ZLINE Standard-depth Refrigerators vs Counter-depth Refrigerators

ZLINE Standard-depth Refrigerators vs Counter-depth Refrigerators

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Choosing the right refrigerator is more than just picking a model that keeps your food cold; it's about selecting a design that fits seamlessly into your kitchen, both aesthetically and functionally. Refrigerators are not a one-size-fits-all appliance, you have to take into account what size and style fits your home’s needs. ZLINE's refrigeration line offers a range of options to suit various kitchen layouts and personal preferences. Among these, the new ZLINE Standard-Depth Refrigerators(RSM) have made a notable entry, promising more capacity and top-of-the-line technology. Alongside this new model, the ZLINE Counter-Depth refrigerator(RFM) models have held their ground as one of our most popular choices for those seeking a sleek, counter-depth option. This blog delves into ZLINE's RSM and RFM refrigerators to help you understand the key differences and ultimately decide which model aligns best with your kitchen's requirements.

ZLINE 36 in. Autograph Edition 21.6 cu. ft Freestanding French Door Refrigerator with Water Dispenser in Stainless Steel with Champagne Bronze Accents (RFMZ-W-36-CB)-Featured in a modern kitchenPhoto via Instagram @comestayawhile

Definition and Basic Features

What is a Counter-Depth Refrigerator?

Counter-depth refrigerators are designed to align flush with the edges of your kitchen counters, providing a streamlined look that integrates smoothly with your cabinetry. Most counter-depth refrigerators are 24-30 inches deep. Typically, these models are shallower than standard refrigerators, which means they protrude less into the kitchen space, creating a more uniform and sleek appearance.

What is a Standard-Depth Refrigerator?

Standard-depth refrigerators, have a larger capacity, extending beyond the counter line for extra storage space. These models are more traditional, with a depth of 30 to 36 inches or more. Models with this depth are ideal for large families or individuals who prioritize storage over the flush, built-in look. A standard-depth refrigerator has plenty of space to store larger items like turkeys or roasts in both the fridge and freezer, making them perfect for larger households or an entertainer’s home.

ZLINE Standard-Depth Refrigerators vs. Counter-Depth Refrigerators

Both the RFM and RSM series boast ZLINE's commitment to quality, durability, and design. However, their key distinctions lie in their dimensions, capacity, and intended kitchen layout compatibility. Let’s take a look at their similarities and differences.

ZLINE Standard-Depth Refrigerators

  • Dimensions: 35.75 in. W x 34 in. D x 69.88 in. H

  • Storage Capacity: 18.5 cu. ft. refrigeration compartment and 10.4 cu. ft. freezer compartment.

  • Adjustable Door Bins: 8 durable plastic bins, 4 on each door, best for condiments, beverages, and tall items.

  • External Water and Ice Dispenser: Fresh filtered water and crushed or cubed ice from an in-door dispenser that fits containers up to 10 in. tall.

  • Dual Ice Makers: Produce nearly 7 pounds of ice daily — 4 pounds in the primary in-door ice maker and 2.8 pounds in the secondary ice maker inside the freezer.

  • Lighting: Fully illuminate your appliance with 5 bright built-in LED lights in the refrigerator, 1 in the freezer, and 2 more in the water and ice dispenser.

ZLINE Standard-Depth Refrigerators with Dual Ice Maker in Black Stainless Steel (RSM-W-36-BS)-White Background

With more depth, standard-depth models offer a variety of storage options and configurations. Adjustable shelves, multiple drawers, and expansive door bins allow for customizable organization, making it easier to keep different types of food items fresh and accessible.

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ZLINE Counter-Depth Refrigerators

  • Dimensions: 35.75 in. W x 29.125 in. D x 69.6875 in. H

  • Storage Capacity: 22.5 cu. ft. total interior capacity.

  • Freezer: This model will have two freezer drawers.

  • RFM Built-in Ice Maker: Stores up to 1.75 lbs of ice and creates up to 4.85 lbs of ice daily.

  • RFM-W External Water and Ice Dispenser: This model will feature an exterior water and ice dispenser that produces up to 4 lbs of ice per day with an automatic ice maker in the freezer.

  • Lighting: Equipped with 4 bright built-in LED lights.

ZLINE 36 in. Freestanding French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel (RFM-36)-White background

ZLINE counter-depth models are designed to align with kitchen countertops and cabinetry, offering a sleek, built-in appearance. This seamless integration enhances the kitchen's overall aesthetic, making it appear larger and more open. The shallower depth of counter-depth models means that items are more accessible and less likely to be lost at the back of the fridge. This can lead to less food waste and more efficient use of groceries.

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  • Temperature: Both models allow you to select your desired refrigerator temperature ranging from 34°F to 44°F and freezer temperatures from -7°F to 7°F

  • Digital LED Display: Adjust temperatures, engage a child lock, and navigate multiple menu items with an ADA-accessible LED control panel.

  • Rapid Chill and Super Cool: Their counter-depth model has a Super Cool mode and their standard depth model features a Rapid Chill mode. Both allow you to save time and quickly chill food.

  • Sabbath Mode: Deactivates interior lights and control panel functions.

  • Fingerprint-Resistant Finish: Both models feature ZLINE’s smudge-proof and fingerprint-resistant 430-grade stainless steel finish.

  • ENERGY STAR® Rated: Maximized energy efficiency to save you money.

  • Warranty: If in the event you run into any issues ZLINE’s refrigeration has a 1-year parts and labor, and a 5-year parts-only warranty on the sealed cooling system.

  • Autograph Edition: If you are looking to customize beyond classic stainless steel, ZLINE offers a range of finishes for the perfect combination to fit any kitchen style.

No matter what ZLINE refrigerator you choose you will be promised the best technology and design made to last the test of time.

ZLINE 36 in. Autograph Edition 22.5 cu. ft Freestanding French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel with Polished Gold Accents (RFMZ-36-G)-Featured in a modern kitchenPhoto via Instagram @lindsey_heath

Which is right for you?

Choosing between a ZLINE standard-depth and counter-depth refrigerator ultimately hinges on a balance between functional needs and design preferences. Here are some final tips to guide your decision:

  • Assess Your Storage Needs: Consider your shopping habits, family size, and entertainment frequency. ZLINE’s standard-depth series is ideal for those who need expansive storage and prefer a robust refrigerator presence in their kitchen. Its larger interior accommodates bulk purchases and extensive food storage requirements with ease.

  • Evaluate Your Kitchen Space: Take accurate measurements of your kitchen layout, including countertop depth, and consider the overall aesthetic you wish to achieve. ZLINE’s counter-depth series is particularly suited for kitchens where space is at a premium or where a sleek, integrated look is desired.

  • Consider Lifestyle and Design Preferences: Reflect on how your refrigerator fits into your daily life and kitchen use. If easy access and a modern, cohesive kitchen design are priorities, a counter-depth model like the RFM-W-36 may be the perfect fit. For those prioritizing storage flexibility and capacity, a standard-depth model like the RSM-W-36 offers ample space and adaptability.

Remember, choosing a refrigerator is a significant decision that affects your daily life and kitchen functionality. If you're uncertain about which model best suits your needs, don't hesitate to contact our team. We're here to provide personalized advice, ensuring you select a refrigerator that not only meets your storage needs but also complements your kitchen's design and lifestyle.

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