Refrigerator sizes: how to measure fridge dimensions
Finding a refrigerator with convenient features that is also the right size for your kitchen is easier than it sounds. Follow this guide to refrigerator sizes for everything you need to know to assess your space and find the right fridge for your kitchen and your family.
What are standard refrigerator sizes?
Although the average size of a refrigerator varies depending on the type of fridge (bottom freezer, top freezer, French door or side-by-side), standard refrigerator dimensions range from 28¾ to 39¾ inches wide, 61¾ to 71¼ inches tall and 28¾ to 34⅝ inches deep, with depth extending to 45 inches with the refrigerator door fully ajar.
Typically, refrigerator dimensions in cubic feet range from 20 to 25 cu.ft. Learn more about the standard refrigerator sizes for the four types of fridges with our refrigerator sizes chart and information below:
French door refrigerator dimensions
The standard size of a Whirlpool® French Door Refrigerator is 29½ to 36 inches wide, 68½ to 70⅛ inches inches tall and 29⅜ to 34⅝ inches deep, with depth extending up to 45 inches deep with the fridge doors opened. These models typically range from 20 to 27 cu. ft. in capacity.
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Side-by-side refrigerator dimensions
The average size of a Whirlpool® Side-by-Side Refrigerator is 32¾ to 39¾ inches wide, 65⅞ to 71¼ inches tall and 29 ¾ to 31⅛ inches deep. The refrigerator depth extends up to 45 inches with the doors ajar.
The standard capacity ranges from 21 to 28 cu. ft.
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Top-freezer refrigerator dimensions
On average, a Whirlpool® Top-Freezer Refrigerator measures 28¾ to 32¾ inches wide, 61¾ to 66¼ inches tall and 28¾ to 34½ inches deep. The depth extends about 27 inches with the door open to 90 degrees.
With standard sizes ranging from 10 to 21 cu.ft. this refrigerator may be ideal for smaller spaces and boasts 4 to 5 cu.ft. of freezer capacity.
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Bottom-freezer refrigerator dimensions
The average size of a Whirlpool® Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator is 29½ to 32¾ inches wide, 67 to 70 inches tall and 33⅜ inches deep, with depth extending to roughly 50 inches with the door ajar.
These models typically range from 12 to 22 cu.ft. with the freezer accounting for roughly ⅓ of the total capacity.
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While these are good benchmarks for the average refrigerator size in every type, you should still check your specific refrigerator’s dimensions online or in store.
How to measure for a new refrigerator
To effectively measure for a new fridge, you will need to determine the refrigerator depth, width and height. Be mindful to account for a few inches of breathing room for proper ventilation, as well as extra space for the refrigerator doors to fully open.
Download this convenient guide to help with your measurements.
What you’ll need:
Pencil and paper
Step 1: Measure for refrigerator width
Measure from the wall to the counter, cabinet to cabinet or anything that may be on either side of your refrigerator space.
NOTE: 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.
How wide are refrigerators?
Standard refrigerator width ranges from 28 to 32 inches wide for slim top-freezer and bottom-freezer models, with wider side-by-side and French door fridges extending to 36 inches.
With doors fully ajar, depth may increase to 45 to 50 inches deep.
If you have a counter-depth refrigerator—a fridge that aligns flush with countertops—be mindful that it will likely measure a few inches wider than standard refrigerators.
Step 2: Measure for refrigerator height
If you have cabinets above your refrigerator cutout, measure from the floor to the bottom of the cabinets.
How tall are refrigerators?
Standard refrigerator height ranges from 66 to 70 inches tall, with French Door and side-by-side models measuring on the taller ends.
Counter-depth refrigerators will also likely measure a few inches taller than standard refrigerators.
Whirlpool® Undercounter Refrigerators are also counter-height and tend to fall on the shorter end at roughly 35 inches tall.
Step 3: Measure for refrigerator depth
To determine refrigerator depth, measure from the wall to the edge of your countertop. These dimensions should be roughly 24 to 25 inches deep.
For best practices, make sure to record each of the following for the most accurate and comprehensive refrigerator dimensions to ensure the best fit:
Depth including fridge doors
- Depth excluding fridge doors
- Depth with fridge closed (including handles)
Depth with fridge closed (excluding handles)
Depth with fridge door open at 90 degrees
Depth with fridge door and drawers open
Be mindful to allow at least one inch of extra space between the back of your refrigerator and the wall for proper ventilation.
Additionally, if you have a kitchen island or are limited on space, measure the area in front of the refrigerator to ensure that the doors and drawers can fully open.
How deep are refrigerators?
Refrigerators are categorized between counter-depth and standard-depth models, with refrigerator depth ranging from 24 to 36 inches deep.
Counter-depth fridges align with the edges of countertops and measure between 24 to 30 inches deep, whereas standard-depth appliances may extend to 30 to 36 inches.
Despite shallow depth, Whirlpool® Counter Depth Refrigerators are slightly wider and taller than standard-depth models, allowing the appliance to maintain optimal capacity with an average of 22 cu.ft.
Does your kitchen have an island?
Measure the space in front of the refrigerator so doors and drawers can open without getting dinged.
Step 4: Adjust measurements for ventilation space
Now that you have your refrigerator dimensions, add ½ inch on all sides to ensure proper ventilation. This will allow the appliance to cool without overheating.
Allow for ½ inch of space on either side of the fridge
Allow for ½ inch of space above the fridge
Allow for ½ inch of space between the back of the fridge and the wall
Accounting for this extra clearance for proper ventilation is key. Without it, your fridge may consume more energy than necessary and become damaged.
Step 5: Calculate refrigerator capacity in cubic feet
Calculating the cubic foot dimensions of your refrigerator provides an objective picture of its capacity. You can use the length, width, and depth measurements of your appliance to simply find this value.
How to calculate refrigerator size in cubic feet
To calculate the cubic feet dimensions of your refrigerator, multiply the length x width x depth. Next, divide that total by 1,728 to determine size in cubic feet.
There are 1,728 inches in one cubic foot.
24 inches wide X 70 inches tall x 24 inches deep ÷ 1,728 inches in a cubic foot = 23.3 cu.ft.
If you have a counter-top refrigerator, you may notice that although its depth is shallower than standard models, the capacity is similar due to taller and wider dimensions.
Step 6: Map out and measure a path for refrigerator delivery
It fits your needs and fits your space, but how is it getting there? From the nearest entrance to your kitchen, measure the width of every hallway and doorway to ensure your new fridge can make it through.
What size refrigerator do I need?
Your optimal fridge size and style will vary depending on your kitchen space and family needs. As a rule of thumb, 4 to 6 cu. ft. of fridge space per person is sufficient. For a family of four, a fridge with 20 cu. ft. is ideal for optimal grocery space.
For larger families, refrigerator space with 25+ cu. ft. is recommended.
Small refrigerator sizes
Small, apartment-sized refrigerator dimensions tend to be slimmer with a width of 24 inches, yet maintain standard heights of 60 to 75 inches. The common capacity for these models range from 11 to 13 cu. ft.
If you are looking for a space-saving appliance that does not sacrifice features such as an ice maker, a small fridge may be right for you.
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Medium refrigerator sizes
A medium, standard refrigerator size is 24 to 32 inches wide, 66 to 70 inches tall, and 29 to 36 inches deep. A medium refrigerator with 20 cu. ft. is ideal for a family of 4.
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Large refrigerator sizes
Large refrigerator sizes are typically 36 inches wide, more than 70 inches tall, and 33 to 35 inches deep. Capacity can range anywhere from 22 - 28 cu. ft. to accommodate more space for your family’s storage needs.
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