A Sub-Zero refrigerator is a common sight in kitchens across the country. People who are considering replacing their Sub-Zero fridge or are remodeling their kitchen have the choice of an integrated or built-in refrigerator. If you are first coming across these terms, they may at first seem ambiguous. But it’s important to choose which option is best before installation. Continue reading to learn about each option and for insights to help determine what is right for you.

What Is a Sub-Zero Integrated Refrigerator?

Featuring a seamless design, an integrated refrigerator is built into the cabinetry housing. It is flush with your cabinet and/or the kitchen counter and has an in-set door. As a result, the refrigerator blends in with the décor of your kitchen and is essentially camouflaged, making it look identical to the cabinets, panels, and other features around it. Not even the compressor vents are visible! Integrated units come in 18”, 24”, 30”, and 36” widths.

What Is a Sub-Zero Built-In Refrigerator?

A built-in refrigerator is set into the cabinetry housing like its integrated counterpart. However, it does not sit flush with the cabinets. It sticks out about 2” but takes up much less space than a freestanding refrigerator. However, it stands out more prominently than an integrated model. The compressor vents are visible from the outside. Sub-Zero offers these refrigerators in 30”, 36”, 42”, and 48” widths with just 24” of depth required for a standard installation (compared to 25” for an integrated unit).

Built-in vs. Integrated Refrigerators: Which to Choose?

Both options offer the same features, benefits, and quality that Sub-Zero is known for. Deciding on a built-in or integrated refrigerator comes down to what you like better. Whether you’re prioritizing appearance or have space/floor plan limitations, you might be better off with one or the other. Some homeowners prefer their fridge to be the focal point of their kitchen, in which case stainless steel is the way to go, while others like their entire kitchen décor to be seamless, with all elements blended into one.

Integrated refrigerators come with more custom design options. But when it comes down to quality, they are equal with built-in units. Sub-Zero’s top-of-the-line refrigerators all incorporate microprocessors for precise temperature control and performance monitoring, anti-microbial air purification systems, and an innovative dual refrigeration system that ensures optimal conditions for the fridge and freezer. Magnetic door seals, spill-proof glass shelves, water filtration for ice dispensers, and LED lighting help them stand out as well.

A Sub-Zero refrigerator also comes with an industry-leading warranty. Service, including repairs and maintenance, are covered so you get the most value out of your investment.

Contact Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance Today

Based in Northridge, CA, Wilshire Refrigeration provides factory-certified appliance repair services, including for Sub-Zero refrigerators. Our skilled technicians are trusted for refrigerator installation and provide high-quality repairs and appliance service when you need them most. Customers throughout Los Angeles, Southern California, and Las Vegas depend on us to maintain their appliances. To schedule Sub-Zero repair service or ask any questions about integrated or built-in refrigerators for your home, call us at 800-427-3653.