Which is the best Washing Machine?
There are many varieties of washing machine to suit an individual’s needs. Large families may benefit from a huge drum, whereas someone living on their own might shop for energy efficiency.
Our reviews aim to present the ‘best of the best’, but here are some of the attributes we look at when considering which appliances are the winners:
Washing machine capacity refers to the size of the drum and determines how much washing your model can handle per load. Standard washing machines tend to fall within 5kg and 12kg of capacity as the max. load. Ideally, you want to aim for a washing machine with a drum that you’re not going to struggle to fill up – otherwise you will have to wait longer between washes. So if you live in a household of just 2 people, it is unlikely you will need a huge 12kg machine to meet your laundry requirements. However, a big family or house of sharers would probably benefit from larger machines.
You should never cram a machine so it’s completely full, otherwise your clothes will not be properly washed and your machine will struggle. For reference, 1kg of washing equates to approximately one outfit made up of trousers, top and underwear.
Most have a spin speed of between 1000 to 1600 rpm – that’s revolutions per minute. So the higher the spin speed, the faster your clothes will spin. You can usually reduce the spin speed if you are cleaning delicate or woollen items. The spin cycle is designed to remove excess water so your clothes aren’t sopping wet when you take them out, so a fast spin cycle will help to reduce drying time if you like to hang your washing out to dry. 1600 rpm is very powerful, great for heavy items like denim. For everyday laundry, a medium speed such as 1400 rpm is usually sufficient.
Noise can be a real pain and should be a deal-breaker. It is usually the spin cycle that is the loudest, as your clothes are whipped round to remove excess liquid. Anything around 70-72 dB is on the quieter side for a spin cycle, and for a quiet wash cycle look for something that is 50 dB or under. Noise level is usually of more significance if you like to put your run loads overnight or when you’re having some quiet time in the house. Check out our ultra-quiet recommendations above: the Bosch Serie 8 WAW28560GB and LG Centum FH6F9BDS2.
Choosing an energy-efficient washing machine is a good investment when it comes to save you money on your water and electricity bills. It’s also better for the environment. The most highly rated energy-efficient washing machines are those that are A+++. Be sure to check the annual consumption guide of the washing machine that you choose to get an idea of how much it will cost to run.
Freestanding vs. Integrated
Freestanding washing machines are what most of us would think of when asked to picture a washing machine. They are the most common type of washing machine and can be placed anywhere that connects to a drain and electricity supply. They offer a much wider range of capacity and come in various colours and styles.
An integrated washing machine is one that is designed to blend into your kitchen or laundry room by being built-in behind a cupboard door (usually). This means that the washing machine is not on display for the majority of the time, and it give the room a seamless look. They are often a little bit quieter due to being tucked away, but the installation costs are higher and there are fewer of them around, so choice is more limited.
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