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 don’t need to do your washing one, removes the mission of driving to the laundromat.
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.
The front loader is very energy efficient because it uses less water in the wash cycle. A benefit of the front loader is that if your space is limited, you can place the washer on top of the dryer or vice versa.
When it comes to loading laundry into the top loader, you load from the top of the washing machine, which is a benefit, because you do not have to bend to put washing into the washing machine. Also, it’s not easily accessible to toddlers.
Top loaders are also 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 available on our website is a washing machine which has a 2 in one function: washer and dryer.
The washer dryer combines the power of a washing machine and a sensor drying 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 your washing machine then you won’t be able to fit it 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 it’s the right size for your house.
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 and not more than 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 don’t have to do washing once a week, 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 Bosch 6kg Front Loader Washing Machine WAB20268ZA, 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 mother or father of three, you should go for a 7-9kg washing machine, such as the AEG 7kg Front Loader Washing Machine L34173S, 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 Grundig 12kg Front Loader Washing Machine GWN 512440 SC, 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.
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 Siemens 8kg EcoSilence Front Loader Washing Machine WM14T67XZA with a noise level of 49 dBA for washing and 74dBA for spinning.
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.
Most energy and water efficient models will have eco programs as with this LG 8kg/5kg Eco Hybrid Washer Dryer FH4U2TGPSS with Eco Hybrid technology to save water or shorten the drying cycle.
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.
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.