What's Sabbath Mode on Appliances?

by Don's Appliances

At a Glance:

What is Sabbath Mode?

Sabbath Mode in Ovens

Sabbath Mode in Refrigerators

Sabbath Mode: What is it?

Sabbath mode is a feature on many modern appliances that allows the appliance to be used for certain religious observances during specific holidays. The main function of Sabbath mode is to not let the operator accidentally use a feature such as a digital temperature readout, or ice maker on a refrigerator. The Whirlpool Corporation first came up with this concept in 1997, and worked with a Star-K kosher certification agency to create “Sabbath mode”. This feature has since been mimicked by other appliance manufacturers. VIsit our website or chat with one of our online chat associates to learn more about Sabbath Mode on your appliances. 

How it Works on Ovens

Under normal operation, an oven can run for up to twelve hours before shutting off. While in Sabbath mode, an oven will run continuously so that the consumer can use the unit throughout the day. The reason for this is because raw food cannot be cooked on the Shabbat, but food that was previously cooked can be kept warm until it is time for a meal. Furthermore, the unit will not beep, display temperature readout, or have a digital clock. Any cleaning cycle that the oven offers, whether it be a traditional high heat self clean, or a steam clean, will be disabled. Appliance manufacturers have found that ovens with the Sabbath mode feature are becoming higher in demand, making these more common in the appliance industry.  The following wall oven models are some that have sabbath mode capabilities: Whirpool WOS31ES0JS, GE JTS3000SNSS.  

sabbath mode on a wall oven

How it Works on Refrigerators

A refrigerator that is in Sabbath mode will continue to run on a timed defrost in order to keep food fresh. Much like the oven, there will be no control panel display, no sounds, the ice and water dispenser will be disabled, and the interior lights will not activate when the door is opened. If the unit experiences a power outage while in Sabbath mode, the refrigerator will resume in Sabbath mode once power returns. The functionality of Sabbath mode on a refrigerator is far less complex than it is on an oven. The following refrigerator models are some that have sabbath mode capabilities: Bosch B36CT80SNS and LG LFXC22526S


sabbath mode on a refrigerator