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Sub-Zero BI42S[S] refrigerator

 
Approximate retail price:
$8000
Summary:

This 24.1 cu.-ft. built-in Sub-Zero BI42S[S] refrigerator has

  • a chemical air-scrubber
  • dual compressors
  • dual evaporators
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • digital controls that show actual temperature
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About - Sub-Zero BI42S[S]

The Sub-Zero BI42S[S] is part of the refrigerator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, built in refrigerator models like the BI42S[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 BI42S[S]
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 24.1
info Bottom-freezer No
info Side-by-side Yes
info French-door style No
info Water dispenser No
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Sub-Zero BI42S[S]
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Pride in manufacturing lost
12/23/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Holds Temperature Well
Quiet
Space For Tall Items
Cons
Bad Ice Maker
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
Dream kitchen in new construction. As I write I am shopping to replace it after 10 terrible years of service calls and excuses. The defrost cycle melts the ice and causes it to jam up. The technician has been out to change out the compressor twice, but there are always parts and labor not covered. He blamed RO water service and installed filter bypass on one occasion and problems got worse. Ice builds up in ice chute which I have to carefully chip out monthly. Not sure where consumer reports gets its prices since these sell for $10k+ which is not negotiable. No dealer can discount them. I thing we were at $13K installed. Could have bought 2 less prestigious names and probably have ten more years in the first one. Finally griped to a friend about it. Turns out he dumped his Sub Zero 6 months prior after too many service calls and problems. All you are getting for your money is a name and a lot of headaches. I think there might be a great living in being the repair person for these. What happened to getting what you pay for?
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
42
12/28/2013
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy Access
Holds Temperature Well
Quiet
Space For Tall Items
Cons
None
Best Uses
Large Kitchens
Comment:
I use my Sub-Zero everyday. Being vegan fresh is key and that's what you get with this USA made product.<br /><br />I've owned this appliance since 1997 and NEVER had an issue. Clean the seal every week with soapy water and vacuum the top vents very gentley twice a year.<br /><br />I am moving to a smaller home and thought I could get by with the high end refridgerator in place. After a few weeks it was clear that noise, difficulty reaching items in the back; for such a large footprint there is NO inner/storage room. <br /><br />I'm off to replace this unit gladly with a new Sub-Zero. I'm not sure how other people put up with the poor quality of other manufacturers.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Money well spent with a few small issues
10/3/2013
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy Access
Holds Temperature Well
Cons
Best Uses
Big Families
Comment:
We are a family of six and cook most every day. We frequently entertain on the weekends.<br />The Sub Zero is very attractive and keeps a constant temperature. <br />The handles are very sturdy after surviving almost twelve years of our children using them as some type of gymnastics apparatus. <br />I frequently shop at warehose club stores and freeze bulk food. Freezer space gets used quickly. I wish it were a little bigger (not the equipment's fault- I should have purchased a 46 inch unit)<br />No major repairs. <br />I replaced the guide rail for the ice drawer and replacd the seal on the fridge side.<br />I have noticed the inside of the freezer has developed some cracks on the left wall and bottom which is worrisome.<br />Aside from the minor repairs and cracks, I would recommend without hesitation.<br />I clean the coils a couple times a year.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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