How to Pick the Right Washing Machine for Your Home
Picking out a new washing machine isn’t as easy as it seems – there are so many sides to consider! From space requirements to costs, machine types and washing capacity, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to make the right decision. To help you choose, we’ve prepared a quick guide for buying a washing machine that best fits your needs:
1. Machine size
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Space requirements are a major concern when it comes to choosing a washing machine. After all, it’s one of the bulkiest appliances (apart from a range cooker) to have at home! Thus, it’s important to choose a machine that fits your kitchen or other makeshift/dedicated laundry space.
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Washing machines average in size from 60cm to 85cm in height and 50cm to 70cm in both depth and width. For a tidy and organised appearance, do consider putting in a wall niche, so that machines can be ‘tucked away’ neatly.
2. Washing capacity
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The washing capacity of a washing machine is measured in kilograms; this is the weight of dry clothes you can efficiently wash at one time. Note that the size of the machine often depends on its drum capacity, where larger drums mean bigger and heavier machines. Most washing machine drum capacities range from 5kg to 12kg.
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In general, 5kg to 6kg drums would serve the needs of an individual or couple, whereas 7kg to 8kg drums might accommodate a small-to-medium family. Larger capacities like 10 to 12 kg may be adequate for bigger families, or if you're planning to wash larger items like bedsheets frequently as well.
3. Fully-Automatic vs Semi-Automatic?
Hitachi PS-105LSJ Top Load Twin Tub Washer. Source
What’s the difference between automatic and semi-automatic washing machines? First off, a semi-automatic machine (typically comes with two tubs) and will require some manual labour like transferring wet clothes from the washing tub into the drying tub. A fully-automatic machine on the other hand, would simply require the push of a button to set/program the laundry to automatically spin dry, for instance.
Semi-automatic machines are not as popular nowadays and are predictably less convenient than fully-automatic ones. Still, these machines are cheaper and thus, a good option for those on a tighter budget.
4. Top-Load vs Front-Load?
Whirlpool AWE-6090N Top Load Washer. Source
While you are probably familiar with top-load and front-load machines, there may be a few pros and cons of which you are not aware. Top-load washing machines are cheaper and generally easier to use since it is ergonomic; you won’t have to bend when transferring laundry. However, it is not stackable and thus, if you don’t have sufficient space; this type of machine may not be the best option for you.
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Front-load washing machines on the other hand, are much gentler on clothes (expect less damage), is stackable, and it uses less water and energy. But the downside is that front-load machines are typically more expensive to purchase. So if your budget is smaller, this machine may fall out of your price range (with all other specs considered).
5. Low on space? Consider a washer-dryer combo
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As you mull on washing machines, you might want to spare a thought for dryers too as it can be a trying task for some. Those dealing with wind and sunlight obstructions from other buildings will understand the struggle of successfully drying their clothes.
LG G-CS1612W Washer Dryer Combo. Source
And of course, simply not having enough space to dry wet laundry is a very real possibility. So if this is what you are dealing with and if you can afford it, do consider a two-in-one washing machine. Washer-dryers will save space as well as cut the chore of manually drying clothes (and trusting the elements to get the job done).
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