Washing machine measurements

If you want to place your new washing machine in a niche or closet, it is important that the appliance has the right dimensions. Even if you want to place your washing machine separately, the size and dimensions of the washing machine play a major role. You will undoubtedly have a spot lined up, so it’s important that the washing machine fits there – especially if you also want to put a dryer on top or next to it.

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Standard washing machine measurements

Washing machines usually have a standard height and width, but there are some differences when it comes to depth. How deep your washing machine is often indicates the fill weight of the drum – more depth often means more capacity.

Another aspect of a washing machine that affects its dimensions is whether it is top-loading or front-loading. Below you can read what the standard dimensions are for both types of washing machines, and further on you can read what exactly the differences are between a front- and top-loading washing machine.

To find out the exact dimensions of your new washing machine, it is best to look at the product page of the model or the user manual of your washing machine.

Standard washing machine height

Front loading washing machines have a standard height of 85 cm. This is the same for every model.

A top loading machine has a height of 90 cm. Keep in mind that the door opens upwards – with shelves, for example – leave enough room for this

Standard washing machine width

Each front-loading washing machine has a standard width of 60 cm.

Although top loading machines take up more space in terms of height, they are much narrower in width. Top loading washing machines have a standard width of 40cm.

Standard Washing Machine Depth

The average depth of both types of washing machines is 60cm. Almost all top loading machines have a depth of 60cm, but there can be quite a difference with front loading machines. It starts at a depth of 40 cm and can go up to 70 cm.

The depth of the washing machine usually says something about the fill weight, also called capacity – how many kilos of laundry will fit in the drum. A deep washing machine can wash more laundry at once.

When placing a washing machine, if it is a front-loading machine, you also need to take into account the opening door. Make sure it has enough room so you can easily unload your laundry after washing.

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Difference between a front-loading and a top-loading washing machine

The front loader is by far the most common washing machine. With this, the door of the washing machine is at the front. This is convenient because you can easily place a dryer on top, or put it in a cabinet or niche in your kitchen. That way, the appliance is nice and easy to store. With front-loading washing machines, do keep in mind that the door needs enough room to swing open. Most washing machine brands only offer washing machines with a door that opens to the left. If you want to buy a washing machine with a door that opens to the right, you have less choice. In that case, it’s best to look at Miele washing machines.

If you don’t have that much room for a washing machine, a top loader is ideal. These are often higher than front loaders (90cm), but are smaller in width (40cm) and depth (60cm). Top loading washing machines have the door at the top, which makes unloading the laundry even easier. The fill weight of these appliances is up to 7kg – this gives you enough room in the drum for the laundry of a small household, but if you have a larger family this machine is probably too small.