How Much Does a Dishwasher Weigh? (With 27 Examples)

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If your shopping for new kitchen appliances, or planning for a big move, you might be wondering:

How much does a dishwasher weigh?

The weight of a dishwasher varies significantly based on the type and size of the unit. It can weigh as low as 35 pounds (16 kg) for a countertop unit, and up to 150 pounds (68 kg) or more for a traditional built-in or portable unit.

On average, standard 24-inch built-in dishwashers weigh 77 pounds (35 kg), compact 18-inch built-in dishwashers weigh 60 pounds (27 kg), portable dishwashers weigh 108 pounds (49 kg), and countertop dishwashers weigh 47 pounds (21 kg).

Averages are helpful, but real examples are even better.

In this guide, you learn:

  • The weights and dimensions of 27 popular dishwashers
  • How the weight of dishwashers compares to other home appliances
  • Tips on the easiest and safest ways to move and install your dishwasher

Let’s get into it!

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Dishwasher Weight by Type: Built-In, Portable, Countertop

There are three main types of dishwashers: built-in, countertop, and portable.

Below is a quick overview of each type of dishwasher and how much it weighs on average.

Built-In Dishwashers

Built-in dishwashers, which are the most common type, are connected to the plumbing and permanently installed under the countertop, usually next to the kitchen sink.

Since built-ins need to fit snugly within the structure of your kitchen, manufacturers make them in two sizes, standard and compact.

Although the exact dimensions vary slightly by brand, standard built-in dishwashers are typically 24 inches wide, 35 inches tall, and 24 inches deep. On average, standard built-in dishwashers weigh 77 pounds (35 kg), but they can range from 50 to 125 pounds.

Compact built-in dishwashers are typically 18 inches wide, 35 inches tall, and 24 inches deep. On average, compact built-in dishwashers weigh 60 pounds (27 kg), but they can range from 50 to 75 pounds.

There are two styles of standard and compact built-in dishwashers: top control and front control.

Top control built-in dishwashers are incredibly popular due to their sleek and functional design.

Top Control Built In Dishwasher
Top Control Built-In Dishwasher

The controls are located on top of the door and are not visible when the door is closed. They have a door handle or a recessed pocket handle.

On average, standard-size top control built-in dishwashers weigh 86 pounds (39 kg).

As their name suggests, front control built-in dishwashers have the controls on the front of the door. The controls are visible when the door is closed. They often have a pull latch or pocket handle.

On average, front control built-in dishwashers weigh 68 pounds (31 kg).

Front Control Built In Dishwasher
Front Control Built-In Dishwasher

Countertop Dishwashers

Countertop dishwashers are portable units that sit on the countertop near the sink, using a faucet connector for water flow. Due to this type of connection, you can’t run the dishwasher and use the sink faucet at the same time.

This type of dishwasher is lightweight, which makes it easy to move and store, but its small size limits how many dishes you can wash. In most cases, this type of dishwasher can’t fit pots and pans.

I wouldn’t recommend a countertop dishwasher for a large family, but it’s an ideal choice for renters or those with limited space.

On average, countertop dishwashers weigh 47 pounds (21 kg), but they range from 35 to 60 pounds.

Portable Dishwashers

Similar to countertop dishwashers, portable dishwashers connect temporarily to a faucet.

But, instead of sitting on the kitchen countertop, this type of dishwasher sits on the floor and is typically on rollers so you can easily store it in a pantry or closet.

Portable dishwashers are an excellent option for renters who don’t have a dishwasher in their rental homes or for homeowners that don’t have adequate space to have a built-in unit.

Unlike countertop units, portable dishwashers are usually large enough to wash a standard load of dishes.

This is the heaviest type of dishwasher with an average weight of 108 pounds (49 kg); however, the weight ranges significantly based on size.

Compact portable dishwashers can weigh as little as 50 pounds, while larger models go up to 150 pounds.

Actual Weights of 27 Popular Dishwashers

Now that you know the average weight of each type of dishwasher, let’s get into some real examples.

In the chart below, you’ll find 27 of the most popular dishwashers compared by weight, dimensions, and type.

Swipe left and right to view the entire chart.

DishwasherTypeWeight (lb)Height (in.)Width (in.)Depth (in.)Details
Whirlpool Tall TubTop Control
KitchenAid Tall TubTop Control
Frigidaire GalleryTop Control
Electrolux IQ-Touch Tall TubTop Control
Cafe Smart Tall TubTop Control
Bosch 500 Series Tall TubTop Control
Amana Tall TubTop Control
Whirlpool Tall TubFront Control
SamsungFront Control
Maytag Tall TubFront Control
LG Tall TubFront Control
KitchenAid Tall TubFront Control
GE Tall TubFront Control
Amana Tall TubFront Control
Bosch Tall TubCompact

Weight of Dishwashers Compared to Other Home Appliances

Although dishwashers are fairly heavy, most are still lighter than refrigerators, washers, and dryers.

The average weight of a refrigerator is just under 300 pounds (136 kg), while washing machines weigh around 170 (77.1 kg) pounds, and dryers tip the scales around 124 pounds (56.2 kg). 

The chart below makes it easy to compare the average weights of home appliances, and adds context to the weight of dishwashers:

ApplianceAverage Weight (pounds)Average Weight (kg)
Stacked Washer-Dryer Laundry Centers238108
Front-Loading Washing Machines20593
Washer and Dryer Combos18584
Range (Stove + Oven)16073
Top-Loading Washing Machines13561
Standard Dryers12456
Portable Dishwashers
Built-In Dishwashers7735
Countertop Dishwashers4721

Tips for Moving a Dishwasher

Dishwashers are somewhat large and clunky, so if you don’t have a truck or van to handle transport, consider renting one.

Ensure that your dishwasher is secure before driving by using ratchet tie-down straps. I also suggest wrapping moving pads around the unit to protect it during transport.

To move your dishwasher from the vehicle to your home, use a truck with a ramp. If possible, back up the truck so that you can place the end of the ramp on the threshold of the entryway. This positioning will make it easier to roll the unit off of the truck right into your home.

If you don’t have a ramp, you’ll need to enlist help from friends or family and use lifting straps or slings to lift and walk with the dishwasher.

You can use a two-wheel dolly, but I don’t recommend it because tipping the dishwasher can cause the parts inside to move around, increasing the risk of unintended damage.

Before bringing the unit into your house, spread out a heavy-duty blanket, flattened cardboard boxes, or large rug to protect the floor.

Place the coverings from the point of entry to the installation area, so your floors are protected if you need to take a break and put down the dishwasher.

Tips for Installing a Dishwasher

You don’t need to be an expert plumber to disconnect an old dishwasher and install a new one, but it’s important to have the right tools on hand and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Once you properly remove an old dishwasher, follow these steps to install a new dishwasher:


Measure the Space:

When installing a new dishwasher, you’ll first need to measure the rough opening to make sure that the new appliance will fit. The rough opening is the cabinet space where your dishwasher will be installed.

In general, most dishwashers can fit in a 24” width x 24” depth x 35” height space.

You can usually find measurements for dishwashers online from the manufacturer or on a specifications list from a retailer like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Ensure clearance on all sides and account for the height adjustment of adding the legs to the bottom of the unit (the motor on the bottom must never touch the floor).

Purchase a Dishwasher Installation Kit:

Your dishwasher may not come with all installation parts such as mounting brackets, hoses, and power cords. Be sure to buy a dishwasher kit that is approved by the manufacturer to maintain your warranty.

Gather Tools:

Check your user manual to see which tools are needed and have them handy.

Verify Existing Connections:

If you’re replacing an old dishwasher, you should be fine. Just check to make sure that the water supply and electrical source is present. If the dishwasher is not directly wired, it will have a plug.

Ensure Leveling:

Use a leveler to make sure that the floor is level where the dishwasher will go. If not, you may need to use shims that are securely attached to the floor or adjust the feet of the dishwasher.

Disconnect the Power:

Either locate the corresponding circuit breaker and push it to the off position.

Turn off the water supply:

Find the water supply that feeds your kitchen and turn the valve to the off position. To ensure shutoff, turn on the sink. It should sputter and release some water, but the faucet should not run continuously.


Connect the Water Supply Line:

Feed the water supply line through the cabinet and connect to the dishwasher according to the user manual. Once installed, turn on the water supply and inspect the supply line for leaks.

Connect the Drain Line:

Your dishwasher needs your sink’s drain to empty the water after a wash cycle. Connect the drain line according to the user guide. You may find that you’ll need to replace your existing drain tailpiece with a side inlet.

Connect the Power Line:

If you are directly wiring your dishwasher to your home’s electrical supply, follow the user’s manual, and use safe electrical practices. If using a power supply cord, be sure to connect it according to the manufacturer’s safety instructions.

Slide Dishwasher into Place:

Slide dishwasher in place and use mounting parts to secure it and ensure the unit is level.

If, after reviewing these steps, you are concerned about any part of your installation, be sure to reach out to the pros at Home Depot to schedule installation as part of your new dishwasher purchase and leave the work to them for an extra fee.

Or,  if you’re worried about the cost, you can get free, no-obligation quotes from local contractors on HomeAdvisor. Comparing quotes from at least three contractors is the best way to know you’re paying a fair price.

Final Thoughts

Dishwasher weight varies by brand, size, tub size, and type.

Space-saving or countertop units tend to be much lighter than built-in or portable full-sized dishwashers.

To locate the exact weight of the dishwasher you intend to purchase, check the manufacturer’s information online.

Home Depot lists the specifications of each dishwasher on its website, which is helpful when you are planning to purchase or replace a dishwasher.

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