My parents have a Whirlpool washer (model LA7000XS) and dryer (model LE7080XSW0) from 1987. They want to replace them, but want to make sure the capacities of the new washer and dryer are at least as large as the Whirlpool ones.

They still have the manuals for the Whirlpool washer and dryer, but the manuals don't mention the capacity at all. Neither do any of the stickers in the machines. Is there any way to find out what their capacity is?


According to page 4 of the LA700XS manual the washing machine's extra large load is 21.7 gallons which would translate to 2.9 cubic feet.

Most online buying guides for dryers recommend getting one that is double the capacity of your washer so the clothes have room to move.

  • Then there are those of us who try to pack several washer-loads into one drier-load... so more than double might actually make sense. – keshlam Nov 15 '14 at 20:57
  • Packing multiple washes in one dryer load is an inefficient approach, IMHO. – Ecnerwal Nov 15 '14 at 22:00
  • @Ecnerwal Don't you think it depends upon what one is optimizing on when determining efficiency? For example, time spent moving laundry between machines and baskets could be a legitimate measure of efficiency for some people. – user23752 Nov 15 '14 at 22:09

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