Average Refrigerator Weight (With 14 Examples)

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If you’re moving houses, contemplating a new purchase, or just staring at your biggest appliance at 2 am with a bowl of cereal in hand, you might be wondering, how much does a refrigerator weigh?

Full-size consumer kitchen refrigerators generally weigh between 200 and 400 pounds (90 and 181 kg). The average weight is a little under 300 pounds, with many newer refrigerators coming in closer to 220 pounds. French-door and side-by-side refrigerators, the most common consumer varieties, generally weigh between 250 and 350 pounds.

A good general rule of thumb—refrigerators weigh a little more than 10 pounds per cubic foot. If your fridge is 10 cubic feet, like the Magic Chef freezer-on-top model, it will be around 110 pounds. There’s an exception for fridges over 20 cubic feet. If you’ve got a 24 or 25 cubic foot model, like most French door and two-door versions, you’ll be anywhere from 250 pounds at the absolute lightest to pushing 320 on the heavier side.

Now that you have a general idea of how much refrigerators weigh, let’s get into more specifics.

In the following sections of this article, I provide the weights of 14 popular refrigerators across different brands, types, and sizes. I also share tips on how to smoothly move refrigerators without injuring yourself or your house. Lastly, I explain how to choose the right refrigerator so you aren’t lugging around excess weight!

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How Much Does a Refrigerator Weigh? 14 Real Examples

The weight of refrigerators varies by type, brand, and model. Here are some of the more common brands and models on the market right now, and some important specs.

French Door Refrigerators

Currently the most popular type of refrigerator on the market. The french door fridge is generally marked by side-by-side double-doors on top for refrigeration, with one or two drawers on the bottom holding frozen goods.

French door refrigerator
French door refrigerator

Whirlpool’s 25 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel
– 336 pounds
– Depth of 35 inches
– Height of 71 inches
– Width of 35 inches
– Found on Amazon here

Samsung’s 24.6 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator in Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless
– 308 pounds
– Depth of 35 inches
– Height of 70 inches
– Width of 35 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

LG Electronics’ 26.2 cu. ft. French Door Smart Refrigerator with Wi-Fi Enabled in Stainless Steel
– 284 pounds
– Depth of 32 inches
– Height of 68 inches
– Width of 36 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

Samsung’s 28 cu. ft. 4-Door French Door Refrigerator in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel
– 374 pounds
– Depth of 37 inches
– Height of 70 inches
– Width of 36 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

Samsung’s 24.2 cu. ft. Family Hub French Door Smart Refrigerator in Stainless Steel
– 309 pounds
– Depth of 34 inches
– Height of 70 inches
– Width of 36 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

Side-by-Side Refrigerators

Side-by-side models are marked by a freezer on one half and a fridge on the other. The refrigeration portion is generally on the right side, with the ice-dispenser and freezer on the left.

Side-by-side refrigerator
Side-by-side refrigerator

Whirlpool’s 25 cu. ft. Side by Side Refrigerator in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel
– 262 pounds
– Depth of 33 inches
– Height of 70 inches
– Width of 35 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

Frigidaire’s 25.5 cu. ft. Side by Side Refrigerator in Stainless Steel
– 293 pounds
– Depth of 34 inches
– Height of 70 inches
– Width of 36 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

GE’s 25.3 cu. ft. Side by Side Refrigerator in Slate, Fingerprint Resistant
– 320 pounds
– Depth of 35 inches
– Height of 70 inches
– Width of 36 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

Classic Top Freezer Models

Top freezer refrigerators are generally smaller, lighter and more appropriate for households with fewer than three people.

Top freezer refrigerator
Top freezer refrigerator

Whirlpool’s 18 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator in Stainless Steel
– 173 pounds
– Depth of 31 inches
– Height of 67 inches
– Width of 28 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

Magic Chef’s 10.1 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator in Black
– 117 pounds
– Depth of 26 inches
– Height of 59 inches
– Width of 23 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

GE’s 15.5 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator in White
– 150 pounds
– Depth of 31 inches
– Height of 65 inches
– Width of 28 inches
– Found at Home Depot here

Novelty Refrigerators

Here are some other types of mini-fridges and retro fridges for comparison:

KUPPET Retro Mini Fridge Compact Refrigerator with Covered Chiller Compartment
– 40 pounds
– Depth of 19 inches
– Height of 31 inches
– Width of 17 inches
– Found on Amazon here

Bull Outdoor Products Stainless Steel Front Panel Refrigerator
– 51 pounds
– Depth of 21 inches
– Height of 32 inches
– Width of 20 inches
– Found on Amazon here

Scientific Refrigerator 10 Cu. Ft. model by K2 Scientific (for holding science stuff!)
– 176 pounds
– Depth of 22 inches
– Height of 59 inches
– Width of 23 inches
– Found on Amazon here

Factors Impacting Refrigerator Weight

One of the biggest factors impacting refrigerators’ weight is the type.

French door refrigerators with bottom freezers, the most popular model on the market right now, run around 300 pounds for about 25 cubic feet.

For the same cubic feet, two-door side-by-side refrigerators are typically 30 to 40 pounds lighter (around 260 pounds) than French door models because they have fewer doors, drawers, and moving parts.

Top freezer refrigerators are smaller and simpler than French door and two-door models and typically weigh under 200 pounds.

Again, your fridge should weigh about 10 or 11 pounds per cubic foot. Once you surpass 24 cubic feet, the weight jumps up because there are more drawers and doors involved in the construction.

Another major factor contributing to the weight of a refrigerator is what’s in it.

We’ve all felt the weight of lugging heavy bags of groceries from the car to the house. Remember that many of those heavy groceries are going to end up in the refrigerator, which weighs it down even more!

A 25 cubic feet refrigerator, like this Samsung one, can hold up to 25 bags of groceries. If those bags of groceries weigh even a few pounds each, then a full refrigerator can weigh 50 to 100 pounds more than the same empty refrigerator.

Lastly, older refrigerators tend to be heavier than newer ones.

If you’ve been wrangled into helping someone move, and this someone has a much older refrigerator—like one you expect was built in the early 1990s or even before—then you probably have a heavier icebox on your hands.

Weight in Context

A simple number, like 300 or 400 pounds, probably will sound rather heavy but also rather abstract. How much weight is that, really? Is that too difficult to move?

It sounds heavy, but let’s compare the refrigerator weight to other heavy things to give you an idea of what you’re working with.

Most refrigerators will handle sort of a like a small mattress, or a couple of small mattresses stacked on top of each other. Twin mattresses typically weigh around 45 pounds, so imagine a couple of twin mattresses stacked on each other that weigh 4 to 6 times that amount!

It’s important to remember that the refrigerator is also bulky. Unlike deadlifting or bench pressing 300 pounds, which is sleek, streamlined, and built specifically for lifting, the refrigerator is bulky and unwieldy. It isn’t built for movement and lifting, it’s built as a frost fortress for your food!

Tips for Moving a Refrigerator

As you know by now, refrigerators are heavy, clunky, and awkward to move. There’s no sugarcoating it, moving them is a pain in the neck. But, there are some simple things you can do to make the process less painful.

First, remove everything inside the refrigerator. This will not only lighten the load, but you don’t want food and loose shelves bouncing around when your fridge is in motion. Put perishables in a cooler with enough ice to keep them cool for the amount of time you’ll be fridge-less.

Disconnect the fridge and let it defrost. If you have an ice maker, remove all the cubes before they melt and cause a huge mess. Every fridge is different so check your user manual to get the exact instructions for defrosting and disconnecting the water (if yours has a water dispenser).

Secure wires, tubes, and doors. Use moving tape to secure the doors shut and prevent the power cord and cooling tubes from dragging on the floor when you go to move the fridge.

Make a moving plan. Measure the height, width, and depth of your refrigerator as well as the hallways and doorways in your home. Remember, you can remove the doors in your home and on the fridge if necessary. Create a plan for exactly how you are going to navigate the move and clear out any furniture blocking your path.

Buy or rent an appliance dolly. If you just need to get behind your refrigerator to clean, you can slide it forward on your own since most have wheels that go forward and backward. Otherwise, buy an appliance dolly with straps like this one on Amazon. If you don’t want to shell out cash for a dolly that you’ll only a few times, you can rent one at U-Haul or from a local moving company.

Move the refrigerator with the dolly. Slide the fridge out of the cutout and position the dolly on one of its sides. Never put the dolly on the front or back of a fridge. The back of the fridge has all sorts of compressors and cooling tubes that could be damaged by the dolly and won’t allow you to get a snug position. The front of the fridge is the lightest side and the doors, handles, and water/ice dispensers will get in the way.

Once the dolly is in position, wrap the strap around the fridge and secure it according to your dolly’s instructions. Tilt the dolly back, but not too far. You want the dolly to bear the majority of the weight. Walk backward when moving the fridge because you won’t be able to see in front of you. This video does a great job demonstrating the proper technique.

 

Get help. Don’t try to be a hero and move a heavy refrigerator on your own. Enlist a friend to spot you on the other side of the dolly. If anything, your helper will prevent you from banging into walls and damaging your home or your fridge.

Choosing the Right Refrigerator Size to Reduce Weight and Cost

Since refrigerators are heavy and expensive, you don’t want to buy more fridge than you need.

There’s a great Atlantic article on increasing American refrigerator sizes and the excess of refrigeration: The Huge Chill: Why Are American Refrigerators So Big? We often overbuy perishables, don’t maximize fridge space, and buy and throw out things we don’t need.

Choosing the right sized refrigerator for your home can lower grocery bills and reduce food waste because you’ll purchase less and use what you have instead of letting that extra large bag of salad spoil (again).

Before you even go to the store or look online, measure the width of doors, moving paths, and the refrigerator cutout in your kitchen (if you have one) to ensure you’re buying the appropriately sized refrigerator. You’ll need at least two inches of space between the hinge side of the fridge and the wall or cabinets to allow the door to fully open.

Don’t be influenced by the refrigerator cutout into buying something bigger than you need! People often measure the refrigerator cutout and then just buy the biggest size that fits so that it has a nice, snug look. You have other design options for filling out space besides buying a bigger chill chest. You can add more cabinets, open shelves, wine storage, or just a simple panel.

Mini fridges obviously weigh a lot less than full refrigerators, clocking in around 40 to 80 pounds, depending on the model. While we associate the “big fridge” with a level of status and adulthood, a single person home can often function quite well on a smaller fridge model with a detached freezer. They’re easier to move around, much cheaper, and with smaller storage space, you’ll buy and waste less food.

Final Thoughts

Refrigerators weigh about 10 pounds per cubic foot, which comes out to between 250 and 350 pounds for french-door and two-door models, and 150-200 pounds for freezer-on-top models.

Remember, don’t buy a larger refrigerator than you need! You can keep its weight and your grocery costs down by going smaller.

Always get help moving refrigerators, use appliance dollies, and measure doorways before getting your 300-pound object stuck in them!

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