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10 Easy Pieces: Best Skinny Refrigerators

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10 Easy Pieces: Best Skinny Refrigerators

December 26, 2018

Looking for a refrigerator to fit into a tight space? These are perfect for the space-starved kitchen: full-height, counter-depth refrigerators that are slim in stature but fat with features. In no particular order, here are ten well-designed narrow refrigerators that offer generous storage while fitting into tight quarters.

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Above: A simple, slim white Smeg in the Helsinki kitchen of Finnish interiors and prop stylist Anna Pirkola. Photograph by Anna Pirkola, from Kitchen of the Week: A Stylist’s $3,400 Kitchen Makeover, DIY Scandi Edition.

What To Know About 24-Inch Refrigerators

The standard refrigerator freezer has a 36-inch waistline and generally offers between 18 and 25 cubic feet of storage space. For smaller kitchens, these roomy models are out of proportion—minivans parked in spaces made for sedans. Fortunately, several manufacturers offer what are referred to as apartment-sized or counter-depth refrigerators. Here’s how these diminutive models size up.

  • Most are freestanding (though a few are designed to be built-in) and stand at typical refrigerator height, which can be anywhere from 66 to 80-plus inches (these days, fridges keep getting taller).
  • Scaled to fit flush with standard kitchen counters and cabinets, these slim refrigerators are generally 24 to 27 inches deep (traditional models are about 30 to 32 inches deep) and 23.5 to 24 inches wide (a foot narrower than the average).
  • Most offer a 9- to 13-cubic-foot storage capacity–only about half as much as full-size models, but far from dorm-size. Best of all, they come with most of the features offered by the top-of-the-line giants.

1. Liebherr 24-Inch with Bottom Freezer

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Above: The skinny Liebherr CBS1360X 24-inch, counter-depth, bottom-freezer refrigerator has a 11.9-cubic-foot capacity and stands 79.6 inches tall. This Energy Star–qualified stainless design features separate cooling systems for the refrigerator and freezer, convenient freezer drawers, and an automatic ice maker; $3,209 at AJ Madison.

2. Fagor 24-Inch Refrigerator

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Above: Fagor’s BMF200X 24-Inch Counter Depth Bottom Freezer Refrigerator features LCD temperature touch controls on the front; $2,149 at AJ Madison.

3. Bosch 500 Series

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Above: The narrow Bosch 500 Series (B11CB50SSS) Refrigerator is 24 inches deep with an 11-cubic-foot capacity; $2,334.10 at AJ Madison.

4. GE Counter-Depth

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Above: GE’s GLE12HSLSS 24-Inch Refrigerator has two freezer drawers; $1,304.10 at Home Depot.

5. Blomberg (Budget Priced)

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Above: The budget Blomberg (BRFB1044SS) Refrigerator is 23 5/8 inches wide and $1,199 at AJ Madison. A white version is even less expensive at $849.

6. Haier 28-Inch French Door Model

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Above: Above: The Haier (HRF15N3AGS) 28-Inch Refrigerator is a little wider than the average slim size of 24 inches or less, but it’s the narrowest French door refrigerator we can source; $993 at AJ Madison.

7. LG 24-Inch Refrigerator

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Above: The LG LBNC10551V 24-Inch Refrigerator has a 10-cubic-foot capacity; $805.10 at Appliances Connection.

8. Smeg 50’s Retro Design

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Above: The Smeg 50’s Retro Design (FAB32UBL) Refrigerator runs a narrow 23 2/3 inches wide. It’s $2,999 at AJ Madison.

9. Whirlpool Smudge-Free Refrigerator

Above: Whirlpool’s URB551WNGZ Bottom Freezer Refrigerator has fingerprint- and smudge-resistant stainless steel; $1,250.10 at Home Depot.

10. True Residential: 100% Refrigerator

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Above: The slender True Residential 30-Inch Refrigerator with a stainless door. Contact True Residential for pricing and list of dealers.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 28, 2013.

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

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