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Counter-depth refrigerators are one of the simplest ways to improve the look of your kitchen without spending a ton of money on a renovation.

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

Then there are tons of new products like four-door French doors, French doors with separate drawers, showcase doors, internet-ready family hubs, Wifi connectivity, and more.

But be careful, there are some drawbacks to French doors as well.

In this article, you will learn about the best counter depth refrigerators you should consider.

The 10 best counter depth refrigerators you should consider for 2020 are:

  • Samsung Counter-Depth Refrigerator RF18HFENBSR - $1,149
  • GE Counter-Depth Refrigerator GYE18jSLSS - $1,799
  • Samsung Counter-Depth Refrigerator RS22HDHPNSR - $1,899
  • KitchenAid Counter Depth Refrigerator KRFC300ESS - $1,999
  • Samsung Counter Depth Refrigerator RF23J9011SR - $2,499
  • GE Counter-Depth Refrigerator PWE23KSKSS - $2,549
  • Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerator B36CL80SNS - $2,999
  • Jenn-Air Counter-Depth REfrigerator JFC2290REP - $3,239
  • GE Counter-Depth Refrigerator GECYE22UP3MD1 - $3,399
  • Fisher & Paykel Counter-Depth Refrigerator RF201ACJSX1 - $3,999

We'll also cover the most reliable counter depth refrigerator brands to help you with your decision. A product can only be great if it works in your home.

We logged 35,256 service calls in 2019 and have some pretty sobering statistics.

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, and how to buy them.

10 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators for 2020

Samsung RF18HFENBSR - $1,149

Reliability: 20.33% 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 like 24,30,36, 42, and 48 inches.

Fifty percent of the refrigerator openings are 30 or 33 inches, yet 90% of the counter depth refrigerators are 36 inches wide.

This refrigerator is your best option for a 33-inch counter-depth refrigerator as it's $600 cheaper than the next option from GE.

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 choice of only two real options.

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

 

GE GYE18jSLSS - $1,799

Reliability: 14.29% serviced in the first year

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Features

  • LED lighting
  • Quick Space shelf
  • Fits 33" openings
  • Tall, external ice and water dispenser with temperature display
  • Two humidity-controlled drawers and full-width adjustable-temperature drawer
  • Turbo Cool setting
  • Advanced water filtration uses MWF or XWF replacement filter

The only other French door brand worth considering at 33 inches is GE. It has a dispenser for water and ice, unlike Samsung.

Samsung RS22HDHPNSR - $1,899

Reliability: 20.33% 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: 43.10% 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 affordably with decent rebates. It does have an icemaker and an internal water dispenser.

The reliability is worse than average, but parts and technical support from its parent brand, Whirlpool, is excellent.

Again, we handle our service. It may be different in your area.

Samsung RF23J9011SR - $2,499

Reliability: 20.33% 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.

GE PWE23KSKSS - $2,549

Reliability: 14.29% serviced in the first year

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Features

  • Full-width, electronic temperature-controlled drawer with colored LED lights
  • TwinChill evaporators
  • Advanced water filtration uses RPWFE replacement filter
  • Internal water dispenser
  • Showcase LED lighting
  • Quick Space shelf

Yes, it's $550 more expensive than KitchenAid or the Samsung, but GE seems to be more reliable. Their Profile unit allows you to combine rebates with other decent appliances for a better suite.

Bosch B36CL80SNS - $2,999

Reliability: 31.99% serviced in the first year

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Features:

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

This Bosch is brand new and built by Bosch rather than being outsourced.

Bosch is the only counter depth with two compressors, one each for refrigerator and freezer.

The warmer, moister air of the refrigerator does not blend with the drier, colder air of the freezer.

The tastes and odors of the refrigerator are not trapped in your freezer. Think about the smell of fresh fish or stinky cheese caught in your ice cream.

Sub-Zero pioneered the twin compressor years ago. It is standard on all their refrigerator and freezer combos.

It also 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 coldest temperature.

The design is well done. It’s 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: 51.76% serviced in the first year

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Jenn-Air is closing out this model, so it's $400 less than the current model. You should buy closeouts in these conditions only:

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

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

Closeouts can be useful depending on the specs and price, if not, then wait for the new model.

GE GECYE22UP3MD1 - $3,399

Reliability: 14.29% serviced in the first year

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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 can make a cup of coffee and program it to be ready when you wake up through an app on your phone.

You can also upload pictures, and it has a hot water dispenser.

Café Appliances is one of the best package brands. You can buy an excellent looking suite at a good value.

Samsung RF22N9781SG- $3,299

Reliability: 20.33% 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.

Fisher & Paykel RF201ACJSX1 - $3,999

Reliability: 16.55% serviced in the first year

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Features:

  • Clever energy
  • Ice maker
  • Design quality
  • Easy installation
  • Easy cleaning
  • Simple storage

Haven't heard of Fisher & Paykel? They are owned by Haier, the same owner of GE.

You should consider this refrigerator because it's good looking with a panel. It is integrated or fits inside the cabinet, so it is seamless.

You will not be able to tell the difference between the cabinet and refrigerator

It's also $6,000 less than a Sub-Zero and other paneled refrigerators.

BTW, yes, I know KitchenAid has one, but you see the black door frame. It detracts from the look, and it isn't' integrated.

Call us with any questions at 617-825-9253.

What Are The Most Reliable Refrigerator Brands?

If you are looking for a technical product with an ice dispenser, then Samsung and GE are the best.

GE has better service in many areas, but you have to inquire who will be fixing your new refrigerator before you buy it.

We calculated our reliability based on our service calls divided by sales for a service percentage. With 33 techs in the field, we logged 35,256 service calls in 2019.

Most Reliable Counter Depth Refrigerator Brands for 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
BlueStar 23 36 63.89%
Jenn-Air 308 595 51.76%
KitchenAid 103 239 43.10%
Whirlpool 6 17 35.29%
Bosch Appliances 135 422 31.99%
LG Electronics 10 46 21.74%
Samsung 248 1220 20.33%
Fisher & Paykel 31 192 16.55%
GE Profile 9 59 15.25%
GE Appliances 5 35 14.29%
Café Appliances 2 41 4.87%
Grand Total 916 2932 31.24%

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 have over a 50% service rate within the first year.

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 31.24% service rate within the first year, you will likely need service within 5 years.

How To Buy A Counter-Depth Refrigerator

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Reliability should be your first consideration when choosing a counter-depth refrigerator.

Beyond reliability, the type and style should be considered. Simple French doors are the least expensive.

Every option adds expense, whether it has four doors, Family Hub, or a Keurig coffee system.

Bosch probably has the best cooling system with two compressors while GE and Samsung have the most options.

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Your other consideration is packages or other products in your kitchen. Buying a package maximizes rebates and coordinates the look of your kitchen.

The other part of "how to buy" is knowing when to buy a counter depth refrigerator.

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 10-35% less around one of these holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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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.

Additional Resources

Download the Yale Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide with features, specs, and inside buying tips for regular, pro, and integrated counter depth refrigerators. Well over 580,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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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.

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