Washing Machines, How Do I Choose The One For Me?

 


Article by: N McDonald

When choosing a washing machine many people look for the "cheapest" option assuming that all washing machines are the same. After all, they just wash clothes don't they? Well, it's true that they all wash clothes; but how they wash them differs, how long the machine will last differs, and how much they cost to run differs. We all want clean clothes but we don't all have the same needs from a washing machine. There are literally hundreds of options available so how do you choose? I have listed three questions that you need to consider and given my views as the answers to help you make your decision. At the end of this article I have given a short summary to use when actually shopping for your new machine.

Q1. Is the cheapest washing machine really the cheapest?

A1. The cheapest washing machines available generally have fewer features , Grandfather Clocks Bring a Sense of Awe...They're So Tall and are lower rated than more expensive models. Ok, so most of us don't use all the features , How To Identify A Quality Interior Shutter and programs anyway but if you make use of quick wash and half load programs when necessary you will reduce your running costs and a cheaper machine might not have these options available. The ratings on a washing machine refer to water , How To Grout Your Tile And Stone consumption, energy , A Complete Guide to Finding the Perfect Ceramic, Mosaic and Bathroom Tile efficiency and drying efficiency. With more of us on water , Home decorating ideas for a new look meters and constant increases in electricity , Tips in Selecting the Right Kitchen Sink bills the benefit of a good rating on water , Why Use Filters and energy , How To Give Your Room A Face-Lift Inexpensively! consumption is obvious but what benefit is a good drying rating? Well, if you regularly use a tumble dryer , Bamboo Flooring - The "Other" Wood you will find that a good drying rating and a high spin speed on your washing machine can reduce drying time by up to 30 minutes on a full load, thus saving on running costs for your dryer. , Fun Lighting Projects So in answer to question 1, the cheapest machine to buy is probably not the cheapest to run and the savings you make initially will be used up in running costs for the life of the machine.

Q2. How do I know how much to spend?

A2. Washing machines range from under £200 to over £1000 so knowing what is most suitable is very important. In answer 1 we covered the basics about cheap machines, so why not look for the cheapest machine that still has the programs I most use and good ratings? Generally this is a good point but there are a few other factors involved. If you live alone and use the washing machine perhaps once a week then do go for the cheapest with the right programmes and best ratings, but if you are a family of 5 and all play rugby three times a week the machine is probably going to get a lot more use. The life expectancy of a washing machine is calculated on amount of use and purchase price, therefore if you use the machine a lot you will probably get a longer life from one that cost a bit more. As a guide normal use is usually based on two full loads a week one on a hot temperature , A Look at Rooster Weather Vanes and one on a warm temperature, , A Productive Garage is Not a Messy One and washing machine life expectancy is 2-8 years (2 years being for lower priced machines, 8 for higher priced machines). Using this as a basis consider how often your machine will be used and if you expect 4 washes a week reduce the life expectancy by half etc. If you do four or more loads a week or particularly dirty or heavy loads you probably need to go for a more expensive machine or accept that it will need replacing every few years. Quite often you will find that a more expensive machine will include a longer warranty, take this into account when looking at the price. A five year warranty could cost you anywhere between £100 and £200 so deduct that from the price of the machines offering a free 5 year warranty when comparing, or add it to the cost of the cheaper machine and then take out a warranty separately.

Q3. Is the look of the machine important?

A3. It is surprising how many people buy washing machines based on what they look like. The look of a washing machine is of little importance if it is in a laundry room , Preventing Fire Damage Outdoors where it is rarely seen but it is important if it is in the kitchen , Fun Lighting Projects on constant display. If you are going to have to look at it all the time buy one that you do like the look of, but bare in mind that whether it works and saves , Taking care of your vinyl flooring you money is far more important that how "pretty" it is. If you really hate the look of a washing machine in your kitchen , How to Remodel A Small Bathroom go for a fully integrated model that can be hidden behind a false door , Houses That Make People Sick to match your kitchen , Concrete Stain - Set Yourself Apart From Your Neighbors units, but this option will cost more with no benefits other than the cosmetic affect on your kitchen. , Heat Pump Buying Tips

Summary:

Choose a machine that has good ratings (Triple A or A+AA) as this will save , A Complete Guide to Finding the Perfect Ceramic, Mosaic and Bathroom Tile money on running costs (and protects the environment , Hurricane Shutters which benefits us all). Buy a machine that can handle the amount and type of use you will put it to (use price as a guide to build quality but always have a look at the specifications). Take extended warranties into account when comparing prices. Decide if the look of the machine is important and if it is dismiss all the models you don't like the look of. Finally ask the sales person their opinion only after you have narrowed it down to a few choices. The sales person can't possibly know how often you will be using the machine and for what type of loads or whether you will like the look of the machine so you need to narrow the possibilities down first. The sales person will be able to discuss the differences between 2 or 3 machines and give you some advice , Drip drip drip…that darn leaky faucet! on whether the machine really is suitable for you, even when shopping online , Creating a Peaceful Home Environment don't be afraid to email the retailer with your final selections and your expected usage and ask their advice. , Quick and Dirty Guide to Wood Flooring

Finally, shop around. Here are two places , Landscape Maintenance: Fertilization I find to be helpful and carry a good range of washing machines: Direct Electricals and Home , Concrete Stain - Set Yourself Apart From Your Neighbors Product Shop
N McDonald started his career as a service engineer. He now advices , Tips in Selecting the Right Kitchen Sink the MyAppliance group on product , Hurricane Shutters selection. His most recent work has been on http://www.HomeProductShop.com.

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