Washing Machine Drum Sizes Explained
Posted by      12/20/2017 02:01:01
Washing Machine Drum Sizes Explained

Reliable appliance repair in Ormskirk can always be found with S&D Ireland. If your appliance cannot be economically repaired it needs replacing, though. If you are in the market for a new washing machine, you may be confused by all the jargon. Let us help you!

Washing Machine Drum Sizes Explained

The drum capacity is the amount of dry clothing you can wash in one go. This is usually less than you could cram into the drum. Machines range in size so don’t buy a drum size you will struggle to fill.


Think about your washing needs. How many people are in your household? How many time a week do you wash? What kinds of loads? A 7 or 8 kg drum will comfortably serve most medium-sized households.

If your household does numerous washes a week, especially with large or soiled loads, a bigger drum capacity may be better.  On the other hand, a small household may only need a smaller capacity.


Larger capacity machines have many advantages, but there are also negatives. A larger capacity machine can hold more, so you can clean the same amount of laundry with fewer washes. Fewer, larger washes are more economical. Larger capacity machines often have washing programmes for bulky items such as duvets, towels and curtains.

Larger machines are the most expensive to buy, though and if you run them half full, they can be more expensive as they use more water and electricity.


If your drum is overfilled, items clump together and rotate in a solid mass, so detergent isn’t used out evenly or rinsed properly. Clumping makes clothes get tangled and creased. You should only fill the drum about three-quarters of the way to the top. The drum’s maximum capacity only refers to the cotton programme, so other cycles may take far smaller loads. Silks, and woollens need smaller load sizes.

Under-loading your machine probably will not harm your clothes, but is wasteful of water and energy.

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