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Whether you prefer to wash several loads during the week or like to wait until the weekend to tackle your laundry, there are plenty of things to think about when you’re buying an integrated washing machine. Luckily, we’re here to help. Our handy buying guide will tell you all you need to know about washing machine essentials like different drum sizes and energy ratings and all the extra little features you can get your hands on. All that dirty laundry won’t stand a chance!
Fittings and measurements
Integrated washing machines are hidden away by a fitted cabinet door, so it blends in with your kitchen - giving it a seamless look. The only measurement you’ll need to take is the depth, which ranges from 55cm to 60cm. You’ll also need to leave an extra 3cm behind the washing machine for pipes. The height and width are usually standard, so they fit perfectly in a kitchen unit. If you want to know more about measuring up for an integrated washing machine, check out our handy guide.
Integrated washing machines come in a range of drum sizes, so there’s a model to suit every household perfectly. Capacities start from 6kg, which is great for smaller households and for those who prefer to do fewer loads throughout the week. The largest available is a 9kg drum, these are ideal for big households and for packing in a full wash at the weekend for your whole family.
Integrated washing machines have energy ratings from A+++ to A. This refers to how efficient that model is, with A+++ being the highest rating given. The higher the rating is, the more economical it will be to run. So if you want to be kinder to the environment and your utility bills, choose a model with a high energy rating.
Integrated washing machines are packed with great features and special programmes. Quick wash is perfect for giving things like the school uniform or your gym kit a speedy refresh. You can also get wool programmes that use lower temperatures and gentle drum movements to give delicate fabrics extra special care. If you suffer from sensitive skin, anti-allergy programmes use higher temperatures and longer rinses to get rid of 99.9% of bacteria and allergens for a beautifully hygienic wash.
When you’re looking at integrated washing machines, keep an eye out for some fantastic tech. You’ll be able to get a perfectly clean wash every time with washing machines that weigh your laundry when you load the drum. They use special sensors to adapt the amount of time, energy and water needed for incredible results. A number of models are ideal for open plan living spaces too, because they have special motors that use magnets instead of noisy brushes which make them super quiet.