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post #76 of 94
i had to design a kitchen for my place of work and my boss was hung up on sub-zero, so that's what we got. did not have a good experience. be sure to check on the warranty, etc. ours had only a one-year, parts-only warranty and every service call (we had several) was a minimum of $175. Eventually, became slightly friendly with one of the repairmen (we fed him; he liked us). Finally he said "why don't you just get a kenmore? if everyone bought them instead of sub-zeros, i wouldn't have any business at all." and so that's what we did.
post #77 of 94
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
Like I said, I can understand and value something being made more sturdy and being better finished. And, of course, looks matter. It just seems odd to applaud a Sub Zero for doing exactly what any regular refrigerator will do: keeping things cold. It would be like me saying that the IWC Portuguese is my favorite watch because it keeps time, or Rubinacci is my favorite tailor because the clothes keep me from being naked. I don't mean to dismiss the less tangible qualities a Sub Zero refrigerator might have. All steel construction sounds cool.
+1. David Brooks of the NYT had some fun with Sub Zeros and kitchen envy:
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Ms. Adams puts it more bluntly: ''People want what the kitchen embodies: success. It could cost $100,000, $150,000, $200,000 in a minute. Think about it: the other rooms in the house are just sheetrock with trim.'' Those with kitchen envy do what they can to rationalize their distress. They take due note of how big some of the spaces are, how exhausting the hike must be from stove to refrigerator to dishwasher No. 1 and dishwasher No. 2. While Barbara Albright, a Wilton cookbook author, admits to a craving for granite countertop and two sinks, ''I know you don't need really need a big kitchen,'' she said. ''You need a knife, you need some bowls, you need some pans. I do feel with a lot of people it's just ostentatious, just a status symbol -- get the biggest S.U.V., get the biggest, nicest kitchen.''
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Eventually, became slightly friendly with one of the repairmen (we fed him; he liked us). Finally he said "why don't you just get a kenmore? if everyone bought them instead of sub-zeros, i wouldn't have any business at all." and so that's what we did.
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We looked at Subs when we renovated our kitchen but we heard some terrible horror stories from our appliance guy
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We did have a problem with the ice-maker. Basically, water over-filled the cube trays, and turned the whole unit into a block of ice. Also, the rubber insulation strip peeled off the bottom of one of the doors. It's fixed now, but it was kind of a pain.
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our neighbor has had some problems with hers though. They seem to be hit or miss as far as reliability goes.
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the (Consumer Reports) editors say, based on reader feedback, Sub-Zero models are repair-prone. During the last few years, 24 percent of all Sub-Zero models needed to be repaired, the survey shows. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_HXBKPv_qTF...00/subzero.jpg
Is it asking a lot that an $8k frig keeps things cold without breaking down - before moving on to higher-order functions like sexiness?
post #78 of 94
Love Sub-Zero styling..Not the price of fixing..Two family members both had a bad time ..A costly time.
I still think they're beautiful but you might want one with a service plan or warranty.
post #79 of 94
Appliances are for small timers. I only use a fridge to keep beverages cold and to make ice. Apparently I would be better served by a $3,000 ice maker.
post #80 of 94
Two questions: Does Traulsen make an interior icemaker for their freezers? If I went with SZ I'd probably be better off with an "all fridge" unit and a seperate freezer.
post #81 of 94
I like our SZ and the fact that the cabinets' texture is continued on it. Looks great. Can't comment on reliability other then that in 14 years we've had almost no problems with ours.
post #82 of 94
Thread Starter 
I decided not to get a SZ after all. I'm going to get the Frigidaire's that antirabbit recommends.
post #83 of 94
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Does Traulsen make an interior icemaker for their freezers?

Used to...but no longer. Too bad too...it had its own drawer you could access separately from the main freezer door.

The Sub-Zero Pro 48 also has an ice maker that fills a separate stainless drawer with about 8lbs at a time.

Another well-made (American) fridge I would recommend for residential use is Northland.

They have so many options, you basically custom order your fridge. They come in fridge-only, freezer-only, freezer top combos, side-by-side, and matching wine storage units (with an optional Humidrawerâ„¢ cigar storage compartment... a self-contained humidor that preserves up to 200 cigars in four adjustable, Spanish cedar lined compartments).

They all come in 18", 24", 30", 36", 42", 48" widths. pick whatever interior options you want (shelving, racks, temperature zones, ice maker). Pick whatever doors you want (glass, stainless, colours, regular handles, handle-less). All fridge/freezer/defrost functions/mechanicals are also housed in a completely separate module.

The price isn't cheap, but still lower than SZ I think, but leaves you with high quality, good looks and much more versatility.



KGB
post #84 of 94
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Originally Posted by freshcutgrass View Post
Used to...but no longer. Too bad too...it had its own drawer you could access separately from the main freezer door. The Sub-Zero Pro 48 also has an ice maker that fills a separate stainless drawer with about 8lbs at a time. Another well-made (American) fridge I would recommend for residential use is Northland. They have so many options, you basically custom order your fridge. They come in fridge-only, freezer-only, freezer top combos, side-by-side, and matching wine storage units (with an optional Humidrawerâ„¢ cigar storage compartment... a self-contained humidor that preserves up to 200 cigars in four adjustable, Spanish cedar lined compartments). They all come in 18", 24", 30", 36", 42", 48" widths. pick whatever interior options you want (shelving, racks, temperature zones, ice maker). Pick whatever doors you want (glass, stainless, colours, regular handles, handle-less). All fridge/freezer/defrost functions/mechanicals are also housed in a completely separate module. The price isn't cheap, but still lower than SZ I think, but leaves you with high quality, good looks and much more versatility. KGB
Thanks for the tip KGB. That looks like a much better bet than SZ. I like that I can have a big fridge with a smaller freezer. .
post #85 of 94
^rofl
post #86 of 94
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Awesome first post.
Free delivery of the fridge, too ?
post #87 of 94
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Appliances are for small timers. I only use a fridge to keep beverages cold and to make ice. Apparently I would be better served by a $3,000 ice maker.
That's why it's good you went into BIGLAW.
post #88 of 94
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That's why it's good you went into BIGLAW.

Does BIGLAW even exist anymore? More like BIGSUX.
post #89 of 94
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Does BIGLAW even exist anymore? More like BIGSUX.

As a junior partner at Wachtell, you are more entitled than am I to pass judgment on this.
post #90 of 94
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As a junior partner at Wachtell, you are more entitled than am I to pass judgment on this.

Ha, you just gave yourself away: (1) Wachtell is too big time to have junior partners, and (2) I am too big time for Wachtell.
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