Washing machine capacity?

But that’s good to know, 4.5 it is. I was just scared of buying that and not having enough room.

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Are you already planning on renovating the kitchen? I’m not sure I’d pay $10k just to squeeze in a bigger washing machine. I might get stackable machines or something, or even one of those European things that is a washer/dryer in one. If you’re already re-stacking the kitchen, then I’d absolutely give up ~6" of cabinet and counter space to make room for bigger laundry machines.

Also, if this is an apartment, be sure to let your neighbors know before construction begins. /AOF

ETA: we have a 4.5 foot washing machine for a family of three and it’s plenty, for the most part we aren’t filling it anywhere near max capacity.

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Maybe I can go with 3.5. There seems to be a bimodal distribution from 2.2 to 4.5 but not much in between.

Speed Queen has a top loader at 3.2 cubic feet that’s 25 5/8" wide: https://www.abt.com/Speed-Queen-3.2-Cu.-Ft.-White-Top-Loading-Washer-TR3003WN/p/145876.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sc_organic&utm_campaign=surfaces%20across%20google

Or a front loader at 3.5 feet that’s 26 7/8" wide: https://www.nfm.com/speed-queen-front-load-washer-with-front-control-electronic-in-white/55043996.html?region_id=655292

You can get a ton of washing machines at ~4.5 cubic feet that are 27" to 27.5" wide, so that second one doesn’t really buy much space at all. If your experience here is like mine when it comes to arranging a room, this could be a game of inches.

I’m pretty sure my washer is 4.5cf while the dryer is 7 or something.

You may want to look at European brands. I read they are very water conservative. Much more so than US brands (or Asian). And front loaders usually use less water and electricity than top loaders.

Also, newer washers tend to be really really good at spinning the heck out of clean clothes so that they are barely wet, so the dryer doesn’t have to work as hard. At least that was my impression with the last washer I bought new.

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I heard that they’re really really good at spinning the heck out of dirty clothes, too.

No, they only do the spinning thing at the end of the wash cycle once the clothes have been cleaned. There’s no way to make it spin wet clothes before they’re washed.

I am wondering why the sudden interest by CS in a washer for a family of four…

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Maybe he bought Echo some doggie outfits.

Just put the washer and dryer on the back porch. No need to worry about space there…

I have an older machine that has a dedicated spin setting. Do newer machines not have this any more?

If space is an issue, consider stackable units. There are large capacity units available. Large capacity, even if not used for all loads, is very handy for large items like bedcovers.

you calling him fat?

Should we tell CS that it’s not to be used on Echo?

So . . . the wash cycle won’t work if you add no detergent?

Or that there’s some sort of “clean detector” before the spin begins?


Not exactly right, but this is pretty much what I have: https://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/LGWADRGV300.html

Looks like a 5 cubic foot capacity. It is enough to wash big quilts.

CS != @JFG . HFBB :dog:

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