There’s a reason why the word “seamless” is used to describe good design. A seamless kitchen looks like it was made just right, and just for you. However, that’s hard to accomplish when your fridge is jutting out several inches beyond your cabinets.
If you want a seamless look, you’ll need a counter-depth fridge. Unlike full-size refrigerators, these refrigerators typically measure about 30 inches from front to back. Since they're not as deep as a full-size model, counter-depths sacrifice storage space to give you more floor space—and anyone with a small apartment or galley kitchen knows how precious floor space can be.
While these fridges may be smaller than a standard-depth fridge, we hold them to the same standard as the hundreds of other fridges we’ve tested. We judge them by temperature consistency, storage space, energy efficiency, and ability to retain humidity. By these metrics, we found that the Frigidaire FG4H2272UF(available at Home Depot for $3,059.00) is our top-performing counter-depth model.
Here are our picks for the best counter-depth refrigerators ranked, in order.
GE Profile PYE22PYNFS
Frigidaire Pro PRMC2285AF
Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF
The Frigidaire FG4H2272UF really has it all. In addition to easily maintaining cold temperatures during testing, this beautifully designed French-door fridge has so many storage options that it'll blow your mind. To minimize the pain of losing shelf space, the FG4H2272UF makes every cubic foot of space count.
Not only does it have adjustable-width, sliding door bins, but the fridge itself has a retractable shelf, a pocket "snack zone" that lives just below the crisper (allowing easy access for the shorter humans in your life), and an entire fourth compartment that can be used as either additional fridge or freezer storage.
If your food storage needs vary greatly, or if you just want a fridge that preserves your food and looks good doing it, the Frigidaire FG4H2272UF is an easy choice to make.
We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them as normal people would in the course of our daily lives, which means that we have a great sense of what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have truly useful extra features.
We test each fridge from two perspectives—first, from a data-driven, objective point of view, and second, as a regular person trying to get at the leftover Chinese food. The combination of these two experiences helps us recommend the best fridge for you at any price point.
Refrigerators pull in air and cool it down to temperatures low enough (usually around 37°F) to preserve food and limit bacterial growth. This cooling method makes fridges very sensitive to air conditions.
In hot weather, the condenser and cooling coils have to work harder to cool the warmer air. In cold weather, it may get so cold that the fridge condenser doesn’t turn on. This is why, if you happen to have a second fridge in your sweltering hot or freezing cold garage, the air inside that fridge may not be as cold as the air inside your kitchen fridge.
To avoid these temperature effects, we test each refrigerator in a lab that conditions the air temperature to 72°F +/- 5°F (basically, room temperature), and relative humidity to 50% RH +/- 15% RH. This way, each fridge can perform at its best, and deals with the same air as its competitors.
We spend a week putting each refrigerator through its paces. After packing the fridge with water filled containers (fridges operate better when there’s less empty space), we measure the fridge’s temperature, humidity loss, freezing time, usable space, and energy use.
Temperature — Our ideal temperature settings for the fridge and freezer are 37°F and 0°F, respectively. At temperatures above 37°F, you may have to start worrying about bacteria growth, as 40°F is the start of the bacteria “danger zone.” And food isn’t properly frozen at freezer temperatures above 0°F.
Once we set each fridge to those temperatures, we collect temperature data throughout the week’s testing. We measure how close the temperature in the fridge and freezer are to 37°F and 0°F, respectively, and how close the air temperature stayed to those ideal values.
* Humidity Loss — For this test, we focus on the refrigerator’s veggie crisper. We add water to a floral foam ball, and measure how quickly it dries.
Humidity matters because if the crisper is too dry, your leafy greens will quickly dry out. If the crisper is too humid, your fruits will rot. Fridges that strike a balance between the extremes will preserve your fruits and veggies for longer.
Freezing Time — Once the fridge is plugged in, we measure the time it takes for the freezer to cool down from room temperature to 32°F (the freezing temperature of water). This is a good measure of how quickly your fridge and freezer can cool down food or beverages that have just been placed inside the refrigerator.
Usable Space — One of the most common refrigerator specs is the total capacity, or the volume inside the fridge, in cubic feet. You’d think that a higher capacity means more storage, but that’s not always the case. Shelves, drawers, and ice makers can eat into that capacity. We measure the usable space, which is how much empty space is actually available in the fridge’s interior to store your food and drinks.
Energy Use — Using an electric meter, we measure the fridge’s energy usage (in Watt-hours) over the week of testing. The less energy used, the more efficient that fridge is, and the more money it’ll save you on utility bills in the future.
We also use each fridge in a more casual sense so that we can answer usability questions about the specs and features. We use the doors, shelves, controls, water/ice dispenser, and extras like smart connectivity, door-in-door or flexible storage options, etc. If a refrigerator keeps the temperature at a perfect 37°F, but it’s very difficult to open the doors and the control panel makes no sense, that fridge loses points for ease of use.
What You Should Know Before Buying A Counter-Depth Refrigerator
How Deep Is a Counter-Depth Refrigerator?
Counter-depth fridges are meant to fit more flush with your existing cabinetry, rather than stick out by six inches or more. The main cavity of these fridges are typically around 24" in depth. (The door and handles typically stick out further, depending on the fridge's design. As such, counter-depth fridges generally run from 26" deep to 30" deep, compared to a standard fridge that's usually closer to 36" deep.
The best way to get a fridge that fits is just to measure your home's fridge enclosure or cabinetry, and aim to get a fridge that's about that deep (minus doors and handles)..
Can You Get a Counter-Depth Fridge That Fits Flush With Cabinetry?
No typical counter-depth fridge with a standard door (or set of doors) can fit perfectly flush with your cabinetry: Those doors need space around their hinge so they can open properly. As such, the door and handles will always extend past your cabinetry at least a little bit.
There may be options out there if you look into column fridges or other custom-made designs, but you'll need to contact specialized retailers and pay a premium to get that built.
Why Are Counter-Depth Refrigerators More Expensive?
Making an appliance smaller than standard often means squeezing its technology into ever-smaller spaces. We've seen this in the laundry space as well.
Of course, prices will vary, and counter-depth fridges aren't uniformly more expensive than their full-size counterparts. The higher-end models definitely are, but there are more basic and budget-friendly counter-depth fridges that will still provide good performance. Some of them are even on this list!
Are Counter-Depth Refrigerators Too Small?
While a highly subjective question, someone living on their own will probably find a counter-depth fridge to be just fine for their needs. Once you start adding people to a household, you might find storage starts to become tighter. In general, we think they should be fine for one or two people. But if you have a larger family you'll want to go with a full-size unit, probably a French-door.
The main thing to remember here is that cutting down the depth of a fridge will—unfortunately—eat away its raw storage capacity. The door is still going to be the same size and offer the same storage, but the shelves lose about 6 inches of depth.
If we estimate a fridge's interior at 30" and there's three shelves, that's 3.75 square feet of missing shelf space in total. While this is a significant drop from a full-size model, there's still tons of good storage left.
All of these styles have varying widths—typically between 28" and 36"—and can also be counter-depth. In general, though, the narrowest counter-depths will be top- or bottom-freezers, followed by side-by-sides, with French-doors maxing out the potential widths.
Other Counter-Depth Refrigerators We Tested
The Samsung RF23J9011SR French-door fridge is all about customizability. Its unique four-door design is bound to be a great conversation piece for guests, too.
The upper two doors open to reveal the usual shelf configuration for a French-door fridge. But the bottom two doors are more reminiscent of a side-by-side refrigerator, with separate compartments for each door. The bottom left door is a freezer. Depending on your food preservation needs, the bottom right section can be either a fridge or a freezer.
In addition to those useful features, this refrigerator also runs efficiently, and can maintain cool temperatures when and where you need them. Between its intriguing looks and solid performance, you won't regret buying the Samsung RF23J9011SR.
The Hisense HRB171N6ASE is a high-value, low-cost refrigerator. It has remarkable temperature consistency for its price range and has notable energy efficiency, even compared to other counter-depth fridges.
That isn’t to say this fridge is without its quirks. For starters, we highly recommend making sure your HRB171N6ASE is properly calibrated out of the box. The unit we received ran a bit too warm. Additionally, there is only one crisper drawer for keeping food fresh. Those looking to store lots of fruits and vegetables might find a better option elsewhere.
Even with those issues, we think the Hisense HRB171N6ASE offers impressive performance for its purchase price. If you’re looking to pick up a counter-depth fridge on a budget, it’s a solid bet.
Do you love the look and functionality of French-door refrigerators, but don't have the space to actually fit one in your kitchen? We have just the fridge for you: the Haier HRF15N3AGS. As a counter-depth fridge, this model is considerably narrower and shallower than most French-door fridges. While that means you'll be able to fit it in a smaller kitchen, it also means you'll be able to fit less food in it.
Because it's compact, the fridge is pretty bare-bones. There's no ice maker or water dispenser, and the shelves aren't very adjustable. The cooling is top notch, though. It easily maintained fridge and freezer temperatures of 37°F and 0°F throughout our week of testing.
If you don't need a lot of extra features and want to make the most of a relatively small kitchen, the Haier HRF15N3AGS compact French-door fridge is a great pick.
The KitchenAid KRFC704FBS French-door fridge is all about style. From its black stainless finish to the wood and metal trim on the interior shelves and drawers, this fridge metaphorically struts down the runway and says "Look at me!", and it’s definitely worth looking.
Even better, it also has spot-on temperatures for food preservation, a retractable middle shelf that makes room for taller items, soft-close drawers, and a control panel above the ice/water dispenser that is easy to understand and operate. If you’ve got extra cash on hand and want something more interesting than white plastic inside your refrigerator, you'll love the KitchenAid KRFC704FBS.
Are precise temperatures worth putting up with a small freezer? If you answered, "yes," the Bosch’s 800 Series B36CT80SNS might be for you. It passed all of our tests with room to spare, maintaining cold, even temperatures in both the fridge and freezer.
We also like its smart capabilities via Home Connect, crispers with customizable temperatures, and a fridge compartment with tons of storage.
The only downside? Its freezer, though well-organized, is small—almost half as big as you’d typically see on a French-door.
A French-door refrigerator like the GE Profile PYE22PYNFS is made for people who put an emphasis on food. It offers luxe features like an in-the-door Keurig K-cup brewing system, flexible storage options, and smart integration that lets you schedule hot water in advance of needing it.
When it comes to actual food preservation, the PYE22PYNFS won’t let you down with its consistent, safe temperatures. It held extremely steady at 38.76°F—well within the safe zone—and did not waiver, despite the door being opened frequently over 72 hours. In fact, its temperature consistency score was almost perfect. The freezer performed even better than the fridge.
The GE Profile PYE22PYNFS has one freezer compartment with two full-width storage baskets. Despite being counter-depth, this gives it ample room for storing frozen foods.
Tiny flaws—like coffee splatter and a wobbly freezer drawer—don’t knock it too much.
The LG LRFDC2406S is the second LG Craft Ice-enhanced refrigerator we've tested so far, and it’s only solidified our obsession with spherical ice.
From a practical standpoint, the LRFDC2406S actually outperforms its more feature-rich—and expensive—sibling, the LRMVS3006S. Its temperatures are spot on and barely waver. It also has a ton of options for customizing its storage space, including additional bins.
While the LRFDC2406S does cost more than most, its price point isn't uncommon for an appliance that offers a completely new technology in the product space. Just be aware that a decent chunk of its purchase price is going to its spherical ice maker, so if you aren’t particularly interested in this feature, this fridge likely isn’t a great value.
The Beko BFTF2716SSIM combines a great look with solid performance in a compact package. This top-freezer has few frills, just an internal ice maker, some nice spill-capture glass shelves, and interesting crisper tech that could extend the shelf life of your leafy greens.
Beyond that, this is a basic fridge with some seriously stable temperatures. You will need to calibrate its freezer before use, but considering what this fridge offers for its purchase price, that's a small sacrifice to make for such steady cooling.
This fridge is on the smaller side, even compared to other counter-depths, so if space in your home is tight, it makes for an excellent budget buy. Of course, the downside of its smaller footprint is lower storage capacity. We'd recommend this one for anyone living on their own, or with maybe one other person—any larger households might find this one a bit cramped.
A boxy look both outside and in marks the Frigidaire Pro PRMC2285AF as an obvious choice for industrial design-minded consumers with money to spend. Sure, it's pricey, but this counter-depth French-door refrigerator can accommodate storage needs with customizable, expandable bins, a flip shelf, and a custom-temperature flex drawer.
We always appreciate organizational features like these, but especially here, because they help make the most of the PRMC2285AF’s relatively small capacity.
When it comes to cooling, the fridge performs accurately and above average, offering steady temps—except in the freezer, which can be inconsistent. Overall, the PRMC2285AF is worth checking out if it fits your budget
Electrolux products tend to straddle the line between luxury and high-end, and the Electrolux EI23BC82SS counter-depth French-door fridge is no different. One feature that really sets it apart is the additional drawer with a temperature you can dial in, rather than having to pick from two or three preset temperature options. This added flexibility can be a real boon if you’re out of real estate in your crisper.
As for performance, this model temperature hit its marks in the fridge, but had less success in the freezer. The temperature swings were large enough that to avoid freezer burn, we'd recommend setting the freezer temperature a couple of degrees below zero.
If you want a fridge that will complement your Bosch dishwasher, look no further than the Bosch B36CL80SNS counter-depth French-door fridge. Because Bosch appliances have a very specific, streamlined aesthetic, there is no ice or water dispenser disrupting the stainless steel finish. Instead, these features are located on the inside.
While the temperature ran a bit warm, you can easily bump it down a degree or two on the fridge’s control panel. Additionally, the crisper drawer maintained humidity like a champ, and could save money by keeping your fruits and veggies edible for longer periods of time.
The extra temperature-controlled storage drawer has five preset temperature options, and temperature profiles that you can customize with the Home Connect app). Add the extra bin in the freezer, and you’ll have plenty of storage options. Not only does this fridge do a good job of preserving your food, but it looks good doing it.
While the KitchenAid KRFC300ESS counter-depth French-door refrigerator looks plain on the outside, it has plenty of neat features on the inside.
In addition to a deli drawer, a retractable shelf, and an interior ice maker and water dispenser, this fridge is one of the only ones we've seen where a wine rack comes standard. The freezer bins are wire, instead of solid. If you try to freeze something small, it might fall through the holes in the bin.
During testing, the fridge temperatures tended to run a little cool: We recommend that you bump the temperature up a bit from where you think it should be on the control panel, but use a refrigerator thermometer to keep an eye on the internal temperature. Just don't push it too high, as you want to make sure everything stays under 40°F.
If you need an affordable counter-depth French-door fridge, the KitchenAid KRFC300ESS is a strong contender.
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