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 – so make sure to measure up carefully before you order.
This part of our buyers guide is about the physical size of the washing 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 are available in a full range of drum capacities, up to 12 kg and sometimes 13 kg. Some smaller models are available, but they have a smaller drum capacity and are harder to find.
We recommend measuring the area you plan to have the machine very precisely, as even a millimetre can make a difference. Remember that the machine needs to be a little smaller than the space it’s going in, especially the width, so you have space to manoeuvre it into position.
If you have a gap in your kitchen where your old washing machine was, you can easily slot a freestanding standard sized model into the space. You’ll need to make sure there’s plenty of space on all sides, as these models aren’t fixed as securely in place as built-in versions, so vibrations can transfer into the surrounding units.
As the standard size is the most common, it gives you the largest choice of drum capacities, spin speeds and colours.
A standard washing machine is generally 85 cm high x 59-60 cm wide x 50-60 cm deep.
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, but it’s important to measure up first. If there are several gaps near to the water supply and outlet pipe, you may have a choice to where you can 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 an issue in your kitchen, you might have to consider installing the washing machine in a utility room or altering the layout slightly.
Height is the easiest dimension to change on the majority of models. Most brands offer a height reduction kit. This allows you to remove the lid and replace it with a flatter version, helping to save a few millimetres. Adjustable feet can also help to lower 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. But it’s not the most important measurement – if the machine is a little too big, it will just stick out slightly.
Bear in mind that a shallower machine may be easier to install when you’re connecting the pipes at the back.
Something else to consider 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 get caught too. Some machines do have reversible doors, which allows you to choose which way the door opens out.
If you 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, and are perfect if you have a smaller flat or home.
These smaller styles are not as common, so they can be a bit more expensive.
These smaller sizes are not as common, so they can be a bit more expensive.