Washing Machine Buying Guide

Owning a washing machine is no longer considered a luxury. More and more people are choosing to buy washing machines in order to get their laundry done within the shortest amount of time in the most convenient way. Here are some useful tips for buying a washing machine that will meet your laundry needs:

Washing machine type

You will need to first decide if you want a top load or front load washing machine.

Top Load Washing Machine:
  •         Top load washing machines are typically more convenient
  •         Top load washers are easier to load and unload than front load washing machines – you do not have to bend over to open them
  •         They use more water and thus consume more energy. These washers also extract less water from laundry which results in longer drying time
Front Load Washing Machine:
  •         Front load washers have the BEST washing performance overall because they use the least amount of water and are energy efficient
  •         Front loads spin faster and leave laundry drier
  •         Some front load washers require a special type of detergent

Drum Capacity

Drum capacity simply refers to the size of the washing machine’s tub. For the best cleaning results, it is vital that your laundry has adequate room to move about to avoid them getting tangled. The drum of the washing machine is measured in kilograms of dry clothes. Choosing a larger load size can help save time, energy, money and reduces the number of times you do your laundry. A washer with a large drum is useful for washing big items like curtains, sheets and curtains. If you have a large family, then you should consider getting a washing machine with a large drum size.

Guide to Choosing a Washing Machine Based on Capacity

Family SizeDrum capacity size
Single person Less than 4.9KG
Couple without children 5KG to 5.4KG
Family with 2 children 5.5KG to 5.9KG
Family with 3 or more children 6KG and above

Other considerations

Source of Water

Front load fully automatic washing machines require a constant water supply connection. If you are not certain about the steady supply of water to this washing machine, then choosing a top load washer is a better alternative.

Washer Dryers

Washer dryers are the most convenient washing machines, as these washing machines offer users the opportunity to wash and dry their laundry with the same machine. Washer dryers are an excellent option for households where space is a major constraint and clothes need to be dried in good time.

Spin Speeds

It is advisable to search for a washing machine that offers high spin speeds. The faster the spin speed, the more water that is extracted from your laundry and the faster your clothes will dry when you spread them.

Tub Material

Washing machine tubs are usually constructed using plastic, stainless steel or porcelain-enamel. Plastic is known for its durability and affordability. Porcelain-enamel is the most common and stainless steel is the most durable. The choice of which tub material to choose is entirely up to you.

Positioning of the Washing Machine in Your Laundry Room

Make sure that you have adequate space in your laundry room to place your new washing machine. Choose a spot that is close to a tap and a drainage area – ideally in the bathroom, close to a sink or even in the kitchen.

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