It’s no doubt that washing machine is one of the most wonderful inventions in human life. It saves us a lot from the nightmare of hand washing. Just put the clothes inside the tug, add some washing powder/liquid, press the buttons then let it do the job. The tug will automatically be filled with water then agitate to scrub the clothes then spin to wring out water.
The question is always: How to buy the right clothes washer for your household out of hundreds of models. These tips may provide you a solution that will adapt to your lifestyle, budget and energy concerns.
Washing machine is an appliance which consume a lot of energy and water, especially in case of regular use. Before the purchase, you should note down few important points as following:
Frequency: how often you use the washer. If it’s on a daily basis or you wash often, you should choose a stainless-steel tub. If not, porcelain-coated steel or a high-grade plastic one is a better choice.
Clothes: If you wash a variety of fabrics and levels of dirtiness, choose a machine with multiple settings for normal to very delicate and soak textures, with one or two rinse. A wide range of settings helps the washer work efficiently for loads of different types of clothes at different level of dirtiness. This is not only good for energy efficiency but also for the convenience. Learn more information and facts about energy conservation.
Size and capacity: The size of the washer is the size of the tug. It depends on how many kg of clothes you wash on a regular basis. A big amount of clothes for a small-sized washer or the reverse, both cases are the waste of water and energy. Think about the number of people whose clothes you need to wash. For a large family, find one with a high capacity drum. A 5 kg or 6 kg-capacity washing machine will be sufficient if there are only 2-3 people only.
Space: you should consider where to put the washer in your house and the measure the space to buy the right size washer.
Types: Two most common types of washing machine are top-loading and front-loading.
A top-loading one agitates the clothes on vertical axis, allows you access the washtub without turning the machine off then add clothes easily while washing. It costs less but works less efficient in a long term.
A front-loading one agitates the clothes on horizontal axis. It proves greater advantages such as: 1/3 to ½ less water, faster spinning speed so less time to finish the washing and less energy consumed. However a front loader is more expensive and heavier thus more difficult to be installed and moved. Some models require special detergent.
Dryer: Depending on the weather condition of your location, there may be the need of the dryer along with the washer as well. Nowadays, many models are combination of both washer and dryer.
Automatic temperature regulator: especially in cold climate, this device is a must which ensure the water comes in at a constant temperature for the setting.
Electrical system: Since the washer is a big consumer of electric, you should be sure that the electric system of your household can afford it as well as verify the voltage requirement. Some models manufactured abroad (such as Japan) applies the 110V system.
Energy Rating: Rating for washing machine ranges from A+++ down to ‘A’, which indicates how the machine consumes electricity and water. Make sure you choose the one that helps you cut operation cut.
Sophisticated features: some washing models incorporate with electronic timer and control. Some are designed with special frame to reduce noises.
Warranty: Carefully check about both the term and the extent of the coverage.