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Old 04-05-2014, 02:03 PM
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the Admiral is thinking a Sub-zero fridge for New Kitchen (with a Panel on it )
I think they are Pricey to say the Least. Are the sub Zero Just Snob appeal or are they a ALL that ? My Whirlpool is 20 years old I keep the coils cleaned and only replaced a Freezer fan 23.00 bucks, Cools fine and food stays Fresh.

What do you guys think that had and Have the SUB-Zeros ?

What Say You ?

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My dad has a sub-zero. It's nice but not any nicer than my Kitchen Aide. Think about it, when was the last time you had a fridge go out on you? Me? Never and I'm 52. I replace them 'cause they just get old or go out of style. Got several stored in the barn that were replaced for those reasons.
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Regular unit suits me just fine. The rest is for show, how much show do you want?
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I Agree Reg units are fine, A paneled Kitchen Aide would be my Cup of tea, However these new LG fridge and SAMSUNG seem to be so energy Efficient that their recovery to Temp is much Slower. My Friend Curbed a LG and I found the Expansion tube had a Leak
I repaired it Pulled a vacuum on it recharged it and for the last 3 years has been Keeping My Beer Cool in my shop.
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My builder built with a Sub Zero designed into the kitchen. Hated paying the price but really hated it when the gasket failed and I was on my own. $350 as I recall. It does keep things cold though.
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Jenn Air Pro Series.

I just did my new home in the whole series. Fridge, Undercounter Drawers, Range, Ice Maker, Wine Refer, etc etc.

The look is like that of Sub Zero minus the hefty price. High end whirlpool is all it is. Like Lexus to Toyota. Very happy so far.
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We've had a sub zero for 8 yrs. No problems with it. In the end it's just a fridge & freezer. Main difference between it and a regular one is that the sub zero has 2 separate cooling units (fridge and freezer) and the size. I don't think the "regular" ones can be had in the larger widths.
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Consumer reports (a few years back to be upfront) stated the least repairs under warranty were from Kenmore.

The "high end" brands were pretty high end in repairs in the study actually.

That being said I bought a Frigidaire Professional (dressed up consumer appliances like many others) counter depth.

We love the counter depth btw.

Just get what your wife wants, that's really what it comes down to lol

It's hard to tell from "reviews" when the only ones you see are pretty much complaints anyway.

Good luck whatever you choose.



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I will go with what she wants for sure.....happy wife Happy Life. She is down to earth when it comes to these sorts of things. She has Always saw them in Home Shows and a few Homes, She Likes the High end Look that they have. Will see what Direction she goes if the Machine is Dependable and Not a Maintenance Nightmare I am ok with it. Just a hell alot easier to go to local Box store and order a Fridge and Have it delivered and the old one carted out, and Heck of A lot Cheaper !!

Anyone know any good Places to order a Sub at a Better price ?

Also going to look at those Jen AIR Pro Series Thanks PSW
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I have had a sub zero side by side for 16 years. Looks great, holds lots, but it has had over $4000 in repairs. Lots of my friends have them and we routinely share repair horror stories.

Every time the sub zero topic comes up we end the conversation something like this.

"The GE beer fridge in my garage has been running for 25 years, all I changed was the bulb and one bi metal strip, I guess I didn't pay enough for it to require costly repairs"
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Sub zero's are great, If you are familiar with refrigeration, have the necessary tools and will to diag, don't mind paying rediculous amounts of money for replacement parts and like being on your own for product support. They look cool, weigh a metric ton and eat, I mean Eat power. SubZero will not even tell you what refrigerant they use, supply replacement parts etc. I ended up charging my fathers with R-22, on a whim and let it fly, needs a good shot of freon every couple of years, but he refuses to get rid of it, I hear they make a nice casket LMAO.
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Have a Sub Zero in my Kitchen. 3 times the price of a good refrigerator at the time. After being only 5 years old the Ice machine arm froze up and the water continued to pour in. Probably filled the freezer unit with a few hundred gallons of water until the door burst open. That was the good part. Water continued to fill the frozen Ice cube holder as the water spilled on to the hardwood floor in the kitchen. I have hardwood floors throughout the entire house. Floors buckled and were ruined. Thousands of dollars in damage. Could have done the same thing with a $1,000 unit instead of a $6,000 P.O.S ! After that experience, I will Never hook an automatic Ice Machine again in my home.
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I inherited a Sub Zero over/under counter depth fridge in a home I purchased.
When we got around to using it, the fridge would not get under 48 degrees or so, while the freezer did fine.
Diagnosis ($200) indictaed new compressor for fridge at $1,600.
I took the $1,600 and bought a new Samsung side by side, and it's been great, plus much quieter.
I must say, the Sub Zero was one heavy hunk of metal to move, though.
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Show her the new Samsungs.
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I have a jenn air 42" with panel and happy. It was about 1k cheaper than sub zero.

Sub Zero is legit. They are made for people who "cook"....and I mean really cook. They have systems that do not allow cross contaminations of your vegetables, fruits, meats, etc. If that is important to you, then get it. My parest have a Sub Zero panels in there house...is is 25 years old.
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Coconut Sunrise where are you located? $1600 for a compressor is about six hundred high. Every refrigerator made states type and amount of refrigerant it uses on serial plate.
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We have a sub zero with custom panelling and it's very nice. Is it 5x the price of a kenmore elite nice, probably not. There are things it does awesome and things that make you question, like how can the most expensive fridge have a crappy water/ice dispenser compare to the "regular" fridges.

In the end all refrigerators keep things cold. Sub Zero supposedly has better control, better filtering , blah blah blah

I can say that my parents have had a sub zero for 22 years and it still looks great (and works great) to this day with the wood panels. Find a frigidaire that you'll say that about.
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