Refrigerator shopping? What does counter-depth mean?

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 fridge

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.
Consider a Whirlpool® counter-depth refrigerator

Choosing counter-depth

Go counter-depth and get the sleek look you want, with plenty of room for storage, while minimizing disruptions in your workflow.


Ready to find your new Whirlpool® refrigerator? Check out our top picks below, see all Whirlpool® counter-depth refrigerators, or learn about other refrigerator types styles and features.

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