walk by they will see an enticing selection of ice-cream bars and popsicles.  This is a very effective marketing ploy to generate spontaneous purchases.

As discussed, display refrigerators have the potential to create greater revenue for all types of retailers.  For convenience stores in particular they play a large role in increasing the amount of impulse buys made.  While display fridge prices can be substantial, the appropriate selection of an attractive display freezer or display refrigerator can be a valuable addition to your retail store.

Originally posted. May 29, 2010

The Mini Fridge – Why A Mini Refrigerator Might Be Right For You

A compact mini fridge is a popular purchase for those who live in small residences such as dorm rooms or studio apartments.  Usually when shopping for a mini refrigerator, budget is one of the primary concerns.  Fortunately, mini refrigerators can be had cheaper than you might think.

Mini fridges suitable for cooling beverages can be purchased online from retailers such as Amazon for as little as forty to sixty dollars.  If finances permit, then for a hundred dollars or so it is possible to get a unit that can store some food as well.

While these mini fridge freezers are significantly cheaper than full sized ones, the price of these small fridges new still puts them beyond the reach of many.  Fortunately, they are often available used for a significant discount – either through your local newspapers classified section, or via online sources such as Craigslist and eBay.  Purchasing used can be a very smart move as it may allow you to buy a much nicer mini fridge with freezer than you might otherwise be able to afford.

The manufacture Danby produces a wide range of these mini-refrigerators, and for $140 dollars it is possible to buy the DCR34BL.  This is a 3.2 cubic foot appliance that is not only a compact refrigerator, but incorporates a mini freezer as well, thus providing a very useful appliance.

Apart from Danby, there are many other manufactures of mini fridges.  Some of the more notable brands are Emerson, Sanyo, Summit and Haier.  Available in sizes from the absolutely tiny (perhaps fitting just a few soda cans) all the way up to 4 or 5 cubic feet in capacity, there is plenty of scope to purchase a mini refrigerator with mini freezer sized right just for you.

Another great feature of a mini fridge is their ability to double as a countertop.  When your living quarters are small, every square foot is valuable.  A fridge freezer with a flat top gives you a nice convenient surface for preparing sandwiches and the like.  Plus when you are done with food preparation you can simply bend down and put the food back in cold storage.

One factor worthy of consideration when purchasing a mini compact fridge is the amount of energy it will utilize.  Unlike a mini cooler, these devices need to be powered.

Due to the cost of electricity these days, it is definitely worthwhile investing a few extra dollars to purchase an energy star rated mini fridge.  While coming up with the extra money can be difficult is money is tight, you will be better off down the road as your electrical bills will be lower.

Originally posted. October 22, 2010

GE Monogram Refrigerators

GE Monogram refrigerators come in three distinctive designs : incorporated, professional, and custom. Each of these designs provides a different look to choose from to your home or restaurant kitchen. There are side-by – side versions of GE Monogram refrigerators, as well as bottom freezer refrigerators and all-refrigerators.

The Three Designs of GE Monogram Refrigerators

For a kitchen design that is uniquely yours, choose custom GE Monogram appliances. You can buy a custom GE Monogram refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher with solid color panels, or you can choose custom panels with matching cosmetic handles. Custom GE Monogram appliances give your kitchen an elegant, streamlined look.

The professional Monogram appliance line offers refrigerators that are created from superior stainless steel. These fridges have hand-finished, chamfered edges that give them a distinctive and bold look. The exteriors are made from 304 grade stainless steel, and the corners are perfectly polished and smoothed rather than being cut.

GE Monogram RefrigeratorsThe incorporated line is all about simplicity. A General Electric Monogram icebox from the integrated line is designed to be understated yet complex. Like the professional model appliances, the integrated fridges are shaped and perfectly polished. These refrigerators have thin, tubular handles that are smooth and comfortable to use.

GE Monogram Refrigerator Models

You can buy built-in side by-side Monogram refrigerators in some of the three styles described above. The built in side-by – side fridges are all 84 tall, and the models are 72 tall.

You can select from four custom models, two integrated models, and two professional models, in the event you prefer a built in Monogram refrigerator with a bottom freezer. The professional and integrated models are all 20.6 cu. ft. with dimensions of 84 high by 36 wide by 23 7/8 deep. The custom models range from 14.09 to 20.6 cu. ft. Additionally, there are two freestanding GE Monogram refrigerators with bottom freezers. Both are in the line, with French doors and two freezer drawers. They are 69 5/8 high by 35 3/4 broad by 31 deep

and have a capacity of 20.6 cu. ft.

For people who favor their refrigerator and freezer to be separate, there are six built in all refrigerator models to choose from. Each design is accessible with a door that hinges either to the left or on the right. GE Monogram Undercounter Refrigerators

GE Monogram undercounter refrigerators are specialized purposes that are served by smaller refrigerators. The wine reserves, beverage centers, and bar fridges are all designed to hold drinks. There is also a double drawer undercounter refrigerator, a fresh food refrigerator, and an indoor / outdoor refrigerator.

I spoke to the good people at Aggressive Appliances (a reputable appliance dealer located in Central Florida) who were kind enough to give me the of their to advantages expertise on this unique refrigeration line. I have included their ideas on these products below:

GE Monogram costs may fluctuate depending on which dealer you buy your fridge from.

Why should consumers consider the purchase of the GE Monogram Refrigerator?

GE Monogram refrigerators are among the very best values in the premium refrigerator type. They are an ideal match to Monogram’s great cooking products also.

Which Models of GE Monogram Refrigerators do you think are the best?

The entire line of built in fridges have proven trustworthy and quite purposeful. The new completely integrated line adds features and looks great with custom wood panels. One style or size isn’t automatically better than another, each customer needs to select the icebox that best suits their needs and the available space.

What are the best characteristics of GE Monogram products?

GE’s dual refrigeration system means the fridge and freezer air never mix. That extends the life span of your produce and removes the possibility of scents being transferred from one side of the unit to the other. The Climate control drawer allows a zone that can be set at a different temperature for fast chilling and thawing or precise storage for citrus, produce and meat.

The extensive selection of models means you can find what you want and GE’s national repair network means you can expect several years of excellent service.

Do you recommend any accessories or added attributes?

Our exploration of General Electric Appliances show that Monogram refrigerator reviews say the appliances are generally complete and have only a few accessories. You can get a Sabbath mode kit plus a few installation accessories.

What colors and styles are available?

Monogram refrigerators and freezers can be found in stainless steel or come ready for your own custom wood panels. The stainless steel models can be ordered to match the Monogram Pro Style appliances or the European Chain of appliances. There are 36″ wide freestanding models in both side by side and French door styles. The built-in models are available as all-refrigerator/all- freezer models, side by side or bottom freezer designs in sizes from 30″ wide to 48″ wide.

Are GE Monogram refrigerators tough to preserve?

Sometimes vacuuming the coils and shifting the water and ice filter are all you should do to maintain a Monogram refrigerator.

 

Originally posted. June 6, 2013

Finding the Right Ice Cream Maker

When it comes to finding the right ice cream maker, you have many choices to look at.  In fact, the number of options can be a little overwhelming.

While you might think of restaurants and ice cream parlors as the main customers for these appliances, the truth is that there are dozens of homemade ice cream makers to choose from and they can range from as low as $50 or even less up to several hundred dollars for a new model.  One of the best ways to begin your search is to find the companies with the best reputation for making ice cream makers for the home and comparing prices and ratings of each.

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Icecream MakerCuisinart ice cream makers

The Cuisinart ice cream maker line is renowned for making homemade ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt all from one machine.  Their average line ranges from $50 for a very basic Cuisinart ice cream machine and yogurt maker all the way up to $300 for the advertised commercial quality homemade ice cream maker. Depending on which machine is being used and what treat is being made; time can range from a light 20 minutes to a still extremely reasonable time frame of one hour for enjoying frozen treats. The average warranty for Cuisinart ice cream makers vary from 2 years to 3 years depending on the machine.

Rivals ice cream makers

One of the major benefits of looking at a Rival ice cream maker is that there are so many inexpensive models, ranging from $25 to $50.  Many of the designs produced by Rival are not fancy or “commercial grade,” but they are simple, easy to use, and get the job done 1 to 6 quarts at a time.  As with their Cuisinart competitors, the users manuals are available for download online.  The Rivals homemade ice cream makers might look simple with an outside blue bucket and the mechanics located within, but they make delicious ice cream and have a strong reputation among happy consumers.

Krups ice cream makers

Krups International enjoyed a strong reputation for making high quality ice cream makers, so much so that you can still find people searching for these appliances online despite the fact that Krups discontinued these appliances back in 2007!  A Krups ice cream maker even included a little LCD screen to keep track of the progress and let the user know when the ice cream was actually ready, eliminating the guess work.  These included feeder bowls to add ingredients during the process, and it was a little bit of a surprise when the Krups homemade ice cream makers were discontinued.

These are some of the major names out there for homemade ice cream makers, and while they differ widely from one another, all of them have earned a reputation among consumers as companies who create a quality ice cream maker.

Originally posted. May 4, 2011

Sub Zero Refrigerator Prices

Sub-Zero refrigerator freezers are amongst the most expensive kitchen appliances readily available to residential buyers, and Sub Zero refrigerator prices reflect this – as will be shown below.

Despite this the reviews of the Sub-Zero preservation line show them to be very popular with well-heeled homeowners seeking to build their dream kitchen.  Their attractive features include dual compressors and dual evaporator coils as part of their dual zone refrigeration technology.

PRO 48 Refrigeration


The Sub Zero PRO 48 is one of the premium fridge freezers available, and is considered by many to be the best of the Sub-Zero appliances available.  This refrigerator has almost every imaginable feature under the sun, and is priced accordingly. As a bonus, with a wattage requirement similar to that of a 100W light bulb this is a remarkably energy efficient refrigerator.

The 648PRO – pictured on the left – has a beautiful steel finish.  Also available it the 648PROG glass door model – pictured on the right – which offers a handsome combination of steel and glass door. This particular model is built very substantially, the refrigerators shipping weight of 875lbs makes it one of the most solidly built kitchen appliances around – but take care it is not too heavy if you plan to install it anywhere but the ground floor.

This high-end Sub Zero fridge has a correspondingly high price.  While the price of sub zero refrigerator freezers vary over time, you will not find the price of the PRO-48 and PRO-48G to be not less than $15,000 dollars.

Built-In Refrigerator

There are several different Sub-Zero cooling appliances available that can be built-in to a kitchens décor.  Those seeking a sub zero freezer only can opt for the All Freezer BI-36F model, which can usually be found for 5500-6500 dollars, depending on the trim selected.

Homeowners seeking a dedicated Subzero fridge which does not assign capacity to freezer duties can select from the Sub-Zero All Refrigerator range; these include the BI-36R product line.  The BI36RO wooden overlay model generally sells for about $5000 with a wood overlay, while the more upscale BI36RSTH/BI36RSPH stainless steel versions list for a little over $6000. As you will see, you can choose nearly all Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer models with either a wood panel or metal finish.

The BI-36RG, a similar unit with a glass front, sells for a little more. The flush insert BI36GO for just over $6000 and the stainless BI36RGSTH/BI36RGSPH for close to $7000.

Also available are over-and-under Sub Zero refrigerator built in freezer units.  The BI-30U and BI-30UG are 30 inch wide unit are suitable for those needing a narrow Subzero fridge, and products in this lineup range in price from $6500 to $8500 depending on the options chosen.  Those with a little more space have the options of the BI-36U or BI-36UG,  similarly configured models that are 36 inches in width; research indicates pricing on these Sub-zero models will be somewhere in the $7000 to $9000 window.

Sub-Zero Side-by-Side built-in models are available in three different widths.  The BI-36S, BI-42S and BI-48S have widths – as the model numbers suggest – of 36 inches, 42 inches and 48 inches respectively. The smallest of these – the BI36SO 36″ Sub-Zero side by side – sells for about $7000, or $8000 when finished with stainless steel (model BI36SSPH). For the wider 48″ BI48SO expect to be quoted something closer to $8000 for the flush inset model, or $9000 for the stainless BI48SSPH.

Also available in the larger sizes are the BI-42SD and BI-48SD models that offer ice and water dispensing capabilities through the Sub Zero fridges door, which sell for just a little under $10000 each.

Many consider these particular Sub Zero refrigerator reviews to reflect their opinion that these are the ultimate appliances for upscale kitchen remodels.

Integrated Refrigeration

A buyer seeking a built-in design that integrates into the kitchens décor has a number of Sub Zero integrated refrigeration options to choose from.

Starting with the All Freezer options there are some very narrow freezer column units available – the IC-27FI and 700TFI – which are only 27 inches in width, and sell for around $6000.  If more space is available, the 36 inch 736TFI is a larger Sub-Zero All Freezer option that costs a little under $7000.

The Sub Zero All Refrigerator line includes some similarly configured refrigeration models.  There are two 27 inch refrigerator column models – the IC-27R and 700TCI for $6000 – plus the 36 inch width 736TCI. The Sub Zero fridge price point for these two models is about $7000 also.

Shoppers seeking a combination unit have the choice of the 27 inch 700TCI or the 36 inch 736TCI Sub-Zero Refrigerator/Freezer options. Many people favor the look of a Subzero refrigerator of the counter depth style over the other choices out there.

Sub Zero Wine Storage

Sub-zero also manufactures a variety of high end wine refrigerators.  On the small end are the tiny 424 Wine Storage cooler – available both built-in and free-standing – and the 2000 dollar 315W Wine Storage – a very narrow appliance at only a little over 15 inches in width.

As well as these. Sub Zero also manufactures some full height wine bars.  These include the 27 inch 427 and 427R Wine Refrigerator units which sell for roughly $6000 dollars , and the attractive 30 inch WS-30 Wine Storage appliance.  This model will likely set a buyer back between $5500 and $7000 dollars, depending on whether the WS3oO overlay of WS30STH stainless steel version is selected.

Undercounter Refrigeration

The Sub-zero range includes several 24 inch under counter refrigeration solutions.  These consist of the UC-24BC Beverage Center, the $1700 UC024R All Refrigerator, the UC-24C Refrigerator/Freezer and the $2500 UC-24RO Outdoor Refrigerator.

Also available in the firms under counter fridge line-up are the 27 inch wide 700BC(I) Combination Drawers, 700BF(I) Freezer Drawers and 700BR Refrigerator Drawers models at $3500; plus the tiny 15 inch wide Sub-Zero UC-15I Ice maker which can likely be found for less than $3000 depending on if an outdoor model or drain pump is chosen.

Sub Zero Refrigerator Prices

Unfortunately, Sub Zero refridgerator prices are held close to their chest.  Subzero prices and policies reflect the pricing model of many high end appliance manufacturers – namely that if you need to ask about Subzero pricing you quite likely cannot afford it. Sub Zero prices refrigerator freezers very high indeed. Please note that while we are fans of their products, here at http://www.fridgefreezersite.com we do not sell them – so do not have access to exact prices. However, the numbers provided above are our best estimates of late-2011 prices based on considerable research; the Sub Zero refrigerator dealers will let you know the prices they are willing and able to sell for.  These figures should just be considered rough guidance for the planning stage of your purchase.

There are many reasons that the Subzero refrigerator collection is able to successfully command the price premium it does.  First of these is the brand.  Sub-Zero and Viking are probably the leading kitchen appliance brands sought out when wealthy shoppers undertake a no holds barred kitchen remodel.  The prestige associated with the brand can also offer a bump to a homes resale value, something lesser premium brands may not offer. Secondly, Sub zero refrigerator reviews are often found in high end interior decorating magazines, which only adds to their appeal.

A family owned and operated business, Subzero/Wolf has been able to avoid commoditizing its products.    By thinking in the long term the firm maintains the value of its brand.  All of the Sub-Zero preservation products are manufactured and inspected in factories within the United States, which allows the company to closely monitor quality.  All of this means that it is not common to find Sub Zero refrigerators for sale; however, you can occasionally get a discount by taking advantage of rebates when you purchase several different Sub Zero appliances as a package.

One final note, when you invest this much in a refrigerator it is important to take proper care of it.  Use only manufacturer approved Sub Zero parts to maintain your fridge, and have any sub zero repair work done by  a factory authorized repairman  in order to preserve the warranty and maximize the life of your investment.

You should expect to pay thousands for even the most inexpensive Sub Zero appliances and potentially much more for some of their higher-end products; unfortunately Sub Zero refrigerator cost comparisons rarely yield pleasant surprises.  Sub Zero fridge prices being what they are, these appliances are suitable for only the most discerning of customers.

Originally posted. December 9, 2010

Fridge or Fridge with Freezer?

Home appliances are a big consideration when purchasing a home. If the appliances are included with the home, this saves us money on buying them right when we move in. However, if we are able to get a home for thousands of dollars cheaper without appliances, we still come out ahead.

So imagine you have a home under contract, and you already know that the appliance are not included.

That means that in order to move in, you will need to have kitchen appliances delivered to the home.

This may be your first occasion of purchasing equipment for your kitchen, so it can be quite overwhelming! Do not fear. You will figure it out.

The first thing to do is to have your realtor get you into the home to measure the available area for your appliance. This includes both width and the height, as well as the depth of the area. If you are considering the purchase of an integrated fridge freezer this is critical. A good time for you to be doing this measurement is during the home inspection. The inspector will be checking things, and you can be writing all your appliance measurements down in your spiral notebook.

Doing some thinking before you go online to purchase will be helpful to you. Try to make a list of what features you are looking for. For families that consume a lot of soda pop or milk, having a good place for that is important. Other people are concerned about other things.

One of the decisions you will have to make is whether to get a unit that is all refrigerator, or one which includes a freezer. This is a personal decision, of course, but most people opt for a refrig and freezer combination.

The freezer unit can be above the refrigerator area, or below it. If your budget allows, you may choose for a nicer side-by-side fridge freezer. These American style fridge freezers look great in any kitchen.

The size of the cooling and freezing areas are another thing to pay attention to. If you know you eat lots of TV dinners, the size of the freezer may be more important that the size of the refrigerator component.

Once you know what you are looking for, hop on to the computer, and start searching for those fantastic products at good value.

Originally posted. April 21, 2010