A Guide to buying a Washing Machine
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Capacity is a simple but important consideration for washing machines: the bigger the drum, the more you can wash. As a guide, 1 kg is roughly equivalent to an outfit including a pair of trousers, a top, underwear and socks. High capacity machines allow you to wash less frequently, cutting down on energy bills and environmental impact.
Ranging from smaller 5 kg models to those with impressive 12 kg load sizes, we have a washing machine to suit every size of household. If you have a larger family or regularly do larger loads, try a high capacity drum. If you live in a flat or run a smaller household, consider a 5 kg or 6 kg-capacity machine.
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Washing machine spin speeds range from 1000 to 1600 revolutions per minute (rpm). Faster spin speeds extract more moisture, leaving clothes dryer when they come out of the machine.
This is perfect for items like jeans that require longer drying times, or for when you need to have those favourite or important outfits ready to wear in less time without needing a tumble dryer.
Look for a machine with a medium spin speed (1400 to 1500 rpm) for efficient everyday laundry. If you prefer to hang your clothes out to dry and don't want to wait too long, consider a washing machine with a fast spin speed (1600 rpm and higher).
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Look out for innovations that care for different garment types, help you save on energy consumption and maintain a more peaceful household – among other features.
Regular washing can wear down the fibres in your clothes, causing delicate items such as linen, silk and lace to look older and faded. Some washing machines offer gentle wash cycles to help care for your clothes and keep them looking great for longer. Look for appliances with dedicated Wool cycles that have been awarded Woolmark certificates to make sure your woollen items stay soft and smooth.
If you have small children, live in an open-plan home or simply need some quiet time, consider a washing machine that offers sound levels below 50 dB(A) during its wash cycle, keep noise to a minimum.
Conserving how much energy and detergent you use is an important consideration when buying a washing machine. Many appliances with intelligent systems can adjust electricity and water consumption to the exact size of each load, so you only use what’s needed. Some washing machines also feature intelligent dosing to work out how much detergent and softener to use for each load.
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Our machines range from 45 dB(A) to 61 dB(A) during a wash cycle - any machine under 50 dB(A) offers a quieter performance, making approximately the same noise as a refrigerator humming.
A quiet washing machine can be crucial in open-plan living and is great for those with young families or who prefer late night washing. It's handy when you're trying to watch your favourite TV programmes too.
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The quick wash feature is fantastic if you are pressed for time or have fewer items to clean. Many of our washing machines include a quick wash function to deftly handle small, lightly-soiled loads, with some models able to perform a fast wash in as little as 14 minutes.View our full range of quick washing machines
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Cut costs and help the environment with an energy efficient washing machine. All our washing machines are rated from A+++ (most efficient) down to ‘A’, depending on their electricity consumption and water usage.
When buying a washing machine, check out the technical information on 'annual consumption' for a guide to energy efficiency levels which will help you compare how efficient they are. The lower the water and energy consumption, the more you'll save on your bills.
While our washing machines are all built to last a long time, some brands are so confident in the quality of their design that they offer extra long warranties. Manufacturers like Miele test their machines so thoroughly they claim they can last for 20 years.
Several of our ranged brands offer 5 year guarantees on their most rigorously-tested machines, which will cover you against standard mechanical breakdown. Many appliances now offer extended warranties once you’ve registered your product.
Even though extended guarantees are available, these generally will not protect you against accidental damage or mishaps. That’s why we offer our Whatever Happens Care Plans to protect your washing machine for up to 5 years for as little as £3 per month.
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