How To Buy Washing Machines

Investing on a good washing machine is obviously not an easy task, considering the huge variety of manufacturers currently available on the market today. Beyond certain aspects, such as price
14 Nov 2014 08:46
How To Buy Washing Machines

Investing on a good washing machine is obviously not an easy task, considering the huge variety of manufacturers currently available on the market today. Beyond certain aspects, such as price range, you should also pay attention to numerous other important facts on selecting the right clothes washer for your home, business or apartment set ups. Here are some tip from WikiHow that will help you to choose the best washing machine for your home.

1. Determine your Load Capacity need. If the size of your family is 4 people or less, 4 cubic feet is normally more than enough, unless you plan on washing things like duvets or pillows.

2. Decide if you need a Front Load or a Top Load washing machine. Front loaders are always more energy efficient and quieter to operate, but often have bad odor issues.

3. Check for Energy Star ratings. Most good clothes washers will have the rating of 4 or 5, with 5 being the highest a washing machine can get. This means it will save you at least 25 per cent on electricity and water usage.

4. Test Vibration and Noise level.  The quietest to run washing machine is often equipped with Direct-Drive motor technology, which eliminates the use of belts, thus reduces unnecessary amounts of part vibrations.

5. Measure your laundry area to see upfront how much space you can afford. If your house is a little tight in space, opting in for the Stackable type of washers may help. Another option is to choose a washer dryer combo – that can both wash clothes and dry them in one complete cycle.

6. Make a list of possible brands you are likely to buy. The major manufacturers include: Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, Samsung, LG, Bosch, Miele, GE (General Electric), Electrolux and Frigidaire.

7. Jot down special features that might be useful for your personal washing needs. For example, Samsung washers offer the unique SilverWash technology which uses Silver (Ag) particles to effectively eliminate up to 99 per cent of bacteria (as claimed by the company), thus keeping your clothes mold-free for up to two weeks.

8. Read consumer reviews for each brand, note down the things which you find mentioned repetitively. What they liked and disliked? Also note which particular model is given best reviews for each brand. There are many independent review sources you can find online by typing something like “consumer washing machine reviews” in Google or another search engine.

9. See if replacement parts and repair is easily available in your local area for your chosen washing machine model. It will be very frustrating if your machine suddenly stops working and you have to wait for weeks in order to get it fixed, or even worse; have to buy a new one because no one can repair it.

10. Compare performance ratings for each brand you have reviewed. Give 10 points for the best in category, and 0 for the worst.

Essential things to put for comparison are:

– Load Capacity

– Vibration and Noise Level

– Energy Star Ratings

– Cleaning Effectiveness

– Size Dimension

– Weight

– Unique Washing Features

11. Evaluate Price vs Performance. After making yourself a checklist of various brands with ratings as described above, calculate the average rating for each brand (or model) of washing machines and write them down in the new list, with highest at the top and lowest down the bottom. Then find out the cost for each item listed.  You would have a very clear idea as to which washing machine performs best for your specific laundry needs by now.


– Avoid reviews that seem to only praise a particular brand or washer model for its benefits. This type of review is probably very biased and won’t truly help you make informed decisions.

– Look for discount coupons throughout magazine and internet publications.

– Ask your nearest laundromat for their advice and tips.


– Don’t believe sites that rank best washing machines. While those top rated models may be useful for the majority of people, they might not be the best options for your own circumstances.

– Check for rust around tumble dryers to prevent bad odors on your clothes.



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