Thermador vs. GE Monogram Integrated Refrigerator Columns (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  January 12, 2018  |  6 Min. Read

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You may have noticed Integrated refrigerators have become popular in high end kitchens surpassing the more professional looking top compressor refrigerators.

There are more brands for you to consider as well. You should look at Sub-Zero, Viking as well as the new Dacor now owned by Samsung.

Thermador and GE Mongram are two other popular brands. Both have improved greatly since our original comparison back in early 2016.

We will look at both companies, both products and then compare. First, we will define integrated refrigerators so you have a better understanding.

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Integrated Refrigerators

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You may be familiar with counter depth refrigerators. It is a shallower refrigerator and a way better look in your kitchen. Many refrigerators are counter depth in regular and professional series. 

The chassis of a counter depth is covered by your cabinet, but the door and handle protrude.

Integrated is different, because it fits totally within the cabinet itself. In fact you should not be able to distinguish between refrigerator and actual cabinet.

It is a much more refined look, but you lose cubic foot due to the decreased depth.

 

Integrated Columns vs Refrigerators

I have no idea how these terms are started. Maybe it is to confuse you. However, a column is typically an all refrigerator or all freezer whereas a refrigerator is a combination of both.

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So let’s look at the brands.

GE Monogram

GE Monogram Kitchen - Photo by KSI Kitchen & Bath:  Courtesy of Houzz

GE Monogram is the premium luxury appliance line of the GE appliance company, It is now part of the Haier company based out of China. 

GE is predominantly sold through larger builders and is not as popular with the other name high end brands

Yale does not sell any GE products nor has any immediate plans to do so.

Thermador

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Thermador is the fastest growing luxury brand with decent quality at a typically lower price. Bosch has been the owner since the late 1990s.

They were the first to manufacture the column in different sizes like 18, 24 and 30 inches. Unlike Monogram, they have a larger refrigerator at 36 inch as well.

Thermador's New Integrated Refrigerators

 
We will be comparing their 24” refrigerator against the GE Monogram similarly priced unit. Both brands can be paired with a 18” and 24” freezer column, thou Thermador has an expansive option of 30” and 36” freezer with internal ice maker or 18” and 24” freezer with external ice maker or external water and ice dispenser.

Let’s take a look.

Thermador T24IR900SP - $5,649 

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Features:

  • New Auto Door Opening - Provides the opening of the door with just a slight push or pull. You are also able to calibrate sensitivity.
  • Handle-less Design - Panel ready or you have the option of a stainless-steel finish
  • Smooth Filter Lighting - Clear and easy viewing of storage
  • Soft Closing Drawers- Easy access and controlled storage
  • TFT Touch Display - Manages dual temperature
  • ThermaFresh System - Humidity and temperature-controlled drawers  allow food to last 3x longer
  • Cantilever Door Shelves - Allows micro height adjustment
  • 13 Cu. Ft. Capacity

GE Monogram ZIR240NPKII - $6,100

 GE ZIR240NPKII

Features:

  • Ramp-Up LED Interior Lighting
  • Stainless Steel or Panel-Ready 
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity with Smartphone to Adjust Temperature
  • Aluminum Door Bins
  • 12.5 Cu. Ft. Capacity

GE Monogram vs. Thermador

Ironically, the price will be the same in a kitchen package. GE has up to a $3000 rebate versus Thermador free hood, dishwasher and slightly lower price.

They both use ramp up lighting.

So lets compare the features:

The Door

Monogram has aluminum bins versus Thermador’s more customizable, adjustable bins. Also, there is a cold air intake directly to the metal door. The items on the door will be at the same temperature as the rest of the refrigerator.

The refrigerator door can be programmed to shut automatically as well in 1-10 second intervals. With a hidden, integrated refrigerator, you will never have to worry about the door being closed.

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Thermador Produce Bins

Controls

Both are electronic, but you have more setting options with the Thermador than Monogram. 70% of the operating manual is incorporated in the Thermador.

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TFT Display (Left) and ThermaFresh System Example (Right)

Advantage GE Monogram

Wi-Fi: You can set the temperature via remote app. It is an interesting option. However, Smart appliances are unsecured, so be careful.

Convertibility: Not on this model, but the GE Monogram the freezer can be convertible in their refrigerators.

Advantage Thermador

ThermaFresh Drawer:  Filters ethylene gasses to minimize spoilage and cross contamination

Size: Thermador is slightly larger, but they do have a much larger 36 inch model at 20 cubic feet versus 14 for Monogram.

Which do you choose?

Both are better than in 2016. However, Thermador has built a better refrigerator based on a freshness story with better bins and door.

The WiFi on Monogram will be a great feature when further developed. Perhaps like Samsung, you can look inside from your phone or automatically sending you a shopping list. They are not there.

So it depends what you value and when you buy the appliance.

Additional Resources

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