Best Heavy Duty Drawer Slides for Cabinets or Furniture

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Every now and then a wide or deep drawer (or shelf) comes along that requires a heftier drawer slide. And that’s when I go looking for the best heavy duty drawer slides.

To complicate choices these slides need to support loads from 100-500 pounds, lock, have full extension and support travel over 60″.

If you just want the best slide then start with the Hettich heavy duty drawer slide is available in 12″, 16″, 18″, 22″, 24″, 28″, 36″, 48″, and 60″ with a massive 500 pound capacity. Due to it’s weight capacity and length options there just aren’t many other options on the market.


List of Best Heavy Duty Drawer Slides

List of heavy duty drawer slides
ImageProductWeight / LengthsShop
Accuride 9301600 pound capacity. Lengths 10-60″Check Price and Reviews
Hettich Heavy Duty500 pound capacity. Lengths 12-60″.Check Price and Reviews
TCH Hardware Heavy Duty250 pound capacity. Lengths from 12-36″Check Price and Reviews
Blum Tandem with BLUMotion125 pound capacity. 21″ length.Check Price and Reviews
LONTAN 22 Inch Side/Rear Mount Soft Close100 pound capacity. Lengths from 18-22″.Check Price and Reviews

Side Mount Heavy Duty Drawer Slides

For a side mount slide there are options available in all lengths and weight ranges. Be sure to calculate your maximum weight and buy accordingly to save money.

With side mount heavy duty slide you’ll be sure to find a length and weight rating for your application. But with prices ranging from $50 to $250 per slide pair you’ll want to choose wisely to not overspend on capacity you won’t need.

Best Heavy Duty Drawer Slides For 75-100 Pounds

In this category you’ll find slides that carry a moderate load but also offer features like soft closing. Before choosing this lighter weight slide make sure to total up the drawer weight and maximum load. While the slide may work initially a heavy load could cause an unexpected failure.

Recommended (75-100#)

LONTAN 22 Inch Side/Rear Mount Soft Close Drawer Slides Full Extension 3 FOLD Drawer Glides. 100 LB Drawer Runners with Rear Mounting Brackets

Slides For 100-250 Pounds

Moving past the high end of standard slides and into true heavy duty slides you’ll find features like soft close disappear. As expected that is for good reason due to non-motorized mechanisms just don’t exist to “pull” a weight equivalent to most people.

So what to look for in this weight class? Consider:

    • Full extension or even over-travel drawers are a first choice.
    • Drawer construction and if you’ve left gaps for slides up to 3/4″ per side.
    • Manufacturer reputation and history in heavy duty slides.
Recommended (100-250#)

TCH Hardware 22” Heavy Duty 250 lb Drawer Slides - 2-1/4" x 3/4" Wide Steel Full Extension Over Travel. Available in 12", 14", 16", 18", 20", 22", 24", 28", 36".

Heavy Duty Drawer Slides for 250-500 Pounds

For drawer applications that likely exceed standard cabinetry and venture into industry or workshop applications you’ll find the XXL of heavy duty slides.

In the 500 pound category Hettich slides will move small mountains backwards and forwards over a range of 22-60″. And, similar to the 100-250 pound class, you’ll find the same need to look out for side clearance.

Make sure you plan ahead for anchoring or counterbalancing all this weight.

Recommended (500#)

Hettich Drawer Slide, Full Extension, 22 in., Heavy Duty, 500 lb. Capacity, Zinc by Hettich. Available in 12", 16", 18", 22", 24", 28", 36", 48", and 60"

Best under-mount heavy duty slides

Finding heavy duty under-mount drawer slides can be a bit trickier. Due to the design an under-mount won’t offer the same weight capacity as a side-mount slide.

But there are a few heavy duty options out there.

Under-mount slides up to 125 pounds capacity

While not widely known, Blums popular TANDEM with Blumotion offers an extended weight capacity slide that supports up to 125 pounds. And that makes it one of the heaviest duty slides with soft close.

And this is my favorite slide for cabinets and furniture with it’s easy installation and smooth acting soft close. So if your application is under 125 pounds this is a serious contender.

Just remember that Blums in this style require a few special drawer construction considerations. While easy enough to do, you can’t plan a standard 1/2 or 3/4″ gap per side. Be sure to check the instructions.

Recommended up to 125#

21'' Blum HeavyDuty Tandem BLUMotion Undermount Drawer Slides (Pair).

 

How much weight can a drawer slide hold?

A drawer slide can hold from 25 up to 500 pounds. Due to the variation in weight requirements drawer slides are made for a specific range of use. For example, most kitchen slides are rated up to a maximum of 75 to 100 pounds.

What is the difference between self closing and soft closing?

A soft closing drawer slide has a mechanism specifically designed to “catch” the drawer and quietly pull it close. On the other hand, a self closing drawer lacks this mechanism but instead leverages gravity to pull the drawer shut.

How do you fix ball bearing drawer slides?

Unfortunately the best option is to replace the slide. Due to the enclosed construction of most ball bearing slides they are not repair friendly. While not ideal, most ball bearing slides are $10-20 per pair of slides.

How do you remove drawers with ball bearing slides?

Removing a drawer from a cabinet with ball bearing slides is usually accomplished by finding a locking lever on each drawer slide. Often these locks operate “opposite” of each other – meaning on one side you’ll lift up and the other push down. To start fully extend the drawer and examine the slide for unlocking mechanisms.

If you don't require a 100-pound or more drawer slide be sure to check out the guide to best soft close drawer slides for medium-duty slides.

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