Sub Zero Refrigerator Guide: Everything You Need To Know Before You Purchase

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Key Features of a Sub Zero Refrigerator
How Much Does a Sub Zero Refrigerator Cost?
What is the Life Expectancy of a Sub Zero Fridge?
What Sizes are Available for Sub Zero Refrigerators?
Why Purchase a Sub Zero Refrigerator?
Sub Zero Refrigerators at Masters Wholesale


If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, you may be considering a Sub Zero. Maybe you’ve heard it’s the professional’s choice and in a class of its own as far as quality. You’ve likely seen (and lusted after) Sub Zero’s in home remodeling shows or at a friend’s house. Sub Zero is considered the best brand of premium refrigerators in the U.S. and is globally recognized as a premier kitchen appliance manufacturer. And the professionals and experts all agree–these stunning workhorses live up to the hype. Here’s everything you need to know before investing in Sub Zero refrigeration in Sacramento

Key Features of a Sub Zero Refrigerator

1.  Dual compressor design

Sub Zero refrigeration technology is world-class. Sub Zero’s come with two compressors: one for the refrigerator and one for the freezer. This allows for pinpoint temperature accuracy and more humidity control. Freezers function best when they are dry, while refrigerators use different levels of humidity to keep food fresher for longer. These separate, closed systems keep air separated between units, preventing odor contamination and preserving the freshness and taste of your food. 

2.  Superior temperature control

While temperature control is built into every part of a Sub Zero fridge’s design, one of its most powerful features is its microprocessor-controlled system. This computerized system, along with Sub Zero’s functional design, allows it to maintain precise temperature control. A Sub Zero will stay within one degree of its set temperature…at all times. This far outperforms the average fridge, which can have temperature shifts of more than 10 degrees. Not only do those temperature swings require more energy to correct, but they also allow food-spoiling bacteria and molds to grow more rapidly.

3.  Unrivaled quality and craftsmanship

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, there’s a reason the Sub Zero company can confidently say their refrigerators will last almost two decades; they’ve been in business since 1945, so they have the experience and skill to back up their claims. With a Sub Zero refrigerator, you are purchasing an appliance made with best-in-class materials and components that are crafted with skill and expertise. Sub Zero is known for its exacting attention to detail, which is why they are one of the most sought-after brands.

4.  Flexible design options.

Design your Sub Zero to fit your kitchen’s style with a wide range of options. You have installation options such as installing a few inches out from your counters or having your Sub Zero refrigerator completely flush with your cabinets and counters.

The exterior options are where Sub Zero truly shines. You can choose to match your cabinets exactly or go for classics like stainless steel or glass. And customize the handles to match your kitchen’s aesthetic. 

Sub Zero fridges come in different models like side-by-side, French door, bottom freezer, and single door (columns) fridges and freezers. Using factory-made trim kits, you can play mix and match with the columns for a custom look. 

5.  12-year warranty

Sub Zero backs up its products with comprehensive warranties. All Sub Zero refrigerators come with a complete two-year warranty, which means that if anything goes wrong in the first two years of ownership, the repair cost will be covered. Next, there is a less comprehensive five-year warranty on their patented seal system, which is the core of your fridge and includes compressors, condensers, evaporators, dryers, and tubing. After five years, your sealed system switches over to a 12-year limited warranty, which is considered to be the industry’s gold standard. 

How Much Does a Sub Zero Refrigerator Cost?

Curious about Sub Zero pricing? Here’s an at a glance chart to get you started.


Model Features Starting Price
French Door 36/42 inch widths, panel-ready or stainless steel, 21/25 cubic feet options. $11,000
Side-by-Side 36/42/48 inch widths, panel-ready or stainless steel, 21/24/29 cubic feet options. $12,520
Bottom Freezer 30/36 inch widths, panel ready, stainless steel or glass, 18/22 cubic feet options. $8,480
Column Refrigerators 24/30/36 inch widths, panel ready. $8,225
Column Freezers 18/24/30/36 inch widths, panel ready. $7,830
Undercounter 24/27/30/36 inch widths, fridge and freezer, panel ready. $5,475


What is the Life Expectancy of a Sub Zero Fridge?

In today’s world of disposable design, a refrigerator is lucky to last 8-12 years, and that’s likely with some repairs along the way. The average lifespan of a Sub Zero refrigerator is twenty years, and its limited warranty will last longer than the average refrigerator runs. This is no accident; Sub Zero designs their fridges to last this long, and they factory test every single unit before it ships. American brand Sub Zero has been in business for over 80 years, so they have the track record to back up their brand. But their products do the speaking for them, with many Sub Zero’s known to last over 20 years. 

What Sizes are Available for Sub Zero Refrigerators?

  1. Built-In Sub Zero fridges are 84 inches high.
  2. Fridge-only and freezer-only columns are 73 inches high.
  3. Sub Zero also offers:
    1. 48-inch models with either 28 or 30.4 cubic-foot sizes.
    2. 42-inch models have 24, 24.2, and 24.7 cubic foot sizes available.
    3. 36-inch models can have 20, 21, 21.4, 22.7, or 23.3 cubic foot sizes.
    4. 30-inch models can have 15.6, 16.5, 17, and 17.3 cubic feet sizes.
    5. 24-inch models can come with 11.1 or 12.9 cubic foot sizes.

Why Purchase a Sub Zero Refrigerator?

1.  Keep food fresh for longer

If you regularly stock up on groceries, then a Sub Zero refrigerator, with its superior temperature and environmental controls, will keep your food fresher and tasting better for longer. This also prevents your food from spoiling, which allows you to use more of your food. The average American family of four wastes about 1/3 of their groceries, to the tune of 250 pounds of food, which costs about $2000 a year. The pinpoint temperature control due to separate compressors offers superior temperature and humidity control to prevent food spoilage and will keep your food fresh and yummy for more time than a regular refrigerator.

2.  Air Purification

Another way your Sub Zero will help food taste better for longer is through its anti-microbial air filtration system. Ethylene gas produced by fresh produce can cause foods to spoil faster, but with the Sub Zero’s air purification system, those gases are whisked away along with odor-causing bacteria. So, your fridge will stay cleaner and smell fresher for longer. 

3.  Vacuum Seal

Sub Zero’s patented vacuum sealing design is another tool in the freshness arsenal. Cool air stays in your fridge and freezer with powerful seals that last for years. Leaking air around fridge seals is a prime cause of temperature fluctuations in other fridges. And leaky seals also cause your fridge to work harder, sucking more energy as it does. These seals are one of the reasons why a Sub Zero costs less to run than other fridges. You can feel the difference with a Sub Zero when you open the door’s patented seal. 

4.  Improve your home’s resale value.

Realtors agree; having a Sub Zero refrigerator drastically increases your home’s value. It’s not only the unparalleled quality of a Sub Zero but the custom fit and finish with your kitchen’s design that’s so appealing to potential home buyers. This makes a Sub Zero fridge not only an investment in a quality appliance that will last 20+ years but also in your home’s resale value. 

Sub Zero Refrigerators at Masters Wholesale

Masters Wholesale is the top choice for kitchen appliances in Sacramento and online. At Masters Wholesale, we believe in quality brands, excellent prices, and superb customer service. From our fully trained sales staff that can knowledgeably answer your questions to our skilled delivery and installation team, we’ve got your back…and your old appliance! That’s right; we offer haul-away services for your old appliances so you can check one item off your to-do list. Save your back and let us remove your old appliance after we install your beautiful, new Sub Zero fridge. If you’re looking for Sub Zero refrigerators in Sacramento, we are the number one choice. We offer quick and easy financing so you can have the kitchen of your dreams today. And, all of our appliances come with an extended warranty—though you likely won’t need it given how incredible Sub Zero’s warranties are. You can shop our selection of Sub Zero fridges in our online store from the comfort of your own home. Or, if you like to look, feel, and talk to someone about your options, then come see us at our Sacramento Sub-Zero showroom. Our showroom is open from Monday to Friday from 8 am – 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am — 4 pm. Once you know how good it feels to shop for a refrigerator like the professionals, you’ll never go back!