A popular question people ask is, “which integrated washing machine will fit with your kitchen units”?
Well, when thinking about buying an integrated washing machine for your kitchen, it’s very important to think about the worktop that will sit above it and if any units are going to be next to the appliance. The washing machine itself, does not require a unit, just the space under a worktop.
So, to get a feel for the available space, one of our standard kitchen base units measures:
- H870mm (includes 150mm legs) x W600mm x D560mm (580mm deep with a 20mm door attached to the front)
Now, if you are having units in the run and the washing machine is to be fully integrated, then your units usually butt up to the wall and a 600mm deep worktop is placed on top (a 600mm deep worktop minus 580mm deep units, with a door, gives a 20mm worktop overhang).
Please note that a kitchen unit door is usually around 20mm thick and a door for a 600mm wide base unit, measures 597mm wide.
Integrated washing machine sizes
So, in order to get an integrated washing machine, under a 600mm deep worktop, with units next to it, the dimensions of the washing machine need to be no bigger than H860mm x W596mm x D560mm.
When looking for an integrated washing machine, you’ll see dimensions like the ones below. Based on the measurements above, you’ll see that some integrated washing machines could be a little too big.
- H819mm x W596mm x D540mm
- H818mm x W596mm x D544mm
- H820mm x W600mm x D525mm
- H820mm x W595mm x D545mm
- H820mm x W596mm x D570mm
- H818mm x W596mm x D574mm
Although the depth available for a washing machine, under a 600mm deep worktop is 560mm, you need to think about water intakes, a waste pipe and electrics. If these are directly behind the washing machine, then you might not have enough space, if the washing machine was 560mm deep. You would need to allow for an extra 30mm behind the washing machine for pipes etc.
If you are integrating any other appliance, such as a dishwasher, then the advice above will still be applicable.
If you are looking at integrating your washing machine and dryer, then this article will be a useful read.
If the appliance you had your heart set on is a little too big, then you could use a deeper worktop and position the base units off the wall slightly, to accommodate larger washing machines.
If you find that your white clothes are coming out the washing machine with dark marks and lines on them then that may be a sign that the rubber door seal needs a good clean and around the front of the drum area too.
Try doing this with a white cloth and some antibacterial wipes and you’ll be amazed at how much dirt can remain!