How Much Does a Washing Machine Weigh?

By Nick Evans •  Last Updated: 02/03/24 •  8 min read

Are you thinking of purchasing a new washing machine, or moving to a new home? You might be wondering, how much does a washing machine weigh? And can I lift it myself?

We have all the answers right here! In this article, we’ll discuss:

How Heavy is an Average Washing Machine?

The average front-loading washer weighs around 180 pounds, while the average top-loader weighs 150 pounds.

This average is based on mid-sized capacity. Of course, washers with a smaller capacity will weigh less and washers with a higher capacity will weigh more.

A large capacity washing machine can weigh up to 230 pounds, so they definitely aren’t light to move!

This, of course, comes with benefits too—you don’t want your washing machine sliding around your laundry room floor, and its weight keeps it in place as the drum moves around inside during wash cycles.

Washing Machine TypeAverage Weight (lbs)Maximum Weight (lbs)Typical Capacity (lbs)
Front-loading18023012 – 20
Top-loading15020010 – 16

Note: The average and maximum weights may vary depending on the specific model and brand of the washing machine. Capacity is given in terms of the weight of laundry that the machine can handle per load.

How do you Move a Heavy Washing Machine?

In this section, we’ll discuss how to move your heavy washing machine in 7 simple steps.

First, you’ll need:

Step 1: Empty and Clean Your Washer

First, empty your washer entirely of clothes and water. If you’d like, you can also give it one last clean so that it shows up to your new place looking and smelling good as new!

Wipe the drum, agitator or soap tray, control panel, lid, and exterior of the machine down with a damp cloth, then run a clean cycle with homemade or store-bought washing machine cleaner.

Once the cycle is complete, your washer will be clean and fresh! Then you can move on to step two.

Step 2: Disconnect Your Washing Machine

Drag your washer out from the wall, then unplug it from the outlet.

Turn off the water valve so that the water connecting to your washer is shut off, then grab a bucket and place it behind your appliance.

Disconnect the water hoses from the back of your washing machine using your wrench or pliers and allow any excess water to drain into the bucket.

Step 3: Secure the Drum with Shipping Bolts

You don’t want your washer’s drum moving while your washer is in transport, because this extra movement wears on the appliance. 

To prevent this, use shipping bolts that came with your washer to secure the drum in place. You can purchase replacement bolts if needed!

Step 4:  Protect Your Appliance

To protect your washer further, wrap it in shipping blankets. Secure the blankets around your appliance using packing tape.

Step 5: Load Your Washer onto the Dolly

With the help of at least one other person, lift your washing machine onto a dolly. Secure it upright using a strap, cord, or rope.

Step 6: Place it in Your Vehicle

Carefully roll the washer out of your house, using a moving ramp if needed to get down short flights of stairs. 

Then, use the moving ramp to roll the dolly into your moving vehicle and take your washer off of the dolly.

Tie it into place so that it doesn’t slip or fall over as you drive.

Step 7: Unload Your Washer

Lastly, unload your washer back onto the dolly and bring it into your new laundry room. Again, use a ramp when needed to navigate the vehicle and any stairs.

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How do you Move a Washing Machine up Stairs?

If you’re going up a short flight of stairs, you can use a moving ramp to navigate the steps easily. However, bringing a washing machine up a long flight of stairs is more challenging—and requires quite a bit more upper-arm strength on your part.

To move a washing machine up stairs:

  1. Secure the washer to a dolly.
  2. Roll the dolly to the bottom of the stairs so that the handle and the wheels are against the bottom stair.
  3. Get help! Have one person lift the dolly up the stairs using the handle, while the other lifts the washer from the bottom. Move slowly up the steps, one at a time, and be sure to lift with your knees.

If you don’t have someone to help you or you cannot carry the washer upstairs together, don’t hurt yourselves trying!

Instead, hire professional movers to help you get the washer in or out of your house. They do this every day and know how to lift heavy objects without injuring themselves.

How do you Lift a Washing Machine?

How do you Move a Heavy Washing Machine

Don’t try to lift a washing machine on your own. Instead, get help and use a dolly.

Always lift with your knees, not your back, as this will help you to avoid injury.

If you aren’t muscular enough to move a washing machine even with help, hire professional movers to avoid injury.

FAQs:

Can you Tie Washing Machines Down?

You can (and should!) tie washing machines down while you move them. Secure your washer completely to a truck or moving van using straps, ropes, or cords.

Can Two People Lift a Washer?

Two people can lift a washer, but not just any two people can do so. Washing machines are heavy, and it takes a lot of strength to move them! Make sure you know how to lift heavy objects safely, lifting with your knees so that you don’t injure your back. If you struggle to lift your washer, hire professionals to move it for you.

Can I move a washing machine by myself?

It’s not recommended to move a washing machine by yourself due to its weight and size. Even with proper lifting techniques, moving a washing machine alone can be risky and may result in injury. It’s best to seek assistance from at least one other person or hire professional movers for safe handling.

Do I need to disconnect the water hoses before moving the washing machine?

Yes, it’s essential to disconnect the water hoses and turn off the water supply before moving the washing machine. This prevents water from leaking during the move and avoids potential water damage to the appliance and surrounding areas.

How do I secure the drum of the washing machine before moving it?

To secure the drum of the washing machine, use shipping bolts or braces that are specifically designed for your model. These bolts or braces help prevent the drum from shifting or banging around during transport, reducing the risk of damage to the appliance.

Can I transport a washing machine in a regular car?

Transporting a washing machine in a regular car may be challenging due to its size and weight. It’s usually more convenient to use a larger vehicle such as a van, truck, or SUV equipped with a ramp for loading and unloading. Ensure the washing machine is properly secured in the vehicle to prevent shifting during transit.

How do I lift a washing machine safely?

When lifting a washing machine, bend your knees and keep your back straight to avoid strain. Use proper lifting techniques and seek assistance from another person whenever possible. If the washing machine is too heavy to lift safely, consider hiring professional movers who have the equipment and expertise to handle heavy appliances.

Can I use regular moving blankets to protect the washing machine?

While regular moving blankets can provide some protection, it’s best to use thick, padded moving blankets specifically designed for appliances. These blankets offer better cushioning and protection against scratches, dents, and other damage during transit.

Should I level the washing machine after moving it to a new location?

Yes, it’s important to level the washing machine after moving it to ensure proper operation. Use a leveling tool to adjust the feet of the washing machine until it is stable and balanced on the floor. This helps prevent excessive vibration and ensures effective performance during laundry cycles.

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