How Much Does a Refrigerator Weigh?
If you just bought a new refrigerator, or if you’re moving and plan to take your old fridge with you, you might be wondering how much your fridge weighs.
Just how many of your friends is it going to take to haul that beast through your front door?
In general, refrigerators weigh between 100 and 400 pounds, depending on the type, brand, model, and materials used.
The average refrigerator weight is somewhere between 200 and 300 pounds.
Mini fridges are usually less than 100 pounds, while certain brands and models of full-size fridge may be as much as 600 pounds or more.
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Read on to learn all about the different types of refrigerators and the various factors to consider when determining refrigerator weight.
We’ll also take a look at some popular refrigerators and compare them by size and weight.
Refrigerator Weight Factors
There’s no one factor to help you determine how much your specific refrigerator weighs; instead, several factors may contribute to your fridge weight, including:
The type of refrigerator you have is one of the biggest factors for determining weight. Generally, french door and side-by-side refrigerators weigh more than other types, usually between 250 and 350 pounds.
Top-freezer fridges and minifridges are typically the most lightweight, ranging from just 50 pounds for some small minifridges to around 200 pounds for heavier top-freezer styles.
When you compare two of the same type of refrigerator, one may weigh significantly more than the other due to differences in brand.
Sub-Zero refrigerators, for example, often weigh anywhere from 450-650 pounds for basic bottom-freezer and side-by-side styles.
On the other hand, Avanti refrigerators are usually compact and lightweight, weighing between 100 and 200 pounds.
The weight of a fridge may also be determined by the types and quality of materials used in its construction. Stainless steel refrigerators will generally weigh more than plastic and sheet metal fridges.
The thickness of the insulation layer may also play a role in determining refrigerator weight.
Types of Refrigerators
Refrigerators are classified by their style. There are five main styles of fridge: Top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side, french door, and minifridge. Let’s take a look at each type of fridge in more detail.
Top-freezer refrigerators are a classic, easily-recognizable type of fridge. They contain a large refrigerator section on the bottom and a smaller freezer section at the top.
Depending on the brand and model, top-freezer fridges usually range between 10 and 21 cubic feet, leading to a wide range of weights.
These fridges are typically between 100 and 200 pounds. A good rule of thumb is that top-freezer fridges will usually weigh about ten pounds for every cubic foot.
Bottom-freezer fridges, as you may imagine, are opposite of top-freezer fridges, with the refrigerator section on top and the freezer section underneath.
This type of fridge can vary widely in size, but most, like top-freezer models, are between 10 and 21 cubic feet. Some may be larger, ranging between 22 and 28 cubic feet.
Again, the weight will be determined by several factors, but bottom-freezer fridges are generally heavier than top-freezer fridges.
As the name suggests, side-by-side fridges are built with the freezer and refrigerator compartments standing next to each other, side by side. As with most fridges, the freezer compartment is smaller than the refrigerator compartment.
These types of refrigerators are usually larger than top- and bottom-freezer fridges, most often ranging between 15 and 25 cubic feet.
The average weight for side-by-side fridges is 250-350 pounds, but some brands and models may weigh over 600 pounds.
French door refrigerators look like a cross between side-by-side and bottom-freezer fridges. The refrigerator section, on top, has two doors that open out french-door style.
You can open them one at a time to cut down on energy costs, or open them both for full access to the fridge. The freezer compartment on the bottom is often opened by pulling out a drawer, but may also have french-door style doors.
French door fridges range anywhere between 20 and 30 cubic feet and, on average, are the heaviest type of fridge. Most weigh between 250 and 400 pounds, but some brands may weigh more than 600 pounds.
Most minifridges are less than five cubic feet. They come in a variety of styles, from small, refrigerator-only units you can set on your countertop to slightly larger models that may come with a freezer compartment. Those that have freezers almost always come in top-freezer styles.
Most minifridges weigh between 50 and 80 pounds, but some may be even lighter.
So, there you have it. By now, you should have a pretty good idea of how much your individual fridge weighs. And if you’re still not sure, it’s better to overestimate for the purpose of moving your fridge.
Assume that, whatever the weight, it’s going to be a pain to move, and make plans accordingly. Bribe several friends if you have to. Having too much help with moving it is better than hurting yourself trying to do it alone.