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5 Large Capacity Washers

by Bill Welles

white and blue laundry room with large capacity washer and dryer

At a Glance:

Is your laundry ever done? As soon as you finish folding and putting away the last batch of clothes, it seems like there is a fresh pile of dirty uniforms, play clothes, and office attire that needs to be cleaned. If you have a small washer, you could spend an entire day running multiple loads of laundry and switching out wet clothes with more dirty shirts and pants.

If you have a large family or simply go through clothes quickly, then you need a large-capacity washer. This is an appliance that can hold more clothes, reducing the number of loads you need to run. Large-capacity washers can also handle loads of heavy, thick items. They can easily wash towels, winter coats, blankets, and other bulky clothes.

It’s time to upgrade your washer. Learn more about what large-capacity means and which current models are the best. 

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What is considered a large-capacity washer?

As you start your search for a washing machine, you will notice that washers come in different capacities. If you know that you need a large washer, you can use different capacities to filter your search.

Washer capacities are measured in cubic feet. A standard capacity washer will be able to hold between 3.0 and 4.0 cubic feet of clothes. This translates to 12 to 16 pounds of laundry. Larger models can usually store around 4.5 cubic feet of clothes. However, if you are looking for what is defined as a large-capacity washer, you want an appliance that can hold more than 5.0 cubic feet of laundry. These washers can hold more than 20 pounds of laundry and are made for large families.

For reference, a standard washer of 3.5 cubic feet should be able to hold and wash a queen-sized comforter easily. However, a large-capacity washer will be able to fit a comforter from a king-sized bed and can wash it effectively. You can find both large-capacity top-load washers and front-load washers on today’s market.

Top Large Capacity Washer Models

You shouldn’t be limited by the washer capacity that you need. You can find several brands, styles, and colors that all offer large-capacity functionality. Here are a few top large-capacity washer options to choose from if you need to upgrade the laundry setup in your home.

1. LG Signature 5.8 Cu. Ft. Black Stainless Steel Front Load Washer 

LG Signature 5.8 Cu. Ft. Black Stainless Steel Front Load Washer

If you are looking for one of the largest and best large-capacity washing machine options on the market, look no further than this model by LG. With 5.8 cubic feet in storage capacity, you can easily load up your clothes and run large loads to get your laundry done faster. This is a front-load model, which is more energy-efficient because it uses less water.

There are a few key features that you will absolutely love about this large-capacity front-load washer. LG’s enhanced TurboWash® technology cuts down your wash time by up to 30 minutes without reducing the quality of the cleaning. Not only will you be able to run fewer loads with this model, but you can also finish the cycle faster. You can also manage this washer remotely with the LG SmartThinQ® app. You can check how long you have left in the cycle right from your phone.

Customer reviews rave about the different settings to accommodate different types of laundry as well as its spacious capacity.

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2. GE® 5.0 Cu. Ft. White Smart Front Load Washer

GE® 5.0 Cu. Ft. White Smart Front Load Washer

Just because you want a large washing machine doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice the top features and technology of standard models. You can find many large-capacity washers that still have the smart functionality that you expect. This mode by GE comes with built-in Wi-Fi so you can monitor your laundry from anywhere and receive real-time updates when it’s done.

There are several features that make a GE brand washer desirable. However, one of the top options for families is the Microban® antimicrobial technology. The gasket, dispenser, and draining system work together to remove dirt and harmful germs from your clothes.

This smart dryer comes in white, gray, or sapphire blue. It is positively reviewed by customers who have bought it. Buyers highlight how easy it is to use and how effectively it cleans items.

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3. LG 5.5 Cu. Ft. Black Steel Top Load Washer

LG 5.5 Cu. Ft. Black Steel Top Load Washer

Consider this model if you prefer a top-load washer that still meets your capacity needs. Not only will it hook up to your LG SmartThinQ® app, but you can also control the washer through your Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. All it takes is a voice command to adjust the cycle or learn when your laundry is done.

This washer comes with ColdWash™ technology so you can clean your clothes without using up all of your hot water. It is also AAFA Certified, which means it removed more than 95% of dander and dust mites from your clothes. Your kids will love being allergy-free.

Customers who bought this washer love the huge drum which can fit an entire household’s laundry in one or two cycles.

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4. Samsung 5.5 Cu. Ft. Ivory Top Load Washer

Samsung 5.5 Cu. Ft. Ivory Top Load Washer

This model is considered the best large-capacity top-load washer for customers on a budget. It is one of the biggest washers you can buy, storing up to 5.5 cubic feet of laundry. This makes it an extra-large capacity washer and one of the hardest sizes to find. The best part is that this washer isn’t expensive. You can enjoy the reliability of the Samsung brand with the capacity your family needs.

The Samsung technology allows you to enjoy washer efficiency without having to buy a small model. The Super Speed Wash can handle a full load of laundry in just 28 minutes. Another top feature includes the Deep Fill option which maximizes the water level to ensure your clothes are thoroughly soaked.

Customer reviews of this large-capacity washer talk about how huge it is, which is ideal for families with a lot of laundry.  

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5. GE Profile™ 5.4 Cu. Ft. Diamond Gray Top Load Washer

GE Profile™ 5.4 Cu. Ft. Diamond Gray Top Load Washer

Another option for families looking to save money is this top-load washer by GE. This comes from the Profile™ line of washers, which are known for their Adaptive Smarter Wash Technology and sleek design. One key feature of this washer is the dedicated dispensers for both detergent and detergent packs like Tide PODS™. You can also add fabric softener if you need to.

If your kids frequently drop off stained and dirty clothes in the laundry room, you need this washer. The Power Pre-Wash is meant to clean even the dirtiest items before running the standard cycle, which means you are guaranteed to have clean clothes once the washer is done. Customer reviews frequently mention how quiet this washer is and how intuitive the features are.

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What is an extra-large capacity washer?

A large-capacity washer has 5.0 cubic feet of storage or more. An extra-large capacity washer needs to hold more than this. Some washers can hold up to 5.5 cubic feet of laundry at a time, which is the maximum size for consumer washers in today’s market. These washers are for large families who go through a lot of laundry each week. 

Are front-load washers more water efficient?

Front-load washers are more energy efficient in multiple ways. These appliances use 25 percent less water on average than top-load models. They also use less energy because the vertical spin is able to remove more water in the final cycle. This means your dryer has less work to do and can end its cycle earlier.

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