3 essential questions when making a decision
The essential questions when making your decision are based on the layout of your flat. The layout will help you narrow the range down to a more acceptable amount and focus your attention only on suitable units. The world of washing machines will then seem less complicated.
Do not start comparing individual washers before you are clear about the following questions:
1. How wide should the washing machine be?
Measure the space available at your home carefully. Then you’ll find out whether to look for a standard washing machine or a narrow one. The width of standard models is 60 cm; the width of narrow washing machines is only 40 or 45 cm – i.e. they fit in smaller bathrooms better.
TIP: Read also the recommendation where it is best to place your washer at home.
2. How deep can the washing machine be?
The width is connected with no less important depth of the appliance. Common units are 60cm deep, but there are also so-called SLIM versions, which are less deep – e.g. 50, 45, 40 or even 33 cm. If you prefer a top-loader, remember, when planning your purchase, to take into account the space needed to open the lid.
3. Do you prefer a top-loader or a front-loader?
Top-load washing machines, compared to common front-loaders, are usually narrower. However, the depth is usually the same, unless it is a SLIM model. The benefit of having a top-loader is that you need to bend less and need no extra bathroom space for the door.
Front-load washing machines, on the other hand, are usually more stable and, using a stacking kit, you can put a dryer on their top or build them into a kitchen unit or a piece of bathroom furniture.
7 features to focus on when choosing a washing machine
Unfortunately, it doesn’t end with you answering the 3 essential questions – it more likely starts with it. The thing is that there are many other issues you shouldn’t skip. When choosing a washing machine, focus mainly on the following criteria:
1. Tub capacity
The tub capacity indicates how much laundry you can wash at once. The quantity of laundry ranges from 3 kg in smaller units up to 12 kg in larger ones. The usual 5 kg load will cover the needs of a couple, washers fitting 7 or 8 kg of laundry at once are more suitable for four-member families.
TIP: Do you need a washer with a large tub that can even handle the hotel laundry? Look at semi-professional washing machines.
2. Door opening and the width of the door opening angle
It is important that the door can be opened easily and smoothly. Considering a front-loader, apart from the opening mechanism, also pay attention to the width of the opening angle, i.e. how far the door can be open. The ideal washing machine should have the opening angle of 120 degrees minimum. Then it will be easy to load and unload the washer.
3. Spin speed
You don’t want to have water dripping from your laundry when taken out, but you want it to dry out very quickly? Then you should check out the washing machine’s RPM in the spinning phase. Mostly they range from 800 up to 1800 rotations per minute. But beware of the fact that is usually true – the dryer the laundry, the harder to iron.
The previous point is also related to the loudness of the appliance. Many modern units are equipped with technologies ensuring their silent running even at high RPM. For example, the washing machines with the ZEN technology will not disturb you at home, even if you wash at night.
5. Energy efficiency class
Formerly, washing machines were labelled with ratings A through G. However, nowadays washing machines of lower energy efficiency classes than A+ cannot be sold here. The more pluses after the letter, the more efficient the unit is. A high efficiency class with the 6th sense technology will help you save up to 70 % of water and energy.
6. Comprehensible operating
A washing machine operating should be simple and intuitive so that you immediately know what button to press and don’t need to study the instructions. The symbols on the washing machine must also be comprehensible and clear. If the pictures confuse you, you will be looking for the manual every time you want to test a programme other than the one you usually use.
7. Programmes and functions
Well set programmes and additional functions will make it much easier for you. For example, the washing machines with the 6th sense technology will set optimal parameters for you. They will use only as much energy as needed. The delayed start timer is also very useful as the washing machine can do the laundry while you are at work, for example. The FreshCare option is very popular too. It will air your laundry at the end of the cycle so that it won’t wrinkle and will be easy to iron.
If you are still unsure which unit suits your household best, do not hesitate to contact us. We have plenty of experience with selecting a washing machine and will be happy to share it.