Best 48-inch Counter Depth Refrigerators for 2021

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Along with pro ranges, a 48-inch refrigerator is the marquee item for your kitchen.

In this article, you will learn about the best 48-inch built in refrigerators, their features, and reliability.

I will also share three large problems to avoid and how to solve it.

You may be familiar with the traditional 48-inch refrigerator.

However, there is a different way to buy a 48-inch refrigerator.

You can buy two integrated refrigerator and freezer units for a total of 48-inches. You could buy two 24-inch built-in columns or one 30-inch with an 18-inch.

They are distinct applications and will look different in your kitchen. You will learn the differences between all your options so you can decide which one is right for you.

Let's begin.

Best 48-inch Counter Depth Refrigerators for 2021

1. Sub-Zero BI-48S/S/PH Professional Counter Depth Refrigerator - $11,850

Sub-Zero-BI-48S-S-PH-Professional-Counter-Depth-RefrigeratorDimensions: 48 W, 84 H, 24 D | Capacity: 19.1 Cubic Feet| Panel-Ready: No | Stainless Steel Interior: Yes | Temperature Control: Yes | Wi-Fi-Enabled: Yes

Sub-Zero is the most popular 48-inch built-in refrigerator.

It's available in stainless steel or you can use a custom cabinet panel on the front. Both styles are available with or without an ice dispenser.

Keeping food fresh has been Sub-Zero's focus. 

Although most built-in brands offer twin compressors, Sub-Zero was the first. With twin compressors, the refrigerator and freezer environments are separate. The warmer air is not trapped in the colder, dryer refrigerator. Your frozen food will taste better, and your freezer will defrost less.

The door is vacuum-sealed to prevent outside air from infiltrating.

Spoiling foods release ethylene gas. Sub-Zero has a NASA-patented air purifier and scrubber. This scrubs the gasses off of spoiling foods and limits cross-contamination.

Their crispers are magnetized to close tighter.

In addition, they added a pure water filter and water dispenser.

Sub-Zero's nano-technology shelving congeals, rather than spreads, spillage within the refrigerator.

Their warranty is the best at five years full with 12 years on the compressor.

2. Sub-Zero 648PRO Professional Counter Depth Refrigerator - $17,650

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Dimensions: 48 W, 84 H, 24 D | Capacity: 18.4 Cubic Feet| Panel-Ready: No | Stainless Steel Interior: Yes | Temperature Control: Yes | Wi-Fi-Enabled: No

The 648PRO emulates the commercial refrigerator in all stainless steel. It's most related to the BI-unit.

However, it's an adaptation of a commercial refrigerator.

You don't have shelving on the door like a regular refrigerator.

Items are placed in separate compartments.

The icemaker and crisper bins are located underneath for easier access.

The thermometer is placed on the outside too. Commercial refrigerators have the thermometer on the outside so chefs can read the temperature with a glance.

The PRO does not have the ethylene scrubber. But, it has a stainless steel interior.

Stainless absorbs cold better, so your milk and juices from the grocery will be colder.

The total capacity is also two cubic feet bigger in the PRO model.

The 6PRO48 is available with a window or in all stainless. You cannot place panels on the PRO series.

 

3. True TR-48-SBS-SS-B Professional Counter Depth Refrigerator - $16,499

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Dimensions: 48 W, 84 H, 24 D | Capacity: 20.7 Cubic Feet| Panel-Ready: Yes | Stainless Steel Interior: Yes | Temperature Control: Yes | Wi-Fi-Enabled: No

The most significant development in refrigeration was True's entry into residential refrigeration.

Considered the best commercial product available, it's a staple at any supermarket.

True has an excellent looking professional refrigerator, especially its hinges and stainless shelving.

It's easy to clean with an all-stainless interior and will cool quicker like the Sub-Zero Pro.

This refrigerator competes more with the Sub-Zero PRO refrigerator with its all-stainless construction. True does have some color customization not available in a Sub-Zero.

Want a Saffron colored refrigerator with polished brass accents on your hinges? How about Cobalt and gold instead?

You have nine finishes and six hinge accent colors with a True refrigerator. They even introduced a new color, Juniper, while I was writing this.

True is a bit different than Sub-Zero. All their crispers are on the inside.

True is a dual compressor refrigerator. It has some nice touches like ramp up LED lighting and upfront electronic controls.

Their all-steel crispers close tightly with soft close hinges, like well-made cabinets.

They also placed shelving on the door, unlike their commercial units.

However, True does not address ethylene gases like Sub-Zero does.

4. Viking VCSB5483 Professional Counter Depth Refrigerator - $10,669

Panel-Ready Model: Viking FDSB5483

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Dimensions: 48 W, 84 H, 24 D | Capacity: 19.49 Cubic Feet| Panel-Ready: Yes | Stainless Steel Interior: No| Temperature Control: Yes | Wi-Fi-Enabled: No

Viking redesigned their refrigerator with their ProChill temperature management system and DC Overdrive compressor.

Like the others, they have the electronic temperature display in the front.

They even have Sharp's Plasmacluster technology. This air purifier removes bacteria from your refrigerator and keeps it fresh.

Viking's refrigerator has LED lighting, 17 custom colors, and soft close crispers. The soft close cripsers seal air from the rest of the refrigerator.

It's much improved. They have even introduced integrated columns as well in their seven series models.

However, one of the problems with a Viking is its single compressor versus two for the others. In a refrigerator this big, two may be better.

Having two compressors also eliminates taste and odor transfer to the freezer.

Colder air will not enter the warmer refrigerator, and warmer air will not travel to the freezer.

Viking also needs to work on its reliability, especially for refrigerators.

Make sure your dealer is also responsible for service.

To be transparent, we do not sell or service Viking products.

Still, it's a big improvement for Viking. Kudos.

They are an American-made company like the others on this list, so they are worthy of your consideration.

5. JennAir JS48NXFXDE Professional Counter Depth Refrigerator - $9,399

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Dimensions: 48 W, 84 H, 24 D | Capacity: 29.2 Cubic Feet| Panel-Ready: Yes | Stainless Steel Interior: No | Temperature Control: Yes | Wi-Fi-Enabled: No

Any company mentioning a dazzling obsidian (black) interior as their first feature must be lacking in other areas.

JennAir's best feature is its price. You can receive a $1,300 rebate to buy other JennAir products.

They do have other worthwhile features to consider such as their precision temperature controls using sensors.

JennAir ramped up its LED theater lighting. It looks good, along with that dazzling interior.

JennAir does address ethylene with a filter in the crisper bins.

It is available with a crushed ice and ice cube dispenser.

However, it does not have two compressors nor have the same build quality as the others on the list.

Their focus, like Thermador's, has been on integrated refrigerators.

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Common 48-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerator Problems

Many people are focused on brands and features as they should. There are other factors of concern.

Some are big problems.

Delivery

You would think delivery is simple and a similar experience at every store. Delivering a 600–800-pound refrigerator on new soft floors requires significant professional expertise.

Check reviews of any appliance and delivery companies before you buy.

 

Pro Tip: Make sure at least three people are involved with the delivery.

Installation

Installation is critical for a refrigerator this large. You have to ensure the compressor is fastened to the wall because all the weight is on the top.

The refrigerator could tip if it is not installed properly.

If you're replacing your old 48-inch refrigerator, check the electrical and water specifications. They differ between brands.

Service

I write this almost every post nowadays. We are three stores logging over 37,000 service calls last year, in the Boston area.

Despite what stores tell you, service is a problem. For refrigerators, you need a specialized technician.

Professional Refrigerator Vs. Integrated Refrigerators

 

There are two ways to buy a 48-inch refrigerator. The first is buying a one-unit professional refrigerator.

The second is to buy two integrated refrigerators. You can buy two at 30 and 18 inches or two 24-inch units to make a total of 48 inches in width.

Differences Between Integrated and Professional Refrigerators

A professional refrigerator has commercial styling with the compressor on the top. The Pro can have cabinet panels applied but looks better in all stainless.

An integrated refrigerator is 25 inches deep for a seamless installation. It will look indistinguishable from the cabinet with custom panels.

You can install an integrated refrigerator without custom panels in stainless steel.

The width will be the same, but you will have more cubic footage with the pro-style due to the added depth.

An integrated 48-inch fridge can also be achieved by combining a 30-inch and 18-inch or two 24-inch columns, as we mentioned earlier.

Best Integrated Column Refrigeration

Below are a few of our best options for the best integrated refrigerators with a 30-inch refrigerator and an 18-inch freezer.

They are all similar in layout compared to buying one 48-inch unit.

Thermador T30IR905SP and T18ID905LP - $12,598

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Thermador has updated their Freedom refrigerator. Again.

Thermador has elegant, easy to use TFT controls. You can scroll through many options, so you don't need an instruction guide.

They have customizable bins for the door. You can store produce, snacks, or medicine for quick access right on the door.

The door pulls or pushes depending on how you set it. Pushing is a good option because you can open the door easily with your hands full.

The new Thermador adds a stainless interior for an easier to clean and colder surface.

They also added their HomeConnect Wi-Fi system.

Wi-Fi or setting your refrigerator's temperature shouldn't be motivator to buy any refrigerator.

For Thermador ranges, you have additional access to recipes, which makes Wi-Fi worthwhile.

 


Sub-Zero IC18FI-LH and IC-30R-RH - $14,430

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Sub-Zero has a ton of refrigerator options.

Sub-Zero's column refrigeration has the same features as their professional units. Sub-Zero's integrated refrigeration includes with an air scrubber, nano-technology shelving, and a vacuum seal gasket.

JennAir JBZFL18IGX and JBRFR30IGX - $13,298

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The JennAir integrated refrigerator has a different feature set than a Sub-Zero. It's a better unit than Sub-Zero's.

JennAir's columns have always been Wi-F enabled, so you can set the temperature from an app on your phone.

The inside is all stainless steel for better cooling, like Thermador's refrigerators.

It also has three-zone Trinity Cooling. You can set the temperature on the crispers independently from the refrigerator.

 

Which 48-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerator Should You Buy?

Sub-Zero-Kitchen-Featuring-Column-RefrigerationSub-Zero Professional Refrigeration with Custom Cabinet Panels at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

For a 48 inch pro refrigerator, your choice depends on features and price. Sub-Zero has the best features. You can customize True the best, and JennAir is a good price option.

If you are placing panels on your refrigerator, you should consider integrated units. The seamless look is striking.

Thermador, JennAir, and True have decent options.

For features, keeping food fresh, good reliability, and the best warranty, Sub-Zero is your best choice.

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