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Buyers Guide To Washing Machines

Washing machines sometimes get bad press because they’re considered boring but whether you’re into revs per minute or are a hardwired statistician you can find something to love in washing machines. The modern machine has a mass of features, stats, and ratings that can be compared, contrasted, and pored over at will in order to help you come up with the ideal home washing machine for your requirements.

Do you want a washing machine to fit under a unit and even behind a unit door? Built in washing machines can be more difficult to come by and your choice will be more limited but they do exist and you can still get high quality machines either way.

Washer dryer combinations are especially useful in kitchens and utility rooms where space is limited. Rather than having to sit around and wait for a good drying day or fill every hanging surface in the home with damp clothes you can quickly pop a load in the dryer and leave it for an hour or so.

Look at the spin cycle of the washing machine, measured in revolutions per minute. Typical washers will have around 800 to 1,000 rpm and this is the speed that the drum rotates during the spin cycle. The quicker it spins, the more of the moisture is removed from the washing making drying easier and clothes smell fresher when they’re done. You can get spin cycles up to 1,400 or even 1,600 in modern machines.

The load capacity is another important consideration. If you live alone and the weekly washing is a small, neat pile of clothes and a couple of towels then a small washing capacity of around 6kg should be more than sufficient. Large families doing multiple washes per week and packing their existing machine to bursting should look for larger capacities up to 10kg in size.

Different machines will tend to use different water dispersal technologies that aim to get the washing wetter quicker, dryer sooner, or cleaner more effectively. They may also make the machine quieter, less prone to breaking down, and able to come on in the middle of the night for lower electricity rates and more convenient washing cycles.

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