Here at Home Clearance, we know that washing machines are not a ‘one size fits all’ item. Thus it’s worth taking the time to research your options. This washing machine buying guide has been put together by our appliance experts to take the guesswork out of shopping for a washer.
Washing Machine Types
First things first, you’ll need to decide if you want a front load or a top load washing machine.
Top Load Washers
- Easy to load
- Shorter wash cycles
- Cold water wash option
- Add/remove items mid cycle
- Cheaper in price
- Large capacity
- Use more water & energy than front loaders
- Models with an agitator can snag/tear clothes
- Takes up more space than front loaders
Front Load Washers
- Water efficient
- Energy efficient
- Gentler on your clothes
- Flat top means you can stack a dryer on top (with a stacking kit)
- Can fit into tight spaces – e.g. beneath benches
- Long wash cycles
- Can’t add an item mid cycle
- You need to bend down to load the machine
This style of washing machine features a washer on one side, and a spin tub on the other. The user must manually remove the wet laundry from the wash tub once the cycle has finished, and place in the spin tub.
- Allows you to reuse water for multiple loads
- You can spin in one tub while washing in the other
- You can manually fill the tub with water
- Gives the user greater control over wash process
- Additional items can be added mid wash
- Requires manual labour to operate
- Takes up quite a lot of space
- Only water efficient if you reuse the water for several cycles
- You can’t spin an entire load at once – must split into 2 spin loads
What Size Washing Machine Do You Need?
Please use the following as a rough guide:
- Small household (1-2 people): 5.5kg or smaller
- Medium household (3-4 people): 5.5kg-8kg
- Large household (4+ people): 8kg or larger
Other Washing Machine Features to Consider
If water efficiency is a concern, you should buy a front load washing machine. Look for a machine with a 4 star or higher rating.
Likewise, front load washing machines tend to be the most energy efficient. Considering the rising cost of electricity, an efficient machine will save you money in the long run.
Automatic Load Sensing
Available in the more advanced models, this feature uses sensor technology to figure out how much water is needed, and how long the wash cycle needs to be. This makes the machine easier to operate, and also helps it to run more efficiently.
Generally speaking, the more expensive your machine, the more programs it will have. Have a look at the list of programs to see if they are suited to your needs.
Measure your available space and then check the dimensions of the washing machine before you buy. You should also measure the doors and hallways leading up to your laundry to make sure you’ll be able to get it in.
The faster the spin cycle, the quicker your laundry will dry. Please note: fast spin speeds aren’t available on all wash cycles.
Contact Us for Expert Washing Machine Advice!
We know so much about washing machines, it literally isn’t funny. (Don’t invite us to your parties; we will talk about washing machines all night).
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