Things to Consider When Buying a Washing Machine


Sep 20, 2001


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The Bottom Line A major appliance like a washing machine is a big expense for a family. Research your choices in order to get what you want and can afford.

Clean clothes, less drudgery and more spare time for you - that's the promise of a washing machine. Since a washing machine is likely to be an integral part of your household, it's important to choose one that meets your specific needs. For choosing the right machine, think about these things:

Family size
Top load or front load
The budget
The placement of washing machine
Other features
The choice of colors


Family size

If you are a small family of two or three people with not more than two loads of dirty laundry every day, a machine with a modest capacity will suit you fine. A big family should consider a larger machine.

Also keep in mind what the size of your family will be in the future before making your purchase decision. It is a good idea to plan ahead because a washing machine lasts at least for five years. Your washing habit is also an important consideration. You will need a large machine if you don't wash your clothes on a daily basis but only once or twice a week.

Automatic

Automatic washing machines perform all the operations like soaking, washing, rinsing and spin-drying in one single tub.

Today's fully automatic machines can do everything from deciding the wash cycle, the drying cycle and even the amount of detergent to be used, depending of the type of clothes placed in the machine. You just need to switch it on, turn on the water and leave it alone.

The Samsung SWF P-10 offers you the option of a delayed start, up to 24 hours. The advantage of a timer is that it allows you to set the time when the machine will start operating, and you don't need to be present to operate the machine.

Top load or front load

Front loading machines come with an built-in hot water option, and they are supposed to clean better and consume less water. If there is shortage of space, the top of a front loading machine can be used as a tabletop. Front loads, however, are significantly more expensive when compared with top loads. Additionally, most front loads are very heavy and cannot be moved around the house. Top loads are generally more convenient.

While a front load machine uses a tumble wash process that cleans clothes with a vertical spin movement, a top load machine offers a pulsator wash, which is a horizontal rotation movement. Since different companies offer slightly different cleaning systems, the choice is simply a matter of individual preference.

The budget

The decision of selecting the right machine is also a function of your budget. Keep the cost within your budget by eliminating options.

The placement of washing machine

Measure the area where you plan to keep the machine before selecting the model. Choose a spot that is near a tap and a drainage area - ideally in the bathroom, near a sink or even in the kitchen.

If you plan to keep the machine in an area that's generally wet, pick a machine with a rustproof body. The best option is a machine with a plastic body, which will not deteriorate with constant water splashes.


Other features

Unless your family is really hard on their clothes, you might not need heavy-duty wash functions. Yet, it's always a good option to get a powerful machine so that you won't have to resort to brush and soap for dirty spots.

Washing machines also offer different washes for various fabrics. Now you can wash even silks and woolens in washing machines with a gentle cycle.

The choice of colors

The only question now left is what color to pick! Washing machines come in a range of colors - white, black, and others. Match the color to your bathroom tiling or coordinate it with the area where you will place it. I prefer white because it is always available when fad colors go out of fashion.









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