Buying 33 inch refrigerators is tough due to a dearth of available products. In fact, it is the toughest product to find for such a common specification. There are only three.
We will look each and the whole counter depth segment.
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Counter Depth vs. Professional vs. Integrated
A counter depth refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinet except for the doors and handles.
A professional counter depth like Sub-Zero or Viking is similar, but has the compressor on the top. An integrated counter depth refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinets including the doors.
Appliances are manufactured to fit within cabinet dimensiosn. For example, dishwashers are 24 inches wide to fit a 24 inch cabinet. Stoves are most commonly 30 inch to fit a (you guessed it) 30 inch cabinets.
Appliances are pretty standard in that regard. You do not see a 22 inch dishwasher or 32 inch stove.
For refrigerators, the most standard and popular cabinets are 30 and 36 inch, followed by 33 inch. Every manufacturer markets several 36 inch products in counter depth. It is by far the most popular size. In 30 inch only the professional companies produce a counter depth.
For 33 inch, only three companies currently offer a 33 inch counter depth refrigerator.
Best 33 Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators
(only available in stainless steel)
Fisher & Paykel RF170WDRUX5
Samsung RF197ACRS - $1,499: Samsung is the largest at 20 cubic foot. Remember, counter depth has less cubic foot due to less depth. Options in this series include just stainless steel.
Fisher & Paykel RF175WDRUX5 - $2,299: Fisher & Paykel is a New Zealand company known for baby incubators and a double drawer dishwasher. Currently, they have the only water through the door models and have a gaggle of these types of refrigerators at the same price just with different door aesthetics.
- RF170ADUSX4 $2,399: The RF170A series come in a French door with a bottom freezer.
- E522BRXU5 $1,999: The E522B series come in a standard door with a side swing bottom freezer.
Fisher & Paykel models listed above are with ice and water on the door, however they have the option of no ice and water, or with the dispenser on the door.
Electrolux EI32AR80QS - $2,349: Then, there is this inexplicable product. The Electrolux is an all refrigerator or all freezer unit. These are designed to look more like a professional built-in column, as you would typically have a refrigerator and freezer side by side. Since a 33 inch counter depth is typically purchased for a small kitchen, that’s not a popular option. You can also buy a cheaper version in Frigidaire.
Which Would I Choose?
Well the options are sparse to say the least. Samsung makes the most sense until there is a repai issue. Fisher & Paykel is the best looking, and there are a number of different styles with and without water.
Electrolux and its cheaper cousin Frigidaire are good if you have an island. You can always add a small under cabinet unit for extra space.
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