All washing machines vibrate as they agitate to clean your clothes. However, too much vibration is a sign of something wrong and it can actually cause damage to the machine and your house. Generally, the front loading machines spin faster than the top loading ones; hence, they are prone to more vibrations.
So, how to reduce washing machine vibrations?
A simple solution to reduce vibrations is to reduce the amount of clothes you wash per load, provided the vibrations are mainly caused when you run the machine on full capacity.
The best spot for a washing machine is a firm floor. Concrete floor works best in this case, as laminate or wooden floors tend to be bouncier. Placing your machine on a level surface will reduce the vibrations, especially in a front loading machine. As an ultimate step (after trying all the options), you can also fix the floor by adding joists, cross-bracing between the joists or adding 2 by 4s below the floor joists. These help support the washer’s weight and reduce vibrations.
The new machines come with restraining bolts. If yours is a new machine, then you need to remove the weight off the front legs, level the legs and secure them with locking nuts. The rear legs are generally set to adjust their position automatically. Sometimes you would have to level the legs even in an older machine. Ultimately, all the four legs of the machine must be leveled firmly on the ground.
You can use rubber pads (available in stores for this purpose) at the machine’s feet to provide a cushioning effect for absorbing the vibrations. You can even use old swimming noodles or socks as cushions on the sides of the machine. Care should be taken in not throwing the machine’s balance off by installing absorbers.