Washing Machine Sizes
When buying a washing machine, you need to take into account the amount of space you have to install it. There’s nothing worse than having an appliance delivered only to find out it doesn’t fit! Measure up carefully before you order and you’ll enjoy cleaner clothes, with no hassle.
This part of our buyers guide is about the physical size of the machine. For information on drum capacities, click here.
A standard washing machine is generally 85 cm high x 59/60 cm wide x 50-60 cm deep. Machines of this size come in the full range of drum capacities, up to 12 kg. Some smaller models are available, but they have a smaller drum and are quite hard to come by.
We recommend measuring the area you plan to have the machine in very precisely, as even a millimetre can make a difference. Remember that the machine needs to be a little smaller than the hole it’s going in, especially in terms of width, to give you space to manoeuvre it into position.
If you have a gap in your kitchen where your old washing machine went, you can easily slot this style into the space. However, you’ll need to make sure there’s plenty of space on all sides – these models aren’t fixed as securely in place as built-in versions, so vibrations can transfer into the surrounding unit.
As this style is the most common, it gives you the largest choice of drum capacities, spin speeds and colours.
Overcoming Sizing Problems
As most kitchens are designed to include a washing machine, choosing a model that’s too wide isn’t usually a problem, although it’s important to measure up first. If there’s more than one gap near to the water supply and outlet pipe, you may even have a choice where to position the machine.
Very few models have a considerably smaller width other than top loaders or compact machines, both of which are not popular styles in the UK. If width is a big issue in your kitchen, the only option may be to install the washing machine in a utility room or alter the layout slightly to make it fit.
Height is the easiest dimension to change on the majority of models. Most brands offer a height reduction kit, where you remove the normal lid to replace it with a flatter version, helping to save a few millimetres. Adjustable feet can also help to shrink the machine, or you can search for models of a specific height online.
The depth is the most variable dimension for washing machines, ranging from 42 cm to 65 cm. It’s not a critical measurement: if the machine is a little too big, it will just stick out a little bit.
Bear in mind that a shallower machine may be easier to install when you’re connecting the pipes at the back.
Something to be careful of is if you have kitchen drawers, cupboard doors, main doors or anything else opening across the machine. Washing machine doors often bulge outwards and could get in the way. Control dials and knobs can also can caught or changed if you have to squeeze past them.
If you only have limited space and don’t mind a smaller drum capacity, a compact model may be better suited to your needs.
Compact machines generally measure 67-70 cm (H) x 50 cm (W) x 50 cm (D) and have a smaller but still functional 5-7 kg drum capacity. Slimline models are much narrower at around 34-48 cm width, so are perfect if you have a slender flat.
These smaller styles are not very common, so can be a bit more expensive.
These smaller sizes are not very common, so can be a bit more expensive.