Washing machine capacity guide

Can you fit another shirt in, or are you risking a laundry let-down? We'll show you how much your washing machine can manage.

While it’s tempting to cram the never-ending pile of laundry into your washing machine all at once, it's not a good idea to overfill the drum.

The clothes need room to tumble about to be properly cleaned, and a load that's too heavy can unbalance the machine and cause damage.  

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Small (5-7kg)

Hotpoint WMFUG742G

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Perfect for young couples and singletons, this Hotpoint machine combines a smaller drum with energy-saving features.

Whether you’re washing a few delicates or a stack of clothes, its 7kg drum has enough room without being too big.

You can cut down on energy and water usage too by adjusting water levels and drum action to the size of your load.


Medium (8kg)

Samsung ecobubble WF80F5E2W4X

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If you’re at the helm of a growing family this Samsung machine is a great option. From its large 8kg drum to superb cleaning power, it’s a welcome addition to the family.  

In a rush to wash the school uniforms? The 15-minute quick wash has it all sewn-up. Dealing with muddy PE kits? You’ll love the deep cleaning power of Samsung’s ecobubble technology.

It froths the detergent with air and water before the cycle starts for deep cleaning power – even on a cool wash.

For added peace of mind, it comes with a 5-year warranty.


Large (9-10kg)

Zanussi ZWF01483W


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If your family is busy, big and getting bigger you’ll benefit from the huge 10kg drum on this Zanussi.

Set your massive laundry loads to start overnight when power is cheaper, using the 20-hour delay-start. Get a head-start on drying your washing with the excellent spin cycle (they won’t need as long in the tumble dryer).

Like doing small loads too? Adjust water levels and program length to suit. Programming in a wash is a breeze with the touchscreen display.

Want to find out more? View our washing machine buying guide

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