The standard full sized refrigerator isn’t really standard at all. This becomes clear when looking at the range of dimensions and capacities involved. Refrigerators can come in varied dimensions across height, width, depth, and interior capacities.
For instance, across almost 800 standard sized refrigerators on the market today, the total volume (fridge and freezer combined) varies from a low of 10.00 cubic feet (GE GTR10HAXRWW) to a high of 30.7 cubic feet (LG’s LFX31925ST, LFX31925SB, and LFX31925SW). The average comes to 22.81 cubic feet.
That doesn’t even tell the full story though, since the capacity of the fridge and freezer can vary even more. The min freezer capacity is 0 for instance, while the max freezer capacity is 22.70 cubic feet (Sub Zero BI-36F, BI-36FF, BI-36FO, and BI-36FOF, which are all built-in full sized freezers).
The dimensions of the full sized refrigerators varies just as much. The average width of a standard sized refrigerator is 33.66 inches, with the narrowest refrigerators being 23.25 inches (GE GTR10HAXRWW and GTR12HBXRWW), and the widest ones a full 50.00 inches (Sub Zero BI-48SIDOF, Sub Zero BI-48SDOF, and BI-48SOF).
Depth doesn’t fare much better. The deepest fridges are 47.63 inches (LG LFX28968ST, LFX28968SB, LFX28968SW, LFX28978SB, LFX28978SW, and LFX28968ST), with the shallowest ones being 24.00 inches (Sub Zero’s entire line of refrigerators and freezers). The average across all the refrigerators is 31.88 inches. So there is quite a lot of variation in this dimension too.
Height is where the variation hits it’s largest extent. The tallest refrigerators from Sub Zero come in at 84.00 inches tall. The shortest refrigerator is only 57.38 inches high (Kenmore 60722). The average standard sized fridge is 69.46 inches tall. Most of the models do come in around this number. It’s only a few outliers that are substantially taller or shorter.
Average Cabinet Dimensions
|Width||23.25 in||50.00 in||33.66 in|
|Depth||24.00 in||47.63 in||31.88 in|
|Height||57.38 in||84.00 in||69.46 in|
Manufacturers’ Recommended Clearances
Remember when sizing your fridge though that you need to account for the manufacturers’ recommended clearances. This is to allow adequate airflow to keep the fridge from overheating, as well as to allow the doors to open all the way in some cases.
When accounting for the recommended clearances, this pushes the minimum enclosure size for your fridge to a minimum of 25.25 inches, a maximum of 50.00 inches, and an average of 34.67 inches. Depth is pushed to a minimum of 24.00 inches, a max of 49.63 inches, and an average of 33.13 inches. Height ends up being a minimum of 59.76 inches, a maximum of 84.00 inches, and an average of 70.36 inches.
It’s very important you remember to account for these recommended clearances, as well as to make sure you get the fridge dimensions as accurately as possible. Sometimes the listed dimensions at retailers aren’t quite right, always check the manufacturer’s specifications. Also check for the recommended clearances, since these are often not even published by retailers. They’re usually to be found in PDF files on the manufacturer’s websites, or in the manuals that come with the fridge.
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Average Recommended Enclosure Size
|Width||25.25 in||50.00 in||34.67 in|
|Depth||24.00 in||49.63 in||33.13 in|
|Height||59.76 in||84.00 in||70.36 in|