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Comparing Liebherr 36 Refriegrators: CS2062 vs. HC2062

Written by Appliance Dude | August 12th, 2011

The popularity of Liebherr 36 refrigerators has skyrocketed in the last year. Appliance shoppers seem to be smitten by the Liebherr French door fridges’ great looks, reasonable price points (for built-in looking refrigerators) and quality craftsmanship.

With the increase in attention and sales also comes a bit of confusion as Liebherr is not the easiest line
to sell. For instance, every single consumer I have dealt with that eventually bought their most popular fridge – the CS-2062 – ultimately asked what the differences were between that model and the HC-2062 and the HCS-2062.

Liebherr CS-2062

If you want a freestanding unit, wrapped in stainless, buy this one.
If you want to save money, put the fridge in-between cabinets and still get a “built-in” look,
buy this fridge. It’s about $1000 less than the HC series that I will describe next.
Biggest difference is that these units 1) have the “Liebherr” logo faintly emblazoned on the front of one of the doors and 2) use a different hinge system than the HC series. The hinge system difference is very important bc if you want the CS-2062 to appear built-in, you need to compensate for it’s hinges which stick out on the top.

Hinge on Liebherr CS 2062 refrigerator

Liebherr logo on CS 2062 refrigerator. This is not visible on the HC 2062 integrated stainless model.

Liebherr HC(S)-2062

This is the 36 French door refrigerator that Liebherr classifies as their “integrated” refrigerator.
To me, it’s called a built-in. Similar to the SubZero 700 series, these fridges are meant to be flush with your cabinets. If you are paneling your fridge with custom cabinetry, buy the HC-2062. If you want the flush look but opt for stainless, buy the HCS-2062 AND the stainless panel kit. They are NOT sold together so make sure your salesperson includes the kit or you will be staring at a fridge with no front on it.

The Top 3 Most Popular Liebherr Refrigerators – Part 1

Written by Appliance Dude | June 22nd, 2011

Lots of people asking about Liebherr refrigerators so it’s time to break it on down…

Liebherr offers a wide variety of built-in, freestanding and undercounter refrigeration products, so much so that some customers have told me that they find the line to be a bit confusing to research. What I want to do isfocus on the the three most popular Liebherr refrigerators, thus enabling you to get a snapshot of what the line offers.

# 1 Seller:
Liebherr CS-2062

The CS-2062 is Liebherr’s freestanding 36″ stainless French door refrigerator.
We have this bad boy on display and this is the piece that draws most of the foot traffic in the showroom. It’s big, commanding, stately, and a fraction of the price of a comparable built-in fridge. (Why am I comparing it to a built-in when the CS2062 has been defined as freestanding? It can actually be made to appear as a built-in by tweaking your cabinets and adding an optional grill up top which would take the height up to 84″. I’ve actually had numerous customers who were shopping for a built-in 36″ fridge, saw the CS2062, then opted to go with the Liebherr and saved about $1500.)

Pros: Price compared to built-ins, performance (two compressors, glass shelving all lead to increased energy efficiency), beautiful-looking fridge!

The Liebherr CS-2062 Refrigerator

Cons: Icemaker does not produce vast amounts of ice. The limited ice output is more “green” and you’ll probably see other refrigerator manufacturers following Liebherr’s lead down the road). If you entertain often and need copious amounts of ice, buy a standalone icemaker.

NOTE: Liebherr also makes a 36″ French Door fridge that can take custom panels – HC-2062.

Liebherr CS2062: The Flexible French Door Fridge

Written by Appliance Dude | July 3rd, 2010

I keep getting asked questions about the Liebherr CS-2062 French door refrigerator. Interest has definitely spiked on this piece and I think it’s because Liebherr is doing a great job convincing the influencers (designers, high-volume appliance showrooms) that there is great value in the fridge, plus it seems to be gaining some positive steam on blogs and forums.

The cool thing about the CS2062 refrigerator is that it provides great flexibility and value considering what it brings to the table and what the price point is. First, it’s flexible – it can be used as a freestanding piece, or you can push it into a cabinet and achieve a built-in design (make sure to check the roughs on the CS2062 so you have the correct cabinet dimensions).

What else does it boast? How about two compressors (this has been one of SubZero’s calling cards for years) which allows the air in the fridge to stay in the fridge and likewise for the freezer. End result: your ice cream or ice cubes don’t taste like last night’s leftover herb-crusted sea bass.
The CS2062 is also Energy Star certified and boasts LED lighting which consumes less electricity than halogen lamps plus it looks cooler.

However what I really dig is the design flexibility. I just did a kitchen in NYC where the CS2062 was used in a freestanding application with only one side adjoined to cabinetry. I also recently did a kitchen in Scarsdale where I was instructed to come up with a built-in French door solution for a price that wouldn’t make them faint. At $4999 (contractor pricing) the CS2062 can’t be beat when you consider the lack of built-in French door fridges (SubZero doesn’t offer one) and the higher price tag on the Thermador Freedom built-in model. Two months after delivery and my Scarsdale customers LOVE IT!

Me Likey Two 36″ French Door Refrigerators – Liebherr CS2062 and KitchenAid KFCS22EVMS

Written by Appliance Dude | July 2nd, 2010

Two 36″ counter-depth french door refrigerators have caught my eye recently. Different looks, different price points, but both charting high on the style meter.

Liebherr CS2062
I’m going to have to do a full-blown post just on this fridge. Liebherr refrigerators are funky animals, at one time the darling of NYC’s designer elite, they were a niche product that you would sell every so often into a NYC apt. Things have changed. The CS-2062 is their 36″ stainless (no finger prints!) french door refrigerator that is technically a freestanding unit but can achieve a built-in look if partnered with the correct space depth-wise.
Total capacity is 19.5 cu ft. I have one on the showroom floor that you would think is a dead ringer for a SubZero or Monogram due to it’s “flushness”. The CS2062 also offers 2 compressors (just like a SubZero) so you don’t mix air between the freezer and fridge, glass shelves which help maintain temperature and oh so funky and energy efficient LED lights inside. Contractor Pricing is $4999

The Liebherr CS-2062 Refrigerator

KitchenAid KFCS22EVMS
I’ve been told that the KFCS22EVM is KitchenAid’s top selling french door refrigerator now. Part of their acclaimed Architect II series, the KFCS22 has 22 cu. feet of overall capacity, offers an internal water dispenser, is Star-K certified and offers glass shelves. And yes, you can fit gallons on the door!
The one thing to take note of is that a feel people told me this fridge has a loud noise that cycles on numerous times throughout the day. If you read this GardenWeb post, someone states it occurs about 20x per day. I can appreciate this because my wife and I recently purchased the KBFS22 which is 32″ wide and it makes a loud cycling noise as well. I’m of the mind that it’s the icemaker but it is somewhat annoying if you’re spending alot of time in the kitchen. In any case, intermittent noise aside, this is a really nice looking box whose insides are configured in logical and efficient fashion and the price won’t break the bank. Average price should be around $2400