Choosing the Best Counter-Depth Refrigerator for You
You may be wondering, what exactly is a counter-depth fridge? Counter-depth refrigerators, which are also known as cabinet-depth refrigerators, are shallower, often wider and sit flush with your cabinetry. With a streamlined look, they are a good fit for galley kitchens and kitchens with an island design. The shallower depth also helps provide easier access to contents because the pull-out drawers are not as deep. They’re also generally wider than standard-depth units and can easily store things like large vegetable trays.
With a counter-depth refrigerator, you'll have options with regards to where the freezer is located. A French door design has side-by-side doors that offer more food capacity, and it's freezer is full-width and can be less convenient because it's located on the bottom. Since the refrigerator and freezer compartments are closer in size, a side-by-side refrigerator offers more freezer capacity as well as easy access to both frozen and non-frozen foods.
When buying the best counter-depth refrigerator for your family, it's important to consider which features you want. Some models come with multiple cooling zones that can optimize storage for a range of foods or one with a temperature alert that lets you know when temps fall outside the acceptable range. Some models also have an auto defrost function, which keeps your fridge clear of ice. You can also get a refrigerator with an automatic ice maker. Though, if you buy a refrigerator that doesn't have one, you can always add an ice maker.
If you're into the latest technology, the best counter-depth fridge for you might be a smart fridge. It lets you control key features, get and send notifications all from your smartphone. If you go the smart fridge route, having a wireless extender helps boost your existing Wi-Fi by increasing your range and speed — ensuring you’re always connected.
Bringing Your Counter-Depth Refrigerator Home
Before bringing your new counter-depth refrigerator home, it's important to ensure the fridge will fit in the space where you plan on putting it. You can start by checking the width of your doorways to make sure you can get the refrigerator into the kitchen, as well as getting the refrigerator box into your space. Also, are your cabinets a standard 25 inches deep and is the depth measurement influenced by a backsplash or trim? You'll want to know this as well before making a purchase. Another aspect to keep in mind is ensuring there's enough space for the refrigerator door(s) to open in your workspace.
Having a water dispenser or ice maker is another thing to keep in mind when making sure your new counter-depth fridge fits. If it has either or both of these things, you’ll need to account for a water line, and a refrigerator water line kit can help make setup easier. Plus, most refrigerators with water and/or ice capabilities come with a water filter. It's recommended that this gets switched out with a new refrigerator water filters every 300 gallons or every six months.
If you have any trouble getting the refrigerator home or installing it on your own, Geek Squad® can solve both problems. They're available for appliance delivery, installation and repair. You can also get appliance protection to enhance the manufacturer’s warranty and extend your coverage for up to five years.