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Average Amps and Watts for Home Appliances

Average Amps and Watts for Home Appliances

Electricity doesn’t always cost the same because utility companies have begun charging electricity rates based on the time of use.

Think of it as peak hour rates on ride hailing services, where the cost is higher when the demand is high. It is based on the simple demand and supply rule of economics.

But believe it or not, you can save up on your electricity bills by using appliances at specific times.

Home appliances, especially those that require a higher wattage, if used during those peak times can rack up your electricity bills.

Average Amps And Watts For Home Appliances

One of the appliances that take up the most wattage is an iron, whose average amp is around 13 and the watts required are 3000.

This is double the watts a microwave uses on an average. Also, a dishwasher uses around 10 amps while a vacuum cleaner pulls an average of 9 amps.

Here is a more detailed overview of the average amps and watts used up by home appliances:


Average Amps And Watts For Refrigerators

The refrigerator is a home appliance that is a must in every household. I personally prefer choosing a home appliance based on its power consumption and its compactness.

In refrigerators, the energy star rating has become an industry standard. So, in the past years no matter what the appliance I bought, I always considered its energy star rating to be sure that they meet the standards and I can reduce my footprint.

Refrigerator BrandCapacityVoltsAmps UsedWatts Used
Kenmore Top-Freezer Refrigerator21 cubic ft.115 volts1.5 amps172.5 watts
Kenmore 36″ Side-by-Side Refrigerator and Freezer25 cubic ft.120 volts2.5 amps300 watts
Winia WTE21GSSLD Top Mount Refrigerator21 cubic ft.115 volts2 amps230 watts
Daewoo RTE18GSBCD Top Mount Refrigerator18 cubic ft.115 volts1.5 amps172.5 watts
Black and Decker RCA RFR741 Apartment Size-Top Freezer-2 Door Fridge7.5 cubic ft.70 volts1.5 amps105 watts
Midea MRC04M3AWW, Mini Freezer3.5 cubic ft.65 volts1.5 amps97.5 watts
Whynter CUF-110B Energy Star Upright Freezer1.1 cubic ft.115 volts1.1 amps79 watts
Whynter Black CUF-301BK Energy Star Upright Freezer3.0 cubic ft.115 volts1.1 amps100 watts
FRIGIDAIRE EFR756-RED EFR756, 2 Door Retro Refrigerator7.5 cubic ft.110 volts1.5 amps200 watts
KoolMore 3 Door Stainless Steel Back Bar Cooler11.3 cubic ft.115 volts1.3 amps150 watts

The above table lists different refrigerator models with different cubic ft. capacities.

The average amps used by a refrigerator is 1.5 amps and the average wattage used by a refrigerator is 200 watts.

This also depends on the size of the refrigerator and whether or not the compressor of the fridge and freezer are separate.  

Also, when the fridge is cold, it will use more amps. It is called the inrush amperage and it is the reason why a refrigerator or any appliance for the matter is connected to a 15-20 amp outlet.

Average Amps And Watts For TVs

For TVs there are a plethora of brands available, but the most responsible brands have become a preference for me in the past years because of their ethical manufacturing standards as well as low electricity consumption.

TV Brand and ModelSizeVoltsAmps UsedWatts Used
SAMSUNG Class FRAME QLED LS03 Series32-inch110-120 volts0.5 amps42-55 watts
SAMSUNG Class FRAME QLED LS03 Series85-inch110-120 volts1.2 amps120-290 watts
SAMSUNG Class QN900B Samsung Neo QLED 8K Smart TV65-inch110-120 volts1.0 amps198-370 watts
SAMSUNG Class QN900B Samsung Neo QLED 8K Smart TV85-inch110-120 volts1.2 amps231-475 watts
SAMSUNG Class S95B OLED 4K Smart TV55-inch110-120 volts0.7 amps100-300 watts
SAMSUNG Class S95B OLED 4K Smart TV65-inch110-120 volts1.0 amps117-350 watts
LG NanoCell 90 Series 2021 86 inch 4K85.5-inch100-240 volts1.2 amps198.2 watts
LG B1 Class 4K Smart OLED TV65-inch120 volts1.0 amps120 watts
LG Class QNED85 UQA series MiniLED 4K UHD55-inch120 volts1.0 amps86.5 watts
LG Class UQ7570 PUJ series LED 4K UHD55-inch120 volts0.8 amps119 watts

The above table lists different TV models with different technologies (QLED, OLED, UHD) and the amps and watts used.

The average amps used by American TVs 1.0 amps and the average wattage used by TVs is between 120-300 watts.

The variation in the average wattage consumed by the TVs depends on the technology of the TV. For example, QLED TVs consume more power compared to UHD TVs.

Also, the wattage consumption varies based on the size of the TV screen. The larger the screen, the higher the wattage it requires.

The Samsung TVs list a wattage range depending on the features being used.

If the USB port or HDMI port of the TV is being used, the consumption of power will be on the higher end.

Also, the standby electricity consumption of any TV is lower than 0.5 watts.


Average Amps And Watts For Microwaves

Brand and ModelSizeVoltsAmps UsedWatts Used
TOSHIBA ML2-EM12EA(BS) Countertop Microwave Oven1.2 cubic ft.110 volts10 amps1100 – 1550 watts
Galanz GLCMKA07RDR-07 Microwave Oven0.7 cubic ft.120 volts6 amps700 watts
BLACK+DECKER EM720CB7 Digital Microwave Oven0.9 cubic ft.120 volts7.5 amps900 watts
BLACK+DECKER EM036AB14 Digital Microwave Oven1.4 cubic ft.120 volts8.3 amps1000 watts
Farberware Compact Countertop Microwave Oven0.7 cubic ft.110-115 volts6.36 amps700 watts
GE 3-in-1 Countertop Microwave Oven1.0 cubic ft.120 volts8.75 amps1050 watts
Commercial Chef CHM770B Countertop Microwave0.7 cubic ft.110 volts6.36 amps700 watts
Panasonic HomeChef 4-in-1 Microwave Oven1.2 cubic ft.120 volts8.3 amps1000 watts
Samsung MS14K6000AS/AA MS14K60001.4 cubic ft.120 volts8.3 amps1000 watts
COMFEE’ CM-M091AGN Retro Microwave0.9 cubic ft.115 volts7.8 amps900 watts

Microwaves are one of the heavier appliances in the household. Compared to the refrigerator which averages at 300 watts, the microwave averages at 700 watts.

The power consumption of the microwave depends on its size.

The higher the cubic ft. space of the microwave, the higher wattage it will consume.

However, when the cubic feet go higher than 1 cubic ft., the watts consumed remains constant at 1000 watts.

Average Amps And Watts For Dryers

Brand and ModelCapacityVoltsAmps UsedWatts Used
World Dryer L-970 SLIMdriN/A110-240 volts4.6 amps1100 watts
Kenmore Front Load Electric Dryer7.0 cubic ft.240 volts5 amps1200 watts
Equator Compact Short Dryer3.5 cubic ft.120 volts12.5 amps1500 watts
BLACK+DECKER BCED37 Portable Dryer3.5 cubic ft.120 volts11.67 amps1400 watts
Panda Portable Compact Electric Cloth Dryer3.5 cubic ft.110-120 volts10.83 amps1300 watts
Frigidaire FFRE4120SW Electric Dryer6.7 cubic ft.220 volts5.45 amps1200 watts
Panda 3200 rpm Portable Spin Dryer22 pounds110 volts9.09 amps1000 watts
Equator Compact Digital Dryer2.6 cubic ft.120 volts11.67 amps1400 watts
RCA RDR323 Electric Compact Portable Laundry Dryer13 pounds110 volts13.63 amps1500 watts
BLACK+DECKER BCED262.65 cubic ft.120 volts11.67 amps1400 watts

The average power consumed by dryers in America is 9.611 amps and 1300 watts.

Dryers are one of the appliances that consume high power, and the wattage does not vary greatly because of the capacity difference.


Average Amps And Watts For Dishwashers

Brands and ModelsVoltsAmps UsedWatts Used
COMFEE’ Countertop Dishwasher, Portable Dishwasher120 volts7.91 amps‎950 watts
Countertop Dishwasher, IAGREEA110 volts9.5 amps950 watts
AIRMSEN AE-TDQR03 Portable Countertop Dishwasher120 volts7.91 amps950 watts
Hermitlux Countertop Dishwasher220 volts4.3 amps950 watts
Countertop Dishwasher, GASLAND Chef DW102WN120 volts6.54785 watts
Portable Countertop Dishwashers, NOVETE120 volts7.91 amps950 watts
ecozy Portable Countertop Dishwasher120 volts7.91 amps950 watts
Karlxtom Portable Countertop Dishwasher120 volts7.91 amps950 watts
VENTRAY Countertop Portable Dishwasher Mini120 volts7.91 amps950 watts
Compact Countertop Dishwasher, GASLAND Chef DW106B120 volts7.25 amps870 watts

The table above shows a range of dishwashers and there is little variance in the power consumption.

Except for the dishwashers that need 220 volts power supply, the rest have almost similar ampere usage and wattage as well. It averages at 950 watts and 7.2 amps.

Difference Between Watts And Amps

The amps multiplied by the volts needed for operation yields the wattage power consumption.

Some appliances can run on a 120 volt outlet while the heavier appliances require a 220 volts power supply.  

Conclusion to Average Watts and Amps for Home Appliances   

The detailed comparison of the power consumption of different appliances shows that some appliances need more power to run, therefore, they have a higher impact on the electric bills.

Amongst the appliances discussed, dryers are the appliances that use the most power.

So, if you are on a budget cut, try reducing your dryer usage and wring out the clothes before letting them dry in the sun.

Even though it might take longer for the clothes to dry, it will reduce the electricity consumption at your place. 

Lindsay Reed

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