How to Choose the Right Size Washing Machine

How to Choose the Right Size Washing Machine

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Washing machines are available in a range of sizes or load capacities today. While the typical washing machine has a capacity of 7.5kg, many people think that this is not enough, especially those with growing families. While others, won’t even do a load of washing that large.

Truth be told, according to the buying guide bible, most people wash only 3.5kg at a time, regardless of washing machine capacity. This is something to keep in mind if you think ‘bigger is better’ when it comes to washing machines.

So, what exactly is the right size washing machine for you? Well, this completely depends on your laundry requirements. Nevertheless, I will help you out by telling you which capacities are suitable for which needs. If you want information on how to choose the right washing machine, you can read this earlier article.

What a washing machine’s capacity means

The size or load capacity of a washing machine is indicated in kilograms. It is the maximum weight of laundry that the machine can clean efficiently and comfortably without wasting excess power, water or time. This weight is measured in terms of dry clothes and not wet clothes.

So, when you’re looking at a 5kg washing machine size, the 5kg does not indicate the weight of the machine itself. Rather, it indicates that the machine has a maximum laundry capacity of 5kg.

Consider your laundry requirements

A big part of choosing the right sized washing machine lies in considering your laundry requirements. Think of your household needs and how often clothes are washed during a week. Consider the size of your household as well.

In my experience, a washing machine of medium capacity (7kg-9kg) is perfectly suitable for a family of 4. Smaller households with one or two people will be fine with a small-capacity washing machine (5-7kg). However, households with more than 4 members or those who wash clothes more than once a week should consider large-sized washing machines (9-10kg).

Consider your laundry space

Your laundry space is also important when it comes to choosing the size of a washing machine. Remember that a washing machine with a larger capacity will be larger in dimensions as well. If you’re short on space, then a larger washing machine may not work for you. Measure your space to determine if you have enough room to fit a large capacity before making a purchase.

Washing Machines by Capacity

At Ross’s Discount Home Centre, we offer a full range of top loader and front loader washing machines in different capacities. Regardless of how heavy or light your laundry duties are and how large your household is, you can be sure of finding the right sized washing machine for your needs at Ross’s Discount Home Centre.

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If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your old washing machine due to a growing family, there are some things you must consider. First of all, you must understand that the size of a washing machine is determined by its capacity. Also, bigger is not always better with washing machines because most people only wash a 3.5kg load at one time. Consider the size of your household, your laundry requirements and the available space in your laundry to determine which sized washing machine is right for you.

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