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Choosing a washing machine

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Unless you live on Eastenders, chances are you’ll buy a washing machine at some point in your life. These workhorses are one of the most heavily used machines in our homes, so when you buy one it is an investment. There are hundreds of types of mashing machines available and we’re going to look at what to expect when you’re in the market for a new machine.

Features to look out for

There are five main things to look out for when you’re buying a washing machine. These are:

Capacity

The capacity of your washing machine is based on how big the drum is. If it is a larger drum it will have a large capacity. Larger drums allow more movement for your clothes, which can improve the quality of the wash. Capacity is measured in kg. 1kg is equal to one full outfit or a large bath towel. Capacities tend to vary from 6kg and under, for small households, up to 13kg for large households.

 

Spin Speed

This is an important thing to consider when buying a washing machine because the higher the spin speed the less water will be left in our clothes when you take them out the machine. They will dry quicker if they are less damp. Most washing machines have a spin speed of up to 1200 rpm. If you wash lots of large towels and bed sheets you might want to invest in a 1600 rpm model to get rid of the excessive moisture. If you wash delicate items getting a model where you can reduce the speed will let your clothes live a bit longer.

 

Energy Rating

Energy rating is express as a letter with A+++ being the most efficient and G being the least efficient. The more efficient a machine is, the less you’ll spend on electricity and the more money you’ll save. Saving energy also help the environment. An A+ machine costs around £30 a year to run, whereas an A+++ costs around £15 a year.

 

Wash Programmes

Wash programmes will probably help you decide what type of machine you end up buying. These are the number of different ways the machine works. If you have a varied wardrobe or wash lots of different types of things these programs can help extend the life of your clothes. Options include quick wash mode which can wash a load in 30 minutes, specialist cycles for cotton, wool and delicates and special stain removal cycles for stubborn dirt like grass and chocolate stains.

 

Extra Features

There are a host of extras you’ll find on washing machines. Easy iron functions make it easier to iron your clothes after they’ve dried, some model have quiet motors and the latest technology includes Wi-Fi so that you can control your machine remotely via an app on your smartphone.

 

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