Can you put a microwave on top of the fridge? I have seen this in many homes and done it myself a number of times during my life but is it ok or safe to have your microwave oven seated on top of your refrigerator?
In short, it is technically ok to put your microwave oven on top of your refrigerator. There is no reason why you can’t do this.
That being said though, you will need to be mindful of a few things if you are going to do it and, in this article, we will walk you through some of the concerns that may arise due to it.
A microwave generally tends to be placed on the kitchen counter in most cases but not all of us have the luxury of kitchen space.
I usually have other kitchen appliances all competing for counter space so the only other reasonable alternative is to put the microwave on top of the refrigerator.
Is it ok to do this though? Are there any technical reasons why you should not place your microwave oven atop the fridge?
Can the fridge handle the weight of the microwave oven? Is it safe to use a Microwave oven that is on top of the fridge? I answer all that and more in this article.
How Much Weight Can You Put on Top of a Refrigerator?
This is the question that needs to be looked at in the first place. How much weight can you put on top of the refrigerator without causing it any strain? That all really depends on the build of the outer casing of the fridge.
I have encountered situations where people have put weights over 30kgs on top of a fridge without any issues. I don’t think that you can give a generalized weight which a refrigerator can sustain but I would estimate that anything between 15 to 20kgs should be a safe range.
The average weight for most microwave ovens is 17.7kg and I feel that as far as weight is concerned, there shouldn’t be any issues there.
However, I really would recommend that you use a microwave stand instead, it makes the kitchen much more organized and also protects your appliance, the one I personally use and recommend is Soges 3-Tier Kitchen Baker’s Rack Utility Microwave Oven Stand (check current price on Amazon)
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There are some safety concerns that you do need to take into account though. The first has to do with the height and weight of your fridge.
There is a danger of hot food and liquids spilling over you. This risk increases the higher up you have to reach. If you are tall enough or the fridge height is low enough to allow you to comfortably put things in and take things out then this shouldn’t be an issue.
Because of the positioning of the 2 appliances, it will most likely mean that they are plugged into the same socket. A microwave can pull anywhere from 500watts to 1800watts with most modern microwaves using around 1200watts.
Most fridges use around 725 watts and that figure can briefly go up to 1000watts during startup. Make sure that the power rating of the particular socket you are using can handle the combined load of the 2 appliances.
Can You Put Things on Top of a Mini Refrigerator?
Do the same rules apply for a mini-refrigerator though? Can you put a microwave oven on top of that? Well, the same basic rules do apply.
Are the outer build and materials used strong enough to support an additional weight? If so, there shouldn’t be a problem.
What you will need to be mindful of is that the vents at the back of the fridge are not blocked off in any way and that air is circulating freely around the rear of the refrigerator.
This means that you will need to leave a space of at least 6 inches from the wall and around the refrigerator.
Final Thoughts on a Microwave on top of a fridge
So, to conclude, it is generally safe to put your microwave on top of your fridge. Just be aware of the risk elements especially if you or smaller members of your family who use the microwave oven have challenges reaching it on top of the fridge. I hope this article has helped answer your questions. If you have any thoughts to contribute to this article, I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Agnes is a kitchen and cooking enthusiast as well as a fitness fanatic. She loves to help readers upgrade and furnish their kitchen with the best available products! She is the primary writer behind SmartKitchenImprovement.com and hopes to share little tidbits of knowledge she’s picked up over her years as a mom and wife.