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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

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Road Trip! Our 2017 Visit to The Whirlpool® Plant in Amana, IA

Village Home Stores works hard to curate a list of as many quality, American-made products as possible for our customers. By offering the Whirlpool® family of products, we are able to cover all of the Appliance needs of our customers to fit a variety of budgets and lifestyles. Combining this family of products from Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, and KitchenAid brands we are providing our customers access to a Local Low Price Guarantee on products from #1 selling major Appliance Manufacturer in the world. American pride is important to the Whirlpool family of products and that is why they have invested in American manufacturing whenever possible. There are now 9 U.S. manufacturing plants as of 2017 and we are so lucky to be located near one of those manufacturing facilities. Because of this, we get the chance to visit a plant about once a year. The Whirlpool® plant located in Amana, Iowa manufactures all bottom-mount refrigerators and built-in refrigeration for all brands and it is an impressive place!Whirlpool amana

They are running 5 lines of production 24 hours a day, five days a week (plus currently every other weekend to keep up with demand). To put it in perspective, they are making a refrigerator every 18 seconds! We were able to tour the plant to see the smiling faces making the products we sell. Then we were given intense product training on some of the new models and features being launches by all brands. We were shown brand new items like the closet-depth compact washer and dryer shown below:compact-laundry

These compact units were impressive for their size. The other new models and features launching in Maytag® and Whirlpool® laundry are more geared to our Village Home Stores customers. Still not convinced your washer has enough water? Now you can add as much as you are comfortable with with the new built-in faucet feature on select models.

Built in faucet in washer available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®

Built in faucet in washer available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®

Pre-wash stains right away as you find them. Fill the tub to soak tough stains ahead of a cycle. Just a press of the button gives you running water. Smart technology was also a big topic of conversation during our training. Does your household talk to Alexa, a Google device, or Siri? Then Whirlpool can help simplify many tasks with select Wifi enabled models and the Whirlpool app. Click below to watch (and hear) how voice-activated features are the latest and greatest.

Of course these models are jam-packed with amazing features outside of the Wifi capabilities. You can use them just as you would any other range or laundry pair. But for those households making adjustments and smart home investments, features like scan-to-cook might be right up your alley:

We also saw some great new finishes we can begin to offer for your home appliances! With the success of ® Black Stainless Steel finish, Whirlpool® has launched their own line of models in a Black Stainless Steel. This finish is beautiful and STAYS beautiful! Not only is it a stylish look, its completely fingerprint resistant as well! Wipes clean with just a wet microfiber cloth.

New Black Stainless finish available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®

New Black Stainless finish available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®

Village Home Stores already has models on display in our showroom in this new finish option. The new finish and handle design have been receiving a very warm welcome from customers and our designers! Come in and test out the fingerprint resist in person! We are certainly going to be throwing a party once the other newest finish is launched and on our floor! Introducing the warm, new, on-trend Sunset Bronze finish available soon on some select Whirlpool® models! sunset-bronze-whirlpoolImagine if you can… a room full of Appliance sales and service people from all over the Midwest Region getting unbelievably excited about a dishwasher door leaning against a wall. Yeah, we know…. sounds pretty nerdy but you would have thought the Whirlpool team had just introduced Lady Gaga as a special training guest. We all admittedly went nuts for this new finish once seeing it in person. Here it is installed in a completed kitchen:

New Sunset Bronze finish available soon. Image provided by Whirlpool®

New Sunset Bronze finish available soon. Image provided by Whirlpool®

The best way to describe it is a “warmer, softer Stainless” look. It takes the coldness and commercial feel of Stainless and softens it to a warmer look. This finish is exactly on-trend for what we have already began seeing in other kitchen design finishes throughout the industry. Lighting, hardware, accessories, flooring and tile, all are going the way of a warmer gray and golden accents. We are always excited to hear about the latest and greatest available for our customers. It is also always very reassuring to tour the factory and see that the quality, legacy, and innovation that we have seen from this family of product is still going stronger than ever. Our expert team of Appliance sales and service staff is just a phone call or a visit away. Stop in and see why we are your award-winning regional Appliance experts. Showroom located at 105 S State Geneseo, IL 61254 phone number: (309) 944-1344 Shop online anytime on our website herewhirlpool-quad-cities