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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 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. Some need service 75-100% of the time just in the first year. So, be careful.

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

8 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators

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Counter Depth Refrigerators at Yale Appliance in Framingham

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

Samsung RF18HFENBSR - $1,099

Reliability: 12.65% 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.

It's usually priced better than 36-inch models and is way cheaper than a 30 inch counter depth. For its size, this refrigerator is your best and almost your only option.

Click here to learn more about the best 33-inch counter depth refrigerators.

Samsung RS22HDHPNSR - $1,899

Reliability: 12.65% serviced in the first year

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Features:

  • 22 cu. Ft. Large Capacity
  • Counter Depth
  • Twin Cooling Plus
  • LED Tower Lighting

Side-by-sides are not as popular as French door refrigerators. However, you do have more freezer space and more organized storage. Side-by-side refrigerators are less expensive as well.

They tend to be more reliable because the ice dispenser is in the freezer rather than the warmer refrigerator like the French door.

KitchenAid KRFC300ESS - $1,999

Reliability: 45.51% 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 $1,999, 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 in your area.

Samsung RF23J9011SR - $3,099

Reliability: 12.65% 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. In addition to twin cooling standard on better Samsung refrigerators, the bottom right-hand freezer can also be converted to a refrigerator instead of a freezer.

Bosch B36CL80SNS - $2,999

Reliability: 25.74% serviced in the first year

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Features:

  • Freestanding
  • Counter Depth
  • Glass Shelves
  • Humidity-Controlled Crispers

This Bosch is brand new and actually made by them for once. It is, like Samsung, a two compressor refrigerator.

Warmer, moister air of the refrigerator does not commingle with the drier, colder air of the freezer. Your food will taste better.

It has metal in the back of the refrigerator. Metal absorbs cold better than plastic, so you want to place your milk and juice in the back to retain the lower temperature.

The design is well done. Its a good looking appliance. It will also be part of their 15% off program when packaged with other Bosch products.

Jenn-Air JFC2290REP - $3,239

Reliability: 34.62% serviced in the first year

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Jenn-Air is closing out this model, so its $700 less than last month and now qualifies for Tax Weekend. You should buy closeouts in these conditions only:

How you should approach discontinued products. Buy them only if:

  1. There ares considerable saving versus the new product and price
  2. There are no feature differences or fewer features in the new release
  3. You can match it with other appliances, especially if it is unique looking
  4. The new model has a long lead time
  5. You like it better, do not care either way or can live with it (don't buy at any price if you hate the look, because it will be staring you in the face for 6-12 years).

Closeouts can be good depending on the specs and price, if not, then wait for the new model. These two will not qualify for Tax-Free Weekend but are the most technologically advanced.

GE GECYE22UP3MD1 - $3,399

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Features:

  • 22cu. 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
  • Two Chill Evaporators – separate climates for fresh food

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- $3,299

Reliability: 12.65% 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 calendars or add to your shopping list
  • Triple Cooling System – provides precise temperature control and humidity using three 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 five 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.

Most Reliable Counter Depth Refrigerators

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 34,687 service calls in 2018.

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

We have stopped selling any brand with a disproportionate amount of service. It is important to note: Some brands are over 50% service within the first year. However, with the best brands still requiring service within the first year, you should know who will be fixing your refrigerator.

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Signature Kitchen Suite 2 33 6.06%
LG Electronics 6 71 8.45%
Samsung 133 1,051 12.65%
Fisher & Paykel 41 261 15.71%
Whirlpool 7 44 15.91%
Maytag 1 5 20.00%
BlueStar 3 14 21.43%
Bosch Appliances 105 408 25.74%
Jenn-Air 270 780 34.62%
Liebherr 6 15 40.00%
Amana 3 7 42.86%
Kitchenaid 152 334 45.51%
Blomberg 25 30 83.33%
Frigidaire Professional 23 6 383.33%
Electrolux 4 1 400.00%
Frigidaire Gallery 11 1 1,100.00%
Grand Total 807 3,062 26.36%

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 a 26.36% service rate within the first year, you will likely need service within 5 years.

What Are The Most Reliable Refrigerator 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.

You have to inquire who will be fixing your new refrigerator before you buy it.

What Is The Best Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator?

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 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 improve the look of your kitchen affordably.

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.

Tariff Implications

Prices have been rising because of steel and aluminum tariffs of 25 and 10% respectively. Both LG and Samsung will be building new plants in the US, so prices could stabilize in 2019-2020.

Be careful with quotations. Make sure the salesperson/store alerts you before any price changes.

When Is The Best Time To Buy A Counter Depth Refrigerator?

If you can, wait to buy appliances until there is a promotional holiday. Rebates are especially good around holidays like Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Tax-Free Weekend, Labor Day, and Black Friday.

  • Presidents' Day: February
  • Memorial Day: May
  • July 4th: July
  • MA Tax-Free Weekend: August
  • Labor Day: September
  • Black Friday: All of November

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a counter depth refrigerator?

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.

What's the difference between standard depth and counter depth refrigerators

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.

What's the difference between counter depth, integrated, and professional refrigerators?

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Styles of Refrigerators at Yale Appliance in Framingham

While they are all called counter depth, there are significant differences between the three styles.

Counter Depth Refrigerators

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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Additional Resources

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

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.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

A Note About Pricing

Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing. Please call the stores for most accurate price.

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