Buying a 33-inch counter-depth refrigerator is one of the most complicated appliance purchases along with compact laundry and induction appliances.
Before the pandemic and chronic supply shortages, you could only choose between a few manufacturers.
Now it's likely you will only have one or two choices, depending on your area.
In this article, you will learn the six best 33-inch refrigerators to consider. Then we will show you some alternative strategies for buying a refrigerator with standard and counter-depth options in your kitchen.
Let’s get started.
Full Depth vs. Counter Depth Refrigerators
The refrigerator with more cubic footage costs less on average. Yes, standard depth refrigerators are 22-25 cubic feet and cost less than 15-17 cubic foot counter depth refrigerators.
Why buy a counter depth refrigerator?
A counter-depth refrigerator doesn't protrude into your kitchen like a standard refrigerator. Your cabinet hides the chassis, so it looks more aesthetically pleasing than a standard depth.
Pro Tip: If you want a larger refrigerator with the look of a counter depth, then build your cabinet out to match the depth of the door. Another trick is to place your refrigerator at the end of your cabinets. Refrigerators are not meant to be centralized in your kitchen.
Best 33-Inch Refrigerators for 2022
GE is a twin cooling refrigerator, meaning you have two evaporators or one for the refrigerator and freezer.
The more humid air will not be trapped in your freezer, so your frozen foods will taste better. Less warm air in your freezer also means less frost as well. They also have TurboCool for adding colder air into the refrigerator while loading fresh groceries.
The GE GYE18JSLSS is a smart refrigerator offering the ability to monitor and adjust settings from an app on your phone.
GE has the best service with parts and technical support of all the brands on this list.
They even operate their own service department. It's a good consideration if you are buying your refrigerator from a store without a service department.
Lastly, you can buy this refrigerator with an ice dispenser or in the customizable, more upscale Café model CWE19SP2NS1.
Samsung Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator RF18HFENBSR - $1,699
This refrigerator was one of the single most popular searches on our website for any product. Samsung was the largest and most popular at 18 cubic feet.
It is a French door refrigerator with a pull-out bottom freezer. Like GE, it has two evaporators for better temperature maintenance and crossover between refrigerator and freezer.
However, it can be difficult to find service for Samsung appliances. Samsung has a bigger logistical problem because it is the number one selling brand in the US.
It's important to know how the product is fixed before buying it.
At one time, this refrigerator sold for $999. Now it's $1,399-$1,699 when you can find it. Availability is currently Samsung's biggest problem next to service.
We haven't been able to order this refrigerator in over a year. I would check locally in your area and then ensure that the store has repairs because service is a national Samsung issue.
Fisher & Paykel has great aesthetics and several different model options, including a model with a water dispenser. It's a cool-looking refrigerator with sensors throughout the refrigerator and freezer. The sensors communicate to the microprocessor to maintain the proper temperature.
The RF170A series is available with or without internal water and ice dispensers. It's less expensive without the dispenser at $2,699.
If you like a single-door model, Fisher & Paykel offers a 33-inch single-door counter depth refrigerator.
This refrigerator is very similar to the model above. However, this refrigerator is 70.5 inches and includes a freezer drawer.
The ice maker is in the freezer drawer, which is unique. Most internal ice makers, including other Fisher & Paykel models, are in the bottom freezer compartment, which isn't as convenient.
Frigidaire Counter-Depth 4-Door Refrigerator FRQG1721AV - $1,529
We haven't sold Frigidaire in six years. I thought this refrigerator was interesting because it's available. The four-door style is a bit much for a smaller refrigerator. It's like a side-by-side refrigerator, so you have less lateral storage than the others.
Still, it's better than waiting for 6-12 months for a refrigerator.
LG Standard-Depth French Door Refrigerator LRFC2505 - $2,199
LG is the most reliable appliance brand sold at this store at 4.4%.
Once the target of a class-action lawsuit in 2019, their inverter compressor is now part of the most efficient refrigerator made.
At 25.5 cubic feet, LRFC2505 is much larger than a counter depth, but so is the overall depth at 35.42 inches.
It has two evaporators and several other features similar to high-end brands. Door Cooling+ is a vent on the front of the refrigerator that sends cold air from top to bottom whenever you open the refrigerator to keep your refrigerator colder.
That once maligned but the now reliable compressor has a ten-year warranty, the best in the industry.
The LRDC2603 is the bottom freezer version of the French door. It is a bit larger at 26 cubic feet and $600 less expensive at $1,599.
You have the same Smart Cooling and ten-year warranty as the reliable compressor. The bottom freezer doesn't have the same twin evaporator cooling. It works by sensors maintaining an even temperature.
I like this refrigerator. It's the same size I had growing up as part of a family of five. It's very similar to the bottom freezer in terms of features but adds an internal water dispenser. It’s also $300 less and slightly smaller by one cubic foot.
What Are the Most Reliable Counter-Depth Refrigerator Brands?
Counter-Depth Refrigerator Reliability from December 2020 to October 2021
The following service rates are based on a minimum of 90 refrigerators sold and a total sample of over 2500 products.
The average service rate is 15.5% for French door counter-depth refrigerators versus 9.5% for appliances in general based on over 40,000 service calls logged last year.
LG's service rating is particularly notable at 4.5% for counter-depth refrigeration. In 2019, their inverter compressor was targeted for a class-action lawsuit.
Last year, every inverter motor appliance was the most reliable, including dishwashers, washers, and refrigerators.
Unfortunately, LG does not have a 33-inch counter-depth refrigerator. They do have plenty of options in much larger standard depth 33-inch refrigerators.
Read More: Most Reliable Counter-Depth Refrigerators
Alternate Solutions for 33-Inch Refrigerators
First, let's cover some kitchen design basics.
Appliances are designed to fit cabinets. A standard refrigerator cabinet is 30 or 36 inches. However, you can buy 24, 27, 28, 30, 42, and 48-inch refrigerators along with the 33 inches as well.
You do not have to place your refrigerator in the middle of your kitchen for design purposes. Refrigerators can be placed anywhere without interrupting the flow of cooking and cleaning.
Pro Tip: Your stove, sink, and dishwasher should be placed in the middle of your kitchen or within one step of each other.
30-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators
Beko 30-Inch Single Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
You want to plan for a 30-inch refrigerator with a nice mix of exclusively high-end and affordable luxury brands like Sub-Zero, Miele, Thermador, Bosch, or Beko for a new kitchen.
Read More: The Best 30-inch Counter-Depth Refrigerators
36-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators
Counter-Depth Refrigerators at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Thirty-six inches is now considered the standard dimension in most new construction. You will have tons of affordable, professional, and integrated options in 36-inch widths. The price is better per cubic foot as well in this size.
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Solutions for Your Existing Kitchen
Thirty-three inches is not uncommon, yet manufacturers have minimal solutions. Another consideration is buying a standard depth refrigerator. The difference between standard and counter depth is usually 6-8 inches.
With standard depth, you have more capacity up to seven cubic feet and have less expensive choices in different configurations like top mount and side-by-side refrigerators.
Unlike the counter-depth refrigerators you will see the textured sides. Also, you will have less space between the island and the refrigerator, so measure first.
The bad news is you have limited options made more limited by the lack of production. You have five available choices for brands.
For new kitchens, consider another width like 30 or 36 inches. You have many more choices than a standard-depth refrigerator for an existing kitchen.
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