Washing machine is one of the most useful household appliances that makes chores easier. It is even advisable to have one if you are the busy type.
To choose the washing machine that best suit your need, you need to know the basic features offered. There are different types of washing machine. They include:
- Washer & Dryer Combos: This combo save space without sacrificing capacity. These are especially useful in smaller homes and condos, where your washer and dryer can fit in a closet, out of sight.
- Top load washers : A top load washer uses a central agitator to clean your clothes. It’s easy to use, affordable and high-efficiency models are becoming more common.
- Front load washers : Front load washers can usually handle a higher capacity of clothes, as they don’t have an agitator that takes up space. They are efficient, gentler on clothing, have shorter cycles and higher spin speeds that help reduce drying time.
- Portable washing machines : If space is a concern, try a mini washing machine. These washers often have the features found in larger models, but handle smaller loads.
These are the criteria you need to look out for before you buy a washing machine. Look at the list below:
1. Size and Loading Options
Front-loading washing machines come in standard size but have most features. The door on front loading machines can be difficult in limited space. On the other hand, the top loading washing machines are narrower. They are much less common and do not have as many features.
Try to pay attention to the depth and size of the machine. Most washing machines are at least 59 cm wide, and 85 cm tall. Also take into consideration, the space available in the house for the machine.
Most of UK washing machines have a capacity of 7 kg, designed for the average household.
A typical 7 kg wash could include two pairs of jeans, two to three bath towels, a double sheet, numerous pairs of pants and socks, and several hand towels.
The capacity of the machine you choose should fit your laundry needs.
3. Spin speed
Washing machine with faster speeds get clothes drier. However, the faster the spin speed, the noisier the machine becomes. Standard spin speeds is within the range of 800 to 1200 rpm; although 1800 rpm machines do exist and 1400 rpm is becoming more common. Also, the faster the spin speed, the more water that would be removed from the clothes.
Washing machines with specialist programmes offer better care without needing supervision. Standard programmes include cotton, wool, some other delicate setting, synthetics, mixed fabrics, and a quick wash option.
There will almost always be a pre-wash button or setting; extra rinsing and separate spin cycles are common features.
Most washing machines allow their users to choose the temperature they wash their clothes at, ranging from 90 °C with the cotton settings to “cold”, which is broadly understood to mean around 15 °C.
These are basically the major criteria you need to consider before you pay for a washing machine.