Appliances are designed to follow cabinet sizes. The three most common cabinet widths are 36", 30" and 33", in that order. 30 inch is really the standard in most city apartments and smaller kitchens.
Yet there are only a few upscale pieces in the 30 inch size. In Boston, 30 inch cabinets are most common.
We will look at all your best options in standard (full depth) and counter depth refrigerators in this article.
Counter Depth vs. Full Depth
Standard depth (also known as full depth refrigerators) are effective and probably the most requested refrigerator. Standard depth refrigerators stick out from the countertop, and are often priced sensibly.
The term counter depth refers to refrigerators that have a 24” depth in order to match with the counter. You would choose a counter depth refrigerator because it looks better not seeing the sides.
First, we are going to look at your best options for full depth 30 inch refrigerators.
Best 30 Inch Full Depth Refrigerators
Frigidaire Gallery FGHI1864QF – $1,069
This refrigerator has over 100 ways to organize the door and drawer, thanks to the Custom-Flex Door and Store-More Drawer. The Custom-Flex door has six different bins to completely customize the space to your family’s needs. The Store-More drawer keeps snacks easily accessible. The refrigerator also has a freezer on the top and LED lighting, which lasts longer than incandescent and uses less energy.
Frigidaire is the only manufacturer to actively market top mount refrigerators, because all their units pass the Federal Government's onerous energy standards. I really like the customizable door. It's the first real innovation in years.
By the way, this refrigerator is the largest for a 30 inch space at 21 cubic feet, and the least expensive as well (you can buy it cheaper without the custom bins).
Amana ABB1924BRM – $1,299
The Amana ABB1924BRM features convenient, versatile storage options, from gallon door storage to adjustable door bins. This refrigerator at the top is more accessible.
The Gallon Door Storage allows for beverages to be stored out of the way, and the adjustable door bins can move up or down to fit various condiments.
This refrigerator also features an Easy Freezer pull-out drawer at the bottom with a glide-out wire basket, allowing accessing frozen food to be easier than ever. Automatic ice maker can easily be added as an accessory. Amana, Maytag, and Whirlpool are the same unit, so buy the least expensive option.
KitchenAid KRFF300ESS - $1,709
KitchenAid is one of the best of the 30 inch French doors (Read: Best 30 inch French Door Refrigerators) with an interior water dispenser and pretty decent shelving.
French doors allow you to fit food laterally with shorter doors, so they are also ideal for kitchens with islands.
Best Premium Luxury 30 Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators
Liebherr CS1660 – $4,859
The Liebherr CS1660 features two super quiet, variable speed compressors to preserve food better. The BioFresh storage bins are separate compartments in which humidity levels can vary, and can help to extend the life of your food up to three times longer than a regular refrigerator. Liebherr's box freezer design prevents a gush of warm air getting into freezing food to prevent freezer burn.
There is a beverage rack, in addition to the two 1-gallon storage spaces in the door, and the refrigerator is lit by LED. The refrigerator also features Sabbath Mode, as well as a water filter, and a full stainless steel cabinet with SmartSteel (easy clean) doors.
Bosch B30BB830SS – $6,499
Bosch’s B30BB830SS is a great way to find middle ground between the Sub-Zero and Liebherr. Bosch features some of the same style as Sub-Zero.
This refrigerator can be installed completely flush or framed; features LED sidewalls and theater lighting; and has a full height door, which allows for true cabinet integration.
Liebherr HCB1560 – $6,589
The Liebherr refrigerator features super quiet, dual variable speed compressors; water and air filtration; and a bio-fresh compartment that keeps food fresh up to 3 times longer.
Sub-Zero IT30CIRH – $7,199 plus $1,299 for the stainless panels
The most seamlessly disappearing refrigerator in this built-in class. Sub-Zero's fully integrated unit stands apart.
The Sub-Zero IT30CI features an upper cabinet refrigerator and two freezer storage drawers below. This refrigerator features a dual refrigeration system, which ensures the freshest food and energy efficiency. Sub-Zero's dual compressors separate refrigerator, and freezer cooling systems. Fresh food stays fresh in cooler, moist environment. Dryer air gets locked in the freezer preventing freezer burns.
The air purification system reduces odors, bacteria, viruses, and gases, and the cartridge can be replaced. The high-humidity crisper drawer has adjustable dividers, as does the smooth-glide, full-extension freezer drawers.
I like the Sub-Zero system; the vacuum seal door, magnetic crispers, and air purification keeps food fresher longer.
So Which is the Best Choice?
That's a tough question. I actually really like the Frigidaire and Amana. Both are good units for short money.
In the premium category, it is Sub-Zero and Bosch. Both machines have good name recognition and features. They are also more reliable and easier to fix than the Liebherr.
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Danny Nguyen is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Danny has completed 2 half marathons and enjoys spending time travelling and snowboarding.
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