Have you ever found yourself struggling to comprehend all the ins and outs of washing machines? It’s easy to get your head in a spin over the different functions and features – especially when it comes to living alone for the first time.
This month, Ashley from Hughes Electrical has given us loads of information to help you figure out the differences and provide some advice when the time comes for you to buy your own washing machine.
There are three key features to look for: the number of programs available, the spin speed and the load capacity.
The variety of programmes available across different models of washing machines allow you to find a set matching your needs. For example, a sports wear, muddy or sensitive skin cleaning setting might benefit you the most. Fast wash options are often available too, but these usually have the caveat of requiring a lower load.
Spin speed typically varies between 1200RPM (Revolutions per Minute) up to 1600RPM. The higher the RPM, the shorter the time taken for your clothes to be dry.
Load capacity is another defining feature that is commonly found between the range of 6kg and 10kg. The load capacity has a lot to do with the capability of the drum inside the machine, but a bigger capacity isn’t always best for your individual needs as more energy is required.
With regards to energy, the standard now is between A and A+++ with each “+” saving you roughly £13-14 a year – certainly something to account for when looking at purchasing a slightly more expensive, but efficient, machine. It is important, however, to still do monthly cleaning cycles to prevent internal degradation regardless of the efficiency.
Typically speaking, the higher the price, the better the build quality and reliability, which is something that also varies with brands. Some people might find it suits them better to rent a more expensive machine for a few years than to buy a new unit as it provides an easier route of replacement as it gets older. Washer-dryers are an alternative but are more costly to run overall and less economical.
Now, where did that sock go?