Choosing a washing machine
A washing machine is one of those real essential kitchen appliances, finding the right one for you couldn't be easier. With a big range of models to suit all budgets, and some great energy efficient options available, we've put together this guide to help you choose.
What to look for
To make sure you get the best possible performance from your washing machine, first have a think about how you're going to be using it. How much washing do you do in a week? Are you often short of time? And do you have space to dry your clothes in your home or garden? All of these things, and your budget, will determine the machine that's right for you.
- Spin Speed
When it comes to technical features, a high spin speed is good to look out for. The faster the spin your washing machine has, the more water is removed and the faster your clothes will dry - some are up to 1600rpm, but you should find that 1000rpm would be sufficient for an acceptable wash. Some models of washing machine actually let you choose between a range of different speeds which is great for washing delicates.
- Drum Capacity
The size of the drum is also important - some washing machines hold up to 9kg. This size will allow you to wash bulky items like duvets and curtains as well as giving clothes extra room to avoid getting tangled. A larger size drum means fewer washing days which is great for saving time and money especially if you have a big (or very messy) family.
- Special features
A LED display on a washing machine lets you know how much time is left on the cycle which is also really useful, as is a time delay feature - so you can go out and set your washing to be done by the time you come home. Anti-mould door seal technology is worth investing in to prolong the life of your washing machine and avoid damage from a build up of moisture.
Most washing machines now have programmes for different kinds of clothes - look for quick wash, mixed load, sensitive skin, and hand wash or small load functions. Some also now come with coin traps, to collect all those bits of loose change, buttons or pen lids that are easily forgotten in pockets.
Fuzzy logic is also good to look out for - it's a new technology used to recognise how much washing is in the drum. The temperature, amount of water and energy used and the length of the cycle are then all adjusted accordingly, making sure you get the best possible performance, with minimal waste. Some washing machines also have a steam clean setting, which means fewer creases and a deeper clean for your clothes.
If you are short on space you might want to choose a combined washer dryer - a washing machine and tumble dryer in one. It'll save you space both in the kitchen and around the house as you won't need to find room to hang up your clothes. Please note, however, that these often have a smaller capacity for drying than washing, so drying loads sometimes need to be split. Washer dryers are really the best option for small households or if your dryer is just a back-up for your clothes line.
There are a few key features to look for that have an impact on the environment.
Efficiency ratings let you know how energy efficient your washing machine is. Washing machines as well as all kitchen appliances can help to reduce the impact on the environment. - cutting your carbon footprint and saving you money. Variable temperatures settings on a washing machine is a must. Some models now have eco settings which help you less energy by washing at 30°C or lower.
Appliances are rated 'A+' - 'G', with 'A' rated appliances being the most efficient. Washing machines are also rated for water consumption and performance. 'A+' rated washing are easy to spot as they bear the Energy Saving Recommended logo on the washing machine and will be listed in the product details. Check out our Eco guide to find out more about saving energy.
Energy consumption (measured in kWh). It is good to bear in mind that the lower the number, the better it is for the environment and the more money you'll save. Water consumption is also important. With water, as with energy, a more efficient appliance will have lower running costs and will be more environmentally friendly.
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