A standard-size refrigerator has a range of dimensions it falls into, in order to create a uniform standard from one manufacturer to another. However, there are different types of refrigerators, meaning that a standard for one style of refrigerator, such as a side-by-side, will not conform to the standard size of a top-mounted-freezer unit.
A refrigerator with a freezer on top is one of the most common types. The freezer is on the top, with the larger refrigeration portion below it. The shelf in the upper portion of the fridge holds larger items, such as cakes or pizzas. Children may not be able to access the freezer in this type. Sizes range greatly, but generally fall in the range of 23 to 36 inches wide, 27 to 33 inches deep including the door handles and from 60 to 69 inches tall. The interior may be from 10 to 22 cubic feet in size.
A refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom gives you easy access to the frozen foods, including convenience foods like frozen pizzas or hot pockets. This, as opposed to a top-freezer unit, gives access to frozen foods to shorter individuals, including children. A drawback is that fresh fruits and vegetables may be harder to access. These refrigerators are newer in the market, and may cost more as a result. Their sizes range from 29 to 36 inches wide, 28 to 33 inches deep and 67 to 70 inches tall. The interior dimensions range from 18 to 25 cubic feet. The door on the fridge may open in either direction, depending on the model.
A side-by-side unit has full height sides for both the refrigeration and freezer section. Side-by-side models also frequently include water or ice dispensers and filters. The handles are usually larger, encompassing much of the height on the door, allowing easier access to individuals of all heights. These refrigerators are from 31 to 36 inches wide, 28 to 34 inches deep and 66 to 69 inches tall. Since both doors need to open in opposite directions, side-by-side refrigerators take up the most size in the kitchen. Interior capacity is the largest, ranging from 20 to 28 cubic feet.
A French-door-style refrigerator is a newer model that has three doors. The top compartment has two side-by-side doors opening in the top section for the refrigeration and a slide-out drawer on the bottom for the freezer. They are the most expensive, since they're a new introduction to the market. They typically range from 32 to 36 inches wide, 28 to 36 inches deep and 68 to 70 inches tall. Their inner capacity is from 20 to 25 cubic feet.