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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, to help you find the set that keeps 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. Whereas, top load washers and dryers are typically 27 inches wide, 42 to 44 inches tall and less deep with depths of 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.

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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 may increase height by about 15 inches, allowing you to load and unload with minimal bending.

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

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

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Stacked 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.

The size of stackable washers and dryers from Whirlpool are consistent with the standard dimensions of 24 to 28 inches wide, 39 inches tall and 32 to 34 inches deep.

To fit the appliances in your available 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 both the washer and dryer.

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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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 them underneath your counters for more space-saving possibilities.

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

For stacking, the height will extend. 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 or aligning 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 storage, 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 models typically range between 23 to 27 inches wide, 33 to 39 inches tall and 22 to 30 inches deep, with storage capacity between two to four cu. ft.

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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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How to measure for 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

  • This guide

Step 1: Measure for washer and dryer width

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

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.

Step 2: Measure for washer and dryer height

Next, measure the height of your washer and dryer—from top to bottom. To be safe, add an extra two feet to ensure easy loading and unloading of top load units.

Step 3: Measure for washer and dryer depth

Lastly, measure the depth of your washer and dryer—from front to back. 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 are placing the appliances inside of a closet, make sure that the closet doors are able to fully open and close without obstruction.

Map out a path to get your washer and dryer inside

Step 4: 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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How to choose a washer and dryer

There are a variety of options at your disposal when it comes to selecting the right washer and dryer for your family’s needs. Before selecting, make sure to consider the appliance size, capacity, types and features.

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Washer types 

  • Top load washers can contain either agitator or impeller configurations.

  • Agitator washing machines function with a central post that twists to rub against clothes in the washing cycle.

  • Impeller washing machines use a spinning cone or disc to rub clothes against each other.

Gas vs. electric dryers

  • Gas dryers require an existing gas connection or one to be installed, whereas electric dryers require a separate 30 amp circuit and a grounded electrical outlet nearby.

  • Learn more about the differences between gas and electric dryers and their benefits.

Dryer venting

  • Standard dryers typically contain ventilation that circulates air outside

  • Ventless dryers are smaller in depth and continuously recirculate air through the drum and condense moisture via a heat exchanger.

High efficiency

  • High-efficiency washers and dryers use less energy than standard models, with washers also using less water during the washing cycle.

Features

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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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