Last updated on July 17th, 2022 at 10:48 am
When it comes time to purchase a new washer and dryer, knowing the dimensions of each is important. Washers and dryers come in varying sizes, with some being more compact than others.
This guide will help you learn about the average dimensions of a washer and dryer, so you can plan where to install them in your home.
Considerations For Purchasing a New Washer and Dryer
Eventually, washers and dryers stop working and need to be replaced. If you have had your washer and dryer for many years, you may not be aware of the newer options available on the market.
Today, there are more types of washers and dryers than ever before which leads to various needs for space. Before purchasing these appliances, you should first measure the dimensions of your room.
Thankfully, there are options for just about any space. Manufacturers now even make a washer and dryer combination for those who truly do not have enough room to devote to two large appliances.
Understanding the Dimensions of Washers
Having a working washing machine in your home is no longer considered a luxury but is more of a need. Before choosing a washing machine, you will need to consider your comfort level, the amount of space you have, and the capacity of the model.
Although many people like front-loaders, they cause you to have to do a lot of bending and stooping. If you have a confined space, you need to ensure there is ample room for opening the door.
The capacity of a front-loader is going to range between four to five cubic feet, depending on the model and manufacturer. Top-loaders have a diminished capacity because of the agitator.
You will also need to consider the size. A traditional washing machine is 27 to 28 inches wide and 30 to 35 inches deep. You will also need to plan for the height of the washing machine, especially if you have cabinetry or shelving in the room.
Standard front-loader washing machines are typically around 39 inches tall. Top-loader standard models average between 42 and 44 inches tall.
When planning to install a new washer and dryer, you will need to ensure you have at least one inch of space between the two machines.
You will also need to make sure you have at least six inches of space behind each machine to allow room for the hoses and cords and air circulation.
Understanding the Dimensions of Dryers
As most people know, all dryers are front-loaders. The size of a dryer is dependent on the large drum that circulates inside. This allows for even and efficient drying.
The average dimensions of a traditional dryer are 27 to 28 inches wide and 30 to 35 inches deep. The average dryer is between 42 and 44 inches high.
As with installing a washing machine, you are going to need to ensure you have at least six inches of space behind the dryer to allow for proper airflow.
Putting a dryer directly against a wall could lead to overheating and fires.
Spacesaver Washer and Dryers
If you are single or live in a small space, a compact washer and dryer are ideal. Not everyone needs large capacity models that can handle ten or more full-size bath towels.
Compact washers and dryers typically stack on top of one another, giving you the option of installing these appliances in a smaller space. These smaller washing machines typically have a 2.3 cubic foot capacity.
This means the average compact washing machine is going to hold around 6 bath towels with each load.
Compact washing machines and dryers are typically 24 inches wide and 24 to 29 inches deep. You will find a compact washing machine is usually between 33 to 34 inches tall.
Of course, you will need to double the height if you plan on stacking the dryer on top.
Remember to Measure Everything
One of the biggest mistakes people make when purchasing a new washer and dryer is forgetting to measure. You know to measure the space where these appliances will be installed, but there are other necessary measurements.
Do not forget to measure your front door, the stairwell, hallways, and any other doorways or spaces you will move the washer and dryer through as you install them.
Purchasing a new washer and dryer, only to find out it does not fit in your space, can be highly stressful.
Taking time to measure your home and the new washer and dryer will save you from any anxiety. With the right measurements, you can rest assured your new appliances will fit beautifully in your home.
Start Shopping Today
Now that you know some of the basic dimensions of washers and dryers, you should measure your home space so you can choose the perfect models.
With a new washer and dryer, your dirty clothes will be handled more efficiently.