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WASHING MACHINE BUYING GUIDE

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TOP WASHING MACHINE TIPS

Whether you’re shopping for a large washing machine for the family laundry, a quiet machine to get the load done at night or a machine full of tech to make life easier, we have plenty to choose form. You’re sure to find one that suits your home with us. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand what features to look out for whilst you shop.

TYPES OF WASHING MACHINES

There are different types of washing machines which vary dependent on their installation, use and suitability.

Freestanding
Integrated

FREESTANDING

Condenser

Freestanding washing machines tend to be the most popular choice, this is because they can be placed anywhere in the home as long as there is a plug socket, water supply and drain available. You can even stack a tumble dryer on top of them with the right kit. They generally have a standard width between 595-600mm, so they’re easy to fit between kitchen cabinets. However there are a few exceptions just in case you’re tight on space, such as slim-line and slim depth washing machines. Keep in mind whatever machine you go for, you’ll need to leave room for pipes and the washing machine will need a 4-5mm clearance on the back and sides.

Top Tips
TOP TIP:

The larger the load capacity/drum size, the more washing you’ll be able to fit inside at once!

You should never cram your laundry to the brim as it may affect the washing performance. 7kg Machines are generally adequate for most households.

INTEGRATED

Vented

Integrated washing machines are nice and discreet. They fit within a cupboard space, between your cabinets. They are hidden behind a cupboard door, blending seamlessly into your kitchen. Just like freestanding machines they come in a standard width between 595-600mm, making it easier for you to fit and replace them. When fitting an integrated washing machine you’ll need to keep in mind they need a 4-5mm clearance on both sides and at the back.

Top Tips
TOP TIP:

Try not to guestimate when adding detergent!

Follow your detergents guidelines to ensure you are using the correct amount. Getting the amount wrong can decrease cleaning results.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER

Capacity
CAPACITY

Capacity refers to the drum size of the washing machine. The larger the capacity the more washing it can hold. 6kg machines hold around 30 T-shirts where as a 13kg washer can hold up to 60 T-shirts.

Energy Rating
ENERGY RATING

Washing machines are rated between A+++ to C for energy efficiency. The higher the rating the more economical the washing machine is and the more money it will save you on your energy bills.

Clever Sensor
SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

Some washing machines have different types of sensor technology, where the machine can detect the weight of the laundry and adjust the programme, settings and time to suit the laundry for a more efficient wash.

Anti-Crease
ANTI-ALLERGY

Many washing machines have special allergy programmes which are designed to effectively combat common allergies such as dust mites, pet allergens, mould spores and pollen.

Noise Level
NOISE LEVEL

Noise level is measured in decibels. The lower the rating, the quieter the washing machine. 40dB equates to the noise in a public library, whereas 80dB equates to the noise of a ringing phone.

Dimensions
DIMENSIONS

Make sure to measure your available space carefully. Keep in mind that washing machines typically need a 4-5mm clearance to the sides and back, both freestanding and integrated.

Energy Consumption
ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Energy consumption is measured in kWh based on 220 washing cycles set to the standard programme. Lower energy consumption is ideal for saving money on your energy bills.

Installation
INSTALLATION

To make things easier for you we offer a connection service for our washing machines. Take a closer look at the details on our installation service here »

FAQs FOR WASHING MACHINES

» What is the standard size for a washing machine?

Washing machines all tend to be roughly the same size for an easy fit in your home. Usually measuring 850mm (height) x 600mm (width) x 600mm (depth). It can vary by a couple of millimetres, it all depends on the manufacturer.

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» Are washing machines cold fill?

Washing machines with a hot and cold fill are still available however most washing machines now are generally cold fill only. This makes them more energy efficient whilst delivering better washing results, especially when using biological detergent.

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» How much do washing machines cost to run?

It all depends on the washing machines energy rating. An A+++ rated washing machine can save up to 40% more energy than an A rated machine. The average washing machine will cost around £30 per year to run. The better the energy efficiency rating the more money you’ll save.

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» I need a quiet washing machine, how do I know if it is quiet?

A washing machines noise level is measured in decibels, the lower the decibel rating the quieter it will be. Anything below 55dB is considered quiet.

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» Can you stack a tumble dryer on top of a washing machine?

You can stack a tumble dryer and washing machine together, the tumble dryer must always go on top and you will need an appropriate stacking kit for safety and stability. Take a look at our stacking kits »

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» Can a washing machine be placed in a garage?

Washing machines can be installed in garages however this option comes with its own problems. Garages can suffer from lack of ventilation and condensation can cause damage to the washing machine. The garage can also become too hot in summer which could cause the machine to overheat and in the winter when its cold pipes can be at risk of freezing. Also freestanding garages are unlikely to have plumbing available which can make installation difficult.

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» Do you deliver to my address?

We deliver all across the UK, 6 days a week, 7am till 8pm. We can even offer next day delivery. It’s really easy to check if we deliver to your address. Once you’ve picked out a washing machine you like, on that page there will be a delivery drop down section, here you can see your options and search your post code. Or if you’ve put the dryer into your basket already you can check your post code here too and all delivery options will be listed. For more information regarding our delivery services, click here

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» Can you recycle my old appliance?

We certainly can recycle your old appliance. Once you add your chosen washing machine to basket you’ll see there is an option to add the recycling service to your basket too, this does have a small additional charge. Check out our recycling service ».

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