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Thursday, October 6th
Bosch aims to "create technology that is invented for life" . Because this company actively seeks to make connected living a reality - through products and solutions that either use AI or that are developed with its help - it should come as no surprise that Bosch refrigerators have some of the most cutting-edge features you'll find on the market.
Check out the tech
As you'd expect with high-end tech, Bosch refrigerators tend to be on the upper end of the price scale: you're unlikely to find any models under $2,000 here. Then again, some of the features they offer might seem well worth the money. For example, the FarmFresh System included in some models can keep your food edible longer: up to three times as long as a regular model. It balances temperature and humidity according to the food setting you select for each area of your fridge, filters out naturally-occurring ethylene that can speed up ripening in produce like strawberries and lettuce, and keeps air circulating evenly to keep temperatures consistent.
Fast ice and foolproof filters
How about water filtration and ice? If your household goes through a lot of ice in a day, Bosch refrigerators have the fastest ice makers in the industry: up to 40 glasses of filtered ice every 24 hours. Bosch's water filters take up very little room and are easy to replace, too.
Some models with connectivity
You can also choose from several models of connected Bosch refrigerators. Using the Home Connect app, you can remotely monitor and control your appliance. In our experience, this isn't the most useful feature on any fridge - how often do you really need to change its temperature remotely? - but at least you don't have to wonder if you left the door ajar.
Care for a drink?
Another unique feature you'll see with some Bosch models is the Refreshment Center. "Like a wine cellar in your refrigerator" , it uses a display drawer with tempered glass to show you at a glance what you've got chilled and ready to serve: from 17 standard wine bottles or up to 6 magnum bottles. Not a wine aficionado? It works for bottled water, sodas, juice, or any other beverages you'd like to have on hand. Just choose the corresponding temperature and humidity setting for what you put there and you're good to go.
BBB warns against buying a Bosch
Sadly, that's where the good times stop. We weren't thrilled to see that Bosch has a "D-" rating from the Better Business Bureau. At the time of this evaluation, an alert at the top of the BBB listing said there was a pattern of complaints where consumers claimed delays in repair or replacement of defective appliances, canceled appointments and incomplete repairs, and Bosch's refusal to replace appliances under warranty (1-year full warranty, 2 years on non-electronic components, 5 years on electronic components, lifetime coverage against rust-through on stainless steel). Worse, Bosch didn't respond to the BBB's attempts to contact them.
Owners aren't happy
That matters because Bosch refrigerators have several issues frequently reported by owners. We've seen plenty of complaints about circuitry and wiring problems that make the fridge lose its cool (pun intended), ice makers and dispensers that stop working or slow down after a few months of use, loud operation, and frost accumulation. Plus, Bosch replacement parts can be expensive and hard to come by, making it a costly hassle to get your fridge fixed when it (inevitably?) breaks down in some way.
Better choices elsewhere
Sleek, high-tech, high-end... and unreliable. That's what you may get if you choose a Bosch refrigerator. This brand comes up way short of providing the kind of value you should expect when paying top dollar for an appliance. We strongly suggest looking at a different manufacturer when shopping for your next fridge.
Whether you're equipping the kitchen in your brand-new home or replacing the trusty appliance you've had for years that finally gave up the ghost, you're making a major purchase that needs to be reliable and give you a good value for your money.
Today's refrigerators range from your basic side-by-side (or even a more old-fashioned freezer-on-top, fridge-on-bottom style) all the way up to cutting-edge designs that have a touchscreen in the door - for displaying recipes, checking the weather, or even listening to your favorite Spotify playlist.
Choosing the right fridge requires taking several factors into account. First, what's your budget? Believe it or not, you can find models for less than $500 and for more than $5,000, so having an idea of what you want to spend can help you narrow down the possibilities.
Next, how much room do you have? Taking accurate measurements is a must, otherwise your fridge may not fit on installation day - and don't forget to account for the room needed to open the doors. Also, how much room do you need inside? A good rule of thumb is four to six cubic feet of interior space for every adult in the household. Finally, what features are must-haves (or must-avoids)? Not everyone wants an in-door water/ice dispenser or a Wi-Fi capable appliance.
Once you've come up with a general overview of the refrigerator that will best suit your needs, it's time to see which brands fit the bill. Some manufacturers are more reliable than others: a few makers have a reputation for dropping the ball when it comes to customer service after the sale, and at least one has experienced major recalls due to fire hazards. No matter which brand and model you eventually decide, it's a smart idea to see what extended warranty coverage is available to help mitigate any costly problems you might experience down the road.
To recap, here are the criteria you should have in mind as you shop for a new refrigerator:
TopConsumerReviews.com has evaluated and ranked the most popular brands of refrigerators on the market today. We hope this information helps you choose the right model for your next major appliance purchase!
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