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Large capacity washers for extra large loads of laundry

A large capacity washing machine can help you get through your family’s piles of clothes, comforters and towels faster on laundry day. Wash more at once and spend less time in the laundry room with more washer capacity. Get answers to all your questions about large and oversized washers with our washing machine capacity guide and find the best large capacity washer for your home.

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What is considered a large capacity washer?

A large capacity washer is generally considered 4.5 Cu. Ft. capacity or more and can sometimes be taller or wider than a standard washer. A standard washer usually offers a capacity of 3.3–4.4 Cu. Ft. For an idea about how much laundry a large capacity washer can hold, consider that a Whirlpool® 5.0 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer cleans over three baskets of clothing in a single load.1

While there is no one industry standard for what a small, medium or large capacity washer is, this is one way to look at it:

Washing Machine Sizes

Capacity in Cu. Ft.

Approximate Towels/Load

Washing Machine Size Small Capacity in Cu. Ft. 1.5 - 3.4 Approximate Towels/Load 9 full-sized bath towels
Washing Machine Size Medium Capacity in Cu. Ft. 3.5 - 4.4 Approximate Towels/Load 9 - 15 full-sized bath towels
Washing Machine Size Large Capacity in Cu. Ft. 4.5 + Approximate Towels/Load 11- 21 full-sized bath towels
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What size washer do I need to wash a king size comforter?

A larger washer with 4.5 Cu. Ft. or above should be able to handle king-sized duvets and comforters. Large and bulky items like comforters need room to agitate or tumble in the washing machine in order to get clean. Learn more about how to wash a comforter or how to wash a blanket in your large capacity washing machine.

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What is the largest capacity washing machine available?

The largest capacity washing machines on the market can run 7.0 Cu. Ft. or more. However, 5.3 Cu. Ft. washers for residential use would already be considered an extra large or oversized washing machine. The largest capacity washer from Whirlpool is a 5.3 Cu. Ft. Smart Top Load Washer.

Shop Extra Large Capacity Washers from Whirlpool

When your family is extra large, so are your laundry loads. Find an extra large capacity washer from Whirlpool for your home.

Models Shown: WFW8620HCWED8620HC

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What is the largest capacity front load washer?

Front load washers tend to offer less capacity than top load models. However, you can find some of the largest capacity front load washers at around 5.5 Cu. Ft. More commonly, anything 5.0 Cu. Ft. and above is considered a large capacity front load washer. Whirlpool offers several 5.0 Cu. Ft. front loaders including a large capacity smart front load washer with Load & Go™ XL Plus Dispenser.

Learn more about top load vs front load washing machines.

Shop Large Capacity Front Load Washers from Whirlpool

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

Models Shown: WTW8127LCWED8127LC

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What is the largest capacity top load washer?

The largest capacity top load washers available may offer as much as 7.0 Cu. Ft. of washing capacity or more, however this would be considered extra large for residential use. Anything over 5.0 Cu. Ft. can be considered a large capacity top load washer. The largest capacity washer from Whirlpool is a top load model and offers 5.3 Cu. Ft. of washer capacity.

These large capacity top load washers load from the top with controls along the back. You can choose an agitator, impeller or Whirlpool brand’s industry-first 2 in 1 Removable Agitator wash system. Shop Whirlpool® Washers featuring the 2 in 1 Removable Agitator.

Shop Whirlpool® Large Capacity Top Load Washers with Agitators

With capacities up to 4.7 Cu. Ft., our agitator washers clean with a tall central post in the wash basket that twists back and forth. For the best of both worlds, Whirlpool offers an industry-first 2 in 1 Removable Agitator washer that lets you customize any load to care for your clothes the way you want by easily swapping the agitator post in or out.

Shop Whirlpool® Large Capacity Top Load Washers with Impellers

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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What is considered a large capacity dryer?

A large capacity dryer is generally considered one with over 7.0 Cu. Ft. Standard dryers tend to offer between 5.0 and 7.0 cubic feet of capacity. A 7.0 Cu. Ft. dryer can usually fit about 9–15 full-sized bath towels per load. Exact capacity varies by model so be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

When you’re shopping for a large capacity washer and dryer set, you’ll notice that the dryer capacity is often larger than the washing machine capacity. This is because a load of laundry expands as it dries, requiring more space. Learn more about large capacity dryers to find the perfect match for your large capacity washing machine.

Shop Large Capacity Dryers from Whirlpool

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1. Based on 7-lb per basket.