How Much Do Refrigerators Weigh? Averages From 55 Models

Researched & Written by Craig

Fridges are heavy. We all know that.

But just how heavy are they? Will you be able to get it in the car, the moving truck, or even just carry it?

I was curious about this, so I dove into some research. I’ve looked up the statistics for over 50 refrigerators to find out how much each type weighs.

On average, a refrigerator weighs between 160-320lbs. This is based on data from 50 different refrigerator weights of various types. The weight of a refrigerator depends on its size, type (i.e. French Door), and whether it has an ice dispenser. (These are weights when fridge is empty).

Here’s a quick summary of the averages of each type:

ImageRefrigerator TypeNumber ReviewedAverage Weight (lbs)Average Weight (kg)
French Door Fridges 15 305lbs 138kg
Side by Side Fridges 10 290lbs 131kg
Bottom Freezer Fridges 10 214lbs 85kg
Top Freezer Fridges 10 171lbs 80kg
Mini Fridges 10 62lbs 27kg

Those French Door Fridges sure are heavy.

Interested in a little more detail? Good, me too. Let’s dive in.

Refrigerator Weights by Type

How Much Do French Door Refrigerators Weigh?

Let’s start with the bulkiest type and work backwards. Here’s the stats for the 15 French Door refrigerator weights graphed against capacity in cubic feet.

Weights of French Door Refrigerators

Total capacity (fridge+freezer) is on the vertical axis, plotted against the fridge weight.

As you can see, the fridge weight increases with capacity – with an average weight of 305lbs (90kg). Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to increase according to height – that’s more of a design thing.

What does influence the refrigerator weight (as well as capacity) is fridge depth and ice makers. If it’s a counter depth model (29″ deep instead of 33″), the fridge weighs around 60lbs less. Similarly, an ice maker tends to push the empty weight up by another 20lbs or so.

Raw Data:

TypeBrandCapacity (cu.ft)Height (in)Depth (in)Weight (lbs)Ice MakerLink
FrenchSamsung17.57028232NoLink
FrenchLG21.868.533259NoLink
FrenchLG21.868.533259NoLink
FrenchSamsung21.866.7535251NoLink
FrenchRCA226829271YesLink
FrenchGE22.170.530360YesLink
FrenchLG22.87029259NoLink
FrenchWhirlpool2568.632320YesLink
FrenchLG2669.7532.5334NoLink
FrenchGE2768.633308NoLink
FrenchGE27.770.534.5370YesLink
FrenchLG27.87034322YesLink
FrenchSamsung287033.5311YesLink
FrenchSamsung2868.834328YesLink
FrenchGE287034390YesLink

How Much Do Side-By-Side Refrigerators Weigh?

Onto a massively popular type, and the one we’re glad to have at home. Here’s the 10 Side by Side refrigerator weights graphed against capacity in cubic feet.

Weights of Side by Side Refrigerators

Once again, I found capacity to be the best correlation with refrigerator weight.

Coming in an average of 15lbs less than French door fridges, side by side models are still on the bulky side with 290lbs average weight (83kg).

Again, as well as capacity, the refrigerator depth also correlates with weight – counter-depth models weighing around 50lbs less than full depth models. Ice makers come standard with almost any good side-by-side model nowadays, so we can’t see the influence of them here.

Raw Data:

TypeBrandCapacity (cu.ft)Height (in)Depth (in)Weight (lbs)Ice MakerLink
SideSamsung27.47033.5289YesLink
SideWhirlpool24.556931.6262YesLink
SideGE25.369.533320YesLink
SideLG267034304YesLink
SideGE21.869.529340YesLink
SideWhirlpool21.46631.6242YesLink
SideWhirlpool28.56933283YesLink
SideFrigidare25.669.632293YesLink
SideGE25.170.133320YesLink
SideWhirlpool20.668.627.5242YesLink

How Much Do Bottom Freezer Refrigerators Weigh?

Next up on the list are fridges with freezers in the bottom. Here’s the 10 Bottom Freezer refrigerator weights graphed against capacity in cubic feet.

Weights of Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

Interestingly, these seem to be more split into different weight/capacity categories than having a linear relationship with weight.

Despite having similar height (~70 inches) and depth (up to 33 inches) as French Door and Side by Side fridges, Bottom Freezer model weigh considerably less with an average of 214lbs (90lbs less than the French Door average).

Raw Data:

TypeBrandCapacity (cu.ft)Height (in)Depth (in)Weight (lbs)Ice MakerLink
BottomLG25.57033226NoLink
BottomWhirlpool227031252NoLink
BottomGE24.87035253NoLink
BottomHaier1567.826.6174NoLink
BottomWhirlpool18.76731280NoLink
BottomGE11.97026.5176NoLink
BottomGE217034.1210NoLink
BottomLG14.767.827.4168NoLink
BottomUnique21.67124.2119NoLink
BottomAmana227030.9285NoLink

How Much Do Top Freezer Refrigerators Weigh?

Time for the old-classic fridges that have small freezer sections on top. Here’s the 10 Top Freezer refrigerator weights graphed against capacity in cubic feet.

Top Freezer Refrigerator Weights

Isn’t a clear relationship on a graph just lovely? Capacity to Weight ratio confirmed.

Considerably shorter, shallower, and narrower than the models above, these Top Freezer Fridges come in at an average of just 172lbs.

They’re more suited to a small apartment or even a garage/entertaining room than a full-sized home. In fact, with an average capacity of 17 cubic feet, they’re only around 70% of the average French Door fridge.

Raw Data:

TypeBrandCapacity (cu.ft)Height (in)Depth (in)Weight (lbs)Ice MakerLink
TopMagic Chef10.159.426117NoLink
TopGE21.966.432.3202NoLink
TopGE16.66530.5152NoLink
TopFrigidaire13.960.525138NoLink
TopFrigidaire18.366.426.6164NoLink
TopWhirlpool206630.6209NoLink
TopWhirlpool1867.431.6173NoLink
TopFrigidaire20.469.431.75220NoLink
TopFrigidaire13.960.531.25135NoLink
TopFrigidaire186630205NoLink

How Much Do Mini Fridges Weigh?

Last up, I had to also include the teenage / “man cave” favorite. The mini fridge. Here’s the 10 Mini Fridge weights refrigerator weights graphed against capacity in cubic feet.

Mini Refrigerator Weights

Just look at those capacities – aren’t they cute? (No, I don’t know what’s going on with that super lightweight, high capacity fridge)

As we’d expect, mini fridges are just a fraction of the weight of their bigger counterparts. A weight which is best predicted by looking at the fridge capacity. The models looked at (classed as ‘Mini Fridges’ by Home Depot) contained both counter height and skinny full height (up to 58″) options.

One interesting point is that the depths of these fridges are pretty all over the place, versus the much more standard 29″ or 33″ options for the larger models.

Raw Data:

TypeBrandCapacity (cu.ft)Height (in)Depth (in)Weight (lbs)Ice MakerLink
MiniMagic Chef4.54419.464NoLink
MiniGalanz7.6582322NoLink
MiniMagic Chef4.432.52359.5NoLink
MiniRCA7.555.322.495NoLink
MiniGalanz7.65824.599NoLink
MiniMagic Chef3.332.517.750NoLink
MiniMagic Chef3.133.520.356NoLink
MiniMagic Chef2.62519.342NoLink
MiniGE5.633.623.7577NoLink
MiniMagic Chef4.533.123.159.5NoLink

That’s it! I hope all of that data was useful to you. If you’d like to have the raw data to play with, you can download it here.

If you’d like more details or data, just shoot me a message via our contact page.

To round out this article, here’s my take on Frequently Asked Questions related to refrigerator weights.

Refrigerator Weight FAQ’s

Why Are Refrigerators So Heavy?

The huge weight of a refrigerator comes from a number of parts. First is the raw size of this major appliance. Full sized models are up to 70 inches (almost 6 feet) tall. Then you have the insulated walls. These are super thick and the heavy insulation within them (often a rigid polyurethane foam). Then the mechanical components (refrigerant, compressor, coils, etc) make up a good bulk of weight. And finally, there's any containers inside. Not to mention a fridge full of food!

What Can I Put On Top Of A Refrigerator?

What you can put on your fridge is limited by weight, but also by other factors. For weight - the limitation here will actually be your arms. A fridge is a sturdy appliance, and if you can lift an object above your head, then you can probably sit it on top of a sturdy refrigerator. However, make sure that any items aren't blocking airflow around the fridge. Warm air is exhausted out the back and needs a way to escape. Additionally, the objects on top of the fridge will likely get warmed, so don't place wine or fruit up there.

Can A Refrigerator Harm Your Floor?

In terms of weight and deflection, there's almost no issue with storing a fridge on a floor. We design buildings with strong factors of safety regarding weight (especially 'live' loads like appliances and people) - so there should be no problem. For peace of mind, place it next to a wall for the most efficient stress redistribution. On the other hand, a fridge CAN harm your wooden or vinyl floor by scratching it. If you need to move a fridge, try to lift it entirely or move it on top of towels.

And th-th-that’s all, folks!

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-Craig