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Washing Machine Buying Guide

Here are the top 5 things you need to know when it comes to choosing your brand new washing machine.

Capacity

Drums with a 10-13kg capacity are best for larger households, 7-9kg drums for medium families and 6 or less for smaller homes.

Spin Speed

Machines with higher spin speeds get rid of more water at the end of a wash cycle. Models range from 1000 - 1600rpm.

Energy Rating

A high energy rating saves you money per cycle. We stock models rated from a super efficient A+++ to A.

Wash Programmes

For the best results, look out for quick washes, anti-allergy cycles and programmes that tackle stains.

Extra Features

From WiFi to whisper quiet models, newer machines are packed with the latest tech to make chores simple.

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Washing Machines Capacity Buying Guide

Capacity

Washing machines with bigger drum capacities like 10-13kgs are ideal for larger households. They also give your clothes more room to move around in, so they’ll get a better clean. Drums with a 7-9kg capacity are perfect for medium households, and 6kg and under drum will do the job nicely for smaller homes. Drum capacity is measured in kilograms, with 1kg roughly equal to one full outfit or a bath towel.

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Spin Speed

A high spin speed gets rid of the water at the end of a cycle. This leaves your clothes damp rather than soaked. Most models have a spin speed of around 1200rpm which means the drum spins 1,200 times per minute. Look out for a model with a 1600rpm spin speed if you regularly wash towels, as this higher spin speed will get rid of excess moisture. For delicate items you might need to turn the spin speed down to prevent them from being damaged.

Washing Machines Spin Speed Buying Guide
Washing Machines Energy Efficiency Buying Guides

Energy Rating

Most of our range is rated at least an A+ for energy efficiency, which means it will only cost around £30 a year to run. An A+++ rated model costs around £15 and helps you do your bit for the environment too.

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Wash Programmes

If you need your clothes cleaning in a hurry, a quick wash cycle is perfect, as this gives your clothes a refresh in under 30 minutes. Allergy washes take care of you and your family by eliminating allergens and washing away detergent that can irritate your skin. Cotton, wool and delicate cycles use the perfect settings to take care of specific fabrics. While anti-stain and intensive cycles use higher temperatures to tackle stubborn stains. And thanks to sports programmes, mud and grass are removed effortlessly.

Washing Machines Wash Programmes Buying Guide
Extra Features

Extra Features

Washing machines are packed full of tech that looks after your clothes. This includes steam and easy iron functions that will keep your shirts bright, fresh and crinkle free. We also stock models that have special motors, making them super quiet and perfect for open plan living. For the very latest technology, you can even opt for a model with built-in Wi-Fi or Smart control, which lets you control your model on the go. There are also automatic programmes that use the perfect amount of water, to give your clothes the best clean and save energy.

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