There are five main fridge types sold in Australia (not including wine, bar and integrated fridges) and they all have different features, as well as differing dimensions to consider.
These five fridge types are:
When choosing a new refrigerator or freezer for your new kitchen renovation, fridge size or capacity is the first thing you should think about.
Different fridge styles will better suit different households. The popular top mount or bottom mount fridge should be fine for most singles, couples and small families.
Larger families will appreciate the extra capacity of a side-by-side or French door fridge, though these types or refrigerators do take up more kitchen space.
The refrigerator size chart (below) shows you at a glance both fridge type, as well as their typical range of dimensions.
Refrigerator Sizes Chart
470 - 836mm
(18 - 33")
837 - 1872mm
(33 - 74")
492 - 810mm
(19 - 32")
480 - 910mm
(19 - 36")
1265 - 2027mm
(50 - 80")
544 - 773mm
(21 - 30")
Side by Side
895 - 1210mm
(35 - 48")
1756 - 1852mm
(69 - 73")
630 - 784mm
(25 - 31")
685 - 1210mm
(27 - 48")
1698 - 2039mm
(67 - 80")
610 - 924mm
(24 - 36")
550 - 1210mm
(22 - 48")
1420 - 1852mm
(56 - 73")
544 - 720mm
(21 - 28")
295 - 900mm
(12 - 35")
450 - 1930mm
(18 - 76")
478 - 786mm
(19 - 31")
430 - 2230mm
(20 - 88")
475 - 1800mm
(19 - 71")
450 - 700mm
(18 - 28")
(The fridge sizes chart is based on refrigerators sold by the Australian appliance website, Appliances Online).
Handy Tip - Always measure your kitchen's available space before you buy. Make sure you follow the manufacturers guidelines, leaving some extra room for ventilation and door swing clearance.
If you are shopping for a new fridge and are overwhelmed by all of the options available, then take a look at the refrigerator buying guide video below.
There is no such thing as a standard refrigerator size although there is a standard refrigerator cavity / opening size for kitchens.
What size fridge do I need?
Refrigerator size or storage capacity is based on the number of occupants in the home.
Recommendations for occupants / fridge capacity are as follows.
- 1 - 2 occupants require a fridge capacity of 200 - 380 litres
- 3 - 4 occupants require a fridge capacity of 350 - 530 litres
- 5 + occupants require a fridge capacity of 440 litres minimum
For every occupant over 5, add approximately 29 litres of fridge storage capacity per extra occupant.
Handy Tip - Always check a refrigerator's Energy Star rating. The more stars, the more money you'll save on running costs over time.
Top mount refrigerators (meaning the freezer compartment is at the top of the fridge) are the most common type of refrigerators in Australian kitchens today.
Typical top mount refrigerator dimensions are:
470 - 836mm wide - (18 - 33")
837 - 1872mm high - (33 - 74")
492 - 810mm deep - (19 - 32")
As top mount fridges are the most common type, they are also the cheapest to buy and usually cheapest to run.
Handy Tip - Make sure the fridge door hinge position suits your kitchen layout. A left hinged door can spell disaster if the fridge is located on the extreme right hand side of the kitchen. If the fridge is next to a wall, the hinge should be on the same side as the wall. Some manufacturers even have reversible hinges!
Bottom mount refrigerators (meaning the freezer compartment is at the bottom of the fridge) are the most popular type refrigerator that people buy when updating or replacing their old one.
Typical bottom mount refrigerator dimensions are:
480 - 910mm wide - (19 - 36")
1265 - 2027mm high - (50 - 80")
544 - 773mm deep - (21 - 30")
The bottom mount fridge has better ergonomics than the top mount. Because the freezer is at the bottom, the fridge section is at eye level. There is no need to frequently bend over to access the interior.
Handy Tip - Consider an 'invertor compressor' over a common 'rotary compressor' when buying a new fridge. An invertor compressor constantly monitors the internal fridge temperature and adjusts its compressor speed accordingly, saving you money.
A side by side fridge is a separate tall fridge and tall freezer in one combined unit. Fantastic for galley kitchens or for people in wheelchairs because the doors are smaller in width and do not force you back into the countertop behind you when opened.
Typical side by side refrigerator dimensions are:
895 - 1210mm wide - (35 - 48")
1756 - 1852mm high - (69 - 73")
630 - 784mm deep - (25 - 31")
Side by side fridges usually have an ice / water dispenser on the freezer side which eats up a lot of freezer space.
Handy Tip - Look for a fridge with features that you'll find useful such as ice trays in the freezer, a variable temperature storage drawer in the fridge or a chilled water dispenser in the door.
French door refrigerators offer bottom mount convenience with much wider fridge shelf storage above.
Typical French door refrigerator dimensions are:
685 - 1210mm wide - (27 - 48")
1698 - 2039mm high - (67 - 80")
610 - 924mm deep - (24 - 36")
French door fridges suffer from the same reduced freezer capacity as a side by side fridge if an ice / water dispenser is fitted. Four door french fridges offer bottom mount convenience with much wider fridge shelf storage above.
Handy Tip - Measure your doorways / hallways to make sure your new fridge can fit and be easily navigated inside your home.
A pigeon pair refrigerator is two (matching) separate fridges (1 x fridge, 1 x freezer) that can be joined together or placed separately. The fridge and freezer are usually the same size.
Typical pigeon pair dimensions are:
550 (single unit) - 1210mm wide - (22 - 48")
1420 - 1852mm high - (56 - 73")
544 - 720mm deep - (21 - 28")
Pigeon pair fridges offer more flexibility because the fridge can be kept in a different part of the kitchen to the freezer.
Wine fridges store your wine collection at the optimum temperature for cellaring or drinking. They look stylish and have designs that complement modern kitchens.
Typical wine fridge dimensions are:
295 - 900mm wide - (12 - 35")
450 - 1930mm high - (18 - 76")
478 - 786mm deep - (19 - 31")
Don't confuse a wine cabinet with a wine fridge. Wine cabinets are designed for long term cellaring.
Small Refrigerator Sizes
Small refrigerators (compact or mini fridges) are compact, convenient refrigeration units designed for saving space and lower costs.
They are popular space savers, especially in studio apartments. Because of their small size they can often fit in under utilised spaces such as under stair wells and walk-in pantries.
Handy Tip - The cost of running a small or compact refrigerator may be nearly as much as a full-size refrigerator.
Bar fridges are affordable and compact. Perfect for a small kitchen or studio apartment. Commercial bar fridges can be as wide as 1200 to 2230mm (two or four doors).
Typical bar fridge dimensions are:
430 - 2230mm (4 door) wide - (20 - 88")
475 - 1800mm high - (19 - 71")
450 - 700mm deep - (18 - 28")
The freezer in a bar fridge is very small and only suitable for freezing ice. Consider a bar freezer instead.