Counter-depth refrigerators are becoming a popular choice for designer kitchens. Because of their slim profile, at about 30 inches or less, counter-depth appliances line up with counter tops and cabinets for a seamless appearance. If you're looking for the best counter-depth models that don't skimp on features, check out our top five picks for 2017.
If you're looking for a hi-tech appliance that uses technology to keep food fresh and redefine how you use your refrigerator, this is our top pick. The 36-inch counter-depth 4-door Samsung refrigerator boasts some incredible technological features in its slim package, such as the Family Hub WiFi LCD Touchscreen, an innovative center that brings calendars, notes, photographs and even entertainment to the center of the kitchen. The refrigerator's interior storage, at 22.1 cubic feet, is also generous. Technology reigns inside the unit as well.
We loved the built-in cameras that can be accessed from your mobile device, so you can check the contents of your fridge even when you're at the grocery store. This Samsung unit also features a handy FlexZone Compartment, that can be switched between five temperature settings to maximize freezer or refrigerator space when you need it. Bright interior LED lighting and a generously sized ice and water dispenser round out this Energy Star-rated model.
If organizational flexibility is at the top of your wish list, the Frigidaire Gallery Series 36-inch counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator is a great choice. With a deli drawer, two crisper drawers, four cantilevered refrigerator shelves and three adjustable door bins, this 22.6-cubic foot model offers more than 100 possible configurations. Gallon door storage and built-in can dispensers add to the storage possibilities. We also like the Frigidaire's emphasis on easy cleaning.
SpillSafe Glass Shelving utilizes rims to contain any accidental liquid messes. The smooth stainless steel SmudgeProof finish stands up to little fingerprints, and wipes clean with minimum effort. The Frigidaire also boasts a best-in-class ice and water dispenser that employs PureSource Ultra Water Filtration to deliver fresh, odorless ice and water. Likewise, the PureAir air filter is designed to eliminate bacteria so food stays fresh longer.
The GE Cafe Series offers so many clever innovations that bring a smile to passionate home chefs. This 36-inch French door refrigerator offers the convenience of a full-width refrigerator space on top, which is ideal for storing wide or large dishes. We liked the extra door storage bins for small condiments over the ice maker, the split cantilevered pull-out shelving and the drop-down feature on the right door shelf. All these thoughtful innovations make storing and accessing ingredients easier.
The bottom freezer drawer also provides room for wider items with two convenient tracked drawer bins. Another stand-out feature of the GE Cafe Series counter-depth refrigerator is the powerful filtered water dispenser, which can produce ice, cold water and hot water at the touch of a button. It also offers measured amounts, perfect for quickly following recipes. The TwinChill Evaporators prevent odors from traveling from the refrigerator to the freezer, while the Spillproof Glass Shelves help contain spills.
The Whirlpool 36-inch counter-depth French door refrigerator provides a smooth and sleek exterior for those who desire an uncluttered look in their kitchens. Inside, plenty of features are tucked out of sight. For instance, frameless glass shelves offer wall-to-wall storage. An internal filtered water dispenser paired with a PUR filtration system delivers crisp, cold water so you don't have to fill up the fridge with bottled water. This Whirlpool model also houses several sensors that work to keep food fresh and to run more efficiently.
The Accu-Chill Temperature Management System saves energy and brings temperatures down rapidly by activating the compressor only when needed. Likewise, the FreshFlow produce preserve helps extend the life of your produce with a filter that absorbs the ethylene gas that can over-ripen fruits and greens. Also using sensors, adaptive defrost technology runs the defrost cycle precisely when you need it, and not when you don't.
The LG Signature Series 36-inch counter-depth French door refrigerator is our final pick for 2017's space-saving models. This four-door, 22.8-cubic foot model offers the stylish and practical InstaView Window on the top right door. Simply tap the glass panel to illuminate the contents of the Door-in-Door compartment, which handily stores your most grabbed beverages or snacks. These features minimize energy costs by allowing you to see inside before you open the door, and by opening only the outer compartment rather than letting out the cold from the entire refrigerator.
One of our favorite features was the LUMIShelf lighting, which illuminated the underside of every shelf. Another unique innovation was the automatic door opening feature, which senses when someone's footsteps near the bottom of the door and gently opens the door for you.