The Average Weights for All 3 Types of Dishwashers

Average Weights of Every Dishwasher Type

If you are looking for a new dishwasher, or if you are thinking about moving soon, you may be asking yourself, “How much does a dishwasher weigh?”. After all, you may need to install your new dishwasher on your own. Depending on the weight of your dishwasher, you may decide to go with a certain model. So, how heavy is a dishwasher? 

On average, a standard dishwasher weighs around 77lb (35kg). This is for an average dishwasher of approximately 24 in. A compact dishwasher is approximately 18 in wide and weighs 60lb (27kg).

The average weight of a dishwasher can vary tremendously depending on its size and components. Some dishwashers can weigh as little as 35 lb, while other dishwashers can weigh over a hundred pounds. 

I’ve done a significant amount of research to figure out how much the average dishwasher weighs, and I want to share this information with you.

Keep reading to learn all about average dishwasher weight!

Why trust us? This article was written by Craig Anderson and James Blackford.

Craig has helped thousands of other homeowners repair their appliances since 2016.

James is one of our resident appliance experts, with over 16 years of experience. He currently works as a Master Technician for SquareTrade, and runs his own appliance repair business.

Breaking Up the Weight of Dishwashers By Type: 3 Examples

In general, there are three broad categories when it comes to dishwashers. These include built-in dishwashers, portable dishwashers, and countertop dishwashers. Read on to keep learning about dishwasher weight.

1. Built-In Dishwashers

Built-in dishwashers are the most common dishwasher type. When you think of the dishwasher that has been installed under the counter, this is usually what people imagine. Built-in dishwashers are connected to the plumbing system and are permanently installed underneath the countertop, typically next to the sink in the kitchen. 

In my experience, built-in dishwashers usually come in two different sizes. The first is the standard size, in the second size is compact. A few important points to keep in mind include:

  • A standard built-in dishwasher is usually 24 in deep, 24 in wide, and 35 in tall. The weight of a standard dishwasher is typically around 77 pounds or 35 kg. Standard built-in dishwashers can range from 50 lb to 125 lb. 
  • A compact built-in dishwasher is usually 24 in deep, 18 in wide, and 35 in tall. A compact built-in dishwasher weighs approximately 60 pounds or 27 kilograms. Compact dishwashers can range from 50 lb to 75 lb. 

In addition to these categories, built-in dishwashers also fall into top-control dishwashers or front-control dishwashers. With a top control dishwasher, you cannot see the control panel when the door is closed, leading to a sleek look.

2. Portable Dishwashers

Portable dishwashers temporarily connect to the faucet when they are doing their job. Portable dishwashers sit on the floor, and they usually have wheels, making it easy for people to roll them into place when needed.

If you do not have a dishwasher in your home and are renting (which may prevent you from buying a new appliance), then a portable dishwasher is a great option. Furthermore, a portable dishwasher can be helpful if you do not have enough space for a built-in unit.

Many portable dishwashers are the same size as permanent, built-in ones. Therefore, a portable dishwasher is usually large enough to accommodate pots and pans. 

It may come as a surprise to hear that a portable dishwasher is actually the heaviest option. On average, a portable dishwasher is heavier than a permanent, built-in one. There are some compact portable dishwashers that way as little as 50 lb. On the other hand, there are also portable dishwashers that weigh 150 lb. On average, a portable dishwasher weighs approximately 180 lb or 49 kg. Portable dishwashers can range widely in terms of their size. 

Portable dishwasher
Most portable dishwashers have wheels on the bottom to easily move around.

3. Countertop Dishwashers

Finally, there are also countertop dishwashers. As the name suggests, these are portable units that sit on top of the countertop near the sink. There is a faucet connection that joins the countertop dishwasher to the water flow. Because of the way the unit is designed, you cannot use the dishwasher and the sink at the same time, which can be a problem for some homeowners.

On the other hand, countertop dishwashers are relatively light, making them easy to store and move. Furthermore, because they’re so small, they also limit the number of dishes you can wash at the same time. Typically, countertop dishwashers can’t fit pots and pans.

If you have limited space, a countertop dishwasher could be right for you. In contrast, it will definitely not be suitable for large families because it will not hold enough dishes to take care of the cleaning. In my opinion, if you’re renting and/or live alone and don’t wash too many dishes at once, a countertop dishwasher could be a convenient appliance for you to have. 

In general, countertop dishwashers weigh approximately 47 pounds or 21 kg. Some countertop dishwashers weigh as little as 35 lb, while others are as heavy as 60 lb. 

A Few Examples of Popular Dishwashers with Dimensions and Weights

Now that you’re familiar with the three separate categories of dishwashers, it’s helpful to look at a few examples, along with their dimension:

  • Whirlpool Tall Tub: A top-control built-in washer. The weight of this dishwasher is around 55 pounds, and it’s 34.5 inches tall by 24 inches wide by 24.5 inches deep. 
  • KitchenAid Tall Tub: A top-control built-in washer. The weight of this dishwasher is around 100 pounds, and it’s 34.5 inches tall by 23.8 inches wide by 24.5 inches deep. 
  • Whirlpool Portable: A portable dishwasher. The weight of this dishwasher is around 56 pounds, and it’s 37 inches tall by 24.1 inches wide by 26.5 inches deep. 
  • SPT Portable: A portable dishwasher. The weight of this dishwasher is around 114 pounds, and it’s 35.6 inches tall by 17.6 inches wide by 23.6 inches deep. 
  • Whirlpool Tall Tub: A front control built-in dishwasher. The weight of this dishwasher is around 55 pounds, and it’s 33.5 inches tall by 23.8 inches wide by 24.5 inches deep. 
  • Samsung Dishwasher: A front control built-in dishwasher. The weight of this dishwasher is around 66 pounds, and it’s 33 inches tall by 23.7 inches wide by 24.6 inches deep. 
  • GE Tall Tub: A front control built-in dishwasher. The weight of this dishwasher is around 65 pounds, and it’s 34 inches tall by 23.8 inches wide by 24 inches deep. 

When trying to find the right dishwasher for your home, there is much to consider. Of course, you need to make sure the dishwasher will fit, but you also need to think about the features that come with the dishwasher.

How Can You Make it Easier To Move a Dishwasher?

The weight of your dishwasher can range widely depending on the type of dishwasher you have. Therefore, you have to make sure you can move your dishwasher safely. First, if you have any questions or concerns about your safety or your dishwasher’s safety, please contact a professional for help.

Man moving a dishwasher with a wheelbarrow
Moving a dishwasher alone may not make you very happy, but it can be done if you’re careful and resourceful.

If you are planning on moving your dishwasher on your own, there are a few tips you need to follow. These include:

  • Always unplug your dishwasher from its power source before moving it. Even though unplugging the dishwasher may sound obvious, a lot of people forget to disconnect it from the water and power source before moving it.
  • If you have to dry your dishwasher somewhere, you should make sure it is secure in your vehicle before you pull away. It is a good idea to use tie-down straps that will ratchet the appliance into place. It can go a long way toward making sure you do not damage your dishwasher during the move. 
  • If you do need to move your dishwasher to a new building, you should try to use a truck that has a ramp. That way, you do not have to worry about lifting the dishwasher onto the bed of the truck. Loading a heavy dishwasher onto a truck without a ramp can lead to serious injury and damage to the dishwasher itself, so I don’t recommend trying it.
  • Instead of having to carry the dishwasher from the kitchen to the moving vehicle, try to use a dolly. That way, you can put the dishwasher on some wheels and safely move it to the vehicle. 
  • When you are moving the dishwasher, try to cover it with some bed sheets or a comforter. In my experience, this can prevent damage to your walls/ceiling and the dishwasher itself if you accidentally bump them into each other.

These are just a few of the most important points you should keep in mind if you are moving your dishwasher. Even though it can be a large and clunky appliance, there are ways you can make it easier. 

Installing Your Dishwasher After Moving It

Now that you know all about the average dishwasher weight and how to safely transport your dishwasher from one place to another, let’s discuss some key things you have to look out for when you want to reinstall the appliance.

As you read earlier, different dishwasher types have not only different weights but also different installation requirements. Here are some elements to keep in mind when the time for reinstalling comes:

  • Check the power: Sometimes, it can be easy to forget to plug the dishwasher in once you’ve moved it. Please ensure that it is connected to the wall and the breaker switches are on before testing the dishwasher.
  • Connect the water line: Just as with electricity, it can be easy to overlook plugging in the water line. Please remember to do this; otherwise, you might end up with a leaky mess.
  • Account for space: While dishwashers are meant to live in tight spaces, make sure there’s enough room for the appliance to work normally and open the dish-loading door effortlessly.


In the end, if you are looking for a new dishwasher, you should think about how much it weighs, as it will play a major role in how difficult the dishwasher is to move. If you have any questions or concerns about the features of the dishwasher, you should reach out to a professional before you make a decision.

Finally, when you are moving a dishwasher, you should always place safety first. If you have questions or concerns about moving your dishwasher, you should trust a professional who can help you. If you enjoyed this guide, please check out our other incredible resources below and consider subscribing to our newsletter.

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I've been helping homeowners with appliance repair since 2016. Starting out as an enthusiastic amateur, I've since worked with many Appliance, HVAC, and DIY experts over the last 7+ years. My mission is to help fix your appliances and prevent future issues - saving you stress, time, and money. Visit my author page to learn more! Read more