When it comes to choosing new kitchen appliances, the refrigerator is the biggest decision you will have to make, literally and financially. It is an investment to have confidence in both mechanically and aesthetically. The Sub Zero Built In-30U Over-and-Under Refrigerator/Freezer’s outside dimensions measure overall 84” x 24” x 30”. These are typical proportions for a refrigerator over freezer combo found in most American homes these days. There are several features and benefits however, that make the Sub Zero Built In 30U Over-and-Under stand out from other makes and models. If you have the budget for it, you’ll be glad you went with Sub Zero.
Features and Benefits
For starters the air purification system keeps food fresher longer, and it’s true. According to Sub Zero the technology “scrubs the air of bacteria mold and viruses” all while keeping your food consistently cool and with less energy than a 100 watt light bulb. The energy star rating is important. Sub Zero estimates this model’s annual energy usage to be right around $47. In the long run you’ll save on electric costs as compared with an initially cheaper, less efficient appliance and you’ll also be doing the planet a favor by reducing your carbon footprint. In addition to the energy star stamp of approval, all sub zero appliances are also certified Kosher. Adjustable “spill proof” glass shelves, door shelves and other compartments insure easy cleaning and well-organized food storage. Other features include water filtration and an automatic ice maker. A flip up grill in the front allows the machine to be serviced without pulling it out, which is always a plus for a built in.
Like all Sub Zero refrigeration appliances the options for the door finishes of the Sub Zero BI-30U are practically endless, since you can always do an overlay. That means in addition to a stainless or glass front, you can choose pretty much any paneling and handle to put on the front to match or compliment your cabinets. Keep in mind, you are providing this panel, the fridge just comes ready to receive whatever façade you choose, which might have to be custom made. This should be accounted for when considering cost. There are also a few stock options for handles, and of course you’ll need to decide if you prefer left or right opening. The interior lighting is even and bright.
About Sub Zero
Another positive attribute is that all Sub Zero brand appliances are made in the USA. Sub Zero was founded in 1943 in Madison, Wisconsin. If you doubt that the place of manufacture has little to do with value, please think about the importance of supporting local and national industry in this day and age. Each machine is hand built and you can be sure with pride and care. The products are “tested to the nth degree” and carry with them an excellent reputation. The refrigerator is the biggest appliance in your kitchen, something you will have to look at and use every single day. Visitors who know their stuff (and some who don’t) will appreciate and respect the purchase of the Sub Zero BI-30U. And because it’s American made you alleviate the hassle of dealing with overseas service and parts in the off chance a problem may arise.
Sub Zero offers one of the best warranties in the business, with limited coverage for up to 12 years. Comparing prices can be a challenge, and vary slightly, since they are set by the distributors and retailers and therefore not listed on the Sub Zero website. Sub Zero does provide a “Search for Showrooms and Dealers” tool on their website, and recommends going through an authorized distributor to ensure correct install and accurate warranty information. So although you may be paying a little more up front, between all the features and benefits, high quality of manufacture and lengthy warranty ensure you wont regret the purchase of the Sub Zero BI-30U Over-and-Under Refrigerator/Freezer.