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.
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
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
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.
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Corey Schwartz
from Phoenix, AZ
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
One of the worst appliance purchases
Bad Ice Maker
Limited Shelving Options
Not Cold Enough
The freedom columns look great, but, that's where the pros end. Installation is a nightmare. It took 2 people an entire day to install and the install was still not done correctly. The ice maker has a tendency to allow the supply line to freeze causing water to slowly pour and freeze all over the inside of the unit. The control panels have needed to be replaced several times. Solenoids have burned out. Getting Thermador to replace anything has been a futile exercise. Stay far away from these units.