Not sure which washing machine is best for your lifestyle? Here at Appliance Supermarket, we have put together the ultimate buying guide to stop you from getting in a spin! Shop all washing machines.
Firstly, what is the difference between a freestanding and an integrated washing machine?
A freestanding washing machine stands on its own, allowing you to fit one pretty much anywhere with a connection. You have the option to store it under a counter or keep it as is. A great thing about freestanding models is that they’re easier to move from one spot to another and vary in size, giving you a lot more choice! Shop freestanding washing machines.
Built-in or integrated washing machines are designed to seamlessly fit into its own cupboard or under-counter space so it stays out of sight. Most are built to fit standard cabinet sizes, but it’s still important to measure carefully to get the best integrated washing machine for your space. Shop integrated washing machines.
Best Washing Machines for Families
Struggling to get through everyone’s washing? Large 9kg+ capacity washing machines are perfect for families as they have more space, meaning you can do wash more clothes at once. Shop large capacity washing machines
We would also recommend investing in a washing machine with a range of extra features. For example, intensive modes for stained sports clothes and baby care to ensure thorough cleaning.
Best for Small Households
Looking for a suitable machine for individuals or couples? We’d suggest buying a machine with a smaller capacity, around 5kg – 8kg. You’ll have enough space for all your laundry but will be using less water and energy! Shop small capacity washing machines.
Washer dryers have both washing and drying functions, making them a great option for people with limited space! Shop washer dryers.
Smart Washing Machines
This is a great option for people with busy lifestyles, you can connect to the internet through Wi-Fi, letting you control it from an app on your phone, tablet or smart home hub. You can set and start programmes and check how long a cycle has left, all while you’re out of the house!
Eco-Friendly Washing Machines
Choosing a more energy-efficient model has many benefits. Not only are they better for the environment, but you could also lower your bills. The most energy-efficient washing machines are rated A and the least efficient are rated G. You can use up to 60% less energy by going greener! Learn more about the changes in energy ratings.
Things you need to consider
- Will this washing machine fit? – To avoid the stress of your new machine arriving and not having enough space, measure the space beforehand to make sure your new washing machine isn't too wide, too tall, or has too much depth and sticks out at the front
- What connections do I need? – Washing machines need to be connected to a cold water supply, waste pipe, and mains plug. Make sure that all of these are in reach otherwise you won't be able to install your machine.
Features you should look out for:
- Spin speed – The spin speed on a washing machine is measured in RPM (rotations per minute). A machine with higher RPM will spin faster and leave your clothes drier when the wash finishes. Many machines will have a variable spin speed feature that lets you choose the speed the machine spins at.
- Pause button - A pause button is a useful feature that lets you stop mid-wash and add any laundry that you might have forgotten about.
- Variable temperature - This feature lets you change the temperature of your wash. Lower temperatures can reduce running costs and help preserve the colour of your clothing, while higher temperatures will provide a more intensive, thorough clean.
- Max washing time - This number, featured on our product pages, is the maximum amount of time that a wash is likely to take with that machine.
Signs that you should replace your washing machine
After several years of use, your washing machine will start to show its age much in the same way as anything else would. Take a look at the signs that your current machine may been replacing:
The drum won't spin at the end of a cycle
When you take your clothes out of the washing machine they should be wet, but never soaking wet. Sometimes the spin can stop working, leaving you to open the washing machine door to find heavy clothes drenched in water.
This could be down to a pressure system fault, where the spin cycle kicks in when a pressure sensor shows the water has drained. A fault or blockage can stop this from working. Also, if your motor is worn, it can make it difficult for the motor to reach the speed needed for the fastest spin. Worn carbon brushes are often to blame in this situation.
It’s louder than it should be
It’s hard to relax or concentrate in your home when a noisy washing machine is causing a disturbance in the kitchen. The faster your drum is spinning, the louder and more unbalanced the machine will be.
The noise is even greater when items get caught in the drum, or by washing ‘an unbalanced load’ – a bath towel with a couple of T-shirts, or any other combination of heavy and light fabrics. But it could also mean there is a problem with the bearings.
The machine still works but the water hasn’t drained
Nothing is more frustrating than running a cycle only to find the water hasn’t drained. If the drum is full of water and your machine still works it might be a problem with your pump filter, which is supposed to stop coins and pieces of material blocking your machine. Simple blockages in the drain hose or U-bend beneath the sink, are easy enough to fix.
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