Some people find their worktops have been fitted too low and their washing machine won’t fit underneath because it’s too tall. If you haven’t bought a washing machine yet and the height difference is only a few millimetres you may be able to find one that’s slightly lower than average although it’s not easy to research the height of washing machines and most are the same standard height anyway. (Washing machines and associated problems with sizes)
Reducing height using height reduction kit
Most washing machine manufacturers have a specially designed low lid (a flat metal plate with a seal) which is available as an accessory. This will lower the height of your washing machine safely. I’ve had reports from a Miele owner that their reduction kit reduced the height of their washing machine by about 2 and a half centimetres (25mm). I can see also that an old Hotpoint washing machine range can be reduced by 30 mm. Sometimes they come as a complete “height reduction kit” which can include replacement feet or wheels to further lower the washing machine height if necessary.
However, these kits aren’t always easily available as they don’t sell many. You may be able to find one on 4Washerhelp but if not contact the manufacturer. Height reduction kits
NOTE: there are several height reduction kits listed over 2 pages of results. However, some don’t have photos or even model numbers that they fit. If you can’t find enough information just send a part enquiry via the “Need help?” box at the bottom of the page. You should also try to be sure exactly how much the height of the washing machine will be reduced by using the reduction kit before purchasing. Miele height reduction kits – Reducing the height of a Miele washing machine
Reducing height without a kit
The most common method of getting a washing machine to fit under a worktop that’s too low is to remove the lid, which will reduce the height of the washing machine by a few millimetres, or even up to an inch or so depending on the height of the original lid. However, you should not use the washing machine without a lid!
If you just remove the lid it will of course lower the height of the washing machine but with the following consequences –
- It will increase noise levels
- Expose a possibility for small fingers to touch electrical parts if there is a gap
- If the washing machine caught fire there’s nothing to contain it and smoke could escape to the room. In the event of something catching fire inside the lack of a lid would also allow much more oxygen to the fire and could make it more serious
- Any leak from above the machine could allow water inside to short out and blow expensive parts (leak from a bathroom ceiling above the kitchen or just water from the worktop above for example)
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Removing the feet
Removing the feet, which should just screw out will reduce the height of a washing machine. However, the feet do 3 jobs. They stop the washing machine scratching the floor, they help keep it from sliding around, and they allow you to make the washing machine level if the floor is uneven. If you take them off you may have other problems. Here’s one tip (from Joe M in the comments). If the feet have locking nuts on the thread. Unscrew the feet and take off the nut. Refit the feet and screw all the way down. This should allow the feet to be screwed in 4 or 5 mm further.
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Make sure you read the comments below where users have shared their experiences – especially the comment by Trevor