Washing Machines : The Complete Buying Guide
Washing machines are one of life’s essentials that no household in Ireland can do without. From school uniforms and work gear to bed linen and gym clothes, most people use their washing machine every day. When the time comes to buy a new washing machine, it’s your chance to choose a machine that can save you time, effort and money.
Washing machines have changed considerably in the last few years thanks to innovative design and technology. Washing machines now come with amazing features like hygiene steams, precision cleaning and energy efficient washing settings. Irwins’ home appliance experts have created a washing machine buying guide to help you choose the best option for you.
At A Glance - What To Consider In A Washing Machine
The top five factors to consider when buying a new washing machine are:
- What type of washing machine do you need? An integrated or freestanding machine for example.
- Your maximum budget for purchase, delivery and fitting.
- How big is the available space where you want to install the washing machine?
- What size washing machine drum do you need?
- What added features would make your life much easier?
How To Choose The Right Kind of Washing Machine
When buying a washing machine, the first thing to figure out is what kind of washing machine you need. There are two main types: freestanding and integrated.
Integrated washing machines are built into the kitchen units and have a panel to match the rest of the kitchen. Freestanding washing machines are stand-alone and visible, though flush with the front of the kitchen cabinets. Integrated machines require installation, while freestanding machines are often easier to replace.
How To Choose The Right Sized Washing Machine Drum
If you are in the market for a new washing machine, it's important to consider two essential factors. The size of your household and how much laundry needs washing each week.
If you have a large family that does a lot of laundry, then getting a larger capacity model will make sense. If you don't have much laundry to do, then buying a smaller sized washing machine may suit you better.
At Irwins Megastore, our washing machines come in a selection of drum sizes. These vary from 7 kg washing machine drums to 10 kg drums. For bigger households or frequent washing needs, the larger 9 kg - 10 kg drum sizes will suit you better. Having a larger washing machine drum means that you can wash more laundry at a time. Thus reducing the time you spend cleaning clothes. For anyone looking to wash larger items like blankets and duvets, a larger washing machine drum is also the obvious choice.
Look At How The Washing Machine Washes Laundry
The cleaning system is a crucial part of any washing machine. It's what helps to remove stains and keep your clothes looking fresh. Here are some things to look for.
How the cleaning system works
The best machines use water jets, which can spin at speeds up to 1400 rpm (revolutions per minute). These spin cycles remove dirt and grime from clothes while simultaneously rinsing them with clean water.
The benefit? No more soaking wet laundry in the machine after they have been washed.
How long the cleaning system takes
The average wash cycle for washing machines is between 40 and 60 minutes. If time isn't on your side when doing laundry then look for appliances with shorter cycle options. The Whirlpool 7KG Spin washing machine and Samsung 9KG Spin Smart washing machine, both have quick wash options for example. A helpful setting for busy days.
Keep in mind that the size of the load also affects how long each cycle takes. A large load will take longer than a small one because there's more material. If you intend to wash more clothes, less often, then the standard wash may be best depending on the machine.
Consider The Washing Machines Special Features
In addition to considering the size and capacity of your washing machine, think about special features and accessories. Washing machines have become some of the most sophisticated home appliances available. They are now designed, not only to wash but also for convenience, economy and better hygiene. All are aimed at helping you and your family to make laundry management as quick and easy as possible. Some of the most popular washing machine features are steam cleaning and anti stain cycles.
Washing machines mainly use steam to add an extra layer of hygiene protection to your clothes. Some even promise to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria by injecting a ‘steam wash’ at the end of a cycle. Other machines use steam to give a wash a fresher feeling, alternating between steam and spin cleaning in each wash.
Anti Stain Features
Imagine not having to soak or pre-treat stained clothes again and then delight in the fact it’s a reality. Thanks to modern wash technology, washing machines are now designed to deal with stains too. Some have automatic detectors that tell them when more detergent and a tougher wash are needed. Others, like the Hotpoint 1400 Spin Washing Machine, have anti-stain cycles designed especially for soiled clothing.
Anti-Allergy Washing Machine Features
Another useful innovation in washing machines is the addition of anti-allergy washes. These washing cycles are able to remove pollutants with in-depth washes that are gentle on fabrics.
Money Saving Tips For Home Laundry
- The cooler the wash, the less energy is used. Most day-to-day clothes only need a 30-degree wash and detergents now work with cooler washes.
- Avoid washing half loads. Ashing a full laundry load uses water and power (and detergent) more efficiently.
- Buy a washing machine with a higher energy rating to ensure your utilities are used efficiently.
- Perform regular maintenance Cleaning the lint filter and checking for leaks will ensure optimal performance and prevent costly repairs.
Buying A Washing Machine FAQs
Q: How much should I expect to spend on a washing machine?
A: The cost of a washing machine can vary widely depending on the size, features, and brand. On average, you can expect to spend between €300+ and €800+ on a washing machine.
Q: How can I ensure that my washing machine is energy-efficient?
A: Look for washing machines with an A or B energy rating. These machines are designed to be energy-efficient and can help you save money on your energy bills.
Q: What kind of warranty should I look for when buying a washing machine?
A: Look for a washing machine with a warranty of at least one year. Some manufacturers may offer longer warranties on certain parts of the machine, such as the motor. Be sure to read the warranty carefully to understand what is covered and for how long.
Q: How often should I replace my washing machine?
A: The lifespan of a washing machine can vary depending on a number of factors. This includes the quality of the machine and how well it is maintained. On average, a washing machine can last between 8 and 12 years. If your washing machine is no longer cleaning clothes effectively, it may be time to consider replacing it. Also, if it is using more energy than it used to or more than you’d like, consider a new machine
Call in-store to Irwins Megastore or shop online at irwinsmegastore.ie for washing machines. Our experienced and friendly team are always on hand to lend a hand and offer advice.