What does counter-depth mean?
A counter-depth refrigerator is designed to not only offer capacity comparable to a traditional standard-depth refrigerator, but also to sit virtually flush with your kitchen counters. “Counter-depth” is the distance between your back wall or backsplash and the front of your countertops, which is typically 24–25 inches (~60-63cm).
To put it in perspective, most standard-depth refrigerators are more than 30 inches (76cm) deep, often measuring 35–36 inches (~89-92cm). That means in many kitchens, the refrigerator will stick out half a foot or more from the edge of the counters.
With all the foot traffic a busy kitchen sees, optimizing aisle space is essential. Here’s why you might want to consider going counter-depth to better care for your family.
The benefits of a counter-depth refrigerator
- You have more room to open the refrigerator doors without bumping into islands or other kitchen items.
- Because you have more aisle space, it’s easier to move around the kitchen, even with multiple cooks — or kids or pets under foot.
- You don’t have to sacrifice space for style. Since most counter-depth refrigerators are a little wider/taller, they offer the same amount of usable space as a standard-depth refrigerator.
- Because it lines up with the edge of your countertops, it provides a sleek, seamless style ideal for modern kitchens.
- Like standard-depth, counter-depth refrigerators come in all types: French door, side-by-side, top-freezer and bottom-freezer.