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What Is a Counter-Depth Refrigerator?

A counter-depth refrigerator functions in the same way as other styles of refrigerators, but is about the same depth as standard-size kitchen cabinets. The depth of a refrigerator is the measurement from the back of the unit to its front and does not include its door handle. In comparison, a standard or full-size refrigerator has more depth, which makes it stick out farther from the surrounding cabinetry.

Since a counter-depth refrigerator's front is flush or almost flush with the cabinets beside it, the appliance's appearance look like a built-in refrigerator, but without the high price. Using door panels that are in the style of your kitchen furnishings will further enhance the built-in appearance of your freestanding counter-depth refrigerator.

Besides the visual appeal of a counter-depth refrigerator blending with your kitchen's cabinet depth and providing a smoother transition between the cabinetry and refrigerator, the appliance also takes up less of your kitchen's floor space than a larger refrigerator would.

Counter-depth refrigerators usually are fewer than 24 inches deep, not including handles, and they have an average storage capacity of 22 cubic feet. Their width ranges from about 22 to 36 inches, and their height is typically 60 to 79 inches.

Like standard or full-size refrigerators, counter-depth refrigerators are available in many styles, allowing you to choose a model that works for you and your kitchen's design. For example, certain models include side-by-side refrigerators. Some refrigerators are French doors while others have a single door. Depending on the appliance model, the freezer compartment is either at the top or the bottom.


Just as larger refrigerators offer various features, so do counter-depth refrigerators. Those optional features include:

  • ice maker
  • humidity-controlled produce drawers
  • temperature-controlled drawer
  • antibacterial interior
  • adjustable shelves
  • bottle holder
  • door alarm
  • reversible door
  • Energy-Star certification

Your choices also extend to the exterior of your counter-depth refrigerator. Models with a stainless-steel finish are among your options, with silver or black stainless steel units available. The color choices for additional models include platinum silver, black and white.

With its array of attributes and available features, a counter-depth refrigerator may be the right refrigerator for your kitchen.