Microwaves are essential kitchen appliances found in millions of homes worldwide. But have you ever wondered – how much does a microwave actually weigh?
As a home expert and avid researcher, I decided to find out.
In this complete guide, I analyzed the weight of different microwaves across all types – countertop, over-the-range, built-in and drawer models.
My microwave weight research aimed to answer:
- What’s the average microwave weight?
- How does weight differ between microwave types and sizes?
- What’s the lightest microwave? And the heaviest?
If you’ve ever struggled to lift or install your microwave, or simply wondered how much one weighs – this guide is for you.
Let’s dive in and uncover everything about microwave weights!
Average Microwave Weight
Let’s start with the key statistic – the average microwave weight across all models analyzed is 55 lbs.
This number gives a rough estimate for a typical microwave. However, weight varies significantly based on:
- Microwave type – countertop, over-range, built-in, drawer
- Size and capacity – larger microwaves weigh more
- Features and functionality – premium features add weight
Next, we’ll break down the weight by microwave type in detail.
|23 – 45 lbs
|54 – 71 lbs
|33 – 100 lbs
|71 – 86 lbs
As you can see, the lightest microwaves are countertops, while the heaviest are built-in and drawer models.
Now let’s explore what causes these microwave weight differences.
Countertop Microwave Weights
Countertop models are the most popular type of microwave due to their affordability, portability and flexibility.
In my analysis of 20 countertop microwaves, here’s how their weight stacks up:
Countertop microwaves ranged from 23 – 45 lbs, with the average at 32 lbs.
Unlike other types, countertop microwave weight closely aligns with capacity and size. As you’d expect, larger countertop models weigh more than compact ones.
Here are some examples of popular countertop microwave weights:
- 0.7 cubic ft, 700W – 21 to 25 lbs
- 1.1 cubic ft, 1000W – 25 to 35 lbs
- 1.6 cubic ft, 1200W – 35 to 45 lbs
Lighter countertop microwaves under 25 lbs offer easy portability. But also tend to have lower power and capacity.
Heavier countertop microwaves approaching 40+ lbs provide more internal capacity and features. But are bulkier if you need to move them.
When choosing your countertop microwave, decide between capacity and mobility. Then choose a weight in your comfort zone!
Over-the-Range Microwave Weights
Over-the-range (OTR) microwaves are installed above your range or cooktop. They save counter space but require mounting.
I analyzed 14 popular OTR microwave models to compare their weights:
Surprisingly, OTR microwave weights remain consistent around 60 lbs on average, regardless of capacity. They ranged from 54 – 71 lbs in total.
The weight consistency is likely because most over-the-range mounts have a weight load capacity of 75 lbs or less. So microwave manufacturers keep OTR models around 60 lbs for safe mounting.
However, always check your individual range or hood’s weight rating before installing an OTR microwave. Especially for heavier models approaching 70+ lbs.
When choosing an over-the-range microwave, focus on finding the right fit and features vs worrying about minor weight differences. Just ensure it’s under your range’s weight limit.
Built-In Microwave Weights
Built-in microwaves install flush into kitchen cabinets or walls, providing an integrated look.
I examined 15 built-in microwave weights, with some interesting findings:
Built-in microwaves ranged drastically in weight from 33 – 100 lbs! That’s a difference of 67 lbs from lightest to heaviest.
The average built-in weight is a hefty 76 lbs. However, weight does not strictly align with size and capacity like countertop models.
Here are some of the factors that influence built-in microwave weight:
- Installation method – requires added mounting structure.
- Size and power – larger capacity and wattage adds weight.
- Features and finishes – premium features like convection add bulk.
- Build quality – more heavy-duty materials increase weight.
Since built-ins install into sturdy cabinets, weight is less of a restriction. Focus instead on the right microwave features for your needs.
Just be sure to consider the lifting and installation of heavier built-in models over 75+ lbs. You may need an extra set of hands!
Drawer Microwave Weights
Drawer microwaves are the unique, premium option that opens upward like an oven drawer. Their weights are on the higher end.
In my analysis of 5 drawer microwave models:
- Drawer microwaves ranged from 71 – 86 lbs.
- The average weight is 79 lbs.
Despite being compact in countertop footprint, drawer microwaves weigh more due to:
- Advanced features like convection cooking
- Heavy duty build to withstand constant opening and closing
- Telescopic drawer mechanism adds substantial weight
So expect most drawer microwaves to fall into the high 70 to mid 80 lbs range. The smooth drawer function does make them easier to handle than lifting a similar weighted countertop model.
Since drawer microwaves install below your counter, make sure your cabinetry can support the weight. But the minor weight differences shouldn’t impact your buying decision.
Microwave Weight Compared to Other Appliances
To put microwave weights into perspective, let’s compare them to other common kitchen appliances:
|French Door Refrigerator
Microwaves are on the lighter end of appliances, aside from the heaviest built-in and drawer models.
However, since microwaves are manually lifted more often, their weight is definitely noticed!
Choosing a Microwave Based on Weight
When shopping for a new microwave, weight should be one factor along with size, features, and budget. Here are some tips:
- For easy mobility, stick under 25 lbs for a countertop.
- Ensure over-the-range models are under your range’s weight limit, usually 75 lbs max.
- Account for lifting and installation with bulky built-ins over 75 lbs.
- Prioritize the right features and capacity over minor weight differences.
- Handle drawer models to ensure the slide function works for you.
With the right considerations, you can find a microwave with all the functionality you need, without breaking your back!
Microwave Weight FAQs
Now that we’ve covered typical microwave weights, here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
How much did the first microwave weigh?
The first microwave was a mammoth appliance weighing 750 lbs! It was as big as a fridge and had to be water cooled.
When were microwaves invented?
Microwave ovens were invented in 1945 from microwave radar technology. The first commercial countertop model was released in 1967.
How can I safely dispose of an old microwave?
Since microwaves contain electronics, they should be recycled rather than thrown in the trash. Many retailers and waste management centers accept old microwaves for safe recycling.
Can I weigh a microwave at home?
Yes, you can weigh a microwave at home using a bath scale or other household scale. This can help you confirm the weight before mounting or moving a heavier model.
What’s the lightest microwave sold?
The lightest microwaves are compact countertop models around 20 lbs, like the Toshiba ML-EM20P(SS) at 21 lbs or the COMFEE’ EM720CPL-PM at 20 lbs.
What’s the heaviest microwave sold?
The heaviest microwaves are large built-in models approaching 100 lbs. An example is the KitchenAid KEMS309BSS at 100 lbs. Over-range and drawer models can also weigh up to 90 lbs.
And there you have it – everything you need to know about microwave weights! Here are the key takeaways:
- Microwaves average 55 lbs, ranging from 20 – 100 lbs depending on type and size.
- Countertops are the lightest around 30 lbs, while built-ins and drawers are heaviest.
- Weight should be considered for lifting and installation, but doesn’t affect functionality.
- Focus first on the right microwave features and capacity for your needs.
- Handle models before buying to ensure you’re comfortable with the weight.
I hope this guide gives you confidence when shopping for your ideal microwave. Armed with the right info, you can find a model that provides perfect functionality without breaking your back!
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