The Best 42 Inch Professional Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings)
42 inch refrigerators are somewhat uncommon due to cabinet sizes. The most common cabinet sizes for refrigerators are 30, 33 and 36 inch by far with 48 inch being the most specified larger refrigerators (we will talk about columns next week). Still, I like the 42 inch size, especially in a shallow depth side by side configuration.
In fact, I would not buy a side by side in a size less than 42", because with shallow depth refrigerators there is hardly any useable capacity in a 36 inch wide product.
Professional vs Regular Counter Depth
Professional refers to a more commercial looking product with the compressor on the top. Regular counter depth refrigerators are just shallower refrigerators and are only available in 30, 33 and 36 inch widths.
The Best 42 Inch Wide Professional Counter Depth Refrigerators
Thermador KBUDT4265E - $8,749
Sub-Zero BI-42S/S/TH - $8,949
BI-42SD/S/TH - $9,829
Jenn-Air JF42SSFXDA -$8,499
JS42SEDUDW - $8,199
Viking VCSB5421SS - $8,279
VCSB421DSS - $9,099
- Viking - a privately owned company in Missisippi, mostly known for ranges. They actually purchased their original refrigeration tooling from Amana. Ranges are not like refrigerators, however, as Viking learned. The first refrigerators had quality issues. Viking 3.0, or their latest editions, are much better with an interesting plasma filtering system and a 3 year warranty.
- Thermador - a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch company. They are known for manufacturing columns or componentary refrigerators. Thermador does not even manufacture this unit. KitchenAid is the producer of this solid yet unspectacular unit. Thermador, however, has the better rebate program with free dishwashers and hoods for qualified purchases.
My Favorite Two
- Jenn-Air - a wholly owned subsidiary of Whirlpool who has woken up to the high-end appliance business over the last 24 months. The JF42SSFXDA is the largest french door available in the world today. I like french doors as you have more useable capacity in the refrigerator with fruits and veggies at waist high level.
- Sub-Zero - a family owned company located in Wisconsin. The BI42 is the best constructed refrigerator in the market. It does keep food fresher longer with a vacuum seal and magnetic crispers designed to keep air out of the refrigerator. They also have twin compressors to eliminate air transferring from freezer to refrigerator. Sub-Zero also employs an ingenious air scrubber, which scrubs the gases from spoiling food to eliminate cross contamination as well as to arrest the spoiling process.
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