What is the weight of a microwave and where does that cause problems?

When placing a microwave oven, weight can sometimes be a problem. This may be the case with some planned installation locations. How heavy microwaves are usually, and where this can cause problems under certain circumstances, you can read in this article.

Weight of microwaves

Commercially available devices for home use (no gastro-microwaves) usually weigh approx. 15 kg. Devices with a higher range of functions or a larger cooking space can also be significantly heavier, often over 20 kg and up to 30 kg. With such weights

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Depending on where you want to place the microwave, you have to take the weight into account. This can be, for example:

  • on another device (for example on a free-standing refrigerator
  • using a hanging bracket
  • with angles below a cabinet
  • in a shelf or closet

Microwave on the fridge

The upper edge of a freezer can be used as a storage space, but this plate is not always as stable as it looks. 25 kg can already be too much for individual refrigerators. The manufacturer of the refrigerator usually specifies the maximum weights allowed here in the operating instructions.

Hanging fixtures

A microwave can also be easily attached below the wall cupboards. However, there are a few points to pay attention to.

  • the attachment must be designed for the weight (many attachments are designed for maximum weights of only 30 kg, there is often hardly any leeway here with heavy microwaves)
  • the fastening material must be stable enough
  • the respective wall unit must be capable of bearing the additional weight (this is not always the case)
  • There must be no upward ventilation of the microwave, as this would be obstructed by the kitchen cupboard (overheating and fire hazard)

Many of these problems can be avoided with free wall mounting. As a rule, it can be installed in a stable and secure manner, and the majority of such fastenings have a load capacity of 50 - 70 kg, which is certainly sufficient. Thanks to the mounting point, the prescribed ventilation distances can also be adhered to without any problems.

Tips & Tricks The easiest thing is, of course, to install an additional shelf board stably on the wall, or just put the microwave on a small set shelf on the worktop (there are also screens). Then he stays available underneath, and the microwave is securely and stable fastened.