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The Truth About Counter Depth Refrigerators

Written by Appliance Dude | October 9th, 2010

Recently I was helping a customer who was extremely confused as she attempted to put together her kitchen appliance package. Everything in the kitchen was to be paneled including a French door refrigerator which she told me she wanted in a counter-depth style.

This is where the problems began. She had selected a Kitchen Aid Architect refrigerator, 22 cu ft, French door that accepted a panel. What she didn’t realize was that this refrigerator, though touted as cabinet depth , had a depth of 27 5/8″ which consisted of the refrigerator box alone. If you count the doors and handles, you would be looking at an overall depth of 30 1/8.

The customer did not understand this. She thought cabinet depth meant 24″ which is the standard depth of kitchen cabinets. Her translation: if this is a counter depth refrigerator, why is it sticking out at all, let aloe 7″ ?

Please read this carefully: “counter depth refrigerator” does not mean that the unit in question is flush with the cabinets. Anything but. What that means is that the box, or the refrigerator itself, is flush with an average depth of 24″ (or a little more – the KitchenAid KFCO22EV’s spec is 27 5/8″ in depth which is pretty deep).

In a counter depth refrigerator, the doors and handles ALWAYS stick out.

Even built-in refrigerators (like SubZero, GE Monogram etc) will slightly stick out. It actually wasn’t until SubZero debuted the 700 series that they offered a true flush-style refrigerator.

So, if you are looking for a style which is completely flush with your cabinet, BUY A BUILT-IN (and be prepard to spend!)

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