Buying a new fridge (much easier than cleaning my current filthy semi-functional one, purchased probably–not by me–in the late 1960s maybe) and I got a very good price on a Whirlpool with all the bells and whistles I need. But my old one measures 31" deep, and the new one measures 33" deep, so it’s dicey (cuz you need to pass the fridge to get into the kitchen proper, and there are cabinets facing the fridge door that aren’t moving anywhere.)
BUT (you knew there was a big BUT in there, not counting mine that will be squeezing through the narrow passageway) the old fridge seems to have empty space behind it, 3" or 4" worth of space between the back of the fridge and the wall that appears to be available, which is easily enough space to allow the new 2" deeper fridge to fit and still leave a few inches of space.
Is there a reason that space needs to be 4"? (Actually is there a reason I can’t push my fridge flush with the wall?) If no one comes with an argument why those four inches of wasted space are part of a grand master design, then I’m ordering the 33" deep fridge–so someone stop me if I’m making a terrible mistake.
Another way to pose this inquiry would be: How much space is between YOUR fridge and the wall behind it? Go ahead, measure. I’ll wait.