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What Size Washing Machine Do I Need?

August 29, 2016 | HomeClearance Automation | Posted in Appliances Blog

What size washing machine do I need?


Washing machines are available in a huge range of shapes and sizes. From compact 5kg front loaders through to 14kg top loaders, there’s certainly no shortage of options to choose from. Whether you live by yourself, with a couple of housemates or with your own tribe of kids, it can be hard to figure out exactly which size washing machine is the best for you. We’ve put together a handy guide to help take the stress out of finding which washing machine size is best for you.

Learn what machine capacity actually means

Washing machine capacity is measured in kilograms and is based on the weight of dry clothing. As a guide, 1kg is equal to a whole outfit, including a top, bottoms and underwear, or a towel and 3 hand towels. Households come in all shapes and sizes, so it makes sense that different sized households would need washing machines with capacities best suited to their needs.

The table below offers a basic guide to washing machine capacity and the number of people each is best suited to:


Capacity Number of People
5kg to 6kg 1 to 2
7kg 2 to 3
8kg 3 to 4
9kg 4 to 5
10kg + 5 and up


Weigh an average load of laundry

Before you head to the showroom to find the perfect washing machine, take some time to figure out how much an average load of washing weighs in your household. You don’t need any fancy devices to do so, just a set of bathroom scales and a washing basket. Simply step on to the scales with an empty washing basket and note the weight. Fill the washing basket with an average load of washing, step back on the scales and note the second weight. Take the first figure away from the second and you’ll have a rough idea of how much an average load weighs.

Consider how often you wash your clothes

Along with the amount of clothes you wash, it’s also important to consider how often you wash your clothes. If you do a load of washing a few times a week, it makes more sense to choose a smaller capacity machine than someone who only does one big load of laundry every so often.

Plan ahead

The lifespan of a washing machine can be upwards of 10 years, so it’s important to think ahead before making your purchase. If you’re looking to have more children or have others live with you down the track, it’s a good idea to consider the capacity you’ll need in the future before you make your purchase. Washing machines are costly investments, so be sure to think about allowing a little leeway in capacity before deciding on a product.

Find a size that is just right

If your machine is too small, you’ll need to wash more loads of clothing, meaning more wear and tear for the machine and a shorter appliance lifespan. On the other hand, a washing machine that is too big for your needs can leave you with higher water and electricity bills. Taking a few minutes to think about your household’s washing habits and the amount of washing that you actually do can help you to save money in the long run and find an appliance that is perfect for you.

Need some more help to find the perfect washing machine size for you? Phone 1300 002 500 and speak with our friendly team of appliance experts.


Feature Image Credit: Aqua Mechanical.