One thousand grams, which is equal to 1 kilogram, is a relatively common unit of measurement around the world.
Technically, 1,000 grams is used to measure mass, not weight, but it’s often converted into weight in order to offer more practical measurements.
However, although it’s common in Europe and around the world, 1,000 grams, which is equal to a bit more than 2.2 pounds, isn’t often used in the United States.
It can be tough to estimate or imagine what 1,000 grams feels like until you compare the weight to some common household objects.
Here are 9 household items that weigh 1000 grams.
- 1 liter of water
- A canteloupe
- A bottle of wine
- A textbook
- A toaster
- A pair of shoes
- A bag of sugar
- 6 apples
- 1000 paper clips
One Liter of Water
One liter of water weighs very close to 1 kilogram, or 1,000 grams.
In fact, the kilogram was first devised in order to measure the weight of a cube of water that was 10 centimeters square.
Although most water jugs in the United States are sold by the gallon, some water or other drinks, such as sodas or sports drinks, are sold by the kilogram.
Cantaloupes, like any fruit or vegetable, can vary in both size and weight.
However, in general, these melons weigh between 2 and 3 pounds.
A small or medium-sized cantaloupe, therefore, will weigh right around 1 kilogram, or 1,000 grams.
Cantaloupes have a mild, sweet orange flesh. When it’s cubed or balled, a medium cantaloupe can yield about 4 cups of melon.
A Bottle of Wine
Wine bottles, and the density of their contents, can vary, but in general, a full wine bottle weighs about 2.65 pounds.
This is just over the 2.2 pounds that equals 1 kilogram or 1,000 grams.
If you have a wine bottle that is either full or has had about a glass poured from it, you can use it to estimate with relative accuracy what 1,000 grams looks and feels like.
Thick, hardcover books, such as a dense textbook or a dictionary, weigh about 2 pounds or just about 1,000 grams.
The weight of every book will, of course, vary a bit depending on the number of pages in the book.
The paper used for the pages of the book can also make a difference when it comes to weight.
Most two-slice toasters weigh almost exactly 2.5 pounds, or right around 1,000 grams.
The exact weight of each toaster will, of course, vary a bit depending on the model, how it’s made, and any additional special features.
Simple toasters without additional adornments weigh closer to 1,000 grams, while toasters with more options or decorations will weigh a bit more.
A four-slice toaster can weigh double that of a two-slice toaster.
A Pair of Shoes
Most shoe pairs weigh right around 2.5 pounds or just over 1,000 grams.
Men’s shoes tend to weigh a bit more, usually weighing between 2.5 and 3 pounds.
Women’s shoes, on the other hand, come very close to 1,000 grams, as they usually weigh between 2 and 2.5 pounds.
Simple sneakers, high heels, or flats will weigh the closest to 1,000 grams.
Fancier shoes with a lot of decorations or heavier shoes, such as boots, will weigh closer to 3 pounds, and some shoes, such as those with steel toes, might weigh even more.
A Bag of Sugar
In Europe and many other parts of the world where the metric system is more commonly used, food items, such as flour, sugar, and rice, are often sold by the kilogram.
This means that you could easily pick up a 1-kilogram bag of any of these items and get a feel for exactly how much 1,000 grams weigh.
In the United States, most staple foods such as flour and sugar are sold by the pound instead of the kilogram.
However, sugar, particularly confectioner’s sugar, is often sold in 2-pound bags.
This means that a bag of sugar, even in the United States, will often weigh only slightly less than 1 kilogram, making it only a bit lighter than 1,000 grams.
The exact size and weight of an apple depend on a number of factors, including where it was grown, what variety it is, and how ripe it is.
However, on average, apples generally weigh around 150 grams.
This means that six or seven average apples will add up to roughly 1,000 grams.
Smaller apple varieties can weigh a good deal less than 150 grams, with many apples only coming in at between 70 and 100 grams.
However, the most popular varieties, such as the golden delicious, tend to be both larger in size and juicier, which gives them more weight.
1000 Paper Clips
Paper clips are an excellent way to get a feel for weight because they’re very uniform.
A regular paper clip, without additional adornments, almost always weighs exactly 1 gram.
This means that 1,000 paper clips weigh almost exactly 1,000 grams.
Since there are usually 100 paper clips in each box, this is 10 boxes of paper clips.