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Cabinet depth fridge

MIMI7718's picture

I'm in the planning stage of a kitchen remodel.  I currently have a 25 cu. ft. GE fridge, freezer on top, and would like a bottom freezer.  My current fridge would go into the basement.  For a new fridge I need to decide between standard depth or 24".  At first I thought the 24" would be great because nothing would get lost in the back of the shelves.   However, after looking at some of them they seem too shallow to hold anything.   Do any of you have this kind of fridge?   Are you happy with the storage capacity, would you buy it again?   Will it hold a 25 lb. turkey?  Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.  Mimi

assibams's picture

(post #53847, reply #1 of 16)

Here in Germany almost all fridges are cabinet depth only, some are even teensy under the counter ones. I was so glad when we furnished our kitchen in the new house that I did not have to go with the shallow fridge again. While I have to admit that it does look nice with a cabinet front door on the fridge/freezer they do not have nearly enough space for our family of 5. The standard fridge here does not even have half-gallon size storage in the doors! Let alone enough space for large salad bowls or in our case a 25 lb turkey. However, they are still deep enough for the little jars and cans to get lost in the back.

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hambiscuit's picture

(post #53847, reply #2 of 16)

If you are planning a remodel anyway, I would suggest you make your base counters deeper than the standard 24". A 30" base counter is much more efficient, and can handle a deeper fridge which is also more useful. Deeper worktop is wonderful and I hope to have it someday. It's amazing what a difference that 6" makes.....another instance where size definitely counts. ;-)

 

assibams's picture

(post #53847, reply #5 of 16)

Great idea! I wish me and DH would have had it 4 years ago when we planned our kitchen.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
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hambiscuit's picture

(post #53847, reply #9 of 16)

Oh...too bad you didn't do it when you remodeled. A friend has the 30" deep counter and there is room behind the sink for soap, etc, and space behind the stove for salt & pepper, crocks of utensils and such. I want deep counters badly! The counter surface is deep enough to accomodate mixers and other appliances and still have workspace. It makes a tremendous difference.

 

assibams's picture

(post #53847, reply #13 of 16)

Thinking of it and taking another look at my kitchen, I actually do have a deep counter, yahoo!! DH aligned the baking counter next to our GE side-by-side fridge to be flush with it. The other counters are standard measures.


It sure sounds nice to have stuff behind the stove, but doesn't it get enormously greasy?


I really should not complain about not having enough counter space: my kitchen is narrow, but very long and I have almost 9 yards of counters (including the baking counter, and you'd have to subtract whatever the sink and stove take up). The extra depth in my case would probably lead to more cluttering, if you asked DH. He just does not understand that I want some things on top of the counters, he likes the new kitchen look - completely empty of any stuff.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

hambiscuit's picture

(post #53847, reply #14 of 16)

<but doesn't it get enormously greasy?>


Possibly, but so does the wall, and it's useless.


 

Jean's picture

(post #53847, reply #15 of 16)

the new kitchen look - completely empty of any stuff.


That's the unused kitchen look.  Does he plan to eat out a lot??


 


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assibams's picture

(post #53847, reply #16 of 16)

That's the unused kitchen look.  Does he plan to eat out a lot??


No, he actually expects me to cook LOL  But after being married  so long he knows I am a better cook than cleaning person and he does a pretty good job cleaning the kitchen, and I still leave my utensils out where I need them.

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MIMI7718's picture

(post #53847, reply #11 of 16)

Thanks for all your replies.  I'm going with 30" counters, but there won't be counters where the fridge will be.  I was thinking of the 24" just so "stuff" wouldn't get lost in the back, only to be found 6 mos. later.  However, when I think of the additional cost of those fridges and the loss of space, I'm probably going to stay with a regular size fridge.  Anyone using a bottom freezer that they really love?  I currently have a GE which has a top freezer.  I bought it in 1989 and I've never had to have it repaired.  Hopefully their appliances are still well made. 


I'm still in the planning stages of this remodel.  Just thinking about the mess and trying to get in all the features I want is making me nuts.  The kitchen space is not really that big, so every inch counts.  The budget is not that big either, so every dollar counts too.   Still working with the contractor on a layout, so it will be a while before we start the work.  I'm sure I'll be back with questions and advice from all of you.

KarenP's picture

(post #53847, reply #12 of 16)

We have the Amana drawer on the bottom. We previously had the Amana door on the bottom, switched it out when we redid the kitchen so the colors would all match. Having had both now, I think I prefer the door. The drawer, while it works great, I think ends up disorganized. I think that there is a little more space, but its not as convenience as we thought it would be. This is our only freezer.

I was told that if you get a freezer on the bottom its made by Amana no matter what the label says.

gjander's picture

(post #53847, reply #3 of 16)

We put in a cabinet depth fridge as part of a remodel this spring.  It was definitely a good choice for us.  The fridge is wider than a standard one but does not hold as much.  It's pretty configurable so I would think you could put nearly any particular item in there just not too many of them.  There are only two of us so our space needs aren't too great though.

EdJW's picture

(post #53847, reply #4 of 16)

Cabinet depth or "built in" units are much more expensive tha a convential frig.  We are doing a complet kitchen remodel and have found the built in's are $4,000 average price.  Zub Zero coming in at $4850 for a 36 inch model.  Then we were quoted $2000 for the wood panels (I hope that price was a mistake)  The built in's are shallower but you can go wider. -Ed

TessaK's picture

(post #53847, reply #6 of 16)

You don't necessarily have to have a built in fridge to get cabinet depth though. Ours is cabinet depth but not a built-in. It's just moved into it's alcove and stands there (hope that describes it clearly enough). And it only cost $1700 or something like that, a far cry from $4000. It's a stainless steel Amana, if that helps any.

akaCamiA's picture

(post #53847, reply #7 of 16)

Tessa, I'm leaning towards the ss cabinet-depth Amana with the bottom-freezer drawer. How often do you have clean it to keep it looking nice? Any problem with big platters fitting in? TIA

pssttt...wanna buy a house?
TessaK's picture

(post #53847, reply #8 of 16)

That's almost the one we have, except we have a door instead of drawer (wanted drawer but couldn't have icemaker with that).


Anyway, we don't clean it very often and it looks pretty good to me all the time. But, no kiddies around to leave prints on the doors. We do have a dog, but she doesn't lick the fridge (limits herself to food and humans). Also, it cleans easy when we do it (although I have to admit I'm usually not the one cleaning the Stainless Steel).


As for big platters, if I had to store them very often, I probably would look at a bigger fridge. But for the occasional use it's fine. We haven't run out of fridge space (but again, we don't have kids) and it is pretty easy to reconfigure the shelfs height wise. What I love (but I think most fridges have this these days) is that you can put gallon containers in the door. Saves a lot of shelf space.


If you were in the DC area, I'd invite you to come check out the fridge for yourself, but I think you are far far away, right?

akaCamiA's picture

(post #53847, reply #10 of 16)

Thanks for the info! Yes, I am far far away in Michigan, or I would take you up on your kind offer. Now all I need to know is how you get your DH to clean the fridge...

pssttt...wanna buy a house?