The right balance of cooking, counter and storage space is essential to a smooth functioning kitchen. And the stove is where most of the action happens. You’ll need to choose between different range types, widths and element or burner configurations in order to come home with the right fit. Use this guide to learn about standard stove dimensions and how to measure for your ideal stove.

Keep in mind that the terms “stove” and “range” are used interchangeably throughout this article, since both terms are common when referring to this classic kitchen appliance.

Slide-in range in modern kitchen with dimensions

What are standard stove dimensions?

The most “standard” range size is about 30 inches wide, 27–29 inches deep and 36 inches tall. Keep in mind these measurements do not include the backguard, handles, knobs or grates. The second most “standard” stove size is 36 inches wide, so consider this if you want an extra burner or element. 

Stove sizes fluctuate more in width than in depth or height, since most countertop and cabinet dimensions are standardized. The goal is for your range to fit mostly flush with the top of your countertops and the front of your cabinets, with the door only sticking out an inch or two beyond cabinets.

What are the different sizes of stoves? 

Stove sizes run from compact, standard and extra-wide sizes. Stove widths run from 20–24 inches for compact, 30–36 inches for standard and 48–60 inches for extra-wide models. Depths stay around 25–27 inches and heights around 36–41 inches, with some compact models making up for width with height. 

For the most part, these stove measurements apply to gas, electric, freestanding and slide-in ranges. The extra-wide sized models tend to be commercial-inspired, which means they mostly come in gas, slide-in styles. Learn about the differences between gas and electric ranges.

Compact gas range in a kitchen

Apartment size stove dimensions

Compact, space-saving stoves can help optimize your kitchen’s workspace, flow and storage to make it the hub of activity it’s meant to be. Expect around the following dimensions when shopping models:

Width: 20–24 inches

Depth: 25–27 inches including the closed door, which should protrude beyond cabinets, but without handles and knobs

Height: 36–41 inches, up to 46 inches including a backguard

Learn more about apartment-sized appliances with Whirlpool brand’s small kitchen ideas or browse the full selection of Whirlpool® Compact Kitchen Appliances.

Freestanding gas range in a kitchen with wood cabinets

Freestanding range dimensions

When you think of a typical range, you probably picture a freestanding range. They’re a common choice and mostly come in standard stove sizes. However, keep in mind that the backguard can add up to a foot of height. 

Width: 30–36 inches

Depth: 25–27 inches including the closed door, which should protrude beyond cabinets, but without handles and knobs

Height: around 36 inches, up to 46 inches including the backguard

For more information about freestanding ranges and how they compare to slide-in ranges, read the Whirlpool® slide-in vs. freestanding range article.

Slide-in black electric range in a big kitchen

Slide-in range dimensions

Slide-in ranges are designed to give a completely flush appearance with countertops for a seamless, premium look. They come in standard stove sizes as well as extra-wide sizes, usually in the form of a commercial-style range. 

Width: 30–60 inches

Depth: 25–27 inches including the closed door, which should protrude beyond cabinets, but without handles and knobs

Height: around 36 inches

Slide-in ranges are a particularly good option for kitchen islands since they lack a backguard. Learn more about choosing a cooking appliance for your island.

How are stoves measured?

Stoves are measured in several different ways. Look for these in shopping specifications:

  • Dimensions measured without the door, handles, knobs, grates or a backguard. These are the measurements that should align with cabinets and countertops.

  • Dimensions with the door closed and open so you can make sure you have adequate clearance.

  • Dimensions that include handles, knobs, grates or a backguard.

  • Cutout dimensions. These are useful when you’re shopping because you can just measure your cutout and select a range based on those dimensions. 

Keep in mind that listed measurements may be rounded up slightly. For instance, a 30-inch wide range is usually more like 29-7/8 inches.

Empty stove cutout with dimension lines

How to measure for a new kitchen range

If you’re shopping for a new range, and want to ensure an ideal fit, it’s important to measure your range cutout first. 

Step 1: Remove your current range

Unplug your appliance and carefully remove it in order to get as accurate of measurements as possible. Get help disposing of your appliance with this guide to removing and recycling appliances.  

Step 2: Measure the cutout width

Use a measuring tape to measure the width of the cutout from cabinet to cabinet. If your countertops extend past the cabinets into the cutout, measure that width as well since it could affect installation. Take a measurement near the back of the cabinets and the front to make sure they match. If not, go with the smaller dimension. A standard cutout width is usually 30 inches wide to accommodate a 30-inch range that is actually 29-7/8 inches wide. 

Step 3: Measure the cutout depth

Use a measuring tape to measure the depth of the cutout from the wall to the front of the cabinet, excluding the door. A typical wall cabinet is 24 inches deep to work with standard range depths of around 25 to 27 inches. This means your range will stick out slightly beyond your cabinets, which is typical. Most of this extra depth will be the closed door. 

Step 4: Measure the cutout height

Use a measuring tape to measure the height of the cutout from the floor to the top of countertops. Take one measurement toward the back of the opening and one toward the front to account for an unlevel floor. If you find that it is unlevel, most ranges have adjustable legs to level the range. A typical cutout height is 36 inches to align with a standard stove height.


Step 5: Map out the stove’s path

Figure out the best path of entry to your desired installation location, beginning at your home entrance and taking into account each hall and doorway. Then measure the width of those spaces to ensure the unit will make it through.

Diagram of a floor plan with appliance path

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