STOVE DIMENSIONS: WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUY
The first step to shopping for a new stove is to understand what stove size is right for your kitchen. This means that before deciding on which features can help you braise, sautée and bake, you need to have a good grasp of stove dimensions, stove sizes, stove widths and more.
This guide will introduce you to the important aspects of stove dimensions and how to accurately measure them. This way, you hopefully won’t make a mistake that will prevent you from installing your new cooking appliance.
WHAT IS A STANDARD STOVE SIZE?
Standard stove size typically includes a depth of approximately 25-27" (63.5-69 cm), excluding handles and knobs, and a width of 30" (76 cm). For height, stoves are around 36" (91 cm) tall minus the control panel, the same height as most kitchen counters. This helps ensure that a stove’s cooking surface is flush with countertops, creating a cohesive and fluid integration.
There are several variables that impact stove sizes. These include but are not limited to:
- Oven capacity
- The number of burners
- Stovetop elements
These along with other factors allow the market to offer residential stoves between 30" (76 cm) and 38" (96.5 cm), or larger. There are also stoves designed for small kitchens, ones with tricky layouts, as well as large commercially-inspired kitchens.
HOW PRECISE ARE STOVE DIMENSIONS?
The stove dimensions mentioned throughout this article primarily refer to installation cut-out requirements, not a stove’s exact measurements. To clarify, this means that a 30" (76 cm) model may be 29⅞" (74 cm) wide, yet would still require a 30" (76 cm) wide cut-out for installation.
Before you purchase a stove, always double-check its exact measurements to ensure that it will fit the space where you intend to install it.
WHAT ABOUT SMALLER KITCHENS?
Smaller stoves tend to have a width of roughly 20-24" (51-61 cm) while typically maintaining the same height (36” or 91 cm, excluding control panels) and depth (25-27" or 63.5-69 cm) as standard-sized stoves. They are designed to sit flush with the counters you find in most kitchens while preserving some horizontal space in small kitchens.
Apartment-sized stoves are available in both gas and electric. Remember that the overall cooktop surface space, as well as the oven capacity, are smaller than most standard stoves. If you’re dealing with limited space or a tight kitchen layout, you may prefer a combination of a wall oven and a separate kitchen cooktop. Despite the reduced size, these models usually have a minimum of four burners.
COMMERCIAL-STYLE STOVE WIDTH VS. STANDARD STOVE WIDTH?
The widths of commercial-grade and commercial-style stoves often differ quite a bit for several reasons such as the number of ovens, cooktop surface size, to name a few. Single-oven commercial-style ranges usually have a width between 30" (76 cm) and 36" (91 cm) whereas double-oven commercial-style ranges have a width between 48" (122 cm) and 60" (152 cm), if not more.
The type of commercial-grade stove often used by restaurants has an even wider range of sizes. Commercially-inspired models for residential homes, though, usually have a depth and height similar to standard-sized stoves (roughly 25-30" or 63.5-76 cm deep and 36" or 91 cm tall minus control panels, handles and knobs). A number of commercial-style ranges come with innovative features, greater capacity and extra burners.
Please note that Maytag® does not currently offer any commercial-style ranges.
STEPS TO MEASURING STOVE DIMENSIONS TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL INSTALLATION
FREESTANDING RANGE INSTALLATION
If you plan to install your new range somewhere that is not between cabinets, you need to ensure there is enough space around the appliance. This will allow you to open the door without hitting something and to move freely around your kitchen.
Allow a minimum of 40" (102 cm) in front of a freestanding range and 48-60" (122-152 cm) between the range and other appliances so you can do meal prep and cook efficiently.
Refer to the appliance installation instructions and product guides to learn about the precise clearances needed for your new stove.
INSTALLING A RANGE BETWEEN CABINETS: HOW MUCH SPACE IS NEEDED?
Carefully follow these instructions if you plan to install a range between cabinets.
STEP 1: TAKE OUT YOUR CURRENT STOVE
Measure the empty cut-out space to ensure accuracy. It’s never a bad idea to measure twice to make sure you got it right.
STEP 2: MEASURE THE STOVE CUT-OUT WIDTH
Measure the width of the cut-out from cabinet to cabinet. Account for the possibility of uneven cabinets by measuring close to the back of the opening and also near the front. If your measurements don’t match, go with the smaller dimension.
STEP 3: MEASURE THE STOVE CUT-OUT DEPTH
The next step is to measure the cut-out depth that extends from the wall to the front of the cabinet (not including the door). Measure along the right side and also along the left side, and once again, go with the smaller dimension if there is a difference.
STEP 4: MEASURE THE STOVE CUT-OUT HEIGHT
Now it’s time to measure the stove cut-out height, extending from the top of the counter to the floor on both sides of the cut-out.
Standard counters usually have a height of 36" (91 cm). Keep in mind that this can vary if the floor under your stove is different from the rest of your kitchen. Furthermore, most stoves have adjustable feet that allow you to raise your appliance.
OTHER CABINET INSTALLATION CLEARANCES
What clearances you will need around a range that’s situated between cabinets depends on your specific range and whether it is an electric model or one that uses gas. Always consult the installation instructions or product guides for your specific stove and familiarize yourself with all the local codes and ordinances.
Don’t forget to consider these additional clearances:
The distance between the stove and the wall. For this, measure the sides of the range to a wall or other combustible material that also needs a minimum clearance.
- The upper cabinet dimensions. For this, measure both the depth of the cabinet in addition to the space from the underside of the cabinet right to the countertop.
- The space over the cooking surface: For this, check the minimum clearances required from the cooking surface to the bottom of cabinets or other combustible surface that is directly above. This can be a little tricky as it depends on whether you have a range hood or a vent and if they should be included in your measurements. It’s recommended to always follow either the hood or vent installation instructions, based on what you have, for dimensional clearances above the cooking surface.
FIND YOUR PERFECT STOVE SIZE
Measuring for the installation of your new stove isn’t always fun but it is necessary. Once you’ve done the hard work on which stove size is best for your kitchen, you can start looking at which slide-in ranges or freestanding ranges, including double ovens, might work best for your kitchen. You are sure to find the ideal stove for your space,cooking style and passion.