[tweetmeme source=”plassappliance”]Wait, stop a minute, before you head off to shop for your new appliances, get out your tape measure and take your measurements. Measure your existing appliance and your appliance opening before you run out that door. These measurements are more important than you think and not having them at the appliance store with you, will leave you ill-prepared to make a decision. Here are some key measurements to consider for three free-standing appliances you may have in your home; refrigerators, ranges, and laundry machines.
Refrigerators: When you’re about to shop for a new refrigerator knowing your allowable height, width, and the depth are very important. Refrigerators are manufactured in many different sizes. From standard depth, to counter-depth, to built-ins knowing the measurements of your existing refrigerator and refrigerator opening will help in selecting your new model. First, measure your width from counter to counter, or counter to wall. For free-standing units, refrigerators most commonly come in standard widths of 30, 33, or 36 inches. For built-ins, refrigerators can vary from 36, to 42, to 48 inches wide. Measure the height from the floor to the tip-top of the unit. If there’s a cabinet above the unit, take the measurement from the bottom of the floor to the bottom of that cabinet. Also, measure from the back wall to the front of the unit. Standard depth units run approximately 33 inches deep, counter depth units approximately 27 inches deep, and built-ins are built-ins, they’re flush with your cabinets, approximately 24 inches deep. Write your measurements down, study them, and do your research. Use these measurements to compare what units are currently available to your space requirements in order to narrow down your selection. This will prepare you better for when the time comes to visit the appliance store so you can select the right refrigerator for your home.
Ranges: When shopping for a new range, the most two important measurement to take note of is the width. Ranges come in variant width sizes of 24, 30, 36, 40, 48, and 60 inches. That’s right, I said 60 inches. Certain manufacturers make 60 inch ranges. Most homes today have standard ranges. Standard ranges run 30 inches wide. Those that have 24 inch ranges are likely in smaller kitchens, older construction homes, or city apartments. Widths of 36, 40, 48, and 60 inch ranges lead you into the professional range category. Most ranges today are free-standing ranges. Free-standing ranges stand alone and slide in between your cabinets into your existing space. This can make selecting your free-standing range rather easy once you know your width. There are two exceptions to be aware of and that’s drop-ins and slide-in ranges. The measurements of drop-ins and slide-ins can be more particular. Drop-ins and slide-in ranges rest on top of the counter top rather than slide in like free-standing ranges, and require professional installation. I recommend having a certified appliance installer take a look at your situation if you have a drop-in or slide-in range in order to make a more accurate recommendation on what replacement range will work for your home.
Laundry Machines: With the advancements in laundry machines from top load to front load, from side by side setup to stackable units, measurements of your laundry machines and space openings are necessary to be able to select the right laundry units for your home. Standard top load washer and dryers are approximately 27 inches wide, 27 inches deep, and 44 inches in height. Being that the size of top load laundry machines has remained relatively the same over the years, replacement of your existing washer and dryer with another top load pair or single piece can be relatively simple. The more difficult scenario is the upgrade from top load to front load, or from side by side to stackable units. Front load machines are typically 27 inches wide, 30 to 34 inches deep, and are 36 inches high. Front loads have the same width as your top load machine, and can fit into the exact same space, however the depth of the front load machines runs 3 to 7 inches deeper. That’s a big deal and can affect your whole laundry setup. Not to mention that with the door open, now we’re talking 54 to 58 inches total. Be sure to know your allowance space, how much room you have top to bottom, side to side, and with the door fully extended. Knowing these factors and taking them into consideration will ultimately make your appliance shopping experience a much better experience.
Ladies and gentlemen, measurements matter, especially when it comes to your home appliances. Knowing the height, width, and depth of any appliance in your home including your existing refrigerator, range, and washer and dryer is important. My advice, don’t to be scared of your tape measure. Take accurate measurements and make note of your space allowances. If you’re unsure, ask for help. The more you know about your current appliances and measurements, the better prepared you will be when it comes time to make that big decision on your new appliance.