Counter depth refrigerators are more aesthetically pleasing because they do not protrude into the kitchen. Counter depths are also better for islands and other smaller galley style kitchens. There are 3 types of counter depth refrigerators: Regular, Professional (with compressor on the top) and Integrated (refrigerator hidden totally by the cabinet). Download our Refrigerator Guide for full descriptions of each.
The difference between an integrated and professional refrigerator is depth. An integrated refrigerator fits within the depth of a 24 inch cabinet so the refrigerator is linear to the cabinet itself. The professional refrigerator has the compressors on the top and the door and handle will protrude into the kitchen. Both are highly desired in luxury kitchens and are appealing in different ways.
Counter depth refrigerators are shallower than regular refrigerators. Counter depth refrigerators look better in a kitchen, because the sides are hidden by the cabinet and do not protrude into the kitchen.
Professional, counter depth and integrated refrigerators are designed to improve the look of your kitchen since they do not protrude into the kitchen. You also do not see the black textured sides as an added benefit.
Sub-Zero is arguably the best name brand in the appliance industry. It is one of two companies to win a JD Powers quality award (Miele is the other, for dishwshers). Sub-Zero was popularized by designers because they were the first company to offer a counter depth or shallow refrigerator. They also are very decorator-friendly with many custom options.
Without question, SubZero is the most recognizeable name in the appliance industry. SubZero pioneered the commercial style, top compressor for homes, and was also the first counter depth refrigerator in the industry. SubZero for this reason became the favorite amongst designers and architects. For questions about Professional, integrated and counter depth refrigerators, download our Refrigerator Guide.
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