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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

Bigger drums are better. They give clothes more room to tumble for a thorough clean. Drums sizes range from 3 to 13kg.

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 give your clothes more room to move around in, so they’ll get a better clean. The extra space gives you more flexibility to wash more clothes in one go, helping you cut down on the amount of washes you do per week. Drum capacity is measured in kilograms, with 1kg roughly equal to one full outfit or a bath towel. For a duvet, you’ll need at least a 7kg drum.


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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 A+ for energy efficiency. This gives you an appliance that will cost around £30 a year to run. If you want to cut this energy bill in half, go for an A+++ rated model. This helps you do your bit for the environment too!

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Wash Programmes

The most popular programme is a quick wash. This gives your clothes a refresh in under 30 minutes, perfect when you're in a hurry. Other great cycles to look out for are dedicated sports washes. They’re great for muddy football kits and gym wear. Anti-stain programmes will tackle red wine spills and allergy settings are handy if you suffer from hay fever.

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. This makes it easy to control using your smartphone.

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