Best Alternatives to Replace a Built-In Sub Zero Fridge

Best Alternatives to Replace a Built-In Sub Zero Fridge

The day has come. The repairman looks you in the eye and tells you that the Sub Zero fridge in your kitchen, the one that faithfully served the previous family for well over a decade, but is now leaving your ice cream too soft, has given out. The repair bill gives you pause and the all too common question arises: repair it or replace it? What if you have serviced it already? Should you spend the money again? And, if you replace it, how? Will the cabinets and door panels match? Would stainless steel look as sophisticated with the current design of the kitchen? You’ve got a ballpark replacement cost and that number has you scrambling.

We know not everyone can come up with the small fortune it takes to replace their Sub Zero refrigerator so the idea is not to pick a specific brand but to consider any luxury built in refrigerator such as Monogram, Viking, Thermador and so on. We also know that in looking for a replacement, a unified look without the expense of a luxury built-in fridge, is what becomes a top priority.

Since Sub Zero is considered the best refrigerator brand and since they make high-end products pricing starts around $8,500, we’ve taken a look at how to replace a Sub Zero fridge with an affordable option.

Our 4 Affordable Options to Replace an Old Sub-Zero

Best 30-inch Sub Zero Fridge Replacement: Liebherr HC1540

Liebherr HC1540

The starting cost of a luxury, panel-ready 30-inch built-in fridge is usually over $7,000. It is not uncommon to pay over $7,500 for a stainless steel finish.

The HC1540 can be built-in to 80-inch or 84-inch height using a custom wood panel or with the optional stainless steel panels sold by Liebherr.

The double freezer drawers will help you organize. This is an ideal product if your pre-war urban apartment does not come with a waterline for the refrigerator. You can simply fill the watertank inside the fridge to make fresh ice.

The HC1540 costs $4,999 and you can select the hinge location based on the layout of your kitchen.

Best 36-inch Sub Zero Fridge Replacement: Fisher Paykel RS36A80J1N

Fisher Paykel RS36A80J1N

The starting cost of a luxury 36-inch built-in fridge is usually over $8,000. On a stainless steel finish, the price tag usually will be well over $9,000.

Therefore, Fisher Paykel RS36A80J1N presents costs savings at $5,999. The main advantage of this fridge is that you can finish it with a 80 or 84-inch high stainless steel door panel (retails at $799).

This Fisher Paykel refrigerator is designed to fit a 36-inch wide, 80 or 84-inch high, 24-inch deep opening.

The close sibling of this fridge is model RS36W80LJ1N which comes with a water dispenser on the door. If you prefer a single refrigerator door rather than the French doors, consider model RS36W80LJ1N.

Runners Up:

Best 42-inch Sub Zero Fridge Replacement: Cafe CSB42WP2NS1

Cafe CSB42WP2NS1

The starting cost of a luxury 42-inch built-in fridge is usually over $9,000. On a stainless steel finish the price tag will be well over $10,000.

It is easy to keep your fridge organized with a Cafe built-in 42-inch CSB42WP2NS1. It has large door bins, lots of shelves and compartments as an example of excellent storage. The LED lights that illuminate the interior do not require frequent replacement. You can even customize the handles of this fridge with Cafe’s handle selection.

The ice maker uses filtered water. Wi-fi connectivity is augmented by the Cafe app. It helps with basic troubleshooting and notifications when the door is left ajar.

The dimensions of this product is 23 7/8-inch for the box depth, 42-inch for the width, 83 1/2-inches is the height of the box (the top grill is there to trim the height at 84-inches).

Runners Up:

Best 48-inch Sub Zero Fridge Replacement: Cafe CSB48WP2NS1

Cafe CSB48WP2NS1

The starting cost of a luxury 48-inch built-in fridge is usually over $10,000. On a stainless steel finish the price tag will be well over $11,000.

The CSB48WP2NS1 is designed with convenience and organization in mind. You will find large door bins very useful. LED lights accent the overall look. You can even use Cafe’s brushed bronze, copper or black handle sets to customize the style. This fridge comes with wi-fi connectivity and the ice-maker uses filtered water.

The Cafe 48-inch refrigerator fits in 23 7/8-inch for the box depth, 48-inch for the width, 83 1/2-inches is the height of the box (the top grill is there to trim the height at 84-inches).

Runner Up:

The GE Profile PSB48YSKSS with Water/Ice on the door is a great alternative.


Check Out Our Video Review on Sub Zero Refrigerators


There’s no doubt that a Sub Zero fridge is a luxurious, one-of-a-kind investment. More than a statement piece, Sub Zero fridges are a market leader in refrigeration, humidity control and food preservation. However, when it comes to replacing a Sub Zero, the picks we’ve outlined above offer impressive alternatives at a more affordable price point.

This can be a big decision and we are here to help. If you want to talk specs and measurements, reach out to a Designer Appliances expert today to learn more.

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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on August 18, 2021. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.

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