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How Long Does a Spin Cycle Normally Take?

Most of us press start on our washing machines without really knowing the ins and outs of what goes on in there!

There are, in fact, several stages involved in the laundry cleaning process, including a spin cycle.

A spin cycle happens automatically towards the end of whichever washing machine cycle you select.

A spin cycle takes around 3 minutes on average, but can take from 2 to 12 minutes depending on which cycle and size of the load.

If, however, for some reason your laundry is still dripping wet after the cycle has finished, there is also an option to put on another separate spin cycle. This will also depend on the load, but should last no more than about 12 minutes.


What Is a Spin Cycle For?

Whether you air dry your clothes or use a tumble dryer, you don’t want to be removing sopping wet laundry from a puddle in the drum.

Spin cycles are designed to provide a stepping stone between the washing and the drying, by removing any excess water from the drum and laundry. Instead of fully drying clothes, a spin cycle leaves them damp and easier to dry.


Adjusting the RPM

Another good thing to know about spin cycles is you can change the speed of them to suit your laundry.

There should be a button next to a few options, probably ranging from about 600 rpm to 1600 rpm, though this varies between different washing machines.

Your washing machine should automatically select an optimum spin cycle speed, so don’t feel you have to change it!

However, if you would like to select your own, 600 rpm is a good option for delicates, 900 rpm is good for denim, and 1400 rpm is good for cotton.