Best Counter-Depth Refrigerators
They're much cheaper than built-ins and sit almost flush with kitchen cabinets
Refrigerators have grown much bigger in recent years. That's great if you need to store food for a big family, but not so much for your floor plan, especially in smaller kitchens.
“The deepest refrigerator we've tested is 37 inches deep,” says Larry Ciufo, CR’s lead refrigerator test engineer. “That means it sticks out 12 inches past a standard 25-inch-deep countertop.” Kitchen cabinets typically measure 24 inches deep, plus a 1-inch overhang for the countertop.
There’s a less obtrusive option: counter-depth refrigerators, also known as cabinet-depth models. They don’t quite sit flush with kitchen counters like built-in refrigerators do, but they get close, and cost thousands less. Most counter-depth models stick out a few inches past the countertop, but sometimes just by the thickness of the door.