A standard, freestanding refrigerator with a top freezer -- a plain vanilla, best-selling option that works well for rental properties and in general terms of affordability -- measures 30 to 33 inches wide, 30 to 33 inches deep and 66 to 70 inches tall. Cubic feet for top freezer models can range from 19 to 26 cubic feet. To determine if this option works for you, check your cabinet height, cabinet depth and -- very important -- any gap between counters designated for the fridge, if present. Leave an extra inch behind the fridge for ventilation, and allow space for handles and doors to swing open.
You can also determine which alternatives to the top-freezer models, including different freezer styles and features, work to fit any designated space in your kitchen area. Nowadays more than ever, you can find a refrigerator size to meet your needs, Consumer Reports notes. Bottom freezers with a regular door can be different widths, usually around 30, 33 or 36 inches. They run 30 to 33 inches deep and 67 to 70 inches tall, notes interior design professor Maureen Mitton in "Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces." Capacity ranges from 16 to 24 cubic feet, according to Sears.com. Models with French doors typically run 32 or 36 inches wide, with some models up to 38 inches wide or as little as 29 inches. These models tend to be 32 inches deep and 70 inches tall. Capacity ranges from 16 to 32 cubic feet. The new and popular four-door refrigerator concept has French doors for both the refrigerator compartment and the freezer. Early models of this type measure 36 inches wide, 36 inches deep and 72 inches high. Side by sides, with a vertical freezer door and a regular refrigerator door, run 32 to 36 inches wide, 28 to 33 inches deep, and 67 to 71 inches tall. Capacity can run from 19 to 30 cubic feet.
Looking for Counter Depth
If you want a freestanding refrigerator that protrudes about 4 inches less than the typical range of 30 to 33 inches, you can try a counter depth model, which only runs around 28 inches deep. This may still protrude slightly from your bottom cabinets, often around 24 inches deep, but to a much lesser extent. You can make either a standard or counter-depth refrigerator perfectly flush with your cabinets by creating a wall recess behind the refrigerator.
Going for a Built-in
High-end built-in models can be anywhere from 30 to 48 inches wide, 84 inches tall and 24 to 27 inches deep. Built-ins can be surrounded by cabinetry or aligned so they are even with counters or workstations.
Compacts and Freezerless
- For a small fridge at work or in the garage, look for a compact, measuring as small as 22 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 34 inches high.
- Freezerless, refrigerator-only models can range from 20 to 33 inches wide, 26 to 31 inches deep, 65 to 75 inches tall with a capacity from 5 to 19 cubic feet.