Cool It: 5 Refrigerators That Save Space & Money

Cool It: 5 Refrigerators That Save Space & Money

Lauren Zerbey
Jan 28, 2011

In small kitchens, a standard size refrigerator can take up valuable space and be an energy hog. Fortunately, many manufacturers are now making 2' wide, counter-depth options that have plenty of space for a couple or small family. See five examples (including a comparison of annual energy usage) after the jump!

While these models are narrower than a standard refrigerator, they are usually taller, giving that svelte European look. The bottom freezer configurations keep the more commonly used items at eye level while maximizing on energy efficiency. Plus, a smaller and shallower refrigerator has another perk - food is less likely to get buried in the back and forgotten about!

(Shown above the jump, from left to right)

1 GE GBC12IAX, 11.6 cu. ft., 473 kWh/yr, $1160.10 from
2 Summit FFBF24, 9.85 cu. ft., 380 kWh/yr, $1070.10 from
3 Liebherr CS131, 13.0 cu. ft., 420 kWh/yr, $2799.00 from
4 Blomberg BRFB1150, 11.7 cu. ft., 380 kWh/yr, $1899.00 from
5 Fagor 3FCA68NFX, 13.0 cu. ft., (kWh/yr unknown), $1979.00 from

Note: As a comparison, federal standards for these sizes range from 510-530 kWh/yr.

(Images: As linked, Liebherr image found here)

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