Whether you are moving into your first home, want to acquire a more energy-efficient washing machine or need to replace a machine that is broken it is never as easy as walking into a shop and making a purchase. There’s a load of technical information and brand specific detail that you will want to wade through carefully before purchasing any big home appliance.
But what about the less obvious factors? Here’s a list of the things you may forget to consider when faced with the overload of options in the shop.
Firstly you need to measure the space where your washing machine will be going, this is very important because you don’t want to go out and buy the wrong size and then it doesn’t fit when you get home. The top vs front loader consideration also plays a role here; which option does your home accommodate?
You need to think about the amount of washing you will be doing. You don’t want to spend the whole day doing washing but also don’t need a huge, water-hungry machine if you will never need it. Take your current and future family plans into consideration when thinking about this.
More than looks
Metallic washing machines are very popular largely due to the open plan style of our homes. A washing machine on display needs to look pretty and be functional. However, if you are not bothered about this or have a separate wash room you could potentially save money by opting for the traditional white washing machine.
Consider what functionality you need. It is said that front loaders removes stains better that top loaders. If you need to wash delicate items by hand often it might be good idea to look for a machine that has a cycle that stimulates hand washing as this will save you time and energy.
Think about how long you plan on keeping the machine, because if you plan on replacing it in two to three years as you move into a bugger home, for example, it might be a good idea to go for a cheaper option but if you plan on keeping it for at least 15 years it will be better if you take your time deciding and to spend more for the best quality that will actually last as long as you need it to.
Hopefully these tips will help you make your decision so that you end up with the best washing machine for you and your family.
Words: Natassha Burrell