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Liebherr CS1360 Apartment Refrigerator Review

You don't have to sacrifice floor space for luxury.

May 29, 2014
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There is a variation of the Liebherr CS1360 called the Liebherr CS1361. It is very similar to the Liebherr CS1360 in most respects.

The Cold Hard Facts

In almost every test, the Liebherr CS1360 (MSRP $3,300) excelled above and beyond the competition—and our expectations. This model brings a level of performance that absolutely matches its high-end design.

Temperature Performance

Flawless freezer, functional fridge

The Liebherr’s freezer is easily the strongest element in its repertoire of performance high points. Despite setting the controls to 0ºF, average temperatures clocked in at -9.05ºF at the top and -4.24ºF near the bottom. There’s no disadvantage to an overzealous freezer. Paired with an average temperature shift of just ±0.20ºF over time, those extra-cold temperatures will keep freezer burn at bay.

Liebherr CS1360 Controls
To make the most out of the features displayed on the control panel, be sure to consult the manual. View Larger

The fridge proved less than perfect. We recorded average temperatures in the middle and bottom of the fridge at 38.66ºF and 37.54ºF respectively—right near the 37ºF set point on the thermostat. For food stored on the hard-to-reach top shelf, however, we recorded a peak of 43.05ºF. That's no good—prepared foods stored above 41ºF can turn into a breeding ground for bacteria, especially with a rather wide degree shift of ±0.61ºF. Turning down the thermostat a degree or so could help, but may risk freezing more delicate items. We say you should store heartier items here and put leftovers and soft cheeses on the middle shelf.

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Moisture Retention

Sneakily effective produce storage

When we first looked at the Liebherr’s single fridge drawer, our expectations weren't high. There’s no adjustable humidity control, and there’s a small gap between the lowest shelf and the upper edge of the drawer. To our surprise, the test materials in this drawer only lost 0.13 grams of moisture per hour over the course of three days. That's fantastic. The rate of loss was also remarkably consistent. Produce lovers can rest easy when putting salad greens in this fridge.

Liebherr CS1360 Crisper Drawer
This simple drawer doesn't look like much, but it's actually an awesome crisper. View Larger

Freezing & Thawing

Standard chilling times

Despite the compactness of the freezer compared to full size fridges, freezing times were comparably unremarkable. Room-temperature test materials froze in one hour and 22 minutes, just slightly better than average.

The Liebherr also managed to run with the pack when it came to thawing. After 36 hours without power, had only warmed up to 28.93ºF—suitable effective.

Storage Space & Energy Efficiency

Phenomenal freezing powers... itty bitty chilling space

Liebherr CS1360 Interior
The Liebherr utilizes height to maximize its storage capacity. View Larger

After removing all the optional accessories—sliding shelf dividers, bottle rack, and egg tray—we found that the main fridge compartment could house 7.91 cu. ft. worth of groceries. Compared to the advertised 9.1 cu. ft., that’s almost perfectly spot on. Both main fridge shelves and door-mounted ones offer plenty of customizable height options, but adjusting them requires emptying out the shelves and buckets, plus some muscling to move them into a new position.

The freezer is more of a take-it-or-leave-it situation. There are no door shelves—common for apartment fridges of this style—and the main drawers are all tightly packed in. The four drawers serve up 2.31 cu. ft. of usable space, and the upper left one can turn entirely into a ice tray, complete with designated plastic scooper. That's quite impressive for an apartment fridge.

This towering "compact" model is also quite efficient. We determined that each cubic foot of usable space would require just 0.08 kWh each to cool, putting this model right at the head of the class in terms of power consumption. At a fixed rate of $0.09 per kWh, this translates to about $26.95 per year to run.

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