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Best Side-by-Side Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

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These days, people are buying counter depth refrigerators for a variety of reasons.  Counter depth refrigerators are one of the least expensive ways to improve the look of your kitchen.

Let's start with what counter depth means. It essentially means that the case of the fridge is 24 inches deep (minus the doors and handles) which lines up with the depth of a standard cabinet.

Standard depth refrigerators seem to get deeper and deeper each year as every brand is in a never-ending race to have the largest capacity on the market. Some homes cannot accommodate these large units, especially if there is an island in the middle of the kitchen.

Side-by-Side vs. French Door


Side-by-sides were the premium refrigerator until about 10-15 years ago.  French doors, side-by-sides, and top mounts with a pullout freezer are now more popular in all its iterations: 3 doors, 4 doors, and 5 doors.

You should still consider a side-by-side because the dispensers are more reliable. In French doors, you are sending a frozen cube through a warmer refrigerator section. It is the number one repair in our company.

Additionally, you have more organized space in a side-by-side (you have better lateral space in a French door and it is less expensive to buy).

That said, let's look at the top three side-by-side counter depth refrigerators.

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The Best Side-by-Side Counter Depth Refrigerators 

Frigidaire FGHC2331PF – $1,199 - $1,599


Some people are surprised when they come in to look for a counter depth refrigerator only to quickly realize they have to pay more money for less space. This Frigidaire model is one of the few exceptions to that rule. This model can usually be found on sale for under $1,200. For your money, you will find features like fingerprint resistant stainless steel, spill-proof shelving, and an air filtration system. 

What you may not like about this unit: Chances are this fridge will look like the 10-year-old fridge you are replacing. It has a basic ice maker, flimsy plastic shelving, and an outdated cooling system that will contribute to some inconsistency in cooling throughout the unit.

At the entry level prices, Frigidaire continues to be surprisingly reliable. Don't let reviews about Frigidaire French door ice maker issues scare you, on this unit you are getting an old-fashioned basic ice maker that is in the top of the freezer. This is a great fridge for someone with a tight budget that needs a counter depth.

Samsung RH22H9010SR - $2,399


Basically, this unit has nearly every feature currently on the market. There is an icemaker in the door (great for more usable freezer space), a fingerprint-resistant stainless door, a food showcase or door-in-door made from metal to help lock in the cold air, LED lighting, Power freeze/Powercool functionality, stylish flat doors with pocket handles, and shelves that pivot or bend in every conceivable direction.

However, Samsung is the only brand offering twin cooling (other than Sub-Zero). One evaporator cools the fridge, and one cools the freezer, so it eliminates any taste and odor crossover. Your food, especially in the freezer, will taste better.

What you may not like about this unit: Even though the case is 24 inches deep, the large flat doors on this fridge cause it to stick out almost a total of 28.5 inches which is just too much for some customers as you are nearing standard depth measurements.

Reviews on this unit tend to be polarizing, it is either the quietest or loudest fridge depending on the review. Look to buy the Samsung during promotional periods as it tends to usually be 20-40% off. 

Jenn-Air JSC23C9EEM - $3,099 


This unit is the flagship counter depth side-by-side from the Whirlpool family and has features like: Twin Fresh Dual Evaporator Climate control cooling, ramp up L.E.D theatre lighting on the sides and rear, door mounted ice maker, glass spill-proof shelving, metal door bins, and sleek monochromatic stainless with modern stylish handles and ice maker. 

What you may not like about this unit: It is 72 inches tall, so double check to make sure it will fit in your space. This unit does come with a 2-year parts and labor warranty; however, it is in the price range of a top of the line French door unit.

In conclusion:

I would only recommend the Frigidaire if you need something to fit into a tight budget. This leaves us to decide between Jenn-Air and Samsung.

Jenn-Air is still a great brand but their side-by-side counter depth refrigerator is sold mostly in packages with other Jenn-Air products due to their package rebates. 

That said, it depends on when you plan to buy a refrigerator. As for Samsung's refrigerator, it is so cheap during promotional periods. The refrigerator is excellent with better lighting and twin cooling. It is also the most reliable refrigerator with a dispenser, according to our service numbers.

Additional Resources

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However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

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