What’s the Average Height of a Washing Machine?

If you are looking for an average height for Washing Machines, you are in the right place.

With this guide, you will be able to figure out how tall or wide your washing machine should be to fulfill your laundry needs based on the current dimension of your house.

Does the Washing Machine Height Matter?

There is a washing machine for almost every type of House, RV, Commercial Laundry room & dorm to be very honest.

So, if you get a massive 66 lbs capacity washer for a family of 6 staying in a small apartment, it won’t make any sense as the cost-benefit ratio simply does not favor this decision.

Also, you may not be able to accommodate a large-sized washer in a small apartment.

So, be cautious when you shop for a washing machine and don’t fall into a marketing trap.

The size and the height of the washer that suits you the best is what you should buy.

In general, the average height of a washing machine is anywhere between 35 to 39 inches for a front loader and 35 to 45 inches for a top load washing machine. As for the width, an average width for both front loaders as well as top loaders can be around 25 to 30 inches wide.

If you have already brought a washing machine and want to know the exact dimensions, simply look into the instruction manual.

The size of the washer will vary depending on the washer type and its capacity. For e.g. Front-load washers will be smaller in height and much wider when compared to a top loader.

With that said, a tall washer does not mean more space.

A front-load washer with the same height as the Top Load washer may be able to accommodate more laundry.

Similarly, a tall top load washer that has a similar width to the front-load washer will be able to accommodate larger laundry loads.

So, how tall or wide a washer you need clearly depends on the below factors:

  • The Laundry load
  • Available space
  • Available height

Average Washing Machine Heights and Width for some popular models

In general, the average height of a medium-sized washing machine that facilitates a family of 4 to 6 members can be around 39 inches tall.

A 39-inch tall washer can easily accommodate more than 4.0 cu.ft of laundry loads at one go which should be sufficient for a family of 4 to 6 members.

With that said, when you buy the washing machine based on the height and width always keep a gap of 3 feet at the top if you are getting a top load washer and keep a distance of 3 to 4 feet if you are getting a front load washer.

This will give you an extra space to work with your laundry.

So, if you are miscalculating the space and getting the wrong size of the washer, you may be in trouble.

Keeping a gap of three feet above the washer for top loaders and a 3 to 4 feet gap from the front door of the front load washer should be a good fit.

Here are some popular models of washing machines along with the height and width.

31.5 inches tall without a stand and 18.5 inches wide  – COMFEE’ Portable Washing Machine (Top Load Washer), has a laundry load capacity of 0.9 cu.ft ideal for Dorm, RV, and Apartments.

20.7 inches tall without a stand and 20.3 inches wide – BLACK+DECKER BPWM16W (Top Load Washer), has a laundry load capacity of 1.6 cu.ft

43 inches tall without a stand and 27.5 inches wide – Kenmore ‎25132 (Top Load Washer), has a laundry load capacity of 4.3 cu.ft capacity.

37 inches tall including the built-in wheels – COMFEE’ Washing Machine 2.0 (Top Load Washer), has a laundry load of 2.0 Cu.ft capacity.

39 inches tall without a stand and 27 inches wide – LG WM3600HVA Ultra Large Capacity Smart wi-fi Enabled Front Load Washer, has a laundry load capacity of 4.5 Cu.ft

46.9 inches tall without a stand and 27 inches wide – Samsung WV60A9900AV Front Load Washer, has a laundry load capacity of 6.0 Cu.ft

33.25 inches tall without a stand and 23.4375 inches wide – GE GFW148SSMWW Front Load Washing Machine, has a laundry load capacity of 2.4 cu.ft 

45.75 inches tall without stand and 27 inches wide  – Whirlpool CHW9150GW Front Load Washing Machine, has a laundry load capacity of 3.1 cu.ft

How to read washing machine height, width, and dimensions?

The best way to get the accurate height, width, and other dimensions are to look at the product manual.

If you are unable to locate it in the manual, you can always use the measuring tape.

Simply take a measuring tape and measure the washer horizontally as well as vertically.

In almost all countries, the height, width, and other dimensions are recorded in inches, so if you are measuring it in centimeters, just convert it into inches to get the accurate height.

Having said that, your calculation can go horribly wrong if you plan to use a washing machine stand.

A washing machine stand can add extra height to your washer.

So, if you have installed the washing machine without considering the stand factor you may end up in an uncomfortable situation.

Space measuring technique for a better placement

For any selected washer, you can get the exact dimensions by referring to its user manual which is easily available online OR you can ask the seller for the product manual.

Once you have the dimensions handy, also calculate the space that will be occupied by the washing machine stand if you intend to use one.

Then combine the dimensions of the washer as well as the stand and then measure the dedicated laundry area.

Here are a few useful tips that you can follow to fit your washer appropriately.

  • While measuring, make sure you leave at least 6 inches of space behind the washer for hoses and ventilation fittings.
  • If you are dedicating a compartment or a closet for your top load washer, make sure there is a gap of at least 2 to 3 inches from all 4 sides, this helps to move your washer in and out for servicing purposes.
  • Always, keep a space of at least 2 feet above the washer to easily open its door for loading and unloading the fabrics. Reserve 1 foot extra space if you intend to use a washing machine stand.

Similarly, for a front loader, you may keep a gap of 2 to 3 inches above the washer.

And from behind make sure you leave some space so that hoses and cables can easily accommodate themselves.

Follow the below best practices if you are installing a front-loader.

  • Front-loaders can be stacked from 15 inches above the ground so that the cleaning and maintenance process is easy.
  • If you are stacking a washer in a closet or a compartment that has a door, then make sure the door in your washer opens completely.
  • If you are placing a washer and dryer combo side-by-side, then it is recommended to keep a gap of at least 1 inch between the two.

Also Read: How to calculate washing machine power consumption?

Final Thoughts

Always measure the available space before checking the suitable washing machine for your daily laundry needs.

Do not rush to get the largest capacity washing machine available as it is easy to fall for the sales pitch.

Remember, the best washing machines are those that not only fulfill your daily laundry needs but also that accommodate well with your apartment OR house without burning your pockets.

Also Read: How to Calculate Washing Machine Capacity

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions that are asked very often.

Are all washers of the same size?

No, not all washers are of the same size. Washers come in different sizes based on the types and load-bearing capacity. Depending on the capacity of the washer, the dimensions of your washing machine will also vary.

How can I increase the height of my washer?

You can simply place a suitable washing machine stand underneath your washer, this will help to increase its height up to 6 inches. Placing a stand underneath not only increases the height of your washer but also helps in protecting the base surface from wear and tear caused due to repeated exposure to water.

Manish Singh is an expert in electrical engineering with a Diploma in the field. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in repairing music systems, washing machines, dryers, and other laundry-related appliances. His in-depth knowledge in electrical repairs and decent knowledge about garment care makes him a trusted authority in the field of appliance repair and laundry related topics. If you have any questions or need assistance with your appliances, you can reach out to Manish through email: manish.singh (at) portablelaundry.com