Cost and capacity are the main considerations when buying a washing machine. More capacity means more cost and more convenience (in terms of doing bigger loads). However, the best capacity is the one that suits the family size and utility. Everything in the washing machines is standardized for them to be sold at standard, fair prices. What is the standard capacity of a washing machine?
The capacity of a washing machine is measured in the size of the tub and the amount of clothes it can hold (in Kilograms or pounds).
Bigger always does not mean better. Consider your family size, the amount of laundry you need to be done per week, your energy saving needs and affordability when choosing a machine. For 1-2 people (a couple), the ideal machine would be the small 6-8 pounds machine. People living in constrained spaces and apartments prefer this size.
For a family of 4, a mid-size standard machine of 8-10 lbs is ideal. A standard or medium machine has a width of 27 inches and can hold a load of 10 pounds. Some can handle one or two pounds, less or more. The standard machines mostly have high-speed wash settings. Some models have the express dry facility.
A family with more than 4 members would need a larger washing machine of 12 pounds. It occupies a lot of space and is heavy, making it harder to move. The recent models come with higher energy efficiency, making them ideal for running heavy loads.
Commercial, Laundromat and industrial washers are usually made to have huge capacities. For instance, an industrial washing machine can wash a maximum of 800 pounds of laundry.