Washing Machines Buying Guide
There is nothing more daunting than a pile of dirty laundry waiting to be washed. But gone are the days when you had to devote an entire Saturday morning to the task. With a decent washing machine in your home, you can keep that ever-growing pile at bay.
Whether you are looking to buy your very first washing machine, or you are looking to replace the one you got several years back, this guide is here to help you find the perfect machine for your home
Step #1: Know Your Needs
Before you buy your washing machine, you need to ask yourself these basic questions:
- How large is my weekly laundry load?
- How much space do I have in my home?
- How constant is water and power supply?
One complete outfit (top, bottom wear, underclothes, socks, and handkerchief) roughly equals to 1kg capacity on a washing machine. You can use this to calculate the amount of laundry you would be generating weekly.
Do you have space in your home to put the washing machine? How much space do you have? This will help determine the kind of washing machine you can buy.
The amount of water each washing machine uses varies. Some washing machines require a continuous supply of water while some don’t. Some washing machines can be powered by a small-sized generator, while others require more power.
It is also equally important to know your budget. We can’t say this enough! Save yourself time and shopper’s envy by knowing how much you can spend, from the very beginning
Step #2: Select your Type of Washing Machine
The beauty of our washing machine offering is that you have choice. Whether it’s a simple portable washing machine, dryer or even detergent, we’ve got you covered.
- Price range:
- Portable Washing Machine:
- Price range:
This is a great entry-level machine with one tub that’s as economical as it is effective! With these kinds of machines, wash time is quick but drying clothes can take longer. This is because there is no spin section so you have to manually remove the clothes, squeeze out the water and dry outside. Washers also allow you to add clothes to the wash process and are great for smaller spaces. Best of all, they use less water and have lower power consumption and can be powered by a small sized generator.
The Semi-automatic washing machine:
Top Load Semi-automatic machines generally come with two tubs. One tub washes the clothes while the other is used for drying. Like the Washer, you can add more clothes during the wash process...
... These machines are a bit bigger but they cost less than fully automatic machines and also require less maintenance. A semi-automatic washing machine is a good option if you’re on a tight budget and can even run on a small sized generator.
The Fully-automatic washing machine:
Top Load fully automatic Washing Machines are equipped with one tub. The same tub is used for both washing and drying, making this a great washing machine for baby clothes. Go from clean to dry with the push of a few buttons! Note however that these types of machines require a continuous flow of water so aren’t so friendly if you are trying to keep your water bill down.
The Fully Automatic washing machine:
Like its top-loading sister, Front load Automatic washing machines have only one tub for both washing & drying. You can’t add clothes to these machines during the wash process but they are equipped with a tumble wash which gives better wash quality. There are generally more cycle settings on these machines and they are more water efficient so all you need to do is load your dirty laundry, add detergent, select your desired settings and come back when the alarm beeps. Clean, fresh, dried laundry…now that truly is life made easier.
Though a washing machine can remove excess water, the advantage of a dryer is that the heated air removes moisture completely, so that the clothes can be worn immediately. A dryer, with a moisture sensor provides extra benefit as it minimizes chances of over drying, which can damage clothes.
Step #3: Understand Your Features & Controls
Gone are the days of limited features broken down by load size or temperature. Washing machines now have features that are broken down into much more specific elements which is great news for your clothes! Many washers now come with special settings/features for almost any type of clothing you have. All washers will clean your clothes and some will also dry them but it’s the additional features that can make a huge difference to your laundry experience.
- Heavy duty - good for towels, bedsheets, denim and heavier fabrics
- Normal - good for cotton and poly-blend fabrics
- Delicate - the best setting for undergarments, silk. Think of this cycle as similar to handwashing
Different cycles and temperature settings:
Standard washer settings include:
Pre-wash - great setting for tough stains
Your washing machine doesn’t have to have all these settings. Again, it comes down to knowing your needs. If your wardrobe is mostly cotton then a standard, no-extras washer will suit you perfectly. If you have a lot of delicate lace or silk clothing, you may want to invest in a washer with more options.
Washers used to have two temperature settings: hot and cold. Now you get a much broader selection. With many machines, you can wash and rinse your clothes at different temperatures: hot for washing and stain removal, but perhaps cold for the rinse cycle to prevent the garments from shrinking.
Most washers have settings that will allow you to set the size of your load of laundry, which will determine the amount of water the machine uses. Some newer washers have sensors that automatically determine the size of your load of laundry and adjust their water output and usage accordingly.
Pedestal and/or bottom drawers
Many front-load washers are equipped to sit on top of pedestals to make them taller and easier to access. Others come with, or can be set on top of, drawers, which function in the same way as a pedestal while offering extra hidden storage.
As we mentioned, semi-automatic and fully automatic washing machines will most likely come with a drying feature. They are the very definition of stress-free laundry!
Some washers now give you the option of operating quietly. This is an excellent feature if you live in an apartment or house-share.
There you go ladies and gentlemen, three easy steps for you to follow. Now there’s simply no excuse to leave that pile of dirty laundry unchecked. We hope you’ve found the information in this guide useful and easy to apply. Congratulations on the latest addition to your home and a life made easier. Cheers to the good life of spinning, bubbling, and tumbling!