It’s one of the appliances that families rely on – the humble washing mashing is always there to keep our clothes fresh. If yours is currently looking the worst for wear or if it’s broken down completely, then you need to make sure your replacement is the best. We’re here with some useful tips to offer for the next time you’re shopping, so take our advice and give it a spin on sites like ebay.co.uk when you’re looking for a new washing machine.
- Size and placement
It might seem obvious, but it’s an oversight many of us are guilty of doing. Make sure your machine can fit into your space or ensure you create enough for any new appliances. The average dimensions of a washing machine are 600mm W, 550mm D and 850mm H.
- Front load vs top load
While top loading machines aren’t as common here as they are in America they do have their benefits. With easier loading but sometimes less efficiency, choosing an appropriate machine can be tricky so make sure you do your homework by studying reviews on sites such as About.com.
- Drum size
Crucial if you have large loads to be completed. Your standard family with two children will require about a seven to eight kilo capacity drum, so go from there to decide what is best for your personal needs. If in doubt, always buy larger than what you think you need to prevent overloading a machine.
Does the machine you’re looking at have extra cycles for curtains, woolens or other specialist loads? Check what else it can do to see whether or not you’re getting a good deal, it always pays to get a clever machine.
- Spin speed
With 1200rpm being the average speed, look out for machines that can top that – from 1400 all the way to 1800. Not only will this make for a more efficient machine, but it will also have a big effect on…
Can the machine rinse clothes on a separate cycle, and if it can how well and fast can it do it? This will save drying time on the line or time in the dryer. Always check its capabilities before buying.
Not of any massive importance, but you may not want a black machine in a room surrounded by white appliances. This also translates over to the washing machine’s ease of use – are the controls clear? Would you be able to easily operate it?
Do you know how much energy your machine uses? With companies now being green-conscious each machine is marked with an energy rating, telling you how efficient it is. While getting a good machine will save you money, learn how to save even more on water bills with Money Saving Expert.
The deciding factor in many choices we face is not to stray too far from your budget. If the machine you’ve got an eye on is out of reach, consider buying secondhand (although be careful and use your common sense). Of course, don’t forget to factor in…
Different companies have different charges, with some requiring payment to take away your old machine. Make sure you educate yourself on their services and, if needs be, try to be patient and save money with slower delivery.