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How to Pick Your New Washing Machine

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Despite having a slick, high-tech appearance, not all modern washing machines are created equal. Planning ahead is the first step in purchasing a new washing machine. You need to contemplate on what you need. How long do you often spend doing laundry, for instance? Do you need to wash your clothes every day because you have a big family, or are you a single person or a couple without kids? Location of your laundry room or new washing machine should also be taken into account. If you live in an apartment, space availability is probably a problem. If your house is multi-leveled, space is still likely to be an issue, but it will likely be more of one of placement and how far you have to walk to change a load. 

You may compare new washing machines, choose what size to buy, and determine what cycle choices are vital to your family’s needs by considering when and how you do your laundry. There are numerous options and models available to satisfy this need if you are energy-conscious. When purchasing a new washing machine, the most important factors to take into account are the price, loading type, size, capacity, cycles, and energy efficiency.  In the event that your washing machine does break down, we provide information to assist you in determining whether it is more cost-effective to repair or replace your appliance.  


Should Your New Washing Machine Be A Front Load or Top Load?

Selecting a front- or top-loading model is the most obvious aspect to consider when purchasing a new washing machine. The most affordable option is typically a standard top load washer with a central agitator that spins the laundry. But because they consume more energy and water, they can end up costing more in the long run. This agitator, which can be hard on garments, is absent from newer models. A top loader without an agitator gives your laundry extra room as well. If you have back or knee issues, top loaders are a wonderful option because they allow you to reach inside the washer with minimum bending.

An agitator is absent from front-load washers, which cost more up front. However, they are more energy-efficient and environmentally beneficial because they spin more quickly, extract more water (which reduces drying time), and consume a lot less water per cycle. Wheelchair users can access front loaders more easily. Due to their ability to be stacked, they are also suitable for tiny places. Front-loading washers are superior at handling heavy loads of linens without losing equilibrium.


Know the Standard Washing Machine Sizes

Before going shopping, measure the area where you want your new washing machine to go. Washers typically range in width from 24 to 33 inches. You should leave 36 inches in front of a washer for loading and unloading, and about 42 inches for a dryer. Loading and unloading a washer and dryer will be more pleasant if they are installed about 15 inches off the ground. For your particular type of laundry appliances, look for strong pedestal bases.

If you don’t have much room, think about getting a washer/dryer combo. These effective, compact appliances can be purchased as stacked, side-by-side, or integrated units. Washer and dryer units that are stacked typically take up less room on the floor—less than 33 square inches—and may be easier for folks to use who have trouble bending over or stooping. Consider where the combo will be placed, like in a closet or in an upstairs bedroom or bathroom, before choosing one of these designs.


New Washing Machine Capacity Guide

Think about how much washing your new washing machine will hold while making your choice. The wash basket’s size affects capacity. Families with kids who frequently wash many loads per day could appreciate the ease of a large-capacity washer to reduce the amount of loads required. For individuals and couples, smaller-capacity machines that consume less water and electricity can be cost-effective.

A list of typical washer capacity is shown below:

  • Compact: 1.7 to 2.3 cubic feet
  • Medium: 2.1 to 2.5 cubic feet
  • Large: 2.7 to 3 cubic feet
  • Extra-large: 3.1 or more cubic feet

The Types of Washer Cycles

There are typically one to four agitation and spin speeds on basic washers. Some top-tier models come with extra features. Different speeds, temperatures, and agitation levels are combined in predetermined wash cycles to clean particular types of clothing. Regular, permanent press, and delicate cycles may be available on a typical washer. High-end machines could have extra cycles like a heavy-duty cycle for towels, work clothes, and jeans in addition to pre soak and pre wash cycles for tough stains. Without the need for prior treatments, built-in steam washing removes stains and wrinkles. Additionally helpful for lowering allergies is steam.

To assist you in making a choice, consider the types of clothing you’ll be cleaning most frequently. Options that conserve water reuse water from lightly dirty loads. There are often three water temperature options: hot/cold, warm/cold, and cold/cold. Some more expensive models might have more temperature settings to accommodate various fabric types. Quick-wash settings clean garments more quickly. Mechanical controls with rotary knobs and push buttons are one option, as are electronic controls with touch screens or digital displays that let you further tailor cycles.


Consider the Energy Efficiency

High-efficiency washing machines (water and energy-efficient) conserve energy and increase the lifespan of your clothing and linens. Look for front-loading or top-loading washing machines with an Energy Star horizontal axis that tumble clothes rather than twisting or rubbing them. These types use less water and energy than top-loaders of the same size since they lack agitators. Certain machines might employ a unique, high-efficiency detergent. Check the manufacturer’s instructions because the amount of detergent required is determined by the size of the load, not the amount of water used.


Special Features to Look for in Your New Washing Machine

Read washing machine reviews and compare washing machine costs before making a purchase. Washing machine features are something you should think about as well. Dishwashers frequently include delay-starts, which let you run the washer when energy costs are lower. Internet connectivity is a feature of smart washers that allows for remote laundry monitoring. To avoid overfilling, automatic water level management chooses the proper volume of water for each load. Internal water heaters lessen the load on the water heater in your house. Additionally, the heater enhances cleaning efficiency. Wash Tubs made of polypropylene or stainless steel won’t rust or chip like those made of enameled steel. Interior surfaces that are smooth are easier on clothing. Depending on the spin speed setting, which ranges from 700 to 1,600 revolutions per minute, garments come out of the washer virtually dry. Drying takes place at lower temperatures and takes less time.

  • The Material of the Tub

Tubs are typically made of plastic, porcelain enamel, or stainless steel. Compared to enamel, which can chip or rust, plastic containers stay longer. The strongest and most long-lasting tubs are made of stainless steel, which can endure high spin rates. Therefore, our preference for the tub’s material is stainless steel followed by plastic and then porcelain enamel.


  • Spin Cycle or RPM

After washing, the clothing are dried using the spin cycle. As a result, this is what affects how long it will take a machine to dry your garments. RPM is used to measure it (Revolution Per Minute). In comparison to machines with fewer revolutions per minute, those with greater revolutions per minute have a better capacity for drying and require less drying time.


  • Inverter Technology

It excludes washing machines that can be powered by a household inverter. Basically, it is a method that most appliances with moving parts use to save electricity. The engine in conventional washing machines runs at a constant pace, regardless of the load within the machine. These machines are made for a fixed load and perform best when operating at the optimum load. Since the load is so low, the washing machines still use the same amount of electricity.

  • Hard Water Processing

Detergents are notoriously difficult to dissolve in hard water, which is a fairly common issue. As a result, supply lines enclose the drum and form a white layer of salt deposits that eventually chokes them.


  • Temperature Control

The user may regulate the water’s temperature and get rid of even the toughest stains by using the temperature control feature. For instance, it is crucial in regularly disinfecting the clothing of a patient or young baby. 


What Other Smart Features Should You Look Out For in Your New Washing Machine?

  • Quick Wash

In comparison to the standard wash cycle, this feature washes 1 to 1.5 kg of clothing in only 15 to 18 minutes. However, the amount of laundry in the rapid wash completely determines how long it takes. It’s one of the most useful functions when you need to wash your clothing quickly because you need to get somewhere, but it’s only available for small loads.


  • Delay Wash

For people with a busy schedule, especially working couples, this function is beneficial. As an illustration, you can delay the washing operation for up to 23 hours and prepare your laundry ahead of time. Even if you are out of the house or asleep, it initiates the washing cycle on its own without any human intervention.


  • Child Lock

Those who have children at home will find this specific function to be extremely helpful. This feature secures the machine’s control panel so that children cannot alter the washing cycle.


  • Fuzzy Logic or Auto Select

Above all, the machine automatically chooses the optimal washing program based on the amount of the load. Additionally, it detects the weight, chooses the wash cycle length, the amount of detergent and water needed, and initiates the washing function.


Get Your Brand New Washing Machine At Yeobuild HomeStore

You may also look through our ranking of the The Best Washing Machines in Singapore to see what features and cutting-edge technologies are offered by various brands. Our list includes environmentally friendly brands such as Midea, Elba, and Hafele. Discover more brands that also come with a variety of features and is ideal for a big household. We hope this post helps you significantly with your shopping decisions. However, if you require any additional assistance, get in touch with us and we will respond to you as soon as we can with the most accurate information. Yeobuild HomeStore is here to give you the best shopping experiences.



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