Shopping for a counter depth refrigerator used to be about shopping for features.
Would you like your counter depth refrigerator to have three doors, four doors, or two drawers with an internet-ready portal?
Like almost any home improvement product, shopping for a counter depth refrigerator is about what is available first, then features second.
As you are probably becoming aware, a global supply chain for refrigerators is not flexible enough during an ongoing pandemic.
In this article, you will learn which counter depth refrigerators are available in various sizes like 28-inch, 33-inch, and 36-inch widths.
This new list of counter depth refrigerators doesn’t have all the features of last year. However, many still have Wi-Fi and twin cooling.
When we tested various models for food preservation of fruit and vegetables over a month, one brand on this list did exceptionally well.
I plan on updating this list three or four times this year. If you want, subscribe to this blog for daily or weekly updates.
For counter depth refrigerators, six of my recommendations were out of stock everywhere.
Below are the best and most available counter depth refrigerators for 2021:
There are tons of brands to consider, like Samsung, LG, KitchenAid, Sub-Zero, Thermador, Bosch, GE, and Whirlpool.
However, Samsung, LG, KitchenAid, JennAir, and GE currently have inventory issues. More companies will probably join them shortly.
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.
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.
Beko is a newer brand. However, they do manufacture the Blomberg label and produce a counter depth refrigerator for BlueStar.
The features are pretty robust for a less expensive refrigerator.
Beko features twin cooling with two evaporators, so the warmer, more humid air does not commingle with the freezer’s drier, colder air.
The odors from the refrigerator will not be trapped in your freezer, so your food like your ice cream will taste better.
You will learn a bit more about their EverFresh + and Active Blue Light Technology to keep food fresher for a more extended period of time in the videos down below on the other refrigerators.
This unit solves problems, especially in tighter spaces, as it’s designed to fit within a 28-inch space.
This refrigerator was the single most popular counter depth refrigerator and sold on promotion for $999-$1,099.
Most manufacturers have stopped promoting due to scarcity.
The prices are all non-promotional and will probably remain that way throughout the first half of this year of 2021.
It's still popular because it has good features like twin evaporators and an internal ice maker.
Competition is also scarce for a 33-inch wide refrigerator. GE is the only other manufacturer with a 33-inch wide counter depth available.
Although I am a fan of Samsung, their service is poor in many areas. Check for available service in your area before you buy any Samsung products.
The only other French door brand worth considering at 33 inches is GE. Like Samsung, it has an internal ice maker and cooling settings.
GE also typically has better service and is a bit more reliable than Samsung over the past 12 months.
If you are buying from a store without service, then repair has to be a consideration.
Click here to learn more about the best 33-inch counter depth refrigerators.
KitchenAid is one of the least expensive counter-depth refrigerators and can be packaged affordably with decent rebates.
It does have an ice maker and an internal water dispenser.
Their ethylene filter neutralizes the gasses off spoiling foods to keep food fresh longer.
KitchenAid’s temperature management system is based on sensors in the refrigerator and freezer, rather than two evaporators like many other brands.
The reliability is better than average, and parts and technical support from its parent brand, Whirlpool, is excellent.
Again, we handle our service. It may be different in your area.
Beko's two counter depth refrigerators are available in three and four doors.
Beko has some unique claims for keeping food fresher longer.
The crispers have blue lighting mimicking sunlight to keep food fresher longer. Sunlight does render blue on the Kelvin scale.
Their "EverFresh" crispers are gasketed to keep air and moisture out. The refrigerator directs the airflow into the crispers through four ports in the back.
Beko has two evaporators, like Samsung and GE, so the refrigerator's warmer moisture air doesn't blend with the dryer, colder air of your freezer.
Beko also has an ion generator called IonGuard. It sends out negative ions to counteract positive ions of odors for a fresher smelling refrigerator.
Beko Counter Depth Refrigerator Interior With IonGuard
So, your pudding shouldn't taste like your fresh tuna or salmon.
I imagine you are skeptical as I was. However, we tested it against Sub-Zero, Thermador, Bosch, and Samsung.
Beko was the best of the freestanding refrigerators.
If Beko does have an issue, at 19.86 cubic feet, it is one of the smaller counter depths.
You also have to check to see service in your area. (Same should be written about every brand).
This Bosch counter depth refrigerator is brand new and built by Bosch rather than being outsourced.
Bosch is the only counter depth refrigerator with two compressors, one each for the refrigerator and freezer.
The warmer, moister air of the refrigerator does not blend with the drier, colder air of the freezer.
Sub-Zero pioneered the twin compressor years ago. It’s standard on all their refrigerator and freezer combos.
Beko, Samsung, and GE have two evaporators to keep the air separate. Two compressors maintain temperature better.
It also has metal in the back wall of the refrigerator.
Metal absorbs cold better than plastic, so you want to place your milk and juice towards the back to retain the coldest temperature.
Bosch also features an ethylene filter. Spoiling foods will emit ethylene gas. This gas can cross-contaminate other foods.
Bosch has Wi-Fi, so you can control the temperature of your refrigerator through an app on your phone.
Bosch also offers this refrigerator with different handles as well.
The design is well done. It's a good looking appliance.
Yes, it's more expensive than KitchenAid, but GE seems to be more reliable. Their Profile unit allows you to combine rebates with other decent appliances for a better suite.
Availability: In Stock
GE Profile is another available French door counter depth refrigerator with two evaporators and the choice of a dispenser in the door.
Wi-Fi gives you the ability to control the temperature of the refrigerator by your phone.
However, GE’s best feature is size. It's 23 cubic foot as opposed to 21 Cu. Ft. for Bosch, 20 Cu. Ft. for KitchenAid and 19.86 Cu. Ft. for Beko.
Reliability is decent as well.
Hard to believe, the RF22R7351R is the only Samsung on this list for 36-inch counter depth refrigerators. However, it has many of the same features outlined: Wi-Fi and twin cooling.
However, it adds a few new ones as well.
The Showcase door is a door within a door, so you can easily access your milk, juice, and condiments on the door.
The “Flex” drawer is a refrigerator or freezer based on your preference.
It's a well-conceived refrigerator and highly innovative like many Samsung products.
However, you do have to be especially careful about service with Samsung.
You won’t be able to buy this for three months or longer because it's backordered.
The Fisher & Paykel is the only refrigerator with the ability to accept panels.
It's also $6,000 less than a Sub-Zero and other panel-ready refrigerators.
By the way, yes, I know KitchenAid has a cabinet panel option, but you see the black door frame. It detracts from the look, isn't integrated, and the door will protrude.
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 buying it.
We calculated our reliability based on how many French door counter depth refrigerators were sold compared to how many were serviced by brand for a 1-year period.
With 33 techs in the field, we logged 37,061 service calls from December 2019 to November 2020.
The figures below are based on a minimum of 20 sold per brand and over 3,000 total pieces.
French Door Counter Depth Refrigerator Reliability for December 2019 - November 2020
|Service QTY||Shipped QTY||Service Ratio|
|Fisher & Paykel||24||139||17.3%|
However, reliability varies greatly between brands. You must be aware of potential problems before you buy any product.
We have stopped selling any brand with a disproportionate amount of service.
It's important to note: Some brands have over a 50% service rate within the first year. Many of the problems stem from an ice dispenser leak
Counter depth refrigerators have ice dispensers in the warmer refrigerator instead of the freezer like a side-by-side refrigerator.
At a 21.1% service rate, you will likely need service within five years.
The last time I wrote this article, it was very different. You learned more about other brands and could choose from different feature sets.
Now it's about buying a refrigerator without living out of a cooler for 10-12 weeks.
There may not be Keurig coffee on your dispenser or interactive tablets on your refrigerator, but you do have some brands with the ability to keep your food fresh longer.
But be careful, with service rates this high, you should also look for a brand with capable repair services.
If you can wait, buy your appliances when 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.
Best Times To Buy Kitchen Appliances:
You can buy a counter depth refrigerator between 10-35% less around one of these holidays.
However, this year it may all change.
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.
Regular counter depths are shallower refrigerators. The doors will be the only depth sticking out past the cabinet or countertop.
While they are all called counter depth, there are significant differences between the three styles.
Regular counter depth fridges are shallower refrigerators. Typically only the doors will protrude from the cabinets.
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 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.
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