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The Best Counter-Depth Refrigerators of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF
Best Overall

Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF

In addition to easily maintaining cold temperatures during testing, this beautifully designed French door fridge has tons of storage customizability. Read More

Pros

  • Maintains consistent temperatures
  • Flexible storage options

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Product image of Samsung RF23J9011SR

Samsung RF23J9011SR

This efficient fridge has a unique four-door design, allowing its bottom right compartment to function as either a fridge or a freezer. Read More

Pros

  • Unique four-door design
  • Flexible temperature area

Cons

  • Limited freezer space
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Editor's Choice Product image of Hisense HRB171N6ASE

Hisense HRB171N6ASE

Though it requires calibration, this fridge will offer remarkably consistent temperatures and is one of the best values we've seen. Read More

Pros

  • Steady temperatures in both fridge and freezer
  • Great value

Cons

  • Fridge needs to be calibrated before use
  • Only one crisper
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Editor's Choice Product image of Haier HRF15N3AGS

Haier HRF15N3AGS

This narrow, shallow French door is perfect for smaller spaces and has top-notch cooling capabilities. Read More

Pros

  • Slim profile
  • Consistent fridge temperatures

Cons

  • No through-door dispensers
  • Limited shelf adjustability
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Editor's Choice Product image of KitchenAid KRFC704FBS

KitchenAid KRFC704FBS

This counter-depth French door refrigerator features unique wooden and platinum interior finishes. Read More

Pros

  • Maintains consistent temperatures
  • Interior wood finish
  • Through-door dispensers

Cons

  • Drawers feel rickety

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.

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 Walmart for $2,699.00) is our top-performing counter-depth model.

Editor's Note

Due to supply chain challenges and soaring demand, there is widespread unavailability of home appliances and long wait times for delivery of backordered products. If you're a consumer in need of a refrigerator, here are the best places to buy in-stock appliances right now.

Here are our picks for the best counter-depth refrigerators ranked, in order.

  1. Frigidaire FG4H2272UF
  2. Samsung RF23J9011SR
  3. Hisense HRB171N6ASE
  4. Haier HRF15N3AGS
  5. KitchenAid KRFC704FBS
  6. Bosch B36CT80SNS
  7. GE Profile PYE22PYNFS
  8. LG LRFDC2406S
  9. Beko BFTF2716SSIM
  10. Frigidaire Pro PRMC2285AF
  11. Bosch B36CL80SNS
  12. KitchenAid KRFC300ESS
A shot of the interior of the Frigidaire FG4H2272UF refrigerator, showcasing the storage inside of the doors and on the main cavity's shelving. Everything is fully stocked with groceries.
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

If you want a counter-depth but are concerned about low storage space, the Frigidaire FG4H2272UF is an excellent option.


Other Counter-Depth Refrigerators We Tested

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Samsung RF23J9011SR
  • Dimensions: 71 7/8 x 35 3/4 x 28 7/8 inches
  • Measured usable space: 10.15 cubic feet in the fridge and 6.34 cubic feet in the freezer
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: Exterior water and ice
  • Finishes: Stainless steel

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.

Pros

  • Unique four-door design

  • Flexible temperature area

Cons

  • Limited freezer space

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Hisense HRB171N6ASE
  • Dimensions: 69.1 x 31.1 x 29.1 inches
  • Measured usable space: 8.75 cubic feet in fridge, 2.87 cubic feet in freezer
  • Style: Bottom freezer
  • Dispensers: None
  • Finishes: White, black metallic steel, stainless steel

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 models.

However, this refrigerator isn’t without issues. We recommend everyone make sure their HRB171N6ASE is properly calibrated out of the box, as the unit we received ran a bit too warm. Additionally, there is only one crisper drawer, so those who are looking to store lots of fruits and vegetables might find a better option elsewhere.

That said, we think this refrigerator offers impressive performance for its purchase price. If you’re looking to pick up a counter-depth fridge on a budget, the HRB171N6ASE is a solid bet.

Pros

  • Steady temperatures in both fridge and freezer

  • Great value

Cons

  • Fridge needs to be calibrated before use

  • Only one crisper

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Haier HRF15N3AGS
  • Dimensions: 71 x 28 x 26.5 inches
  • Measured usable space: 8.06 cubic feet in fridge, 3.48 cubic feet in freezer
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: None
  • Finish: Stainless steel

The Haier HRF15N3AGS 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, this counter-depth 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.

Pros

  • Slim profile

  • Consistent fridge temperatures

Cons

  • No through-door dispensers

  • Limited shelf adjustability

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KitchenAid KRFC704FBS
  • Dimensions: 71.875 x 35.63 x 31.5 inches
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: Exterior water and ice
  • Finishes: Stainless steel, black stainless steel

The KitchenAid KRFC704FBS French-door fridge has plenty of style. From its 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 we're happy to say that this refrigerator is definitely worth a look.

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. For those of you with the budget who want something more interesting than white plastic inside your refrigerator, you'll love the KitchenAid KRFC704FBS.

Pros

  • Maintains consistent temperatures

  • Interior wood finish

  • Through-door dispensers

Cons

  • Drawers feel rickety

Product image of Bosch B36CT80SNS
Bosch B36CT80SNS
  • Dimensions: 72 x 36 x 27.81 inches
  • Measured usable space: 13.6 cubic feet in fridge, 2.5 cubic feet in freezer
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: Internal water and ice
  • Finishes: Stainless steel, black stainless steel

The Bosch’s 800 Series B36CT80SNS passed all of our temperature tests with room to spare, maintaining cold, even temperatures in both the fridge and freezer. We also like its smart fridge capabilities via Home Connect, crispers with customizable temperatures, and a refrigerator 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.

Pros

  • Excellent temperature control

  • Large fridge compartment

  • Internal dispensers

Cons

  • Small freezer

Product image of GE Profile PYE22PYNFS
GE Profile PYE22PYNFS
  • Dimensions: 69.875 x 35.75 x 31.25 inches
  • Measured usable space: 7.73 cubic feet in fridge, 3.79 cubic feet in freezer
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: Through-the-door water (cold and hot), ice, and Kuerig K-Cup coffee maker
  • Finish: Stainless steel, black stainless steel

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 food preservation, this refrigerator won’t let you down with its steady, safe temperatures that remain consistent. 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 during testing was almost perfect. The freezer performed even better than the fridge.

It has one freezer compartment with two full-width storage baskets, which allows spacious room for storing frozen foods compared to other French-door models, despite being the more shallow, counter-depth style.

Tiny flaws—like coffee splatter and a wobbly freezer drawer—don’t knock it too much.

Pros

  • In-the-door Keurig coffee brewing system

  • Excellent temperature consistency

  • Humid crispers

Cons

  • Low on storage

Product image of LG LRFDC2406S
LG LRFDC2406S
  • Dimensions: 70.3 x 35.8 x 30.8 inches
  • Measured usable space: 8.52 cubic feet in fridge, 4.03 cubic feet in freezer
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: Exterior water and ice
  • Finish: Stainless steel, black stainless steel

The LG LRFDC2406S is the second LG Craft Ice-enhanced refrigerator we've tested so far, and it has only solidified our obsession with spherical ice.

From a more 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 technology that's completely new 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.

Pros

  • Spherical ice

  • Internal drawer with custom temp

  • Solid temperature performance

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Beko BFTF2716SSIM
Beko BFTF2716SSIM
  • Dimensions: 67.69 x 27.56 x 26.38 inches
  • Measured usable space: 7.01 cubic feet in fridge, 3.13 cubic feet in freezer
  • Style: Top-freezer
  • Dispensers: Internal ice maker
  • Finish: Stainless steel

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 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 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.

Pros

  • Steady temperatures

  • Inexpensive

  • Interesting crisper tech

Cons

  • Low overall storage

  • Freezer requires calibration

Product image of Frigidaire Professional PRMC2285AF
Frigidaire Professional PRMC2285AF
  • Dimensions: 70 x 36 x 31.88 inches
  • Measured usable space: 7.5 cubic feet in fridge, 1.3 cubic feet in flex drawer, 2.88 cubic feet in freezer
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: External water and ice
  • Finish: Stainless steel

The Frigidaire Pro PRMC2285AF, with a boxy look both outside and in, is an obvious choice for industrial design-minded consumers with money to spend. 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 this refrigerator’s relatively small capacity.

When it comes to cooling, the fridge performs accurately and above average, offering steady temperatures. Freezer temperatures, however, can be inconsistent. Overall, the PRMC2285AF is worth checking out if it fits your budget.

Pros

  • Lots of customizable storage

  • Through-the-door dispenser

  • Flex drawer

Cons

  • Low overall storage capacity

Product image of Bosch B36CL80SNS
Bosch B36CL80SNS
  • Dimensions: 72 x 35.625 x 30.91 inches
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: Internal water dispenser; internal ice maker
  • Finish: Stainless steel

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.

Pros

  • Outstanding produce preservation

  • Adjustable temperature drawer

  • Has specialized storage spaces

Cons

  • Inconsistent freezer temperature

  • Expensive

Product image of KitchenAid KRFC300ESS
KitchenAid KRFC300ESS
  • Dimensions: 70.13 x 36 x 29.38 inches
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: Internal water dispenser, internal ice maker
  • Finishes: Stainless steel, black stainless steel

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.

Pros

  • Counter-depth

  • Metal wine rack

Cons

  • Fridge runs cold on default setting


How We Tested Counter-Depth Refrigerators

The Testers

Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. We've spent years testing major appliances, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.

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.

The Tests

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 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?

Image of luxury upscale refrigerator at a department store.
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Before you buy a new fridge, there's a few things you should know.

Counter-depth fridges are meant to fit more flush with your existing cabinetry, rather than stick out by 6 inches or more. The main cavity of these fridges are typically around 24 inches 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 to 30 inches deep, compared to a standard fridge that's usually closer to 36 inches deep.

The best way to get a fridge that fits is 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.

What To Look For In A Counter-Depth Refrigerator

Price

Making an appliance smaller than standard often means squeezing its technology into ever-smaller spaces. That’s why counter-depth refrigerators can be more expensive than standard-depth fridges. 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.

Styles of Refrigerators

There are four major types of refrigerators: top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side, and French-door—all of which can also be counter-depth. Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of each: * French door: These refrigerators have wide shelves for food items, such as trays, but freezer space is often smaller. They come in a range of sizes and finishes, and with many feature options. This style often is the most pricy. * Side-by-side: Typically less expensive than French-door models, these refrigerators place the freezer next to the fridge compartment. Overall freezer storage may be larger, but fridge space is narrow and may present problems for trays and pizza boxes. * Top freezer: These refrigerators sometimes don’t have the features found in other styles, but they are efficient and usually less inexpensive. As the name suggests, the freezer is located on the top of the unit. * Bottom freezer: These fridges are the reverse of a top-freezer. With this style, the freezer, which pulls out instead of opening like a door, often provides more storage space than other types.

Space

By their design, counter-depth refrigerators take up less space, so they’re a great solution for people who have smaller kitchens. Also, since they don’t extend as far as standard-depth fridges, these refrigerators can be a good option for people looking for a seamless kitchen aesthetic.

Food Storage Needs

Cutting down the depth of a fridge eats away its storage capacity. With a counter-depth refrigerator, the door is still going to be the same size and offer the same storage, but the shelves lose about 6 inches of depth. In general, a counter-depth fridge should be fine for one or two people. If you have a larger household, you may want to go with a full-size unit.

Features

While there are counter-depth fridge models that offer the same features as full-size refrigerators, typically you will have to sacrifice more storage space to accommodate the extras—and the refrigerator is likely to be more expensive. If you need the extras and all the refrigerator and freezer storage you can get, you may want to consider a full-size fridge.

Meet the testers

Mark Brezinski

Mark Brezinski

Senior Writer

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Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with over ten years of experience reviewing consumer tech and home appliances.

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Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Manager of Lab Operations

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Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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Julia MacDougall

Julia MacDougall

Senior Scientist

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Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.

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Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton

Product Tester

Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.

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