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Washer & dryer dimensions: standard & stackable sizes

Looking for a new washer and dryer? Follow this guide to discover the standard washer and dryer sizes of front load and top load models, as well as various configurations and sizing tips, that helps find the washer dryer set that helps keep laundry day under control.

What are standard washer and dryer sizes?

Standard washer and dryer sizes are generally 27 inches wide, 39 inches tall and 32 to 34 inches deep for front load units. Top load washers and dryers usually measure 27 inches in width, 42 to 44 inches in height, and have a shallower depth ranging from 27 to 28 inches.

While measuring, make sure to allow for at least six inches of space between the back wall and the appliance for hoses and ventilation, as well as one inch of clearance between the washer and dryer for side-by-side units.

Standard side-by-side washer and dryer dimensions

For standard side-by-side washers and dryers, you'll need a space of about 56 inches wide for the set. If you have front load units, make sure to allow about four feet of space in front of the appliance for ample room to load and unload your laundry.

For top load units, be mindful to account for at least two feet of clearance on top of the appliance for easy opening and closing of the lid.

Adding washer dryer pedestals to front load washers and dryers from Whirlpool brand may increase height by about 15 inches, allowing you to load and unload with minimal bending.

Standard washers typically have around three to five cubic feet of capacity, while dryers generally have five to seven cubic feet.

Additionally, top load washers may have a larger capacity of a little more than five cubic feet, whereas front load washers have a smaller capacity and generally do not go above five cubic feet.

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Stacked washer and dryer dimensions

You can install a stacked laundry pair in a few different ways, each with unique installation options. Opt for a stackable front load laundry pair, or get a stacked top load washer and dryer combo, most often called a “stacked laundry center.”

Stackable front load washer and dryer dimensions

Many front load washers and dryers can be stacked, which may be ideal if you have more vertical than horizontal space in your home.

Standard stackable washer and dryer height is about 39 inches for each appliance, or around 78 inches when stacked, with the unit roughly 24 to 28 inches wide and 32 to 34 inches deep. To fit the appliances in your space, make sure to account for a laundry area that is roughly 29 inches wide, 80 inches tall and 32 to 34 inches deep to accommodate the set.

Additionally, be mindful to allow for at least six inches of clearance between the appliance and the rear wall for proper ventilation. If you are stacking in a closet, account for at least one inch of space between each side of the appliance and the wall.

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Stacked laundry center dimensions

Stacked laundry centers like these from Whirlpool brand combine the washer and dryer into one space-saving appliance, most often with the washer on the bottom and dryer on top. They’re roughly 75 inches tall, 23 to 28 inches in width and anywhere from 26 to 33 inches deep.

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Compact washer and dryer dimensions

Compact washers and dryers are designed to fit inside apartments, small homes and closets. This provides you the flexibility to either stack the appliances, align them side by side or even install front-loading units underneath your counters for more space-saving possibilities.

Standard compact washers and dryers range from 24 inches wide, 33 to 36 inches tall and 24 to 26 inches deep.

For stacking, make sure to account for an area that is approximately 24 inches wide, 66 to 72 inches tall and 24 to 26 inches deep.

For aligning compact washers and dryers side by side, you will need a space that is roughly 48 inches wide, 34 inches tall and 25 inches deep. Be mindful to leave one inch of space between the appliances.

Whether you are stacking units or aligning them side by side, remember to allow for at least six inches of clearance in the back for hoses and ventilation.

A ventless dryer may allow for even more space-saving capabilities with a shallower installation depth than vented standard-sized dryers. These appliances typically have around one to three cu. ft. of capacity, about half the size of a standard dryer.

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All-in-one Washer and Dryer dimensions

An all-in-one washer and dryer is another compact option that can both wash and dry your laundry in one appliance, allowing you to save space without sacrificing laundering capabilities.

All-in-one washer and dryer models typically range between 23 to 27 inches wide, 33 to 39 inches tall and 22 to 30 inches deep, with a load capacity between two to four cu. ft.

Large capacity washer and dryer dimensions

Large capacity washers typically have more than five cu. ft. of capacity, enough to wash a king size comforter and sheets in one load.

A large capacity dryer generally has a capacity between seven to nine cu. ft., enough to handle 15 to 20 towels in one drying cycle.

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Tips for how to measure a new washer and dryer

Along with measuring the dimensions of your washer and dryer, make sure to determine the height, width and depth of the laundry area to ensure a proper fit. 

Be mindful to account for six inches of space between the back wall and one inch of space between the appliances for side-by-side placement.

What you’ll need:
  • Measuring tape

  • Pencil and paper

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Map out and measure a path for washer and dryer delivery

After you have taken your measurements, determine the best path of entry to your desired installation location. Beginning at the entrance to your home, measure the width of doorways and hallways to make sure the washer and dryer can be maneuvered into place.

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New models with the same dimensions: measure your existing washer and dryer sizes

You’re familiar with how your current laundry pair fits your space, so it may be simplest to measure your existing washer and dryer to discover the ideal dimensions for your new set. Follow the three steps below to measure your washer and dryer.

  1. WidthUsing your measuring tape, measure the width of your washer and dryer from left to right.

  2. Height: Next, measure the height of your washer and dryer from top to bottom.

  3. Depth: Lastly, measure the depth of your washer and dryer from front to back.

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New models for a new or updated laundry space: measure your layout

The laundry room in a new home or a renovated space is uncharted territory, so it’s important to carefully measure the space before committing to a new laundry pair. Follow the steps below to measure your new space. 

  1. Width: Use a measuring tape to measure the width of your laundry space from wall to wall. For flexibility, add one inch to your width measurement for buffer space between each side wall. To help minimize noise when your appliances are set in place, account for a one-inch gap between the appliances.

  2. Height: Next, measure the height of your space from floor to ceiling. You’ll need at least enough space to accommodate the height of your laundry pair, from appliance feet to the top of the control panel, plus an extra two feet to ensure easy loading and unloading of top load units.

  3. Depth: Measure the depth from one wall or doorway to the opposite wall where your appliances will go. Be mindful to add about six inches to your depth measurements to account for hoses and venting in the back of the appliance. For front load, add approximately four feet to allow for extra space to load and unload laundry. If you place the appliances inside a closet, make sure the closet doors can fully open and close without obstruction.

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When shopping for a new washer and dryer, be mindful of your maximum space requirements while reviewing appliance dimensions on various models.

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