It can be hard translating your family's piles of clothes, comforters and blankets to cubic feet (cu. ft.) of capacity. As a point of reference, our 5.0 cu. ft. front load washer cleans over three baskets of clothing1 in a single load. Here's how to start shopping the right large capacity washing machine for you.

Front load washers up to 5.0 cu. ft.

Top load washers up to 5.3 cu. ft.

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Front load large capacity washing machines have up to a 5.0 cu. ft. capacity

Front load washers up to 5.0 cu. ft.

Large capacity front load washers offer a streamlined look, easy reach controls and easy loading through the door. 

Whirlpool® agitator models hold up to 3.8 cu. ft, impeller models hold up to 5.3 cu. ft.

Top load washers up to 5.3 cu. ft.

These large capacity top load washers load from the top with controls along the back. You can choose an agitator or impeller wash system.


With capacities up to 3.8 cu. ft., our agitator washers clean with a tall central post in the wash basket that twists back and forth.


Instead of a post, impellers are low-profile plates that drive wash action. They allow our large capacity top load washers to hold up to 5.3 cu. ft.

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1. Based on 7-lb per basket.