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Best Counter-Depth Refrigerators

These top-performing fridges from CR's tests sit nearly flush with kitchen cabinets–and cost far less than built-in models

Refrigerators have gotten a lot larger in recent years. That’s good for extra food storage but not so much for your floorplan, especially in smaller kitchens.

“We’ve tested some refrigerators that are more than 35 inches deep,” says Joseph Pacella, CR’s refrigerator test engineer. “That means they stick out 10 inches or more 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 cost thousands less. Most counter-depth models protrude by the thickness of the door.

Below you’ll find several counter-depth models from the various types of refrigerators we test, including models made by Bosch, GE, Haier, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung. For other highly rated counter-depth refrigerators, see our complete refrigerator ratings. The depth of each model is listed under the Features & Specs tab in the ratings chart.

How CR Rates Refrigerators
After a refrigerator gets wired up with temperature sensors, we monitor it for more than a month in a temperature-controlled chamber. During that time we collect more than 5.4 million temperature readings for each model to detect warm and cold spots and to determine which refrigerators will keep your food fresh longer. We also factor in survey data from thousands of CR members to judge brand reliability and satisfaction.

All that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings, which include more than 300 models.

Read on for ratings and reviews of eight handpicked refrigerators that measure less than 30 inches deep.

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