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Best Small Counter Depth Refrigerators For 2020 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

April 23rd, 2020 | 5 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf


I wrote this article originally in 2014. I remember thinking, “These options are all expensive, really expensive.”

You are paying for the privilege of far less cubic feet. It doesn’t seem fair.

Six years later, selection has changed for the better. New companies are now marketing more reasonable, smaller counter depth refrigerators.

It will never be the commodity and low price of a regular family size 18 cubic foot refrigerator for $699.

Still, you can feel a bit better about your options than you did six years ago.

In this article, we will review your best options under 30 inches. We recently wrote two articles about the best 30 and 33-inch counter depth refrigerators. I will highlight a couple of those as a reference.

If you are looking for a decent refrigerator for your small kitchen in the city or just a smaller refrigerator for a home office (where we all may be working in the future), this article has several excellent options.

Let’s get started.


Refrigerator And Cabinet Sizes 

French-door-counter-depth-refrigerators-at-yale-appliance-in-hanoverFrench Door Counter Depth Refrigerators on Display at Yale Appliance in Hanover


Refrigerators fit cabinet widths.

Manufacturers design appliances to fit your cabinets and not the other way around.

That’s why you see a 30-inch stove and 24-inch dishwasher, not a 26-inch stove or a 22-inch dishwasher because the most common cabinet sizes are 24 and 30 inches.

For refrigerators, the most common size is 36 inches, followed by 30 inches. Thirty-three, 28, and 24 inches are all popular sizes for smaller kitchens.

Let’s review the other mid-size refrigerators:

Best 33-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators

Samsung Counter Depth Refrigerator RF18HFENBSR - $1,199

samsung RF18HFENBSR refrigerator


  • Width: 33 - inches
  • Height: 69.75 - inches
  • Capacity: 17.8 cubic ft.
  • Twin Cooling System 
  • Automatic Ice Maker in Freezer

I am placing a link below this post so you could look at your other options in this size range. However, this refrigerator is by far the most popular 33-inch counter depth refrigerator.

It also has the lowest price of $300-500, depending on promotions or sales.

The refrigerator has twin evaporators, so the cool refrigerator air doesn’t mix with the dry, colder freezer air. Your food, especially in the freezer, will taste better.

GE has a decent option as well. Fisher & Paykel is stylish but expensive.

You can learn more about the Best 33-inch Counter Depth Refrigerators by clicking here.

Best 30-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators

You have some choice in this size, unlike 33 inches. Sub-Zero, Miele, Beko, Bosch, and Thermador all make a smaller unit at 30 inches.

Below, we’ll list the very best option and also a more affordable option for 30-inch counter depth refrigerators.

Sub-Zero Built-In Counter Depth Refrigerator BI30UORH - $8,650



  • Panel ready design
  • Dual refrigeration keeps food fresher
  • Air purification system fights spoilage, odors
  • Low-temperature/high-humidity storage zones

It’s the obvious choice for being the best. Then again, at about $10,000, it should be. Sub-Zero builds their refrigerators with the premise of keeping food fresher for a longer time.

There is an air scrubber “scrubbing” ethylene gas off spoiling foods, so they last longer. You have a vacuum seal, two compressors, and magnetic crispers all designed to keep the air in its proper place.

Beko Counter Depth Refrigerator BFBF3018L - $1,299



  • 16.2 cu. ft., Counter Depth
  • EverFresh+
  • Active Blue Light Technology
  • IonGuard, Full Frost Free
  • Electronic Control, Dual Evaporator

At $1,259, this is a decent refrigerator and an excellent buy. You have two evaporators, so the air doesn’t mix similarly to a Sub-Zero.

Their “Blue Light” emulates sunlight for a longer life for fruits and veggies.

Beko is a huge European appliance manufacturer based out of Turkey. You may have purchased their products under their Blomberg label.

You may have also purchased a Beko product under another name. They produce appliances for several different brands.

You can learn more about the Best 30-inch Counter Depth Refrigerators by clicking here.

Best Small Counter Depth Refrigerators For 2020

Best 28-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators

Beko Counter Depth Refrigerator BFTF2716SSIME - $899

Beko 28 inch counter depth refrigerator


  • 13.53 cu. ft.
  • EverFresh+
  • Active Blue Light Technology
  • Wine Rack
  • Auto Ice Maker

This is one of the only top freezer counter depth refrigerators on the market, and one of the few at 28 inches wide.

Twenty eight-inch widths is an older but still a common dimension. Way back early in my career, we used to sell GE 16 cubic foot refrigerators in 28 widths, especially in the city.

It’s a well-featured, refrigerator with Everpure+ and Blue Light in their crispers emulating sunlight to prolong the life of your fruit and vegetables.

Like every other Beko refrigerator, it has two evaporators to keep the air and refrigerator separate.

Best 24-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators

You will find more manufacturers in 24 than 28 inches with Whirlpool, LG, Electrolux, and Miele manufacturing a 24-inch counter depth refrigerator.

Look at these two:

Bosch Counter Depth Refrigerator B11CB50SSS - $2,399



  • All Level LED Lighting
  • Full-Width Glass Shelves With Metal Trim
  • Dual Evaporator
  • Electronic Controls for Precise Temperature Management
  • Energy Star Qualified
  • Door Open Alarm
  • 11 cu.ft. Total Capacity
  • 7.7 cu.ft. Refrigerator Capacity
  • 3.3 cu.ft. Freezer Capacity

Beko Counter Depth Refrigerators BFBF2412WH - $949

Beko BFBF2412WH


  • 10.34 cu. ft.
  • Field Reversible Door
  • Full Frost Free
  • Electronic Control
  • Dual Evaporator

Bosch is the larger size. They both have twin evaporators, but Beko has better crispers for far less money.

Beko 24-Inch Refrigerators

Beko 24-Inch Bottom Mount Refrigerators

Best 22-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators

This is the narrowest you can buy before compact and under cabinet models.

Miele Counter Depth Refrigerator KFNS37692IDE1 - $3299



  • PerfectFresh Pro
  • FlexiLight
  • Frost Free
  • Dynamic Cooling
  • IceMaker

Beko Counter Depth Refrigerator BBBF2410 - $1,849


  • 8.0 cu. ft.
  • Full Frost Free
  • Field Reversible Door
  • Electronic Control
  • Dual Evaporator
  • Panel Ready

LG Counter Depth Refrigerator LTNC1131V - $629



  • 11 cu. ft. Capacity
  • LoDecibel Quiet Operation
  • LED Lighting
  • Door Cooling+
  • SmartDiagnosis

Miele is a grand refrigerator with great lighting and bins. Beko is a good option for panels, which brings us to LG.

The price is great at $649, but it’s a bit cheap on the inside.

Still a great price.

Best 27-Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators

I saved this until the end. In the beginning, I said appliances follow cabinets. There is no such 27-inch cabinet.

You can still use this in a 28-inch cabinet if your preference is having a bottom mount refrigerator (freezer on the bottom) versus a top mount (freezer on top).

However, 20 years ago, Sub-Zero designed the first integrated refrigerator at...27 inches.

It was a smart play because they would own that dimension. Designers, in theory, would specify a 27-inch refrigerator and would only be able to use a Sub-Zero.

That never happened. So Sub-Zero discontinued that series years ago. Now Beko is the only alternative replacement (other than redesigning your kitchen).

Key Takeaways

Unlike six years ago, you have choices. In the high end, Sub-Zero certainly, however, you now have a good line of affordable yet decent refrigerators like Beko and a few others.

Refrigerators have more service issues, so make sure there is the adequate repair for whatever you buy.

Additional Resources

Get the Yale Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide with features, specs and inside tips to counter depth, professional and integrated refrigerators. Over 800,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

View our counter depth refrigerator buying guide

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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