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The 5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators of 2020

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Nov 7, 2019, 10:30:00 AM
Jeff Allaire

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Refrigerators! We all have one that may have seen better days. Many of us have full-depth units for a variety of reasons and may consider purchasing the same size and style as a replacement. But counter depth options in different styles are available that could take your kitchen design to the next level! These refrigerators imitate the built in look when installed between cabinets and panel enclosures. It will give a sleek, professional, finished look to your kitchen. (For more info on choosing a new refrigerator, check out our refrigerator buying guide!)

In this article we take a look at our top picks for the five best counter depth refrigerator models of 2020, mainly focusing on French door models except for #4, which is a side by side model. Pay attention to the depth measurement, which includes the case, doors, and door handles. The case depth, or depth excluding doors and handles, will usually be around 24 to 24.5 inches. Different door thicknesses and handle designs will stick out more or less from the cabinetry. You can read more about counter depth refrigerators in our article.

Let's dig in!

 

Table of Contents

  1. KitchenAid KRFC300ESS (French Door)
  2. GE GWE19JSLSS (French Door)
  3. Bosch B36CT80SNB (French Door)
  4. Whirlpool WRS571CIHZ (Side by Side)
  5. Frigidaire FG4H2272UF (French Door)

 

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1. KitchenAid KRFC300ESS - 20 cu ft - 36" - $2,399

First up on our list of the best counter depth refrigerators is the stylish KitchenAid KRFC300ESS. At 20 cubic feet and 36 inches wide, it's available in stainless steel at $2,399, black stainless steel at $2,499, or white at $2,299. It has commercial-inspired towel bar handles and an internal water dispenser for a sleek look.

The refrigerator section includes humidity-controlled crispers and a full-width temperature-controlled FreshChill pantry drawer to optimally handle anything from salmon to eggplants. Multi-level LED lighting makes it easy to find what you need. The internal water dispenser and automatic icemaker give you access to fresh filtered ice and water whenever you want. 

This model looks great and has a nice array of features for your kitchen!

 

Features:

  • ExtendFresh Temperature Management System

  • Internal water dispenser

  • Energy Star rated

  • Multi-level LED lighting

  • Hidden hinges

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 35.75"

  • Depth: 30.5"

  • Height: 70.125"

 

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KitchenAid KRFC300ESS  - $2,399

Best Counter Depth Refrigerator KITCHENAID KRFC300ESS

 

 

2. GE GWE19JSLSS - 18.6 cu ft - 33" - $1,899

Looking for a narrower option? One of the best 33" wide counter depth refrigerator choices is the GE GWE19JSLSS. At 18.6 cubic feet it's below the average capacity for French door refrigerators but still offers plenty of space for households of up to four people. It's available in stainless steel at $1,899, GE slate at $1,999, and black or white for around $1,799.

People who like to be in the know will appreciate the up-front temperature controls with actual temperature display. An icemaker and internal water dispenser give you filtered ice and water without an external dispenser for a sleek exterior design. The refrigerator section includes humidity-controlled crispers and a full-width drawer with adjustable temperature.

This nicely featured refrigerator gets bonus points for the actual temperature display! Plus the internal water dispenser is a great alternative to external water dispensers if you still want access to cold filtered water while retaining a premium exterior style.

 

Features:

  • Fits 33" openings

  • Internal water dispenser

  • Energy Star rated

  • Multi-level LED lighting

  • Hidden hinges

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 32.75"

  • Depth: 31"

  • Height: 69.875"

 

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GE GWE19JSLSS - $1,899

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3. Bosch B36CT80SNB - 20.8 cu ft - 36" - $3,199

A new entrant among the best counter depth refrigerator models in the French door category is a model from Bosch available in black stainless steel: the Bosch B36CT80SNB, retailing at $3,199. It has the shallowest depth out of all the models on this list at just 27.8"! This truly narrow depth plus hidden hinges and tucked-away feet will give your kitchen the built in look you want.

This dual compressor and dual evaporator refrigerator features the VitaFreshPro drawer in the fresh food section, which can be set at custom temperatures and humidity levels depending on what you need to store inside. The refrigerator section includes humidity-controlled crispers and a FlexBar to make use of an under-utilized space at the rear of the fridge. You can choose custom attachments for the FlexBar depending on your needs, including two types of shelves and an egg tray. Dual compressor models have previously only been able in the high-end market!

It has an icemaker and an internal water dispenser. The VitaFreshPro system targets both temperature and humidity to help your food last longer. The sleek handles and lack of brand badge on the outside plus the metal-framed shelves inside add to the premium look and feel of this model. If you're looking for a high-end option with a new refrigerator design choice, Bosch might have the model for you!

Note that this model is 72" tall, and your cabinetry may have been designed with a 70" refrigerator in mind. Check your available space before you head into the store! You can discover more of Bosch's products in our Bosch refrigerator review.

 

Features:

  • Dual compressor refrigerator

  • Three-tier freezer organization

  • Shallow depth at just 27.8"

  • Automatic icemaker and internal water dispenser

  • Energy Star rated

  • VitaFreshPro system adjusts temperature and humidity to extend freshness

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 35.6"

  • Depth: 27.8"

  • Height: 72"

 

Bosch B36CT80SNB - $3,199

Bosch B36CT80SNB French Door Refrigerator

 

 

4. Whirlpool WRS571CIHZ - 20.6 cu ft - 36" - $1,799

Our favorite counter depth side by side refrigerator is the Whirlpool WRS571CIHZ, a 36-inch wide model with 20.6 cubic feet of capacity. It's available in fingerprint resistant stainless steel starting at $1,799, fingerprint resistant black stainless steel at $1,899, and black or white at $1,699. 

This model features an exterior ice and water dispenser that includes a Measured Fill option: select the number of ounces, cups, or liters you want to dispense and it will be filled automatically. The ice storage is placed in the freezer door to keep shelf space open, and the wall-to-wall frameless glass shelves are another capacity-boosting feature.

Other nice features include humidity-controlled crispers, LED interior lighting, and hidden door hinges for a seamless look. Please note that this model is not Energy Star rated.

 

Features:

  • Ice and water dispenser with Measured Fill

  • In-Door-Ice® Storage

  • Accu-Chill Temperature Management System

  • Hidden hinges

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 36"

  • Depth: 29.75"

  • Height: 68.875"

  

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Whirlpool WRS571CIHZ - $1,799

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5. Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF - 21.8 cu ft - 36" - $3,199

Last but not least on our review of the best counter depth refrigerators is the Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF, a four door refrigerator with the CustomFlex Temp Drawer. Frigidaire stands out among other four door refrigerators on the market because their drawer is the only one that can be converted to a freezer, not just a soft chill. 

The OpenAccess fresh food door is another handy feature: just by opening the righthand door, you can access 75% of the fresh food compartment. TwinTech cooling with dual evaporators offers more even and consistent cooling performance. Plus, the extra tall ice and water dispenser provides 10 inches of clearance for filling large items like pitchers and sports bottles.

If you're looking for a counter depth French door model with some of the hottest new and convenient features on the market, this model might be perfect for your needs!

 

Features:

  • CustomFlex Temp Drawer

  • OpenAccess fresh food door

  • TwinTech cooling

  • Tall ice and water dispenser

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 36"

  • Depth: 29.625"

  • Height: 70"

 

Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF - $3,199

Frigidaire FG4H2272UF French 4 Door Refrigerator

 

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That sums up our list of the best counter depth refrigerator models of 2020. Go for a side by side (#4 from Whirlpool) if you'd like the counter depth look for the best price. Most of these models are 36 inches wide to help make up for the reduced depth. Check out the GE model (#2) if you want a 33-inch wide counter depth refrigerator. The model that will stick out the least from your cabinets is the Bosch model (#3). 

Do any of these models sound promising? What do you look for in a counter depth refrigerator? Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!

 

Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in June of 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

Topics: Refrigerators, Counter Depth

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