Bosch B36CL80SNS Refrigerator Review
This fridge provides timeless elegance—for a price
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Bosch is a company better known for its dishwashers, but the German giant also manufactures quality, high-end fridges. The Bosch B36CL80SNS (available at Home Depot for $2,969.10) is a prime example. This counter-depth French door unit features a brilliant stainless-steel exterior and a clean, well-thought-out interior. Aside from being a looker, this fridge has one of the best produce preservation systems we have ever tested.
While its exterior may be flawless, the B36CL80SNS does have some blemishes. The freezer had some issues with keeping a consistent temperature. However, the interior of the refrigerator kept a near-perfect temperature. While the performance was in line with many of its competitors, it's a bit disappointing to see any flaws with a fridge that costs as much as many mortgage payments.
About the Bosch B36CL80SNS fridge
• Dimensions: 30.91” x 35.625” x 72” (D x W x H with handles)
• Counter depth: Yes
• Clearance requirements: 44 inches to open doors 90°
• Exterior: Easy-Clean Stainless Steel
• Water dispenser: Internal
• Ice maker: In the freezer
• Smart Enabled: Yes
What we like
The exterior is timeless
If you’re looking for your kitchen to make a statement, different appliances tell different stories. Black stainless says that you’re modern. A built-in fridge shouts that you have money. The Bosch B36CL80SNS says that you’re practical and believe in the timeless classics. The handles and the finish wouldn’t have been out of place 10 years ago, and we think they’ll still be stylish 10 years from now.
Aside from aesthetics, the exterior is also practical. It’s coated, which makes cleaning a breeze.
The chiller drawer keeps food fresh
Bosch claims that the B36CL80SNS will keep your food fresh for longer. The full-width chiller drawer is proof. This drawer has separate temperature and humidity controls from the rest of the fridge. Our testing showed that vegetables stored here will lose about .02 grams of water per hour. That’s almost 10 times better than our in-house lab averages.
The stable humidity conditions get a boon from FreshProtect—an included filter that absorbs ethylene gas, the substance that causes many fruits and vegetables to ripen.
The design delights the senses
This fridge is a showpiece. Many of the design features are focused on making it presentable in every way, shape, and form. When you open the doors, the interior lights gradually illuminate, bringing a shine onto the stainless steel back wall. You can almost hear the choir singing. Even devoid of food, the thick glass shelves and even lighting is a feast for the eyes.
Smell is the next sense to be catered. The B36CL80SNS’s dual compressors pump a ton of air. While we never let anything go bad in our testing fridges, we did notice a distinct lack of smell. New fridges typically have a plastic scent to them, but not this Bosch. The high amount of airflow will help keep the interior smelling natural.
Finally, there’s taste. This Bosch has an aggressive water filter that dispenses inside the fridge. We did have some issues with how recessed and small it is, but we had no complaints with the taste of the water that came out. This filtration system also extended to the ice maker, which produced odorless ice cubes.
What we didn’t like
At the time of writing this review, the Bosch B36CL80SNS had a street price that hovered around $3,000. Looking at the base components, we can tell we’re paying a premium for the Bosch name and the design of the exterior. Some people are willing to pay extra for a counter-depth fridge, for that seamless look.
While this Bosch did an amazing job keeping produce fresh, you can get comparable performance other French door fridges that cost less.
We’re not sold on the HomeConnect app
The HomeConnect app—Bosch’s proprietary smart platform—underwhelmed us when we fired it up. It was a bit of a pain to setup. We think many consumers will get turned off by the number of steps required, especially since there are multiple methods to connect this Bosch to the internet.
You can do things like check on the status of the fridge, change modes, and contact Bosch should anything go wrong. There’s also integration with the site Kitchen Stories. You can look up recipes and the properties of various ingredients.
The only cool thing we found was that the app can send you a notification when the ice tray has been refilled. Other than that, the app doesn’t appear to offer much of note.
What users are saying
We got the Bosch B36CL80SNS pretty early so there are few user reviews. So far, people are liking this sleek and beautiful fridge. Reviewers on the online retailer AJ Madison give it a 4.8 out of 5. Users give shoutouts to the ice maker and the adjustable shelves.
Should you buy this fridge?
The Bosch B36CL80SNS is one of those appliances that doesn’t really require a thumbs up or down. It’s a love-at-first-sight fridge. However, for the rare fence-sitter, we do have a few thoughts. People who want a fridge that matches their Bosch dishwasher will want to check it out. If you’re renovating your kitchen, this model could serve as a fantastic upgrade that will still be in style a decade down the line. Consumers looking for a workhorse to keep food at hand with kid-friendly features like a snack drawer will not find it here.
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