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Fisher & Paykel vs. Blomberg Small Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

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fisher-paykel-counter-depth-refrigerator-RF135BDRX4-freezer-featureAlthough we appeal to consumers from all over New England, Yale is a city store.

Cities have smaller condos and apartments requiring smaller refrigerators. At the same time, if you want something stylish, there are only a few options.

None of the major brands like GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire and Bosch produce this type of product. So you have to look at brands like Fisher & Paykel, Blomberg, Summit and VestFrost for smaller counter depths.

Refrigerators and Cabinets

With a few exceptions, refrigerators follow cabinet sizes. The most common size is 36 inch width, followed by 30 inch with 24", 42" and 48 inch being less common. We wrote a post called Best 24" Counter Depth Refrigerators for different options.

Then there are outliers. Sub-Zero has been marketing a 27 inch size for 20 years. The new Fisher & Paykel is 25 inch width, so it will not fit in a 24 inch cabinet. It would have to be customized in cabinets or will have to stand alone in a kitchen.

Let's look at the Fisher & Paykel and Blomberg units and the companies as well.

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Fisher & Paykel

fisher-paykel-counter-depth-refrigerator-RF135BDRX4-closedFisher & Paykel has been designing products since 1934 and has grown into a global company operating in 50 countries and manufacturing in the USA, Mexico, Italy, Thailand and New Zealand. Their line is known for its high-quality apartment size brand especially in refrigeration.

Fisher & Paykel RF135BDRX4 - $1599-$1899

  • 13.5 cu. ft. Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator
  • Glass Shelves
  • ActiveSmart Technology
  • Humidity Control System
  • LED Lighting
  • Smart Touch Control Panel
  • ActiveSmart Technology: A combination of temperature sensors with smart electronics and variable speed fans create a controlled environment and optimum temperature to keep food fresher longer.
  • SmartTouch Control Panel: For easy access, the control panel is placed in the inside front of the fridge and have been designed to be intuitively simple and easy to use.
  • High Quality crispers
  • Come in a variety of small sizes
  • Water and ice dispenser available
  • Must order right hinge or left hinge


blomberg-counter-depth-refrigerator-BRFB1042-closedBlomberg is a quality and trusted name in the European household appliances market. Owned by the Turkish Arcelik, the 3rd largest appliance manufacture in Europe, Blomberg has gained a sizeable presence in the average European home with a full array of products. In 2006, Blomberg products were introduced to the American market for the first time. They are a growing presence in compact laundry, refrigeration and ranges in the U.S.

Blomberg BRFB1042 - $1147

  • 10.6 cu. ft. Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator
  • 2 Transparent Crisper Drawers
  • Frost Free
  • Reversible Door
  • Energy Star Certified
  • EzKleen fingerprint proof which will also protect and keep the refrigerator looking new at all times.
  • Antibacterial Interior
  • Glass Shelves
  • Internal Blue light, this doesn’t just look interesting there is a method behind there madness, it is for better food preservation. 

Which Should You buy?

First, if you have a 24 inch cabinet, then Blomberg will be a default choice. I like the brand and it is significantly cheaper.

However, Fisher & Paykel is larger at 13.5 vs 10.6 cubic feet or 30% more. It has better crisper bins and a dispenser option. Both are good options depending on your situation.

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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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