Buying a new washing machine
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Washing machine guide
Before you buy
There’s two important questions to consider before you buy a new washing machine. What size do you need? And do you have the right connections?
Will it fit? – There's nothing worse than your new machine arriving and you don't have enough space. It's important to measure up beforehand to make sure your new washing machine isn't too wide for the intended space, too tall to go under a counter or, or has too much depth and sticks out at the front.
If a machine is too wide it won't fit where you want it to go. If it's too tall, it won't fit under the counter and if it has too much depth then the front will stick out.
What connections do I need? – Washing machines need to be connected to a cold water supply, waste pipe and mains plug. Make sure that all of these are in reach or you won't be able to install your machine.
Washing machine features
- Spin speed – Spin speed is measured in RPM (rotations per minute) and is literally the speed that the drum can spin. A machine with higher RPM spins faster and leaves your clothes drier when the wash finishes. Some machines have a variable spin speed feature which lets you choose the speed the machine spins at.
- Energy efficiency - Every washing machine is given an energy rating. Our models range from A++++, the most efficient, to B, the least efficient. Having a more efficient machine has lots of benefits, including the potential to reduce bills, as well as your carbon footprint.
- Pause button - A pause button is a handy feature that lets you stop mid-wash and add any laundry that you might have missed.
- Variable temperature - This feature lets you change the temperature of your wash. Lower temperatures can reduce running costs and preserve the colour of your clothing, while higher temperatures provide a more intensive clean.
- Max washing time - This number, featured on our product pages, is the maximum amount of time that a wash is likely to take with that machine.
- Smart features – If a washing machine is smart, it means it can be connected to your phone or smart home setup. NFC means it can connect to your smartphone, using the same technology that you'd use for contactless payments.
List of wash programs
Machines with quick wash can complete a full wash in 30 minutes. It's fast and energy efficient.
Most washing machines have programs for specific fabrics, usually including silks, woollens, cotton, sport wear, synthetics, darks and delicates.
A baby cycle is an intensive cycle that protects your little ones clothes from washing powder and detergent.
If you're doing a wash but not using the full drum capacity, a half load program or automatic load adjustment uses less water than if the drum was full.
An intensive wash is best used when you have some particularly tough stains that you want to remove. Can be paired with a pre-wash or extra-rinse program to give something a thorough clean.
This program runs at a lower spin speed so that your clothes come out of the wash less creased.
Economy cycles use a lower temperature to consume less water and energy.
Spin and drain
This cycle removes the water once the wash is done, and then spins the clothes dry - reducing the post-wash drying time.
Most washing machine control panels have a knob for selecting wash programs, as well as an indicator light or screen for monitoring the progress of a wash.
More advanced models may feature LCD or touch screens.
What is a washer dryer?
A washer dryer is a good choice if you don’t have space for a separate washing machine and tumble dryer. These machines have both washing and drying functions.
The up side is that you only need one machine rather than two, while the downside can be that the drying takes a lot longer than with a standalone tumble dryer.
Recycling and installation
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