Just like people, refrigerators come in all shapes and sizes.
So, how much does a refrigerator weigh?
In this article we'll be breaking down the average weight of each style of refrigerator. As you'll learn, the weights can vary significantly depending on several variables but ultimately this guide can be used as a rough estimate.
The answer to that question depends on the size and type of refrigerator. A standard fridge can weigh anywhere from around 130-450 lbs. However, mini-fridges tend to be lighter, with some models weighing as little as 40-60 lbs.
Can My Floor Support the Weight?
The answer to that question depends on the type of flooring you have. For example, concrete floors are very strong and can support almost any weight. However, wooden floors are not as sturdy and might involve some calculations.
The weight capacity of a floor is determined by measuring the room's total square footage and multiplying it by the load capacity per square foot. According to the International Residential Code, non-sleeping rooms floors must support at least 40 pounds per square foot.
Weight Based on Fridge Type
The lightest type of refrigerator is the mini-fridge. These models can be fun, small and compact. Mini fridges are popular in dorm rooms, bedrooms, offices and home bars.
The weight range of mini-fridges is typically between 30 and 90lbs.
Top Freezer Refrigerator
While top freezer fridges have seen a reduced popularity in the last decade or so, they're still available. You'll find them most commonly in the retro fridge department but you'll also sporadically find modern styles.
Top freezers are also typically cheaper and more energy-efficient.
The weight range of top-freezer refrigerators is between 90 and 200 lbs.
Side by Side Refrigerator
The side-by-side refrigerator is a common model in most homes. It has two doors (side by side), one for the fridge and one for the freezer. This type of refrigerator tends to be wider than other models but not as deep. Most side by side models have the water and ice dispenser on the door which is a big selling point.
The weight range of side-by-side refrigerators is between 175 and 330lbs.
Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
Bottom freezer refrigerators are really the modern replacement for top freezer refrigerators these days. Who knows why people love it so much, but we can assume part of the equation is that it's something new.
This also puts the refrigerator part at eye level making it easier to peruse.
The weight range of bottom freezer refrigerators is between 100 and 260 lbs.
French Door Refrigerator w/ Bottom Freezer
A French door refrigerator is a popular style that includes two half-width doors that open outward with the freezer located on the bottom. They are wider than traditional fridges and provide more space for food storage.
The weight range of French door refrigerators is between 225 and 375 lbs.
Biggest Contributors to Fridge Weight
The size of the fridge is the number one contributor to weight (big surprise, we know). Larger models will weigh more because there is more material used in construction.
The type of fridge is also a big factor. For example, because French door refrigerators have more doors and drawers, it tends to be heavier than a side by side refrigerator.
How to Move a Refrigerator
Moving a fridge is both time-consuming and laborious, especially if you don't take precautions. Ensure you have a dolly and another person available to help. Here are a few more tips to ease the move!
It is a good idea to remove all food and beverage from the refrigerator. If you do not remove loose items, they could shift around causing a mess inside the fridge. If possible, remove the shelves and drawers to reduce a little more of the weight. If you don't want to remove the drawers, you may also tape them shut.
Disconnect & Defrost
Every fridge is different so double check your user manual on how to disconnect and defrost. You may have to disconnect the water line and empty the ice maker. Place a towel on the floor near the fridge to catch any leakage. Let the fridge defrost for a few hours.
Roll up and secure any power cords and tubes to the fridge with tape.
Create a Moving Pathway
Creating a well-defined route to your fridge's intended location will make it simpler to get there. First measure the height, width and depth of the fridge. Second, measure hallways and doorways and note any steps or potential roadblocks in your path. Ensure your fridge can clear the doorways and remove furniture that may be in the way.
Dolly Load up
Slide the refrigerator forward either off the wall or out of the wall cutout. Place the dolly underneath the side of the refrigerator. Do not place the dolly onto the front or back of the fridge as it may cause damage. Attach the dolly straps around the fridge.
Tilt and Move
Have someone on the other side to help tilt the fridge back onto the dolly. The fridge should not be tipped back more than 45 degrees. You can either walk backward or forward. If you walk forward, make sure there is another person in front to help guide your pathway. Remember to take a break if you get tired.
Moving Up or Down Stairs
This may sound scary but you can do it! There should be one person guiding the dolly, the other person below the fridge guiding them down one step at a time. If you are going up the stairs, pull the dolly towards you while the other person helps push up. Do not lift the dolly. The key is to go nice and slow!
Tips to Finding the Right Size Refrigerator For You
Purchasing a refrigerator is a big investment, so it is worth the research! Here are a few tips for finding the right size refrigerator for you.
Lifestyle & Needs
The first step is to think about what you need in a refrigerator. If you have a family, you will need more space than if you are single. If you entertain often, you may need extra features such as an ice maker. If you are short on space, consider a smaller model or one that fits under the counter.
Time to pull out your tape measure! You will need to measure the width where you plan to place the refrigerator. Next measure the height of the space from the floor to the lowest point on the upper cabinet. Lastly, measure the depth from the back wall to the front edge of your counters.
Very important to measure out clearance space for air circulation of the fridge. It is recommended to give 1- 2 inches of clearance space. Also double check clearance of opening the fridge doors. Will it run into a wall or clash with a counter drawer?
Picking Refrigerator Size
Although you have lots of room to fill in a big refrigerator, it doesn't imply you should do so. Again, look at your lifestyle and needs. Maybe factor in your budget as well. If you can save a penny here and there, why not?
So there you have it. A refrigerator’s weight depends on a variety of factors, but in general, they weigh between 200 and 600 pounds.
We hope this blog post has helped to answer your questions about refrigerators and their weights. Good luck with your refrigerator shopping journey!