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Kitchens may be the heart of the home, but laundries are the engine room.
Choosing the right washing machine can help keep the
household running and get clean clothes back in drawers and cupboards faster. By
making sure you’ve got the right type, size, features and energy rating, you’ll
not only simplify this household chore, but save money, too.
When deciding which type of washing machine is best for you,
the first thing to consider is where your machine is going to go. You’ll need to make sure
you have adequate space to open the door and load your machine, and decide whether your
dryer will be placed next to it, stacked on top of it or wall-mounted above it. Once you’ve
worked this out, you can start looking at the different benefits of each type of washing
A front load washing
machine has a door on the front and can be placed under benchtops. As the internal
drum spins, it tumbles your clothes around and uses the natural force of gravity to drop
them into water, to be washed.
“Front loaders use less water than top loaders and are more
energy-efficient,” says Peter Simic, The Good Guys Buyer – Laundry.
. Although they generally take longer than top loaders, you can find models with quick-wash
options for lightly soiled items. Due to the washing process, they are gentler on clothes
and also allow you to fit more inside the otherwise empty drum.
Because most front loaders heat water internally, they only
need to be connected to a cold tap. The internal heater also allows higher washing
temperatures and only heats the amount of water needed for each wash. Front loaders also
have higher spin speeds than top loaders, allowing your clothes to dry faster.
load washing machine has a lid on top that hinges open to allow you to drop your
clothes inside. An agitator or impeller inside the drum is used to move the clothes around
in the water to wash them.
“Top loaders are faster than front loaders as the clothes are immersed
in water during the whole wash cycle,” says Peter Simic. They need to be connected to a hot
and cold tap for warm washes, which can be beneficial if you use solar hot water.
Although clothes can get tangled around the agitator or impeller, one
of the benefits of top loaders is you can quickly add a forgotten item to the load or throw
one in that’s been soaking for the spin cycle. The machine will simply pause and restart
once the lid is closed again.
Are you guilty of adding a full scoop or lid of detergent to your
wash, regardless of how big the load is? If so, an auto dosing washing machine can keep your
detergent usage in moderation.
dosing washers are front loaders that allow you to fill a reservoir with laundry
detergent. The automatic dosing system then dispenses the precise amount of detergent for
your wash. Not only does this save you effort by not having to add detergent to every load
of clothes you put on, it also stops you from adding too much detergent to your wash and
potentially damaging your machine.
Get your clothes clean and dry with minimal fuss with a two-in-one washer-dryer combo. These front
loaders ingeniously wash your clothes first, then dry them, all in the one machine.
Even if you usually hang your clothes on the line and only use the
dryer mode occasionally, a washer-dryer combo is a great space-saving idea for smaller sized
Make sure your new washing machine will fit in the space available in
your laundry. It should also be an appropriate size for the number of people in your
Most washing machines are 650mm deep to match your benchtops. The
height will depend on the type of machine. “Standard front loaders are designed to fit under
your bench, while taller dual washers will need to be placed either next to your bench or in
a custom-built cabinet,” says Peter Simic.
Top loaders also need to be placed next to your bench with enough room
above it to open the lid. Before making your final choice, measure up your space and make
sure there’s enough room to fully open the door, above or in front, and load your machine.
The number of kilograms associated with washing machines refers to the
amount of dry clothes the internal drum can hold and wash. Most machines range from 6kg to
9kg. For singles or couples, a 6kg machine will do the trick. If there are three or four of
you, you’ll want a 8kg load machine. Bigger families will need a 9kg-plus washer to handle
all those school uniforms.
The best way, however, to work out what size machine you need is to
weigh a full load of laundry. Step on your scales with an empty basket first, then with a
basket full of your biggest load of dry, dirty clothes. The difference will tell you how big
your machine should be. While it might be tempting to go even bigger, remember a larger
machine will likely use more energy and increase your running costs.
"A Wi-Fi enabled
washing machine allows you to download an app to start or control your washing machine from
anywhere. It can also tell you when a load has finished, when clothes have been left in the
machine for too long, or if your machine needs a service."
Handy features can help you make your final decision when it
comes to buying a new washing machine.
A Wi-Fi enabled washing machine allows you to download an app to start
or control your washing machine from anywhere. It can also tell you when a load has
finished, when clothes have been left in the machine for too long, or if your machine needs
Always check what the washing machine drum is made from. “While
plastic and porcelain is cheaper, a stainless-steel drum is more durable and will last
longer,” says Peter Simic.
Also look out for adjustable feet on your washing machine, as these
can help balance your machine on uneven floors.
Certain programs make doing your laundry a lot easier. They also help
take care of your clothes and take the guesswork out of temperature and time settings.
Not only is saving water and energy good for the
environment, it’s also good for your bank balance.
rating labels to know which machine uses the least amount of water to get your
clothes sparkling clean. The more stars, the better.
Likewise, the more stars a machine gets for its energy rating, the
less power it uses. It also lowers your electricity bill. Be sure to compare machines of the
same size, as smaller machines generally use less energy than larger machines.
Top loaders start at $395 and go up to $1499. Front loaders
cost between $398 and $2499, while an auto dosing machine will set you back between $1049
and $4499. A washer-dryer combo ranges from $988 to $5999.
A washing machine is
the centrepiece of every laundry. For a huge range of clothes washers from the best brands,
including Samsung, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Simpson, Bosch, Asko and more, visit us in-store or online.
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