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Counter Depth Refrigerators – Pros and Cons

Counter depth refrigerators give the look of a built in unit by sitting flush with kitchen counters and cabinetry. They come in many different configurations and are a standard option for most appliance manufacturers in this day and age. They are simply freestanding refrigerators with a shallower depth. The typical kitchen counter is 24”, so you can imagine how this cuts down the refrigerators capacity a little bit. However, they are cheaper than the flush alternative of a built in.
Numerous Options
Counter depth refrigerators come with as many design options as any freestanding or built-in unit. They are available side-by-side, top freezer, bottom freezer, and even with French doors. They can be purchased with or without ice and filtered water dispensers, and most features remain the same from brand to brand depending on your needs. Some popular brands that manufacture counter depth refrigerators are the same ones you would look to for any other refrigerator and include Frigidaire, LG, Electrolux, and GE. The same finish options are available as well, including the popular custom panel, to create a seamless looking spread of cabinets.
Smaller Capacity
The largest counter depth refrigerators and side-by-side units and run right around 23 cubic feet of interior space. This isn’t much smaller than a typical bottom or top freezer. And in some cases they are a good alternative if you aren’t necessarily looking for a huge refrigerator, say you eat out a lot, are single, or live in a really small apartment. Some interesting design options for tiny living could be a counter depth unit or something tall and skinny.
Dollars and Cents
Buying a new refrigerator is a big commitment and investment. If you have your heart set on a built in, but just can’t afford it, a counter depth freestanding unit is a smart alternative. The aesthetic is there, but the price tag is not as jaw dropping. And if you end up moving a freestanding unit will be easier to take with you if you decide to do so. Alternatively if the decision is between a standard dimensioned freestanding unit that will protrude past your cabinet line, and a counter depth built in, consider if aesthetic alone is worth the price difference. For example, an average built in unit will cost you around $5,000 depending of course on make and model. A freestanding unit of the same brand and comparable size will run you around $1,100 and a counter depth will run you right around $2,800. What is the look of your kitchen worth to you?
All and all, you are not limiting the configuration, be it side-by-side, top or bottom freezer, by considering a counter depth unit, if anything it’s commendable to be aesthetically minded and searching for cost effective alternatives to some more expensive, but beautifully integrated, units.