Choosing The Best Family Washing MachinePosted by Kieran Ball on Thursday, 15th July, 2010.
There are a lot of washing machines out there, so finding the right one for your family can be a bit of a maze. For a family washing machine, cheap is not always the way to go. A family washing machine could be used every day, so you need a proven washing machine brand that is reliable and hard-working. If you are really limited on budget, the Beko WM5100W may be a good option with its 5kg capacity. However, if you have more than four in your family, you should be looking at a capacity of 6Kg or more. The Siemens WM12S494GB will give you as much as a 40% increase in capacity and is very energy efficient with little extra power or water needed.
On top or out in front.
Where you’ll be keeping your washing machine and how much space you have for your machine is vital. When taking this into consideration, the layout of the area where you locate your machine will also have an impact on whether you go for a front-loader or a top-loader. Top-loaders are usually thinner, but front-loaders could be stacked, perhaps with a dryer. Top-loaders generally have a slower spin rate, but they are usually fitted with agitators, which some claim gives better cleaning results. Whirlpool does good top-loader washing machines. Their AWE6517 comes with a high energy rating, a 5kg load and a fast cycle, ideal for the smaller family.
A clean getaway.
The speed of the spin is important, especially if you don’t have a dryer, as this will have a big impact on how long it takes to dry your laundry. Obviously, the faster the spin, the faster the drying time. If you don’t have a dryer, look for a spin time of at least 1000rpm. Bear in mind though, generally, the faster the spin, then the bigger the price tag. Anything more than 1100rpm is regarded as overkill and the wear and tear of such speeds can result in a reduced life span for the machine.
What type of washing do you do? If you have a need for a specific type of washing such as silks or delicates, make sure your washing machine has a corresponding program. Many people find having an ‘express’ program handy, or energy-efficient cycle that can save you money and help the environment. The LG F1256QD has a wide variety of programs to suit everyone and costs significantly less than other brands.
Of course, you could opt for a washer dryer to save space, which gives you a whole new range of options to choose from. Baumatic is a good brand for washer dryers. With a 10kg capacity the MEGA410W should satisfy the most demanding family’s needs.
See Also: Washing Machine Guide
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