How to select a washing machine? – tough question, isn’t it? Buying a new washing machine is a big decision for any household. Along with cost comparison, there are a whole host of options you need to consider before parting with your money. First of all, though, you need to decide what type of washing machine you want.
Fully Automatic or Semi Automatic
A fully automatic washing machine has different washing conditions in comparison to a semi automatic washing machine. Semi auto machines mostly have 2 tubs and clothes have to be moved from one tub to the other during the wash process. In a fully auto washing machine you can just leave the machine alone until the wash is complete.
Usually, a semi auto machine uses less water than its fully automatic counterpart. It is also typically easier to ‘pause’ the machine between cycles with a semi auto than with a fully automatic washing machine (eg. In case you run out of water or electricity supply). Some fully auto washing machines also come with the option of a heater, which semi automatics usually do not have.
Front Load or Top Load?
The eternal debate is front loader versus top loader. A key consideration here when washing clothes is simply space. If you would not have enough space to open the door to a front loader, then a top loader would be a better option. Make sure to get out your tape measure and check first, though: you don’t want to end up with a washing machine that doesn’t fit.
Other than size and shape considerations, it comes down to personal taste. Agitators, however, muddy the water. Older top loading machines always had them, while front loaders didn’t. Nowadays, though, they’re usually absent in both. Some top loaders still contain them, though, and many consumers believe it offers a better clean, although it does reduce drum capacity.
How much washing do you do?
It’s that drum size that’s your most important consideration. Your question should always be: how much washing do I need to do? You can get all kinds of drum sizes to fit, from around 4kg up to 10kg (2.45 cubic feet to 5.6). Too big and you’re going to be wasting water and detergent. Too small and you’ll need to wash too often and waste again.
With modern High Efficiency washing machines, you also have a choice when it comes to features and energy consumption. It’s often worth spending more on a more efficient washing machine that will save you in the long term.
Special wash modes are also worth looking out for. Some machines will let you wash woolen garments safely, while others do the same with silk. One of the best of these features is the hand-wash cycle, especially if you own a lot of delicates. To bring the best out of your machine, add Ariel detergent to every load.