Appliances come in a range of sizes to meet various interior needs. Refrigerators are no exception. Whether you're thinking about one for a large space or a dorm room, there's a size for every interior space. So how tall is a refrigerator on average?
Refrigerators come in a range of sizes. Mini-fridges range from 20"-40" tall on average, and standard refrigerators range from 65"-80" tall on average.
In this post, we'll take a look at each kind of refrigerator and what you get for those heights. We'll also explore some other measurements for refrigerators. Without further ado, let's get into it!
Types Of Refrigerators And Their Average Height
Mini-fridges are great appliances for small spaces like dorm rooms, offices, workshops, or small apartments. They come in tiny cube varieties to double door varieties with small freezers. They range from 20" in height for the cube style to about 40" for the freezer style.
This cube-style fridge from Proctor-Silex is one of the smallest refrigerators on the market. At 20.9" tall it fits in most spaces you'd need it. The hinges will work on either side of the door which adds to its versatility. This fridge has no freezer compartment.
This taller mini-fridge is pretty typical of what you'll find in the 30" tall range. It has a small internal freezer compartment good for a few ice trays or a couple of frozen meals. It's made by RCA and comes in a bunch of fun colors.
This is the largest of the mini-fridges at 3.4 cubic feet and standing a full 42" tall. This unit has a separate freezer with its own door and functions as a larger fridge would. This is a great choice for a small apartment, larger dorm room, or accessory dwelling unit.
Nowadays you can get refrigerators in all types of depths and door configurations. From the old standby freezer on top and fridge on the bottom to a french-door or counter-depth refrigerator, they are super varied in widths. Heights run within a range with the shortest fridges being around 60" tall and the tallest being in the 80" range.
Most standard refrigerators in the 60" height range are marketed as apartment fridges and are often more narrow than your typical kitchen refrigerator.
Fridges in the 65"-70" range are the average size, and you'll find most commonly bought models are in this height range.
This side-by-side Frigidaire is a typical 70" unit. As you read on, you'll see the importance of including the hinge height in your overall measurements.
How Is Refrigerator Height Measured?
When considering your refrigerator height, you first need to consider your refrigerator space. Air must be able to circulate around the refrigerator for it to run efficiently and not overheat. The fridge will need minimum clearances of 2 inches from the back wall, 1 inch from the upper cabinet, and 1/8-inch on either side of the fridge.
When measuring the fridge, measure from the top of the hinges to the bottom of the feet to get the overall height. Hinges will add an inch or more to the height of the appliance.
How Tall Is The Tallest Refrigerator?
The tallest refrigerators are in the 80" to 84" range. These are often Subzero models or cabinet-front refrigerators. Costs for these high-end appliances can run up many thousands of dollars. They are made to fit seamlessly into a wall of high cabinets and high-end finishes.
Models like this GE Profile are tall enough to integrate into cabinetry. This gorgeous refrigerator is 84" tall and 48" wide and comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a high-end appliance.
How Deep Is A Counter-Depth Refrigerator?
Counter-depth refrigerators are made to have their fronts make a continuous line with the front of your cabinets, rather than sticking out further than your cabinets.
Like your lower cabinets, these refrigerators are typically in the 23"-30" depth. They are wider than your standard fridge to make up for their shallow depth. Many homeowners find this look to be more modern and attractive if your fridge must be in line with your counters.
Here's a highly-rated counter depth fridge from Thor. It measures in at just under 29" deep and has a handy lower freezer and chilling drawer. Like other counter-depth refrigerators, it has a slightly larger width than a standard fridge, measuring at 36".
How Much Space Is Needed For A French Door Refrigerator?
French door refrigerators are great because, as the name implies, they open with two smaller doors. This is helpful, as it keeps all of the cold air from rushing out as you search for one or two items. Some of today's French door fridges even have multiple sections inside each door for the ultimate organization of your perishables.
How much space do you need for one of these? The average width of a standard French door refrigerator is 30-36" with the latter being the most popular size for cabinet-depth fridges. If you can keep 5-6" on either side of the sides of the refrigerator you will be able to open the doors greater than 90 degrees. The less space, the less wide you can open it.
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