A South African Buyer’s Guide to Washing Machines

Washing Machine Buyer's Guide - Tafelberg Furnishers

If you’ve moved into your own place or you’re in the market for a new washing machine after your old one packed up, fear not, we have come up with a few tips to make sure that you buy the perfect washing machine that will suit your household needs.

Living in the 21st century, you have the option to dropping off your laundry at a laundromat, but in the long run, it will be cheaper to buy your own washing machine.

However, buying a washing machine is not as simple as just choosing any washing machine, paying at the till and you are sorted. You first need to consider more than just your budget, you need to consider your current household situation and a few other factors as well.

To help ensure you make the right choice when purchasing the ideal washing machine, here are a few tips to consider:

First things first: What type of washing machine would you like?

In case you didn’t know, there are mainly two types of washing machines that you can choose from, namely;

When it comes to loading laundry, the washing is loaded in the front of the washing machine.
A front loader is very energy efficient washing machine because it uses less water in the wash cycle. Another benefit of a front loader is that if your space is limited, you can place the washer on top of the dryer or vice versa.

Washing Machine Buyer's Guide - Tafelberg Furnishers

When it comes to loading laundry into the top loader, you load your laundry from the top of the washing machine, which is a benefit, because you do not have to hurt your back by bending to put washing into the machine. In addition, it’s not easily accessible to toddlers.

Another benefit of top loaders is that they are cheaper than front loaders.

The top loader has two models, namely:

  • With agitator; an agitator is a central pole which is in the middle of the drum, which can result in the washing machine ‘shaking’ more than a normal washing machine but your garments will come out clean and stain free.
  • Without agitator; which is known as high-efficiency (HE) washing machine. Top loaders without an agitator can accommodate larger loads and your clothes will not come out tangled around the agitator.

Another type of washing machine which is not very common, but it is available on our website is a washer and dryer.
A washer dryer combines the power of a washing machine and a sensor drying of a tumble dryer in one machine.

Size up the area

When going to purchase a washing machine, it is important to keep in mind the size of the washing machine, because you don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you have bought a washing machine it does not fit through the doors of your house.

Luckily, on our website, you are able to see the dimensions of all the washing machines so that before you purchase, you can make sure the machine fits the requirement of your home.

The larger the capacity or load size, the wider the washing machine will be, we will go more in-depth on load sizes of a washing machine in the next segment.

Load size of washing machine

When purchasing a washing machine, you ideally only want to do washing once a week, so you need to take into consideration the number of people in your family.

The larger the load size, the less often you have to do washing, in other words, if you take a washing machine with a large capacity, you would only have to do washing once a week, or you can do it twice or thrice a month, in addition, you will be saving water and energy as well.
For example, if you are a family of four, you can purchase a 7-9kg which has enough space for washing your families weekly washing.

If you are single and living on your own, have a roommate or if you are a newlywed couple who have just moved into their first house together, you can go for a 6kg washing machine, such as the Defy 6kg Manhattan Grey Front Loader Washing Machine DAW382, which will allow you to wash 4-6 outfits or 4-6 towels per cycle.

If you are a family of four or you are a parent of three, you should go for a 7-9kg washing machine, such as the Samsung 7kg Metallic Front Loader Washing Machine WW70J4263GS, which will allow you to wash 7-8 outfits or 7-8 towels per cycle.

If you are a family of four and have been blessed with another child or two, your parents or in-laws are staying with you, or you often have guests over a period of time, you should go for a 9kg or more washing machine, such as the Defy 10kg Front Loader Washing Machine DAW387, which will allow you to wash more than 9 outfits or more than 9 towels per cycle.

Spin speed of washing machines

Your washing machine’s ‘spin speed’ is basically how many times the drum spins round in a minute. The speeds are given in rotations per minute or ‘rpm’, and most washing machines have spin speeds that will go from as little as 600rpm up to 1600rpm.

The faster the spin speed is, the more dryer the clothes will come out because the faster spin speed extracts more moisture which is perfect for items such as your jeans which take longer to get dry.

But the faster rpm the more water will be out of clothes and in addition, the more creases will be on your clothes.

Noise level

Most washing machines have a noise output which ranges from 45dbA to 61dBa during the wash cycle and it is higher during the spin cycle, especially if you have guests over or you don’t want to wake up the rest of your household. Take for instance this Bosch 9kg Front Loader Washing Machine WAT2848XZA with a noise level of 49 dBA for washing and 75dBA for spinning.

 Take note:
The faster a washing machine’s spin speed, the more the washer will vibrate and the noisier it will sound during the spin cycle. 

Energy efficiency and water saving washing machine

With global warming and climate change which our country is facing in the 21st century, we need to do our bit to save energy, reduce energy consumption and water where we can.

Ideally, you would want to buy a washing with an A+++ rating but they can be quite pricey so an alternative is one with an A++ or A+ rating which is less pricey and is still energy efficient too. Energy efficiency rating is displayed on the washing machine, take note of this when you purchase your new washing machine.

When it comes to saving water, you would ideally want to purchase a washing machine which has a low water consumption such as the Grundig 8kg Front Loader Washing Machine GWN 48430 SC which has a low water consumption of 45L per load.

Features such as Active Water technology, in the Bosch 9kg Front Loader Washing Machine WAT2848XZA, adapts water consumption to the relevant load size. in addition it saves water by using an automatic load sensing function.

The future of washing machines is here

Whether we want to admit it or not, we are in the 21st century and we are slowly moving into a phase where everything can be operated in the palm of your hand. There are a few of our Samsung machines which allow you to operate and monitor your washing machine with a mobile app which can easily be installed on our android device such as the Samsung 8kg Front Loader Washing Machine WW80J5555FX.

Candy has also developed washing machines such as the Candy 8kg Smart Front Loader Washing Machine CS1282DR3R/1-ZA, which is equipped with Smart technology that allows it to interact with smartphones via the Smart tech app.

So, as you can see, buying a washing machine might not be as easy as you thought but with this buyer’s guide, we are hoping it will help you to make a great decision on what washing machine you should buy.

Happy shopping!

35 thoughts on “A South African Buyer’s Guide to Washing Machines”

  1. Hi Maritza, the most energy-efficient model in our top loader range will be the Samsung 9kg top loader.

  2. I’m looking for a front loader at least a 8kg, with a matching tumbler dryer. Two separate units. Which is the most efficient brand to look at
    Thank you

  3. Hi Yvonne, we have Grundig and Bosch 8kg front loaders with similar 8kg tumble dryers and are both efficient. You can also check in our Front Loader and Tumble Dryer’s categories for a wider selection you can filter to your specific needs.

  4. I am looking for a new front loader washing machine that not only cleans well, but which is reliable, and energy and water efficient.
    In the past I have bought Samsung products but have found that spare part availability in the event of a malfunction is a problem. Would you concur with this?

  5. In terms of reliability and parts availability, which is best? Bosch? LG? Whirlpool? Samsung? Grundig?

  6. Hi Mike, We can’t say in any particular order as each service issue is different from the other. However, our brand partners have service agents across the country to assist with any service issues ensuring that you get the best after-sales service.

  7. Hi

    Which machine would you recommend top loader and front loader taking into account a family of 5, energy, water consumption and after sales service?

  8. Hello Riana – A family of 5, in your case bigger, will be better!

    When it comes to a larger capacity, top-loaders are most certainly the winner, and the biggest top loader we have on offer is the 18kg Samsung – https://tinyurl.com/ybt4ec2o

    A slightly smaller capacity and a bit more cost-effective option would be the reliable 16kg Whirpool top-loader, which you can view here – https://tinyurl.com/y8afonzu

    For more top-loader options, please view our top loader category for an array of alternative options – https://tinyurl.com/y83nuqt9

    If you are wanting to also consider a front loader, then maybe consider the biggest front loader we currently stock, the all impressive 13kg Candy Grandovita Front Loader – https://tinyurl.com/y74l3veg

    Should you need any further assistance, don’t hesitate in leaving us a message or even giving us a call to discuss. Always here to help Riana 🙂

    Take care!

  9. Hi Mike, which brand do recommend family of 6.
    you have mentioned that the faster the spin, higher noise…how do u deal with the spin noise

  10. Mike, which is the best machine to remove soil/ dirt stains better and faster?

  11. Hello Becky, we hope you’re doing well.

    Before considering the brand, maybe consider some other needs first like how important energy efficiency is, how much are you willing to spend, etc. For example, the SpeedQueen 10.5kg top-loader (https://tinyurl.com/yazfk9qu) is amazing quality, but at a price and smaller load-capacity as say, the Samsung 18kg top-loader (https://www.tafelberg.co.za/product/samsung-18kg-top-loader-washing-machine-wa18j6750sp/), which is considerably cheaper and nearly twice the load-capacity, but thinking of what strain your machine might take in the long run is also worth considering.

    A family of 6 definitely needs a larger capacity and if I had to put myself in your shoes, a 13kg or bigger would have to be your intentions, anything smaller might just become frustrating, depending on how often laundry needs doing of course.

    Cancelling noise is hard to do and near impossible. All washing machines must spin to do their job, and here front-loaders are far superior, but they don’t offer the same size load-capacity nor the cost-effectiveness of those of top-loaders. One might look at little thing to “lesser the sound”, find a few tips here: https://tinyurl.com/y8tdsqss

  12. Hello again Becky 🙂

    No bias, we only sell quality brands and products we believe and trust in, I’d be confident enough to recommend any of our washing machine brands; https://tinyurl.com/y9zpnwwl

    I must add to aid in your search that front-loaders tend to have better washing features which improve the quality of the wash on tougher stains, this though should be only but one of the factors you consider.

    Contact us via email or phone if you need more help Becky, always happy to assist.

  13. Hi Mike . I currently have a 13kg top loader LG but I moved houses and due to space constrains, I need to switch to a front loader . I am conflicted between Bosch 9kg and Samsung 9kg. We are a family of 6 . Durability is the most important factor for me . Which one would you recommend. (I have had the LG toploader for 8 years with no problems )

  14. Hello Lyn.

    I hope my reply finds you in good health.

    Both Bosch and Samsung has great reliability, even considering another LG model might be a good thought. Without creating more conflict, I’m going to list my three personal favourites for you Lyn and add a reason or two for why at each:

    1) Bosch 9kg – 3-year guarantee – Has an A+++ energy rating and mid-wash reload function which can be very handy: https://www.tafelberg.co.za/product/bosch-9kg-metallic-front-loader-washing-machine-wat28s4sza/
    2) Bosch 9kg – 3-year guarantee – Similiar to the one mentioned above, but with slightly fewer features (has been a great seller over the years): https://www.tafelberg.co.za/product/bosch-9kg-front-loader-washing-machine-wat2848xza/
    3) Samsung 9kg – 2-year guarantee – Allows you to add clothes during a cycle: https://www.tafelberg.co.za/product/samsung-9kg-front-loader-washing-machine-ww90k5410ux/

    As of sending this reply, all three models qualify for an additional promotional hamper and I would suggest checking stock availability through our live chat or website enquiry page before making a purchase. Hope my reply is of help to Lyn and if you need further help, please do contact us :

    Have a wonderful day!

  15. Good day,
    A family of 6, five being boys! So need a machine is the best at removing tough stains. Please can you recommend a washing machine for us!

  16. Hello Gail, hope you are doing amazing today.

    You can have a look at these 4 front loader washing machine models which all have a bigger load capacity compared to the average washing machine: https://tinyurl.com/y6xlx6uh

    If you are looking for an even bigger option and perhaps more cost-effective, rather then consider these 4 top loader washing machine models: https://tinyurl.com/y4jtp5wu

    And if you need any further assistance with regards to additional information on each model, the product pages should provide all the necessary information you require to make an informed decision, if not, don’t hesitate to contact us directly or use our live chat function for quick answers.

    Have a blessed day Gail.

  17. Hi We are looking for an economical; reasonably priced 7kg front loader washing machine.
    Our last two have snapped belts.
    What do you recommend? gravitating towards Bsch; Smasung or Defy. Which and why please

  18. Glenys, good day and thank you for your question. The brands you have listed are all great option, so I will provide you with two 7kg front-loader options, each delivery excellent value for money:

  19. Bosch 7kg Front-loader: https://www.tafelberg.co.za/product/bosch-7kg-silver-front-loader-washing-machine-waj2017sza/
  20. Defy 7kg Front-loader: https://www.tafelberg.co.za/product/defy-7kg-metallic-front-loader-washing-machine-daw384/
  21. Both washing machines have 15 programs and an A+++ energy rating.

    However, the Bosch is slightly quieter than the Defy, but the Defy has a 200rpm higher spin speed.

    If you need any further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us using our product enquiry option.

  22. I have to replace my Speed Queen top loader, 8kg of 20+yrs. I’m considering a front loader (but top loader with great recommendations will be considered too) with at least the same capacity, for cleaner washing, but have to take into consideration that I wash a lot of dog blankets (fleece and/or wool), as well as duvets (queen and king size – hollow fiber not down).
    I’m not into all kinds of settings and finicky controls, the simpler the better.
    What would you recommend?

  23. Good day Elize. Speed Queen is a very loyal brand to Tafelberg and I would be hard-pressed to recommend a better option. Seeing that you’ve had your machine for 20+ years I would say stick with them!

    You can find all Speed Queen washing machine options here: https://www.tafelberg.co.za/brands/speed-queen/

    Should you like to browse some front-loaders, feel free to do so here: https://www.tafelberg.co.za/major-appliances/laundry/washing-machines/front-loader/

  24. Good day Christiaan – Happy to be able to introduce you to something new!

    I can honestly say they stack up to the best of them. We guarantee the quality of all our appliance brands and Candy has become a loyal partner to our business over the last stretch of time. You can be confident in buying any of their range of appliance products.

    You can follow this link to all Candy Appliance products: https://www.tafelberg.co.za/brands/candy-appliances/

    Hope that helps 🙂

  25. Hi there,

    I am looking for a washing machine that heats its own water – what can you recommend? Front loader of 7/9kg.
    For a holiday house that only would have a cold water supply pipe.

  26. Hi Tamsin,

    Front loaders have an internal heating element that will heat up cold water.

    Bosch front loaders are generally both water and energy efficient, and they have great after sale service. https://tinyurl.com/yxvceg7k

    Alternatively, we have a big variety of front loaders, with a load size of 7kg and 9kg, from a range of well-known brands. https://tinyurl.com/y44cvhyv

    Have a great day Tamsin!

  27. Hi there,

    I’m interested in buying a washer dryer because of space constraints and won’t be able to have both a washing machine and a tumble dryer.

    I’ve been told washer dryers aren’t usually very good at drying. Do you have any advice? Or perhaps a certain model that can do a decent job at drying?

    Thank you in advance – this article is very helpful!

  28. Hi Rachel,

    A washer-dryer isn’t just great to counter space constraints but it also gives you a time-saving advantage while producing optimum functionality. We have a great selection in our washer-dryer category, such as the Candy 9kg/6kg GrandoVita Washer Dryer equipped with Smart Fi+ technology that allows you to control the washer dryer remotely via the Smart Fi app and sophisticated sensors that check the weight of the load and adapt the length of the drying cycle, optimising it in terms of time and energy and ensuring the
    best possible treatment for your clothes.

    The Samsung washer-dryer is also a good pick with EcoBubble technology and Air Wash. Both these machines are in our washer dryer category .

    I hope the above help?

    Thank you for your feedback regarding this article, Rachel!

  29. Hi there

    I am conflicted between getting a 6kg Defy washing and a 6kg Hisense. I stay with my sister so its just the two of us. So which one between the 2 is a best option to go for?

  30. Hi

    I’m loving this thread of valuable info. Please could you help me with some advice.
    Between the 9/10kg machines, which would you say is better.
    Defy steamcure
    Candy grandovita
    Or the Bosch
    Thank you

  31. Hi there,

    I found this thread to be extremely useful and informative. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.

    After reading, I am gravitating towards the bosch 9kg as we are a family of 4 and water and energy efficiency is of utmost importance as we run off solar when there is load shedding. What are the main differences between the BOSCH 9KG METALLIC FRONT LOADER WASHING MACHINE WAT28S4SZA and the BOSCH 9KG FRONT LOADER WASHING MACHINE WAT2848XZA?

    Another question is what is your delivery time for Johannesburg North area?

    Thank you!

  32. Thank you for your feedback, Salisha!

    The main difference between the Bosch 9KG Metalic Front Loader Washing Machine WAT28S4SZA and the Bosch 9KG Front Loader Washing Machine WAT2848XZA is; the former (WAT28S4SZA) comes with an Intelligent Dosing System (I-DOS) for liquid detergent and fabric softener. This function ensures optimum quantities are dispensed automatically depending on the settings and program for best laundry results. Our delivery turnaround time is 2-7 working days depending on your exact delivery address and stock availability at the time of purchase.

  33. Hi Kay.
    Unfortunately, we do not stock Hisense washing machines. Defy washing machines are quite popular and we do not have many returns on them.

  34. Hi Muhammad.

    Bosch front loaders are generally both water and energy efficient, and they have great after sale service. https://tinyurl.com/yxvceg7k
    Defy has a great range of washing machines as well and they have a range of load sizes, depending on the load size required. https://tinyurl.com/88syewmz
    Candy is not a well-known brand like Bosch and Defy, however the GrandoVita range is equipped with Smart Fi+ technology that allows you to control the washing machine remotely via the Smart Fi app. https://tinyurl.com/8fspyuwj

    Feel free to contact us via email or phone if you need further assistance.

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