Even when there’s a pile of dirty laundry waiting to be done, owning a good quality washing machine should make the task less of a chore. Nobody wants to use a lousy machine that won’t offer quality cleaning of clothes for the price one pays for the unit. To get the best bang for the buck from this type of appliance, take note of the essential aspects.
Know what type you are comfortable working with
Front-loader washing machines have been proven to be really great at cleaning, as well as boasting high efficiency. By rotating laundry back and forth and the gravity propelling the water through the laundry, these types of machines are effective at getting things done. They are able to handle larger loads compared to regular top-loading machines. In addition, a front-loading unit also uses up to 50 percent less water and electricity, proving the machine to be great on utility expenses. Hot water is also reduced. Able to spin extra fast, a front loading washer produces 10 percent drier loads as well, while being gentle on laundry.
A front-loading washer can take longer to do wash cycles and also cost more than a traditional type, but the extra cost of acquisition is easily set off by the efficiency on utility use.
Top loading machines are of two subtypes: traditional and high efficiency.
A traditional model is characterized by a pole or agitator at the center of the drum. This center post agitator whooshes laundry around. Traditional types are the most frequently bought machines for budget deal seekers, as they are the least expensive. They can handle a load in just 30 to 35 minutes, with the most recent models being able to provide much better cleaning than before.
However, a traditional top loader tends to use a lot of water per load, about 45 gallons each time. It also has a slower spin, which means laundry holds more moisture compared to what a high-efficiency unit can do. Cleaning efficiency may be lower by five percent as well.
A high efficiency top loading washing machine is designed for greater energy efficiency compared to its traditional counterpart, thanks to being equipped with sensors that manage the use of water This subtype doesn’t have a center post agitator but instead is outfitted with a wash plate or impeller and a rotating drum that moves back and forth, tossing and lifting laundry in the tub. Thanks to the absence of an agitator, this machine can handle larger loads. Consuming 22 gallons of water per load, an HE top loader needs 50 percent less water compared to a traditional model. It will also use 50 percent less electricity. By using less water as well, a high-efficiency model will not need as much detergent for every load.
In addition, a high-efficiency machine spins faster, wringing out more moisture for reduced drying time.
If you hate wrinkled and tangled clothes due to the fast spin speed, this kind of machine may not be for you. Typically pricey, an HE machine that is greatly water efficient will also take longer to clean a load, usually around an hour to an hour and a half.
Measured in either pounds or kilograms, a washing machine’s capacity can spell the difference between doing several loads and finishing faster with fewer loads. Take note: a bigger capacity may make a machine wider by two to three inches compared to the typical dimension of 27 inches. Check out the space you intend to put the machine in then add an extra six inches behind the unit to allow water hookups, plus an inch between the washer and dryer units.
In addition, make sure the unit you buy will fit through the doorways of your home, from the entrance to the room where you plan to position it.
As for the capacity, an 8-kilogram unit can accommodate up to 40 shirts, while a medium size unit with a capacity of 5.5 to 7.5 kilograms is enough for a family with four members. Most front-loading models and HE top loaders can do 24-pound loads, with large-capacity units easily handling 28-pound loads. Traditional top-loading models knock out 12- to 16-pound loads at a time.
It is good advice to plan for the future and consider any possible additions to the number of family members soon, since a washer could last for a number of years. Do not overload the machine, as doing so will shorten the lifespan of the unit.
With a larger capacity, the number of loads to be done can be reduced.
Choose a machine that is versatile and easy to use
Check out the various settings and programs to find out if you can use them fully.
Washers come with variable wash and temperature settings, letting you wash more types of fabric safely.
With adjustable spin speeds, you can go for slower speeds to handle delicates and higher speeds for shorter drying times. Some machines are equipped with an anti-crease function for washing easily wrinkled clothing, or will no longer spin after the final rinse. An extra-rinse cycle can eliminate stubborn messes such as pet hair when using a high-efficiency top loader or a front loader.
With load-sensing functionality, the machine is able to detect the type and amount of clothing in the tub and the level of soiling to create a suitable cycle for washing.
An automatic dispenser ensures just the right amount of detergent, bleach and fabric conditioner used and released at the right time.
Some machines free the user from the guesswork of having to manually mix hot and cold water in the ideal proportions thanks to automatic temperature control.
The control panel should be brightly illuminated for easy setting.
Noise-reducing technologies allow placement near the bedroom or main living area, as well as in second-floor residences.