Refrigerators are not something most people buy regularly. They are also not small appliances that you can buy instantly and return before you find the right size. Before purchasing a refrigerator, you need to consider where the refrigerator will be placed and measure for the proper refrigerator size in advance, making a wise choice when choosing the size and style of the refrigerator for the first time.
There are many differences in refrigerator size. Get one wrong, and you may not be able to install it in a close location. For this reason, you need to know what you need when you choose a refrigerator, no matter what you need in terms of food storage and the style that suits your home.
Gone are the days of boring old refrigerators. Today, manufacturers are constantly thinking about bringing new technologies, designs, and functions into your home. Whether you want to remodel your kitchen or need to replace an old refrigerator, choosing a new refrigerator can be overwhelming. The following article will help you focus on a few key things that can help you find the right refrigerator size.
Standard Refrigerator Types And Sizes
There are more details about the standard refrigerator sizes for the four types of fridges below. However, these are the average refrigerator sizes for every type, and you should still check your specific refrigerators dimensions online or in-store.
Top freezer refrigerators
These are what you might think of traditional old fridges, with the main compartment starting at the bottom and taking up about two-thirds of the space and the freezer taking up about one-third of the area at the top. Top freezer refrigerators have wide shelves and tend to be the most compact of all types of refrigerators. The average dimensions of top-freezer refrigerators are 28.75 to 32.75 inches in width, 61.75 to 66.25 inches in height, and 28.75 to 34.5 inches in depth.
Bottom freezer refrigerators
The freezer of this refrigerator type is located at the bottom, with the main compartment attached to the top two-thirds. They are more energy-efficient because the main room helps the refrigerator maintain a cold temperature while reducing energy consumption. The average size of a bottom-freezer refrigerator is 29.5 to 32.75 inches in width, 67 to 70 inches in height, and 33 3/8 inches in depth.
Side-by-side fridges feature the main compartment and freezer right next to each other, one on the left and one on the right. The shelves are pretty narrow since the width of the fridge accommodates both compartments. That being said, they make up for it a little bit by being wider at the start than both top and bottom freezer fridges. The average size of a side-by-side fridge is 32.75 to 39.75 inches in width, 65 7/8 to 71.25 inches in height, and 29.75 to 31 1/3 inches in depth.
French door refrigerators
French door refrigerators have a wide bottom freezer, plus a main compartment above with side-by-side doors. They are a little narrower than side-by-side fridges, but the shelves are wider because the main room and the freezer take up the entire width. The standard size of a French door refrigerator is 29.5 to 36 inches in width, 68.5 to 70 1/8 inches in height, and 29 3/8 to 34 5/8 inches in depth.
|Top freezer refrigerators|| 28 3/4" - 32 3/4"||61 3/4" - 66 1/4"||28 3/4" - 34 1/2"|
|Bottom freezer refrigerators|| 29 1/2" - 32 3/4"||60" - 70"||33 3/8"|
|Side-by-side refrigerators||32 3/4" - 39 3/4"||65 7/8" - 71 1/4"||29 3/4" to 31 1/8"|
|French door refrigerators|| 29 1/2" - 36"||68 1/2" - 70 1/8"||29 3/4" - 31 1/8"|
Counter Depth Refrigerators
Width and height are not the only two size factors you will need to consider when shopping for refrigerators. Depth is another major factor, with standard refrigerators offering two different options: counter depth or standard depth.
Counter-depth refrigerators are designed to sit flush with your countertops, while standard-depth refrigerators extend past them. You get more storage space with standard depth fridges since they are more profound than counter depth ones, but the look is a little bit ugly. You will get a more integrated look with a counter-depth fridge but have to sacrifice storage capacity.
Refrigerator Capacity By Family Sizes
To determine the ideal storage capacity for your new refrigerator, evaluating the size of your family is a great start.
|Family Size||Minimum Refrigerator Capacity||Top Picks|
|1 or 2 people||4–13 cu. ft.||Bottom Freezer Refrigerator|
|3 or 4 people||14–24 cu. ft.||Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator|
|5+ people||25+ cu. ft.||Side-by-Side Refrigerator|
How to Mearsure your Refrigerator
Learning how to measure any refrigerator is a good starting point for choosing the best refrigerator style. Once you have measured your space and required refrigerator size, please refer to the model's specifications you are interested in online or consult the staff in the store.
Measure depth, width, and height
- Standard-Depth: Measure from your wall with a bit of room to extend past your cabinets.
- Counter-Depth: Measure from your wall to the edge of your counter.
- Measure from the wall to the counter, cabinet to cabinet, or whatever may be on either side of your refrigerator space to get the width.
- Measure from the floor to the bottom of the cabinets to get the height. Remember to add the height of any door hinges at the top of the refrigerator.
Measure the door opening
Many refrigerators require their doors to be completely open to pull out drawers or access all the shelves. Make sure the doors won't hit cupboards, counters, other appliances, or breakfast islands. If your refrigerator is located next to a wall, leave 2½ inches between the wall and the hinge side of the door so it can swing open.
Keep a little breathing room
Add one inch on all sides of extra space for proper ventilation so it can cool things down without overheating. If a refrigerator isn't properly ventilated, it might use extra energy, and it can damage the motor or compressor.