The New Bosch Refrigerators, How Good Are They? [REVIEW]

It’s truly an exciting time for Bosch, a company that’s long been known for creating some of the world’s finest appliances. After years of leaving the work of creating robust lines of refrigerator models to other brands, Bosch is expanding its portfolio with a revolutionary new French door counter depth refrigerator that looks like a built-in model but is actually a freestanding fridge.

With this new release for 2019, the Bosch refrigerator clearly raised the bar on what we now expect from a modern kitchen appliance.

We created this guide to round up the best new features available.


Overview of Bosch Refrigerators

Selection Main Configurations
The New 36-inch Counter Depth The new Bosch refrigerators are 72-inches high with a box depth of 24-inches (without door and handles) to stand in concert with your cabinets. All refrigerators in the lineup share the same internals. The dual compressors and VitaFreshPro settings are designed to guarantee the freshness and longevity of your food. The internal water dispenser works with any size container.
  • 4-Door: The B36CL80SNS with 800 series handles, or the B36CL80ENS with hande-less design feature a cool-fresh crisper drawer provides easy access, from $2,964
  • French Door: The B36CT80SNS has the regular 800 series finish, Comes in Stainless Steel or in Black Stainless Steel from $2,784
  • Pro-Style: The B36CT81SNS comes ready with Thermador's professional handles. It is designed to complement a pro range at an affordable price tag from $3,144
LEGACY REFRIGERATION
24-inch Ideal for urban apartments where kitchen space is premium
  • 70-inch tall: The built-in 800 Series B09IB81NSP comes with a door that accepts a custom panel for flush cabinet installations, HomeConnect wi-fi ready, from $1,974
  • 73-inch tall: The counter-depth 800 Series B10CB80NVS comes in 3 finishes - glass on stainless steel, black glass and white glass, from $2,424
  • 79-inch tall: The counter-depth 500 Series B11CB50SSS features two configurations with or without an ice maker, from $2,334
Benchmark Series True built-in products, flush-mount, 84-inches tall. Bosch Benchmark refrigerators mimic their Thermador cousins but with a handle set that matches rest of the Bosch appliance suite.
  • French Door: The built-in B36BT930NS is 36-inches wide, Comes with stainless steel or panel-ready finish to match your cabinets from $6,384
  • Bottom Freezer: The 30-inch bottom freezer model, from $5,574
  • Columns: The 30-inch B30IR900SP to match with the 18-inch freezer companion B18IF900SP to fit in a 48-inch opening from $5,034
Legacy 36-inch Bosch still has an inventory of its legacy refrigerators made by various 3rd party manufacturers
  • Side-by-Side: The 300 Series B20CS30SNS features ice and water dispenser on the door, from $1,974
  • French Door: The counter-depth 800 Series B21CT80SNS has been popular and comes in 3 flavors, Stainless Steel, Black Stainless Steel and a model with ice/water on the door. Special pro-style handle set matches with Thermador ranges from $2,694

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So what exactly sets the new Bosch counter depth refrigerators apart from the competition?

  1. Unparalleled food preservation
  2. Wifi connectivity with helpful functionality
  3. User-friendly and flexible internal layout
  4. Conveniences you will come to appreciate

Here's a rundown of all of the most impressive features available in new Bosch fridges.


1) Food Preservation

Cold temperature alone is not adequate to preserve our food. Proper moisture and clean air flowing through in a refrigerated environment helps maintain the texture, flavor, and nutrients of the food. For example, food loses moisture quickly if simply kept in plastic. That’s why Bosch designed areas for different foods to help them retain moisture and crispness. Meanwhile, the dual compressors help customize food preservation settings for each compartment.

Bosch implements a 4-part FarmFresh system that's designed from the bottom-up to keep food fresher longer than ever before, helping you limit food waste and trips to the grocery store to replace spoiled food the day before you need to prepare a big meal.

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Dual Compressors and Dual Evaporators

Bosch spared no expense in creating the new series of counter depth refrigerators. In fact, Bosch is the only manufacturer that offers dual compressors and dual evaporators in a freestanding refrigerator, a feature that's typically only found in high-end built-in refrigerators such as Sub-Zero.

So what do dual compressors and evaporators give you? The ideal environment for keeping food fresh in a refrigerator is a cold, moist environment. But in the freezer, you want cold and dry air for optimal freezing and preservation conditions. In most refrigerators, a single compressor is shared between the fridge and freezer sections.

But with Bosch refrigerators, the fridge and freezer each have their own compressor and evaporator to create the perfect environment for their particular needs. That adds up to longer lasting freshness for your food, wherever it's stored.

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SuperCool and SuperFreeze

Looking to cool large amounts of food, or quickly cool down some drinks right before entertaining? Use the SuperCool setting, which temporarily sets the fridge temperature to 34° F before returning to normal after two hours.

Meanwhile, the freezer features its own SuperFreeze Function. This will bring the freezer’s temperature to -8° F for a period of six hours before returning to its standard temperature. This is great for quickly freezing food items, or for returning items to their proper level of frozenness after the ride back from the grocery store in a hot car.

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MultiAirFlow

In a standard refrigerator, a level of temperature deviation is expected as the fridge tries to keep the fridge temperature within an acceptable range. For the average fridge, even including high-end models, that deviation ranges between 4-7 F. This means that if your fridge is set to 40 F, it might actually be anywhere between 33 F and 47 F. That’s quite a large swing.

With Bosch refrigerators' MultiAirFlow capabilities, you can count on a temperature deviation of 1 F or less. That’s thanks to the dual compressors and incredibly well designed temperature management system.

This reduced deviation is extremely valuable, as it helps ensure protection against growing bacteria on your food at higher temperatures, or freezing and freezer burning at lower temperatures.

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AirFresh & FreshProtect Filters

Bosch’s built-in refrigerator air filter systems are rated for a lifetime of use and work to pull in the odors of foods, so they don't spread to others. Meanwhile, the ethylene filter built into a cassette design lasts six months of keeping the food in your crisper drawer magnificently fresh by absorbing ethylene that would otherwise speed up the ripening process in fruits and veggies.


2) Smart Connectivity - HomeConnect Wifi

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No modern refrigerator would be complete without wireless connectivity and smart home features. All new Bosch refrigerators come complete with HomeConnect built-in, allowing for remote controlled functionality via your smartphone as well as diagnostics to help you see exactly what’s going on inside your fridge at any given time. It’s a great way to have peace of mind and make changes to your fridge and freezer settings while you’re on the go.


3) Innovative Storage Options

The interior design of the Bosch counter depth refrigerator is exquisite, featuring stainless steel back wall, brilliant LED lights, and premium quality shelves. All matched by luxurious controls including a thermal touch screen that allows you to adjust the temperature and humidity levels in specific sections of the refrigerator.

You will notice the overall premium fit, form, and finish of a Bosch when you are walking through our showroom. We are impressed by how the contours of cabinetry and countertops align with this fridge and result in a high end built-in look.

Adjustable FlexBar

The adjustable FlexBar gives you a mezzanine-style storage option at the top of your fridge for storing items like condiments that normally take up a large amount of space in your refrigerator.

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Easy-to-Adjust Half-Width Shelves

Half-width shelves in Bosch refrigerators are included so that you have the flexibility to configure your refrigerator any way you like. For example, families with young children may have two or three gallons of milk on hand at any given time. Using half-width shelves in a custom arrangement can give you exactly the space you need for your storage requirements.

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4) Designed with You in Mind

Here are some of the most user-friendly design upgrades Bosch has implemented into the counter depth refrigerators.

Hidden Water Dispenser

Tucked neatly into the left front wall of the fridge, a gentle touch is all it takes to activate the water and ice dispenser. External water dispensers can ruin the sleek look of a stainless steel door, so Bosch installed their's inside the door to keep it accessible yet out of the way.

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The Bosch UltraClarityPro filter lasts approximately 700 gallons of filtration, or an average of around 6 months. Meanwhile, the ice maker creates pyramid/diamond shaped ice of the highest quality we’ve seen in a fridge.

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It’s also worth noting that ice makers are the #1 reason for service calls to any refrigerator manufacturer, as they involve mechanical moving parts that tend to get stuck, jammed, or broken. But Bosch has seen a dramatic drop in service calls in the two years since they upgraded their ice makers, suggesting that they’ve created a design that’s less prone to issues than other brands.

Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel

Bosch uses highly fingerprint resistant stainless steel, which is vital if you want to keep your refrigerator from looking like a fingerprint collection device within days of installing it in your kitchen—especially if you have young children.

While black stainless steel has become a popular esthetic choice for appliances from a wide range of brands, other brands simply use a tint on standard stainless steel to achieve the black profile. This may look fine on the surface, but they are notorious for scratching easily—leaving bright scratch lines that quickly make your brand-new, expensive appliance look old and dingy.

Bosch has changed the game with a method that injects paint all the way into the metal, ensuring an incredibly durable finish that won’t show wear at the first scratch or ding.

New black stainless steel Bosch refrigerators will flawlessly match your Bosch dishwasher or range.

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Conclusion

From advanced features and beautiful design to impressive and dependable cooling power, you can’t go wrong with a new Bosch counter depth refrigerator.

Bosch already makes the best dishwashers in the marketplace. Their cooking products, including stoves and wall ovens, are also highly rated. With this most recent update on counter depth refrigerators, Bosch has given us even more reasons to choose our entire kitchen appliances suite under their umbrella.

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FAQs

Do I get extra savings if I buy a Bosch suite of appliances for my kitchen?
Yes is the short answer. Depending on your product selection we offer exclusive rebates, so you get from 10% to 15% off on your packages. Seasonally, we run additional promotions to maximize your savings.

Where are Bosch appliances made?
Bosch is a German brand that competes in the global marketplace. Bosch has many factories around the world to serve local markets. For the US market, Bosch manufactures its appliances in North Carolina.

I read mixed reviews on Bosch refrigerators, why is that?
It took Bosch over 10 years and a considerable investment to perfect their refrigeration line. In the mean time, Bosch tried many outsourcing partners to serve its customers. Unfortunately, some manufacturing partners were not able to live up to the standards we experienced with other Bosch products. The good news is that the new Bosch refrigerators (starting the summer of 2019) are now made with 100% Bosch technology in their North Carolina factory.