Choosing the right stove size can seem complicated, but it’s important when replacing your existing change or upgrading your kitchen. This guide helps you figure out what stove size works best for you by taking into account the different stove types and your kitchen layout.
|Stove type||Width (inches / cm)||Depth (inches / cm)||Height (inches / cm)||Additional notes|
|Freestanding||30 / 76||25 / 63.5||36-38 / 91-97||–|
|Built-in||24-26 / 60-91||25 / 63.5||36-38 / 91-97||Height extends with two ovens|
|Electric||30 / 76||25 / 63.5||36-38 / 91-97||Extra 2-3 inches (5-7.6 cm) for cord and plug|
|Gas||30 / 76||25 / 63.5||36-38 / 91-97||Extra 2 inches (5 cm) for gas line|
|Dual-fuel||30 / 76||Up to 28 / 71||36-38 / 91-97||Needs space for both electrical and gas connections|
|Induction||30 / 76||25 / 63.5||36-38 / 91-97||Extra 4 inches (10 cm) underneath for electronics|
|Slide-in||30-36 / 76-91||24-26 / 61-66||36 / 91||–|
|Drop-in||30 / 76||24-26 / 61-66||27-36 / 69-91||Height includes control panel|
|Commercial||36-60+ / 91-152+||30-38 / 76-97||36-40 / 91-102||Height excludes overhead attachments|
Understanding standard stove sizes
The average stove dimensions for freestanding models are 30 inches (76 cm) width and 25 inches (63.5 cm) depth. The height can range from 36 to 38 inches (91 to 97 cm).
Built-in stoves or cooktops are 24-36 inches (60-91 cm) wide, 25 inches (63.5 cm) deep, and 36-38 inches (91-97 cm) high. They can have one or two ovens, increasing the height to 50 inches (127 cm) for the double-oven type.
Different stove types and their dimensions
- Electric stoves usually have standard dimensions – 30 inches (76 cm) wide, 25 inches (63.5 cm) deep, and 36-38 inches (91-97 cm) high. You need a dedicated electrical circuit to install an electric stove, so make sure to consider an extra space of 2-3 inches (5-7.6 cm) behind the stove for the cord and plug.
- Gas stoves generally follow the same dimensions as electric stoves – 30 inches (76 cm) wide, 25 inches (63.5 cm) deep, and 36-38 inches (91-97 cm) high. When setting up a gas stove, ensure a 2 inch (5 cm) space for the gas line.
- Dual-fuel stoves, which run on both electricity and gas, have the standard width (30 inches or 76 cm) and height (36-38 inches or 91-97 cm). But they may be deeper due to their design, up to 28 inches (71 cm). Make sure to account for both electrical and gas connections during installation.
- Induction stoves usually have standard sizes – 30 inches (76 cm) wide, 25 inches (63.5 cm) deep, and 36-38 inches (91-97 cm) high. But they need extra space of up to 4 inches (10 cm) underneath for the electronics.
- Slide-in stoves often have a standard width of 30 inches (76 cm) but some models can be as wide as 36 inches (91 cm). Their depth and height align with the typical countertop depth of 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) and height of 36 inches (91 cm).
- Drop-in stoves follow the standard width of 30 inches (76 cm) and countertop depth of 24-26 inches (61-66 cm). The cooktop surface must fit the countertop, which is usually 36 inches (91 cm) off the ground, not accounting for the control panel. This panel has a varying height, depending on the model, but when added to the cooktop surface’s height, the total height of the drop-in stove (from the floor to the top of the control panel) will be 27-36 inches (69 – 91 cm).
- Commercial stoves are designed for heavy-duty use, such as in restaurants, so they are larger than residential models – 36-60 inches (91-152 cm) wide (or more), 30-38 inches (76-97 cm) deep, and 36-40 inches (91-102 cm), excluding overhead attachments like grills or salamanders.
What stove size do I need?
Besides personal taste and preferred range style, you should consider many aspects when picking the right stove size: kitchen size and layout, power supply, ventilation, and how much time you spend cooking.
For example, if you and your family often cook large meals, you would be more comfortable with a bigger stove that has more burners, which can be as wide as 36 inches (91 cm). On the other hand, large stoves produce more heat and cooking humes, so you need additional kitchen space for a powerful ventilation system.
How to measure a stove
- Using a tape measure, measure the stove from left to right across the widest point (usually at the top) to get the width.
- Next, measure the stove from the front (excluding the handle) to the back at the widest point (also usually at the top) to obtain the depth.
- Finally, measure from the floor to the top to learn the stove’s height. For a freestanding stove, measure from the floor to the cooktop surface. If it has a control panel on top, measure its height separately since you can later add it to the total height if necessary. For built-in stoves, measure from the bottom of the stove to the top, excluding the base or feet.
How to measure my kitchen for a new stove?
- Following the stove measurement instructions, measure the width, depth, and height of the space where you plan to install the stove. Remember to take into account any possible obstacles, such as cabinets, other appliances, a kitchen island, or an opposite countertop. Depending on the stove model, you may need extra space for the cord, plug, gas line, or control panel.
- Consider extra space around the stove for power supply and ventilation, as well as additional necessities such as cord, plug, gas line, or control panel, depending on the stove model.
- Measure the path to the kitchen, including any doorways, hallways, or stairways, to ensure the stove will fit through during delivery.