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Jun 16, 2011 03:20 PM

Thermador Built-in Refrigerator and Freezer Columns

I have fallen in love with the sleek look of the Thermador Freedom Collection built in fresh food and freezer columns. However, I can't find any reviews on them. We all know pretty is nice but if it doesn't work it is useless so I'm hoping some of you have experience with these gems. Would you share the good, the bad and the ugly? Thanks bunches!

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  1. Gardenweb would probably be a better place to ask this question, but here's some generalities.

    Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau and Miele external refrigeration shells are all made in the same factory. The differences are in electronics, compressor, finishes and minor details like hinges.

    Gaggenau has stainless steel interiors. Looks great, but they wick condensation and there's going to be a little pool in the bottom of your refrigerator when it gets really humid.

    Thermador of course has the motorized shelf, which is great until someone raises the shelf high enough that the contents of the shelf crack through the top and pierce the electronics. I met the person whose son did that. The finish inside is good, but I didn't like the shelves.

    Miele has spill-proof shelves and trays and the hinges can support a custom front made out of concrete if your so inclined. The lighting is along either wall so there's even flat lighting throughout.

    I don't have experience with Bosch.

    Unless you're really married to Thermador I'd suggest looking at Miele.

    1. I would consider the Sub Zero line, they have an all freezer all ref line. They last a good like time, have been around forever, and they keep your food fresh longer. I have only done the Thermador Columns in 1 kitchen, the client liked them, no complaints. Most of my clients go for the SZ because of their reputation.

      1. Oh my god! You people spend that much money on refrigeration??!! For the price of these units, I could re-do my entire kitchen. Hell, maybe even the whole house.