A new washing machine is a big investment which should see you through the next ten years so you need to be sure that you make the right choice. There are a number of factors to consider but ultimately you need to think about how often you use your washing machine, what sort of fabrics you wash, and how much space you have in your kitchen or laundry room. Think about what washing machine is right for you and your family, check its energy efficiency, and the choice will be made easier. To help you out, we’ve compiled a guide to choosing the best washing machine for you.
Freestanding or Built-in?
If you don’t have a separate laundry room you might want to buy a built-in washing machine which can be hidden away behind your cabinetry and disappear from sight. However, they tend to be smaller and often work out to be more expensive than freestanding models. The added benefit of a freestanding washing machine is that you can take it with you if you move home.
You need to think about both the size of the drum (and therefore the size of load the machine will be able to wash at one time) and the size of the space the washing machine needs to fit into. Generally, the larger your household, the larger your washing machine will need to be to cope (and to prevent you from having to put more washes on than necessary, saving time, energy and money!). However, don’t make the mistake of buying a machine that is too big for the space it needs to fit into – always measure the space before you buy.
Water and Energy Efficiency
Always look out for the energy rating label displayed on washing machines – often based on a star rating, this will tell you how energy efficient it is and enable you to easily compare it to other machines. If a washing machine carries an ENERGY STAR label, it has been singled out as one of the most energy efficient models on the market – those that qualify use 30% less energy and about half the amount of water compared to regular washing machines. Although generally front load washing machines use less water and are more energy efficient than top loaders, there now exist intelligent machines which combine the capacity of a top loader with the energy efficiency and water conservation of a front loader.
Think about what you wash and check that there is a programme to suit all your needs. For example, Fisher & Paykel clothes washers offer bulky, delicate, easy iron, heavy duty, regular, sheets, and whites cycles so that you can tailor your wash to your load.
Will your washing machine be close to your living areas? Make sure you choose one with a low noise for minimum disruption to your down time.
Whatever your washing machine needs, make sure you take time to figure out what would best suit your family, do your research, and you’ll find a model that you’ll love for the next decade.
This quick guide is provided by Olivia Slamut, a smart home appliances enthusiasm and pro green energy.
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