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Difference Between Counter and Standard Depth Refrigerators

Difference Between Counter and Standard Depth Refrigerators

When purchasing a new refrigerator, there are many different aspects you should take into consideration to find the right one for your needs, such as storage capacity, freezer compartment location, and interior organizational flexibility. But you should also keep in mind whether you want a counter depth refrigerator or a standard depth refrigerator.

There is also a style that is usually known as cabinet depth where the main box of the appliance is flush with the kitchen cabinet, but the door itself is not.

Here, however, we will be focusing on counter depth and standard depth refrigerators. But just what is the difference between a counter depth refrigerator and a regular refrigerator? Please allow Appliances Connection to enlighten you as to what separates these styles of refrigerator and which might be better for your own kitchen needs.

WHAT IS A STANDARD REFRIGERATOR?

Standard Rerigerators

A standard refrigerator is one that doesn’t take counter depth (typically around 24-25 in.) into consideration, allowing for a wider variety of dimensions than a counter depth refrigerator. Most residential standard refrigerators range from 23 to 36 in. in width, 24 to 33 in. in depth, and are under six ft. in height. They also come in several configurations such as freezer on top or bottom, side by side, and even French Door, so you have a wider selection of sizes and styles to choose from than counter depth. And while the standard refrigerator may protrude from your counter space, they usually offer a higher capacity than the counter depth models. Keep those aspects in mind as you peruse some of Appliances Connection’s standard refrigerators.

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This 36-in. Freestanding Side by Side Refrigerator has a depth of 36 in., and an incredibly roomy 25 cu. ft. interior capacity—enough to store over 24 bags of groceries. You really get maximum storage space at a minimal price with this model.

It has an external filtered water and ice dispenser so you won’t have to constantly spend money on bottled water and can deliver either cubed or crushed ice. Inside it has two crisper drawers, eight spill-proof glass shelves and four door bins, all brightly illuminated with LED lighting. An automatic defrost feature lets you defrost the freezer without any problem. And it’s all controlled through an easy control system with an LED display.

Other features include:

  • Multi cooling system for efficient refrigeration
  • Four freezer shelves
  • A door alarm to let you know when chilled air is escaping
  • Six temperature sensors to keep food fresher longer

Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ

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This 36-in. Freestanding French Door Refrigerator has a depth of 35 in. and an expansive 25.19 cu. ft. total capacity perfect for any larger family with a need for maximum food storage along with numerous practical amenities.

The intuitive Accu-Chill temperature management system adapts using built-in sensors to measure the internal temperature and activates the compressor only when necessary, delivering efficient cooling performance. The FreshFlow produce preserver keeps fruits and veggies in an ideal environment to keep them fresher for longer along with two humidity-controlled crisper drawers.

The interior water dispenser has an EveryDrop water filtration system to keep out impurities. The five wall-to-wall frameless glass shelves allow for greater storage flexibility, and the gallon-sized door bins free up even more space. Plus, an adaptive defrost automatically monitors the freezer environment and runs the cycle only when necessary.

Other features include:

  • LED interior lighting
  • Energy Star certified
  • Fingerprint-resistant stainless-steel exterior

GE GDE25ESKSS

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This 33-in. Freestanding Refrigerator has a 37-in. depth, 25 cu. ft. capacity, plenty of food storage space and a line of practical features.

It comes with GE’s Turbo Cool setting, which quickly drops the interior temperature to maintain food freshness after frequent door openings. Along those lines, the FrostGuard feature accounts for door openings and usage to determine when it is necessary to defrost and how long the defrost cycle needs to run. If the refrigerator is not being frequently used it will not defrost as often.

A sliding snack drawer that moves across the entire fresh food section makes grabbing a quick bite an easy job. Two humidity-controlled drawers will keep your produce fresh longer. The door alarm lets you know when the appliance is losing its chill. An upfront control panel with display makes programming and checking temperature status simple and quick. And the interior is brightly illuminated with LED lighting.

Other features include:

  • Factory-installed Icemaker
  • Energy Star certified
  • Multi-flow air system with electronic sensors
  • Easily removable door gaskets
  • Never clean condenser

Frigidaire FFTR1821TS

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This model is the most basic of all the refrigerators here, but still a quite capable appliance. The 30-in. Freestanding Top Freezer Refrigerator from Frigidaire has 18 cu. ft. storage capacity and a depth of 32 in.

It has two Store-More humidity-controlled crisper drawers for extra produce freshness, a full-width freezer shelf for convenient organization, and a clear dairy bin so you’ll always know when you’re running low on butter and such. It also has an automatic defrost feature, and reversible door hinges to fit your kitchen space needs.

Additional Features:

  • UltraSoft door style
  • CSA compliant
  • ADA Compliant
  • Optional ice maker (sold separately)

WHAT IS A COUNTER DEPTH REFRIGERATOR?

Counter-Depth Refrigerators

Counter depth refrigerators are designed to sit flush (or almost flush) with a kitchen countertop and cabinet, with depths that are usually range 24 to 25 in. deep, though some deeper models are still marketed as counter depth. To make up for this limited depth in terms of capacity, counter depth refrigerators are typically wider than standard refrigerators, often around 36 in. but with larger models available. Exact dimensions would depend on your kitchen measurements. Counter depth refrigerators also typically have French Doors or side by side doors, limiting your choice of configurations. But the prime appeal of a counter depth item is an aesthetic one. This type of fridge fits far more smoothly into your kitchen décor, lending a more seamless, sophisticated look to the room while also adding several square inches of floor space, which can be invaluable in a kitchen. Consider these facets as you view some of the counter-depth refrigerators we have at Appliances Connection.

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The Viking 5 Series 48-in. Built-In Counter Depth Refrigerator is 23.75 in. in depth with 29.05 cu. ft. storage capacity. This side by side refrigerator has a variety of high-end features and a sleek appearance that will grace any kitchen.

It has a ProChill temperature management system with electronic controls, a digital readout, and a variable speed single compressor that is the quietest on the market and keeps the temperature to within one degree of your selection. The system also has an odor eliminator evaporator which removes odors and excess humidity and has a maintenance-free clog resistant condenser.

Spillproof Plus tempered glass shelves with nano technology create an invisible barrier to contain spills and maximize usable space. The Plasmacluster ion air purifier uses ions to eliminate airborne bacteria and mold spores, remove odors and enhance food preservation. And the moisture-adjustable Humidity Zone Drawers keep your produce at its freshest. This item is available in several colors.

Other features include:

  • LED lighting
  • Additional space for large pizza box storage
  • Four deli drawers with soft-close slides
  • Two in-the-door dairy compartments with covers
  • Four (three are adjustable) aluminum door bins securely store heavy items

Fisher & Paykel RF203QDUVX1

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This Contemporary Series 36-in. Freestanding Counter Depth 4-Door French Door Refrigerator from Fisher & Paykel is 27 in. deep, a capacity of 19 sq. ft. and an array of features to keep all of your foodstuffs fresher and longer, retaining all of their flavor and quality.

Every time you open your refrigerator, the temperature around your food changes. But

this refrigerator uses the ActiveSmart food care system, which learns how you use your fridge and adjusts the airflow and humidity inside to help keep food fresher for longer. A lower compartment acts as a variable temperature zone, allowing you to convert it to suit different food types, giving you storage flexibility for everyday needs as well as special occasions.

Three large, independent compartments provide ample storage space and adjustable cantilevered shelving in the fridge, and full extension bins in the freezer provide maximum storage flexibility. It also has an angled slimline water dispenser so any size or shape of vessel can be filled, along with an adjustable ice maker that delivers ice to a dedicated freezer bin. The SmartTouch control panel allows you to view and adjust the various options to suit any occasion.

Other features include:

  • Door alarm
  • Front levelling feet
  • LED lighting
  • Rear rollers
  • Stackable bottle holders

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Bosch’s 800 Series 36-in. Smart Freestanding Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator has a depth of 31-in. and 20.8 cu. ft. capacity. It is absolutely loaded with high-tech features, starting with its Wi-Fi capability with Home Connect which allows you to remotely control and monitor your appliance to efficiently manage your day.

Adding new food to the freezer raises the internal temperature, which can result in defrosting and a loss of flavor. This refrigerator has a SuperCooling function ensures that new food is frozen quickly and thereby prevents the other contents inside from losing their cool. Once the required temperature is reached, the feature turns off to save energy. The freezer has a similar SuperFreezing function. The MultiAirFlow system evenly circulates cool, fresh air to maintain consistent temperatures throughout the entire fridge cavity while the FarmFresh system combines four technologies designed to keep food fresher longer. Bosch’s VitaFreshPro feature offers preset settings that automatically balance temperature and humidity. And the revolutionary FreshProtect system absorbs naturally occurring ethylene to slow ripening, so produce stays fresher longer. And with the push of a button you can switch to the EcoMode function and the fridge automatically adjusts to an economical chilling temperature.

Dual compressors and evaporators allow for precise cooling and humidity control while reducing odor transfer. An extra-deep BigBox frozen food drawer is perfect for stacking of frozen foods container or large frozen items like pizzas or gateaux.

Other features include:

  • LED lighting
  • Sabbath mode
  • Ice maker
  • Automatic defrost
  • Three separate gallon door bins
  • Energy Star certified

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LG’s 36-in. Smart Freestanding Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator with 22.1 cu. ft. capacity has a depth of 31-in. and a fantastic array of features. This refrigerator delivers a lot without you having to pay a lot.

With the SmartThinQ remote feature, you can do everything: make extra ice, control the temperature, get recipes from the food channel or diagnose and troubleshoot any issues with your smart device, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa. LG’s Smart Cooling Plus with six temperature sensors is designed to monitor and maintain conditions to help keep food fresh. The exterior water dispenser and Slim SpacePlus Ice System provides more shelf space and allows even more space for door bins.

There are two humidity-controlled crispers, four split, cantilevered spill proof shelves, a Glide N’ Serve Drawer and an auto-closing door hinge.

Other features include:

  • Door alarm
  • Child lock
  • Sabbath mode
  • Energy Star certified

CONCLUSION

We hope this has helped you understand what the differences are between standard and counter-depth refrigerators, and the many options and amenities you can have both. But if you have any question, the experts at Appliances Connection be more than happy to answer them. Please leave any comments or suggestions below.

RELATED QUESTIONS

How far should a refrigerator be from the wall?

You should leave between ½" to 1" of clearance between the sides and cabinetry and a minimum of 1" and preferably 2" of clearance for the rear of the fridge.

Is a counter depth refrigerator worth it?

This is a great way to save floor space. Counter depth French Door refrigerators amplify the benefits because the half-width doors are much shallower when open.

Can a French door refrigerator go next to a wall?

Yes, as long as the wall or hanging objects don’t interfere with the door opening or your accessing your food easily.