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Learn about the differences between counter depth and standard depth refrigeration from Village Home Stores.

“Depth” of Knowledge- Counter VS. Standard Depth Refrigeration

As we work on a kitchen design with a customer, there are many questions to be answered. Questions from you about options and what comes next, plus many questions from our design team involving preference and need as we work through our process. During the design and selection stage of a project however, there will be some questions that do leave this team at a brief crossroads until a decision is made. One key detail questions you may hear early on from us is “will you be including a standard or counter-depth refrigerator in the new kitchen?”

Example of a standard depth refrigerator installed in a Quad Cities kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com
Don’t worry if this detail isn’t something that was even on your radar until just now (standard model shown above). There is no one single industry standard for refrigerator depth. The only definite factor is refrigerators are getting deeper and taller as the demand for maximum storage increases.  For decades and decades, counter-depth refrigerators were only available in extremely high-end and built-in situations. Example of a standard depth refrigerator projecting into the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This is no longer the case. The cleaner, more customized look of a counter-depth refrigerator makes it the most desired look for kitchen designs. This demand has made manufacturers respond with counter-depth models coming in at a variety of price points. If the phrase “counter-depth” has you seeing dollar signs, don’t worry! There may be a counter-depth model that does fit within your appliance budget! But does your design demand it?Example of a counter depth refrigerator installed in a kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

So What Are The Differences In Refrigerator Depths?

Refrigerator depth doesn’t seem like that large of a detail when you first consider it. In kitchen design every fraction of an inch needs to be considered. That is the case for cabinetry solutions as well as the appliance package included. The kitchen below showcases a standard depth refrigerator installed. Example of a standard depth refrigerator installed in a Quad Cities kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This design above warrants no need for a counter-depth and the look is still magazine-cover worthy. Of course a counter-depth model would have looked great! Just less of the sides, or “cabinet” of the unit would show. Let’s discuss now some of those key differences between standard and counter-depth models:

  • Standard could mean the unit “sticks out” an extra 4″ or more into the kitchen. That could be noticeable in some designs and even restrict a walkway in others.
  • Cubic foot capacity will always be a main feature difference. A model that boasts the largest cubic footage of storage space will most certainly never fall into a counter-depth category.
  • Counter-depth models have limited water and ice options. Limited interior space means that some water and ice features are best suited for standard-depth models. We will discuss the topic later in this post.
  • Price used to be one of the main differences in upgrading to a counter-depth feature. Price isn’t necessarily as big of a difference as it used to be. Now many counter-depth models fit within the same price category as high-featured standard depth models.

If I Choose a Counter-Depth Model What Can I Expect?

Of course newer standard-depth models will always offer the latest and greatest in storage solutions and features. Now as more counter-depth models are introduced, many of those same features are being included in models as they are launched. This means that all of the best features and benefits are not limited only to standard-depth models. refrigerator

In fact many times innovation is pushed forward to meet the challenge of a counter-depth model.  The issue of an in-door ice unit being so large it takes up nearly 1/3 of the fresh food storage space has lead to the need to streamline the design. Now the smaller, compact units are included in standard and counter-depth models alike! Some counter-depth models may replace an in-door option with an icemaker in the lower freezer and interior water dispenser above (shown below).Example of an internal water dispenser in refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Side by side refrigeration is no longer the most desired layout for storage so most of the newer models launching are French door units with a bottom freezer.  While it isn’t the best storage layout for most lifestyles, side-by-side counter-depth refrigerators remain to be the lowest prices. Bottom-freezer models are constructed with a completely different design and parts. This keeps them beginning slightly higher in price from a side-by-side construction.  Village Home Stores offering cabinet depth refrigerators. | VillageHomeStores.com

Busy kitchens require maximum fresh food and freezer storage no matter what depth you choose. Our expert appliance sales team can show you all of the amazing interior features your refrigerator will have. We can help you select the perfect model for your lifestyle. If the look of your refrigeration unit is important to your design, you may want a more built-in look. 

How Can I Get A “Built-In” Look?

You have many options for how you can choose to surround your refrigerator in a cabinet design. No matter the depth of your model, you need at least 1/2″ on each side and above the unit for proper ventilation. An exception to this is the category of truly “built-in” refrigeration (shown below). Built-in refrigeration options installed at counter depth. | VillageHomeStores.com

A trim kit is installed surrounding the unit for a custom fit. It is important to note that while counter-depth models offer a more built-in look, they still may show some of depth projecting from your cabinets. The only way to avoid that is to select from our built-in models. If your layout allows it, you may be able to include a recessed area on your wall for your refrigerator to set back into. This allows you the look of a counter-depth model but the choice of using any standard model. Building a niche in your wall for the depth of a standard refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com
The surrounding cabinetry can either be pulled forward to give the illusion of a built in look or ordered deeper from the factory.  These recessed spaces are a wonderful solution and when planned correctly with your design team it’s a great look! Be sure to check out our Houzz ideabook including more examples of all of these concepts. Find that ideaboook here on our Houzz pageshallow-depth-fridge

Many of the questions we may ask you in our first few meetings have already been decided during your own research and inspiration process. In this case, we are just collecting information from you and getting everyone on the same page that will be involved on your project. It is our job to keep all of these details in order as we work through our process for your project at Village Home Stores. Discussing options and working through to find the best solution for your project and budget is a very key part of the big picture. This is the case with just a single new appliance purchase, or an entire remodel or new home build. Let our experts help. Contact us today by completing this short online form or calling (309) 944-1344Locally owned since 1984, Village Home Stores offers an award-winning customer experience in Appliances sales and service

1 Day Makeover: A New Look With No Mess

kitchen appliances quad citiesRemodeling your kitchen does not happen in a single day. Most of our full Project Management remodels can take 2 months or more and that is keeping a very tight and orchestrated schedule for all of the subcontractors. If you are wanting a whole new look without all of that mess consider what gets used the most in your kitchen, the appliances. Take a look at the Before photo of this beautiful oak kitchen taken in 2008.

replacing appliancesThe Bisque appliances look right at home and this space looks magazine ready! Unfortunately beginning about 2 years ago, the appliance industry began to discontinue production of new models in the Bisque finish. This has been difficult in our region as many of our customers love and continue to ask for the Bisque finish. Instead of transitioning into a new finish over time, these homeowners replaced their old appliances with a complete Stainless Steel package from KitchenAid and took advantage of a great package rebate while doing so.

stainless with oakLook how just one single element of room can update a kitchen completely.  Many customers are concerned about the look of Stainless Steel in a traditional kitchen. This is a great example of how Stainless can look right at home even when mixed with Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware and fixtures. Take another look at how much the refrigerator stands out to you in the Before photo. Doesn’t the Stainless seem to blend into the overall space more? stainless with oak

Here is a brief tour of some of the great new features these homeowners can now take advantage of:

kitchen aid refrigeratorThe refrigerator is the largest appliance in your kitchen so it will show the most of whatever finish you select. Currently the finishes available for home appliances are Black, White and Stainless. This french door counter-depth refrigerator has a tri-level freezer drawer. This means instead of piling frozen items all together in one large bin, you can file and organize items and maximize use of the entire freezer space. No more digging to reach the bottom of the freezer.

aqualift cleaningThis electric range includes an amazing cleaning technology called AquaLift™. In place of a self-clean cycle that would heat up to an extremely high heat and incinerate the mess inside, AquaLift™ enamel is applied to the entire oven cavity. Using water and a low-heat setting your messes can be wiped clean within 1 hour. The best news is this is an odor free way of cleaning your oven! Watch this video to see how it works or stop in to see one of these units yourself.   AquaLift™ is available on many of our gas and electric ranges.

 Above the range hangs a new KitchenAid microwave hood. This model has a soften/melt function which is the perfect power setting to soften ice cream or melt butter without using the full power you would to heat other items. This Microwave also has a total of 300 CFMs in the hood.

soften melt on microwave

dishwashers in quad citiesMany people ask about Microwave Hoods and if they can or can’t be vented out. All units can be installed to to either recirculate or vent out.

Does your dishwasher scrub? This one does.! With the ProScrub® system from KitchenAid you don’t have to soak that lasagna pan overnight before washing it. Instead, let the 40 targeted jets power out the back to clean off seared or baked on messes. Simply load your pan to face jets and select the fuction before hitting start for your cycle.

If you are considering a full kitchen remodel within the next few years that is another great reason to replace your appliances now. Imagine investing in the full package of appliances for your dream kitchen now and not having to consider that cost in your upcoming project’s budget. Village Home Stores will be here and ready for you when you are ready to take on the full project. Meanwhile, see your kitchen transformed with just one delivery of new appliances. Don’t forget Village services what we sell. Our expert service techs are just a phonecall away and our sales staff are as well to answer any questions you may have about your new appliances. Contact us today to make an appointment and find the perfect kitchen appliance package for your home. (309) 944-1344.stainless_and_oak