Is your washing machine suitable for you? Consumer experts reveal their best tips for finding the perfect washing machine – and the five features you should look for
- CHOICE has looked at pre-loading and washing machines for loading from above
- The consumer watchdog has indicated the benefits of each type of washing machine
- The guide also reveals the disadvantages for both to make choosing easier
With new and innovative washing machines that come on the market every day, it can be difficult to know which one suits you best.
And while there is an abundance of brands on the market, there are really only two types of machines available: the front loader or the top loader.
To make the decision easier, consumer watchdog CHOICE has compiled a manual for buyers to emphasize the difference between the two and to reveal the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Although there is an abundance of brands on the market, there are only two types of machines available: the front loader or the top loader (stock image, washing machine for loading from above)
Washing machines for loading from above:
One of the main differences between the machines is that a front loader uses gravity to wash clothes and is therefore softer. Top loaders are considered heavier for clothing.
A top loader washes clothes through & # 39; floating & # 39; objects in water and uses a fan or agitator to wash them.
A machine equipped with a stirrer (the large conical, screw-looking device that protrudes from the center through the center of the drum), rotates and turns as a way to remove dirt from clothing.
Impellers – a type of rotating disc located at the bottom of the machine – washes clothing by sending turbulent flows through the water as the rotor rotates.
Choice revealed, as well as price and weight top loaders were usually more reliable than front loaders and came with shorter wash times.
In addition, it was easier to interrupt a mid-cycle to add more items or remove items that were forgotten.
Washing with a top-loading machine is generally considered stricter for clothing than washing with a front loader.
And although the machines can be cheaper, the fact that they use more water and more electricity, especially when washing with hot water, can compensate for potential savings.
Other factors to consider is that a top loader also needs more detergent to complete a cycle.
Washing machines on the front are more expensive to buy, but are generally considered more friendly to clothing (stock image)
Washing machines on the front
Front loaders tend to cost more than top loading machines, although the costs are somewhat offset by the machines washing clothes in a softer way.
Instead of washing by stirring, front loaders wash by turning clothes over and over in a circular motion.
Although the machines use less water, they may take longer to wash clothes. However, many models now come with faster cycles that last up to 30 minutes.
What should you look for in five functions when buying a washing machine?
1. Capacity: Most households fill washing machines only half full – about 3.5 kg on average. To calculate what you need, weigh yourself and weigh yourself again with a full laundry basket. Use the difference between the figures to determine what capacity you need.
2. Cycle time: Top loaders are generally faster than front loaders, partly because front loaders use less water. If you prefer a front loader, look for one with a & # 39; fast wash cycle & # 39 ;.
3. Sound: In general, front loaders are louder and higher than top loaders due to their faster spin speed.
4. Hot and / or cold water connections: Some machines need both hot and cold water to work correctly, or need a special connector or a cap for the hot water inlet if you only want to connect it to cold water. Finding front loaders with a double hot and cold water connection can be difficult because most have internal heaters.
5. C.Hild locks: Some machines have & # 39; child lock & # 39; functions – this can be on the washing machine door, so it cannot be opened halfway through the cycle or a program that cannot be changed during a cycle.
Front loaders have the advantage that they are more energy efficient when washing in hot water, because they are equipped with internal heating and use less detergent.
This type of machine also comes with a large number of programs, making it easier to wash different items.
Higher spin speeds can also help keep costs down, especially if clothes are dried with a dryer.
Price must be considered when purchasing a front loader, as these types of machines are more expensive.
In addition, longer wash cycles can also increase operating costs.
Other problems with a front-loading machine is that once a cycle has started, it cannot be paused. So if you need to add or remove clothing, this can be a problem.
The machines themselves can be heavy to move, and CHOICE reports that some require special brackets when placed on a wooden floor.
Spin cycles can be louder with some brands and there are also some types of machines that do not run so effectively due to their low water consumption.
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