If you’re moving houses, or shopping for new appliances, you might be wondering:
How much does a refrigerator weigh?
Full-size residential refrigerators weigh between 100 and 400 pounds, with an average weight of 250 pounds. On average, French Door refrigerators weigh 317 pounds, Side-by-Side refrigerators weigh 285 pounds, Top Freezer refrigerators weight 166 pounds, Bottom Freezer refrigerators weigh 214 pounds, and Mini fridges weight 60 pounds.
A good general rule of thumb—refrigerators weigh approximately 12 pounds per cubic foot of capacity.
So, if you have a fridge with 28 cubic feet of capacity, like this Samsung French Door model, it will weigh around 336 pounds.
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 58 popular refrigerators across different brands, types, and sizes.
I also share tips on how to 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!
Use the links below to navigate this article:
- How Much Does a Refrigerator Weigh? 58 Real Examples
- Factors Impacting Refrigerator Weight
- Refrigerator Weight in Context
- Tips for Moving a Refrigerator
- Choosing the Right Refrigerator Size to Reduce Weight and Cost
The weight of refrigerators varies by type, brand, and model. So, instead of just giving you averages, I analyzed 58 of the most popular refrigerators on the market right now. In the chart below, you’ll find the weight, capacity, and pounds per cubic foot of capacity for each model.
You can click/tap the brand names to learn more about each fridge. You can also sort the columns if you’re looking for a specific brand or type of fridge.
On mobile, swipe left and right to view the entire chart.
|Brand||Type||Weight (lbs)||Weight (kg)||Capacity (cu.ft.)||Pounds per Cubic Foot of Capacity|
|Bull Outdoor Products||Mini Fridge||51||23||4.4||12|
|Magic Chef||Mini Fridge||64||29||4.5||14|
|Magic Chef||Mini Fridge||59.5||27||4.4||14|
|Magic Chef||Mini Fridge||56||25||3.1||18|
|Magic Chef||Mini Fridge||50||23||3.3||15|
|Magic Chef||Mini Fridge||42||19||2.6||16|
|Magic Chef||Mini Fridge||95||43||7.5||13|
|Frigidaire||Side by Side||293||133||25.6||11|
|GE||Side by Side||340||154||21.8||16|
|GE||Side by Side||320||145||25.3||13|
|LG||Side by Side||304||138||26||12|
|Samsung||Side by Side||289||131||27.4||11|
|Whirlpool||Side by Side||283||128||28.5||10|
|Whirlpool||Side by Side||262||119||24.55||11|
|Whirlpool||Side by Side||242||110||21.4||11|
|Whirlpool||Side by Side||242||110||20.6||12|
|Insignia||Side by Side||276||125||26.3||10|
|Magic Chef||Top Freezer||117||53||10.1||12|
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 refrigerators are the heaviest, ranging from 230 to 390 pounds with an average weight of 317 pounds. These fridges weigh an average of 13 pounds per cubic foot of capacity.
Side-by-side models have 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 refrigerators weigh between 242 and 340 pounds with an average weight of 285 pounds. These fridges weigh an average of 12 pounds per cubic foot of capacity.
Classic Top Freezer Models
Top freezer refrigerators are generally smaller, lighter, and more appropriate for households with fewer than three people. They weigh between 117 and 220 pounds with an average weight of 166 pounds. Top freezer refrigerators weigh an average of 10 pounds per cubic foot of capacity.
Bottom freezer refrigerators, as the name suggests, are designed with the freezer on the bottom and fridge on top. These tend to be heavier than top freezer fridges. Bottom freezer refrigerators weigh between 119 to 288 pounds with an average weight of 215 pounds. They weigh an average of 11 pounds per cubic foot of capacity.
Mini fridges are small and compact, and, as you probably guessed, are the lightest type of refrigerator. These models weigh between 22 and 95 pounds with an average weight of 60 pounds. Mini fridges weigh an average of 13 pounds per cubic foot of capacity.
One of the most significant factors impacting refrigerators’ weight is the type.
French door refrigerators, the most popular model on the market right now, typically weight over 300 pounds for about 25 cubic feet of capcity.
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 between 10 and 12 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.
A simple number, like 300 or 400 pounds, sounds rather heavy but also somewhat abstract. Is a 300-pound refrigerator too difficult to move?
It sounds heavy, but let’s compare the refrigerator weight to other heavy things to give you a frame of reference.
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!
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 refrigerator 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 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 use 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 refrigerator. 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 massive 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.
Since refrigerators are heavy and expensive, you don’t want to buy more fridge than you need.
There’s an excellent 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 size 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 open fully.
Don’t be influenced by the refrigerator cutout into buying something bigger than you need! People often measure the refrigerator cutout and then 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 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.
Refrigerators weigh about 12 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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