How to Measure a Washing Machine – Washing Machine Dimensions Guide

If you’re researching a new washing machine, whether your existing one is beyond repair, you’re moving into a new place, or you just want to upgrade to one with more advanced features, you'll need to know what washing machine size to purchase. Measuring your current laundry room is essential, so your new washing machine can maximize your space without being too big.

This guide will help you understand the tools you'll need and give you step-by-step instructions for measuring, so you'll know what size washing machine is appropriate for you.

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In this article, we’ll cover:

  • What You Need to Measure a Washing Machine
  • How Do You Measure for a Washing Machine - Step by Step Guide
  • Washing Machine Sizes Chart
  • FAQs About Washing Machine Measurement

What You Need to Measure a Washing Machine

While it might be tempting to go with standard washing machine dimensions, you really do want to measure your entire space where the washing machine will go before making a purchase.

Calculating the area's dimensions will give you an idea of the type of washing machine you can purchase – stackable, side-by-side, front-loading, or top-loading. In addition, it also will help you determine the largest possible size you can consider for your new washer.

To measure your space, all you will need is:

  • A piece of paper
  • Pencil
  • Calculator
  • Measuring tape

How Do You Measure for a New Washing Machine?

Measuring for a new washing machine is more in-depth than just measuring your existing washer. While that's helpful, it doesn't give the entire picture.

For example, you won't know if there's enough space to open the door on a new washer or if you have adequate space for a stacked set if you don't adequately calculate the dimensions.

The step-by-step instructions below will help you correctly measure the space for a new washing machine.

1. Determine your ideal set up

First, it's essential to choose what kind of washing machine you want to purchase. For example, do you want a top-loading or front-loading machine? If you prefer a front loader, do you want it side-by-side or stacked with the dryer?

The setup you decide on will help determine how big of a space you need.

2. Take basic measurements

To measure the existing space, first measure the height, width, and depth of the area where you’ll install the washing machine. When measuring height, ensure that you measure from the floor to the bottom of any cabinet or shelves above.

Then, be sure to measure the width and the depth of your space. When you’re looking at specific washer and dryer measurements, it's important to think about the area surrounding your appliances.

For proper ventilation, you'll need to allow for 1” of space between both sides of the washing machine and 6” behind it. To calculate the maximum dimensions of your new washing machine, factor these amounts in accordingly.

3. Measure the door opening space

If you want a top-loading washing machine, you'll need to allow for 20” of space above the machine. This will ensure that you have adequate room to open the top loader's door.

You’ll also need to add at least 20” to your front loading washing machine dimensions so the door has enough room to open. However, you'll ideally want to have at least 4’ in front of your appliance to load and unload clothing items comfortably.

4. Shop for a washing machine with washing machine dimensions that will fit your space

Once you've measured your space, you can shop for a washing machine that comfortably fits your laundry area.

We make it easy to filter your search by size, including height, width, and depth. For example, if you’re looking for a front load washing machine with a height between 38-40,” we have a massive inventory of brand-name machines in that style and size. In addition, Coast Appliances also has a large selection of top-loading washers with a depth of 26-28.”

Check out our blog on Types of Washing Machines

5. Don’t forget to measure the delivery path

While the laundry area is an essential space to measure, don't forget to consider the path from your driveway or street to the laundry room. To ensure successful delivery, measure the width of your sidewalk, front, and interior doors.

Make sure to account for the width of the machine plus a few inches to account for the appliance dolly that our delivery team uses during your convenient delivery. Measuring your delivery path before you purchase a new washing machine is critical to a successful installation.

Washing Machine Sizes Chart

These days, washing machines come in many styles, sizes, and colors. If you're searching for a specific type of washing machine, you can search the range of sizes and features within that category.

Browse our washing machine categories below and search for specific sizes using our filters:

Washing Machine Type Image Name & Model Height Depth Width Weight

Compact Front Load

33.1″ 84.07cm

21.3″ 54.10cm

23.6″ 59.94cm

71kg 156.53lbs

Front Load

39″ 99.06cm

30.25″ 76.83cm

27″ 68.58cm

95.1kg 209.66lbs

Top Load

43.9″ 111.51cm

29.3″ 74.42cm

27″ 68.58cm

59kg 130.07lbs

FAQs About Washing Machine Measurement

What is the standard size of a washing machine?

Full-size washers typically measure 27x39” (W X H) and are between 32-34” deep. This measurement does not include any additional space needed for venting or connections.

What size washer do I need for a family of 4?

A family of 4 is best suited for a 4 to 4.5 cubic feet washer for optimal efficiency. A 4 cubic foot washer can wash up to 16 pounds of clothing, bedding, towels, or rugs, while a 4.5 cubic foot machine can wash up to 20 pounds of laundry.

What size is a large capacity washer?

A large capacity washer is usually a minimum of 4.5 cubic feet. However, some of our largest models have a capacity of up to 6 cubic feet.

Are top or front loaders better?

There is no "better" washer, as the right appliance for you really just depends on your space, needs, and preferences. A top-loader can be better for those with mobility issues, but a front-loader might be perfect for those who want to stack their laundry appliances. Both have their benefits and drawbacks depending on your personal preferences.

What is the largest size residential washing machine?

The largest capacity residential washing machines are around 7.0 cubic feet or more. However, 4.5 cubic feet washers are already considered large capacity, so a 7.0 cubic feet washer would be highly oversized in most homes.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you understand how to take accurate measurements of washer and dryer appliances. Not only is the measurement of your laundry space important, but you also need to measure your doorways (interior and exterior) to ensure a smooth delivery.

Once you've measured your space and determined the maximum size for your washing machine, browse our full selection of washing machines and use our search filters to find the right size and type for you.

After you find the perfect fit, don't forget that we offer competitive pricing and exclusive promotions so you can walk away knowing you received the best price. In addition, if a new washing machine isn't a planned expense, let us help you with our fast and flexible financing options. Lastly, our team will deliver your new washing machine straight to your laundry room and remove your existing one for you. It couldn’t be simpler than when you shop at Coast.