If you’re taking your washing machine with you while moving house or looking to buy a new washing machine, you’ll need to think about its size and weight.
With around 14% of the UK living in flats and some people’s houses having a kitchen on the first floor, a lighter weight option may be a good consideration.
How much does a washing machine weigh in kg?
The average washing machine usually weighs around 60-90 kg.
The most popular models typically weigh about 70 kg.
Some washers can actually exceed 110 kg depending on the drum capacity of the machine and whether or not they have concrete in them.
When you buy a washing machine, you will see numbers such as 7 kg, 8 kg and 9 kg. However, this refers the load capacity (the weight of dry clothes you can put in the washing machine) rather than the weight of the washing machine itself.
Keep reading to find out how heavy some of the most popular models are!
Why do washing machines contain concrete?
If you’ve ever tried to move a washing machine, you’ll probably have noticed how heavy it is. A concrete block is used in a washing machine to help stabilise it when the spin cycle is running.
Without this concrete weight, which weighs around 25 kg, your washing machine could take itself out from under your bench and wobble its way down the front path!
A lot of movement occurs inside the machine during a wash cycle, so it is essential for a washing machine to be as heavy as it is.
But not all washing machines come with their own environmentally unfriendly concrete block any more—there has been a development!
Machines may soon start to be fitted with a new, lighter stabiliser. Instead of concrete, a hollow plastic counter-weight is in the top of the machine and this gets filled with water once the washer has been delivered.
This drastically reduces how heavy the machine is to transport, so not only will it save the delivery drivers’ backs, but it will also help to cut down on CO2 emissions which are produced during the production of concrete as well as the extra fuel that would have been used to deliver heavier stock!
How heavy is my washing machine?
Whether you’re looking to move it or to buy a new one, it’s pretty interesting to know how much your washing machine weighs, so here are some of the most popular washing machine models in the UK:
AEG SoftWater L9FSC949R – 78.5 kg
This washing machine from AEG is the heaviest in the list and is also one of the more expensive models, but it does come with a fab 9 kg wash capacity and is relatively stylish (it actually looks a little bit like the Instagram camera…)
Samsung AddWash WW80K5410UX – 61 kg
For a slightly lesser wash capacity, the machine’s weight decreases quite drastically, making it the lightest option on the list.
The AddWash door is super handy and it is available in Graphite or White colourways.
This model could be a great choice for anyone who needs to transport the machine up any stairs.
Samsung ecobubble WW80J5555FX/EU – 64 kg
The Samsung ecobubble is another 8kg washing machine and it’s just 3 kg heavier than its AddWash sibling, so still a fair bit lighter than the heaviest in our list.
It’s a pretty stylish washing machine and is toward the lower end of the price spectrum.
Grundig GWN48430CW – 75 kg
This mid-priced machine from Grundig is the second heaviest on the list and has an 8 kg drum capacity, so if this is the size you need, you may want to opt for the Samsung AddWash if the weight is an issue for you – a lighter machine would be easier to get into a flat or upstairs if needed.
Beko Pro WX842430W – 70 kg
The Beko Pro 8kg washing machine is another relatively cheap option for those on a budget, but it still weighs more than the Samsung AddWash of the same wash capacity.
If you don’t mind the extra 9 kg weight of the machine, then you will benefit from a cheaper purchase.
Hoover Dynamic Next DXOC 69AFN – 68 kg
One of the cheapest machines on the list but with one of the larger capacities – this 9 kg drum machine weighs in at the lower end of the spectrum when compared with the AEG SoftWater which is over 10 kg heavier.
One bonus is a 1600 rpm spin speed which should leave your washing that bit drier after a wash.
Hoover DXOA610AHFN – 70 kg
Here’s one for a big family or a large shared household. With a 10 kg wash capacity, this well-priced machine does well to be 8.5 kg lighter than the AEG.
This Hoover washing machine has some interactive features which allow control from your mobile. Again, a 1600 rpm spin speed can be very handy, especially with a large 10kg wash load.
Moving house? – How to move a washing machine by yourself
If you have ever had to move your washing machine, you will know it is pretty tough… dragging it along the floor can leave unsightly marks and lifting it incorrectly could cause injury to your back, arms or knees… so what should you do?
Tips on moving a washing machine:
- Unplug the machine – It is important that there is nothing inside the drum and that you make sure to knock off your water supply before removing pipes and unplugging it from the wall.
- Be safe – Wrap the loose cords and hoses up and tape them in place with parcel tape or masking tape (you could just tie them if you have no tape) so no one can trip on them.
- Protect the machine – Cover the washing machine with blankets or bubble wrap so it doesn’t get bashed or damaged on its travels.
- Have the correct moving equipment – Using a dolly or something similar is the safest way to transport a heavy appliance as it takes a lot of the weight and balances it more evenly. This also means that you can wheel the machine onto the moving van!
- Get a professional to do it – Someone who does removals for a living will be much better versed in the art of moving washing machines from homes and into vans (and back out again), so if you have any doubts, call a local, reputable removal company.
Benefits of lighter washing machines
As we mentioned before, reducing the weight of washing machines can decrease the amount of fuel used by trucks that deliver this heavy stock to stores around the country.
So, by choosing a lighter model, you could be helping to save fuel and reduce emissions.
Of course, they’re also easier to move around and more convenient when you want to move house.
Let’s hope that the development of a concrete-free washing machine hurries up so we can start reducing CO2 emissions and reduce fuel consumption with lighter weight machines!
If you’re looking to buy a new washing machine, check out our top recommendations here.