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Deciding which washing machine is right for you can be a bit of a challenge. But don’t worry this buying guide is here to help you understand all the different features and functions, so that you can find the right model to suit your needs.
If you’ve never bought a washing machine before, or if it has been a while since you last bought one, you’ll probably be surprised by the wide range of different models available to you; so deciding which one is right for you can be a bit of a challenge. But don’t worry this buying guide is designed to be jargon free, highlighting the key features to help you quickly find out what choices are right for your needs.
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The total amount of laundry a washing machine can handle in one go is dependent on its drum size. We have created a table to show how much washing you can load into your appliance based on drum capacity.
To read about drum sizes in more detail, please see: What capacity washing machine will cope with my weekly loads?
When choosing your new washing machine it is important to think about how it will fit into your kitchen and what size and fit type you require. Typically washing machines will measure between 80 - 90cm high x 50 - 60cm wide x 50 - 60cm deep.
When fitting your new appliance please remember it must be fitted in reach of a water supply in order to be connected. If you would like someone else to connect it all up for you look at our appliance connection services .
To read about more how your washing machine will fit into your kitchen, please see: How is my new washing machine going to fit in my kitchen?
To help meet the challenge of different types of clothes and different stains, modern washing machines generally have adjustable settings to allow you to get the best results. Useful programmes you may not be aware of are:
To find out more about the different programmes available, please see: What clothes care options should I look out for?
The amount of time it takes to finish a complete cycle varies from model to model, and these times can vary even more depending on which programme is used.
To find out more about the time saving features available, please see: How long will it take me to do a load of washing?
Spin speed determines how fast your clothes are spun around in the machine at the end of the washing cycle, the faster your spin speed the more water is extracted from your washing, meaning quicker drying times.
All washing machines are now rated by the EU to let people know how much energy is needed to run them. The energy ratings go from A+ to G with A+ being the best.
Select manufacturers have designed some of their top of the range washing machines to be even more efficient than the standard A rated machines. These manufacturers label these models as:
If you are upgrading your old appliance remember ao.com offer a recycling service, whereby we collect and recycle your old appliance when we deliver your new one; for full details of this service please see our appliance connection service.
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