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10 Easy Pieces: The Best Under-Counter Refrigerator Drawers

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10 Easy Pieces: The Best Under-Counter Refrigerator Drawers

October 10, 2018

The days of the space-hogging fridge may be numbered. Under-the-counter refrigerator drawers—almost all of which come with a choice of stainless steel or custom panel ready fronts—are offering a discreet new way to keep things cool.

The hitch: These designs currently come at a steep cost (that’s an understatement). Most often they’re used as fridge supplements that hold drinks and produce, and allow the main fridge to be a bit less monstrous.

 Sub-Zero, the brand best known for refrigerator drawers, offers under-the-counter options (and full-size fridges too) designed to be integrated into the kitchen cabinetry. Panel-Ready Refrigerator Drawers come in a range of widths, from  inches (same as a standard dishwasher) to 30 inches, starting at $4,5. Separate freezer and ice-making drawers are also available.
Above: Sub-Zero, the brand best known for refrigerator drawers, offers under-the-counter options (and full-size fridges too) designed to be integrated into the kitchen cabinetry. Panel-Ready Refrigerator Drawers come in a range of widths, from 24 inches (same as a standard dishwasher) to 30 inches, starting at $4,145. Separate freezer and ice-making drawers are also available.
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Above: Summit’s 24-Inch-Wide Triple Drawer Refrigerator has all-stainless-steel construction that allows it to be used freestanding or built-in. It’s $1,732.50 with recessed handles (shown) and $1,843.20 with towel bar handles from AJ Madison. For more details, go to Summit.
One of the advantages of refrigerator drawers is that they&#8
Above: One of the advantages of refrigerator drawers is that they’re cabinet-depth, so they can be tucked in unobtrusively, freeing up other parts of the kitchen. Double-Drawer Refrigerator Modules from Monogram are $3,000 for a set of two with tubular steel handles.
A look inside a Monogram drawer; the compartments and temperatures are adjustable and some Monogram models work as both refrigerators and freezers.
Above: A look inside a Monogram drawer; the compartments and temperatures are adjustable and some Monogram models work as both refrigerators and freezers.

Two fridge drawer challenges to keep in mind: Arranging the contents, can, as one of our readers put it, “require a Tetris-like approach.” And most necessitate bending down, making them less than ideal for those with knee or back issues.

The Viking Professional 5 Series -Inch, Double-Drawer Refrigerator is made of stainless steel inside and out; $3,4 from AJ Madison. See more at Viking.
Above: The Viking Professional 5 Series 24-Inch, Double-Drawer Refrigerator is made of stainless steel inside and out; $3,164 from AJ Madison. See more at Viking.
 Under-counter refrigerator drawers incorporate well into kitchen islands. The KitchenAid -Inch Stainless Steel Double Refrigerator Drawer is $
Above: Under-counter refrigerator drawers incorporate well into kitchen islands. The KitchenAid 24-Inch Stainless Steel Double Refrigerator Drawer is $2,949.
Commercial refrigerator company True offers a residential set of two -inch Stainless Steel Under-Counter Refrigerator Drawers. Go to True for dealers and pricing.
Above: Commercial refrigerator company True offers a residential set of two 24-inch Stainless Steel Under-Counter Refrigerator Drawers. Go to True for dealers and pricing.
True drawers with overlay panels situated under a coffee station.
Above: True drawers with overlay panels situated under a coffee station.
Marvel, the North American subsidiary of UK company Aga, makes -Inch Built-In Refrigerator Drawers with stainless steel interiors; $3,5. For more details, go to Marvel.
Above: Marvel, the North American subsidiary of UK company Aga, makes 24-Inch Built-In Refrigerator Drawers with stainless steel interiors; $3,195. For more details, go to Marvel.
A pair of Electrolux -Inch Refrigerator Drawers, tall enough to hold nine-inch bottles and wide enough for serving trays, is $3,099. Compact refrigerator drawers are also being used in bathrooms to store medications and beauty products.
Above: A pair of Electrolux 24-Inch Refrigerator Drawers, tall enough to hold nine-inch bottles and wide enough for serving trays, is $3,099. Compact refrigerator drawers are also being used in bathrooms to store medications and beauty products.
 U-Line, longtime makers of beverage refrigerators, offers -Inch Solid Refrigerator Drawers, $3,079, that hold up to 90 bottles or
Above: U-Line, longtime makers of beverage refrigerators, offers 24-Inch Solid Refrigerator Drawers, $3,079, that hold up to 90 bottles or 142 cans; each drawer can be set to a temperature ranging from 34 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
New Zealand company Fisher & Paykel&#8
Above: New Zealand company Fisher & Paykel’s refrigerators win our prize for aesthetics (I own a counter-depth Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart fridge that I love). The brand’s CoolDrawer Multi-Temperature Refrigerator Drawer changes from refrigerator to freezer at the press of a button; $2,499 from AJ Madison. Go to Fisher & Paykel for full details.
 Addendum: A number of under-counter fridges are being made for use in outdoor kitchens (picture a well-stocked barbecue). Perlick, like Sub-Zero, manufactures its products in Wisconsin. A specialist in brewery parts, it offers a collection of refrigerator drawers, including these -Inch-Wide Signature Series Outdoor Refrigerator Drawers; $3,808 panel ready and $3,939 in stainless steel (shown).
Addendum: A number of under-counter fridges are being made for use in outdoor kitchens (picture a well-stocked barbecue). Perlick, like Sub-Zero, manufactures its products in Wisconsin. A specialist in brewery parts, it offers a collection of refrigerator drawers, including these 15-Inch-Wide Signature Series Outdoor Refrigerator Drawers; $3,808 panel ready and $3,939 in stainless steel (shown).

Still looking? Peruse Refrigerators to find more options that we recommend, including Compact Refrigerators, Colored Refrigerators, and Skinny Refrigerators.

Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your kitchen refrigerator in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Refrigerators.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 22, 2015.

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