The Sub-Zero 736TCI is part of the refrigerator
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, built in refrigerator
models like the 736TCI are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.
This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two refrigerators with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.
Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
About This Brand
One of the major built-in brands, Sub-Zero is in the process of introducing a new line of refrigerators with new technology in different side-by-side and bottom-freezer configurations.
Features & Specs - Sub-Zero 736TCI
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Claimed capacity is the manufacturer's estimate of the volume, in cubic feet, of interior space.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Bottom-freezer These put frequently used items at eye level. Fairly wide refrigerator shelves provide easy access. Though you must bend to locate items in the freezer, even with models featuring a pull-out basket, you will probably do less bending overall because the refrigeration compartment is at eye level.
Side-by-side Part of both the main compartment and the freezer are at eye level, where it's easy to reach. Side-by-sides are the most fully featured with through-the-door ice and water dispensers, temperature-controlled bins, and rapid ice-making cycles among the most requested. Narrow doors are handy in tight spaces. High, narrow compartments make finding stray items easy in front (harder in the back), but they may not hold items such as a sheet cake or a large turkey. Compared with top- and bottom-freezer models, a higher proportion of capacity goes to freezer space. They're much more expensive than similar-sized top-freezer models and are less space- and energy-efficient.
French-door style French door models are bottom-freezer refrigerators whose upper compartments have two narrow doors that open similarly to the doors of a side-by-side refrigerator. These narrower doors use less space in front of the refrigerator when opened, and allow access to either or both sides of the full-width fresh-food compartment. Typically more expensive, French-door models are usually 36 inches wide, though some newer models are 33 inches wide.
Water dispenser On side-by-side models, the water dispenser is normally accessible from the outside as part of the ice and water dispenser. On bottom-freezer models, the water dispenser is normally located in the fresh food compartment.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
We have had this product since 2009 when we renovated our kitchen. We have an older subzero that is still operating and we use as our back up. This product does keep all items cool and fresh. This week we had our first mishap with this unit when the ice maker pump switch failed and flooded our entire kitchen with wood floors. Sounds bad but not the end of the world. One thing I would do for this unit is install and inline cutoff valve for easy water control. Fortunately when we renovated the kitchen I had a filtration system for the frig and icemaker installed with a cutoff switch. It would be much better at the refrigerator that way you could spare the ice maker. Back to the refrigerator, we also had to get a new relay switch and install a better quality coil fan motor. Our local appliance man said that historically these fans start to fail and do not pull enough air across the coils. So after 7 years of use we ended up spending 450.00 for parts and service, and we have an 18K dollar claim on wood floors. Pump failures can happen with any product that is the danger of having an ice maker. I cannot say this would sway me away from this product. Our refrigerator looks like a big piece of furniture and the panel are nice. Good luck nice refrigirator
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Noisey device masquerading as a refridg
terribly noisey fan and compressor. Service people haven't fixed the problem
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Saskatoon, SK, Canada
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Failure in Refrigerator Compressor
Holds Temperature Well
Owned the unit since new in 2006. Always had a loud vibration in the compressor. Company rep said it was normal. Compressor failed after warranty expired.