A counter-depth refrigerator is set flush with the surrounding countertops and cabinetry as opposed to a standard refrigerator which tends to stick out past them. Counter-depth refrigerators are shallower, being only about 24 inches in depth as compared to a standard refrigerator's 35 to 36 inches in depth.
Although they are shallower, counter-depth refrigerators tend to be taller as well. They are often side-by-side refrigerators, with double doors. Counter-depth refrigerators are frequently a few hundred dollars more expensive than their standard refrigerator counterparts. They can give a kitchen a streamlined look, with the refrigerator appearing to have been built in as it blends nicely with its surroundings.