If there are only a few people in your household or you find you don’t need to do as many loads as others, a 4.5 cu. ft. washer might be ideal. These machines are also an excellent choice if you want a more compact unit. However, larger households or ones that need to consistently run larger loads might consider something with 5.5 cu. ft. or more of space. For a general idea of load capacities, a 5.1 cu. ft. washer can hold about 20 towels.
When thinking about physical space, be sure to include any laundry pedestal you might have or want to purchase too.
Automatic dispensing is a handy feature that releases detergent, fabric softener and bleach at the right times. An extra rinse cycle might be desirable in situations that require more help to get rid of pet hair or stains, and an automatic temperature control is fantastic for getting the proper water temperature at all times.
Also, check to see what material the drum of the machine is made from. Those that are made from stainless steel tend to last longer than their counterparts, and because they are more durable, they can spin faster to extrude more water, thus cutting down on operation time.