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.
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Disappointed customer
from Denver, CO
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Bad Ice Maker
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:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Too late smart.
from Washington DC area.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Installation is critical
Holds Temperature Well
Space For Tall Items
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.