Washing Machines come in all sorts of colours and sizes and with an array of features and settings that can make it confusing to know which model is going to suit your needs.
This jargon free buying guide will help you to understand what questions you need to be thinking about when looking at washing machines.
The first thing you need to bear in mind is whether or not a particular washing machine is going to fit where you need it to when you get it home. All of the washing machines available at Appliance Direct are labelled with full dimensions of height, width and depth so you can be sure your washing machine will fit under your counter or in between your other appliances.
Freestanding or Integrated?
Washing machines are available as either freestanding or integrated models with each having their own benefits.
Freestanding models are ideal if you are happy to have your washing machine on display and on top of that, they are fairly easy to install.
Integrated models (also known as built in models) are designed with a flat front so they can be placed behind kitchen unit doors and not on display in your kitchen.
When it comes to fitting a washing machine, it is important to remember that it must be placed within reach of a water supply and a waste water pipe, which can usually be found under your sink.
While commonly available in white, some models of washing machine are also available in cream, silver, graphite silver, graphite and black.
A washing machine's wash load capacity is measured by how much weight the drum can take. For most households, a machine with a drum capacity of 7kg - 8kg will be plenty. The drum sizes below give a good estimation as to what size you will need depending on how many people are in your household.
Washing machine speeds are measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). The faster the RPM, the more water will be extracted from your washing at the end of a cycle, which can save time when drying.
Spin speeds range from 1000rpm, 1200rpm, 1300rpm, 1400rpm and 1600rpm. Most washing machines have variable spin speeds and these can help determine how damp your laundry comes out at the end of the wash cycle.
It is worth noting that a higher spin speed doesn’t equate to a better washing machine as some spin speeds are not suitable for certain fabrics. Delicate fabrics such as wool could be damaged by a high spin speed, so you should always check the speed recommended on your clothing’s label.
Many washing machines now either have an LCD display, LED display, or an audible chime to let you know when the wash cycle is finished. This can be really helpful as you don't have to stay sat next to it waiting for your washing to finish.
In a busy household, a machine with a quick wash feature is an absolute must. For items that are lightly soiled or for something that is needed quickly, the quick wash programme is ideal.
To make it really easy for you, many machines are equipped with sensor technology, whereby sensors basically do all the work for you. Some models will weigh the amount of clothes in the drum while others use sensors to determine how dirty the water is.
Existing Water, Waste Water and Electrical Supplies
Please check that your current water, waste water and electric supplies are within 1.5 metres of the location you intend to have your appliance installed.
If we are installing your appliance for you we will, if required, provide a stop cap for your hot water supply. Please be aware that we do not supply any additional plumbing materials - we will only use what is supplied with your washing machine.