CAPACITY AND DRUM SIZE
People often aren’t sure on how much they should fill their washer dryer. But, if you understand how the capacity is measured, it’s simpler than you might think.
HOW WASHER DRYER CAPACITIES ARE MEASURED
The capacity of a washer dryer is usually given as a weight in kilogrammes, representing the amount of dry clothing you can fit into the drum.
You should never cram in clothing that completely fills the machine. For a wash cycle, it should be around 75% full, but less for drying – clothes dry better and crease less when they have room to move around.
This means that washer dryers have two different capacities listed – one for washing and one for drying.
A larger drum can work out cheaper for electricity and water usage, as you’ll do fewer washes. However, if you buy a machine with too high a capacity, you could end up wasting money and energy by underfilling it.
Washing capacities generally start at 5 kg and can go up to 12 kg in the biggest models.
To give you an idea of how much laundry that is, 5 kg can wash 25 t-shirts at once, and 10 kg can do 50 t-shirts. For a medium-sized household, a 6-8 kg drum size is usually suitable and can also handle more substantial items, such as single and double duvets.
A larger drum can work out cheaper for electricity and water usage, as you’ll do fewer washes.
Drying capacities are often smaller than washing capacities, ranging from 4 kg in a standard sized machine up to 8 kg.
Because of the difference between the two capacities, if you’ve washed a full load,
you’ll have to remove some of the laundry before you can start drying it.
Two machines with the same washing capacity can have quite different drying capacities, so it’s always worth checking the specifications. You may also find that models with sensor drying options have a slightly smaller drying capacity.
For a medium-sized household, a 6-8 kg drum size is usually suitable.