Every Thing You Need to Know – A Complete Washing Machine Buying Guide

If I ask you, what is the most difficult household chore that drains your energy? your answer would be ‘Cleaning clothes.’

You are not alone; every second home faces the same level of difficulty in washing clothes.

There is definitely no escaping dirty laundry; you have to clean clothes regularly. But, a quality washing machine can ease your load and help you get the job done quicker.

When you want to invest in a new washing machine, there is a lot more at play than how well it washes the clothes. You need to think of the type of washing machine; top loader impeller, top loader with agitator, or a front loader.

Yes, budget is one of the biggest things you are concerned about. On average, a budget washing machine costs around $300-2000. This much money, no one would like to spend on sub-standard or poor-quality products.

And, if you want to get the best replica of your money, invest in the future; in our case, invest in cutting-edge features integrated washers. This is a little guide to help you choose a product according to your needs, budget, and requirements.

Read the full guide and pay close attention to the infographics; you will have a better idea by looking at the infographics.

Washing Machine Buying Guide Infographic

Washing Machines Buying Guide

There are basically two types of washing machines. Fully automatic and Semi-automatic, here we are neglecting washers’ only option. Here we discuss all types of washing machines with their advantages and disadvantages.

1) Washers Only

This is the simplest form of a washing machine. The washer comes only with basic washing features. Here, you would not see the latest features, wash programs, and other cutting-edge things onboard.

The simplest form of the washer has been the best in washing the hardest stains and providing impressive cleansing results. Though the type of washers is obsolete now, they are being used in Asian countries.

These are just washers, here you put clothes and get them washed. After that, get them out and put them on drying lines.

The washer-only machines come in a compact size can be fitted easily anywhere, such as a bathroom, balcony, or kitchen corner. They are easy to maneuver, can easily be transported from one corner to the other. The last thing, they are very economical, would not cost big money.

2) Semi-Automatic Washing Machines

This is an improved and upgraded form of washer’s only machines. Here you see two drums, one for washing and another for drying.

These washing machines cost less price than fully automatic but higher than washers only. Here, you get automatic washing features, but most tasks are carried out manually with human interaction.

Here, with a semi-automatic washing machine, you have to fill the tub out with water manually. After being washed, put the clothes, fetch them out, and put them into the drying tub. And draining the dirty water, emptying the tub after one go of washing.

These washing machines consume lots of water but less power compare to advanced forms of washers. Here, you can get put clothes in the middle of the wash cycle. They come into hands at the budget price range and are easy to operate.

Advantages:

  • Cost is less
  • Operating is easier
  • Two different activities could be done; you can wash clothes in one tub and dry some in the other tub.
  • It washes clothes quicker
  • The user controls water usage
  • Power consumption is way lesser than fully automatic
  • Can put clothes in the middle of the cycle

Disadvantages:

  • Manual intervention is a must
  • No power backup feature; you will have to start the cycle once again after power is back.
  • Consume more space
  • It comes only in top loaders, no front loaders
  • Manual soaking is mandatory; the dryer does not dry completely
  • Consume more water

3) Fully Automatic top loading

As the name suggests, these machines fed clothes from the top. It would help if you connected them with a continuous water supply; they take water per their consumption and need in the cycle.

They feature a single tub for washing as well as drying. No separate tub for drying and washing. They come with different wash programs to help users opt-with as per the need or type of clothes being washed. But, the numbers of wash programs are limited, fewer than front-loading.

With the top-load washing machine, you put clothes by standing. You do not need to bend down to put on clothes. You can put clothes in the middle of the wash cycle, and they are quicker than front-loaders.

Advantages:

  • Cheaper than front-loaders
  • Can put clothes in the midway of the wash cycle
  • Compact in design
  • Lightweight
  • They can be moved easily
  • Consume less water and electricity
  • Capacities are bigger than front-loaders

Disadvantages:

  • Very rough on clothes
  • Wash times are long
  • Laundry tangles and stretched because of the low water level

4) Front-load washers

This is the most advanced category of washing machines. These come with lots of cutting-edge features to boost the cleansing process.

Here, you feed clothes from the front rather than from the top. The washing and drying are done under the same cabinet, which renders a smooth cleaning experience compared to other washers.

Front-load washing machines are a robust model with a large number of wash programs. They are gentle on clothes, and almost no manual intervention is required. Just connect the water connection to the inlet, and the washer consumes as per the needs and washes requirements.

These washers take time to cleanse clothes completely and wash away the hardest and stubborn stains in one go. They are less noisy, and one can get the job carried out without disrupting the entire ambiance, unlike semi-automatic washers or top loaders.

They are famous due to the power backup feature, hot water function, less consumption of water and electricity, and much more.

The front-loaders also integrate features that let them work in heavy water. So, if you face a heavy-water problem that stops the mixing detergent, get the types of washers onboard and nail the issue once and for all.

Advantages:

  • Integrates advanced features
  • Soft on clothes
  • Offer smooth and clearer cleanse results
  • Less consumption of water and electricity
  • No manual intervention requires
  • Offers clothes washing in heavy water
  • Memory back features help in cleaning where people face electricity cut issue.

Disadvantages:

  • Hefty weight
  • Cannot put clothes once the wash cycle started
  • Complicated in use
  • Expensive

5) Dryers Only

‘Dryers only’ option is the most sought-after option to dry clothes fast. They are a popular option, and people prefer buying dryer-only options for two reasons: affordable and easy to install.

The dryer only dries your clothes; the washing and cleaning will be done in other washers. They are a dedicated machine to dry the laundry; the results are better and softer than the average washing machine.

Keep in mind; best dryers are powered with stainless steel drums and sensors to prevent your fabric from damage or over-drying and conserve energy. It should also come with a delay cycle to stop the drying processor when you want.

The premium features such as a steam generator, custom cycle, Wi-Fi connectivity are also important, but they come at a price. The dryer only washers are of two categories; gas dryer and electric dryer. Both the options are great; it is your call which one suits you the most.

6) Washer Dryer

A washer-dryer or washer-dryer combo is a combination of a front-load washing machine and a dryer. But, the question is, what is the difference between a washer dryer and front loaders?

As both look the same and promise to deliver the same type of works? The difference is, front-loader washers are good at washing and also offer enhanced drying features. The washer dryers are good at drying and provide advanced drying performance.

The washer-dryer often comes in a small tub; usually, a washer-dryer takes a long time washing and completely drying clothes. It only washes and dries only half of the capacity of a washer, so you should come to know that it will take longer than you think to wash your clothes in a washer dryer.

Most people buy washer dryers because they do not have enough space for two separate standalone appliances side by side. The best solution is to grab a small, compact, and mobile home cleaning machine.

These machines consume more water in drying than washing. Because the dyer’s condenser uses water for cooling, so, see whether the washer dryer checks your requirements or not before buying it.

7) Shop by Family

Buying a washing machine is a big investment, no doubt. You cannot afford to buy a washer every three months. So, before spending a big chunk of your savings on it, you need to learn your requirements.

The biggest check would be the number of people in a family. Are you single or married with one or two kids?

The size of the family matters; this will decide the type of washing machine and its tub size. For a larger family of 5-6, a bigger-sized washing machine will fit the needs, and for a smaller family, a smaller-sized.

For singles, 3-4 KG washtub size is good to go. For a family of two, 5-KG washtub size is recommended, and the size goes increasing with the size of the family expanding.

8) wash load capacity

The number of people, frequency of wash load, and type of clothes you are washing is another important thing to have check-on.

For a family of two, and with washing needs of two shirts, two pairs of trousers, a one-bed sheet, two towels, and two pillowcases. This is a general estimate of regular washing chores, a family of two faces every week.

For 2 family members, you need to have a 6KG washer. Here, your need for washing can be four shirts, four pairs of trousers, one bedsheet and two towels. The number of washing cycles per week decides your washing machine wash load capacity.

For 3-4 members of a family, with wash loads of 7 shirts, eight pairs of trousers, 3-bedsheets, and six towels, you need to have a bigger sized washer. In this case, an 8KG washer would be fine to opt with.

For a family of 5-6 people, with wash loads of 9 shirts, nine trousers, 5-bedsheets, and eight towels, the size of a 10-KG washtub is recommended.

You can check your wash load capacity, and as per the suggestion, you can choose the size of the washing machine to buy.

Now, you have learned the most important things to have checked on in a washing machine. Learn something as important as the type of washer or size of washers. These features are of vital importance to look into your washer to have a hands-down wash experience.

9) Washing programs

Several wash programs are a must-look into a feature in a washing machine. The feature helps you wash your clothes as per the type of laundry.

For instance, washing it with switching cotton wash programs helps you get clearer cleansing results if you have cotton laundry. In the same way, for expensive clothes, you can go with a delicate option.

Most of the washers, even the basic semi-automatic washers, feature three basic wash programs; basic, average, and hard. In fully automatic washing machines, you see a range of numbers and types of wash programs.

Such as, most advanced washers feature cotton, synthetic, delicate, quick, daily, pre-soak, and woolen wash features. So, have a close eye on the wash programs and choose a washer that provides your preferred type of wash program.

1. Spin Speed

Spin speed is the frequency of a washer tub spinning in one minute. This is measured as RPM (Revolution per minute). With a higher number of RPM, you get quicker cleaning and drying results.

Some washer lets you decide the RPM rates as per your laundry type load capacity. For instance, you can set 600 RPM for your expensive clothes and shoot it up to 1200 for hard clothes.

Usually, higher frequency rates are more preferred. As it lets, a user gets over-cleansing jobs quicker and faster.

2. Drum Type

The washing machine’s tub is the most important specs to have a look at. The type of material used to construct a drum decides the future of that washer. If the washer is constructed using plastic, obviously, the washer would not stay that long.

Usually, the washer’s drum is made of stainless steel or porcelain enamel. These are the most adopted and durable option to choose from. If you are running short of budget, and need something instant to wash your dirty clothes, go with plastic-made drums. The choice is yours; the decision is entirely up to you.

3. In-built heater

In-built heaters help you wash clothes using hot water. Usually, hot water is preferred to wash laundry by the users. The hot water ignites the washing process and knocks down the hardest, stubborn stains.

If you are the one who deals with hard-stain clothes, the feature is a must-to-have in your washer. The feature will let you warm the water as per your desired temperature and then wash the clothes. The temperature controller helps the machine to dissolve the detergent better and remove stains easily.

Cotton clothes are preferred to wash in warm water compared to cold water. The feature sucks your electricity exponentially and increases your electricity bills if it is not used wisely.

4. Inverter Tech

This latest technology helps your washing machines to works as per the load capacity. Usually, the washer runs at the same speed, regardless of the amount of load inside the tub.

You get them running and consuming the same range of electricity without any idea of loads inside it. The tech helps a washer decide to run at optimum speed as per the load of the washing machine.

So, if spending some more bucks makes you house this cutting-edge feature, do not hesitate. The function will save your money in the long run, and you will see a downfall in your electricity bills.

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