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4 Best Side-by-Side Counter-Depth Refrigerators (2022 Update)

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You've decided to buy a side-by-side counter depth refrigerator instead of the French door style. Many people did, especially during the pandemic.

French doors are more popular and have more styles. Side-by-side refrigerators have good features, including two features French door refrigerators do not have.

Both are important.

This article covers everything from the four best side-by-side refrigerators you should consider to the differences between the more popular French door and side-by-side refrigerator styles.

We'll also look at reliability based on actual service calls. We logged over 100,000 service calls over the last three years.

Let's start with the major differences between side-by-side and French door counter-depth refrigerators.

French Door Counter-Depth vs. Side-By-Side Refrigerators

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The major differences between side-by-side and French door counter depth refrigerators are:

  • Size
  • Price
  • Layout
  • Technology
  • Reliability

Size

French door refrigerators will give you more overall freezer space.

  French Door Refrigerator Side-By-Side Refrigerator
Refrigerator Capacity 14.6 Cu. Ft.  14.76 Cu. Ft. 
Freezer Capacity 7.3 Cu. Ft.  7.74 Cu. Ft. 

Price

A side-by-side will be cheaper from $300 to $1,200, depending on the brand and features.

Layout

A side-by-side may be more organized top to bottom, but French doors allow for more lateral space for trays and platters.

Technology

Side-by-sides can have a door-in-door panel like LG's InstaView as well as twin cold environments.

However, French doors have the most variety and different technology.

The French doors and drawers can be convertible into refrigerators or freezers with many brands.

Reliability

We calculate appliance reliability by dividing the products we serviced by the products we sold. For this article, we looked at the number of counter-depth French door refrigerators sold and serviced from December 2020 to October 2021.

Most Reliable Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator Brands for 2022

The following service rates are based on a minimum of 90 refrigerators sold and a total sample of over 2500 products.

  Service Rate
LG 4.5%
Samsung 8.4%
GE Profile 10.2%
Café Appliances 12.6%
Bosch 14.9%
JennAir 15.8%
GE Appliances 16.5%
KitchenAid 17.0%
Beko  32.6%
Grand Total 15.5%

Side-by-sides are more reliable, yet we sold more French door counter-depth refrigerators.

French doors have their dispensers on the refrigerator. Ice cubes in a warmer environment tend to leak.

The side-by-sides have the dispenser in the freezer and are more reliable.

Read More: Most Reliable Counter-Depth Refrigerators

Now, let's look at the best side-by-side refrigerators to consider.

All of these will now have two evaporators to keep the warmer, more humid air and colder, drier air of the freezer separate.

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4 Best Side-By-Side Counter-Depth Refrigerators

Beko BFSB3622SS - $1,799

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Beko has the most interesting technology for keeping food fresh longer.

EverFresh+ with Active Blue Light technology preserves fruit and vegetables.

I know what you are thinking. How can blue light preserve anything?

It turns out blue lighting is the same Kelvin color temperature as sunlight. The light tricks your produce into thinking it's sunny, extending photosynthesis.

Their crisper drawers have directed airflow from the compressor and are gasketed to keep the air inside.

Therefore, fruits and vegetables stay fresher and crisper for up to 30 days.

The icemaker generates a whopping 11 pounds of ice versus three to four for other brands.

Beko’s IonGuard pulses negative ions to counteract the positive ions of odors.

Overall, Beko has an interesting refrigerator but it’s smaller at 19.32 cubic feet nor is it wi-fi-enabled.

LG LRSOC2306S - $2,332

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You will have just about every feature in this 23 cubic foot side-by-side refrigerator.

You can tap the InstaView glass panel to see what's inside your refrigerator without opening your door.

Then again, if your refrigerator is like mine, you may want to tap it again to not see what's in the refrigerator.

When you open the door, a cold airport blows air top down to keep the refrigerator at a consistent temperature.

LG calls it DoorCooling+. It's a good feature because cold air naturally drops from top to bottom.

This refrigerator has two icemakers, one designed to produce standard ice cubes and the other producing Craft Ice.

It's a ball-shaped cube designed to dissolve slowly, so you taste more of that drink and less water from a dissolving ice cube.

LG has robust smart functionality powered by its ThinQ platform.

With LG’s service diagnostics, a service technician will show up at your house to fix your refrigerator before it breaks.

LG is designing that capability for their appliances, and will be available soon.

GE GZS22DSJSS ($2,429) and Profile PZS22MYKFS ($3,059)

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GE doesn't have special lighting like Beko. Unlike the previous LG, you must open the fridge to see inside.

However, GE does have services unlike the others on this list. Service may be the best feature for a refrigerator, especially since most stores do not offer it.

The size is decent at 22 cubic feet. All of GE's appliances are powered by their smart app, SmartHQ.

They have added cycles and features wirelessly even to existing customers.

The difference between Profile and GE is shelving. The Profile has better controls on their ice dispenser as well.

Key Takeaways

First, a side-by-side is a good option for a French door.

They have more freezer space, are less costly, and are more reliable.

You do have more choices and different types of French doors. You can also store better horizontally, like trays and platters.

In terms of brands, all three have decent features. LG has size, craft ice, and the best cooling technology.

Beko is interesting with blue lighting and a huge icemaker. GE has a great service network and a good basic design.

What do you think? You can leave questions or comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions About Refrigerators

1. What Is a Counter Depth Refrigerator?

A counter-depth refrigerator aligns perfectly with cabinets and countertops. Only the door sticks out to open and close.

This gives your kitchen a clean look without the high-end "built-in" refrigerator cost.

2. What's the Difference Between Standard Depth vs. Counter-Depth Refrigerators?

Standard depth sticks out like a sore thumb. It is more apparent if you have an island or peninsula in front of it.

You will see at least 5-7 inches in depth of the body of the refrigerator (not including the door and handles) hanging out. It will protrude into your walking space.

But on the flip side, it gives you more storage space for food. It can be 10% more.

Counter-Depth will give you the "built-in" look and aligns perfectly with cabinets. It gives you a good reason to buy what you can eat now and shop again for freshness. 

3. What's the Difference Between Counter Depth vs. Integrated vs. Professional Style Refrigerators?

Counter-depth tends to be less expensive and shorter than an integrated and professional style. The counter-depth body is usually 24" depth, and the door sticks out.

Integrated belongs to the higher-end refrigerators. They are FLUSH with hidden doors. They are usually covered with custom cabinets. They have the best look.

Professional-style refrigerators have massive round handles with a bold stainless-steel look. It comes in many depths, heights, and price points.

Professional refrigerators are best suited if you want your kitchen to look like restaurant-style equipment.

4. Should I Buy a Black Stainless-Steel Refrigerator?

Not. A black stainless-steel finish is an oxidized coating. It's easily scratched, leaving the shiny undercoat.

Additional Resources

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Danny Nguyen

Danny Nguyen has over 18 years of experience at Yale Appliance. He takes pride in helping customers complete their dream kitchens. Danny enjoys eating, running, and competing in Spartan races. If he's not competing in a race, he is often traveling with his family.

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