What size Washing Machine do I need?
Because there are so many different factors you need to take into account when buying a washing machine, there is no “one size fits all” answer when it comes to selecting the right size drum.
It all comes down to your specific requirements from the machine. For example, you may live in a small household that requires a lot of washing, or you may live in a large household that requires infrequent washing.
This article is going to clear up all the common misconceptions when it comes to drum sizes and help you make a well-informed decision when choosing the right sized washing machine for you.
What does the washing machine drum size mean?
A washing machines drum size refers to the total amount of dry laundry you can fit inside the drum, per load. However, this doesn’t mean you should be weighing out each load before use, because for the most part – the weight limit on most washers is typically not much less than you can physically place inside the drum.
And so, an 8kg washing machine will fit around 8kg of dry laundry inside the drum. Washing machine drum sizes range from about 5kg, all the way up to 12kg.
It is important to point out at this stage of the article that you should always avoid overloading you washing machine (more on that here).
Are washing machines with large drums better than washing machines with small drums?
One of the most common washing machines misconceptions is that the bigger that drum size, the better the machine.
People naturally assume that because they cost more to buy and are a bigger machine, it’s worth spending the extra money on a large washing machine.
However, the truth is that you are far better off buying a washing machine that is more suited to your specific needs.
The problem with buying a washing machine that’s too large
If you purchase a washing machine that is too large for your washing requirements, you will find yourself underloading your machine.
When you underload your washing machine, you use the same amount of water and electricity as a full load. Which makes it cost more money to run and makes it an unnecessary strain on the environment.
As with most things, there are a few exceptions to this rule, as some washing machines come fitted with sensors that weigh your load and adjust the water levels and wash times accordingly – but this is not standard on most washing machines and is pretty much unique to the top of the range washers.
The problem with buying a washing machine that’s too small
If you buy a washing machine that is too small for your needs, you may end up overloading your machine.
When a washing machine is overloaded, your laundry does not have space to freely move, which causes two big performance problems.
- It prevents the detergent being evenly distributed and rinsed out
- It stops the machine performing a thorough wash
And even if you are careful not to overload your washing machine, buying a washing machine that is too small will result in you needing to perform multiple wash loads per week, which isn’t good for the machine as over use will cause wear and tear.
That’s not to mention the environmental issues or the effects it’ll have on your time schedule!
How much laundry can you fit in each washing machine?
The amount of laundry you can fit in a washing machine will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of laundry you are washing and the unique build of the machine itself.
The main factor is however always going to be the size of the drum. And although the capabilities will vary depending on the machine, Euronics have set a good set of guidelines to help, and they are as follows:
- 5kg washing machine – can fit around 25 T-Shirts and is suited for people living alone.
- 6kg washing machine – can fit around 30 T-Shirts or a single duvet and is suited for couples.
- 7kg washing machine – can fit around 35 T-Shirts or a double duvet and is suited for a small sized family.
- 8kg washing machine – can fit around 40 T-Shirts or a queen sized duvet and is suited for a medium sized family.
- 9kg washing machine – can fit around 45 T-Shirts or a medium king sized duvet and is suited for a large sized family.
- 10kg washing machine – can fit around 50 T-Shirts or a heavy king sized duvet and is suited for a large sized family.
- 11kg washing machine – can fit around 55 T-Shirts or a heavy king sized duvet and is suited for a very large sized family.
- 12kg washing machine – can fit around 60 T-Shirts or a heavy king sized duvet and is suited for a very large sized family.
Washing Machine Size FAQs
What washing machine size do I need?
This will very much depend on your specific requirements, take a look at the Washing Machine Drum Sizes Chart for a rough guide.
Are all washing machines the same width?
Although there are a few exceptions, most UK washing machines are around 600mm wide. You can check the width of all our washing machines by clicking on the “Additional information” tab.
Can you wash a double duvet in a 7kg washing machine?
Yes, most 7kg washing machines will be able to wash a double duvet.
Can you wash a double duvet in a 8kg washing machine?
Yes you can wash a double duvet in a 8kg washing machine, you could even wash a queen sized duvet in a 8kg washing machine.
Can you wash a king size duvet in a 8kg washing machine?
No, the largest duvet that will fit into a 8kg washing machine is a queen sized duvet.
Can you fit a king size duvet in a 9kg washing machine?
A medium king sized duvet will fit into a 9kg washing machine without any problems.
Is the washing machine capacity measured in wet or dry clothes?
The capacity of a washing machine is measured in dry clothes. A 9kg washing machine, should fit around 9kg of dry laundry inside.
How much clothing makes up 1kg of laundry?
Usually, 5 T-shirts will weigh around 1kg.
How many towels fit in a 7kg washing machine?
You should be able to fit around 10 towels into a 7kg washing machine.
How many towels fit in a 8kg washing machine?
You should be able to fit around 11 towels into a 8kg washing machine.
What size washing machine for 4 people?
The answer will vary based on the amount of washing each person requires, however it is commonly accepted that a 7 to 9kg washing machine will meet the needs of 4 people. Check out the Washing Machine Drum Sizes Chart above for a more accurate answer.
What is the meaning of kg in washing machines?
The kg of a washing machine refers to the amount of dry laundry you can place inside the machine (in kilograms).