What Is the Standard Size for a Refrigerator?

Updated July 20, 2017

Refrigerators are one of the hardest-working appliances in a home. If you're remodelling your kitchen, building a new one, or just upgrading your refrigerator, you'll need to choose a model that's the right size for your space. Manufacturers offer a variety of refrigerator styles today; the average refrigerator size depends on the model you choose.

Top Freezer

This refrigerator style typically features a refrigeration unit with a freezer unit on top. Average width, depth and height are 29 inches by 31 inches by 66 to 68 inches, respectively. These refrigerator styles are typically on the less expensive side and require extra space in the kitchen to allow the wide bottom door to fully open.

Bottom Freezer

Bottom freezer models are similar to top freezer refrigerators, but can be easier to use day to day because the refrigerated items are available at more accessible height. Bottom freezer refrigerators average 29 inches wide, 32 inches deep and 66 to 69 inches high. With the door open to 90 degrees, they're about 59 inches deep.

Side By Side

Side-by-side refrigerators feature a refrigerated section on the right side and a freezer on the left, with the doors opening from the centre. The smaller door style makes them a great choice in kitchens where space is a challenge. They average 71 inches high, 35 inches wide and 30 inches deep; with the door open to 90 degrees, these refrigerators are about 45 inches deep.

French door

These newer style refrigerators offer the benefits of having a refrigerated section on top and a freezer on the bottom, but with the added convenience of double french doors which open to the refrigerated section. In total, these models have three doors. Average width, depth and height are 35 inches, 29 inches and 68 inches. With the door open to 90 degrees, they're about 48 inches deep.


When deciding which style or size refrigerator to choose for your new or remodelled kitchen, consider how often you use your refrigerator. If you're often cooking for yourself or your family, opt for a larger size. If you typically just use your refrigerator to store your takeout boxes, a smaller version will be more economical and energy-efficient. Finally, consider the freezer size. Some families prefer to prepare large meals and freeze them in advance; if you do this often, or find you use your freezer for many of your meals throughout the day, a side-by-side refrigerator may give you the easiest access to that section.

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