What type of washing machine do I need?

Dirty laundry is not the happiest of sights. So, on that note, a washing machine is an essential appliance which will make the world of difference to your home. These machines come in a variety of different types and sizes, with features and capacity loads that drastically impact the price you’ll pay. Depending on what you choose, there are so many considerations to make. Here are a few things to look at:

  • Type

Top-load washing machine: With a top loader, you load your clothes via the door at the top. This washing action is different to others because it uses gravity and sometimes agitators to help wash the clothing. Although these top loaders can hold more clothes, they use more water and electricity. Some top loaders include an agitator which means that it takes up more room, meaning that you’ll get less capacity but you will get a better performance. However, as mentioned, they take up a lot of electricity and water, so if you can, look for one without an agitator and something that is labelled HE (high-efficiency).

Front-load washing machine: These washing machines are more expensive than most top-loaders and usually come with a duel option of washing and drying. They are extremely water and energy efficient but they don’t always have large capacities. They also spin faster and extract more water during dryer time.

  • Space

Space is always the make or break factor when it comes to buying a washing machine. If you are staying in a small townhouse or apartment with limited space, then front-load washing machines are usually the more practical option. Although smaller in capacity load, they are easier to have in a smaller space. If you want to opt for a top-load machine, make sure that you measure the door space in your home to see if it can fit through the door. Much like the size of the space you have, you also need to weigh up your laundry amounts. If you live alone or with a partner, the chances of you doing a lot of laundry is minimal. Therefore you would do well with a capacity lower than seven kg. But, if you are living with a family of four, then you will need to consider a washing machine that is higher than eight kg. It depends on your needs.

  • Price

The price you’re willing to pay is another factor that you need to take into consideration. These machines start off being affordable and then they quickly sky-rocket. It is important to remember that it is not a once-off cost. From the water and electricity it uses to the machine having to go in for repairs, everything costs money. And, the bigger and more technical the machine is, the more expensive it will be. Another consideration should be longevity. You cannot just buy something for the sake of buying it because it’s all you can afford. If you are going to buy a cheap washing machine, you need to be prepared for it to break. So, before you make a decision, take all of these elements into consideration.

  • Timer

A smart, more sophisticated machine will have the function of a timer. This means that you will be able to control the duration of the cycle. Although it might not feel like an important factor to consider, it is important to monitor so that you can see just how much electricity you’re using per cycle.

  • Temperature

Not every type of fabric allows you to wash with the same water temperatures. You will need to be able to tailor washes according to the type of clothing and fabric you put into the machine. Over time, you will get to know your machine and see what works best. For example, cold water works wonders in some cases, which saves you money by not having to heat the water up when you use it. This also goes hand-in-hand with the different types of modes you can use to wash various items, like bed sheets or dark and black clothing. These modes or functions are very important and you should stick to them to avoid damage.

  • Smart controls

The smarter your machine is, the more expensive it will be. Some of the functions are not necessary, however, if you have the money to pay for it then by all means. Newer and more advanced machines will allow you start a load of washing without actually touching the machine physically. Everything connects to your mobile phone and you can adjust your load and temperature accordingly. How convenient.

Final words

At the end of the day, what you choose is directly aligned with what you can afford and whether or not it will fit into the allocated space you have. However, to save your pocket and the environment, try to look for appliances which are high-efficiency. These HE items will save you time, money and electricity. Sometimes they’re also lighter on the ear which is always a win.