Help and advice

Washing machines

Things to consider when choosing your new washing machine

Construction

  1. Freestanding – The washing machine stands alone and is not built into any cupboards or sideboards.
  2. Built-in – The washing machine is built between your cupboards or sideboards. A full-size kitchen door is required.
  3. Semi-integrated – The washing machine is built between your cupboards or sideboards. A partial kitchen door is required and the control panel is on show.


Capacity

Drum capacity is measured in kilograms, which refers to the weight of the dry wash load that the washing machine can hold.



Spin speed

Spin speed refers to how many times your washing machine’s drum spins round in a minute. It's measured in revolutions per minute (rpm) – so a setting of 1200rpm means the drum will spin all the way round 1200 times every minute.



Wash cycles

Wash cycles are the types of programmes your washing machine uses to do its job. They are made up of a washing cycle, a rest period, a rinse, and then a spin to remove the water. Sometimes there are multiple rinse and spin cycles to get clothes extra clean.



Energy rating

The energy efficiency of washing machines is rated in terms of a set of energy efficiency classes from A to G; A being the most energy efficient, G the least.