How Much Does A Dryer Weigh?

How Much Does A Dryer Weigh?

If you’re purchasing a new dryer, it makes sense to want to know how much a dryer weighs. After all, if you’re moving it yourself, it’s a good idea to prepare, or you might decide to hire professionals.

A typical dryer can weigh between 100 and 200 pounds, depending on the type of dryer, capacity and size, and special features. However, the average weight for most dryers is 124 pounds. It’s best to enlist the help of someone to move your dryer, as well as using a handcart or dolly.

Understandably, if you get a basic, small dryer, you’ll likely be dealing with a dryer closer to 100 pounds. On the other hand, if you opt for an extra-large capacity unit, you could reach 200 pounds, maybe more.

Popular Dryers And Their Weights

While 124 pounds is the average dryer weight, it can vary between different models. The most significant factor that determines a dryer’s weight is the capacity.

Typically, a dryer’s capacity should be twice the capacity of its matching washing machine. Here’s a closer look at some of the most popular dryer models, their capacities, and their weights.

1. LG Electronics Smart Electric Dryer

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LG’s Wi-fi enabled smart dryer features sensor dry technology and smart features that make laundry a breeze. It has a 7.3 cubic feet capacity and weighs 143 pounds. It is 46.75 inches tall, 21.5 inches wide, and 31 inches deep.

2. Whirlpool Gas Dryer

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This front-loading gas dryer from Whirlpool features wrinkle-shield and sensor dry technology and 13 cycles. It has a capacity of 7.0 cubic feet, making it slightly lighter at 120 pounds. It is 43 inches tall, 32 inches wide, and 32 inches deep.

3. Samsung Electric Dryer With Steam Sanitize+

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This Samsung electric dryer features sensor dry technology and 11 cycles, including steam sanitizing capabilities. It has an impressive 7.5 cubic feet of drying space, able to take on the bulkiest of items. This large capacity bumps this appliance’s weight up to 130 pounds, measuring 40 inches tall, 33 inches deep, and 30 inches wide.

4. GE Smart Electric Vented Dryer

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With 7.8 cubic feet of drying space, this GE stackable electric dryer weighs 132 pounds and boasts several special features. It has smart capabilities, power steam technology, a stainless steel drum, and can link wirelessly to your washer. It measures 39.75 inches tall, 28 inches wide, and 32 inches deep.

5. Kenmore 72332 Front Load Gas Dryer

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This Kenmore gas dryer has 7.0 cubic feet of space that can handle almost anything you need to dry. It comes in at just under 100 pounds, weighing 97.8 pounds. It measures 29 inches wide, 28 inches deep, and 43 inches tall.

How Much Do Extra-Large Capacity Dryers Weigh?


If you have a large family or just lots of laundry, it could be worth considering an extra-large capacity dryer. These types of dryers are super-sized to accommodate extra-large loads. They are typically over 8 cubic feet, with many over 9 cubic feet in capacity.

This is quite larger than the average dryer’s 7.3 to 7.5 cu. ft. capacity. It’s a good rule of thumb not to let your wet laundry take up more than ⅔ of your dryer. This allows the items enough space to move and dry adequately without having to run multiple cycles.

Therefore, when a dryer states it has 7.3 cu. ft. of space, you won’t have the whole space for your wet stuff. You actually get slightly less room for your items. So, if you have a larger family, opt for an 8.0 cu. ft. capacity or higher.

Of course, this typically makes many of these dryers heavier, too. However, depending on the brand, additional features, and construction, they could be lighter than you would expect. Here are a few examples:

Maytag #MED8230HC8.8 Cu. Ft.117.4 lbs32.75” D x 42.75” H x 29” W
Electrolux EFME627UTT8.0 Cu. Ft.140 lbs31.5” D x 38” H x 27” W
Maytag #MEDB955FC9.2 Cu. Ft.160 lbs33.5” D x 43.4375” H x 29” W
Kenmore Elite 819839.0 Cu. Ft201 lbs33.875” D x 40.8” H x 29” W

How Much Do Compact Dryers Weigh?


Of course, you also have the opposite end of the spectrum from extra-large capacity dryers–compact dryers. Do you live in a limited space, a small apartment, an RV, or just need to wash a few items? If so, then a compact dryer might be all you need.

You can also use one as a secondary dryer when you only need to dry a couple of items. For example, a 2.6 cu. ft. dryer can fit about 9 pounds of clothing/materials. A 4.5 cu. Ft. dryer could hold about 20 pounds.

Here are a few examples of small compact dryers, their capacities, and their weights.

Panda Portable Dryer1.5 Cu. Ft.37.5 lbs19.5” W x 16” D x 24” H  
Costway Portable Dryer3.22 Cu. Ft.60.6 lbs23.5” W x 20” D x 27.5” H
Euhomy Compact Dryer2.6 Cu. Ft.49 lbs23.5” W x 17” D x 26.6” H

Tips For Moving A Dryer


Unless you’re opting for a compact dryer, you’ll need to enlist some help when it’s time to move your appliance. You can hire a professional to do the job for you, or ask a friend for help and use the following tips:

  • Don’t attempt to move a regular dryer solo. Even if you are using a dolly, the dryer can shift and result in damage and injury. Always have a second person involved in the moving process.
  • Get your moving supplies ahead of time. Helpful items are a dolly or handcart, moving straps, gloves, furniture pads, and moving tape. 
  • Tape down any cords, so they don’t pose a tripping hazard during the move.
  • Ensure you have the space for the dryer cleaned out and clear, so you don’t have to deal with obstacles.
  • Plan out the route you will take to get your dryer into position.
  • Make sure everyone involved in the move is on the same page regarding the plan.
  • Wrap the dryer in furniture pads, so you don’t have to worry about scratching the machine or nearby objects.
  • If you are moving a dryer that you have been using, be safe. Remember to shut off the power, unplug the appliance, and turn off the gas if it’s a gas dryer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a washing machine weigh?

Washing machines can weigh anywhere from 99 to 300 pounds, with an average of about 170 pounds. The machine’s overall size and capacity play a large role in how much it weighs.

Top-load washing machines usually average around 150 pounds and are lighter than front-loaders. Front-load washers can be closer to 200 to 250 pounds.

This difference is because top-load machines typically use more water during a wash cycle. Therefore, they don’t need to be as heavy for stability purposes.

When you stack a washer and dryer, does the washer or dryer go on top?

In a stackable washer and dryer unit, the dryer always goes on top. The dryer is lighter, plus you don’t end up with the added weight of water.

Make sure if you stack your machines, they are designed to be stackable. You will need to get a proper stacking kit that goes with your appliances to stack them properly.

How much does a combination washer and dryer weigh?

If you opt for a space-saving combination washer and dryer, or an all-in-one unit, you can expect a heavy appliance. These units can weigh between 150 and 220 pounds, usually about 20% than a single washer or dryer with similar features.

How much space do I need for a dryer?

When measuring the available space for your dryer, remember to leave the appropriate clearance. Your dryer needs at least one inch of space on each side for proper circulation. Therefore, whatever your available width is, get a dryer with a width of at least two inches less.

You also need about 6 inches of space behind the dryer for hookups and the dryer vent, so it doesn’t get squished. In front of the dryer, allow roughly 42 inches of clearance to open the door and load and unload the dryer comfortably.