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It’s safe to say that we all make good use of our washing machines, with a typical family of four generating an average of 8 to 10 loads of laundry each week. So when your machine goes on the blink, rushing out and buying the first one you see may seem like a good idea in the midst of a meltdown.

But believe it or not, there’s actually a lot to think about when buying a new washing machine, and finding the right machine to suit your family’s needs can save you time and money in the long run and can actually help take some of the hassle out of doing laundry. So with this in mind, here are a few things to consider when choosing the right washing machine for you and your family:

Capacity

Every family is different, and one of the main factors to consider when choosing your machine is capacity. Washing machines work best when full, and machines with larger capacity drums, in general, cost more to run,  so it’s important to choose a size which suits your family’s needs so you get the most out of your machine.

Washing machine capacities range from 5kg to 12kg, and while some families will do 3 or 4 large loads of laundry a week, others may choose to do a smaller load each day if they have lots of school uniforms or muddy sports clothes to get clean. Another issue may be size, and if you’re struggling for space in your home, you may decide to opt for a smaller capacity machine as a space-saving solution.

As a rough guide, an entire outfit (or one large towel) is approximately 1kg, so a 9kg washing machine, such as our Candy GV159TW3, is usually just right for a family of four or five.

Programmes

It’s important to check out the programmes a machine offers before you decide to buy, especially if you often find yourself sifting through your washing basket and having to wash items of clothing by hand. Lots of machines have gentler wash settings for delicate clothing such as lace and silks, and a wool setting to keep winter warmers from snagging and shrinking. Check out our Beko WY114764MW which also comes with an Aqua Wave Drum with a soft drum pattern designed to be non-abrasive for better protection of clothes.

Quick wash settings are great for those not-so-dirty loads you need washed in a hurry or if you want your favourite outfit washed in time for a night out, and many machines can now complete a quick wash cycle in just 14 minutes! Pre-wash and sports settings are also ideal for getting muddy or particularly grubby clothes clean first time, and make multiple washes a thing of the past.

If you’re short on space or have a smaller family, it may be worth considering a machine with a built-in dryer such as our Candy GVW1585. There are lots of options for washer dryers, and many enable you to dry clothes straight after a wash. However it’s important to bear in mind that machines with smaller drums won’t have the same drying power as a regular tumble dryer, so you may have to split your load if you need it dried quickly!

Spin speed

Tumble drying clothes can be costly, and so having a machine with a powerful spin cycle ensures excess water is effectively removed and clothes are better prepared for the dryer. Even if you don’t have a tumble dryer or prefer to hang your clothes on the line, by ensuring as much water is wrung out as possible, you’ll decrease drying time and minimise the number of times you have to dash outside to rescue your washing from any unexpected downpours!

But there is a downside to having a more powerful spin cycle. The higher the spin speed, the noisier your machine will be, so it’s important to look for a machine with a spin speed of 1400rpm or less if your home is open plan, if you have little ones or if you prefer to do laundry overnight. Machines with higher spin speeds are also more costly to run, so this is also worth considering if you’re looking for a cheaper option. Our Montpellier 6kg Essentials washing machine is ideal for small families on a budget.

Energy rating

According to Moneywise, the cost of running a washing machine is around £63 per year. All machines are now given an Energy Rating from A+++ to C, and by choosing a machine with a higher Energy Rating, you’ll use less electricity and water and keep running costs down. Both our Candy GV159TW3 and Beko WY114764MW have the highest A+++ rating

Many machines now have eco settings which enable you to wash at 30°C or lower, meaning you can reduce your carbon footprint while also saving the pennies. A delay timer is also a handy feature to look out for, and is great for those who are on an off-peak energy tariff or prefer to schedule their machine to run overnight.

An increasing number of machines now also have fuzzy logic or intelligent wash settings. This means they are able to detect the amount of washing in the drum and adjust the amount of water and energy used accordingly, saving you money and ensuring you get the best results from your wash. Who knew that doing laundry could be so effortless?

 

As you can see, there’s a lot to think about when choosing a new washing machine. But taking the time to find the right machine to suit your family and budget will ensure you get the most out of your weekly laundry routine.

Buy As You View has a great range of new and refurbished pay weekly washing machines and dryers available. Take a look at our online range today to find your perfect match!

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