There are many items around the house that you can use to reference the weight of 5 pounds.
If you are looking to compare the weight of something without having a scale nearby, you can refer to something else that is similar in weight.
5 pounds is equal to 2.267 kilograms or 80 ounces.
Here is a list of 13 things that all weigh around 5 pounds.
- Printer paper
- 2 Slice toaster
- Knife block
- Bag of carrots
- Electric Kettle
- 5 Footballs
- Small cat
- 20 cups of flour
- 2-liter soda bottle
- Wall clock
- 10-inch skillet
The 5-pound dumbbell is very popular and many people use them for exercise and weightlifting.
Although dumbbells can be used in a variety of different weights, the 5-pound weight is the most common and easiest to see what 5 pounds feel like.
Many of the new laptops these days are built to be much lighter than laptops from a few years ago.
If you have a laptop that is either a few years old or a gaming laptop, it most likely weighs around 5 pounds.
These days a 5-pound laptop is considered to be heavy.
An example of a light laptop is the Macbook Air which weighs less than 3 pounds.
3. Printer paper
If you have a pack of printer paper at home, it will weigh close to 5 pounds.
This is for a 500 pack of 8.5 x 11 printer paper which is very common for most printers.
4. 2 Slice toaster
Toasters can vary in size and weight, but a normal sized 2 slice toaster weighs about 5 pounds.
5. Knife block
Depending on the size of the knife block, how many knives it holds, and the material it is made of, the weight can vary.
A 20 slot knife block can weigh right around 5 pounds, and a 17 slot knife block or smaller, will weigh a pound or two lighter.
Of course this weight will increase as you add knives into the block.
6. Bag of carrots
Depending on where you buy carrots, you will have the option to purchase a 2 or 5 pound bag.
Most households will buy the smaller 2-pound bag, but if you are having friends or family over for a large dinner, you may need the larger 5-pound bag of carrots.
Click here to read an article that lists household items that weigh 20 pounds.
7. Electric kettle
A normal sized electrical kettle that holds 1.7 liters of water weight around 2 pounds when empty.
If you fill it with water to just under the fill line, it will weigh very close to 5 pounds total.
Water has a weight of 2.2 pounds per liter.
8. 5 Footballs
If you are a fan of NFL football, you know the approximate size of the footballs used in the game.
When filled with air, these footballs weigh close to 1 pound each.
So if you can picture 5 of them together, they would equal 5 pounds total.
9. Small cat
If you are an owner of a small cat or a young cat that is not fully grown, it should weigh around 5 pounds.
An example of a smaller cat is the Siamese which is a lightweight cat.
They may only weigh 5 pounds when young and reach an adult weight of 8-10 pounds which is a healthy weight for these types of cats.
10. 20 cups of flour
Flour is a common ingredient used when baking. Many recipes will call for 1 cup of all purpose flour.
1 cup of flour weighs 120 grams which is 0.264 pounds.
So if you weighed 20 cups of flour it would weigh 2400 grams which is just over 5 pounds total.
11. 2 Liter soda bottle
The 2L bottle of soda doesn’t quite weigh 5 pounds but knowing how common and readily available they are, I wanted to mention it in the list.
The actual weight of a 2L soda bottle is 4.4 pounds which is 0.6 pounds lighter than 5 pounds.
12. Wall clock
Many people will have a wall clock in their home. These clocks are built in a variety of sizes, designs, and materials that will suit any wall space and decor.
If you have a medium-sized wall clock that is 18 inches in diameter, it will weigh around 5 pounds.
13. 10-inch skillet
A cast iron skillet can be used for cooking stir fry’s, searing, frying, and sauteing many types of foods.
The skillet is generally heavier than a normal frying pan but they are interchangeable.
Larger skillets will weigh more than smaller ones.
On average, a 10 inch skillet will weigh around 5 pounds.
All of the items mentioned in the list weigh close to 5 pounds.
You can use them as a reference to compare other items that weigh 5 pounds if you don’t have a scale on hand.