Standard washing machine dimensions
Most washing machines have a standard height and width, but there are variations when it comes to depth. The depth of your washer is often an indication of the weight of the drum – more depth often means more capacity.
Another aspect of a washing machine that affects its size 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-loading and top-loading machine.
To find out the exact dimensions of your new washing machine, check the product page for the model or read the instruction manual for your washing machine.
Standard washing machine height
Pre-loading washing machines have a standard height of 85 cm, which is the same for every model.
Pre-loading washing machines have a standard height of 85 cm.
A top loading washer has a height of 90cm. For example, with shelves, keep in mind that the door opens upwards – leave plenty of room for this.
Standard Washer Width
Each top loading washer has a standard width of 60cm.
Though top loaders take up more room in height, they are much narrower in width. Top loading washers have a standard width of 40cm.
Standard washer depth
The average depth of both types of washers is 60cm. With almost all top loading washing machines the depth is 60cm, but with front loaders there can be quite a difference. It starts at a depth of 40cm and can go as deep as 70cm.
The depth of the washing machine usually tells you something about its fill weight, also called capacity – how many pounds of laundry will fit in the drum. A deep washing machine can wash more laundry at one time.
When installing a washing machine, you should also consider the front loading door. Make sure it has enough room so you can easily unload your laundry after washing.
What is the difference between a front-loading and a top-loading washer?
The front-loading washer is by far the most common washer. It has the door of the washing machine 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, it’s nice and easy to store. But remember that the door needs to have enough room to swing open. Most brands of washing machines only offer 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. If you don’t have much room for a washing machine, a top loading machine is ideal. These are often higher than front loaders (90cm), but are smaller in width (40cm) and depth (60cm).
Top loading washing machines have a door on the top, which makes unloading the laundry even easier. They have a maximum load of 7kg – giving you enough room in the drum for a small household, but if you have a larger family, you may find it too small.