Handy checklist when buying a new washing machine
"PriceInspector, what type of washing machine should I buy?"
- The first thing to consider when deciding which type of washing machine would best suit your needs is where it's going to fit in your kitchen. The most common type is a freestanding front-loading washing machine which can easily fit under a worktop or small space. These can be purchased in a range of finishes from the traditional white, through silver/grey and now even black.
- Built-in or integrated washing machines are hidden behind a fascia panel which can be used to complement the look of your kitchen; however you are limited by choice with this type of unit as they tend to be sold as part of a kitchen package and as such there are fewer models to choose from and at further expense.
- Check out the specs on your future purchase as not all units are the same. Manufacturers nowadays are installing larger and larger drums to allow for more washing to be done in a single load. Capacities are from about 5kg upwards.
- Spin speed is important as it will reduce the amount of time it takes to dry your clothes. Look for speeds above 1500 rpm if this is important to you. Variable spin speed is an option on some units which lets you adjust the spin for different fabrics.
- Many new units now have wider doors to help with loading and unloading of the machine. Electronic programming can be useful on a washing machine but doesn't always mean the machine is more capable at cleaning your clothes.
- Energy labels on washing machines - Energy efficiency labels now have to be displayed on an appliance by law. These rate appliances from A-G with A being the most efficient and how much energy is typically used on a 60 degree cycle.
Best washing machine brands
The big names to look for include Servis, Zanussi, Hotpoint, Miele, Bosch, Lg and Indesit.
Price Inspector says "If you require a washer/dryer then check out the PriceInspector washer dryer buyers guide."