The standard sizes of refrigerators in the United States are approximately 70 inches in height and about 36 inches in width. Refrigerators generally do not have a consistent standard size when it comes to depth, and exact refrigerator dimensions vary by model, manufacturer and style.
Top-mount refrigerators, which feature the traditional design of having the freezer at the top and a refrigerator compartment below, usually have a measurement of around 65 to 69 inches in height and about 23 to 36 inches in width. Their depth ranges from 24 to 33 inches. Side-by-side refrigerators, which have two vertical doors, range from 67 to 70 inches in height and about 30 to 26 inches in width. Their depth is typically between 29 and 35 inches.
The size of refrigerator needed for a home or business varies depending on how many residents or employees are using it. Smaller refrigerators are not always a lot more energy efficient than larger ones. Smaller kitchens can look overwhelmed if refrigerators are very large. Actual refrigerated space can vary when comparing side-by-side refrigerators and those with freezers on the top or bottom.
Counter-depth refrigerators typically have a shallower depth compared to other types of refrigerators with an average depth. They look more attractive than other refrigerators as they have a thinner form; however, they have a smaller cubic-foot capacity, making them less suited for large families.
ApplianceSizes.com recommends giving a 1-inch allowance for air circulation at the back of the refrigerator when planning the kitchen space. Homeowners should also consider the refrigerator's handles and doors in the overall measurement.