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Is the Bosch B36CT80SNS a Good French Door Refrigerator? (Review)

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The Bosch B36CT80SNS is one of the newest refrigerators on the market. It has some great new features and a few problems you should know about before you buy it.

In this article, you will learn about the Bosch B36CT80SNS refrigerator’s best features, its reliability, and then how it compares to similar French door refrigerators from GE, Samsung, and Beko.

In the end, you will know whether the Bosch B36CT80SNS refrigerator is right for you.

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Is the Bosch B36CT80SNS a Good French-Door Refrigerator?

 

First, this refrigerator is offered two ways: the B36CT80SNS and B36CT81SNS.

The B36CT81SNS has pro handles and is a nice compliment to a professional (pro) range if you are remodeling your kitchen.

Otherwise, it’s the same refrigerator. The B36CT80SNS is $300 cheaper with regular handles.

Bosch B36CT80SNS French Door Refrigerator - $2,899

Bosch B36CT80SNS

Features:

  • French Door
  • Counter Depth
  • Stainless Steel
  • Glass Shelves
  • VitaFreshPro
  • FarmFresh
  • FlexBar
  • UltraClarityPro

Bosch’s best feature is their two compressors. Sub-Zero made two-compressor refrigerators famous years ago.

Two compressors keep the air in separate chambers to eliminate crossover of taste, odor, and temperature from the warmer refrigerator to the colder freezer.

So, your ice cream and frozen food will taste better. There will also be less frost and defrosting in the freezer because the temperatures will remain more constant.

Bosch is the only freestanding counter depth refrigerator with two compressors.

Samsung, GE, LG, and Beko all have two evaporators.

Compressors are a bit better with temperature maintenance than two evaporators and one compressor.

Bosch also does the little things well too.

It’s only 40 dB making it the quietest refrigerator on the market. Like many of their dishwashers, you won’t hear it in your kitchen.

Bosch also lined the back of the refrigerator with stainless steel. Stainless steel absorbs cold better than plastic, so placing your foods against steel will make them colder faster.

Ethylene gas is filtered better in Bosch crispers. Ethylene is emitted off spoiling foods and can cross-contaminate other foods.

Lastly, like GE, Samsung, and LG, Bosch is Wi-Fi enabled and controlled from an app.

Problems With the New Bosch B36CT80SNS French Door Refrigerator

There are two problems with the new Bosch B36CT80SNS refrigerator.

First, it’s pricey at $2,899.

Second, Bosch’s reliability for French door counter-depth refrigerators is average at 16.9% in the first year. Refrigerators have the highest rates due to ice makers, which means you will probably have your refrigerator fixed within a year or two.

Make sure to know who will fix your refrigerator before you buy one. Not when you need service.

French Door Counter Depth Refrigerator Reliability for December 2019 - November 2020

  Service Ratio
GE Appliances 12.10%
Bosch Appliances 16.90%
Fisher & Paykel 17.30%
Beko 18.10%
Samsung 20.90%
KitchenAid 21.60%
Café Appliances 21.90%
GE Profile 22.80%
LG Electronics 27.80%
JennAir 36.70%
Total 21.10%

These figures are based on a minimum of 20 refrigerators sold per brand and over 3,000 total pieces. 

We calculated our reliability based on how many French door counter depth refrigerators were sold compared to how many were serviced by brand for 1-year.

In 2020, we logged 37,264 service calls from December 2019 to November 2020.

Read More: Most Reliable Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerators

How Does the Bosch B36CT80SNS Compare to Similar Refrigerators from GE Profile, Samsung, and Beko?

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The GE Profile PWE23KYNFS French door refrigerator is close to the same price as Bosch’s at $2,549. It has Wi-Fi like Bosch, but two evaporators instead of two compressors.

It’s not as quiet and doesn't address ethylene or have a stainless steel back. However, GE Profile is larger at 23.1 Cubic Feet versus 21 Cu. Ft. for Bosch.

Samsung has endless configurations similar to Bosch, and on promotion can be $500-$1000 cheaper than a Bosch. Like GE Profile, it has two evaporators and Wi-Fi but none of the more sophisticated Bosch features.

The Beko BFFD3624SS Counter Depth Refrigerator is the newest and has arguably more technology than Bosch. It addresses ethylene even better than Bosch.

Beko has blue lights to promote photosynthesis in keeping fruit and vegetables fresher for a more extended period.

Beko-Ever-Fresh-Crisper-DrawersBeko Active Blue Light Technology 

 

It even has a feature called IonGuard to send negatively charged ions to neutralize the positive ions of odors and keep your refrigerator smelling fresher.

Bosch will be quieter, has a stainless back, and Wi-Fi functionality. It’s also larger at 21 Cu. Ft. compared to 19.5 Cu. Ft. for the Beko.

 


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Should You Consider the Bosch B36CT80SNS French Door Refrigerator?

In terms of features, yes, you should consider the Bosch B36CT80SNS French door refrigerator.

Bosch has more than any other brand. It’s a newer product, so reliability should improve going forward.

However, Samsung, GE Profile, and Beko French door refrigerators are also worthy of your consideration, depending on their final prices and availability.

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