Buying Guide to Washing Machines
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Choosing a Washing Machine
Your washing machine is one of your home’s essential appliances and can be one of the most expensive. Therefore, making the right choice, the first time, is crucial. Our guide to washing machines is designed to help you find the perfect machine for your washing needs.
Which Washing Machine?
There are several things to consider before you choose a washing machine. What is your budget? Are you looking for low price washing machines or top of the range models? What load size do you need to accommodate? Do you have space for a separate dryer or would you like a dual function washer dryer? Do you want a basic machine or one with more functions such as quick wash settings, a faster spin speed and larger drum capacity? When you’ve established which type of machine is the right one for you then reading a washing machine review can help you narrow your choice down even further. Some things to consider when choosing a washing machine include:
Top of the Range versus Low Price Washing Machines
Choosing from a range of best value washing machines does not necessarily mean that you’ll be compromising on quality. By choosing the basic model from a well-known and trusted brand you can expect a consistent standard of quality, but generally with a smaller drum and less functions and cycle options. We stock a great range of low price washing machines that are competitively priced, higher spec machines, as well as basic models. Washing machine manufacturers’ top of the range washing machines makes and models vary significantly, and they will have a lot more functions such as a larger drum, faster spin speed and quick wash or extended wash options.
For an energy efficient washing machine you should try to opt for an ‘A’ rated washing machine. ‘A’ rating indicates the same energy efficiency right across the board of brands. You may also want to consider water consumption too. When buying a new model you can choose a washing machine with water consumption from 33 litres to 78 litres.
Choice of Programmes
Washing machines vary greatly and their differences can be measured by the amount of programmes they offer – this can range from about eight programmes to around 21. If you only need a basic model, look for a more economically priced machine with fewer functions; if you’d like a range of options including a quick wash, varied spin speed and extras such as anti-crease action, then a model with more programmes could suit you better.
Washer dryers are perfect if you’re short of space for appliances, as naturally a washer dryer takes up half the space of two appliances. If you want a tumble dryer then buying a washer dryer could save you money. It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that the dryer function of a washer dryer may not be as energy efficient as a separate dryer.