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The 5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators of 2019

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jun 5, 2019 9:30:00 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 if you want to kick it up a little, many manufacturers have counter depth options in different styles that might 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.

In this article we take a look at our top picks for the five best counter depth refrigerator models of 2019, starting with three French door models and ending with two side by side models. 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!

 

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 counter depth refrigerator choices with a 33-inch width 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! It's a great alternative to external water dispensers if you still want access to cold filtered water.

 

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

Best Counter Depth Refrigerator - GE GWE19JSLSS French Door Refrigerator

 

 

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3. Bosch B21CL81SNS - 20.7 cu ft - 36" - $2,899

Last but not least of the best counter depth refrigerator models in the French door category is this four door refrigerator model from Bosch: the Bosch B21CL81SNS, retailing at $2,899. It has the shallowest depth out of the other french door options here at just 28.75 inches.

This dual evaporator refrigerator features a two-drawer freezer system with the goal of better organization of your frozen items. The refrigerator sections includes humidity-controlled crispers and a full-width Chiller Drawer for extra-cold storage of items like meats and cheeses. A retractable shelf provides space for tall items. There is an icemaker in the freezer but no external dispenser for a smooth, modern look.

This model is not Energy Star rated. If you're looking for a high-end option with a new refrigerator design choice, Bosch might have the model for you!

 

Features:

  • Dual AirCool system

  • Two-drawer freezer organization

  • Shallow depth at just 28.75"

  • Automatic icemaker

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 35.75"

  • Depth: 28.75"

  • Height: 69.875"

 

Bosch B21CL81SNS - $2,899

Best Counter Depth Refrigerator - Bosch B21CL81SNS French Door Refrigerator

 

 

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

First up in the counter depth side by side refrigerator category 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"

  

Whirlpool WRS571CIHZ - $1,799

Best Counter Depth Refrigerator - Whirlpool WRS571CIHZ Side by Side Refrigerator

 

 

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5. Frigidaire FGSC2335TF - 22.2 cu ft - 36” - $1,699

Our next option in the side by side category for the best counter depth refrigerator comes from the Frigidaire Gallery line, model FGSC2335TF. It's available in smudge-proof stainless steel at $1,699 or black stainless steel for $1,799. This model has 22.2 cubic feet of capacity, offering slightly more interior space than the Whirlpool model.

Edge-to-edge glass shelves with metallic trim have a premium feel and maximize your storage options. It has an exterior ice and water dispenser with compact ice storage on the top shelf of the freezer section. The refrigerator features a Chill Drawer with temperature control settings to quickly cool down food and drinks, and the humidity-controlled crisper drawers keep your fruits and vegetables fresh. Can storage and gallon bins in the door provide space for all of your beverages and condiments.

This model is not Energy Star rated. Check it out in person and see what you think!

 

Features:

  • Ice and water dispenser

  • Multi-level LED lighting

  • Adjustable interior storage provides over 100 ways to organize and customize your refrigerator

  • Hidden hinges

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 36"

  • Depth: 28.5"

  • Height: 69.875"

 

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Frigidaire FGSC2335TF - $1,699

Best Counter Depth Refrigerator Frigidaire Gallery FGSC2335TF Side by Side

 

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That sums up our list of the best counter depth refrigerator models of 2019. Go for a side by side (#4 and #5, from Whirlpool and Frigidaire) 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.

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, Best Refrigerators

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