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A washing machine buying guide

When it comes to purchasing a new washing machine there are many brands to choose from. A washing machine is an appliance which will stay in the home for many years, so it is worth spending time researching to find your perfect machine. To help you in your search we have put together this useful buying guide, which will take you through the various options available.

Capacity

The drum capacity you require will usually depend on the size of your household. For small homes a 6kg drum would be sufficient, and for average sized families a 7-9kg drum is ideal, but if you live in a larger household a 10-13kg capacity machine would be advisable. Choosing a larger drum will ensure the clothes are washed thoroughly, as they are given more room to move but it will require more energy. As a rough guide, a kilogram would be equivalent to one bath towel.

Spin speed

The drum capacity you require will usually depend on the size of your household. For small homes a 6kg drum would be sufficient, and for average sized families a 7-9kg drum is ideal, but if you live in a larger household a 10-13kg capacity machine would be advisable. Choosing a larger drum will ensure the clothes are washed thoroughly, as they are given more room to move but it will require more energy. As a rough guide, a kilogram would be equivalent to one bath towel.

Energy rating

Modern washing machines are designed to be as efficient as possible, so the majority are available with energy ratings from A to the super-efficient A+++. The majority of machines are rated A+ which equates to a cost of roughly £30 per year, with A+++ machines costing around £15 per year. Up until December 2013, machines were produced with lower ratings, so the current models represent a great saving on older machines.

Wash programmes

All washing machines are equipped with a variety of wash programmes to suit your household’s requirements. Common programmes include a quick wash cycle to give your clothes a quick refresh and high-temperature intensive cycles to remove stubborn stains. if you are looking for a machine to tackle specific wash loads such as sportswear or clothes with allergens, it is advisable to choose a machine with specific features. It is worth bearing in mind that different programmes are likely to have different loading capacities, so pay attention to the details provided by the manufacturer to ensure the machine is loaded properly.

Noise level

The faster the spin, the louder the machine, so if your machine will sit close to your living area it is advisable to look for a machine with a dampener system or insulation. This extra level of protection will cushion the drum against direct contact with the outer casing so that operating noise is reduced.

Extra features

As washing machine technology develops there are a wide range of additional features available. Whether you are looking for an easy iron function, additional convenience through the Samsung AddWash system, or even a machine with built-in Wi-Fi for remote control and smart diagnosis, there are an array of features available to make washing your clothes as simple and effective as possible.

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