The appliance that leaves the biggest impact on your kitchen is undeniably the refrigerator. It might be the most used and most seen appliance in your cooking space, but it is also the largest. If you don’t have the right fridge model to properly fit your kitchen space, the appliance might stick out and protrude into the walk path.
If it’s time to replace or upgrade your refrigerator to something more modern and space-efficient, you may want to explore a counter depth fridge. Counter depth refrigerators are typically your best bet when replacing a refrigerator to fit the existing kitchen design without having to remodel any part of your kitchen. French door counter depth refrigerators are a popular choice to provide a stylish design, spacious storage capacity, and smooth installation between your kitchen cabinets.
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If you aren’t sure where to begin, our team at Big Sandy came up with a list of the 5 best counter depth French door refrigerators and highlighted the main differences between counter depth vs standard depth refrigerators.
Best Overall Counter Depth French Door Refrigerators
In the words of rock legends, Kiss — “You wanted the best, you got the best!” Read on to explore our list of the best counter depth French door refrigerators available online and in-store.
LG is leading the charge when it comes to energy-efficient, high-tech counter depth refrigerators with a sharp designs and seamless fits. Thanks to its slightly shallower depth, this 36-inch refrigerator can stand flush with your countertop for a sleek look while providing a generous storage capacity of 23 cubic feet.
The Door-in-Door design offers quick and easy access to favorite foods, adjustable bins glide up and down to fit snacks and drinks of all sizes, and the Full-Convert Drawer – now with five temperature settings — will perfectly fit your family’s refrigeration needs. Choose from Chilled Wine, Deli/Snacks, Cold Drinks, Meat/Seafood, and Freeze settings.
And for all you entertainers out there, LG’s exclusive Craft Ice automatically makes batches of three slow-melting ice spheres per day without having to fill molds. Anything from cocktails and whiskey to soft drinks and lemonade will be elevated with the perfect sphere of ice. And if you need even more Craft Ice for your summertime celebrations, activate Craft Ice+ in the ThinQ App to make slow-melting ice twice as fast.
LG’s newest InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerators have everything you need to become the ultimate host or hostess. Dual ice makers with Craft Ice automatically create crushed, cubed, and LG’s exclusive slow-melting round ice on demand, plus the Slim SpacePlus Ice System is built into the refrigerator door to help create the most shelf space and allow more room for door bins.
The sleek, tinted glass of the Door-in-Door panel illuminates with two quick knocks, so you can see inside the easy access compartment without opening the door, reducing cold air loss to helping to keep food fresh longer. The water dispenser can accommodate just about any bottle size with the convenient Measured Fill feature, which allows you to dispense exact amounts of filtered water from 4 to 32 ounces.
And best of all, LG offers three cooling technologies that work together to extend the life of fruits and vegetables. Linear Cooling keeps temperatures within one degree of the setting, Smart Cooling uses sensors for total cooling control, and Door Cooling+ delivers blasts of cool air to all areas of the refrigerator.
Next on our list is a counter depth French door fridge from Samsung. A leading brand in electronics has made its way to the refrigeration space and is making some serious noise. The CoolSelect Pantry with full-width drawer and three temperature controls sets optimal temperatures settings for food from chill to defrost.
Twin Cooling Plus provides independent fridge and freezer controls to keep food fresh and prevent any blending of odors from compartment to compartment. This 36-inch fridge comes with a counter depth design and fingerprint-resistant finish to prevent smudging and offers a premium, built-in look.
The large-capacity Ice Max machine stores up to 2.7 pounds of ice at a time, adjustable shelves go from standard to slide-in or flip-up to fit taller items, and you can use your smartphone to control the temperature and monitor your refrigerator remotely with WiFi and Bixby enabled.
What do you know — LG has appeared once more to round out our list of the best counter depth French door refrigerators. Nothing beats the convenience of a spacious 36-inch fridge with 22 cubic feet of storage space, and with LG, you'll have plenty of space to preserve your food for your current and future needs.
Dual ice makers produce large amounts of ice, and this extra storage helps ensure that you have extra ice on hand for those hot summer days. You can enjoy everything you love about stainless, without the need for special cleaners or constant attention with LG’s PrintProof fingerprint and smudge-resistant finish that easily wipes clean with a soft cloth.
The LG SmartThinQ app works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can operate smart features with your voice, and if you’re struggling to store all your backyard barbecue necessities, the Slim SpacePlus System provides more space for door bins and shelving.
Counter Depth vs Standard Depth Refrigerators
We gravitate toward the look of a counter depth fridge because of the clean, custom-designed look, but you may be more familiar with the style of a standard depth fridge. Counter depth will conserve space in your kitchen and allow for better traffic flow, but if you have a large family with immense food storage requirements, the space of a standard depth refrigerator will meet your daily needs.
Counter depth refrigerators are designed to sit flush with your countertops and kitchen cabinets for a high-end feel. They are typically smaller than standard refrigerators, so they are great for kitchen spaces with slim walkways or ktichen islands. If you don’t have an ample cooking area, your kitchen will benefit from the functionality of a counter depth appliance. Plus, you can elevate your culinary space without having to complete a complete kitchen renovation as you might with a built-in fridge model.
They aren’t as deep as standard depth fridges, measuring from 23 to 27 inches in depth, whereas a standard depth fridge will measure from 30 to 34 inches. This additional depth means more room for groceries, leftovers, beverages, and serving platters, making it a popular choice among everyday homeowners.
The added depth also means your fridge will stick out and protrude from your cabinetry, which can cause your kitchen to feel overly cramped. It comes down to preference and what you’re willing to invest in — style or storage.
Know Before You Buy
Before you make a purchase, keep these considerations in mind when shopping for a counter depth French door refrigerator.
Requirements: Considering your budget, shopping habits, and kitchen layout will help you choose the best counter depth refrigerator. French door models will include one or two pull-out drawers below the refrigerator compartment if you want to prioritize freezer space. The counter depth installation will ensure that the drawers and doors will not constrict any pathway in your kitchen.
Fridge Capacity: Capacity refers to the available storage space in both the fridge and freezer sections of your unit. Because counter depth models are built for a flush installation, they are not as deep as standard units. However, French door fridges are still spacious enough to store plenty of food for a family of three or four.
Ice and Water: Built-in ice and water dispensers are a sought-after amenity, but they will also raise the price of your fridge and potentially reduce the available storage space. However, depending on your needs, a built-in dispenser is a convenient solution when you need a quick way to prepare beverages for houseguests.
Shop All Counter Depth French Door Refrigerators at Big Sandy
For counter depth French door refrigerators that are stylish and rich in features, look no further than the selection of quality refrigerators right here at Big Sandy. If you have additional questions or would like more information on any of the products listed, our counter depth refrigerator catalog features a fully comprehensive display of each fridge model.