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Do you need a fridge to fit into a tight area? Are you looking for an apartment size fridge that does its job well? If so, then check out the Bosch B11CB81SSS 800 Series freestanding, bottom freezer refrigerator described in this article.
This is a high end refrigerator from a quality company. If you have a space at least 24 inches wide and 78 inches high, this Bosch fridge could be just what you’re looking for.
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Bottom Freezers Always Have Higher Prices
In addition to being on the higher end of apartment size fridges dimensions-wise, this Bosch also features a bottom freezer which normally increases the cost of this type of appliance, even for full size models.
Many owners prefer bottom freezers for the convenience of accessing the refrigerator section and because it makes sense (because colder air sinks) to have the freezer below the relatively warmer fridge. It’s more efficient all around.
Speaking of efficiency, this unit is Energy Star Qualified, using 357 kWh per year. Compare this number with other similar fridges to gauge your savings.
The specifically engineered hidden hinge and reversible doors allow for a next-to-wall placement and nearly flush installation.
Use the Bosch SuperFreezing and SuperCool Functions
Bosch implements what they call a SuperFreezing function for the freezer and a SuperCool function for the refrigerator that are each intended to counteract what happens when you open the doors to put more food inside.
I think it’s best if I let Bosch describe these processes to you. Here’s what they have to say about SuperFreeze.
“Adding new food to the freezer raises the internal temperature, which can result in defrosting and a loss of flavor. The SuperFreezing function ensures that new food is frozen quickly and thereby prevents the other content inside the freezer from defrosting. Appliances with an automatic freezing function return to normal operation once the required temperature is reached, in order not to waste energy. As a result, frozen food keeps its flavor, even when new food is being added.”
And here’s their description of what happens when you use SuperCool.
“Opening the fridge allows warm air to enter, which can spoil the food inside. Activating the SuperCool function rapidly drops the temperature of the fridge to insulate the food inside. It also makes sure that the new purchases will be cooled more quickly. The temperature is lowered by pushing a button (36 °F at the lowest). To prevent unnecessary power consumption, the function automatically switches off after approximately six hours. Supercool keeps your old and new food fresh through clever anticipation.”
I can only assume that this works as intended. Otherwise, why would they even have such functions? Whether you remember to use these functions at the proper times is another question. If you’re not used to such features, you’ll probably (like me and most people) just toss the food in when you get home from the grocery store and forget about it until you want to eat it later.
So much for SuperFreeze and SuperCool in that case.
Bosch Frost-Free Fridge
Yet another feature of this fridge is what the maker calls NoFrost. The idea is obvious. This refrigerator collects humidity in a central chiller unit. It automatically defrosts on a “frequent basis”. I imagine the frequency is as-often-as-needed, but I don’t have proof of that.
Any condensation is flushed out of the fridge so it can simply evaporate. This keeps the inside of the refrigerator compartment free of ice. You theoretically should never have to manually defrost it.
The Chilling Area vs the Freezer
This unit has 2 separate cooling circuits that give you greater control and save more energy than most single circuit models. You use the electronic controls of each section to set the temperatures individually.
The unit has 11 cubic feet of space over all, with 7.7 cubic feet assigned to the fridge and 3.3 to the freezer. As I hinted at above, the outside dimensions are 24 inches for the width, 25 ¾ inches for the depth, and 78 inches for the height. This model weighs 181 pounds.
If the chiller area, Bosch includes an Airfresh Filter to neutralize odors and remove bacteria. You shouldn’t have to keep an open box of baking powder inside just to keep things smelling good.
What Bosch calls “VitaFreshPlus” compartments are sealed drawers with different climate zones. These are supposed to keep humidity at optimum levels. You can adjust this with the two available settings provided for each area. These drawers are especially there for fruits and veggies.
This whole area has circulating, fresh air to keep temps constant throughout. Bosch labels this “MultiAirFlow”. I’m not sure why they need trademarked names for what should be rather standard features. Marketing, I guess. It’s fine, as long as it works as advertised…which I believe it does.
Other Fridge Features You’ll Like
Most appliances these days use LED lights that don’t give off the heat that the old incandescents did. An LED is what you get in the fridge section here too. There is no light in the freezer, but that’s not unexpected.
You get a wine rack in the chilling area, which is something you don’t often see in a fridge of this type. You also get an ice maker, 2 baskets, and 3 glass shelves in the fridge.
The gray, stainless steel doors are reversible.
Conclusions about the Bosch B11CB81SSS
This is a very nice refrigerator that anyone who can afford a higher end model that needs to go into a small space will appreciate. There really are no down sides, other than the cost. But if you’re a believer in “you get what you pay for”, this won’t bother you much at all.
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