We all know fridges are among the most expensive appliances found in the average home, but they’re not often thought of as ‘extravagant’ or luxurious goods are they? Well, they certainly can be. We’ve found a handful of refrigerators that play around with this perception of the humble fridge, with some costing tens of thousands of dollars.
Here’s our list of the most expensive refrigerators you can buy, complete with rough price tags. Something interesting to note is that they all seem to be in the French door/armoire style. Presumably no one wants to spend big bucks on a regular single-door fridge?
Liebherr ECBN6256 – AU $12,000
Kicking-off our list is this sleek-looking Swiss model which comes with a whopping 585 litre capacity but, strangely enough, doesn’t come with any doors. Seems like Liebherr might have its priorities the wrong way round?
Lack of doors aside, this fridge comes with a number of handy features including an ice maker, an integrated water filter that makes use of activated charcoal, a ‘fast freeze’ function, a forced air system, and many more. The only notable drawback to this fridge is its two and a half star rating for energy efficiency, which isn’t great. But to be honest, if you’ve got the kind of money to buy this fridge in the first place, you can probably afford to pay slightly higher energy bills.
Northland 60SSG-SGX – US $14,000
This Northland fridge is notable for being the largest fridge on the list by quite a margin – it packs just over 1110L of storage, whereas the second-largest fridge on this list has 852L of storage. It’s also a pretty stylish model, making use of crystal-clear tempered glass and stainless steel for a sleek and minimalist appearance.
The fridge also comes equipped with Northland’s exclusive “Master Flo” stainless steel slotted freezer shelves, and split door crisper bins. The use of clear glass on the right door and crisper bins makes it easy to survey your fridge inventory without opening the door, saving you both time and electricity; two things that cost money!
Sub-Zero Pro 48 – US $16,000
Winner of the ‘coolest name’ award, this fridge is definitely a looker. The previously-mentioned combination of stainless steel and glass is certainly a striking one, and it’s used to particularly great effect here.
It’s possibly the nicest looking conventional fridge on this list, but don’t assume that looks are the only thing it has going for it. This fridge is impressive in terms of performance as well as looks, offering dual refrigeration with separate processors for both fridge and freezer, a microprocessor, intuitive defrosting, and many other impressive features. It also has a huge 852L capacity.
La Cambusa – US $26,000-$41,000
The claim to fame of an Italian company named Meneghini, this fridge merely starts at US $26,000. That gets you the wooden frame of the fridge, painted in your choice of one of 500 different colours. Said frame is 8.2 feet wide, and provides you with 26.6 cubic feet of storage. To put this in perspective, the average single-column fridge will have around 10 cubic feet of capacity and be maybe two feet wide.
However, all that storage will go to waste unless you fork out additional cash for the fridge and freezer units, along with other extras such as temperature-controlled pantry units, a steam oven, and a Miele coffee system. As listed above, La Cambusa will hit your pockets to the tune of US $41,500 if maxed out with all the extras – because who wants a car these days?
While these glorified ice boxes may be well beyond budget for most of us, it’s certainly interesting to explore just how far luxury goes – it’s clearly not all just jewellery and fur rugs!