I need some clarification -- and I should mention that I haven't done any fridge shopping for my kitchen remodel yet. The conversations I've been reading here about counter-depth vs. standard-depth refrigerators seem to revolve around two factors -- space and appearance. It seems that the only advantage of a counter-depth fridge is that it enables a more finished, built-in appearance; it doesn't protrude from the nice flow of even cabinetry like a standard-depth fridge often does and it takes up far less space.
In my present kitchen, I have a full-depth fridge that is set-in, but NOT built-in, to the cabinet space. The other cabinets on that wall were pulled forward to accommodate the extra depth, and it looks okay because there's a peninsula with counter seating that balances out the extra depth.
Now, as I consider possible kitchen designs, space for a full-depth fridge is not a problem. But I'm somehow left with the impression that, unless I want to spend big bucks on a SubZero or other high-end fridge, I can't get a built-in standard-depth fridge. I don't want my new fridge to be merely "set-in" as it is now; I want it to be built in.
Is there such a thing as a good quality, standard-depth fridge that can be built in and won't set me back $7,000+?