ISSUE 44  |  In the Kitchen

10 Easy Pieces: Undercounter Refrigerators

November 03, 2010 9:30 AM

BY Janet Hall

My devotion to the traditional Sub-Zero refrigerator was called into question recently when I visited a friend's kitchen with a suite of undercounter refrigeration; in the space ordinarily occupied by the refrigerator, she has a spacious storage pantry. With high-end manufacturers like Sub-Zero offering highly rated undercounter refrigeration options, is it possible that drawers will replace the traditional upright behemoth?

Here's a selection of undercounter refrigerators worth considering, whether you're supplementing your existing refrigeration space or embarking on a remodel.

N.B.: If you have an opinion or an experience with undercounter refrigerators, please weigh in.


Above: Sub-Zero offers a trio of two-drawer undercounter refrigerator drawer configurations: refrigerator only, freezer only, and a combination refrigerator/freezer. The Sub-Zero 700BC Combination Refrigerator Drawers are panel-ready 27-inch-wide refrigerator/freezers (one drawer each) that retail for $3,799 and include an icemaker. The Sub-Zero 700BR Refrigerator Drawers offer more than 5 cubic feet of storage space in two refrigerator-only drawers. Measuring 27 inches wide, the panel-ready unit retails for $3,659. A pair of Sub-Zero Stainless Drawer Panels with handles retails for $499. To find a local retailer, go to Sub-Zero. N.B.: Sub-Zero is one of the only brands that offers Energy Star-rated refrigerator drawers.

Above: Perlick is a Sub-Zero neighbor (both are made in Wisconsin) and, according to our sources at BSC Appliances in San Francisco, a highly regarded manufacturer. The company offers a 24-inch-wide (same as a standard dishwasher) stainless steel two-drawer undercounter refrigerator: the Perlick Signature Series HP24RO5. With a 5.3-cubic-foot capacity and full-extension adjustable shelving, it retails for $3,599 at AJ Madison (a 15-inch-wide model is also available).

Above: A slightly larger 30-inch-wide option is offered by Marvel (the Pro line of Aga), the first company to offer this size. The Marvel 80RDE Built-In Double Drawer Refrigerator offers customizable storage divider options; $2,449 at AJ Madison (Marvel also offers a 24-inch model for $2,149).

Above: We like the look of the AGA ARD Built-In Double Drawer Refrigerator, which is available in several classic Aga colors, including red, blue, black, and cream. Measuring 24 inches, the drawers feature a commercial-quality stainless interior and retail for $3,169 at AJ Madison.

Above: The highly rated GE Monogram ZIDS240W(SS) measures 24 inches wide and retails for $2,399. Contact GE Monogram to locate a dealer in your area.

Above: For more capacity (12 cubic feet), consider Perlick's 48-inch Signature Series Undercounter Refrigerator. Available in both built-in and freestanding configurations; $4,999 at AJ Madison.


Above: Top-of-the-line Energy Star-rated Sub-Zero UC-24R Undercounter All Refrigerator comes panel-ready and measures 24 inches wide and 34 inches tall, which means it fits in a standard dishwasher-size cabinet opening; $1,799 for the refrigerator and $279 for the stainless steel door panel and handle. Go to Sub-Zero for the retailer nearest you.

Above: Summit Commercial Series (FF7BSSTB) Undercounter All Refrigerator is 24 inches wide and is just shy of 34 inches high for easy placement in any location; $730.55, as shown in stainless with pro handle, at AJ Madison.

Above: U-line focuses on the undercounter refrigerator category and has several affordable options, including the U-Line 24-Inch 1175 Undercounter Refrigerator; $1,349 with a stainless finish at Abt Electronics.

Above: Liebherr, a company known for its high-quality, space-efficient refrigerators, offers a 24-Inch Indoor/Outdoor Undercounter Liebherr Refrigerator with a stainless exterior and door for $2,049 at AJ Madison.

Above: Perlick's 24-Inch SP24RS Undercounter Refrigerator offers zero-clearance hinging, which allows for abutment with surrounding cabinetry. Available with stainless, wood overlay, glass and wood, or glass and stainless door options; $2,699 to $3,099, depending on door choice, at AJ Madison.