Blomberg 30-Inch Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator Review

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

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Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

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Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.

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The Blomberg BRFB1822SSN 30-Inch Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator is a top choice for a more eco-friendly refrigerator. Here’s my experience with Blomberg, its pros and cons, and how it compares to other frige/freezers.

Table of Contents
  1. What I like
  2. My experience with Blomberg
  3. Sustainability features
  4. Vs. the competition
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Blomberg 30-Inch Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Highlights: Energy efficient refrigerator with independent temperature zones and generous capacity. More eco-friendly coolant and a fairly sustainably minded company overall.

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What we like

  • BlueLight technology in the crisper helps keep food fresh
  • Independently zoned and controlled cooling systems
  • Generous fridge capacity and smart layout
  • Freezer features generously sized storage drawers and a sliding bin
  • Bottom freezer design (cool air doesn’t drop when opening freezer)

What could be better

  • Expensive
  • Sometimes harder to get serviced, depending on where you live
  • Over-eager alarms and alerts
  • Higher energy consumption than comparable fridge/freezers

At a glance:

Made in: Turkey

Capacity: 16.2 cu. ft. total (5.1 cu. ft. for freezer / 11.1 cu. ft. fridge)

Annual energy consumption: 528 kWh/yr

Noise level: 44 dBA

Coolant: r600a

Energy Star?: Yes

Certifications: ISO 14001

What I like

The Blomberg BRFB1822SSN 30-Inch Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator is an impressive model offering a good amount of capacity. It also features:

  • Automatic defrost
  • Duo Cycle Frost Free Cooling
  • A dual evaporator (preventing odor transfer from fridge to freezer)
  • Optional automatic ice maker capable of producing 6lbs/day
  • A stainless steel fingerprint-resistant finish (makes for easy cleaning!).

BlueLight technology illuminates the crisper to help keep fruits and vegetables fresh and juicy long after they’re picked. Continuous blue light rays allow the natural process of photosynthesis to continue, prolonging storage life and preserving natural flavors, colors, textures, and nutrients, which also helps minimize food waste.

Inside the refrigerator, the Blomberg has:

  • 1 crisper drawer
  • 3 safety glass shelves
  • A 2-bottle wine rack
  • 3 sturdy door racks that can hold tall bottles
  • LED illumination on the side walls
  • A digital inner display
  • Fan ventilation.

The freezer features generously sized storage drawers and a sliding bin for flexibility in storing large items (such as a wedding cake) and smaller items that might get lost in less well organized freezer spaces. 

This model allows for independently zoned and controlled cooling systems to maintain even air temperature and humidity in separate freezer and fresh-food compartments. That means:

  • Food in the freezer section freezes faster
  • Items in the refrigerator stay fresher longer
  • Odors don’t circulate. 

My experience with Blomberg

I owned the built-in 24-inch version of this fridge/freezer for around five years and found it to be a fantastic appliance that consistently performed well and looked great too.

I only ever had a problem with my Blomberg once, after a brief power outage. Something went awry with the temperature setting alerts and the refrigerator kept chirping at random times and showed a warning triangle on the interior control panel. After consulting the manual, all I had to do was push a few buttons to reset things and the problem went away.

This experience did make me realize that the Blomberg’s alarms are rather loud. While great for actually letting you know something is wrong, they’re also a bit surprising and rather irritating if you can’t immediately remedy the situation.

Other than that, I’ve found Blomberg appliances (I also had a Blomberg washing machine and dryer) to be very low maintenance and efficient.

Sustainability features

Blomberg was the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in the Product Brand Owner category and manufactures its refrigerators, which are at least 85 percent recyclable, in factories that are ISO 14001 certified (i.e., which are mindful of the safe and responsible use of materials, energy, and natural resources).

Blomberg also claims that its refrigerators are built with 99.9 percent lead-free materials and are 100 percent free from ozone-depleting greenhouse gases.

Vs. the competition

The Blomberg is an excellent energy-efficient 30-inch refrigerator and features the Blue Light crisper. It also has an excellent daily ice production capacity for its size, but uses quite a bit more energy than the impressively eco-friendly high-performance Liebherr Monolith (View Price on Amazon).

The Monolith also has a fantastic warranty. So, if your money stretches to the Monolith, this is the one to go for, especially because it also has RoHS and REACH certifications, unlike the Samsung and Blomberg.

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Blomberg 30-Inch Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Highlights: Energy efficient refrigerator with independent temperature zones and generous capacity. More eco-friendly coolant and a fairly sustainably minded company overall.

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Sustainability Score
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  1. What is your professional opinion of the Liebherr CS1401-R-IM relative to the Liebherr MRB3000 30 and the Bloomberg BRFB1812SSLN from a product reliability point-of-view.
    The Liebherr MRB3000 30 dimensions are not suitable for the space I have.

    • Hi Silvana,

      The Blomberg uses R600a (which is the more eco-friendly refrigerant) and seems to have decent reviews. I’m also a fan of Blomberg in general, having lived with their refrigerators, freezers, and ranges for some years. I’ve always found them reliable and they have pretty thorough manuals, making it easy to troubleshoot and let any service folks know what’s what, so nobody wastes time with unnecessary and expensive callouts.

      As for the Liebherr model, there’s not a lot online about this, but it appear to use R600a refrigerant (which is good!). There are definitely a small number of reports of it being a bit erratic and folks having issues getting good customer service to address problems. However, the bulk of reviews suggest that people love this model and find it very reliable and easy to use. So, if this one fits your space better, it’s very likely a good option (though the Blomberg would be my preference and it is a bit more affordable).

      Hope that helps!

      Leigh

  2. It seems that my new Blomberg BRFB1812SSN fridge sold in Canada only comes in archaic temperature units and it is not possible to switch to Celsius. First day with my new fridge is not starting out well. I hope it is at least reliable. So how many eagles per liberty mile does it take to freeze a package of pork chops?

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