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The Best High-End Refrigerators

April 2, 2013

When it comes to purchasing a high-end refrigerator, many consumers cringe at the high price tag. And who could blame them? Costing in the upwards of $8,000, a high-end appliance is no small purchase. When we started to think about the advantages of high-end refrigerators, we wondered what the appeal was from a consumer’s perspective. Why would someone want to pay double the cost for a high-end appliance? We examined Consumer Reports data for refrigerators ranging in price from $5,000 to $9,000 to see what the high-end models had to offer. If you plan on purchasing a luxury appliance, take the following into consideration:

Overall Best Quality High-End Refrigerators

The below refrigerators represent units that make an overall ‘good’ purchase. According to Consumer Reports, these brands represent the best overall bang for your buck.

  1. Thermador Freedom Collection (Model Number T36BB820SS). With a price tag of $7,400, this refrigerator has it all. The Thermador Freedom has very good energy efficiency with an average energy cost of $59/year. It also has excellent temperature control with features such as dual compressors, dual evaporators, a door open alarm, a built-in water filter, and digital controls that show actual temperature. Plus, the built-in design makes it seamlessly blend into your existing cabinetry.
  2. Jenn-Air (Model Number JS42PPDUDB[SS])  This Jenn-Air model has a price tag of $7,200, slightly lower than the top choice. The Jenn-Air offers a built-in side-by-side design with through-the-door ice and water dispensers and an ice bin on the freezer door. With excellent temperature controls, food stored in this unit will stay fresher longer.
  3. Sub-Zero (Model Number BI42S[S])  Priced at $8,000, this Sub-Zero refrigerator has many luxury features including a chemical air-scrubber, dual compressors, dual evaporators, a built-in water filter, spillproof shelves, and digital controls. Energy efficiency on this unit is still good at about $79/year. The excellent temperature controls make it an ideal choice for people who store large quantities of fresh food.

Best High-End Refrigerators for Temperature Performance

If you store a lot of food for longer periods of time, temperature performance is likely going to be a valuabe feature for you. This is especially true if you eat a lot of parisable items such as whole meats and fresh vegetables. Food without perservatives need optimal temperature settings in order to be stored for longer periods of time.     

  1. KitchenAid (Model Number: KBFC42FT or KBFO42FT). Costing around $6,800, these KitchenAid models boast the best temperature control performance of all high-end refrigerators. The overall quality of the unit ranks fairly low, likely because of its lower rankings in noise and energy efficiency.
  2. Sub-Zero (Model Number: 736TC[SS]). With a price tag at $7,600, this unit has excellect temperature control. It’s energy efficiency, however, is rated only fair with average energy costs running about $89/year.
  3. Miele (Model Number KF1901Vi). Miele is a great choice with features that earn it excellent rankings in both temperature performance and noise level (it’s nice and quiet). The energy efficiency is good at $65/year, and the price of the unit is around $7,200.

Best High-End Refrigerators for Energy Efficiency

When considering the efficiency of a refrigerator, the Consumer Reports compares energy consumption to usable storage space. High energy efficiency along with increased usable storage space is what sets these units apart from the rest.

  1. Jenn-Air (Model Number JS42PPDUDB[SS])  This Jenn-Air model has a price tag of $7,200. Your energy bill will run around $74/year, which isn’t bad considering that temperature control is excellent and you’re cooling 17.3 cu ft of usable storage space.
  2. Thermador (Model Number KBUDT4265E[S]) With a price tag of $8,750, the Thermador is definitely on the high side of the high-end product line. Considering the amount of usable space, 16 cu ft, this refrigerator definitely stores a large amount of food with great efficiency.
  3. Sub-Zero (Model Number BI42S[S]) Priced at $8,000, this refrigerator cools 18.3 cu ft of usable storage for about $79/year.


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