How Much Does a Refrigerator Weigh?

How much does a refrigerator weigh

You’re thinking of exchanging your old refrigerator with a newer model, or are moving houses soon? Or maybe about to renovate your kitchen floor, and wonder if those pretty tiles will be able to withstand your bulky fridge. And suddenly, a question pops in your mind: “just how much does a refrigerator weigh on average?”

If so, then you’ve landed at the right place to get this question (and a lot more) answered.

There are times when knowing the weight of a refrigerator becomes necessary. To spare you the effort, I did some research over 60 refrigerators of different types, models, and sizes.

On average, a full-size residential refrigerator weighs approximately 250 pounds. However, this depends on a number of factors like the type of fridge, its size, model, etc.

  • Rule of Thumb: Refrigerators weigh around 12 pounds per cubic foot of capacity.

French door refrigerators are the heaviest, with an average weight of 326 pounds. Side-by-side refrigerators weigh 272.3 pounds on average, top freezer refrigerators weigh 170.1 pounds, bottom freezer refrigerators weigh 201.5 pounds, freezerless refrigerators weigh 248.9 pounds on average. Mini fridges are the lightest of all, with an average weight of 32.4 pounds.

Here is a quick overview of average weight of each type of refrigerator available in the market.

types of refrigerators and their average weight

How Much Does a Refrigerator Weigh By Type?

Type of a refrigerator is one of the major factors influencing its weight. For each refrigerator type, I have analyzed different brands and models, along with their capacity, height, depth, and weight in pounds and kilograms.

French Door Refrigerator

French Door Refrigerator

A French door refrigerator is characterized by a refrigeration space on top that is accessed by two side by side doors. One or two drawers at the bottom serve as the freezer compartment of this type of refrigerator.

The table below summarizes the weight (in pounds and kilograms), capacity, height, and depth of 10 most popular French door refrigerators.

Brand

Price

Weight (lbs)

Weight (kg)

Capacity (cu ft)

Height (Inches)

Depth (Inches)

Samsung

305

138.34

27

70

35.37

Kenmore

304

137.89

25.5

69.8

30.88

Kenmore

308

139.7

26.1

68.58

35.38

Kenmore

344

156

31

69.9

38.1

LG

289

131

23

68.37

24.75

LG

330

149.68

28

70

34

Frigidaire

365

165.56

22.4

68.3

42.5

LG

380

172.36

29.2

70.25

33.75

GE

308

139.7

27

69.87

35.87

KitchenAid

327

148.32

27

70.12

36.62

  • We can see from the above data that the average weight of a French door refrigerator is 326 pounds or approximately 147.8 kilograms.

Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Side by side refrigerator features two separate vertical compartments for the fridge and freezer. Normally the refrigerator is on the right side and is slightly wider than the freezer compartment on the left.

The table below outlines the weight (in pounds and kilograms), capacity, height, and depth of 10 most popular side-by-side refrigerators.

Brand

Price

Weight (lbs)

Weight (kg)

Capacity (cu ft)

Height (Inches)

Depth (Inches)

Kenmore

246

111.58

25

69.25

33.81

LG

296

134.26

27

70.5

33.43

GE

320

145.15

25.1

69.5

34.75

Samsung

289

131.08

27.4

70.06

33.5

LG

296

134.26

27

70.5

33.43

Whirlpool

262

118.84

25.1

69.62

33.62

Samsung

242.5

110

28

70.06

33.5

Samsung

242.5

110

28

70.06

33.5

Amana

243

110.22

21.4

65.75

34.12

LG

286

129.72

27.1

70.25

33.43

  • We can see from the above data that the average weight of a side-by-side refrigerator is 272.3 pounds or approximately 123.5 kilograms.

Top Freezer Refrigerator

Top Freezer Refrigerator

The classic refrigerator style, also known as top freezer refrigerator, has a freezer compartment on top and a larger refrigeration space below it. Both compartments are accessed by separate full-width doors.

The table below summarizes the weight (in pounds and kilograms), capacity, height, and depth of 10 most popular top freezer refrigerators.

Brand

Price

Weight (lbs)

Weight (kg)

Capacity (cu ft)

Height (Inches)

Depth (Inches)

Kenmore

214

97.06

21

66.65

32

RCA

80

36.28

7.5

55

21

Galanz

125.7

57

10

61.81

27.48

Kenmore

217

98.4

21

66.1

33.8

Frigidaire

90

40.8

7.5

57

23.5

Winia

189.6

86

18.18

66.3

28.8

Kenmore

183

83

18

65.98

30.5

LG

202

91.6

20.2

66.12

33.37

GE

202

91.6

21.9

66.37

34.5

Whirlpool

198.4

90

19.3

65.87

34.5

  • We can see from the above data that the average weight of a top freezer refrigerator is 170.1 pounds or approximately 77.1 kilograms.

Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

A bottom freezer refrigerator also has two wide compartments for the fridge and freezer just like a top freezer refrigerator. The only difference being that the freezer is at the bottom (as the name suggests) and the refrigeration space on top.

The table below sums up the weight (in pounds and kilograms), capacity, height, and depth of 10 most popular bottom freezer refrigerators.

Brand

Price

Weight (lbs)

Weight (kg)

Capacity (cu ft)

Height (Inches)

Depth (Inches)

Summit

175

79.3

11.6

74.38

25.25

LG

226

102.5

25.5

69.87

34.87

Samsung

168

76.2

12

73

26.37

Insignia

129

58.5

11.5

67.87

27.37

LG

226

102.5

25.5

69.87

34.87

Insignia

129

58.5

11.5

67.87

27.37

Whirlpool

280

127

18.5

67

33.37

Whirlpool

298

135.1

21.9

70

33.37

GE

210

95.2

21

69.87

36.62

Haier

174.2

79

15

67.87

26.62

  • We can see from the above data that the average weight of a bottom freezer refrigerator is 201.5 pounds or approximately 91.4 kilograms.

Freezerless Refrigerator

Freezerless Refrigerator

Unlike most refrigerators that are divided into fridge and freezer compartments, freezerless refrigerators only have a fridge, and no freezing space. They are ideal if you only require a fridge, or own a separate freezer or deep freezer unit.

The table below outlines the weight (in pounds and kilograms), capacity, height, and depth of 10 most popular freezerless refrigerators.

Brand

Price

Weight (lbs)

Weight (kg)

Capacity (cu ft)

Height (Inches)

Depth (Inches)

Whynter

149

67.5

13.8

62

30

Samsung

189

85.7

11.4

73

27.37

LG

75

34

6.9

51

21.87

Samsung

189

85.7

11.4

73

27.37

Samsung

189

85.7

11.4

73

27.37

Whirlpool

198

89.8

17.7

66.75

30

Thermador

366

166

16.8

83.75

24

Thermador

406

184.1

20.6

83.75

24

Viking

398

180.5

22.8

82.75

26.5

Thermador

330

149.7

13

83.75

24

  • We can see from the above data that the average weight of a freezerless refrigerator is 248.9 pounds or approximately 112.9 kilograms.

Mini Fridge

Mini Fridge

A mini fridge or under-the-cabinet refrigerator is a small capacity refrigerator that you can easily keep in a dorm, RV, or office room. It is mostly just used for refrigeration, but some models also provide a small drawer as the freezer.

The table below summarizes the weight (in pounds and kilograms), capacity, height, and depth of 10 most popular mini fridges.

Brand

Price

Weight (lbs)

Weight (kg)

Capacity (cu ft)

Height (Inches)

Depth (Inches)

Cooluli

10.7

4.8

0.53

16.25

13.75

Frigidaire

2.5

1.1

0.14

10.5

10

RCA

48

21.7

3.2

33

20.09

Whynter

57

25.8

1.5

33

20.5

Cooluli

13.6

6.2

0.7

16.25

13.75

Galanz

58.4

26.5

3.1

35.16

23.31

Midea

52.9

24

4.4

33.86

21.26

Frigidaire

44.9

20.3

3.2

31

16.5

Frigidaire

3

1.4

0.2

10.04

11.81

Midea

33.8

15.3

1.6

19.4

17.7

  • We can see from the above data that the average weight of a mini fridge is 32.4 pounds or approximately 14.7 kilograms.

What Factors Determine Refrigerator Weight?

Refrigerator is one of the heaviest appliances in your home, let alone the kitchen. There are a number of factors that contribute to the weight of a refrigerator. Lets look at each of these in detail because they will help you answer the question: “how much does a refrigerator weigh?”

what factors determine refrigerator weight

Type of Fridge

The most important factor impacting a refrigerator’s weight is its type. As I have thoroughly discussed above, French door refrigerators are the heaviest, followed by side-by-side refrigerators, freezerless refrigerators, bottom freezer refrigerators, and top freezer refrigerators. Mini fridges are the lightest of all.

Size or Capacity

Size or capacity of a fridge is directly proportional to its weight. Generally, larger the refrigerator, the heavier it will be. This is for obvious reasons because a larger appliance will have more construction material used.

Year of Manufacture

Year of manufacture can give us a good hint at determining how much does a refrigerator weigh. The evolution of design and construction technology in the recent years has enabled refrigerators to be designed lightweight. So if you happen to have a refrigerator model from the 1990s or something, you can see for yourself that a modern refrigerator with the same size or capacity will be much lighter than the former.

Features

Getting a fridge with a lot of extra features can be exciting. But these extra features, like ice or water dispenser, LED display etc. can also add up to the refrigerator’s weight. This is because of the additional parts involved in the construction of such fridges.

Contents

The weight of a refrigerator will also depend largely on what’s in it. For instance, glass shelves and door racks will make a fridge heavier than the one having plastic shelves. Similarly, additional accessories like egg holders, ice cube trays etc. will also add to the weight of a refrigerator.

How to Move a Refrigerator?

how to move a refrigerator

In most cases, it is best to leave this task to the professional movers so you don’t risk damaging this heavy and expensive appliance. But if you need to move it yourself, there are a few simple steps that you can follow to safely move your refrigerator from one place to another.

1. Empty the contents of the fridge by either discarding them or transferring them to a cooler temporarily.

2. Let the refrigerator defrost after removing the power. Once done, clean it thoroughly.

3. Secure moving parts, shelves, and doors. You can even take out the shelves, which will also make the fridge slightly lighter. If not, then securely tape them and the refrigerator doors closed.

4. Create a moving plan and measure your refrigerator and the width of your pathways and doors.

5. Remove any furniture or other obstacles that may come in your way when moving.

6. Use an appliance dolly or a hand truck because refrigerator is a heavy appliance to lift and move by yourself. Slide the fridge out and safely strap onto the dolly. Slightly tilt the fridge back and move slowly and carefully.

7. Use a plank to guide the refrigerator into the pickup or moving truck.

8. Secure it in the truck for the long move and remember to transport your fridge in an upright position instead of laying it sideways.

Smart Choice to Reduce Refrigerator Weight and Cost

A few smart decisions at your end will not only help you lower refrigerator weight and cost, but also let you save up on your grocery bills and electricity bills. Want to find out how? Read on.

A large sized fridge often compels us to buy extra groceries or food items that we can later refrigerate. A lot of this refrigerated food becomes buried somewhere at the back of our fridge and we remember to take it out when it has mostly spoiled. If instead we buy a refrigerator just the size that we actually need, we will be buying a refrigerator that is lighter in weight and on the pocket. And also reduce food wastage and our grocery bills.

Before making a buying decision, you should also measure the width of pathways and doors and also the size of refrigerator cutout in your kitchen (if there is one). This will ensure that you don’t buy something bigger than what can fit.

  • Tip: Remember to spare at least 2 inches space at the hinge side of the refrigerator to allow the doors to fully open.

Also don’t be tempted to buy the largest size refrigerator that can fit in the niche. You can innovatively use the leftover space for storage or decoration.

Final Thoughts

Refrigerators are probably the heaviest appliances in your home. An average refrigerator weighs around 250 pounds. Knowing the factors that impact refrigerator weight can help you choose a lighter option and also cut down on your expenses.

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