Knowing how long the washing machine takes can help us to plan our day and get through our laundry chores more efficiently. 

The amount of time that a washing machine needs to clean clothes varies depending on the brand as well as the model of washer you are using. 

The wash cycle setting you choose to use will also effect the amount of time needed. Choosing quick wash will take the least amount of time and can be used together with lightly soiled garments. 

The heavy duty setting takes a longer period of time and can be used in conjunction with heavily soiled items.

Continue reading to find out how long each wash cycle takes to finish.

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How Long Does A Washer Take?

A washer will take between 60-80 minutes for your clothes to be washed. However with the variety of settings these days, there are a few variable that will come into play. Let me explain…

The length of time depends on the make and model of the washing machine, as well as the wash setting that you choose to use. 

Continue reading below to see how long a washer takes when using the most common types of wash settings, such as delicate or quick wash. 

How Long Does a Washer Take

1. How long is a quick wash cycle?

The quick wash cycle for lightly soiled garments typically takes between 15 to 40 minutes to complete. The length of time varies depending on the make and model of the washer. Only use this setting with lightly soiled garments, as it will not be vigorous enough to clean heavily soiled clothes. 

2. How long is a delicate wash cycle?

A delicate wash cycle usually takes 45 to 80 minutes to wash clothes. Delicate garments made from fabrics such as silk, wool, or spandex should be washed using the delicate setting. The wash time will vary depending on the washer’s make and model. The delicate setting may also be referred to as “gentle” on some washing machines. 

3. How long is a heavy duty wash cycle?

Heavily soiled garments can be washed using a heavy duty wash cycle, which usually takes somewhere between 60 to 120 minutes.

4. How long does a front-load washer take?

You can expect a front-load washing machine to take anywhere between 60 and 80 minutes while using the normal wash cycle setting. 

5. How long does a top-load washer take?

Depending on the make and model of your top-load washing machine, a normal wash cycle should last between 60 to 80 minutes before finishing. 

Follow our washing tips for all types of garments.


Yes, 30 minutes is enough for a quick wash cycle. It would be best to use only a 30-minute cycle for lightly soiled garments.

A full washing machine cycle takes between 60 and 80 minutes.

Your washing machine taking 3 hours can be due to multiple reasons. The best thing you can do is call in an expert to look at it. This will save you time and money using an inefficient washing machine.

A 15-minute wash is enough if you wash a few lightly soiled pieces of clothing. A 15-minute wash is called a quick wash cycle.