Counter Depth Refrigerator Vs Standard Depth Refrigerator

Counter-depth Refrigerators
Counter-depth refrigerators are narrower in depth than standard sizes, so in most installations only the refrigerator doors will stick out past your cabinets.

There are two basic freestanding refrigerator depth options to consider when purchasing a new fridge for your kitchen – standard depth and counter depth. Counter-depth refrigerators measure between 23 and 27 inches deep, so they’re considerably narrower than regular depth refrigerators (which are usually 30 to 34 inches deep). Counter depth units are typically arranged with side-by-side doors, with a freezer on the left side and a refrigerator on the right side.

When installing counter-depth units, you need to make sure there is enough clearance so that doors can swing open. This means that your doors may stick out a little beyond your cabinets, or you may need to leave a gap between the side of your refrigerator and your cabinets. A cabinet depth refrigerator is more expensive than a standard depth refrigerator but cheaper than built-in models. Counter depth refrigerators are designed to give your kitchen a more streamlined appearance. Although they jut out slightly past the counter, it’s not enough to hinder the look of your kitchen or the walking space around it. A non-counter depth refrigerator will stick out noticeably past traditional counter space, giving the kitchen a less uniform look and taking up a little more floor space.

Standard-depth Refrigerators
Standard-depth refrigerators can be made less intrusive by building deeper pantry cabinets around it that match the 30″ – 34″ depth.

Counter depth refrigerator benefits include a shorter depth, which takes up less kitchen space. Counter depth refrigerators are usually taller than a regular refrigerator, which makes up for some of the storage space lost by the lack of depth. The shallow depth makes it easier to grab items near the back of the fridge. You can install a counter depth refrigerator without remodeling your entire kitchen, because they are manufactured in standard sizes and will most likely fit in your current refrigerator space. This gives your kitchen a unified look without the expense of using built-in appliances, which require specific cutouts or cabinets to be built around them.

Standard depth refrigerator benefits include a cheaper price and more brand and model choices. Although counter-depth models are increasing in popularity, standard-depth models currently outnumber them on the appliance market.

Built-in Refrigerators
To accomplish a truly seamless look, built-in refrigerators are the best option, although they are usually the most expensive.

For a refrigerator flush with counters without any gaps or protruding doors, you’ll need to invest in a built-in model. That’s one extreme, with the standard depth refrigerator at the other end; a counter depth is in-between in terms of pricing and depth. Also keep in mind that a counter depth refrigerator is different from an undercounter refrigerator, which is a compact unit that fit underneath your counter for extra refrigerator storage.

Regardless of the depth option you choose, measure your available space before purchasing a new refrigerator. Although counter-depth models are easier to install than built-in refrigerators, you’ll still need to consider exact measurements and how the new refrigerator will affect your kitchen décor. Call one of the refrigeration experts at Designer Home Surplus for tips on picking out the best refrigerator depth for your home.

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