Guide In Choosing The Best Washing Machine

Things to keep in mind when purchasing a reliable washing machine.

Washing machines are one of the hardest working appliances in your home. On an average, a family does up to 400 loads of clothes annually. To choose the right one who can take this heavy usage, take these things into consideration:

Selection Criteria

The important performance criteria are cleaning and rinsing power or how effectively it removes dirt; spinning power or how effectively it removes water in drying fabrics; gentleness or how minimal is the risk of damaging fabrics while in the cycle; and sturdiness or how well it holds up to regular usage.

The agitation and spin speeds vary, so have at least three to four options from delicate (for fragile materials) to heavy-duty (for denim, towels, and linens). Know what the drum or tub is made of. Opt for polypropylene and stainless steel to avoid rust while providing a smoother interior and improving the gentleness factor of the washer.

Capacity, Size, and Space

The capacity of washers depends on how much dry load the drum can carry. For household units, it is usually from four to as much as 12 kilograms capacity. If you do heavy loads (at least 7 kilograms) occasionally, going to the laundry shop may be practical, and get a smaller machine for lighter loads but more frequent washings.

Top-loading washers are as little as 20 inches wide but taller, while front-loaders may be wider yet shorter. To save space, consider washer-dryer combination units.

Energy Efficiency and Other Resources

Look at the energy consumption of washers to manage long-term overall costs and lessen the impact on the environment. Conventional washing machines use 20-40 gallons of water, which means more energy needed to spin and more detergent for every wash.

Opt for front-load models as they use less water and don’t have an agitator—which means less water and detergent and gentler cycles. The downside is they are pricier, but lower bill prices are worth it. Look for the Energy Star label—these machines use 35 percent less water and 20 percent less energy, and better if you can find an affordable Energy Star-rated top-load model. Checking consumer and industry reviews on different brands online or through family friends helps to know how well your considered models work.

Know which manufacturers are supported by or have partnerships with your favorite detergent brands. Locate, too, the nearest local service center so repairs will be hassle-free. Note these things to have a more productive and easier discussion with the home appliances sales person when purchasing your next washing machine.




*This article has been revised for online reading. The original article appeared on the February 2014 issue of My Home Magazine. Get the e-mag version My Home Magazines on Magzter.