Counter depth refrigerators are narrower than traditional models, designed to blend in with kitchen cabinets.
A counter depth fridge is a narrow fridge designed to blend more seamlessly with your cabinets and the rest of your kitchen design. They are also sometimes called cabinet depth coolers. They look more stylish than traditional refrigerators, although you’ll likely sacrifice some storage space.
A counter depth cooler is usually between 23 and 27 inches (58 to 68 cm) deep, while a standard depth cooler is usually between 30 and 34 inches (76 to 86 cm) deep. More sizes are available to accommodate different needs, and sizes also vary significantly between brands and styles. Keep in mind that this type of refrigerator will still stick out of the cupboards for a bit – so the doors can open.
Most people who choose a countertop refrigerator do so either because they think a real built-in refrigerator is too expensive or because they don’t want to renovate the entire kitchen. Built-in refrigerators are actually in line with the cabinets and most of the time they match the wooden design of the cabinets. They are very expensive and can usually only be installed with a complete kitchen renovation.
Countertop coolers are generally considerably more expensive than traditional coolers, but much cheaper than built-in coolers. You also don’t need to remodel your kitchen to install this type of refrigerator. Some can be customized with wood paneling to better match your cabinet design.
Cabinet depth refrigerators are usually side-by-side models, with a full freezer on the left and a full fridge on the right. Some also have water and ice dispensers at the door. Bottom freezer models are also available, which feature a one- or two-door refrigerator on top and a removable freezer drawer on the bottom.
Depth counter coolers are sometimes taller and wider than standard coolers to make up for lost depth and provide more storage space. Measure your kitchen carefully and plan ahead if you are building or renovating to ensure enough space for this type of refrigerator.
Like most refrigerators, many come with warranties and the option to extend the life of the warranty. Countertop refrigerators can be found at most appliance stores, but if you are building or renovating a home, check with your contractor for special deals on appliances.