6 questions to ask yourself when buying a new washing machine
It’s something that you’ll have to deal with at some point in your lives – your trusty washing machine has spun its final load after years of loyal service and it needs to be replaced.
Before you blindly search online for a replacement machine, it pays to ask yourself the right questions so you can get the perfect washing machine for you.
What size washing machine do I need for my family?
Obviously, you’ll base the size of washing machine on the number of people in your household. If you’re living alone, a 6kg drum will probably be your best bet. However, if you’re washing clothes for a family of three, four or more, the best thing you can do is look for a drum of 8kg or even 9kg.
While a machine with a larger drum may cost you more at the outset, you’ll save a lot of money in the long run by being able to wash more items in one go. Also, the added advantage of a larger capacity drum is that smaller loads will have extra room during the cycle and will therefore be washed more thoroughly.
This 8kg Serie|4 Automatic washing machine from Bosch is one of the best reviewed on the market in terms of efficiency, size and ease of use.
I’m in a hurry – how can I get my washing done quickly?
Most modern washing machines will come with quick wash settings that will have your clothes ready for drying in a hurry. For instance, Bosch’s SpeedPerfect technology can cut your washing time for a full load of laundry by up to 66pc. Certain machines will also have extra speedy 15 or 30-minute programmes if time really is of the essence.
It’s also a good idea to seek out a washing machine with a high speed spin of 1400-1600rpm, as this will leave clothes a lot dryer when the cycle finishes.
What are the important settings I need?
It goes without saying that the usual settings – cotton wash, wool wash, synthetics, hand wash, silk, delicates – are just the starting point when you’re choosing your new washing machine.
Aside from the basics, look for a machine that will save you time and energy. The latest machines offer some really advanced washing options.
For instance, Bosch’s VarioPerfect technology saves you time, money and water. If time isn’t an issue, the EcoPerfect setting uses 66pc less energy than standard machines.
Smart technology like Bosch’s i-DOS technology can even calculate exactly how much detergent you need to achieve optimum results for any load. Your machine will detect the size of the load, the fabric in the wash and even the degree of soiling and then calculate the optimum amount of detergent needed.
You’ll save money on detergent and you could save up to 7,062 litres of water on an annual basis.*
So you also can get Activewater programmes that sense the load type and automatically calculate the amount of energy and water required to deliver more economical, environmentally-friendly washes.
This Serie|6 Automatic washing machine, for instance, comes with i-DOS technology and a five-year warranty.** It also has a Home Connect app that lets you control your wash from your mobile device. You can take away any guesswork by entering the colour of the wash, the type of material and the degree of soiling into the app and everything else will be done for you.
Its EcoSilence Drive also makes it energy-efficient and very quiet when it’s running. What an age we live in, right?
I’m on a budget: Should I buy cheap or buy quality?
Ever heard the expression, ‘Buy cheap, buy twice’?
It seems obvious, but it’s a lot better to take the short-term hit by splashing out on a more expensive machine than going for a cheap alternative that could break down six months later.
Look for washing machines with features that can help to extend their lifespan. Self-cleaning tech like Bosch Drum Clean can help to maintain your machine over time. Warranties and guarantees can also provide you with some peace of mind. For instance, Bosch offer a 10-year guarantee on their Bosch EcoSilence Drive motor.
Look for energy efficient features that can future-proof your machine and reduce your running costs over time, like an A+++ energy rating. You can make long-term savings with eco-friendly tech like the ActiveWater system or an EcoBar energy reduction display, which can tell you exactly how much energy you’re are using.
This machine from Bosch, which comes with Home Connect, has a five-year warranty** and it’s one of the most reliable machines on the market. It’s also remarkably quiet, with an AutoWash feature that automatically adjusts the water temperature and speed according to the weight, material and dirtiness of the load.
Paying a bit more for an energy efficient machine can ultimately provide year-on-year savings could actually help to pay for a more expensive washing machine in the long run.
I want to keep the noise down – what are the quietest machines?
If you’re installing your machine in an open area like a kitchen and want to keep the noise to a minimum, there are lots of appliances that come with extra noise insulation and Bosch’s machines come with low-noise motors. Keep an eye out for terms like EcoSilence Drive and NightWash and a washing that is rated at about 70-75dB(A) on spin.
What else should I consider?
The key to picking the right washing machine is working out what you need and getting something that’s fit for purpose.
So if you’re a single person living in a flat, a smaller machine that doesn’t take up much space or make much noise may be what you want. If you have a large family, you’ll want a robust machine that can handle larger washes with perfect results.
You’ll also have to factor in budget and any preferences you may have for washing machines that come with smart or green technology. Think about what you need, do some research before you start shopping, and find the washing machine that ticks all the boxes for you.
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*Potential annual saving when using i-DOS instead of household washing with manual dosage using a conventional sensitive programme at an average of 220 washing loads per year. Source: wfk (The Cleaning Technology Institute), Institute of Applied Research, research report WL 5132/10. Individual results may vary.
** 5 year warranty from April 1, 2019, to April 1, 2020.