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Counter depth refrigerators are a simple way to improve the look of your kitchen without spending way more money on a renovation.

Yet they can be confusing to buy. There are tons of brands like Samsung, LG, KitchenAid, Sub-Zero, Thermador, Frigidaire, GE, and Whirlpool among others.

In this article, you will learn what a counter depth refrigerator is and how it differs from professional and integrated refrigerators as well as the 7 best counter depth refrigerators you should consider.

You will also know the reliability of all the major brands. A product can only be great if it works in your home.

Many brands market well but perform poorly. Many need service 75-100% of the time just in the first year.

Let's look at the best counter depth refrigerators, the different types of counter depth refrigerators, and how to buy them.

7 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators

Pricing for October 2018

If you are buying a refrigerator around Labor Day, Presidents' Day, and Black Friday, many brands will be less expensive. Look especially at Samsung and LG because they have bigger rebates during promotional times.

Samsung RF18HFENBSR - $1,199

Reliability: 16.04% serviced in the first year

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▶️ Samsung RF18HFENBSR Features Video

Features:

  • 18 cu. Ft. capacity – you can store up to 18 paper bags of groceries
  • automatic filtered ice maker – internal icemaker located in the freezer
  • Twin Cooling System – maintains cooling air for the refrigerator and freezer separately. Samsung's twin cooling system humidity levels are up to 5x higher than single cooling systems keeping perishables from spoiling quickly
  • Power Freeze and Power Cool – fast freeze or fast chill for firming up ice cream or chilling a beverage
  • Two crisper drawers – storage for your fruits and vegetables that are designed to keep them fresh and crisp

You buy a refrigerator based on the cabinet openings. Fifty percent of the refrigerator openings are 30 or 33 inches, yet 90% of the counter depth refrigerators are 36 inches wide. 

This is your best option for a 33-inch wide counter depth refrigerator as it is $500 cheaper than the other option from Fisher & Paykel.

This refrigerator is your best option in a 33-inch size. It is usually priced better than 36-inch models and is way cheaper than a 30 inch counter depth.

Read this post about the best 33-inch counter depth refrigerators.

LG LFC21776ST - $1,979

Reliability: 20.00% serviced in the first year

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Features:

  • 7 cu. Ft capacity – can accommodate a week's worth of food depending on the size of your family
  • IcePlus Freezing – internal ice maker
  • SpillProtector- 4 shelves with spill proof tempered glass
  • Smart Cooling System – maintains and adjusts internal temperatures to keep food fresh
  • 2 Crisper drawers featuring 4 compartments to neatly store any perishables as well as prolonging their freshness

This 20.9 cu. ft. French door refrigerator has a built-in look with a shallower depth to sit flush from your cabinets or countertop.

LG's Smart Cooling system and Linear Compressor helps to keep food fresher, longer.

 

KitchenAid KRFC300ESS - $2,069

Reliability: 25.87% serviced in the first year

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Features:

  • 20 cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Metal Wine Rack
  • Automatic ice maker – internal icemaker that maintains ice supply (awesome for when you're entertaining)
  • SatinGlide system – under-mounted pans have rollers for smooth operation
  • Interior water dispenser – filtered water dispenser inside refrigerator
  • Produce Preserve – helps to remove ethylene to keep perishables fresher longer

At $1,899, KitchenAid is one of the least expensive counter depth refrigerators and can be packaged with many of their newly restyled products. It does have an icemaker and internal water dispenser.

The reliability is average, but parts and technical support from parent Whirlpool is excellent. 

Again, we handle our own service. Reliability may be different on a direct basis.

 

Samsung RF23J9011SR - $2,599

Reliability: 16.04% serviced in the first year

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▶️ Samsung RF23J9011SR Features Video

Features:

  • 23 cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 4-door refrigerator
  • Triple Cooling System – provides precise temperature control and humidity using 3 evaporators and two compressors
  • FlexZone – customizable compartment that can switch from a refrigerator or freezer with the touch of a button
  • Ice Master – produces up to 5 lbs of ice every day and can hold up to 2.9 lbs at a time
  • Power Freeze and Power Cool – fast freeze or fast chill for firming up ice cream or chilling a beverage
  • Adjustable shelves – can flip up or slide in to store larger items
  • Two humidity –controlled clear crispers

The Samsung 4-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 a refrigerator instead of a freezer.

 

Samsung RF22KREDBSR - $2,799

Reliability: 16.04% serviced in the first year

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▶️ Samsung RF22KREDBSR Features Video

Features:

  • 22 cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Metal Cooling - ensures cold air gets locked in to keep your food fresh
  • Adjustable shelves - personalize your storage space
  • Food showcase - two-door design for easy access to food or on-the-go items

You should consider this refrigerator for a more premium refrigerator. 

It features Door N Door allowing easy access to items on the door.

The refrigerator door and drawer have Metal Cooling. Metal absorbs cold better than plastic, so your items are kept colder immediately. 

Samsung refrigerators are two zones as you have read. This refrigerator is three zone because the drawer can be converted from refrigerator to freezer.

 

GE CYE22UELDS - $3,399

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Features:

  • 15 cu. Ft. capacity
  • Keurig K-Cup System – luxury of being able to brew a hot, single beverage
  • Wi-Fi Connect – enables voice control and Amazon's Alexa
  • Hot Water Dispenser
  • TwoChill Evaporators – separate climates for fresh food

We do not carry GE, but this is a fun refrigerator. You have the ability to make a cup of coffee as well as upload pictures on the LCD screen. The Café, in general, is a decent line. This is the only product not based on reliability.

 

Samsung RF22N9781SG - $3,599

Reliability: 16.04% serviced in the first year

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Features:

  • 22 cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 4-door refrigerator
  • Family Hub - Connect to your home, plan a meal, sync caldendars or add to your shopping list
  • Triple Cooling System – provides precise temperature control and humidity using 3 evaporators and two compressors
  • FlexZone – customizable compartment that can switch from a refrigerator or freezer with the touch of a button
  • External Water and Ice Dispenser
  • Ice Master – produces up to 5 lbs of ice every day and can hold up to 2.9 lbs at a time
  • Power Freeze and Power Cool – fast freeze or fast chill for firming up ice cream or chilling a beverage
  • Adjustable shelves – can flip up or slide in to store larger items

With the Samsung Family Hub, you can watch TV or leave notes to your family. You can also access the internet, look into your refrigerator to see what you may be missing while shopping, or ask it for the temperature, all from an app on your phone.

 

Call us with any questions at 617-825-9253

 

What is a Counter Depth Refrigerator?

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Counter Depth Refrigerators Display at Yale Appliance + Lighting

A counter depth refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinets, unlike a normal refrigerator. It's better looking because you won't see the sides jutting out 5-8 inches in your kitchen.

You also have the benefit of having a shallower refrigerator in a galley kitchen or with an island design. There will be more room between the refrigerator and the island itself.

Most Reliable Counter Depth Refrigerators

You will see the reliability of every brand based on 30,761 service calls completed in 2017. 

However, reliability varies greatly between brands. You must be aware of potential problems before you buy.

We have disqualified any brand with a disproportionate amount of service. However, with the best brand still requiring service 16.04% within the first year, you should know who will be fixing your refrigerator

Counter Depth Refrigerator Reliability

Our formula is simple. We look at service calls and then divide by sales for a service percentage. With 30 techs in the field, we logged 30,761 service calls in 2017 and are on track to log 35,000 in 2018.

 

Service Qty 

Shipped Qty 

Service Ratio 

Electrolux Icon 

1 

1 

100.00 % 

General Electric 

1 

1 

100.00 % 

Electrolux 

56 

104 

53.85 % 

Liebherr 

2 

4 

50.00 % 

Frigidaire Gallery 

43 

114 

37.72 % 

LG Electronics 

6 

18 

33.33 % 

Jenn-Air 

172 

637 

27.00 % 

Fisher & Paykel 

28 

136 

20.59 % 

Samsung 

48 

239 

20.08 % 

Frigidaire Professional 

20 

101 

19.80 % 

Bosch Appliances 

50 

284 

17.61 % 

Kitchenaid 

30 

199 

15.08 % 

Whirlpool 

4 

42 

9.52 % 

Maytag 

0 

1 

0.00 % 

At 29.84%, French door counter depth refrigerators are the second most serviced product for an appliance.

Many of the problems stem from an ice dispenser leaking as it is now located in the warmer refrigerator instead of a freezer like a side-by-side.

At almost 28.94% service in the first year, you will likely need service within 5 years.

What Are the Most Reliable Brands?

If you are looking for a technical product with a dispenser, then Samsung and LG are the best. However, be aware their support has been outstripped by their tremendous growth in some areas.

Let's look at the distinctions between all the counter depth refrigerators as there is a bit of confusion.

Standard Depth vs. Counter Depth  

Regular counter depths are shallower refrigerators. The doors will be the only depth sticking out past the cabinet or countertop.

Have a look at the installations below. On the right is a standard depth refrigerator, where you can see the exposed refrigerator cabinet sides.

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What's the Difference Between Counter Depth, Integrated, and Professional Refrigerators?

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While they are all called counter depth, there are significant differences between the three styles. This article will focus regular counter depth refrigerators. See below for links to the other styles.

Counter Depth

Regular counter depths are shallower refrigerators. Typically only the doors will protrude from the cabinets. 

Integrated Refrigerators

Integrated refrigerators fit totally inside the standard cabinet, so they are seamless and indistinguishable from the cabinet itself. The doors do protrude on the pro and regular counter depth refrigerators.

Integrated refrigerators, like professional refrigerators, will cost a lot more as well.

Professional Refrigerators

Professional refrigerators are taller at 84 inches and have the compressors on the top with a "restaurant" or commercial look for a much higher price of $8,000-16,000.

Watch the video below to see the differences between counter depth, integrated, and professional refrigerators.

Counter Depth, Professional & Integrated Refrigerator Differences [VIDEO]

 
 
 
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How to Buy a Counter Depth Refrigerator

Counter depth refrigerators are much less expensive than when first introduced. The Korean companies have used their highly successful promotion strategy of rebating around holidays. The rest of the companies have since followed suit.

Rebates are especially good around holidays like President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Black Friday, and July 4th.

You can buy a counter depth refrigerator between 25-40% cheaper around one of these holidays.

Look especially at Samsung and LG during these times because they have the bigger rebates during promotional times.

Conclusion

Samsung may be the best single brand for technology and reliability. We will update this article if that changes.

You do need to be cognizant of who will be fixing your refrigerator before you buy. One word of caution: Most factory service agencies are under-trained and poorly staffed, so be careful.

Remember: You do sacrifice between 3-5 cubic footage and pay $200-$500 more for any counter depth refrigerator.

However, counter depth refrigerators are one of the best products to affordably improve the look of your kitchen.

 

Additional Resources

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