Washing machine capacity guide

Is it a good idea to sneak that extra shirt or PE kit into the wash? Don’t risk a laundry let-down, see what size washing machine you need with our guide.


Warning: washing overload

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.  

We've produced a handy graphic to help you understand how much your machine can handle.Capacity -infographic _small

Which drum size do you need?

Washing machine drum sizes are measured in the weight of dry clothes for a cycle.  

A 7-8 kg drum is the most common as it can handle medium-sized family loads. But what you need depends on what you’re washing and how often you’re washing it.

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


Small (5-7kg) 

Why not try… Hotpoint WMFUG742G

Perfect for young couples and singletons, this Hotpoint machine has a smaller drum and plenty of energy-saving features.Hotpoint WMFUG742

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

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


Medium (8kg)

Why not try… Samsung ecobubble WW80J5555FW

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.  Samsung ecobubble

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, use the Smart Check app to diagnose any problems and find quick fixes.


Large (9-10kg)

Why not try… Samsung ecobubble WW90J5456FX

If your family is big, busy and growing, you’ll really benefit from the 9kg drum on this Samsung.

Samsung ecobubble

As well as the clever ecobubble technology for stain-busting power, the StayClean drawer washes away any leftover detergent – saving you having to clean the drawer out, and making sure your clothes get a proper clean.

Big and powerful doesn’t mean huge energy bills though. Samsung’s motor uses strong magnets to give more oomph without the hefty price tag.

See our full range of washing machines and tumble dryers