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Sub-Zero BI-48S Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezer Review

For a top of the line, side-by-side refrigerator and freezer combo that’s just right for your new dream kitchen, take a look at the Sub-Zero BI-48S Side-By-Side Refrigerator/Freezer. In this review we outline some of the features, pricing, and warranty info of the BI-48S.
 
Sub-Zero BI-48S Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezer Features
With 18.8 cubic feet of refrigerator capacity and 9.5 cubic feet of freezer capacity, the Sub-Zero BI-48S stands at 84 inches tall, 48 inches wide, and 24 inches deep. It weighs in at 630 pounds. Here are some of its other features:

  • Dual refrigeration system ensures freshness.
  • An air purification system that eliminates odors,bacteria, viruses and even ethylene gas.
  • Water filtration.
  • An illuminated control panel.
  • Brilliant, balanced interior lighting, including in the storage drawers.
  • Dairy compartment, door shelves, and spill-proof glass shelves that are easy to adjust.
  • The crisper and deli drawers are soft-close, and they form an independent low-temperature zone.
  • The flip-up grille is easy access.
  • Freshness cards let you know the status of your foods.
  • The Classic Stainless Steel model has an estimated energy usage of 541 kWh, or about $72 per year
  • The Overlay model has an estimated energy usage of 676 kWh, or about $72 per year.
  • UL approved in both the US and Canada.
  • Star-K Kosher certified for Sabbath and holiday use.

The BI-48SD sports all the above as well as a convenient ice and water dispenser. For something a little smaller check out our review on the BI-42S for a side-by-side model that only spans 42 inches wide. For a step up, look into the Pro 48 Refrigerator/Freezer. The BI-30 and BI-36 models have over-under, all fridge or freezer designs, as well as glass door options. “BI” stands for “Built In”, so if you were thinking of going with an Integrated design, try the Sub-Zero 700 club.
BI-42S/D Pricing
Rather than list their prices, Sub-Zero likes to point you to its store locator on its website. Enter your zip code, and they will provide you with your nearest dealer. This may seem inconvenient at first, but this option does give you the chance to go in and check out the BI-48S for yourself. You may also be able to arrange for delivery and installation through your local dealer. But whether you go brick and mortar, or shop online, expect to pay between $8,000 and $11,000 for the Sub-Zero BI-48S/D side-by-side refrigerator/freezer.
 
Sub-Zero Warranty Information
 
Sub-Zero offers three warranty coverages for the BI-48S. The Limited Twelve Year Sealed System Warranty, the Full Five Year Sealed System Warranty, and the Full One Year Warranty. All warranties start on the date of original installation.
The Sealed System Warranties only cover components deemed defective due to materials or workmanship in the sealed system. The Sealed System is consists of the compressor, condenser, evaporator, drier, and all connecting tubing.
The One Year Warranty will cover all parts and labor needed to repair or replace any components deemed defective due to materials or workmanship. Be sure to read all of the warranty information on Sub-Zero’s site in order to understand all the exclusions and conditions.
It’s hard to beat American Made. Especially when it’s something as feature rich as the Sub-Zero BI-48S Side-By-Side Refrigerator/Freezer. When only the best is enough, be sure to check out this top of the line solution.

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Sub Zero Refrigerator Prices

Sub-Zero refrigerator freezers are amongst the most expensive kitchen appliances readily available to residential buyers, and Sub Zero refrigerator prices reflect this – as will be shown below.
Despite this the reviews of the Sub-Zero preservation line show them to be very popular with well-heeled homeowners seeking to build their dream kitchen. Their attractive features include dual compressors and dual evaporator coils as part of their dual zone refrigeration technology.
PRO 48 Refrigeration

The Sub Zero PRO 48 is one of the premium fridge freezers available, and is considered by many to be the best of the Sub-Zero appliances available. This refrigerator has almost every imaginable feature under the sun, and is priced accordingly. As a bonus, with a wattage requirement similar to that of a 100W light bulb this is a remarkably energy efficient refrigerator.
The 648PRO – pictured on the left – has a beautiful steel finish. Also available it the 648PROG glass door model – pictured on the right – which offers a handsome combination of steel and glass door. This particular model is built very substantially, the refrigerators shipping weight of 875lbs makes it one of the most solidly built kitchen appliances around – but take care it is not too heavy if you plan to install it anywhere but the ground floor.
This high-end Sub Zero fridge has a correspondingly high price. While the price of sub zero refrigerator freezers vary over time, you will not find the price of the PRO-48 and PRO-48G to be not less than $15,000 dollars.
Built-In Refrigerator

There are several different Sub-Zero cooling appliances available that can be built-in to a kitchens decor. Those seeking a sub zero freezer only can opt for the All Freezer BI-36F model, which can usually be found for 5500-6500 dollars, depending on the trim selected.
Homeowners seeking a dedicated Subzero fridge which does not assign capacity to freezer duties can select from the Sub-Zero All Refrigerator range; these include the BI-36R product line. The BI36RO wooden overlay model generally sells for about $5000 with a wood overlay, while the more upscale BI36RSTH/BI36RSPH stainless steel versions list for a little over $6000. As you will see, you can choose nearly all Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer models with either a wood panel or metal finish.
The BI-36RG, a similar unit with a glass front, sells for a little more. The flush insert BI36GO for just over $6000 and the stainless BI36RGSTH/BI36RGSPH for close to $7000.
Also available are over-and-under Sub Zero refrigerator built in freezer units. The BI-30U and BI-30UG are 30 inch wide unit are suitable for those needing a narrow Subzero fridge, and products in this lineup range in price from $6500 to $8500 depending on the options chosen. Those with a little more space have the options of the BI-36U or BI-36UG, similarly configured models that are 36 inches in width; research indicates pricing on these Sub-zero models will be somewhere in the $7000 to $9000 window.

Sub-Zero Side-by-Side built-in models are available in three different widths. The BI-36S, BI-42S and BI-48S have widths – as the model numbers suggest – of 36 inches, 42 inches and 48 inches respectively. The smallest of these – the BI36SO 36″ Sub-Zero side by side – sells for about $7000, or $8000 when finished with stainless steel (model BI36SSPH). For the wider 48″ BI48SO expect to be quoted something closer to $8000 for the flush inset model, or $9000 for the stainless BI48SSPH.
Also available in the larger sizes are the BI-42SD and BI-48SD models that offer ice and water dispensing capabilities through the Sub Zero fridges door, which sell for just a little under $10000 each.
Many consider these particular Sub Zero refrigerator reviews to reflect their opinion that these are the ultimate appliances for upscale kitchen remodels.
Integrated Refrigeration

A buyer seeking a built-in design that integrates into the kitchens decor has a number of Sub Zero integrated refrigeration options to choose from.
Starting with the All Freezer options there are some very narrow freezer column units available – the IC-27FI and 700TFI – which are only 27 inches in width, and sell for around $6000. If more space is available, the 36 inch 736TFI is a larger Sub-Zero All Freezer option that costs a little under $7000.
The Sub Zero All Refrigerator line includes some similarly configured refrigeration models. There are two 27 inch refrigerator column models – the IC-27R and 700TCI for $6000 – plus the 36 inch width 736TCI. The Sub Zero fridge price point for these two models is about $7000 also.
Shoppers seeking a combination unit have the choice of the 27 inch 700TCI or the 36 inch 736TCI Sub-Zero Refrigerator/Freezer options. Many people favor the look of a Subzero refrigerator of the counter depth style over the other choices out there.
Sub Zero Wine Storage

Sub-zero also manufactures a variety of high end wine refrigerators. On the small end are the tiny 424 Wine Storage cooler – available both built-in and free-standing – and the 2000 dollar 315W Wine Storage – a very narrow appliance at only a little over 15 inches in width.
As well as these. Sub Zero also manufactures some full height wine bars. These include the 27 inch 427 and 427R Wine Refrigerator units which sell for roughly $6000 dollars , and the attractive 30 inch WS-30 Wine Storage appliance. This model will likely set a buyer back between $5500 and $7000 dollars, depending on whether the WS3oO overlay of WS30STH stainless steel version is selected.
Undercounter Refrigeration

The Sub-zero range includes several 24 inch under counter refrigeration solutions. These consist of the UC-24BC Beverage Center, the $1700 UC024R All Refrigerator, the UC-24C Refrigerator/Freezer and the $2500 UC-24RO Outdoor Refrigerator.

Also available in the firms under counter fridge line-up are the 27 inch wide 700BC(I) Combination Drawers, 700BF(I) Freezer Drawers and 700BR Refrigerator Drawers models at $3500; plus the tiny 15 inch wide Sub-Zero UC-15I Ice maker which can likely be found for less than $3000 depending on if an outdoor model or drain pump is chosen.
Sub Zero Refrigerator Prices
Unfortunately, Sub Zero refridgerator prices are held close to their chest. Subzero prices and policies reflect the pricing model of many high end appliance manufacturers – namely that if you need to ask about Subzero pricing you quite likely cannot afford it. Sub Zero prices refrigerator freezers very high indeed. Please note that while we are fans of their products, here at http://www.fridgefreezersite.com we do not sell them – so do not have access to exact prices. However, the numbers provided above are our best estimates of late-2011 prices based on considerable research; the Sub Zero refrigerator dealers will let you know the prices they are willing and able to sell for. These figures should just be considered rough guidance for the planning stage of your purchase.
There are many reasons that the Subzero refrigerator collection is able to successfully command the price premium it does. First of these is the brand. Sub-Zero and Viking are probably the leading kitchen appliance brands sought out when wealthy shoppers undertake a no holds barred kitchen remodel. The prestige associated with the brand can also offer a bump to a homes resale value, something lesser premium brands may not offer. Secondly, Sub zero refrigerator reviews are often found in high end interior decorating magazines, which only adds to their appeal.
A family owned and operated business, Subzero/Wolf has been able to avoid commoditizing its products. By thinking in the long term the firm maintains the value of its brand. All of the Sub-Zero preservation products are manufactured and inspected in factories within the United States, which allows the company to closely monitor quality. All of this means that it is not common to find Sub Zero refrigerators for sale; however, you can occasionally get a discount by taking advantage of rebates when you purchase several different Sub Zero appliances as a package.
One final note, when you invest this much in a refrigerator it is important to take proper care of it. Use only manufacturer approved Sub Zero parts to maintain your fridge, and have any sub zero repair work done by a factory authorized repairman in order to preserve the warranty and maximize the life of your investment.
You should expect to pay thousands for even the most inexpensive Sub Zero appliances and potentially much more for some of their higher-end products; unfortunately Sub Zero refrigerator cost comparisons rarely yield pleasant surprises. Sub Zero fridge prices being what they are, these appliances are suitable for only the most discerning of customers.