Washing machines come in different sizes and capacities, and choosing the right one for your family can save you lots of time and money. But if you choose a machine that’s too small, you’ll have to wash multiple loads of laundry every day. If your washer’s too big, the half-empty drum will waste water and energy. So which washing machine load capacity should you choose? Here’s a simple guide to finding out what size of washing machine you should consider.
How much washing do I do?
When choosing a washing machine capacity, you should think about the amount and the kind of items that you wash every day, and the space in the drum that these items will need to move around and get properly clean. It’s important to consult the manufacturers’ instructions for loading your machine – most suggest you only load the drum three quarters of the way up to keep the machine in top working order and get the very best cleaning results. The capacity of a washing machine drum is measured in kilograms, but this does always directly relate to the weight of the clothes you put in it. Some items are light but voluminous (like summer quilts); others are heavy but small (washable tennis shoes). So how do you know how much washing you can do compared to the capacity of your drum?
Washing capacity guide
Surf excel adapted research from the UK consumer testing group which.co.uk to put together this handy guide to help you work out which capacity washing machine is right for you. Just check out the quantity and type of items each drum can take and compare that with your family’s daily washing needs.
5 kg washing machine
General guide for capacity: 25 t-shirts As normally used: (clothes) 2 pairs of adult jeans; 2 shirts and (household items) 1 bed sheet; 2 pillowcases; 2 dish towels; and 2 small towels.
7kg washing machine
General guide for capacity: 35 t-shirts As normally used: (clothes) 2 pairs of adult jeans; 1 pair of children’s jeans; 3 shirts and (household items)2 bed sheets; 2 pillowcases; 3 dish towels; and 3 small towels. Alternative use: a single or double quilt
8kg washing machine
General guide for capacity: 40 t-shirts As normally used: (clothes) 3 pairs of adult jeans; 3 shirts; and (household) 2 bed sheets; 3 pillowcases; 4 dish cloths; and 4 small towels. Alternatively: A queen-size quilt
10kg washing machine
General guide for capacity: 50 t-shirts As normally used: (clothes) 3 pairs of adult jeans; 4 shirts; and (household) 3 bed sheets; 6 pillowcases; 4 dish cloths; and 3 small towels. Alternative use: A pair of curtains; a king-size quilt
Tips from Our Matic Moms about Choosing the Right Size of Washing Machine
Our Matic Moms have some great tips on how to choose a washing machine with the right capacity!
- “Nowadays, don’t worry about the cost of the washing machine as most of the leading companies offer easy installment schemes etc. Do choose one which is eco friendly, for example one that consumes less power. If you go in for a large capacity machine, do your washing once or twice a week, thus saving power. Wait for the machine to be full, not advisable to wash for every few clothes.”
- “Never think for very big machine – always go for good branded machine with quality.”
- “Buy a machine as per your requirement. If you are a small family, then a small capacity machine would be the best choice for you.”
Do you prefer to use a small or large capacity machine? Which do you have? Let us know in the comments box below.