Every modern-day home has a refrigerator. Unless you’re living without electricity, which would mean no internet access, you have a fridge. Now, there comes a time when you need to know what kind of fridge to get.
The reason may be because you’re building a house, replacing your old fridge, or simply helping out a friend. We have everything you need to find out the average fridge size, standard fridge size, and which size is right for you.
What Is The Standard Refrigerator Size?
Let’s get one thing straight. In many cases, the standard size of something and the average size of something is not the same. Nor is it the same as the most common size. For example, the average size of a house varies.
The average house size is just over 2,000 sq ft in most cases. But the most common house size is more likely around 1,500 sq ft. At least in the United States. This is what we’ll be talking about when referring to standard refrigerator sizes.
Different Refrigerator Sizes
There are quite a few different sizes of fridges. After all, if you have an RV, you want a certain smaller size while if you have a mansion, you want to use all of the space that you can with a large fridge. Here are the sizes that are broken down into categories.
Mini-Fridge And Smaller
Mini-fridges are generally meant for single-person homes. This is a home or dorm with only one person using that fridge. They are usually under 5 cubic feet and less than 2ft wide. Mini-fridges are not meant for family homes.
Small refrigerators are between about 24″ and 30″ wide. They are generally somewhere between 10 (or a little less) and 20 cubic feet. These fridges are perfect for couples are single people who want a normal fridge.
A standard fridge is between 20 cubic feet and 25 cubic feet. They are also usually between 30″ and 36″ wide. This is the type of fridge that most people in the United States have in their homes. This is perfect for families of 4 or 5.
A large fridge is made for businesses, homes with a lot of roommates, or large families. They are over 25 cubic feet and wider than 36″. They are quite large and take up a lot of space but are necessary for large families.
Types Of Refrigerators
The type of refrigerator you get may affect the size. This is what Whirlpool has to say about the different types of refrigerators and how they affect the size of the unit. The fridge will be the biggest appliance in your kitchen, affecting the average kitchen size.
Bottom Freezer – a bottom freezer fridge has a freezer on the bottom. The average size for this type of Whirlpool fridge is 29 ½ to 32 ¾ inches in width, 67 to 70 inches in height, and 33 ⅜ inches in depth.
Bottom freezers are great if you use your freezer a lot. Kids have easy access and the weight is on the bottom, often in a drawer. The bottom weight gives the fridge more balance and makes it easier to reach everything in the back.
Top Freezer – a top freezer fridge has a freezer on top, which is most common. Whirlpool’s top freezer fridges can be slightly smaller at 28 ¾ to 32 ¾ inches in width, 61 ¾ to 66 ¼ inches in height, and 28 ¾ to 34 ½ inches in depth.
Top freezers are the classic type of fridge. This is what most people have and with good reason. The layout is pleasing and is usually what most families need. More fridge space, less freezer space than other fridges.
French Door – A French door fridge has two doors on top and a freezer on the bottom. A French door fridge is 29 ½ to 36 inches in width, 68 ½ to 70 ⅛ inches in height and 29 ⅜ to 34 ⅝ inches in depth.
French door fridges are great for people who want something different. While it doesn’t offer much different in a practical way than the top freezer fridge does, it offers a lot aesthetically. This can be important too.
Side By Side – a side-by-side fridge has two doors running all the way down. One side is usually a freezer, the other a fridge. This type of fridge has the largest range with 32 ¾ to 39 ¾ inches in width, 65 ⅞ to 71 ¼ inches in height, and 29 ¾ to 31 ⅛ inches in depth.
If you use the freezer a lot and want the same about of space in the freezer as in your fridge, this is perfect. The double doors are adorable and having that extra freezer space can be a lifesaver for some families.
How Big Of A Refrigerator Do You Need?
The size of the refrigerator you buy shouldn’t be random. You should buy the size you need for your home. In general, there are a few things that need to be considered before you choose that perfect refrigerator.
Kitchen Size – the first thing to consider is kitchen size. You want to leave yourself enough counter space but you also don’t want to lose any potential fridge space. Make sure you have at least twice the counter space to fridge space.
Family Size – family size is very important. On average, you will want five cubic feet per person that will be using the fridge. This includes children whose stuff in the fridge takes up just as much room as adults.
Type – the type of fridge matters because it affects the size of the unit and how you will use it. For example, a bottom freezer can be great or a hassle with kids. And french doors make for less fridge room and more freezer room.
Color And Style – lastly, this doesn’t affect the size, but it’s just as important. You want a fridge that you won’t want to replace. Think about whether you want stainless steel, white, or a bright color in your kitchen.
When To Replace Your Fridge
Replacing appliances as needed is important. Just like replacing anything else in your home that might cause harm if left alone. There are many reasons to replace your fridge, but these are the most common.
New Addition To The Family – of course, if you bring home twins, you’re going to need to upgrade. If you have a small fridge that’s almost too small and your parent comes to live with you, you will need an upgrade.
Food Is Spoiling – if your food just doesn’t keep cool like it used to, you will need to replace your fridge. After all, it’s more than just warm food that is bothersome. You don’t want your family eating food that has gone bad.
Loud Buzzing – if your fridge is buzzing loudly, and won’t stop, then it’s probably going to die soon. Buy a new fridge before this happens to save a lot of trouble. You can also contact an expert to have them take a look and advise you.
It’s Older Than 10 Years – while some refrigerators can live longer, it’s a good idea to buy a new one at least once a decade. After all, times change, appliance become more energy-efficient, and it’s always better to stay on top of things.
How To Measure For A Refrigerator
When you do replace your fridge, or even buy your first one, you need to know how to find out exactly what size you want. After all, one that is 36″ and one that is 30″ can be the same cubic feet, they are just shaped differently.
Height – the height of the space you are going to put your fridge should be measured from floor to ceiling. Size in this area isn’t usually a problem, but it’s good to make sure. You want at least a couple of extra inches here.
Width – you don’t need a lot of room here unless you are putting it against the wall. If you do, just make sure there is plenty of room for the door to open. If it’s between two cabinets, you only need about an inch.
Depth – depth is important because if your fridge is too shallow, the door won’t open and it will be an awkward look. So make sure your fridge comes out a couple of inches further than your cabinets.
Don’t Forget The Door
Not the fridge door! We’re talking about the front door and every door you need to go through in order to get to the kitchen. If your fridge is wider than your doorframe, then you won’t be able to get the fridge in.
You can make this easier by taking the doorframe off, but this is risky if you don’t know what you’re doing and only gives you a couple of inches. Taking the doors of the fridge off helps too but this also only gives you a couple of inches.
As frustrating as it is, making sure the fridge is narrower than your smallest door that gives access to the kitchen is a must. If you get that taken care of, the rest is just up to preference. So find that perfect fridge today.