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Thermador Freedom Collection T36BB820SS refrigerator

 
Approximate retail price:
$7,399.00
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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:
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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5.0
Installation is critical
3/13/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Energy Efficient
Holds Temperature Well
Quiet
Space For Tall Items
Cons
Best Uses
Avid cook
Big Families
Large Kitchens
Comment:
Performs in every respect as well as CR says it would. BUT, it is not plug-and-play kind of appliance. Installation is complicated; cabinet construction, water line and electrical installations must be done to precise specifications. Manufactures web site lists Thermador repair facilities but not approved installers. Buy it if you need (or just want) the best fresh food keeping plus quiet, efficient and impressive looks. But, please line up an experienced installer BEFORE you buy it and be prepared to pay for carpenter, plumbing and electrical costs that can really add up. I am glad I have it in my kitchen but I wish someone had told how complicated and expensive the installation would be, information I did not get from the appliance dealer. My advice: If your dealer can not help you find an experienced installer, don't buy it.
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)
 
5.0
No problems, and beautiful.
2/1/2015
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:
Beautiful interior led lighting. I'm short, and this refrigerator is tall, so my husband gets the whole top shelf for himself, but there's still plenty of room for everything. The cabinet front makes it fully integrated into my kitchen. The interior freezer shelves are heavy duty metal. It is major steps above normal brand refrigerators in terms of interior fit and finish. I love the ice cube drawer (and shape of the ice cubes even-- little pyramids) and the scoop that came with the fridge. No more hands all over the ice cubes. I have no idea how the cubic feet interior space on this refrigerator is supposed to be less than my GE because the refrigerator and freezer space both are living like they're at least 150% of what I had (this fridge is in a different house, so it wasn't required to fit the same cabinet space.). I bought an entirely Thermador kitchen based on consumer reports overall ratings of all the different components, and I'm loving each and every piece: microwave drawers, 48 range, dishwasher, range hood, and refrigerator. I'm sorry the other reviewers had bad experiences. Apparently there are occasional lemons from every manufacturer but I had heard many bad experiences about Viking and Wolf and got scared away from them. I'm glad I trusted consumer reports on this one because I have been thrilled with Thermador. On a side note, my installers DROPPED my range while bringing it in my house. My heart stopped but the thing is a tank. They replaced my slightly scuffed knobs and it's good as new. And I'm immensely picky. Expensive but worth it.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
DON'T BUY!!!
6/12/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Quiet
Cons
Bad Ice Maker
No Service For Frig Avail
Best Uses
none
Comment:
THIS REFRIGERATOR HAS BEEN A NIGHTMARE. WE BOUGHT IT ON A FRIENDS RECOMMENDATIONS. THE ICE MAKER HAS NEVER WORKED AND WHEN IT DOES THE ICE FREEZES TO ITSELF AND YOU CAN'T GET IT OUT. WE VE HAD THE RUN AROUND FROM 6 REPAIR MEN SINCE PURCHASING THIS PIECE OF JUNK FOR OVER $8000. THE REPAIR MEN WERE UNABLE TO FIX THE ICE MAKER AND THE LAST MAN SAID WE WOULD HAVE TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE LEFT DOOR!<br /><br />DON'T BUY THIS REFRIGERATOR!!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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