COUNTER DEPTH REFRIGERATOR- BUYING GUIDE
Buying the right Counter depth refrigerator is bit tricky at times.
Is this you? You're ready to upgrade your kitchen with a new refrigerator but you're feeling bound by the size of your kitchen or absolutely cannot stand the way most refrigerators stick out further than the typical 25 to 30-inch deep countertop (trust me, as someone with a touch OCD myself, I understand your struggle). To make matters even worse, you find yourself nearly drowning in a sea of compact refrigerator options whenever you walk in a store or peruse an online website. So what do you need to do?
First things first - stop and take a breath. Although it seems overwhelming right now, it's about to get a whole lot easier. Not only have we put together this guide to help you select the absolute best counter-depth refrigerator, we’ve also gone ahead and completed a lot of the research for you - bringing you our absolute favorite and most highly recommended top 10 compact fridges.
Here is our pick on some of the best Counter Depth refrigerators.
KitchenAid Counter-Depth Side-By-Side
23.9 cubic feet
Hanging Bottle Holder
LG Black Diamond Series Counter-Depth French Door
22.7 cubic feet
CustomChill Drawer and Freshness Control
Samsung RF23J9011SR Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator
22.5 cubic feet
Flex Zone Refrigeration or Freezer Space
Bosch B26FT80SNS Counter Refrigerator
25.9 cubic feet
Humidity Control and Super Cooling
Samsung Appliance RF28JBEDBSG Food Showcase Refrigerator
27.8 cubic feet
GE Profile PYE22PSKSS 36" Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
22.2 cubic feet
Built-In K-Cup Brewer
Avanti RA7316PST Apartment Size Refrigerator
7.4 cubic feet
Compact and Perfect for Small Apartments
Summit FF1935PLIM Ingenious Fridge
18.1 cubic feet
Compact Size with Upgraded Features
Frigidaire FFTR1821QS Top Freezer Shallow Refrigerator
18 cubic feet
Basic Duo with a Stainless Steel Finish
Kenmore Smart French Door Refrigerator
24 cubic feet
Works with Amazon Alexa
Best Counter Depth Refrigerators 2017-
Brought to you by world-renowned appliance manufacturer KitchenAid, this 23.9 cubic foot side-by-side counter-depth refrigerator is stunning in full stainless steel.
Slightly wider than the freezer, the refrigerator portion of this combination unit includes three drawers - each with its own freshness control. Three additional shelves (not including the shelf on the top of the top drawer) can be adjusted to utilize any of the five shelf supports built into the unit. A handy bottle holder will support your large 1-liter and 2-liter bottles of water or soda and can even be used to chill white wine.
The hanging shelves on the inside of the doors of both the refrigerator and the freezer are deep enough to hold tall and short products alike. Thankfully, they are clear so that you can easily see the shorter objects without having to lift them individually out of the shelf. You can remove the shelves with ease for cleaning purposes or to move them to a different location. In total, 4 open shelves and 1 closed shelf have been included with the refrigerator. Three hanging shelves in the freezer share space on the door with the built-in ice and water dispenser.
The dispenser itself is a cut above many of those incorporated into many of the other refrigerators out there. Instead of only dispensing ice, it also dispenses water and can be controlled through a touch display panel.
It is honestly surprising that this fridge hasn't received better reviews on Amazon. When compared with many of the options out there this one (like the other nine we have here on this page) certainly stands out. It seems most reasonable to assume that those who were happy with their purchase simply chose not to leave a review for this fridge. After all, it has hit their best seller list for counter-deep fridges despite having less than 20 reviews.
Sleek, contemporary handles and a stainless steel exterior add class to any kitchen.
Bright interior lights and clear tempered glass shelves allow you to see all of your groceries with ease.
A touch control panel delivers ice and water on demand.
The French door design makes it so that you can open the doors with causing a traffic jam in narrow kitchens.
Unfortunately, you have to fill the ice bucket and water dispenser yourself - it isn't directly hooked into your water source.
The Slim design of any side-by-side makes it difficult to fit certain items in either the fridge or the freezer.
Arguably the most interesting thing about this counter-deep fridge is its overall design. Whereas others have chosen to be side-by-sides, all fridge, or to feature a freezer on either the top or the bottom, LG decided to make this fridge special with its French-door style refrigeration system on top, a full-width freezer on the bottom, and a special CustomChill drawer in the middle.
So, what is a CustomChill drawer, anyway? It’s a special drawer that allows you to set it to a different temperature than the rest of the fridge for those special items (like white wine or particular fruits and vegetables) that need to be at a different cooling temperature than the rest of your food. You can even select this special temperature by pushing buttons with icons that correspond to specific foods, like fruits, meats, and wine.
To make things even better, this fridge comes with LG's special freshness control. This cool system uses digital sensors to track things like temperature and humidity levels in your entire fridge, instead of simply tracking the temperature level in one location, like most others.
The control panel allows you to adjust more than just whether or not the dispenser is spitting out ice or water. It includes buttons which allow you to control the type of ice you receive, the temperatures of the fridge and the freezer, the light, the door alarm and much more.
What's that? There's a door alarm? One of the most unique features of LG appliances is their special alarm system. If you leave the door open for too long, the fridge will let you know. Not only is this great if you accidentally forget to close it, it’s also a wonderful way to remind your kids not to "camp in front of the fridge."
Has a sleek and stylish black stainless steel finish for extra glam or even that masculine touch.
The total capacity of 22.7 cubic feet (13.5 for the fridge, 2.8 for the "CustomChill Drawer" and 6.4 for the freezer) is ample space for your family's groceries.
The freshness control system keeps all of your food at the perfect temperature and humidity.
Lights installed into the sides of the refrigerator help you see everything, not just the things stored at the top.
Includes a special slim-design ice dispensing system.
The width of this unit (32 inches) and height (70 inches) may be just a little too large for some spaces.
Despite its size, price, and other great qualities, it does not have some special abilities, like a smart screen or a door-in-door.
Though the French door style is becoming the norm among full-fridge designs and side-by-side fridge freezer combos, it isn't every day that you see an appliance with a French door style refrigerator on the top and a French door style refrigerator on the bottom. Samsung certainly set this unit apart from the rest by making such a bold move. When you realize just why they did this you will be in for even more surprise. They did it to accommodate a "flex zone."
The unique "flex zone" space behind the door on the bottom right can be used as either a refrigerator or a freezer. This means that you can alternate between more fresh goods in the summer and more frozen goods in the winter. Have a 3/4 fridge, 1/4 freezer or a 1/2 fridge, 1/2 freezer combo. You can even use that "flex zone" for special things (like white wine) which need to be at a temperature different from regular refrigerated goods.
It also has other great features you should consider when making your purchase. For example, its "ice master" ice maker actually makes its own ice instead of simply dispensing pre-cubed ice like many of the other refrigerators out there. It is also directly hooked into your water supply so that it does all the work of creating ice for you and with no effort on your part.
Want fresh water? The water line also hooks into a water dispenser for even more convenience at your fingertips. A special filtration system has also been installed into the fridge's door to make that water as clean as possible.
Has everything you'd expect from a high-end, full-sized fridge at an affordable price, packed into a counter-depth package.
It includes many shelves which can be moved to multiple locations.
There's even one shelf which you can alter to be half-depth so you can store tall items without flipping them on their side!
Sleek, bright LED interior lighting ensures that you see everything at a glance.
The French door style takes away from internal cubic footage of the freezer because the center panel is not something you find in most full-width freezers.
The freezer and flex-zone spaces are not wide enough to house certain boxes.
Looking for a simple French door counter depth refrigerator with a full-width bottom freezer? Bosch has you covered. Bottom freezers are preferable for most people who've realized that they don't go into their freezers nearly as often as their refrigerators and, thus, don't need them at eye level. They'd rather bend down to look into a pull-pout basket style freezer than crouch down to see inside the bottom drawers of their refrigerator all the time. It's easy to argue, as well, that this style of freezer lets you pack more things inside than a shelf-style top freezer.
Three drawers at the bottom of the fridge also add to its value. The deep, narrow drawers are useful as fruit and vegetable crispers. They each have built-in smart humidity control systems which keep your food fresh longer. You don't need to set the humidity control - the fridge figures all of that out for you. It also uses air circulation inside the bins to keep the air from growing stale and to maintain your desired temperature. The lower, wide shelf is great for storing meats.
A special super cooling system can easily be activated for up to 6 hours which plummets the interior temperature of your fridge to bring warm foods down to the proper cooling temperature. This is especially helpful when you come home from the grocery store to find that your foods edged up toward unhealthy temperatures in the trunk of your car. Protect yourself and your food with the super cooling function.
Has excellent internal airflow to ensure that the air inside never becomes stale - controlling temperature and odor.
Built with super cooling technology to get your goods to your desired temperature in less time.
Has a special ventilation and smart humidity control system to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh for longer.
A convenient pull-out, bottom freezer with one extra pull out shelf helps you store those foods you use less often while placing your favorites at eye level.
Equipped with a "door open alarm" for those times you forget to close it after use.
Does not connect to your water line to give you direct access to water and ice. Instead, relies on your filling the water and ice areas inside.
Bending down into the bottom freezer may be difficult for those with bad backs since squatting is not an option.
One this fridge's biggest selling features (aside from the fact that it is no deeper than a typical counter) is its "showcase door." Now, most of you are probably wondering what a showcase door even is and you wouldn't be alone in your confusion. The truth is, that a showcase door is actually a pretty neat feature.
Hidden behind the top right door of this fridge-freezer combo sits a second door. Except, unlike the first door, this one is more a frame than a door because you can reach through it. It sounds pointless but consider that you are actually reaching through the backside of the door to grab condiments and bottled drinks off the door shelves. When you open the second part of the door you actually access the shelves inside the fridge. The purpose of this door is to allow you quick access to those goods you use most frequently. You can grab a drink without having to let all the cold air out the fridge, which leads to considerable energy savings over time.
If you thought that the other Samsung on our list was the only one with a "Flex Zone" you were wrong! That awesome spot has been added to this fridge as well. Only this time, it's in the form of a drawer. A special drawer between the French door fridge (on the top) and the pull-out basket freezer (on the bottom) has been compartmentalized into four square sections where you can store whatever you like. From fresh dishes you want to keep cool to special meats you need at a particular temperature, you can keep your special items here and control their temperature with the convenient panel on the lip of the drawer. You can even choose to use this as an extra freezer space if you wish.
A special drawer with a flexible temperature allows you to make the most of your space depending on your needs on any given day.
Includes slide-out shelves that move much smoother than old versions of similar shelves.
A special showcase door allows you to grab items off the inside of the door without opening the entire refrigerator.
Bright LED lights line the fridge from top to bottom see everything inside with ease and less energy consumption.
The extra peek-a-boo door increases the number of seals on the fridge which also increases the number of places that something can go wrong if you don't care for your refrigerator well.
Let's get right into the thick of it - this refrigerator can actually brew coffee for you! While many others try to set themselves apart with ice makers and water dispensers this one takes things a step further by incorporating a Keurig coffee maker. Don't worry, though, this hasn't replaced the ice and water dispenser, it has simply been added to it.
You can still get fresh water and ice with the touch of a button. Only now, you can also get fresh coffee with the touch of a button. Never worry about filling your coffee maker with water again. The direct-line system brings water into the refrigerator for the purposes of making coffee, ice, and simply providing you with a cool glass of water.
Using the same control panel you will use to select your coffee brew size and to demand ice from the ice maker, you can control various other aspects of this refrigerator. The touch of a button can turn lights on and off. Select the refrigerator or the freezer buttons to adjust the temperatures set in either of those locations. To keep things sleek, classy and uncompromised, the numbers and readouts you will use to make these adjustments are only visible once you've engaged the system.
Smart temperature zones inside the fridge allow you to set specific temperatures for those zones. With the touch of a button, you can change the drawer settings from deli to cheese to beverages. The beverages setting maintains a perfect wine chilling temperature for those who love wine, but not enough to purchase a separate wine fridge.
Another thing we cannot ignore in this review is that the GE Profile is compatible with Amazon Alexa. This means that you can adjust the settings with the simple sound of your voice or, even, from a distance. You only have to be connected to the Alexa app to make use of this function.
You can select a particular type of food or beverage temperature setting for the smart drawers inside this fridge.
You can make coffee in the door of this refrigerator! Additionally, you can also retrieve water and ice from the door panel.
Includes highly adjustable and customizable shelves and hanging basket shelves for incredible versatility.
A deep basket-style bottom freezer pulls out on a strong tracker and includes an extra drawer inside for added storage space.
Though an average size among counter-depth refrigerators, at 22.2 cubic feet this one has nothing on the Bosch or the Samsung RF23J9011SR in terms of internal space.
At 35 inches deep, though this is a better option than a full-size fridge, it's not quite as "counter-depth" as the others on our list.
If you have a small apartment and a small budget you cannot go wrong with this fridge by Avanti. Not only is it tiny enough to fit in your space, it is affordable enough not to break your bank.
Measuring 55 inches high, 22 inches wide, and only 23.5 inches deep, this compact refrigerator will not only fit in your apartment in terms of height and depth - it will also take up surprisingly little space in terms of its width. If you happen to have a little more than 22 inches of space between your cabinets and/or wall you can utilize the extra space to store things like brooms, mops, and reusable grocery bags.
Despite only having a total of 7.4 cubic feet in capacity (which is MUCH smaller than all of the others on this particular list), this fridge can hold a surprisingly large amount of food. What makes it even better is that it also has a freezer! Though you can find small bar-sized (or slightly larger) fridges that are slim and not very deep for your tiny apartment space, finding something like this where you can utilize a fair-sized freezer is almost unheard of.
Convenient hanging shelves on the door allow you to store even more food that you would expect which, in our opinion, actually increases the amount of usable space in the 7.4 cubic feet they advertise. For comparison sake, consider that there are many others which claim a similar capacity but do not make use of the space on the door.
Slim and short enough for your little apartment kitchen.
Includes interior lighting which is virtually unheard of in refrigerators this small.
Has six hanging door shelves, 3 shelves (plus one on top of the crisping drawers), and two crisping drawers in the refrigerator.
One additional shelf in the freezer.
Eight different shelf height options.
Only 7.4 cubic feet of interior storage space.
Not made by one of the more popular and well-known companies.
Only one of the door basket shelves is actually very deep.
Summit FF1935PLIM Ingenious - Small Enough for an Apartment with the Features of a Super-Star Fridge
If you need a slim, counter-depth fridge for your apartment of just plain, old, small kitchen, but don't want to sacrifice the cool extras you get when you purchase many of the large upscale refrigerators you are finally in luck. Summit went ahead and created this ultra-neat fridge with many of those special functions people often pay hundreds of extra dollars for on larger refrigerators.
Let's start with the size. At 27 inches wide, 29 inches deep and 73 inches tall, this compact refrigeration unit splits over 18 cubic feet of storage space between its fridge and freezer.
The "in-genious" control panel gives you access to your fridge's innermost workings in the simplest way possible: with pictures. Small icons indicate the types of controls you are adjusting so that you can always be certain you are making the right choices for your needs. It also allows you to adjust the "Express Chill Zone" - a special area of the refrigerator designed to chill certain things extra-fast.
One of the features we found the most appealing is the panel you can pull down from the front of the fridge to reveal a special section inside the door. Summit calls this the "Smart Station" and we agree, it's smart! This is perfect for storing wine, soda, water bottles, or juice - just reach in and pull one out without allowing the cold air to escape the entire fridge.
A special pull-down panel allows you to access an area on the inside of the door.
An expert, touch-screen control panel allows you to customize your refrigeration.
Like the special alarm systems in LG fridges, this Summit fridge will beep if you leave the door open too long.
Sunken handles make it easier to fit into narrow kitchens.
Touch-screen control panel allows you to adjust almost every setting possible.
Though the small size is great for some people it may be a little too small for large families.
The "Smart Station" may not stand up to the test of time and grabby hands.
So, you're looking for a basic top freezer, bottom fridge unit that isn't too slim and isn't too wide. You want something of impeccable quality with a nice stainless steel finish but don't want to break the bank and don't have much space to space, this is the counter-depth fridge you have been waiting for.
It doesn't have all those fancy options you might find on other fridges. You can't access a special control panel on the front a door. You can't just stick a cup under a spout and get freshly filtered water on demand. There's no flexible drawer you can assign a special temperature to. But it's a well-built fridge, with all the specs you need for a dependable cooling machine. The fridge will keep your food at the temperature you set with the simple dial located inside the door, and the freezer's temperature can be controlled with a slider located on its back wall. With three shelves, two crisping bins, and 4 door shelves in the fridge along with one main shelf and two door shelves in the freezer, ample storage space has been supplied for your general food storage needs.
Look, we know this isn't a knock-out among fridge-freezer combination units. We are even struggling to find things to tell you about it to knock your socks off. The impressive thing about this fridge is not something we can turn into a list of extras and bonuses - it's quality. The quality of this fridge (with the additional awesomeness of its counter depth and stainless steel finish) is what makes it stand out among the other basic fridges out there.
It is well-built and designed to out-perform other similar basic refrigerators.
Ample internal storage space helps you maximize the space in your small kitchen.
A sleek stainless steel finish brings a touch of elegance and class even to the smallest apartment-sized kitchens.
It doesn't have any of those special things like smart technology, an ice machine, a coffee maker, or an area with flexible temperature.
Comparable to the GE Profile in many ways, this Kenmore Smart refrigerator is worth the attention of any serious appliance lover. If you are looking for top quality and a fridge with exceptional qualities this is one you need to look into a little further.
We were most impressed with its ability to connect to Amazon Alexa. This connection will allow you to control your fridge's settings with simple voice commands in your home. Just tell Alexa what you want it to do through your separate wireless speaker system and it will set your fridge as you like. Alternatively, you can access the Alexa app from your cell phone to change the settings when you're not home. This is especially helpful when you want to send your fridge temperature down so that it already prepared to super chill food when you bring it home from the grocery store.
If you don't have Alexa or just don't want to use it for your refrigerator you can change the settings by utilizing the small smart bar located on the lip of the main fridge inside the doors. From there, you can change the temperature inside the fridge and freezer, turn interior lights on and off, turn the ice maker on and off, and activate (or deactivate) the door alarm.
Another thing we absolutely love about this fridge that we feel sets it apart from the others is its aesthetic design. Brushed stainless steel is quickly becoming the norm in the world of appliances and Kenmore certain jumped on board that train when creating this fridge. What makes it more appealing than others, though, are the interesting handles. Their long, sweeping, curved lines and thick stature are both elegant and bold.
Has complete temperature control, even from your cell phone thanks to its compatibility with Amazon Alexa.
A beautiful, bold design makes it stand out in the crowd and will certainly be a talking point for your next dinner party.
The French doors won't inhibit your kitchen space whenever you need to peek inside.
The large, bottom freezer will hold plenty of frozen goods and stops you from having to crouch down as often as you would with a top freezer or side-by-side.
Since you have to open the doors to adjust the settings without the Alexa app you may actually do more harm than good by releasing the cold air and requiring your fridge to run for longer.
Choosing the Qualities and Features You Want and Need in Your New Counter-Deep Fridge-
Selecting your new counter-depth fridge isn't as simple as just pointing at ANY counter-depth fridge and clicking "buy now." There's a lot to consider that goes beyond the basic depth of the unit.
You wouldn't buy clothes simply because they were your size, would you? Of course not! You'd consider the material, the time of year, the occasions you'd wear them for, and your personal style. When it comes to refrigerators, things like budget, overall size, layout, style, and additional features are all important factors.
Know Your Measurements
You may think the first thing we'd tell you to consider would be your budget. In most cases, budget IS the first and most important consideration, but I've got news for you: Not all budgets work in all situations.
Before you can even consider what type of budget or special features you want in your new shallow fridge you need to consider the measurements of the space in which it will fit.
You already know that you need a fridge between 25 and 30 inches in total depth (not including the handles, of course). The question now becomes, how tall and how wide?
Typically speaking, you'll want to measure the area between the two cupboards or walls on either side of where the fridge will sit as well as the space between the floor and the upper cabinet (if there is one). It's always good to leave a one-inch gap on either side of your refrigerator (including the top) in order to all for proper ventilation.
Be Budget Conscious
Now that you have your measurements in mind you can really begin to narrow down the possible selection. However, before you go out looking at all the fancy (and not-so-fancy) fridges in stores and on the internet you will need to consider your maximum budget.
Appliance and electronics are one area of the market where prices fluctuate drastically. A refrigerator of one size made by a particular company with a particular setup and set of features may be one price while a fridge of the exact same size made by a different company with a different set of features may be a few hundred or even $1000 more expensive.
You need to know how much you are willing to spend before you go out and get wooed by things like automatic ice dispensers, smart controls, built-in televisions and side-by-side fridge-freezer combination units.
Whether budget is of concern or not, try to stay on the lookout for sales. In the world of appliances and electronics sales aren't just a matter of a few dollars. In fact, a refrigerator sale can knock hundreds of dollars off the original listing price.
What Type of Set-Up Do do You want?
Do you like a side-by-side fridge-freezer combination or are you more of a top fridge, bottom freezer kind of person? Maybe you prefer an old-school refrigerator with a freezer on top. Perhaps you are one of those people who like to keep your freezer completely separate and prefer a full top-to-bottom refrigerator to house all of your fresh fruits and vegetables.
Which one of these sounds like you? Take note of your preference, and then figure out if you are able to score the type of fridge you want at a price you can afford and within your specific dimensions. The important thing to remember is that counter-depth fridges are only recently becoming popular, so there aren't very many on the market. It's always good to have a backup option in case you aren't able to find what you need.
You're lucky because we were able to track down at least one of every option for this list. Though all measure less than 31 inches in depth, they are a variety of widths and heights, so remember to keep that in mind as well.
Something else to consider when it comes to set up is your own ability to bend low or to see the top shelves. Some of us are very short and others have bad backs. Consider any of these factors as well as the frequency with which you venture into your fridge and freezer when making your decision.
Ultimately, there is no major difference among the many fridge-freezer combination units aside from the shape and location of the storage areas. For example, a French door refrigerator-freezer combination (also known as a side-by-side fridge-freezer) makes it easier to view the food items in fridge and freezer. But, this option also means that both sides are slim and makes it difficult for you to place large items inside (just try squeezing a left-over pizza box inside, I dare you!) A French-door full fridge or a French-door fridge with a freezer on the top or bottom allows you the same amount of space as a typical refrigerator without the pesky annoyance of a large door swinging out into your kitchen.
Let's Talk Special Features
Everyone could use a little extra luxury in their lives, and we're certain you're no different. Luckily, many newer refrigerator models come with these extras at a reasonably low price. In fact, things like pull-out shelves are quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception.
Some upgrades, however, often affect the price (even if just a little bit), so it's important to consider what you would like in relation to your financial position. Some of the higher-level options, like built-in smart televisions and scheduling systems, can put a strain on even the most generous budgets.
Other upgrades require special attention from your electrical or plumbing systems. For example, many fridges (regular-sized or counter-depth) with built-in ice makers require access to running water. These models are made to create the ice on-demand without inconveniencing you by requiring you to continually fill a water reservoir.
Refrigerators come in many shapes and sizes. From tall to short; wide to slim. They also come in many styles: side-by-side, French doors, all-fridge, top freezer, bottom freezer, and more. Even within this refrigeration world of diversity, what unites you and everyone else visiting this page is a need for a counter-depth fridge. Whether you want it because your kitchen is slim or simply because you prefer the look of a kitchen with clean lines, we’ve laid out many great options for you here.
In case, you are short on budget, consider reading our guide on Best mini fridges.
We hope our diligent work paid off and that you are walking away with the Counter depth refrigerator of your dreams!