Washing machines come in many types and styles but one thing that still requires a lot of consideration is exactly how big of a load you can fit in a washing machine. If you don’t wash clothes often, then it may not really matter what size washing machine capacity you have. To save space, you may just want an energy saving washer that will clean the occasional small load. What is difficult for many people is if they don’t have enough washing machine capacity. In this case, they may end up having to do laundry all the time, and use up more energy and water to provide enough clean clothes for a family.
First you should know that washing machine capacity isn’t always uniform. You really want to look for actual weight of clothes that would constitute a “load,” instead of going by names like Super Capacity or Extra Capacity. These names may not be descriptive enough to help you determine what you can fit in one load.
Washing machine capacity may be measured in pounds or kilograms. This means the average weight of a load. For instance, a washing machine with a 5kg or about 11 pound capacity is considered mid-sized. You can wash a load that weight about 11 pounds. If you’re unsure how much your laundry loads usually weigh, pack a load into a normal trash bag and weigh it on your bathroom scale. Make sure you pack one load that contains heavier items like denim. This will help you determine how many pairs of jeans would be too much weight for your washer.
If your normal load size is usually greater than 11 pounds, you’ll want to look for a washer with greater capacity. Consider looking for those that allow about 6-7 kg or about 13-15 pounds. You can even find larger ones if you have constant laundry to do, as for example if you have a big family and loads of diapers to do each day.
Sometimes it’s a little tricky to look at washing machine capacity instructions because they’re more like advertisements instead of instructions. Machines that say their capacity is enough to wash a king-sized comforter or 18 towels may not be all that helpful if you’re determining load size by weight. When in doubt, and when these vague descriptions of capacity are used, ask vendors to give you specifics on weight of load size. This may give you a better indication of how much a washing machine will hold.