Grab-N-Go Door makes often-used items easy to access. GeniusCool™ creates the perfect temperature and the humidity level in both the freezer and the fridge. The pantry drawer features custom settings for meat, deli, and produce, helping preserve their freshness.
The compressor isn't particularly quiet.
What we have here isn't your run-of-the-mill counter depth fridge, not by a long shot. No, this is a sophisticated high-end model. With its inventive compartmentalization and exclusive technologies, the model effortlessly combines the simplicity of basic models and the effectiveness of professional appliances.
68.87" x 35.75" x 36.25"
28 cu. ft.
18.6 cu. ft., 3 drawers, 9 door bins, 5 shelves
9.9 cu. ft., 3-tier freezer drawer
Refrigerator 33°F to 46°F
Freezer -6°F to 8°F
Stainless steel finish / Exterior handles
Water, Ice cubes, Crushed ice
Grab-N-Go™ door, GeniusCool™ technology, Dual SlideAway shelves, Tilt-N-Take freezer door, CleanFlow air filter, AirTight™ crisper, Interior light, Auto-defrost
1 year limited
The appliance comes equipped with a door alarm. The Turbo Cool setting drops the interior temperature after frequent openings, maintaining the freshness of your food items. Quick Space shelf slides out of the way for immediate storage flexibility to make space for taller food items.
The ice cube and crushed ice functions sometimes get mixed together.
There's just so much to this counter depth refrigerator that we couldn't place it any lower on our list. Though quite narrow, the model is surprisingly spacious. Plus, all of the controls make it a great choice for foodies who like to cook for themselves, their family, and guests.
69.875" x 32.75" x 37.5"
24.7 cu. ft.
17.44 cu. ft., 1 full-width adjustable temperature drawer, 2 humidity controlled drawers, Multi-level drawers, 5 shelves, 8 door bins
7.28 cu. ft., 1 drawer, 2 storage baskets
Refrigerator 34°F to 44°F
Freezer -6°F to 6°F
Stainless steel finish / Exterior handles
Water, Ice cubes, Crushed ice
Multiflow air system with electronic sensors, Turbo-cool setting, Adjustable shelves, Interior light, Auto-defrost
1 year limited
The full-width manual temperature control bin lets you use an easy-slide control to select the ideal temperature setting for fruits, vegetables, and soft drinks, independent of the fridge's overall temperature. It's also great for meat preservation. The adjustable tempered-glass shelves feature a blue accented trim.
Not the most spacious fridge.
The Haier HRF15N3AGS gives you a great combination of a sleek exterior and interior design, impressive functionality, and solid practicality. It isn't the most impressive fridge capacity-wise but it will let you fit lots of different items. It is also a great model for those who adhere to Shabbat-observing practices.
71" x 28" x 26.5"
15 cu. ft.
9.61 cu. ft. 3 shelves, 2 full-width full-extension drawers, 6 door bins
5.37 cu. ft., 2 drawers
Precise temperature settings
Stainless steel finish / Interior handles
Interior light, Sabbath mode, Quick-Cool and Quick-Freeze functions, Adjustable tempered-glass shelves, Auto-defrost
1 year, 5 years sealed system
The gallon-sized door bins don't just give you the necessary space for jugs and tall bottles but also for gallon containers. This way, you get to free up shelf space for other items. The full-width gourmet pantry drawer is great for pizzas, party platters, and other larger items like deli trays and veggies.
The white finish is easily soiled.
This model from Kenmore is a perfect example of a well-made and reliable counter depth refrigerator. It doesn't include a number of questionable features. Instead, the model gives you a lot of space and a great balance between the freezer and the main part, so you'll be able to store lots of different items.
68.58" x 35.9" x 35.38"
26.1 cu. ft.
18.3 cu. ft., 5 shelves, 3 drawers, 7 door bins
7.8 cu. ft., 1 drawer, 1 basket
Refrigerator 33°F to 45°F
Freezer -8°F to 6°F
White finish / Interior handles
Ice-maker (cubed ice)
Auto-defrost, Interior light
1 year limited
Using the Bottle Chill and Fast Freeze functions, the freezer quickly cools your drinks and sounds an alarm when they approach the pre-set temperature. The ActiveSmart™ Foodcare technology keeps food fresh for a long time by constantly monitoring the fridge and adapting to maintain an optimum temperature and a nice controlled environment.
The water filter external placement is inconvenient.
The Fisher Paykel RF201ADUSX5 streamlines food preparation and organization. It allows you to customize the interior the way you see fit. It reduces your ecological footprint, gives you flexible shelving and storage options, and does not require much in terms of maintenance.
70.45" x 35.44" x 27.375"
20.1 cu. ft.
14.6 cu. ft.
5.5 cu. ft.
Precise temperature settings
Stainless steel finish / Exterior handles
Fast freeze, Ice boost, Door alarm, ActiveSmart™ Foodcare, Adaptive defrost, Adjustable shelves, Sabbath mode, Auto-defrost, Interior light
2 years parts & labor, 5 years sealed system parts
Kenmore Elite 73165 28.5 cu. ft.
The Kenmore 4673165 isn't your regular fridge. On paper, it is a counter depth refrigerator, so you'd think it would include not just the advantages of this type of fridge but all of the disadvantages as well. But that isn't exactly the case. For instance, most counter depth models aren't that spacious. More often than not, that's just the price you pay for the small frame.
This appliance from Kenmore, however, doesn't follow that rule. Featuring 68.87" x 35.75" x 36.25" in overall dimensions, it adds up to about the same size of your average counter depth fridge. But, with 28 cubic feet of total capacity, it's far roomier than most of its peers.
For the most part, the secret here is quite simple - smart and inventive compartmentalization. Part of it is the Grab-N-Go Door. The peculiar name hides a unique design concept that keeps the most often-used items in a separate compartment, a compartment that's accessible from the outside with a push of a button. This way, there's no need to open both doors of the fridge, letting that important cold air escape. That said, the compartment is just as well accessible from the inside, so you'll easily be able to load it with snacks, drinks, leftovers, and other stuff.
Grab-N-Go Door is definitely one of the biggest selling points of this counter depth fridge and the focal point of the compartmentalization philosophy. But that isn't the only thing that makes the relatively compact fridge so spacious. Its slim in-door ice maker definitely helps and so does the space-saving LED lighting. Even the water filter that's a bit more compact than your usual deal gives you a little more usable space and, as it is always the case, those little details add up and, in the end, make a whole lot of difference.
A Fresh Take
It definitely isn't just the model's design though. There's a lot more to it than the arrangement of all the shelves, drawers, and other compartments. A huge part of the sell here is all of the technologies that make the fridge as effective and efficient as it is ergonomic and practical.
GeniusCool™ feature, incorporating a linear compressor and dual evaporators, creates the perfect temperature and the humidity level in both the freezer and the fridge. The company's very own AirTight™ crisper retains weight and moisture in the fruits and vegetables far longer than your standard crisper bin. The pantry drawer, equipped with digital temperature controls, features custom settings for meat, deli, and produce. These settings help preserve their freshness.
There's quite a lot more to this fridge but we don't feel like wasting more of your time. Long story short, what we have here isn't your run-of-the-mill counter depth fridge, not by a long shot. No, this is a sophisticated high-end model. Aside from arguably the largest capacity, this product has an array of inventive and exclusive technologies going for it. It effortlessly combines the simplicity of basic models and the effectiveness of professional appliances.
GE GNE25JSKSS 24.8 Cu. Ft.
Create the Right Environment
To make a small counter depth refrigerator even remotely as spacious as your average fridge, the people behind the former have to get creative. Of course, it is easier said than done, but there are a few companies that excel at that. Speaking of which, let's talk about the GE GNE25JSKSS. Now, we aren't the biggest fans of the name, but its complicated nature does make a lot of sense.
The model may not necessarily be complicated but it is definitely layered and complex. It is just 33 inches wide, so the appliance effortlessly fits in smaller spaces, just like the majority of its competition. Nevertheless, it still offers the large storage capacity that people have come to expect out of French-door fridges.
So, what's the model's secret? Simply put, creative arrangement and ingenious approach to the compartments' design. The part that we like in particular is the Quick Space shelf. With its help, you'll be able to quickly make storage space for taller items, like wine bottles and certain desserts. It easily and effortlessly slides down and out of the way of those items for immediate storage flexibility.
Every food item is different. Keeping all of them under the same is never a smart long-term strategy. This counter depth refrigerator recognizes that with its 2 humidity-controlled drawers and a full-width adjustable-temperature drawer. With these drawers, you'll be able to create and maintain the environment that will let you keep your fruits and vegetables fresh, all while storing wider items, be it a sheet cake or a hearty party platter.
Foodies, This One's for You
Turbo Cool setting is the part of this fridge that's hard to overestimate. By dropping the interior temperature after frequent openings, it works wonders maintaining the freshness of your food items.
We like our appliances complicated on the inside but accessible on the inside, accessible enough so that your average customer would be able to get the gist of things without any extra help. The model's upfront, easy-to-reach controls definitely qualify. Aside from being convenient, they help by displaying accurate temperatures.
By the way, so does the LED lighting setup as it is just crisp and clear enough to help you find exactly what you've been looking for. The internal water dispenser that uses an XWF or MWF replacement filter is anything but simple. But its control is. With one touch, it delivers nice filtered water, ready for consumption.
Finally, one small, seeming simple, but really helpful feature that, for some reason, is seldom present in most fridges is a door alarm. And, truth be told, we've no idea why as it lets you enjoy the most freeing peace of mind knowing that the door of your fridge is never left open.
In conclusion, there's just so much to this counter depth refrigerator with water dispenser that we couldn't place it any lower on our list. It isn't the smallest fridge but its narrow profile will let you effortlessly squeeze it between your countertops. On top of that, all of the controls make it a great choice for foodies who like to cook for themselves, their family, and guests.
Haier HRF15N3AGS 15 Cu. Ft.
This One's a Looker
The Haier HRF15N3AGS is a sleek appliance through and through. The stainless steel finish with a light silver hint to it doesn't just make the product reliable but also elevates its appearance to a height that's really remarkable for a household appliance. But it isn't just about the exterior.
Impressively enough, the fridge's interior looks just as good, if not better. It utilizes LED lighting which, as most people probably know at this point, delivers long-lasting, clear, bright light, all while consuming less energy than its incandescent counterpart. Plus, the LED lights have a subtle but noticeable hint of blue to them, making the inside of the fridge look innovative and modern.
Part of the visual appeal is also the adjustable tempered-glass shelves. Sure, as shelves do, they allow for flexible storage options first and foremost. But, what's more, the glass has a blue accented trim, a trim that perfectly matches the aforementioned blue LED backlighting.
Long story short, the fridge looks good, there's just no two ways about it. But an appliance like that has to be practical and functional above anything else, so let's pivot a little and talk about that.
For the most part, this counter depth refrigerator is as practical as the next model. The only issue we have with it in this particular department is a slight pack of interior real estate. Adding up to just 15 cubic feet in total capacity, it definitely isn't the most spacious fridge.
Practical, Functional, and Pious
Don't get us wrong though, despite the modest total capacity, the appliance will let you pack a lot of stuff into it. It's a little slim and narrow, sure, but it is also quite tall, and the interior has been designed in a clever enough way to allow for storing lots of different food items.
The aforementioned glass shelves don't just give you a stable platform. And the part where they allow the light to go through them and provide illumination throughout the bottom isn't the only thing that's good about them either. These shelves are fully adjustable, so you'll get to rearrange or remove each of the 2 shelves for flexible storage or convenient clean-up.
You also get 2 freezer drawers and clear, fully encapsulated storage door bins. They're equally great and spacious enough for small and large items. Plus, they contain spills and free up precious shelf space.
As for functionality, we'll keep it brief, though there's no shortage of awesome features and functions here. The Quick Cool and Quick Freeze functions do a bang-up job accelerating the cooling and freezing of newly stored foods and protecting those that're already refrigerated or frozen.
Equally representing the functionality and practicality departments is the full-width manual temperature control bin. What makes this bin is great is that it allows you to use an easy-slide control to select the ideal temperature setting for fruits, vegetables, and soft drinks, independent of the fridge's overall temperature. Plus, it's great for meat preservation.
The last but definitely not the least important part of the model's functionality is the Sabbath Mode. As you'd imagine, it isn't a function that you'll always be able to find in other refrigerators. Simply put, it disables certain functions in accordance with the individuals who adhere to Shabbat-observing practices.
All things considered, the Haier HRF15N3AGS gives you a great combination of a sleek exterior and interior design, impressive functionality, and solid practicality. It isn't the most spacious fridge but it will let you fit lots of different items. A great model for pious individuals and just as good of a refrigerator for anybody with a small kitchen and great food-related ambitions. Plus, it is a lot more affordable than most of its competition.
Kenmore 73022 26.1 cu. ft.
A Touch of White
Another model from Kenmore and, this time, a model with a slightly different approach to the game. That difference starts with the choice of color.
Instead of their usual light silver shade, the people behind this appliance decided to go with white. On one hand, it looks really good, plus the white finish will either seamlessly blend with the rest of your kitchen interior or make for a nice contrast. On the other hand, it isn't smudge-proof and is easily soiled, so you'll have to clean it up on a slightly more frequent basis.
Aside from its appearance, there are slight differences here and there but nothing too crazy. The company has always been good at utilizing the available space and this model is no exception. Plus, you get 26.1 cubic feet of total capacity, which isn't too bad at all for a counter depth refrigerator.
We also really like how they've balanced that space between the fridge itself and the freezer. Out of those 26.1 cubic feet, the freezer gets just a little under 8. That, one drawer, and one basket is more than enough for a non-commercial freezer as you won't be using it to store hundreds of kilograms of fresh meat.
That leaves 18.3 cubic feet for the main part of the refrigerator, which is far more space than most counter depth fridges will give you. With this much space, you should definitely be able to keep all your fresh and frozen foods visible and organized.
The Right Balance
Inside the fridge, you'll find 3 drawers, 5 shelves, and 7 door bins. It might not seem like anything out of the ordinary on paper until you see the size of those bins. Some may find it a bit of an overkill but we'd say that the gallon-sized door bins were a smart decision on the company's part. They don't just give you the necessary space for jugs and tall bottles but also for gallon containers. This way, you're able to free up shelf space for other items.
The biggest selling point of this appliance, however, has to be the full-width gourmet pantry drawer. It is great for pizzas and party platters. It has that extra room for larger items like deli trays and veggies. All in all, there are a lot of different items you could fit in there and a lot of people could benefit from it.
As per usual, the fridge comes equipped with tempered-glass shelves. They look nice and they allow the interior light to go through them and provide illumination throughout the bottom. The auto-defrost function is also there. Finally, not dissimilar to most of its counterparts, the appliances features a built-in ice maker, so you'll always have cubed ice at the ready.
In short, this model from Kenmore is a perfect example of a well-made and reliable counter depth refrigerator. It doesn't include a number of questionable features. Instead, the model gives you a lot of space and a great balance between the freezer and the main part, so you'll be able to store lots of different items.
Fisher Paykel RF201ADUSX5 20.1 cu ft.
Reduce Your Ecological Footprint
The Fisher Paykel RF201ADUSX5 is a fridge that is all about its features and functionality. Equipped with 20.1 cubic feet of total capacity, it isn't the most spacious fridge but it isn't too confined either. It might not be the absolute best fit for people who really like to store up on food but those who prefer quality over quantity will definitely be able to appreciate most of its features.
Speaking of which, let's start with the ActiveSmart™ Foodcare technology. Without going into technical details, the technology helps to keep your food fresher for a longer period of time by constantly monitoring the fridge and adapting to maintain an optimum temperature and a nice controlled environment.
Though it isn't just about the quality of food. Part of what makes the technology great is how efficient it is. By intelligently adapting to daily use, it saves energy on cooling and defrosting. Using energy only when it is required, ActiveSmart™ reduces your ecological footprint and saves you some money on energy bills, all without compromising on food care.
We did say earlier that it isn't the most spacious fridge but it doesn't mean that you won't be able to store plenty of different items there. At the end of the day, it isn't just about the amount of space but how well you organize it. Here, you get uninterrupted wide-open spaces and numerous shelving options, allowing you to customize the interior of the fridge the way you see fit.
The addition of extension runners was a nice touch. With their help, you can fully slide out trays for easy loading and unloading in the fridge and freezer. The storage bins are removable as well, so preparing food and cleaning the interior of the fridge will get a whole lot easier.
Fast Freeze and Bottle Chill
Having said all of that, a large part of the model's appeal lies not with these inventive and game-changing features but with the smaller stuff. For example, look at the freezer. Equipped with Bottle Chill and Fast Freeze functions, the freezer quickly cools your drinks and sounds a convenient alarm the moment they approach the pre-set temperature.
Similar to the Haier model, the fridge comes equipped with a Sabbath Mode. By disabling particular functions, the appliance makes it easier for people who follow adhere the Shabbat-observing practices to maintain the regimen.
Of course, some things here aren't as inventive, mostly because they don't have to be. The removable, spill safe glass shelves don't differ that much from the usual shelves. But, they are easy to clean and do a good enough job containing drips and spills, which is all that you really need from them.
In closing, the Fisher Paykel RF201ADUSX5 streamlines food preparation and organization. It allows you to customize the interior the way you see fit. It reduces your ecological footprint, gives you flexible shelving and storage options, and does not require much in terms of maintenance.
What Is a Counter Depth Refrigerator?
A counter-depth refrigerator is a compact unit designed to fit tight kitchens. Just like built-in fridges, counter depth models blend into any kitchen interior, able to catch the eye when need be or seamlessly mesh with the rest of the décor. What is more, they aren’t as expensive and take considerably less space than built-in fridges and, of course, regular refrigerators. So, if you happen to be on a particularly tight budget or/and you’ve got no big kitchen to install a huge fridge, a counter depth refrigerator is what you need. This is a functional fridge that will perfectly suit for both home and commercial use. In our review, you will find the selection of 5 best counter depth refrigerators available on the market and choose the one to meet your family needs.
Some customers love keeping food in a freezer to expand its shelf life. For this purpose, they may need to have several freezers around. If that’s the case, consider our review on chest freezer and pick one.
What Features to Compare
When it comes to buying a counter depth refrigerator, you should pay primary attention to its type and dimensions. For example, French Door refrigerator model implies that it has at least 3 or 4 doors and its freezer section is located at the bottom. As for Side-by-side models, they are fitted with a side freezer. Both French Door and Side-by-side refrigerator models require more space for accommodation than their standard analogs. Concerning Bottom Freezer models, we should stress that its freezer section is located at the bottom of the construction. By the way, as the dimensions of Bottom Freezers are more compact and their functionality is lower, they cost less than their analogs. Keep in mind that outer dimensions of the fridge must match the space allotted for its accommodation. It’s necessary for the effective maintenance.
Control of the device is another parameter worth attention. Most modern refrigerators are featured with electronic sensor panels for adjusting the necessary cooling temperature. Moreover, you can easily set different temperature modes both in freezer and refrigerator sections or choose the same temperature for all sections of the appliance. Such functions will be necessary if you consume expensive food which requires special storage ambients. As for models with mechanical control, you can easily set the necessary temperature mode by turning a handle. Furthermore, there are some models fitted with a combination of a sensor panel and a mechanical control.
After you’ve decided on the type and control, it’s time to check on the capacity. What’s good for a small family won’t be sufficient for a big one, therefore, pay a particular attention to each section capacity. The number of shelves isn’t as important though definitely worth consideration since you’d need to have some efficient place for proper storage of food. While there are fridges with a very standard set of shelves, there are also counter depth refrigerators with the shelves designated for different foodstuffs - milk food, eggs, wine, and so on. The next suggestion is to look for a fridge that allows moving shelves. This feature will come in handy when there’s a need to put in something big like watermelon or an oversized cooking pot. You may also find counter depth fridges with telescopic shelves, 2x foldable for some more extra space.
Buying a fridge is always an investment and we imagine you’d like to get something not only functional but also extra convenient and suitable for long use. This is where we’d like to draw your attention to such things like dispensers, thermoregulators, various displays, modes, and locks. Counter depth refrigerators with a dispenser will provide you with iced cold water and crushed ice any time you want. By dint of a thermoregulator, you’ll be able to set and vary temperature settings, maintaining a favorable cooling zone inside the fridge. The more settings, the better. Some other conveniences include an audible alert when the door is open, a child lock to prevent children from changing programmed settings and much more. Consider an appearance of the chosen fridge too. Those who seek for a budget-friendly fridge with a design similar to built-in units should pay attention to the door finish and design of the handles. Stainless steel finish is the most common and widespread. It’s also more durable. There are also two types of handles available - interior and exterior. The exterior handles are very classy and comfortable to grip while interior handles look more elegant and compact.
Why Home Cooking is Better Than Ordering Takeout
Many people with small kitchens look at these counter depth shallow refrigerators and, though often intrigued, still don't feel convinced it is a worthy investment. Mostly because the reason they settled for an apartment with a small kitchen is that they don't like cooking anyway, more often than not settling for a takeout instead. And don't get us wrong, we don't mind an occasional takeout ourselves and we can certainly see the appeal. Not having to slave over a hot stove and having someone deliver your food to you while you're "busy" relaxing on the couch is a feeling worth experiencing every now and then. Having that said, takeout just doesn't hold a candle to a home-cooked meal and here are a few reasons why:
A Great Bonding Activity for Couples
Not a particularly great argument for single people, we get it. But for those who are in a relationship, cooking together can offer an opportunity to reconnect with your significant other. According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association, learning new recipes together and bringing those recipes to life could bring the spark back to your relationship.
It's a Healthier Option
According to numerous studies such as this one, people who cook on their own will, more often than not, have an overall healthier diet. For the most part, it is because restaurants will pack their meals full of ingredients that contain sodium, saturated fat, total fat, as well as a greater number of overall calories. On the other hand, when you put those ingredients together yourself, you have complete control over the contents of your meal.
Watching Calories is Easier
Not an entirely separate concept from the previous subject but we still feel it's important enough to warrant an additional entry. You see, your run-of-the-mill fast-food chain packs an order worth around 1.1 - 1.2k calories. That is around three-fourths of the recommended daily calory intake for an average-sized woman and almost two thirds for an ordinary guy.
Of course, you might think to yourself: this one doesn't apply to me because I don't order fast food. Well, this is one of the very few cases where there isn't much of a difference between proper restaurant food and fast food. In fact, smaller chains and independent restaurants are even worse perpetrators as their average meal often adds up to over 1350 calories.
But, when you make your own meals, you're the person in control of the portion size and the number of calories in it will be up to you to decide. The majority of recipes online include nutritional information, so it isn't difficult to prepare a healthy meal.
Time and Money Saver
There are a lot of variables to it, like where you live, where you order, at what time do you order, and how good the delivery person is with directions. But, more often than not, you'll be able to prepare a hearty meal before the food finally arrives at your doorstep. Plus, preparing meals at home will save you a noticeable amount of money in the long run, as long as you stick to basic ingredients and don't cover your meals with truffles from head to toe.