Counter depth refrigerators are an easy way to take the style of your kitchen to the next level. They're typically 36" wide and about 70" tall with a total depth of 28-31" including the handles, so they won't stick out past your countertops. In many remodeled kitchens, center islands are installed which carry a dishwasher, slide-in range or wall oven and cook top, while leaving the refrigerator on the out-skirting walls. With a full-depth refrigerator, you will find that there is not enough elbow room to walk between the island and refrigerator. This is a perfect opportunity for a counter depth model. It doesn't stick out, giving you more room in your kitchen and it gives you that clean modern finished look. You can read more about these models in our article on counter depth refrigerators.
Frigidaire's Professional line and KitchenAid both offer high-end products with a commercial feel for the discerning consumer. Frigidaire Professional is Frigidaire's high-end line with commercial styling and premium features. KitchenAid, now owned by parent company Whirlpool, offers a range of high-end appliances that are a joy to use.
Let's take a look at two of the best selling counter-depth French door refrigerators from top brands Frigidaire and KitchenAid!
1. The Frigidaire Professional FPBC2278UF - 21.6 cu ft - $3,399
The Frigidaire Professional FPBC2278UF is a 21.6 cubic foot counter depth refrigerator with a professional design inside and out. The towel bar style handles add a commercial feel, and inside you'll find edge-to-edge glass shelving with metallic trim, multi-level LED lighting, and smoky door bins with door bin liners. The temperature controls are located on the side of the refrigerator door with precision digital temperature settings and more, and you can also adjust the temperatures using the control panel on the dispenser. It's available in smudge-proof stainless steel starting at $3,399.
The refrigerator section includes a full-width deli drawer, two humidity controlled crisper bins, three adjustable half-width shelves, and a flip-up quarter-width shelf next to the ice maker. The doors have five door bins plus a dairy corner and a can dispenser. It also comes with a removable wine rack. The Effortless Glide freezer drawers extend fully and are compatible with dual ice makers. The Even Temp cooling system keeps every corner of your refrigerator cool, and control options like PowerPlus Freeze allow you to blast cold air to quickly freeze items.
This counter depth refrigerator is covered by a one year parts and labor warranty. Looking for a model without an exterior ice and water dispenser? Try the Frigidaire FPBG2278UF, available at around $3,099.
2. The KitchenAid KRFC300ESS - 20 cu ft - $2,399
The KitchenAid KRFC300ESS offers 20 cubic feet of capacity and a noticeably lower price point. It's a very popular model with gorgeous commercial styling and an interior water dispenser. This Energy Star rated model features multi-level LED lighting, an included wine rack, and so much more!
Since it lacks an ice maker in the refrigerator section or an external dispenser, you have more room in the door and the interior. This model includes four half-width adjustable shelves with metallic trim plus a four-bottle wine rack, humidity controlled crispers, and a full-width pantry drawer. The door storage includes five lined bins and a dairy corner. The freezer comes with an automatic ice maker. You can use the Max Cool setting after you've loaded in groceries to boost cooling power for a short time. The FreshChill full-width pantry drawer has a manual temperature setting so you can store a variety of items at the perfect temperature, from salmon to eggplants.
This model comes with a great warranty: one year parts and labor, cavity liner and sealed refrigeration system parts and labor for years 2-5, and parts only on the sealed refrigeration system for years 6-10. The sealed refrigeration system includes the compressor, evaporator, and other important components of your refrigerator.
Features & Options: If you're a heavy ice user, you may prefer the Frigidaire model's dual icemaker capability. If you don't have much use for filtered water dispensers, you may prefer the KitchenAid option. Both models come with high end interior storage features like lined door bins, multi-level LED lighting, and pantry drawers.
Look & Feel: Both models offer commercial styling with bar handles. If you want a totally integrated look, you may prefer the KitchenAid's lack of external water dispenser. The Frigidaire Professional model is slightly larger while also sticking out less with a depth of 27.125" compared to the KitchenAid's 30.5". The KitchenAid model also has basic temperature controls located at the top of the refrigerator section, while the Frigidaire Professional model has integrated controls in the door and dispenser.
Price & Warranty: KitchenAid wins here with a lower price combined with better warranty coverage of the crucial components of your refrigerator. However, the Frigidaire model has a few more high-end features like the integrated controls, plus the dual icemakers and other great premium options that may make it worth the price.
If it comes down to pricing and warranties, KitchenAid is the obvious winner here in this comparison of the best counter depth refrigerators. But if you want an external dispenser and a few more bells and whistles, the Frigidaire Professional model might be worth it to you! Take a look at both brands when you go shopping. We believe that you'll be impressed with the styling and quality that are built into these products. If you're still researching different models, check out our reviews of the best counter depth refrigerators of the year or the largest counter depth refrigerators of the year!
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Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in January of 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.