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Washing Weight?

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AuthorToBe Sun 19-Jun-16 14:47:10

I'm sure this question will have been asked a million times before but I cant seem to find a straight answer.

What exactly does the weight on washing machines and tumble dryers mean?

I'm almost positive that the weight on a washing machine is dry clothes going in. But does that mean the same for tumble dryers? Would I only be able to put in 5kg (for example) of dry clothes into the dryer or have they accommodated for wet weight?

I rarely use the dryer cause it wastes electricity like mad, but things like duvets take ages to air dry that sometimes, especially when I need it for bed that night, I just want to shove it in the dryer. The problem is I never know if I can!

dementedpixie Sun 19-Jun-16 14:49:28

I think it is wet weight for both

dementedpixie Sun 19-Jun-16 14:54:51

I just Googled it and found this:

The capacity is a measure, in kilos, of how many dry clothes can be fit into the drum. Typically only the cotton washing programs are able to wash the drum's maximum capacity of clothes, while other programs handle a reduced load. An example of a kilo of clothes include four men's cotton shirts, or one shirt and a pair of men's jeans.

Read more: www.which.co.uk/reviews/washing-machines/article/washing-machine-jargon-buster - Which?

dementedpixie Sun 19-Jun-16 14:55:16

For dryers I assume it's wet weight

AuthorToBe Sun 19-Jun-16 15:22:42


I figured as much for washing machines.

Dryers though? I guess if its wet weight I can only put in maybe half of a load at best. As I said, I don't use it for all things but would be nice to know for sure when I do.

Wish they would make it clear on the instructions!

lljkk Sun 19-Jun-16 15:24:10

It doesn't work.. numbers don't I mean. I have experimented quite a bit & to actually get clothes clean in our machine, (high spec one) we shouldn't exceed the max suggested weight by 70-80%. And that's a full time cycle. If we want clean clothes after a fast cycle, max 40% of the suggested max weight. Because modern machines use too little water to get things clean if also full.

It's like the mpg you see advertised for cars, sigh. Not real world conditions.

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