Bosch Linea B22CS30SNS Review
The Bosch Linea B22CS30SNS offers high design but middling performance.
With an MSRP of $2,299, the Bosch Linea B22CS30SNS is high on design—as it should be for that price—but its performance is inconsistent.
Fit, finish and energy efficiency are all exemplary, but the water and ice dispenser is a hassle. Temperature control is precise, but lower shelves are consistently warmer than upper ones. The Bosch Linea has a lot of potential, but a handful of problems hold it back. A bloated price tag is only one amongst a gaggle of problems we see here.
Design & Usability
The Bosch Linea sports a gimmick-free design that feels more substantial than other fridges in the same price range.
Fingerprints show up easily on the Bosch Linea B22CS30SNS's vertical grain stainless exterior, and without stainless cleaner, they don't come off easily either.
The left (freezer) door has a water and ice dispenser, with a control panel located above. Users may choose between crushed and cubed ice, or make adjustments to fridge and freezer temperatures. A press of a button will illuminate this panel nicely. Further up, above the fridge seal, users can turn the unit off with a switch, though we’re not sure why someone would want to do that.
The fridge interior consists of two produce drawers and a smaller deli drawer, as well as a set of adjustable shelves. Next door, the freezer offers ample space too, with two drawers and an array of shelves that are fixed, but that tilt for easier access.
The Bosch Linea's fit and finish are among the best we’ve tested. Unfortunately, we can't say the same about the dispensers.
Usability teeters back and forth between effortless and aggravating. We’ve never tested a fridge with drawers that glide as smoothly as these do. Freezer door shelves tilt for easy access and all adjustable shelves glide into place without issue. The glass shelves are quite easy to wipe down, and their plastic frames prevent minor spills from overflowing onto the shelves beneath.
Another feature we love is this Bosch's ability to rapidly cool the freezer. When the snowflake button is pressed on the control panel, the freezer hastily cools to the lowest possible temperature. This feature will be especially useful for freezing large quantities of meat.
Onward, to darker matters: Like “shoot the clown” at a carnival, the Bosch Linea B22CS30SNS’s water dispenser doesn’t offer a clear indication of where its powerful stream of water will go. Usually, it sprayed on the glass or dribbled down the front of the fridge, which was a real pain to clean off. It’ll take some practice to avoid scattered showers in your kitchen.
While temperatures were consistent over time, they varied widely depending on placement.
During testing, food placed right below the thermostat stayed almost exactly at the temperature registered on the external display. However, food on the middle shelf showed a slightly higher temperature, and food package on the lowest door shelf was even higher. That’s a big variation, and you might end up with milk spoiling more quickly if it’s stored in the door. Fortunately, temperatures at least didn't fluctuate much over time.
The good news about the freezer is that individual food packages didn’t change temperature very much while stored; it’s that temperature variation that causes freezer burn. The bad news is that the temperature in the freezer varied based on placement, just as with the fridge portion. At the top, near the air vent, food stayed at sub-zero temperatures. In the bottom drawer, food was much warmer. If you move food between the top and bottom shelves, you may find that it gets freezer burnt, despite a highly accurate thermostat.
Overall performance is decent, but a few squabbles detract from this fridge's value.
All things considered, the Bosch Linea B22CS30SNS is a bit of a disappointment. Yes, the fridge sports a very sleek exterior and it feels solid and well-built. It does a great job keeping consistent temperatures in both the fridge and the freezer. The trouble is that temperatures vary depending on placement and the interior is not easily customizable. Moreover, the messy, splattering water dispenser was not just disappointing—it was downright aggravating.
With a towering MSRP of $2,299, consumers should look at other side-by-sides before settling on this Bosch.
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