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The 5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators

A counter depth refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinets. It is more aesthetically pleasing because you won't see the sides. It is also a benefit to have a shallower refrigerator in a galley kitchen or with an island design. There will be more room between the refrigerator and the island itself.

Simply, counter depths look better. We will look at the different types and then the 5 best to consider. 

Regular vs. Pro vs. Integrated Shallow Depth Refrigerators

For this article, we will focus on the non-professional shallow depth products. Professional refrigerators are taller at 84", have the compressors on the top and have the "restaurant" or commercial look and price.

Short on time? Get our free Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide for features and comparisons of all the major brands »

Integrated refrigerators fit totally inside the standard cabinet, so they are seamless and indistinguishable from the cabinet itself. Only the doors protrude on the pro and regular counter depth.

Have a look at a professional and integrated refrigerator...

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Professional counter depth refrigerator at Yale

Integrated counter depth refrigerator at Yale

Regular Counter Depth vs. Counter Depth 

Regular counter depths are basically shallower refrigerators. Have a look at some installations.

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regular counter depth refrigerator from the front

regular counter depth refrigerator from the side

5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators

Pricing updated for January, 2017

Frigidaire FGHC2331PF - $1199 after rebates 

frigidaire side by side counter depth refrigerator FGHC2331PF

Frigidaire suffers from an identity crisis, but is actually one of the most reliable brands sold at Yale. I really like this refrigerator especially with the rebates.

This side by side is 23 cubic foot with an ice and water dispenser and the stainless is fingerprint proof. You could package this with other stainless appliances for less than $2,999.

Samsung RF18HFENBSR - $1049 after rebates

Samsung RF18HFENBSR 33 inch French door refrigerator

You buy a refrigerator based on the cabinet openings. 80% of the refrigerator openings are 30 or 33 inch, yet 90% of the counter depth products are 36 inch width. I like the Samsung, because it is the best counter depth french door refrigerator at 33 inches wide.

Read this post about 33 inch counter depth refrigerators.

Frigidaire FDBG2250SS - $1,749 after rebates

Frigidaire FDBG2250SS 5 best counter depth refrigeratorsThis is the Gallery edition and is a limited time model. It is fully featured with an internal icemaker. It is also full size at 36" wide. 

KitchenAid KRFC300ESS - $1,699 after rebates

kitchenaid counter depth refrigerator KRFC300ESS

This KitchenAid is counter depth and won't protrude past your cabinets. Includes ice maker, glide crispers and interior water dispenser.

Samsung RF23HCEDBSR - $1,999 after rebates

Samsung RF23HCEDBSR best counter depth refrigerators

Samsung has a modern look with surprising good reliability. However, they are frequently unavailable and with few package options for whole kitchens.

(See comparisons of all the brands in our
free Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide)

Jenn-Air JFC2089BEM - $2,299 

jennair JFC2089WEM

Jenn-Air was the first upscale counter depth French door on the market about 10 years ago. It is still a decent refrigerator with an interior icemaker. This refrigerator is also part of our best selling package. This model now has LED lights and concealed hinges. 



One (very) small word of caution: You do sacrifice between 3-5 cubic footage and pay $200-$500 more for a counter depth refrigerator.

However, counter depth refrigerators are perhaps one of the best products to affordably design into a high-end kitchen.

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information or with any questions.


Additional Resources

Download the Yale Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide with features, specs and inside buying tips to regular, pro and integrated counter depth refrigerators. Well over 175,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

View our counter depth refrigerator buying guide


Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, Frigidaire, Website, Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, KitchenAid, Samsung

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Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike

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Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing.

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