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How to Properly Measure for Your New Appliance

by Waverly Wilde

Lady measuring stove

There's nothing more frustrating than setting your heart on an appliance only to discover it doesn't fit in your home. That's why it's always important to measure your space before heading out to our store in search of the perfect appliance.

Everyone has different sized homes and spaces and in some cases may not require the largest refrigerator in the world. People with smaller homes will likely prefer a compact or stacked washer and dryer while someone with a big family will be in need of machines with larger capacity. These are all important thoughts to take into consideration when purchasing appliances, but your very first step should be measuring the space where your appliances will go.

So grab your measuring tape and we'll show you all you need to know to measure for your shiny new appliance accurately and prevent shopping and delivery headaches along the way.

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Take our advice and always measure twice

If you measure even half an inch off on your appliances, don't expect to get the perfect fit. It's crucial to be as precise with your measurements as possible, so that you can choose your appliances appropriately and also avoid unpleasant surprises on the day of delivery.

We highly recommend measuring the area you'll place your appliances at least twice. It may seem like a nuisance, but trust us, this isn't our first rodeo. 

Each type of appliance has its own specific measurements, so depending on what you're in the market for, check out what the proper method of measuring your new appliance is to set you up for the most success.

•    Refrigerator

Depth Width Height Refrigerator

Get the height by measuring your refrigerator from the floor/feet to the top of its hinge. For the width, you'll measure from the left edge to the right side, and for the depth, you'll measure from the front of the unit to the back (including the door handle, if present). Lastly, open your fridge to a 90-degree angle and check to see what the depth is while it's open.

When measuring a compact refrigerator and wine storage, use these guidelines to assist you as well.

•    Range

length width depth Range

Get the height of your range by measuring from the floor/feet to the top of the cooking surface. And when we say cook surface, we don't mean the top of the control panel. Only measure up to where the stove top location. To get the width merely measure from the left edge of the range to the right. When reaching the dimensions for the depth, it's important to avoid any handles or knobs and measure the widest part of the unit to the back. Remember, your range should be flush with your counter and cabinets, excluding the knobs and handles.

•    Range Hoods

Length Width Depth Range Hood

Range hoods are unusual appliances, coming in all sorts of shapes, which can make measuring intimidating. But, we guarantee you, measuring your range hood is pretty simple. To get the height, measure from the bottom of the appliance to where the chimney flute starts – not to the top of it.  To get the width and depth, measure from the left edge to the right and the front to the back at the widest parts. Depending on the shape of your range hood, there may be more curves involved. Don't be distracted by those and continue measuring the widest parts only.

•    Cooktops

Length Width Depth Cooktop

To get the height of your cooktop, you'll need to remove your current one, and measure it from the bottom to the top of the cooking surface. For width and depth, measure from left edge to right edge and front to back edge, all making sure to measure to the widest parts.

•    Dishwashers

height width depth dishwasher

Measuring your dishwasher is a lot like measuring your refrigerator. To get the height you want to measure from the floor/feet to the very top of the unit. Again, like a fridge, you'll want to get the width dimensions by measuring from the left edge to the right edge. But like a range, you'll measure the depth of your dishwasher similarly from the front part of your unit (excluding knobs and handles) to the back (including heating components if necessary).

•    Chest Freezers

Height Width Depth Chest Freezer

We've reached one of the easiest appliances to measure – chest freezers! To get the height, you'll measure from the floor/feet to the top of the unit. Width and depth are both fairly self-explanatory, measuring from the left edge to the right and from the front to the back of the units. It's almost too easy.

•    Over-the-Range Microwaves and Countertop Microwaves

Width Depth Height Over the Range Microwave

You'll measure both microwave styles the same. Height is bottom to top, width is left to right, and depth is back to front. The only thing to watch out for is making sure to not measure in the handle or any knobs.

Pretty simple, right?

When the appliance comes the next day, be sure you've checked all the small doorways.

Bet you thought you were done with measuring, huh? Nope. The measuring continues right before the delivery, and it's up to you to find the best pathway from the delivery truck to the place your appliance will be put without it getting stuck along the way.

Measuring Door Gap

Find the narrowest doorway or hallway along the delivery path and measure it to make sure your appliance will be able to enter your home without any hiccups. In the chance that you find a doorway too small, try finding another way the delivery can be directed through your house. Sometimes there is a back door that could be a sufficient back-up plan. If all else fails, talk to us at Aztec, and we'll be happy to figure out a delivery strategy to get your appliance safely nestled in your home as smoothly as possible.

Now that you know how to measure for your appliances, it's time for the most exciting part – picking out an appliance! Visit Aztec Appliance, and we'll help you figure out what you need based on your measurements.

When you come to our store, we make it a priority to help you from beginning to end, and then some. Shop with Aztec Appliance to get superb customer service from our associates on the sales floor as well as efficient and professional delivery of your new appliance to your home. We'll make the process easy for you, every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do you measure for appliance replacement?

A: You need to determine the dimensions of the space where you'll place your new appliance. This will help determine which models will fit the space you have.

Q: What to measure when buying a refrigerator?

A: Measure from the wall to the counter, cabinet to cabinet, or whatever might be on both sides of your refrigerator space. Take into account 3 3/4" extra space between the wall and the hinge so the refrigerator door can open. 

Q: Are fridge dimensions exact?

A: Standard sizes vary due to the variety of refrigerator styles. Most refrigerators can range from 24 to 40 inches, height can range from 61 to 72 inches, and depth of 28 to 35 inches

Q: What is the standard size for a stove and range?

A: Most stoves are about 30 inches wide, around 25 to 27 inches deep (not including handles/knobs), and 36 inches tall (not including the control panel)

Why Trust Aztec Appliance?

Since 1972, Aztec Appliance has been offering quality sales and service for name-brand appliances. Our mission is to not only help you achieve all your appliance dreams, but we also want to bring value to your home beyond materialistic amenities. Our team is an authentic group of people dedicated to our work, and we share the same undeniable passion for people and serving them the best we can. Suffice it to say, we know appliances.

Whether it’s a first birthday, a backyard wedding, or a retirement celebration, our hope is to give you the opportunity to enjoy life’s little moments. After all, memories are not consigned to the big moments — they exist within the little ones. And you can rest assured our inventory of top-performing kitchen, laundry, and outdoor appliances will help you spend less time keeping the home and more time with the people who make it home.

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