If you keep plenty of fresh ingredients on hand, you may want to consider investing in an undercounter refrigerator. Installing an undercounter fridge or beverage center can make hosting parties and family gatherings easier by adding storage in your kitchen or your entertainment space. With several types and configurations to choose from, use this undercounter refrigerator buying guide to learn how to choose the right model for your needs.
What is an Undercounter Refrigerator?
An undercounter refrigerator is a smaller appliance designed to fit beneath your counters and between cabinets to store extra food, wine and other beverages. These models differ from mini- or compact refrigerators as they are designed to be built into your kitchen and have features and temperature settings. KitchenAid brand offers a variety of undercounter refrigerators, ranging from beverage centers and wine coolers to refrigerator drawers.
Types of Undercounter Refrigerators
Undercounter refrigerators come in many different sizes and configurations that serve specific purposes in the kitchen. If you’re buying an undercounter refrigerator, compare the configurations below to find the right option for you.
Undercounter Wine Refrigerators
Undercounter wine coolers can be a handy addition to any kitchen, as these appliances are designed to keep wine bottles perfectly chilled for when friends and family are over. Many KitchenAid® wine coolers offer Two Temperature-Controlled Zones to keep whites crisp and reds only slightly chilled, so you can keep both on hand for when guests arrive.
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Undercounter Refrigerator Drawers
Undercounter drawer fridges are built into your existing cabinetry to add extra refrigeration space to your kitchen. These models have drawers that slide out, allowing you to get a view of your items from above. Undercounter refrigerator drawers help you keep your drinks, snacks and meal prep ingredients organized and easy to access. Select KitchenAid® models feature SatinGlide® Full-Extension Wood-Front Racks that pull all the way out, making it easy to load bottles when restocking and find just the one you want when serving.
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Undercounter Beverage Centers
Whether you’re storing water, beer, wine or other favorite drinks, undercounter beverage centers have the space and temperature controls you need to properly store your favorite drinks. KitchenAid offers a variety of beverage centers with features like Two Temperature-Controlled Zones to store your wine and other beverages at their proper temperatures.
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If you find yourself frequently shaking up cocktails, blending frozen drinks or needing extra ice on hand while entertaining, you may want to consider an undercounter ice maker. KitchenAid® ice makers offer Clear Ice Technology that creates a uniform size and shape that is ideal for a variety of entertaining needs.
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What to Look for in an Undercounter Refrigerator
When you’re shopping for an undercounter refrigerator, there are several factors to consider to make sure you’re choosing the right model for your needs. Below is a list of factors to keep in mind while shopping.
Size - Consider how much supplemental refrigeration space you need and how much room your home has for an additional appliance.
Finish - With finish options like stainless steel, panel-ready and black stainless steel, KitchenAid brand offers undercounter refrigerators that match the style and design of your other appliances.
Type of door - Most undercounter refrigerators have either a glass-front, drawer-style or solid door.
Location - Decide where you plan on installing your appliance, as location can determine which refrigeration models you can choose from. If you plan on installing the appliance outside, be sure your model is approved for outdoor use.
How you will use it - Determine what you plan to store in your undercounter refrigerator to help guide you towards the right model selection. Wine connoisseurs would benefit from a wine cooler, while big families may want the extra food storage provided by a refrigerator drawer. If you entertain frequently in your home, an undercounter icemaker or beverage center may be the best option for you.
DO UNDERCOUNTER FRIDGES NEED VENTILATION?
All undercounter refrigerators need ventilation, but vent location depends on the model. Some models are rear or side-venting that can’t be installed directly against a wall or cabinet, while others are front-venting and have fewer location restrictions.
Is an Undercounter Refrigerator a Good Idea?
Undercounter refrigerators make room for party essentials from platters to pitchers and can be wise investments for any home that frequently entertains. You may want to consider an undercounter fridge if you:
- Host large gatherings
- Frequently keep lots of fresh ingredients on hand
- Want access to a refrigerator wherever you and your guests gather
KitchenAid offers a selection of built-in and panel-ready undercounter refrigerator options for you to choose from.
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