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Thermador Freedom Collection T36BB820SS refrigerator

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Summary: This 20.0 cu.-ft. built-in cabinet-depth Thermador Freedom Collection T36BB820SS refrigerator has
  • dual compressors
  • dual evaporators
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • digital controls that show actual temperature
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About - Thermador Freedom Collection T36BB820SS

The Thermador Freedom Collection T36BB820SS is part of the refrigerator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, built in refrigerator models like the Freedom Collection T36BB820SS 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 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

This brand is positioned as a company that delivers beauty with functionality, form, luxury, and efficiency. These high-end refrigerators are sold generally through independent dealers.

Features & Specs - Thermador Freedom Collection T36BB820SS
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 20.0
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 - Thermador Freedom Collection T36BB820SS
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Do your homework first
Noisier Than Expected
Pre Installation Costs
Best Uses
Large Kitchens
Make sure that you understand the specifications for the infrastructure that are required for Thermador appliances before you buy them. They have very different specific electrical, plumbing and cabinet requirements from other appliances. These needs can add a great deal of cost to the project. Most people would need a contractor to do the work. Make sure there are authorized repair people in your area, as many companies do not service Thermador. We had a problem with our refrigerator on delivery, and even though we live in a major city, it took a week to get someone to repair it. It looks nice and we like the layout of the inside.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Ice maker a definite plus!
Best Uses
Surprised to read of other owners bad experiences with this fridges ice maker. Mine has worked flawlessly since day one. Produces lots and lots of ice cubes of an especially useful size and shape. Holds easily twice the amount of ice as a new Sub Zero side-by-side a friend of mine just bought. If lots of fresh ice is important, this unit is a great choice. (That is assuming it works like it should. Sorry to hear of other owners problems. Maybe we need a lemon law for appliances like we have for cars.)
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Buyer beware
Attractive Design
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Energy Efficient
Bad Ice Maker
Best Uses
Large Kitchens
Installed entire Thermador kitchen in late March 2015. Installation cost doubled from initial contract due to electrical, plumbing, cabinets - can be very expensive if you change brands, we have had concerns with ice maker since day-one. Ice maker finally stopped working in June, very difficult to get Thermador to service appliances, we are very unimpressed and disappointed with customer service & they are short staffed, we are 20 days out without an operable ice maker and we also have a Star Sapphire dishwasher that has not work for more than one month, it needs a new control panel. Would not buy Thermador again.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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