After a long work week, the last thing you want to do is spend hours on the weekend hand-washing your clothes in the sink. A washing machine not only saves you a huge amount of time washing your clothes but modern appliances often only use a fraction more water than when hand-washing.
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When it comes to selecting the best washing machine for you, it’s worth considering the three main types; front loaders, top loaders and washer-dryer combos.
Front loaders work to tumble your clothes into the wash water. They are generally more water and energy efficient than a top loader, are gentler on clothes and cheaper to operate over time. However, they are usually more expensive, you can’t stop a wash-cycle mid-way and the wash-cycles tend to go for longer.
Top loaders use an agitator or impeller to stir your clothes around inside it. They are cheaper to buy, wash your clothes quicker than in a front loader and allow you to add items to the machine even if the wash cycle has started. However, top loaders are less gentle on your clothes which leads to a lower quality wash and use far more energy and water to run which makes it more expensive to operate.
Washer-dryer combo machines are both a front loading washing machine and dryer. They are ideal for people who don’t have room for each appliance such as in apartments. However, they are typically the most expensive type out of the three, take a long time to dry clothes and are the least energy and water efficient.
Washing machine capacity is measured in kilograms. Therefore it’s best to weigh your average washing load to determine which size you need. If you are a couple who only washes their clothes once a week, a small 8kg washing machine would be more than enough. If you are a larger family who requires multiple washes a week, a washing machine with a capacity over 15kg would be better suited to you.