Washing Machine Capacity (Based on family size)

Some washing machines are larger than others, but what size do you need?  Have you wondered as “what is the cubic feet of my whirlpool washer?” It all depend on the washing machine capacity.

Often we see a washing machine described as a 5kg machine or a 10kg washer. This does not indicate the weight of the machine. It is the capacity.

This article will explain what washing machine capacity means and whether a large or small machine is suitable for you.

What is washing machine capacity?

Though the range of common washing capacities for old machine is 3.2 to 3.5 cubic feet, it has grown over the period and nowadays, capacity below the 3.0 cubic feet is considered as small while anything above the 3.8 cubic feet is termed as large.

The description you see under a washing machine’s name as 5 kg washer or 7.5 kg machine is not the weight referred to the machine itself. It describes the laundry load that the machine can do comfortably without taking too much time and without using extra power.

Now you may wonder whether the capacity in kilograms is measured in dry or wet clothes? Remember, it is always estimated according to the weight of dry clothes. When you see a washer described as a 10 kg machine, you know that it can comfortably clean the 10 kg load of the dry laundry.

Washing Capacity:

Washing Machine Capacity

The exact amount you can fit into the machine will vary depending on the style and fabric of your clothes.

However, as a general rule, a standard 1 kg machine means it can wash five t-shirts in a single load comfortably. Let’s take a closer look at what capacity is ideal for you.

6 kg washing machine

This washing machine can wash 30 t-shirts at single load comfortable but for normal use:

Clothes

Household items

Lightweight tops x6 Small towels x5
Trouser/Jeans x2 Bedsheets/tablecloths x2
Pairs of socks/underwear x10
Pairs of pillowcases or one jumper

7kg washing machine

This washing machine can wash 35 t-shirts at single load comfortable but for normal use:

Clothes

Household items

Lightweight tops x10 Small towels x5
Trouser/Jeans x4 Bedsheets/tablecloths x2
Pairs of socks/underwear x20 Duvet cover
Pairs of pillowcases or one jumper

9 kg washing machine

This washing machine can wash 45 t-shirts at single load comfortable but for normal use:

Clothes

Household items

Lightweight tops x12 Small towels x6
Trouser/Jeans x5 Bedsheets/tablecloths x2
Pairs of socks/underwear x22 Duvet cover
Pairs of pillowcases or one jumper

 10kg+ washing machine

This washing machine can wash 50+ t-shirts at single load comfortable but for normal use:

Clothes

Household items

Lightweight tops x15 Small towels x8
Trouser/Jeans x5 Bedsheets/tablecloths x3
Pairs of socks/underwear x30 Duvet cover x2
Pairs of pillowcases or two jumper

Other key factors:

Before deciding the right size for you/your family consider a few facts such as –

  • Number of family members
  • Availability of space
  • How frequently do you wash
  • Type of clothing you wash

Note on big things:

If you wish to wash bulky items like blankets or curtains, then you are going to need lots of room inside your washer to properly do that. A small washing machine, especially the top loaders, will not provide you with enough space to conduct this type of cleaning. It could damage or tear them while washing in a top loader washer.

On the other hand, the front loader machines can handle cleanings pretty smoothly. You will need at least a 10kg capacity of washer if you wish to clean blankets or curtains in it.

Load Type:

There are two types of washing machines available – Top load machine and front load machine. Both have their different capacities and specification. Let’s see what matches your requirements? – a top loader one or a front loader one?

Top Loading Washing Machine –

The top-loading washing machines usually come with a central agitator. You have to put your laundry from the top to the tub. The wash program to choose from is limited. However, it is user-friendly and easy to use. It is not recommended to wash bulky items in top-loading washers.

Front Loading Washing Machine –

The front-loading washers have impellers instead of agitators. Both of them do the same job of rotation. They offer better wash quality and have many wash programs to choose from. The tub in this machines is placed horizontally. Also, it requires little water to soak and is ideal for washing curtains or blankets.

Available Space:

A standard washing machine is generally 85 cm high x 59-60 cm wide x 50-60 cm deep. Make sure you have the correct measurement of your room and have enough space to accommodate the washer that you will be buying.

We hope the topics we discussed above will help you choose the right capacity washing machine for you and your family. Make sure to set your priorities and then go through the washer’s description thoroughly to know more about it.