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A counter-depth refrigerator sits flush with your cabinetry.

Best Counter-Depth Refrigerators

The most streamlined fridges from CR's tests

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're much closer and cost thousands less. Most of them protrude by the thickness of the door.

Below you’ll find several counter-depth models to consider from the various types of refrigerators we test, including models made by Fisher & Paykel, GE, Haier, Jenn-Air, Kenmore, 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 Tests 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.

All that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings, which include more than 400 models.

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

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Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer
Haier HRB15N3BGS

Haier HRB15N3BGS

Overall score: 65 (Very Good)
Depth: 24 inches
CR’s take: Looking for an affordable counter-depth bottom-freezer? The Haier HRB15N3BGS will give you a stainless steel fridge with digital controls. It doesn’t offer much else in the way of features, but it’s still a solid performer. In our tests, this Haier earns Very Good scores for everything except ease of use, where it only scores a Fair. Despite that, this bottom-freezer still does a great job of keeping your food cold while running quietly. One other test result to keep in mind is the refrigerator’s poor crisper performance, which means it doesn’t preserve fresh fruits and veggies as well as some other models. But for the price and styling, this fridge is still a great counter-depth option. And at a svelte 24 inches deep, it's the only counter-depth model in this group that will sit flush in a line of cabinets.

    2
    Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart RF170WDRUX5

    Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart...

    Overall score: 65 (Very Good)
    Depth: 28 inches
    CR’s take: The Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart RF170WDRUX5 is 4 inches deeper than the Haier, which means it will stick out a bit past standard countertops. But don’t let that fact hold you back from considering this dependable bottom-freezer. In our tests, it earns an Excellent score for temperature uniformity (meaning it mitigates warm and cold spots) and Very Good scores for thermostat control (the ability to set and hold a temperature) and low noise output. It also receives Good scores for energy efficiency and ease of use. In addition to being a fine performer, this refrigerator also offers a nice selection of features, including digital controls, external water dispenser, icemaker, a “fast freeze” mode for maximum freezer cooling, and plenty of freezer storage bins for organizing frozen food. All in all, this fridge is a great combination of performance and features.

      3
      Counter-Depth 3-Door French-Door
      GE Cafe CYE22TSHSS

      GE Cafe CYE22TSHSS

      Overall score: 81 (Excellent)
      Depth: 30 inches
      CR’s take: If you’re after that coveted French-door style, the GE Cafe CYE22TSHSS is one of the best counter-depth refrigerators you can find. It receives Excellent marks for thermostat control and temperature uniformity, and Very Good marks for being quiet and easy to use. It only falls a little short when it comes to energy efficiency, earning a Good score. This GE complements its great performance with a robust feature set, including dual evaporators, an external water/ice dispenser with measured water fill (a great feature for cooking), spillproof and adjustable shelves, a hot water dispenser, and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. While this GE isn’t cheap, it offers plenty of premium features that make it a compelling choice.

        4
        Jenn-Air JFFCC72EFS

        Jenn-Air JFFCC72EFS

        Overall score: 80 (Very Good)
        Depth: 29 inches
        CR’s take: The Jenn-Air JFFCC72EFS is a superb, counter-depth, three-door French door. It earns Excellent marks for thermostat control, temperature uniformity, noise, and ease of use, as well as a Very Good score for energy efficiency. It also offers plenty of features, including dual evaporators, an external dispenser with measured water fill, an icemaker, spillproof and adjustable shelves, and digital controls. The only thing that might give you pause about this Jenn-Air is the price. It typically sells for at least $1,000 more than the GE, which offers a few more premium features. But if you want to outfit your kitchen with matching Jenn-Air appliances, you won’t be disappointed with this fridge.

          5
          Counter-Depth 4-Door French Door
          Samsung RF22K9381SR

          Samsung RF22K9381SR

          Overall score: 82 (Excellent)
          Depth: 29 inches
          CR’s take: Samsung continues to push innovations with its four-door French-door refrigerators. The Samsung RF22K9381SR is a true four-door French, offering French doors for the freezer compartment instead of two drawers. This model earns Excellent scores for thermostat control, temperature uniformity, and noise, a Very Good score for ease of use, and a Good score for energy efficiency. Unfortunately, we found its icemaker to be subpar. But this Samsung makes up for it with premium features like a door-in-door design for easy access to commonly used foods and drinks (without having to fully open the fridge cavity), an external water/ice dispenser, spillproof and adjustable shelves, and a convertible compartment that can be switched from a freezer to a fridge and back. All of these premium features command a premium price. And if you want a smart refrigerator, this model also comes in a Family Hub version, which adds a 21-inch touch screen and digital smarts that let you peer inside the refrigerator with a smartphone.

            6
            Samsung RF23M8070SR

            Samsung RF23M8070SR

            Overall score: 82 (Excellent)
            Depth: 29 inches
            CR’s take: The Samsung RF23M8070SR ties with its counter-depth sibling above with the same Overall score. This model features two pull-out bottom drawers instead of doors—the middle drawer acts as extra refrigerator space, while the bottom drawer is a freezer with plenty of bins for organization. It earns Excellent scores for thermostat control, temperature uniformity, and low noise output, as well as a Very Good score for ease of use and a Good score for energy efficiency. This Samsung features a water/ice dispenser, digital controls, adjustable and spillproof shelving, and dual evaporators. It lacks the fancier features of the Samsung above but also comes in at a much lower price. With similar performance, this Samsung might be a better bet for some consumers.

              7
              Counter-Depth Side-by-Side
              Kenmore 51783

              Kenmore 51783

              Overall score: 69 (Very Good)
              Depth: 29 inches
              CR’s take: The counter-depth Kenmore 51783 has side-by-side styling at a budget-friendly price. It features dual evaporators, digital controls, spillproof shelves, an air filter, and an external water/ice dispenser. In our tests, this Kenmore earns an Excellent score for thermostat control, Very Good scores for temperature uniformity and ease of use, and Good scores for energy efficiency and noise. Don’t let the energy efficiency score worry you though: This refrigerator only costs $84 per year to run, which is actually quite decent compared with our best energy efficient side-by-side. For the money, this Kenmore will give you solid performance with the looks to match.

                8
                GE Profile PZS22MSKSS

                GE Profile PZS22MSKSS

                Overall score: 68 (Very Good)
                Depth: 29 inches
                CR’s take: The GE Profile PZS22MSKSS is pricier than the Kenmore side-by-side above, but it’s still worth considering thanks to an Excellent score for low noise output and the addition of pull-out shelves and bins in both compartments for easier access to foods. In the rest of our tests, this GE earns a Very Good score for thermostat control and Good scores for temperature uniformity, energy efficiency, and ease of use. As for features, you can also expect an external water/ice dispenser, digital controls, and spillproof shelves. If you’re looking for a very quiet, feature-rich refrigerator to blend into your kitchen, this GE is a worthy contender.

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