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Looking for a new washing machine? The first thing to consider is the type of washing machine you need. If you have built in appliances you need an integrated model. Otherwise you need a freestanding washing machine.

The next thing to consider is size. This is blindingly obvious but do remember to ensure your new appliance will fit into the space your current washing machine occupies. Believe or not people do order an appliance which is too big for the space they have. And yes I am talking from personal experience.

So, type and size (should) be pretty straight forward. But what other things should you think about when you choose your new washing machine?

Capacity

A washing machines capacity is measure in kg. In other words the amount of dry clothes the drum will hold.

load capacity of new washing machineAs a guide a small family would usually look at a capacity of 7kg. But it really depends on how often you wash. If you do small loads more regularly than a larger wash once or twice a week a medium capacity of 6 or 7kg would be fine.

Another thing to consider is larger washing machines are usually more expensive to run. They generally cost more to buy too.

Running costs

Exact costs are hard to measure. But the energy class of the appliance will help you choose an energy efficient model. The more energy efficient a washing machine is the cheaper it is to run.

You can see the energy class of each washing machine on the Ebuyer site by looking at the technical specification. Energy levels go from ‘A+++’ which is the best down to ‘A’. If you see an appliance for sale rated at less than ‘A’ it will be an older washing machine.

Spin speed

The spin speed refers to how fast the drum spins at the end of the wash to remove water from the clothes. Nominally the faster the spin speed the better. However the faster the spin the more expensive the appliance is to run. The most common spin speeds are 1,200 to 1,400rpm and should be ideal for most households.

young woman using new washing machine

Bells and whistles

You’ll find new washing machines have lots of features built in. Quick wash programmes, hand wash settings, self-cleaning programmes and child safety locks to name just a few.

Take the time to look through the product descriptions you’ll find on the Ebuyer website. When it’s time to choose your new washing machine you’ll find even the least expensive appliances have all the features you need for a quick and efficient wash.

Check out all the latest washing machines – all at the lowest prices you’ll find online – at Ebuyer.

* Prices correct at time of posting.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Also remember to check the lengh of the electrical lead (if you can!!!) as they seem to be getting shorter.

  2. The most important thing in saving energy you have left out is if it is a cold fill or warm fill machine.
    Cold fill uses more leccie and requires connection to the cold water main whilst warm fill uses your boiler.

  3. sure you read the previous article too.

    Cold fill verses hot fill
    If you use biological detergents, and do mostly 30 degrees or 40 degrees washes then you are the type of customer the washing machine manufacturers say will benefit from a cold fill washing machine. Biological detergents work best when cold water is slowly warmed up and the final wash water isn’t too hot
    If you don’t use biological detergents, you may only see a marginal difference in wash results as a direct result of having no hot valve
    If you regularly use boil wash, a cold fill washing machine will be subject to more wear and tear through longer wash cycles so a hot valve might be useful depending on your plumbing (see link in next item)
    If you heat your water using solar energy or another environmentally friendly or economical way then a hot water valve could be useful if you can get a reasonable amount of hot water into the machine. However, as this article explains, that’s not easy these days – Do washing machines with a hot valve use much hot water?
    If you decide that you want a washing machine with a hot water valve, but can only find it on one of the cheap washing machines (most decent to quality washing machines are cold fill now) then it could be a false economy. Any savings made on energy could be wiped out by extra repair and maintenance costs or by lack of longevity.
    Overall, more energy is saved nationwide with cold fill only washing machines.

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