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The Best 30 Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings)

We have written articles on 24, 33, 36, 42 and 48 inch refrigerators, but not 30 inch. As we have previously posted, appliances are designed to fit cabinets, so most refrigerators are standard sizes. 30 and 36 inch, however, are by far the most popular.

All of these 30 inch brands feature twin compressors, so the air is distributed more evenly. It also eliminates the drier air of the freezer being cycled to the refrigerator and the moister air of the refrigerator being sent to the freezer.

30 inch will be the most expensive counter depth, because unlike the other sizes, larger, commodity companies like GE, Jenn-Air and KitchenAid are not in this niche with regular, less deep refrigerators. Unfortunately, a $1,600 counter depth option doesn't exist in this size.

There are only 5 companies currently manufacturing the 30 inch counter depth (I am not including columns which are just refrigerator or freezer): Sub-Zero, Thermador, Liebherr, Bosch and Miele.

Let's have a look:

subzero 30 inch counter depth refrigerator BI30U thermador 30 inch counter depth refrigerator T30IB800SP bosch 30 inch counter depth refrigerator B30BB830SS miele 30 inch counter depth refrigerator KF1801VI leibherr 30 inch counter depth refrigerator CS1660 leibherr 30 inch couner depth refrigerator HCB1560

Sub-Zero
BI30U

Thermador
T30IB800SP

Bosch
B30BB830SS

Miele
KF1801VI

Liebherr
CS-1660

Liebherr
HCB1560

Sub-Zero BI30U (overlay) or S (Stainless) $7,049-$8,289: Sub-Zero is the best known and probably best built refrigerator and is manufactured in the US. Sub-Zero is a traditional professional refrigerator with the compressor on the top. Two years ago, they improved the design with an air scrubber to "scrub" the gasses of foods in the refrigerator, so food stays fresher for a longer period of time, and an advanced water purifier.

Thermador, Miele and Bosch are all manufactured in the same factory with slighly different specifications. They are integrated and do not protrude into the space. The door (not the body) of Sub-Zero and other traditional counter depths will stick out another 3-4 inches. (Read the Yale Refrigerator Buyers Guide for more detailed info)

Thermador T30IB800SP $5,999 and $6799 for stainless and Bosch B30BB830SS $6,499 are identical, except Thermador can be panelized and Bosch is only stainless. Rebates are important, because Thermador has the 1,2 Free program. Buy a Thermador refrigerator and range and the $1,200 dishwasher is free. Bosch has their own rebate program.

Miele KF1801VI $7,195 with panels and $7,695 in stainless: Miele has the same body as Bosch and Thermador, but offers much better lighting and electronic crispers designed to keep fruits and vegetables fresher. Miele also offers a wifi hook up and can monitor the refrigerator for service (pretty cool or somewhat creepy depending).

Liebherr CS-1660 $3,999 and HCB1560 $5,499 and $6,199 in stainless: Liebherr is another high quality German company. They actually supply Miele for products in Europe. They offer the least expensive 24 inch option at $3,999. They also offer a taller, more pro-looking refrigerator with double freezer drawers at a higher price. The neat feature to Liebherr is their bio fresh drawer, which preserves fruit and veggies longer.

Additional Resources:

Read our Refrigerator Buyers Guide with terms, features and specifications of the major brands.

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Paul Groux has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting for over 10 years, specializing in appliance sales. He is a former U.S. Army Paratrooper and has completed two Boston marathons.

Read more about Paul here.


Topics: Thermador, Miele, Bosch, Sub-Zero, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Liebherr

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Paul Groux

Paul Groux has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting for over almost 20 years, specializing in appliance sales. He is a former U.S. Army Paratrooper and has completed two Boston marathons.

Read more about Paul here.

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