STOVE DIMENSIONS: MAKING SURE YOUR NEW RANGE FITS
Stoves, also called ranges, come in a variety of dimensions, from apartment-sized to large, commercial-sized models. That said, there are also standard stove sizes that most kitchens are built to accommodate. The right-sized range isn’t only determined by dimensions, but also the cooking space you need to get the job done. Use this guide to learn about your stove size options, how to measure and what to consider when making your choice.
WHAT IS THE STANDARD STOVE SIZE FOR MOST KITCHENS?
Most standard stoves are 30 inches wide, around 25–27 inches deep (excluding handles and knobs) and 36 inches tall (excluding control panels). These standard stove sizes are designed to fit standard cabinet cutouts that are 34-1/4 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 36 inches tall. Notice that it’s normal for stove depths to protrude past cabinets slightly. 36-inch-wide ranges are also widely available and could be considered a “standard” size.
WHAT ARE STOVE DIMENSIONS FOR APARTMENTS AND SMALL KITCHENS?
Compact stoves are designed to maximize space in smaller kitchens and can offer up to 3.0 cu. ft. of capacity. Compact stove dimensions typically run from 20–24 inches wide, 25–27 inches deep (excluding handles and knobs) and 36–41 inches tall (excluding control panels). Some models make up for lost width with a taller than average height.
WHAT ARE SOME STOVE SIZES FOR LARGER, COMMERCIAL-STYLE RANGES?
Most larger ranges are part of the commercial-style category, but are built for the home. In general, single-oven commercial-style ranges fall between 30–36 inches wide. Double-oven commercial-style ranges can run 48–60 inches wide, and sometimes more. Depths are typically 25–30 inches while heights are usually the standard 36 inches tall.
DO OVEN SIZES VARY BETWEEN RANGES?
Yes. The larger the range dimensions, the larger the oven inside it is likely to be. A single oven can have from around 2.3–6.3 cubic feet of capacity, and double ovens often deliver from around 5.9–7.3 cubic feet. Keep in mind that the term “oven” refers only to the enclosed cavity of a range rather than the entire appliance itself.
HOW DO I MEASURE FOR STOVE DIMENSIONS?
Measuring your cutout before you buy is essential for finding the right fit. Before installing your range, follow these steps and compare your measurements with the cutout dimensions listed in the product specifications or product manual.
Step 1: Measure the width of the cutout
Measure the cutout width from cabinet to cabinet using a measuring tape. Make sure you are measuring the narrowest part of the cutout, whether that is near the back or front of cabinets, or even between the countertops if they overhang into the cutout.
STEP 2: MEASURE THE DEPTH OF THE CUTOUT
Use a measuring tape to measure the depth of the cutout from the wall to the front edge of the cabinet, excluding the hinge and the door.
STEP 3: MEASURE THE HEIGHT OF THE CUTOUT
Measure the height of the stove cutout from the floor to the very top of the countertops with a measuring tape. Measure toward the back of the opening as well as the front in case the floor is unlevel. If you find that it is unlevel, most stoves have adjustable leveling legs.
STEP 4: MEASURE THE SURROUNDING SPACE
Aside from the cutout, you will need a certain amount of space surrounding the range for cooking activities.
Space in front of the range: It is a good idea to allow at least 40 inches of space in front of a range and 48–60 inches between the range and other appliances to ensure the door can open fully and you still have room around it to move, particularly if you have a kitchen island. Check for open door dimensions in product listings to guarantee the right fit.
Space above the cooking surface: The minimum required space above the cooking surface will vary according to what is above the range, like a vent hood or over-the-range microwave. But a good rule of thumb is to ensure around 2 to 2.5 feet above the range. Make sure to check local building codes for requirements in your area.
STEP 5. MEASURE THE STOVE’S PATH TO ITS LOCATION
Before choosing a size, be sure to map out the range’s route to its final location, taking entryways into consideration. It's important that the stove fits through all the halls and doorways leading up to the space it will occupy.
HOW DO I DECIDE WHAT RANGE SIZE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
When considering which range size to choose, think about what your cooking style, cutout and kitchen layout are like.
Cooking style: If you cook a lot on the stovetop, upgrading to a 36-inch wide range often comes with an extra, fifth burner. If you often find yourself needing to cook different dishes at different temperatures, consider a double oven range with added capacity.
Size of current range: Of course, replacing your current range with one that is the same size will be the easiest option. Is your current size working for you? Keep in mind that you may need to do some cabinet modifications if you want to install a wider range than you currently have.
Kitchen layout: Do you have a long, large kitchen? Consider an extra-wide commercial-style range. Do you have a smaller kitchen and value storage space over cooking space? Look into compact or small-space stoves.