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Size Guide: Counter Depth Refrigerator Dimensions

by Angela Maple

At a Glance:

What is a Counter Depth Refrigerator?

Counter Depth Refrigerator Dimensions

Interpreting Counter Depth Refrigerator Dimensions

Counter Depth Refrigerator vs. Standard Refrigerator

Top Counter Depth Refrigerator Picks

What are the Benefits of a Counter Depth Refrigerator?

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Since countertops are typically about 25 inches deep (24 inches for the base cabinet with a 1-inch overhang), and standard refrigerators are typically 30 to 36 inches deep or more, they will protrude from adjacent countertops by at least six inches. This can obstruct the sleek lines in a kitchen with a desired built-in look.

What about refrigerators that are counter depth? How does its design fit into your kitchen and what are its dimensions? Let's investigate! The counter depth refrigerator definition, counter depth refrigerator measurements, and even five of our top counter depth refrigerator picks from some of the brands we carry are all covered in this blog post by the Colder's appliances team.

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What is a Counter Depth Refrigerator?

The term "counter depth" for refrigerators can be deceptive since counters can vary from home to home. Typically, a kitchen's counters will be around 25 inches long, and its cabinets will be between 24 and 24 1/2 inches deep. As a result, your countertops' edges stick out from the average modern refrigerator, which has a depth of about 30 inches.

For a neater, more streamlined appearance, counter depth refrigerators are specifically designed to sit as flush as possible with your kitchen cabinets and counters. It's crucial to remember that counter depth refrigerators won't always match your counters' measurements precisely because you'll need space for the doors to open. The refrigerator's doors will frequently protrude far enough to open easily without scraping against the nearby counter. Since counter depth refrigerators are smaller than standard refrigerators, they are perfect for kitchens with narrow walkways.

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Counter Depth Refrigerator Dimensions

"Counter-depth" refrigerators are often side-by-side units that are only a little bit shallower than regular refrigerators. They are also a little bit broader or higher than regular models, maintaining considerable interior room. Their freezers' basic boxes are normally between 23 and 27 inches deep, but the overall depth (including the doors) varies slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Additionally, you can come across refrigerators advertised as countertop-depth models with overall depths of 28 3/4 inches (LG and Samsung), 30 3/4 inches (GE), or 27 1/2 inches (Whirlpool).

There are several things to think about if you are particular about how your refrigerator matches the profile of the cabinetry and countertops.

Interpreting Counter Depth Refrigerator Dimensions

The majority of countertop-depth refrigerators will list a number of depth measurements, which you can use however best suits your requirements. For example, one LG counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator (model LRSXC2306S) lists four different depth measurements:

  • 18 1/8 inches: Depth to hinge cover. Box itself, nothing else. No doors, no handles.
  • 46 1/3 inches: Depth total with doors open.
  • 28 7/8 inches: Depth without handles.
  • 28 7/8 inches: Depth with handles.
  • 24 3/8 inches: Depth without doors.

You can anticipate the doors on this refrigerator to protrude enough past the front of the countertops in a kitchen with standard 24-inch-deep base cabinets and countertops with a 1-inch overhang to provide the 2 inches necessary for the doors to open and close freely.

Other Considerations

Countertop-depth refrigerators must compensate for their shallower depth with larger dimensions elsewhere in order to maintain their internal capacity. Frequently, this entails a wider, taller appliance. These refrigerators can be up to 72 inches tall, which might prevent installation if wall cabinets are above the cutout.

Use counter depth refrigerator dimensions to check whether the appliance is actually a counter-depth model for your circumstance. Some models advertised as being "countertop depth" are much deeper, so they might not fit in your kitchen. The technical specifications drawings for the appliance, not the sales brochure, are the best sources for the exact dimensions.

Pay close attention to capacity. The storage space of counter-depth refrigerators ranges from 15 to 25 cubic feet. You can determine the appliance's ability to store food by looking at its capacity. The total storage capacity is lost, so even though you may think you are getting a nice, space-saving counter-depth fridge, it costs you dearly. The majority of counter-depth refrigerators have a slightly smaller capacity than comparable standard models, despite the extra width and height being able to make up for the capacity loss.

Counter Depth Refrigerator vs. Standard Refrigerator

With a depth of 24 to 25 inches, counter-depth refrigerators are about the same depth as kitchen counters. Unlike counter-depth refrigerators, which are practically flat with counters and cabinets, standard-depth refrigerators are typically 30-36 inches deep and can extend half a foot or more past countertops.

Although depth is the primary difference between the two, counter depth refrigerators can also be a few inches larger or higher than normal refrigerators. A more streamlined design with a capacity comparable to a standard refrigerator can be achieved with this extra width or height, which can make up for the lost depth.

Top Counter Depth Refrigerator Picks

The following are five brands to consider when purchasing a counter-depth refrigerator to replace or improve your current model. Continue reading to learn more about the top-performing companies and the refrigerators they manufacture.

LG Counter Depth Refrigerator: LG 23.0 Cu. Ft. PrintProof™ Finish Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side By Side Refrigerator

LG PrintProof Finish Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side By Side Refrigerator

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This typical counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator from LG combines technology with food, two of the most popular things for humans. Stock up on everything your family needs with this 23-cu.-ft. refrigerator, and by knocking on the InstaView window, you can quickly check what you need for your subsequent grocery run. With optimal circulation through the bins, crispers, and shelves, the Door Cooling+ and Linear Cooling systems keep your items fresh for twice as long while cooling the interior to the ideal temperature. It has several cooling mechanisms. Best of all, the Dual ice maker creates cubed and crushed ice for family living as well as slow-melting Craft Ice for happy hour weekends with friends.

Customer Reviews: "Not only is it good looking, but it also's spacious, well-lit inside, and the ice maker works well. It's a little noisy but a small price to pay for our lovely new addition."

Whirlpool Counter Depth Refrigerator: Whirlpool® 20.6 Cu. Ft. Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Whirlpool Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Counter Depth Side-By-Side Refrigerator

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Whirlpool's classic stainless steel counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator is designed to make your life easier with its practical features. Use the extra space to store more of your family's favorite items with the frameless glass shelves or the in-door ice storage. Additionally, to prevent thawing out your frozen pizza or turning your favorite ice cream into cookie dough soup, the adaptive defrost feature keeps an eye on the freezer and initiates the cycle when necessary. The LED dispenser nightlight is ideal for your family members who wake up thirsty in the middle of the night, which is the best part.

Customer Reviews: "So far, so good. I am happy with this refrigerator. It is all that I expected."

Frigidaire Counter Depth Refrigerator: Frigidaire® 17.6 Cu. Ft. Brushed Steel Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator

Frigidaire Brushed Steel Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator

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Frigidaire's reasonably priced counter depth French door refrigerator lets you store all the favorites for your family while keeping everything orderly. The refrigerator's organization system consists of two CrispSeal crisper drawers, edge-to-edge shelving, and 3-tier freezer storage, allowing you to arrange your food, beverages, and leftovers any way you prefer. For the freshest fruits and veggies, you can also keep your food cool and fresh in your refrigerator with the EvenTemp Cooling system. The auto-close doors also ensure that your favorite foods won't deteriorate if you or a member of your household accidentally leaves the door open.

Customer Reviews: "Had to purchase this smaller refrigerator because of space issues. I am quite surprised that it seems to be larger than my last one. It must be because of better design."

Beko Counter Depth Refrigerator: Beko 16.2 Cu. Ft. Fingerprint Free Stainless Steel Freestanding Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Beko Fingerprint Free Stainless Steel Freestanding Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

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You can be sure that your entrée, appetizer, and other meal supplies will be safe as long as you store them in this Beko counter depth refrigerator. With interior theater lighting, a freeze guard, EverFresh+ technology, NeoFrost Dual Cooling, and a cutting-edge ion guard, you can give your fruits, vegetables, and frozen foods the best refrigeration storage possible. This will make your life easier and have a smaller environmental impact. Along with these wonderful features, this Beko refrigerator will keep your groceries odor-free and assist in extending the freshness of your fruits and vegetables by up to 30 percent!.

Kitchenaid Counter Depth Refrigerator: KitchenAid® 20.0 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

KitchenAid Stainless Steel Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

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Get a steady supply of ice for entertaining or regular use with this KitchenAid counter depth French door refrigerator with an automatic ice maker. For a fun night with friends, use your metal wine rack, which offers a long-lasting and adaptable storage option for up to four bottles or two-liter containers. With the ExtendFresh temperature system, max cool temperature control, and FreshChill temperature-controlled pantry features that adjust to maintain the ideal refrigerator temperature, you can be sure that your snacks, drinks, and leftover meals are well-preserved and chilled.

Customer Reviews:"We have owned this for two and a half years, and it's just like brand new. We liked it so much we put a five-door Kitchenaid in our main kitchen. In our previous home, we wanted to bring our 15-year-old Kitchenaid with us; however, the buyers said no. :) Made in the USA tops it all!"

What are the Benefits of a Counter Depth Refrigerator?

  • Reduced open depth: With this shallow depth refrigerator design, you will have more room to open the refrigerator doors without bumping against islands or other kitchen items.
  • More space: Because counter depth refrigerators provide you with a few more inches of space in front, you might find it simpler to maneuver around the kitchen even when there are several cooks, kids, or pets rushing around.
  • Low profile refrigerator, same capacity: Style and space don't have to be incompatible. Counter depth refrigerators offer the same amount of usable space as standard refrigerators because they typically have a little more width and height.
  • Seamless integration: The sleek, seamless look of refrigerators flush with cabinets is perfect for modern kitchens.
  • Many styles: Like standard-depth refrigerators, counter-depth refrigerators come in all possible configurations, including counter-depth French doors, counter-depth side-by-side refrigerators, counter-depth top-freezer refrigerators, and counter-depth bottom-freezer refrigerators.

When you want to maintain the built-in appearance of your kitchen by keeping the appliances in line with the surrounding cabinets, a counter-depth refrigerator is an excellent option. However, you must be aware of how manufacturers define the appliance measurements and are certain to pick a refrigerator that will produce the desired result. In order to achieve the fashionable built-in look, counter-depth refrigerators are typically wider and taller than standard appliances, but you should expect to lose some capacity and pay a little more.

When you're ready to purchase a counter depth refrigerator from one of these brands for yourself, stop by one of Colder's locations to peruse our enormous selection of refrigerators!

Why Trust Colder's?

Since 1942, we at Colder's pride ourselves on offering value, selection, and service. Serving Southeastern Wisconsin with four showrooms that stock quality name-brand furniture, appliances, and mattresses, Colder's is sure to house exactly what you are looking for. And if you can't find it on our floors, chances are, we can order it for you. As a local, family-owned company, we are always doing our best to provide the highest value at the lowest cost to everyone who walks through our doors.

Colder's is committed not only to continuously offering can't-miss sales but also to working with each customer, making sure that you take advantage of every possible markdown — that's our best price guarantee.

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