When it comes to choosing a washing machine, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. This difficult job can sometimes seem impossible when faced with endless possibilities and seemingly similar specs. We all have different needs and specifications – think size, efficiency, speed, capacity, durability and more.
In this blog, we will highlight factors you should consider when choosing a washing machine for your home.
- Family Size
The size of the washing machine to get should depend on the number of people in your household. For homes with one or two people, a 5 kg washing machine could work. Families with three to four members can move up to 5-7 kg, while those with five people or more would be better off with a capacity of 8 kg or more.
The numbers refer to the weight of the laundry load that a washing machine can comfortably or efficiently clean. For perspective, 1 kg of laundry is equal to five shirts and a pair of jeans or two bath towels. Be careful not to overload your washing machine as they will consume more water and electricity to clean clothes.
- Front-Load or Top-Load
Front loading washing machines are ideal if you’re looking for something energy-efficient. It is also not as noisy as top-loaders. The downside is it’s a few hundred dollars more expensive than top-load washers. If you don’t do a lot of washing, a top-loading machine will suffice.
- Energy Star Seal
One of the most important things that you need to consider is energy consumption. Think about how often you’d most likely to wash your clothes. If you decide to do your laundry 3-4 times a week, you might want to choose a machine with low energy consumption. Look for the EU Energy Rating label or Energy Star Seal. A machine with higher rating is more efficient, as it saves at least 25% off your electric bill.
- Fully-automatic or semi-automatic
Washing machines come in two variants – fully-automatic, which does everything for you at the touch of a button, and semi-automatic, which can come with two tubs. If you use a twin tub semi-automatic washing machine, this means you may need to move your clothes from one tub to the other during the washing process. These machines can also use less water and allow you to pause between cycles. However, if you’re after a convenient wash, a fully-automatic washing machine will do everything for you.
When it comes to price, twin tub washing machines are usually less expensive. While front load washing machines may cost more upfront, it also gives clothes more quality clean with features that are specifically designed for different types of fabrics and are more energy and water efficient so you may end up saving on the long run. Most new washing machines cost between $250 to $2,500 depending on the brand, the size, and the features it has. For most people, finding a washing machine under $1,000 should be relatively easy.
The Bottom Line,
Before you buy that washing machine, make sure to examine your needs, your schedule, and your budget first. Buying the right machine can save you tons of money even if it might seem pricey. Before you buy and use your new washer, make sure you have reviewed and thoroughly read the user’s manual. Proper use and care of your washer will make sure it will last longer.