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People have different priorities when purchasing a refrigerator. Some go for cost savings; others gravitate towards a top of the line appliance. Choosing a fridge, however, requires you to pick one suited for your needs and the available space. Itโ€™s an important purchase, as refrigerators can last 20 years or more. If youโ€™re looking for a Sub-Zero refrigerator, here are the most important considerations.

Reason & Purpose

Why are you buying a refrigerator? Is it for your office to store employee lunches or a home kitchen? The type of refrigerator you choose depends on what you plan to keep in it; some models are more suited for certain types of food than others. Whether you prefer to store a few snacks or freeze meat can determine your choice

Space and Size Needed

Sub-Zeroโ€™s high-end appliances take up more space and offer ample volume. But a compact fridge can provide just as much value. Consider features such as a freezer and factors like door swing clearance or whether the fridge/freezer are side-by-side or have an over-and-under configuration. A compact fridge may just require 9.9 to 12.0 cubic feet, while a full-size top freezer unit generally requires 14.5 to 24.0 cubic feet. Bottom freezer styles are a little larger; a side-by-side unit can take up to 29.0 cubic feet while a French door model may require up to 32.0 cubic feet.

Types and Styles

Freestanding refrigerators often slide into an alcove while built-in models, which install flush with cabinetry, are typically wider and shallower in depth. Theyโ€™re often installed with custom doors and cabinets. A cabinet-depth refrigerator is similar to a built-in unit, but avoids custom work and associated high costs. Compact undercounter refrigerators usually fit in a dishwasher-sized opening and are suited for small kitchens.

A top-freezer refrigerator is a popular style. However, some people prefer a bottom freezer unit, which can make access to frozen foods easier; drawer-style freezer doors are often included. Both types are very similar. A side-by-side fridge is split evenly between fresh foods (usually on the right) and frozen foods (on the left). One perk is the less clearance needed to open the doors, so this style can work for a narrow kitchen. French door models are also popular; they feature a double-door fridge and a bottom freezer.

Most Important Features

The diverse range of features youโ€™ll find include:

  • Adjustable or pullout shelves
  • Adjustable door bins
  • Water and ice dispensers
  • Ice makers
  • Built-in lighting
  • Independent cooling zones
  • Wine racks

If you can afford one, a smart home based refrigerator can include features such as energy monitoring, in-fridge cameras, voice control, and other functions you can access via Wi-Fi.


Know your budget before shopping around. You can then compare the types and styles you can afford. A small personal fridge can be very affordable. The larger the model and the more features and technology it has, the more you will spend. Smart refrigerators can be $1,000 more than comparable models. ENERGY STARยฎ certified units can provide a maximum efficiency level and therefore help save on utility bills.

Temperature Range

Most standard refrigerators can maintain 0 degrees Celsius to ensure freshness. A more advanced cooler works best at lower temperatures but can be less efficient at warmer settings. Efficiency can be improved by adjusting temperature ranges within mid-point settings.

Order Your Sub-Zero Refrigerator Today

At Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance, Inc., we offer various Sub-Zero refrigerators and other high-end appliances. We also provide refrigerator repair services by factory-certified technicians who can also provide maintenance and replacement parts as necessary. Call us at 800-427-3653 or request service online.