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Sub-Zero BI36U[S]
 
Approximate retail price:
$7700
Summary: This 35-inch-wide Sub-Zero built-in bottom-freezer has digital touchpad controls with temperature display, an air filter, and dual evaporators. The model is available in stainless steel and is Energy Star qualified.
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About - Sub-Zero BI36U[S]

The Sub-Zero BI36U[S] is part of the refrigerator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, built in refrigerator models like the BI36U[S] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Temperature performance:
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.

Energy efficiency:
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:
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 BI36U[S]
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 21.2
info Bottom-freezer Yes
info Side-by-side No
info French-door style No
info Water dispenser No
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Sub-Zero BI36U[S]
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Best birthday present ever!
3/8/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Energy Efficient
Holds Temperature Well
Quiet
Space For Tall Items
Cons
Best Uses
Big Families
Large Kitchens
Comment:
My new refrigerator replaced the 1992 version of the same design which was a true lemon and I really hated. Luckily, the Sub-Zero brand seems to have improved enormously in the last 20 years and so I decided to replace my old one with the updated model since I had the cabinetry and door panels already made to fit. I hesitated a bit when I saw that CR claims that this model rates only good for noise and for energy efficiency. But my existing cabinetry outweighed these considerations. I am extremely happy with my purchase. The Energy Guide that came with the refrigerator rates the efficiency as best in the group of similar models (why does CR rate it so much lower?) and it is very quiet. The compressor rarely runs and is pretty quiet when it does run. This is in contrast to my old refrigerator that made noise 100% of the time. <br />I love the layout of the interior. It is brightly lit and everyone says ooooh when they open the door because it looks so good. I love the 2 vegetable/fruit drawers. I always have lots of fruit and vegetables and now have space to keep them all. They stay nice and fresh. <br />I was initially surprised by the layout of the door shelves. There is a very small shelf at the bottom that I thought would be fairly useless but it turns out that it is perfect for keeping bottles of salad dressing and other condiments that come in narrow bottles. My bottles are actually better organized and accessible now than they ever were before. <br />The ice maker works well and the ice cubes taste fine. The only complaint I have about this refrigerator is that I could use a larger freezer. But it actually is one of the larger freezers in the built-in class of refrigerators. <br />All in all, I am super pleased with my purchase (actually my birthday present). It looks great and functions very well. I only needed to purchase a panel kit to install my beautiful wooden panels that were made for my old refrigerator and I saved a few bucks by not buying the standard stainless steel exterior.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
WHY ISN'T SUB ZERO RATED HIGHER?
6/8/2012
Pros
Attractive Design
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Energy Efficient
Holds Temperature Well
Quiet
Space For Tall Items
Cons
Best Uses
Big Families
Large Kitchens
Comment:
Looking over the Consumer Reports refrigerator rating categories, I find it excludes several important ones in which Sub-Zero would excel. There is no rating for the gauge of the stainless steel used, how solid are the hinges, the overall weight of the unit, one or two compressors, how well insulated, etc.I also think Made in the USA should be a category.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
1/11/2012
Pros
Attractive Design
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Energy Efficient
Holds Temperature Well
Quiet
Space For Tall Items
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Unlike other reviews in this category, this is actually for the model BI-36U. Bought a new house and the cutout was for a sub zero size. I did think of getting the cabinetmaker to mod to fit a conventional refrigerator, but thought lets just add that (mentally) to the cost of what I would have to spend and go for broke and get the sub zero. It looks great, heavy gauge stainless, doors like a bank vault. Counter depth makes things easy to reach. Well lit interior,easy to move glass shelves, and door bins. Lots of drawers with adjustable dividers. The air filter and higher fridge humidity really do keep things fresh much longer. Very precise digital controls with exact temperature choices(rather than the standard 1-10 on other makers) As it has a separate compressor for each side, you'd think it would use lots of electricity. No, less than a 100w bulb, and I actually got an energy star rebate. This is the most I have ever paid for an appliance and would do it again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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