Welcome to our big Bosch refrigerator test 2021. To keep fresh food fresh for as long as possible, you need a good refrigerator. But not every refrigerator is suitable for every household. So it's high time to take a look at the different types of Bosch refrigerators on the market and find the right one for you.
Here we explain how Bosch refrigerators differ from other brands, what they have and where you can buy them. You will also learn what to look for when buying a Bosch refrigerator and which different models are available on the market.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 The most important facts in brief
- 3 The Best Bosch Refrigerator: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Bosch refrigerator
- 5 Decision: What types of Bosch refrigerators are there?
- 5.1 What is a Bosch refrigerator without a freezer compartment and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.2 What is a Bosch refrigerator with freezer compartment and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.3 What is a Bosch fridge-freezer combination and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 6 Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate Bosch refrigerators
- 7 Facts worth knowing about Bosch refrigerators
The most important facts in brief
- There are Bosch refrigerators with and without freezer function as well as refrigerator and freezer combinations. In addition, you can buy Bosch refrigerators either for installation or as free-standing versions.
- The size or the desired functions are decisive for the purchase of a Bosch refrigerator.
- The smallest refrigerators can be integrated into your existing kitchen unit as a base unit and only have a normal cooling function, while the luxury version is up to two metres high and has two doors - one on the refrigerator side and one on the freezer side.
The Best Bosch Refrigerator: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Bosch refrigerator
What distinguishes the Bosch refrigerator from other refrigerators?
Bosch refrigerators are particularly characterised by their variability - you can determine and rearrange almost the entire contents of the refrigerator yourself, and there are models where the exterior can also be customised.
You can also choose between freestanding refrigerators and those that are built in, as well as refrigerators with a freezer compartment, those without or a combination of refrigerator and freezer.
How much does a Bosch refrigerator cost?
The two-door luxury model, which consists of both a fridge and a freezer and can also make ice cubes, can cost upwards of €3,500.
|Small refrigerators without freezer compartment||Up to 500 €|
|Small and normal refrigerators with freezer compartment||500 to 1000 €|
|Refrigerator and freezer combinations||From approx. 1000 €|
|Double-door fridge-freezer combinations||From approx. 1700 €|
What alternatives are there to the Bosch refrigerator?
Of course, there are also cheap refrigerators that you can buy at discount stores, for example. However, since these are often less energy-efficient, you will have to pay more for electricity.
Decision: What types of Bosch refrigerators are there?
The Bosch product range is huge and constantly changing. In general, however, we can divide the refrigerators into three categories:
- Refrigerators without freezer compartment
- Refrigerators with freezer compartment
- Refrigerator and freezer combination
What is a Bosch refrigerator without a freezer compartment and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
The fridge without a freezer compartment comes - as the name suggests - without any freezing function at all. This means that it can only be used for cooling food. It is usually between 80 and 190 cm high and has glass shelves and drawers inside. Often the door can also be filled, as it is also equipped with compartments.
Bosch refrigerators are available either as freestanding or built-in models. Bosch also offers freestanding models that you can place in a niche or next to other furniture, as they do not take up any extra space when opened.
What is a Bosch refrigerator with freezer compartment and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
A refrigerator with a freezer compartment has a separate freezer compartment in addition to the normal refrigerator compartment. This makes it possible to freeze food and thus preserve it for longer.
These refrigerators also come with glass shelves, drawers and compartments in the doors and are also available in heights from 80 cm. For fridges with a freezer compartment, you must bear in mind that the space taken up by the additional freezer compartment must be subtracted from the volume of the fridge, leaving less space for cooling your fresh produce.
Refrigerators with freezer compartments also come in freestanding versions and those that can be built into an existing kitchen unit.
What is a Bosch fridge-freezer combination and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Unlike the normal Bosch refrigerator or the refrigerator with freezer compartment, the fridge-freezer combination has two appliances in one. Namely, a refrigerator that only cools and a freezer.
These combination models are available as space-saving "stacks" or as a luxury model with two doors, where the two cabinet versions stand side by side. At Bosch, they are therefore also called "side-by-side fridge-freezers".
In the simpler, stacked version, the floor-to-ceiling cabinet is divided into two parts - namely the refrigerator and freezer sections. It is more common for the fridge to be on top and the freezer on the bottom, but of course they are also available the other way round.
The luxurious fridge-freezers - also known as American refrigerators - often have a huge capacity and special extras such as an integrated ice cube dispenser or water cooler.
Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate Bosch refrigerators
In a moment, we will show you which aspects you should consider when making your purchase decision.
The criteria that will help you compare the different variants include:
In the following sections, we explain where you need to weigh up each criteria to see what suits you and your needs.
Size & volume
As already mentioned, Bosch refrigerators come in different sizes. From small appliances that fit under a kitchen cover to appliances that are as tall as a man, there are many different versions. The standard width for German refrigerators is always 56 cm. The height, however, can vary. Side-by-side refrigerators are of course correspondingly wider.
We have summarised the height and the corresponding minimum volume in the following table:
|Refrigerator without freezer compartment (underframe)||82 cm||Approx. 138 l|
|Refrigerator with freezer compartment (undercounter)||82 cm||Approx. 123 l|
|Refrigerator without freezer compartment||from 85 cm||From approx. 135 l|
|Refrigerator with freezer compartment||From 88 cm||From approx. 129 l|
|Stacked refrigerator and freezer||from 122 cm||From approx. 191 l|
|Side-by-side fridge-freezer||From 175 cm (91 cm wide)||From approx. 604 l|
Generally, a refrigerator capacity of 50-60 litres per adult person is calculated.
The electricity consumption of electrical appliances is measured in so-called efficiency classes. These range from A+++ (very low consumption) to D (high consumption). All new Bosch refrigerators have at least an efficiency class of A++.
In general, experts advise against buying appliances that are classified in efficiency classes lower than A. This is because when you buy your refrigerator, you are not buying a new one. Because: If you pay attention to the efficiency class when buying your new refrigerator, you will not only be doing something good for the environment but also for your wallet.
In the table you can see how the electricity consumption affects your budget*:
|Consumption per year||Costs per year||Savings per year|
|A+++||Approx. 166 kWh||44 €||16 €|
|A||Approx. 270 kWh||72 €||88 €|
|Lower than A (older models)||Approx. 600 kWh||160 €||92 €|
* assuming an electricity price of 26.5 cents/kWh
So it's worth replacing your old fridge with a newer one with a good efficiency rating. It is important to know, however, that the savings between A+++ and A are relatively small.
Be sure to look closely at the price difference between A+++ and A refrigerators. If the price difference is ultimately greater than the savings on electricity, it is worth buying the A-class refrigerator.
As already mentioned, there are freestanding models and those that can be built into your kitchen unit. In terms of size and equipment, both variants are now the same.
Unlike free-standing models, built-in refrigerators fit seamlessly into the kitchen unit and create a beautiful overall look thanks to their uniform appearance. In some fitted kitchens, there is already an element intended for the refrigerator, which of course also makes the purchase decision easier.
Another argument in favour of the built-in refrigerator is that not so much dirt accumulates around it and, if it does, it is relatively easy to clean. In addition, built-in refrigerators usually take up less space and are therefore particularly suitable for small kitchens.
If your kitchen unit already has a place for the refrigerator, then the built-in model is the right solution for you.
Free-standing Bosch refrigerators, on the other hand, are more flexible. They can be placed in different positions in the kitchen and - thanks to the modern models where the outer cover can also be adjusted - fit almost any kitchen.
What's more, when you move house, you can simply take them with you and set them up in the new kitchen. Last but not least, free-standing Bosch refrigerators are usually somewhat cheaper to buy and there are no installation costs.
Bosch refrigerators have various additional functions, depending on the model.
Most refrigerators, whether freestanding or built-in, have easyAccess shelves, for example - i.e. retractable glass shelves that can be stored and removed in no time at all.
So you always have a perfect overview of the contents of your fridge and forgotten, mouldy yoghurts are a thing of the past.
Another extra comes with the SuperCool or SuperFreeze function. When this is activated, the fridge or freezer briefly cools down to 2 or -32 degrees respectively, so that freshly stored goods are cooled directly and the existing refrigerated goods are not heated unnecessarily.
Bosch refrigerators with freezers also come with the NoFrost function. This means that the freezer compartment or refrigerator no longer needs to be defrosted manually, as excess moisture collects in a container and is drained out. This prevents ice from forming in the first place and makes defrosting unnecessary.
Facts worth knowing about Bosch refrigerators
How do I put away a Bosch refrigerator correctly?
You may be asking yourself whether refrigerators can be put away incorrectly - unfortunately, they can. As we know, cooler air generally sinks while warmer air rises.
This is no different in the refrigerator. Moreover, there are foods that prefer it cooler and those that prefer a slightly warmer climate.
How do I clean a Bosch refrigerator properly?
Since you store your food in your refrigerator, you should of course avoid chemical cleaning products. The best way to clean your Bosch refrigerator without chemicals, but thoroughly and freshly, is to use the tried-and-tested home remedy of vinegar or lemon water.
Simply mix the following liquids together:
- Mix vinegar or lemon juice and water in a ratio of 1:2 (i.e. 100 ml vinegar or lemon juice with 200 ml water).
- Next, pour some of the vinegar or lemon water onto a cloth and wipe the inside walls, shelves and joints of your fridge thoroughly.
- Before you put the food back in the fridge, wipe all the surfaces again with clean water so that the vinegar or lemon smell and taste disappear.
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