My First Laundry: The Must-Have Appliances For Home Leavers

February 15, 2024 – 4 min read

Moving into your first share house, rental or, the holy grail, newly purchased home is an exciting time in anyone’s life. Finally, the freedom to furnish as you please! Kitting out your new laundry with the right appliances is key to ensuring both you and your abode always look your best. Read on for your checklist of cleaning and laundry must-haves.

Moving out for the first time? Check out our guide to the must-have kitchen appliances for home leavers here

A woman loads white clothes into her washing machine.

The Washing Machine

Your laundry layout will often dictate the type of washing machine you choose. For instance, small laundries suit a space-saving stacked washer and dryer, or an all-in-one washer dryer combo. The capacity of your washing machine is the other big consideration. For households of one to two people, a washing machine with a load capacity of 4-6.5kg makes sense. For larger households, look for at least 7-9kg. “Washing machines last a number of years, so be sure to factor in future use if you expect your household to grow,” advises Peter Simic, The Good Guys Buyer – Refrigeration & Laundry.

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Solt 6kg Front Load Washer Perfect for a 1-2-person household, its 15 types of washing programs help you optimise the setting with each wash. Plus, with a 4-star WELS water rating, you can save on your energy bills.

Haier 7.5kg Front Load Washer With the capacity to wash 7.5kg with each load, you can get the job done in fewer loads, making it a quick laundry day. Select the setting for best washing results with its 16 types of washing programs for a perfect clean each time.

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Fisher & Paykel 8kg Front Load Washer Perfect for those larger loads (especially if you have a lot of clothes), this 9kg Washer comes with 9 types of washing programs and helps you select the setting for the best washing result.

Bosch 9kg Front Load Washer Along with its 14 wash program setting, this white Bosch Washer has a high spin speed, allowing you to shorten your drying time by extracting more water from your clothes.

"Washing machines last a number of years, so be sure to factor in future use if you expect your household to grow" Peter Simic, The Good Guys Buyer – Refrigeration & Laundry.

The Dryer

For apartment dwellers, renters or regular users, consider an energy-saving heat pump dryer. It doesn’t create hot air or moisture outside, so is perfect for small rooms that lack windows or extraction fans. “Look for the Energy Star Rating when comparing different models – more stars means more savings on power bills,” says Peter Simic.

Lady loading her heat pump dryer

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Westinghouse 4.5kg Vented Dryer Clever anti-tangle, reverse tumbling means even drying (and no knickers in knots), and the optional wall mounting kit will free up valuable floor space.

Electrolux 6kg Sensor Dryer A dryer that is affordable (perfect if you’re on a budget), it is perfect for a household with 1-2 people. With its 10 types of wash programs, you can pick the right setting that’s perfect for your clothes.

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Hisense 8kg Heat Pump Dryer This heat pump dryer is perfect for taking on more difficult jobs such as drying towels or bed linens. Its neat and modern design makes it the perfect dryer that will seamlessly fit into any home.

Solt 8kg Heat Pump Dryer This heat pump dryer is perfect for drying fabrics more carefully and efficiently, protecting your clothes (as well as your energy bills).

The Iron

Ironing is no-one’s favourite chore, but a well-chosen iron or garment steamer will ensure that you – and your clothes – impress on first dates and job interviews. An iron with multiple fabric settings will be a match for any outfit, while garment steamers are a winner for compact laundries – no ironing board required!

Lady ironing her clothing on her ironing board

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Russel Hobbs Rapid Steam Iron It’s anti-drip design lets you avoid dribbling so you can seamlessly iron your clothing mess free.

Philips 3000 Series Steam Iron A ceramic soleplate glides effortlessly over fabric, while a triple precision tip smoothes tricky spots such as those between buttons.

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Russel Hobbs Handheld Supreme Steamer This steamer not only steam and refreshes your clothes, it kills 99.9% of bacteria, helping you to effortlessly freshen up your suit, dress, shirt and linen.

Tefal Access Steam Care Garment Steamer Hit snooze on that alarm, because getting your clothes ready to wear in a flash is what this powerful steamer is all about. It’s good to go in 40 seconds!

The Vacuum Cleaner

Choose a robot vacuum and, come cleaning day, you can put your feet up and watch the world go by. Plus, no arguments over whose turn it is! Stick vacuums are lightweight and cordless for quick cleans in every corner, while a powerful upright can dust-bust everything from tiles to shag carpets with ease

Robot vacuum cleans the lounge room as a lady relaxes on the couch.

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Electrolux Ergorapido Classic Stick Vacuum This 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum is a lightweight and powerful cleaning solution for all floors and hard surfaces, so you can glide over carpet and hard floors easily, without the need to stop and change attachments.

Shark Cordless Vacuum with Self Cleaning Brushroll With its 40-minute battery life, this stick vac is perfect for cleaning up those smaller spaces, picking up dirt and dust easily.

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LG AK Kompressor Aqua Handstick Vacuum A handstick that can both vacuum and mop makes cleaning easy, and the best part is it lets you do both at the same time.

LG A9 Kompressor Auto Handstick Vacuum’s Long-lasting battery life and All-In-One Tower that lets you empty, store and charge in the one place, this cordless stick vacuum will become your new favourite clean-up buddy.

The Steam Mop

Was clean freak Monica your Friends fave? She’d definitely have adored the latest steam mops for sparkling tiles and hard floors. Plus, steam mops deliver professional quality results without the chemicals.

A steam cleaner cleaning the floor

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Bissell Select Steam Mop Lightweight and manoeuvrable, this steam queen has an extra-long 5.5m cord for reaching every nook and cranny.

Vax Fresh Twin Tank Steam Cleaner This powerful steam mop has twin tank technology that automatically mixes steam with detergent inside the mop to hygienically steam clean hard floors.

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Euroflex Vapour-M2R Floor Steam Cleaner Its superheated steam is hot and dry, so it softens and loosens dirt fast and easy, leaving your floors in pristine condition.

Euroflex Vapour-M4S Hybrid Steam Cleaner This is the one for that whole-house deep clean before VIPs (parents) arrive. It even boasts attachments for fresh carpets, a sparkling oven and squeaky-clean windows.

Visit us in-store or online for the best laundry appliances to make furnishing your first home a breeze. For more tips and inspiration on planning your new space, check out our guide to styling your first home.

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