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Washing machines and associated problems with sizes

 Although some extra large capacity washing machines have bigger than normal dimensions the majority of standard UK front-loading washing machines are roughly 850mm high, and 595 to 600mm wide. They are designed to fit into a standard size kitchen width space of 600 mm (60 cm) which suits the majority of people, but some find they have smaller spaces which modern appliances won’t fit into.

Washing machine width

The most common size problem seems to be where the washer is too wide to fit in the kitchen. The vast majority of front-loading washing machines are between 595mm and 600mm wide (59.5cm – 60cm) so if the space you want to fit it into is even a millimetre or so smaller it’s not going to fit. If you can’t create any extra width try searching on widths using a link on the right but I can tell you now there are very few washers with much smaller widths other than top loaders or compact washing machines with very small drums.


If your only problem is that you can’t find a washing machine to fit under the worktop you can try searching on height using the links on the right, I’ve seen some quoting 800 mm (80 cm) high. If necessary you may also be able to reduce the height of most washers by using a washing machine height reduction kit supplied by many manufacturers, which involves removing the lid and replacing it with a flat one as well as sometimes removing the feet and fitting smaller studs. However, you shouldn’t just remove the lid yourself as there are some safety issues to bear in mind as discussed in the article.

Washing machine depths

Washing machines can vary a bit more on depth, but this is often much less critical because a washing machine that's deeper than average can still fit in the space, it will just stick out a bit more.

Beware of washing machine obstructing doors and drawers

Watch out for the depth of a washing machine if you have kitchen drawers, cupboard doors or even main doors opening across it. I recently installed a washing machine for my daughter and was reminded how we need to remember to take into account how modern washing machines (and matching tumble dryers) have a tendency to bulge out at the front, or have large doors that stick out quite a way.

Door-catches-on-washing -machine After installing the washing machine in my daughter’s kitchen my heart sank as I realised that their back door, which opens across it, was going to catch on the washing machine.

Fortunately I was able to force the washer back another few millimetres and the back door cleared the washing machine – literally by a millimetre! You couldn’t pass a credit card between them at the point where both doors almost touch.

The depth of a washing machine quoted by the manufacturer should in theory take into account the whole depth but does it include the way the front may bulge out as well as the door? If critical, double check.

Useful tip

Useful tip

Always check out the measurements of a new appliance when replacing an old one even if you currently have an old washing machine in there as they may be small but critical differences and modern washing machines are often wider and deeper than ever. Dimensions are usually available in the “specs”, product info, or “specifications” section describing the appliance being sold, either in the brochure or on a web page.

Check out the rest of this article on the right column

(This is an updated article originally published on Washerhelp)

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  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    can you please help I am at my wits end need washing machine with height no more than 82cm,would you know of retailer in my area .

  2. All the help I have is put into this article. Have you tried the links on the right column where you can search for washing machines by width and height? Also, you can look into the height reduction kits many manufacturers have which I mention in the article.

  3. I have an Indesit WIL123 washer which is 83cm high under an 85cm high worktop. I wish to replace it but most machines are 85cm high. I have a vague recollection that the feet were removed to get under the worktop.
    Does this sound feasible and could this be done with a replacement?

  4. Yes removing the feet can reduce the height although only by a small amount. The best way to reduce height is to replace the lid with a flatter one. The feet are there for stability and to prevent damage to the floor so you’d need to judge whether that was ok or not. Some manufacturer’s height reduction kits did involve removing the feet but replacing them with thinner studs. If you removed the feet and the machine was placed on a carpet this could block any air vents (if fitted in the base) or if the base is open would block air getting underneath and could be a very bad idea.

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