How big should your washing machine be? How much of a laundry load can a washing machine accommodate? Read on to answer these questions.
A washing machine is a helpful and complex home appliance that makes your laundry task a breeze. Aside from choosing between a top-load and a front-load washer, the best way to maximise your appliance's benefits is to get the right size for your needs since every household has different laundry requirements.
You do not want to overstuff your washer tub when doing your laundry since it will greatly affect the machine’s efficiency in tackling deep stains and odours. And, of course, no one wants to spend more electricity and effort loading and unloading a tub that is too small for their laundry requirements multiple times. To prevent both hassles, it’s good to find the right washer-dryer size up front when shopping for your washing machine.
What Does "Washing Machine Capacity" Mean?
A washing machine's capacity refers to the amount of laundry it can handle in a single cycle. This is specified in kg. Following the correct maximum capacity of a washing machine within a cycle means that you can maximise the load while ensuring that each fabric can be cleaned efficiently without unnecessary energy or water usage.
This washing machine capacity measures dry clothes, not wet clothes. In short, the specified washing machine capacity in kg indicates the weight of dry clothes a washing machine can handle. For example, if you use a compact washing machine with a capacity of 6.5 kg, it can accommodate 6.5 kg of dry clothes. This does not, however, imply that the machine can accommodate its entire maximum capacity in every program. The truth is that some washer-dryer programmes may not fully utilise their efficiency when the maximum load is reached, but other programmes on the same machine can.
Note: The larger the laundry capacity, the larger the washing machine will be. This means that the washer-dryer combo will take up more of your laundry room’s footprint. Consider this if you are short on space. A washing machine with a bigger capacity will also have a higher running cost and water consumption.
What is a Household Capacity?
Washing machine sizes work at their best when they fit the requirements of the household. For example, a compact washing machine works best for a family of two. A bigger washer and dryer combo may accommodate a larger family size.
Here are the different types of washing machines and their average laundry capacity.
Washer Types and Capacities
Washer and Dryer Size
Compact (5-7 kg)
Single user, a couple, or a family with 2-3 members
Standard (7-8 kg)
Family with 4 members
Large (9 kg and up)
Family with more than 4 members
Generally, front-load washing machines will have a bigger capacity than top-load washers. However, these sizes can apply to both types with the same sizes mentioned.
Washing Bulky Loads
While a compact washing machine can accommodate the average laundry equivalent of 20 T-shirts, it may struggle to clean bulkier items like bedding and mattress protectors. If a big part of your weekly laundry includes more bedding accessories, we recommend getting a washing machine with a bigger capacity or a washer that has a bulky cycle to tackle heavier items.
Although some washers and dryers can accommodate bigger loads, some laundry items are not applicable for a single wash. This is because laundry loads consist of various fabric types and wash requirements. It’s good to segregate your laundry items before putting them into the washer to prevent colour bleeding or fraying. Due to this segregation, your single wash load will become lighter. Thus, the maximum load capacity requirement will also decrease.
How to Determine the Right Washing Machine Capacity
Aside from the general capacity that we mentioned, there are several factors to consider when choosing the washing machine size for your household. Answer these questions to know the best washer-dryer size for your laundry needs.
How Often Do You Do Your Laundry?
If you only do laundry once a week, your load requirements will most likely be higher. To reduce your need to do your laundry frequently, opting for a bigger washing machine capacity is a good choice, as it can get you through your pile of clothes faster.
What is Your Laundry Load Type?
In a hot place like Singapore, you will not need some big, bulky clothes to keep you warm. This means that you can squeeze more items into your washer tub. However, aside from your clothes, it’s also good to consider your bedding accessories, towels, and curtains when deciding on your washer size.
How Big Is Your Space?
The bigger the capacity of the washing machine, the bigger the space it will take. If you have a compact space, aside from your laundry load, it’s also important to measure your available area to ensure the flow of your space when doing your laundry.
How Much Electricity Will Your Washer Consume?
A bigger washing machine will use more water and energy than a compact washer. If you have a bigger load, it’s worth consuming more water and energy within a single cycle. However, if you’re only going to fill half the tub, you might save more with a smaller washing machine.
Ultimately, the size of the washing machine pertains to its capacity. Does this mean that a bigger washing machine is better? The answer is no. Like an air conditioner and other appliances, you will only get the most out of your washer if you get the right size for your needs. Consider the factors that we listed above to help you gauge your ideal washer size.
Megafurniture presents a wide variety of washers and dryers online. We have an extensive collection of front-load and top-load washing machines from your most trusted appliance brands in Singapore.