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The best laundry load size for your Samsung washing machine and dryer

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When you're doing laundry, you have to consider the weight of the load to get the best cleaning results. Small, heavy items can overload your washer or dryer as much as big, lightweight ones. Since overloading your washer or dryer will reduce cleaning performance and potentially cause other issues, you want to make sure you're doing it right.

Load your washer

Determining how much weight the washer can handle is based on its capacity in cubic feet. Although you're welcome to weigh your laundry to get an exact value, you can also estimate it. Bath towels are about 1.5 pounds each, a full-size bed sheet is about 1.25 pounds, a large sweatshirt is about 1 pound, and extra large t-shirts are about half a pound each.

Make sure you're not packing the laundry down. The clothes should be in a very loose pile. If you have to push the laundry down to make room for more, you are definitely overloading it. Comforters and blankets should fit snug, never cramped.

  • A small load of laundry is when the tub is approximately 1/3 full. It can also be measured as 1 pound of laundry per cubic foot of the washer's capacity.

  • A medium load of laundry is when the tub is approximately 1/2 full. It can also be measured as 2 pounds of laundry per cubic foot of the washer's capacity.

  • A large load of laundry is when the tub is approximately 3/4 full. It can also be measured as 3 pounds of laundry per cubic foot of the washer's capacity.

  • The minimum recommended weight for the washer is 3 pounds. Machine washable wool items should be limited to 4.4 pounds or less. Comforters and blankets should be limited to 6.6 pounds or less.

For instance, a washer with 4.0 cubic feet capacity would consider a 4-pound load small, an 8-pound load medium, and a 12-pound load large.

As long as the weight of the load is between the minimum and maximum, the washer will detect the weight of the load and automatically adjust the optimal water level, washing time, rinse counts, and spin counts based on the cycle that's selected.

Load your dryer

Loading the dryer is a little less complicated compared to loading the washer. That's because the load size isn't as critical in a dryer. The rule of thumb is that you need to have at least three to five items in the dryer, at least when running a Sensor Dry cycle, so the sensors can properly detect the laundry's dry level.

  • A small load of laundry is when the drum is approximately 1/4 full.

  • A medium load of laundry is when the drum is approximately 1/2 full.

  • A large load of laundry is when the drum is approximately 3/4 full.

Just like on a washer, overloading the dryer will reduce its performance; clothes may not completely dry. To prevent this problem, the dryer should never be more than 3/4 full.

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