A counter depth refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinets. It is more aesthetically pleasing because you won't see the sides.
It is also a benefit to have a shallower refrigerator in a galley kitchen or with an island design. There will be more room between the refrigerator and the island itself.
Simply, counter depths look better. We will look at the different types and then the 7 best to consider.
Counter depths are much less expensive than in years past. Rebates are especially good around holidays like Memorial Day
Regular vs. Pro vs. Integrated Shallow Depth Refrigerators
For this article, we will focus on the non-professional shallow depth products. Professional refrigerators are taller at 84", have the compressors on the top and have the "restaurant" or commercial look and price.Short on time? Get our free Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide
Integrated refrigerators fit totally inside the standard cabinet, so they are seamless and indistinguishable from the cabinet itself. Only the doors protrude on the pro and regular counter depth.
Have a look at a professional and integrated refrigerator.
Professional counter depth refrigerator at Yale
Integrated counter depth refrigerator at Yale
Regular Counter Depth vs. Counter Depth
Regular counter depths are basically shallower refrigerators. Have a look at some installations.
Regular counter depth refrigerator from the front
Regular counter depth refrigerator from the side
5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators
Pricing updated for Augsut, 2017 with two bonus options
You buy a refrigerator based on the cabinet openings. 50% of the refrigerator openings are 30 or 33 inch, yet 90% of the counter depth products are 36 inch width. I like the Samsung, because it is the best counter depth french door refrigerator at 33 inches wide.
Frigidaire suffers from an identity crisis, but is actually one of the most reliable brands sold at Yale. I really like this refrigerator especially with the rebates.
This side by side is 23 cubic foot with an ice and water dispenser and the stainless is fingerprint proof. You could package this with other stainless appliances for less than $2,999.
This KitchenAid is counter depth and won't protrude past your cabinets. Includes ice maker, glide crispers and interior water dispenser. At $1699, KitchenAid is one of the least expensive counter depth issues and can be packaged with many of their newly restyled products.
Samsung RF23HCEDBSR - $2,049 after $50 rebates
Samsung has a modern look with surprising good reliability. Editors note: Their top load washers had issues as did their phones. Samsungs' other appliances are more reliable than average based on our 20,000 service calls per year.
This is Frigidaire’s Gallery counter depth model. The Gallery if their mid ranged appliance with glass cantilever shelves, optional 2nd icemaker in the freezer and best of all patented smudge proof stainless steel. This counter depth fridge has 22.6 cubic foot capacity and is energy star rated.
The Samsung four door is the next iteration of style as both refrigerator and freezer open in the French door style. However, this refrigerator is also flexible, as the bottom right hand freezer can also be converted to refrigerator as well. Cool and practical.
Frigidaire Pro has organzied storage as well as two icemakers and dispenser.
Jenn-Air is a staple counter depth brand. This is a restyed product with new LED as well as an internal icemaker.
One (very) small word of caution: You do sacrifice between 3-5 cubic footage and pay $200-$500 more for a counter depth refrigerator.
However, counter depth refrigerators are perhaps one of the best products to affordably design into a high-end kitchen.
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