|Built In Refrigerators
|Built in refrigerators are an increasingly
popular “must have” for luxury kitchens.
These refrigerators are also known as “cabinet
depth” refrigerators because they measure
between 23.5 to 26 inches deep, and so do
not stick out from a standard 24 inch counter
top more than 2 inches. Their shallower depth
allows for a more integrated kitchen look
than a standard refrigerator. Built ins also
provide a more customized appearance, as
they can be installed with panels that match
the fronts of the cabinets. Stainless steel
or colored fronts are also available. Once
made by only a few high end manufacturers,
the overwhelming demand for these built in
refrigerators has resulted in many more brands
coming on the market.
If you are thinking of buying
a built in
refrigerator, consider the following:
- These refrigerators come in a variety of
models. There are refrigerators with freezers
on the top or bottom and side by side units.
Some manufacturers offer units that are only
refrigerators which can be paired with all
- These refrigerators come in 30, 36, 42 and
48 inch widths. They can be as tall as 90
inches, so they can take up the entire space
between the floor and the soffit.
- Built in refrigerators have less interior
space than standard refrigerators of the
same width and height because they are shallower.
However, this also means that fewer items
get "lost in the back" of the refrigerator.
- Because they are meant to be built into the
wall or cabinets, built in refrigerators
are not finished on the sides. They also
usually require special construction before
they can be installed.
Built in refrigerators are more expensive
than most standard models, and they are more
difficult to move to a new location.