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The dishwasher quickly became one of the most popular kitchen appliances after becoming a common feature in households in the 1970s. Dozens of manufacturers have scores of designs available; the prices and specs cover a broad range. Either purchasing new or replacing, as a homeowner, you'll be in the position to move a dishwasher at some point. So, you'll likely wonder how much a dishwasher weighs. We've researched various brands and models to get the answer for you.
The average residential dishwasher weighs 77 pounds, with weights ranging from 50 to 125 pounds. The average portable floor model dishwasher weighs 108 pounds, with weights ranging from 50 to 150 pounds. The portable countertop dishwasher's average weight is 47 pounds, weights ranging across models from 35 to 60 pounds.
Please keep reading, as we'll provide weights of popular portable rolling dishwashers and countertop models as well. In addition, we've determined if you can move a dishwasher by yourself, outlined the differences between a built-in dishwasher and a portable one, and gauged whether or not you can transport a dishwasher in your car.
Weights of dishwasher models by brand
In this post, we'll break down the weights of popular brands of residential dishwashers. We'll be covering both types of portable dishwashers as well, in case your home's kitchen doesn't have room for the built-in models.
Built-in residential dishwasher weights:
- Whirlpool Tall Tub - 55 pounds
- Kitchen Aid Tall Tub - 100 pounds
- Frigidaire Gallery - 78 pounds
- Electrolux IQ-Touch Tall Tub - 98 pounds
- Cafe Smart Tall Tub - 124 pounds
- Bosche 500 Series Tall Tub - 91 pounds
- Amana Tall Tub - 56 pounds
Portable residential dishwasher weights:
- Whirlpool Portable - 56 pounds
- SPT Portable - 114 pounds
- GE Portable - 147 pounds
- Danby Portable - 116 pounds
Portable countertop residential dishwasher weights:
- SPT Countertop - 43 pounds
- RCA Electronic Countertops - 59 pounds
- Danby Countertop - 46 pounds
- Farberware Countertop - 36 pounds
As you can see, there can be a big difference in the weights from one model to the next. All in all, dishwashers tend to be one of the lightest weight appliances in your kitchen, and it won't take an army of strong backs to move an old one out of your home or bring a new one in. (Later in this post, we'll discuss whether or not you can move a dishwasher by yourself.)
What is the difference between a portable and a built-in dishwasher?
A built-in dishwasher is meant to stay in a fixed location, almost always underneath a kitchen counter that's nearest to your sink. Built-in dishwashers have water lines attached to them and have a drain hose connected to the drain line that runs out of your kitchen and into the sewer line of your home or apartment. These tend to be heavier, more durable, and require professional installation, depending on your mechanical ability level.
Portable dishwashers are a little bigger, heavier, and are on wheels so that they can be easily moved and stored out of the way. To hook up a portable dishwasher, you roll it over to your sink and connect it to your faucet. A handy gadget called a unicouple acts as a mechanism to both fill and drain your portable dishwasher. Portable dishwashers work great in smaller kitchens that might not have the under-counter space to accommodate a built-in model.
Recently, some manufacturers have begun producing smaller countertop portable dishwashers. These have much less capacity than their traditional portable counterparts but might be a good fit for someone that lives alone.
How to move a dishwasher by yourself?
The average dishwasher only weighs 77 pounds and is a pretty easy household object to move on your own. An adult of average strength could easily lift this amount of weight and carry it a short distance, but this might not always be practical (or good for your back).
Using a two-wheeled dolly is the preferred method, with or without straps. Wheel it up to the longest side of the dishwasher, tip the end of the dishwasher forward, and gently slide the tongue of the dolly underneath the dishwasher. When the dishwasher side is flush against the dolly, place your other hand on top of the dishwasher and press down on it while you tip the dolly back. You'll then be able to move the dishwasher on this two-wheeler easily.
Should your dolly have straps, you can affix these firmly around the dishwasher prior to tilting the dolly back. This will make transporting the dishwasher much easier, as it won't be able to shift off of the dolly while you're moving it.
Can you transport a dishwasher in a car?
Transporting a new dishwasher is really easy if you're driving a pickup truck. But what if you're stuck using a car? Considering that the standard size home dishwasher is only 24" wide, 24" deep, and 35" high, it will be a medium-sized cube that needs to be loaded into your vehicle. Larger model cars should have no problem getting this into their trunk, and even the most compact style SUVs will have room in their rear compartments for this size package.
If you drive a smaller car, you might not have a large enough opening in your trunk to fit the dishwasher. That's ok because a cube this size will easily fit into your back seat. You might need to adjust your seats a bit, but it will fit.
There are many dishwasher options for you to choose from, and the weights of these household appliances will vary from model to model. No matter which residential model you choose, they are fairly lightweight appliances and can be easily moved by one person. And you thankfully don't need a truck to get one home.
Determining which model dishwasher is right for you will depend on your needs as well as how much space you have in your kitchen. Smaller house kitchens or apartments might not be ideal for the built-in models, but at least now you know that you have portable dishwashers as a viable option.
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